Super Smart Ideas For Your Income Tax Return

We are in the midst of the busy tax season. I have a love/hate relationship with tax season, but it is a season that can’t be avoided. Even if I am expecting a tax refund, this time of year still drives me crazy. Can you relate? Ideally, you won’t be getting much of a return. I say this because I … [Read more...]

Simple & Creative Easter Basket Ideas For Kids That Aren’t Candy!

Easter is right around the corner, and it is one of my favorite holidays. Traditionally, Easter is a time when there are plenty of candy and sweet treats to go around, but you might be looking for some Easter basket ideas for your kids that don't include the typical candy options yet are still fun. … [Read more...]

How to Survive Springing Forward With Kids

Here in Michigan, we have time changes twice a year, in the fall and the spring. Time changes normally aren’t the most enjoyable thing in the world, so when you have nine kids….yeah, even less fun. It is so strange that just an hour time change can create so much extra headache this time of year. … [Read more...]

15 Simple Productivity Hacks to Get More Done Every Day

Are you aware that there are some productivity tips you can do right now to get more done in your day? I’ve actually got 15, and they are things that you can implement right away to start getting more done in your day. While at times it would be nice to have some extra time in a day, the reality … [Read more...]

Spring Break Staycation Survival Tips For REAL Moms

Spring break for moms at home with kids who are usually in school and are now at home can be a real challenge. Kids’ friends may be limited due to travel, and the weather can even be limiting as well, requiring much of the time to be spent indoors. Then, there are a whole new set of spring break … [Read more...]

Room By Room Spring Cleaning Cheat Sheet + Free Printable Checklist

*This post was sponsored, and paid for, by Scrigit Scraper. All opinions are my own. I don’t know what it is, but once January is over I am more than ready for spring. Not only that, I am more than ready to get all things decluttered and cleaned. I know I’m not the only one with spring cleaning on … [Read more...]

How to Pack a Suitcase Using Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Strategies

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is transforming the lives and homes of countless people around the world. But, did you realize that you can apply the things Marie Kondo teaches to so many other areas? This is certainly the case when it comes to packing a suitcase. You might be wondering if it’s better … [Read more...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Best Game Storage System Ever!

Is finding enough storage space for your games a challenge? With kids who cover a large age range, we have an enormous amount of games, which is why I needed to get a bit creative in how I store them. First, I looked for game storage ideas, but I didn't really find any. So, I knew I was on my own to … [Read more...]

The Cheat Sheet to Tidying Up With Marie Kondo For Busy Families

I wasn't going to do it. I was not going to get caught up in all the hype about Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. But, as someone who loves taking care of all the clutter, and having a neat and clean home, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I was totally curious to see what I could learn, … [Read more...]

Is Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Right For You?

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is all the rage these days. I wasn’t going to jump on the bandwagon, but I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. So, I jumped in, with both feet, and binge watched the popular Netflix show. Having watched nearly all the episodes, I have come to the conclusion … [Read more...]

How to Beat the Winter Blues 6 Tips You Can Use Right Now

January is here, and never are the winter doldrums and the winter blues more apparent than they are in January. I know I suffer from the winter blues every year, and I have found that having a few tips and tricks to beat the winter doldrums is key. The truth is this. Both January and February can … [Read more...]

Never Struggle With Cluttered Kitchen Counters – 8 Simple Tips

According to so many of us, kitchen counter clutter is one of the most annoying kinds of clutter. I’ll share some reasons why in a bit, but if kitchen counter clutter makes you just a bit crazy, know you’re in good company. It comes down to what you keep on your kitchen counter, how you deal with … [Read more...]

Secrets to a Clean & Organized House (even in a small house)

Being clean and organized is a challenge for most people. This is especially true if you have a small house. With less room to put things, your house can look cluttered and messy even if it’s actually not. With 11 people living in my home, this is something I know all too well. We don’t have a lot … [Read more...]