The Fool Proof Plan to Start Your Morning Right

So, I shared a simple three step evening routine before. If you didn’t read that, you can read about that simple evening routine HERE. Morning routines are just as important, and they naturally flow from a well planned evening routine. Mornings really can be simple. Sound complicated? It doesn’t … [Read more...]

15 Frugal Tips for Feeding a Large Family: UPDATE

Feeding a large family certainly means you will need more food, but it does not mean it needs to break the bank.  I have implemented some great money saving tips around my house. I am able to feed my family of 8 (the baby doesn't count at this point) on $250 a month on average. I have lived a frugal … [Read more...]

4 Steps to Better Evenings

Evening routines are so important, but sometimes trying to create your own evening routine is just more work than you have energy to put forth. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes, we just need a short and simple template to plug our own information into. So, this is what I’ve done for … [Read more...]

Brilliant Puzzle Storage (no more lost pieces!)

Are you looking for a storage system for puzzles that actually works? Much like the games in my house, I was a bit fearful to jump into this system since it is so drastic, but it only took me about two minutes after having it done to fall in love with the extra space that this system … [Read more...]

5 Simple Family Meals Your Kids Will Love (and so will your budget!)

Feeding a family can get so draining day after day. Then, it only gets more complicated when you are trying to just make something that everyone loves without breaking the bank. It is so helpful to have some favoite family meals on hand. There are a handful of my family's favorite recipes. They … [Read more...]

How to Have an Amazing Day (it’s easier than you think!)

Do you ever feel like your day runs you rather than you deciding on how to run your day? Are you left wondering how others seem to have it all together while you struggle to keep your head above water? Are you looking to make the most of your day, each and every day? If so, you are in the right … [Read more...]

How to Be Productive Even When You Have NO Time

Life is busy. I totally get that. Life is too busy, in fact. But, it’s about making the time you have count rather than being frustrated about the time you don’t have. Put a different way, being productive is being proactive with the time you have rather than procrastinating until you have the … [Read more...]

Loaded Potato Wedges (Without the Restaurant Price Tag!)

Do you love a nice plate of loaded potato wedges from your local restaurant but are looking for a money-saving option? Potatoes are such a frugal and simple way to feed a family on a dime. Perhaps this is the reason I’ve created so many different ways to prepare them. These are crisp on the … [Read more...]

14 Moving Tips to Keep You From Losing Your Mind!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. When I moved nine years ago, we thought we would never be moving again. And then, you know how it goes, life somehow doesn’t go according to plan, and now I find myself preparing for a move this summer. I … [Read more...]

25 Homemade Gifts For Mom

I think as moms we can all agree that gifts of the homemade variety are so special. I love to give (and receive) homemade gifts because they really speak love to the person who is receiving the gift. Many of the ideas I have listed here take time and effort on the part of the giver, and to me, … [Read more...]

Super Cheap Summer Bucket List For the Young Family

Summer is the perfect time for longer days, a lazier schedule, and hopefully some extra fun as well. If your summer is like mine, it can seem to go by in a flash. If you’re not careful, the summer can slip right through your fingers. The next thing you know, you realize you’ve done little to no … [Read more...]

The Painfully Simple Secret to a Successful Week

You. Me. Everyone I know. Everyone you know. We all have 168 hours in a week. That’s it. No more, no less. Isn't it interesting, however, that some seem to have more time somehow? You probably know people who seem to get so much done in their week while you accomplish next to nothing. If you didn’t … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Child Has to Compete With a Cheater

Has your child ever had to deal with a cheater? Has your child ever been forced to compete on a playing field that wasn't level? Why do people cheat? Why did Tom Brady, who is arguably the best quarterback in the entire league, need deflated footballs to win a game? I have no answer for that, … [Read more...]

Spicy Cilantro Lime Rice

We use this rice as the basis for so many things, and it is also great when eaten alone. The possibilities really are endless. We use it in wraps, as the foundation for any kind of taco or burrito type bowl, and it is also really great inside any enchilada or as a side dish to anything Mexican. It’s … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Have a Great Morning

Do you long to have a great morning? There is just something about mornings that I don't like. I guess it's not really the morning as a whole, it is the first 15 minutes or so. Do you agree? Sometimes it can be so hard to get up and get going. Finding that motivation can be such a … [Read more...]