Cherry Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Day Cookies

Cherry chocolate chip cookies are the favorite around here. Made with real chunks of maraschino cherries and cherry chip cake mix, your family will LOVE these! They are a Valentine's Day tradition, which is why I'm sharing them with you now. Actually, these cookies are a favorite of mine since … [Read more...]

20 Things You Can Do to Be Successful Today

Do you know of some things you can do to be successful? Ever wonder what makes people successful? Why does life seem so easy for some while you lack a sense of direction, an overall plan of how to accomplish your dreams, and the ability to figure out what is continually wrong? What are you … [Read more...]

5 Truths to Cling to When the Days Are Painfully Hard

Are you looking for some truths to cling to when the days are just downright hard? As I sit writing this the world has welcomed in a new year, but what if while the world celebrates around you all you can think of is how you can’t even being to think about celebrating. As the world welcomes in a … [Read more...]

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week 1/15

It has been a fun and BUSY week for me in everything including my home here. There has been lots of exciting things going on here and on social media, and these are the things that have been keeping readers busy as the most popular posts this week! 10 Reasons You Want a Meal Plan Kitchen … [Read more...]

Zesty Pico de Gallo

I love a good pico de gallo. I like to eat it with chips, and I like to put a few dollops on as a garnish on a Mexican dish of nearly any kind. Honestly, this one is so good I've eaten it with a spoon! But like most of the recipes here, it needs to be quick, it needs to be easy, and it ideally … [Read more...]

Creating a Master Bedroom That Is a Relaxing Haven

Having a master bedroom that is clutter free is the first step in having a master bedroom that is a relaxing haven. I find there are some steps we can take to help facilitate having a bedroom that we want to keep clutter free and that is easier to keep clutter free. If we allow our master … [Read more...]

Why My Husband and I Won’t Be Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day. Those two words often send men into a state of panic and cause women to start gearing up for a fight if they aren’t showered with enough or the “right” gifts. I realize I’m generalizing here, but the hype about Valentine’s Day is part of the reason that my husband and I won't be … [Read more...]

The 10 Most Popular Posts In 2016

It was an incredible year in 2016. Posts on cleaning, saving money, raising kids, managing time, and keeping our own sanity...they've all been here this past year. Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2016!   How to Clean Nasty Window Tracks Using One Simple Trick To the Mom Who … [Read more...]

25 Frugal (and free) Date Night Ideas

Are you looking for some free or frugal date night ideas? Wanting to have a night out with your sweetie but on a tight budget? If childcare is your issue, I've got some great ideas for date nights in, and I even tell you how we've gotten free childcare without having family around! Date nights … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs – Fast & Easy to Peel

So yes, I do love my Instant Pot, and it is seriously changing my life. Not only is whatever I make done so quickly, but even the same things I have always made somehow taste better made in the Instant Pot! And, this is so true for hard boiled eggs as well. Here's how to make Instant Pot Hard … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Want a Meal Plan

If meal planning takes extra work, why would you want a meal plan? I feed my family for pennies on the dollar, and meal planning is one of the major ways that I use to do that. Even with a family of nine, I am still able to feed my family for $250 a month. I have learned so many tricks on … [Read more...]

Melt In Your Mouth Brownies From Scratch

There is nothing I love more than brownies. In fact, I can eat an entire batch myself in an evening, just ask my kids! Seriously though, I do love brownies, and I love Betty Crocker the best. Imagine my delight when I found a recipe that tastes just like them. Now I can still have brownies the way I … [Read more...]

25 Great Conversation Starters to Share With Your Spouse

So, you've made date night a priority. You've looked forward to this time out together for days or weeks. But, now that you are here, what in the world do you talk about? Of course talking about the kids and maybe even work are easy things to come up with, but what about having a deep and meaningful … [Read more...]

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week 1/1/17

Yay!!! A new year! I love blank slates, and it can't get any more blank than it is today! But, here are the five most popular posts this week! It's the Day After Christmas, Now What? The 10 Commandments For Cleaning With a Family The After Christmas Financial Hangover 10 Reasons You … [Read more...]

Shredded Chicken in a Flash

Does shredding chicken frustrate you as much as it used to frustrate me? I'm guessing it might since you're here. Actually, this might be the best time-saving stress-saving tip you might read today. Or ever. Maybe you've discovered that chicken shreds easiest when still hot, but this can … [Read more...]