Our Very Own T-Shirts!! {I’m not “just” a mom…and more!}

I am soooo excited to show you our brand new t-shirts for our community here at The Better Mom!! I have been wanting to do this for awhile now and alas here they are…. Let’s wear them with pride my friends!!!

When your tee/tees come in the mail take a picture of yourself wearing your tee and tag The Better Mom on Facebook (@thebettermom) , Instagram (@ruthschwenk), or Twitter (@thebettermom) and hashtag #momtees!


This is my favorite one!!! I LOVE it! Being a mom isnt about your place in life right now; its about your purpose in life. There is no such thing as “just” a mom! Click here to purchase the I’m Not Just a Mom tee.


You are raising and releasing weapons of life, joy, truth, and light. Dont just raise kids; raise arrows! Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warriors hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.” Click here to purchase the Raising Arrows tee.


No shame, so shout it out! I LOVE being a mom! Click here to purchase the I Love Being a Mom tee.

So which one is your favorite that you are going to order?? And…what are some other quotes for our future designs that you would love to see on a tee??


Ruth Schwenk

Thank you thank you thank you to my friend Kathleen Miller who designed these beauties for us!!

How You Can Have Your Own Personal Stylist

I have shared this little secret with you before but for those of you who weren’t around when I first shared it….

You can have your own personal stylist…and yes I am serious

For those of you who have not heard of StitchFix let me introduce you to my new “best friend”. ;)

Over the holidays Stitch Fix sponsored a fun party for me and my friends!

Pre-party pic— gift bags and our Stitch Fix boxes ready and waiting!!
Pre-party pic
Woohooo we are excited!

Your own personal stylist - StitchFix
My friend Abby had this really cute navy top in a previous fix she got! (Cassandra’s top isn’t from Stitch Fix…but it is really cute too :)!)

Abby and Cassandra

My friend Casey and I loved our tops!
Casey and me

Here are a few of the styles I especially loved from the night!

a few styles

and I LOVE how they put outfit suggestions with each piece!

outfit suggestions

LOVED this sweater!

StitchFix Outfit

and this one..

Another StitchFix Outfit

So you may be wondering:

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a service where you are assigned your own personal stylist who chooses clothing, jewelry, and even cute bags/purses for you.  When you sign up, you fill out a style profile so that your stylist has an idea of what you like to wear. After you select the first date you would like your fix, you will receive 5 items in the mail (in a cute box :)). You are not obligated to purchase any of them, but you are charged a $20 styling fee. This $20 is refunded if you purchase any one item. I LOVE that with each piece of clothing they include a card that gives you ideas on how to style that particular piece. Once you try your items on, select what you would like to keep and then return the rest in a pre-paid envelope.

So if you find yourself wanting to try new styles and could use a little help from a stylist you will LOVE Stitch Fix!!!

Overall I love the variety of the items they send me.  I have learned it is best to be specific if you are hoping to get certain items in your fix. For example, I have asked for a Maxi Dress, a big slouchy bag, and a cute jacket and loved all of them!!

If you would like to sign up and try Stitch Fix you can click here to sign up!


Ruth Schwenk

Your Husband’s Health & Your Influence

It should come as no surprise to you that I am going to be a proponent of your husband’s health. After all, I write about women’s health all the time on my blog, Peak313 Fitness. Valentine’s Day is in a couple of days so what better way to share love with him, than to encourage him in his pursuit of health!

I don’t think I need to build a case as to why you need your husband to be in good health. I know that I want mine around for a LONG time! I want him to experience an excellent quality of life and I want him to set an example for our children. We also can’t forget that God does place an importance on our bodies as temples of His Spirit. We do have a responsibility to steward them well.

Here are 3 ways that you can help your husband enhance the quality of his health:

1.) Help him create time in his busy schedule for fitness.

