The Busy & Realistic Mom’s Guide to a Clean Home

Can the words “mom” and “clean house” coexist? As a mom of 8, I certainly understand that at times these words can be like oil and water. The truth is, being a mom and tending to the needs of our kids is a ton of work. Added to that is the fact that we are often homemakers, working women whether … [Read more...]

Summer Salsa With Fresh Fruit

Oh my. I couldn’t come up with what to call this because it is just filled with so many different flavors that it is impossible to choose just one flavor to focus on. It is the perfect mixture of sweet and tang with just the right amount of sassiness to make you want to eat the whole batch while … [Read more...]

The Survival Tool Your Teen Needs When Life Gets Busy

*This is a sponsored post written on behalf of OXY Skincare. All opinions are my own. Teens. I have three of them. I think some of the issues and struggles that the teens of today face are similar to the struggles that the teens of my generation faced while other struggles are different for … [Read more...]

What I Wish I Had Known While I Was Baking In the Sun

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Neutrogena®. All opinions are my own. “I have what?” This was my response to my dermatologist when my 28-year-old self learned that the flaky spot on my chest was skin cancer. “It will eventually turn into a tan,” was what I commonly told my mom … [Read more...]

Oh How I Love Amazon Prime…Let Me Count the Ways

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. In case you don’t know me that well, let me introduce myself a bit. First, I will say that I am probably one of the most frugal people you might ever … [Read more...]

Buy This…Don’t Buy That!

If you’re looking to be the most frugal shopper that you can be, there is a list of things you should buy while there are their more expensive counterparts that you shouldn’t buy. In some cases it is nothing more than just making a different selection that is more economical. In other ways you will … [Read more...]

Money Saving DIY Oatmeal Packets

*Thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for partnering with us on this recipe It is no secret that breakfast is an important meal. There really is nothing like starting the day with a healthy meal and a full tummy. Oatmeal is an amazing option, and it is also one that my kids love. Do you love the convenience … [Read more...]

8 Systems You Need For A Stress Free Life + a Freebie!

Systems. They are an essential ingredient in running a bustling household, and as a busy mom of seven, nearly eight, I can attest to the need for having effective systems in place. If you have been feeling overwhelmed, lacking direction, short on patience, or easily distracted, a lack of proper … [Read more...]

How to Pack For a Family Road Trip & Not Lose Your Mind!

With such a large family, the amount of things we have to take in the car on a road trip is astounding. Much like my packing system and my packing list, I have gotten packing for road trips down to a science. I have tried packing things for kids in the car all sorts of ways, but this is what I have … [Read more...]

How To Have the Night Off Cooking and NOT Eat Out!

If you’re anything like me, making dinner can get old, real quick. It is one of those things that we have to do every day, and for that reason, it can be super mundane, especially in the heat of the summer. What if I told you that you could have the night off cooking? Intrigued? Keep … [Read more...]

The Productivity Secret You’ve Been Missing

Hey, you there. Do you know the secret to productivity? I’ll give you the short and sweet version: it’s called a reboot, and it’s the best thing to ever happen to your day. Did you also know that I specialize in being productive? I don't know that I necessarily started out that way, but … [Read more...]

8 Energy Boosters For Exhausted Moms

Being a woman can be so draining, can’t it? And then if we are moms, this takes this concept to a whole new level. So often as women it is we who could be working a job outside the home, working a job inside the home, caring for a family, caring for the bulk of a home, doing the bulk of the cooking … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Child Self Control

Self control is a necessary skill we all must possess, but do you know how to teach your child to exercise self control? Self control is not only important to the people around our children (like us), but it is also a vital component in your child developing a healthy sense of self-esteem. When … [Read more...]

Blogging Income Report May 2017 $6,120.72

May brought me my biggest month yet with almost a $1,000 increase this month. I'll share more about the reason for that later, but for now, let's keep moving. Keep reading, and you'll find my blogging income report for May as well as the things that make that income possible. (this post may … [Read more...]

15 Frugal Habits You Might Be Missing

I have maintained a frugal lifestyle for more than 20 years. At times it has been because I have had to due to income levels, and at other times it has been because my husband and I have been focused on either a long-term or a short-term financial goal. Find yourself stuck in a financial standstill? … [Read more...]