My husband is a very thin guy by nature, but doesn’t really enjoy exercising to the extent that I do. We look at his schedule each week and I encourage him to fit it in where there are open spots. And when he is not really wanting to exercise, I kind of push him out of the door, realizing that he’s always happier that he went when he comes back in. He is in a weekly basketball league and while I don’t exactly love that he’s gone for a few hours that night, I try and look at the bigger picture that being part of that league will do for him.

2.) Keep his favorite healthy snacks around.

This begs the question “What are his fav healthy snacks?” Well…ask him! My husband loves having nuts, Greek yogurt and protein bars around the house. I do my best to keep that stocked so that when he is hungry, he has them there to grab. I am also introducing new things to his diet that he may not otherwise like.

3.) Exercise with him.

This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym together, or play 1 on 1 basketball. Maybe you go down in the basement and are beside him while he lifts weights. Maybe the two of you do an ab routine together. We have 2 small children and the reality is, it’s HARD to get 2 adult workouts in in a day! So there are times when this is the only time we can complete it, not to mention we get to be together. (The picture of us, 3 years ago, was the first time we ran a race together. Might be the last time, too! LOL!)

Your Husband's Health & Your Influence

I know that many of you have husbands who are super-resistant to this life change. I’ve had many women email me with this challenge asking how they can best influence their husband towards a healthier life.

1.) Pray

Just like any other life change we may want in our husbands, our first thing we should do is go to our knees in prayer. Ask God to open his heart in this area and to bring people or situations into his life where it may highlight this need in his life. Also pray for your patience and steadfastness. It will be easy to get discouraged if you are the only one heading up health in your home. Remember, our struggles are not against those in this world but this outside of it. Yes, your husband’s health may be a spiritual battle you are fighting.

2.) Live by example.

If you are stressing out about your health whether it’s fitting in your workout, flipping out because you ate dessert, or making everyone else around you unhappy, then why on earth would he want that? This is a good check and balance for me personally. Living a healthy life should enhance not just your life, but everyone else’s around you. Keep the attitude light, fresh, and full of energy. That will go much further than forcing it down anyone’s throat.

3.) Take it slow.

No need to change every single dinner up and make it something he isn’t familiar with. You also don’t need to get him on an intense exercise plan that has him going from 0 to 60 in a matter of one week. Pick one small thing and focus on that for a while. It may take 6 months, a year, or yes, even longer for him to adjust. That’s ok!

Sit down with your hubby…and calendar this week. Ask him how you can help him in his pursuit of health? Can you create room for him in the calendar to exercise? Can you help him find a league that he could be involved in? What kind of healthy snacks can you have around for him? If you sense resistance, step back and pray. Allow God to work on his heart!


Press on!




The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle – Available One Last Time

This weekend is perhaps THE weekend of the year for deals and bargains.

We didn’t want to be out of the loop, so for the last time we’re offering the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  If you were afraid you missed it, you have one last chance to scoop it up!

Available Friday, November 26 at 8:00am-Monday December 2 at 11:59.  {EST}
*during this time 25% of your purchase will go toward charitable organizations – in the spirit of the season!

You’ll get:

Have you thought of this as a great potential Christmas gift?  It is, in more ways than one!

  • Does your husband know what you want this year?  How about the healthy living bundle?  He can shop for you right from his computer {or phone!}
  • Do you have friends or sisters who could use some encouragement?  What a great way to start their journey toward healthy living!   The bundle can be divided and different ebooks/offers can be gifted to different friends.
  • What about going in on the bundle with a friend?  If you’ve each had your eyes on different ebooks, this might be a great way to each get the books or offers you’re interested in.

{because some of the bonuses in the bundle are time sensitive, you might want to consider giving it as an early Christmas present, or redeeming bonuses on your giftee’s behalf so she doesn’t miss out by waiting until Christmas.}

You also have the option of adding additional bundles to your cart at %50 off!

For more information on this bundle, read the fine print or look at the FAQ page.

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