15 Memorable Mother & Son Date Ideas For Older Sons

Kids grow up so fast, don't they? It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that the days just fly by. With nine kids, I struggle just to keep my head above water some days, and this is why actually putting events on the calendar makes such a difference. This includes my husband … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Holiday Planner With Printable Holiday Planner

It is so crazy that the holidays are right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but there are a few things that I do to set myself up for less stress during the holidays each year. There are so many things to do during the holidays from all the places we have to be, to all the gifts we have to … [Read more...]

50 Free Family Activities For Fall

So often, with such a busy life, taking the time to get creative with some family fun can require too much effort. The interesting thing about family fun, is that it really is easy, and it doesn't have to be greatly time-consuming or cost a fortune. There are plenty of fall activities that your … [Read more...]

Creating a Thanksgiving Your Family Will Love (Free Printable)

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, it may just be my favorite holiday because it is the perfect time for some family fun. As awesome as Christmas is, Thanksgiving just might be better in my book because there aren't any presents to open. This means there is time to just focus on … [Read more...]

15 Signs That You Are Stretched Too Thin (and what to do about it)

Life whizzes by at a dizzying pace while the landscape around you blurs from one scene to the next. Just when you think you can make out an object, you've traveled too far to even be able to make it out anymore. Your days find you trudging along as if you are trying to move forward with your feet … [Read more...]

15+ Genius & Cheap Family Activities For an Amazing Fall

Fall is such a nice time of year in these parts…as long as it’s not snowing anyway. Michigan does have some crazy weather during these fall months at times, but no matter the weather we try to make it a habit to have some fun while also celebrating the season. Getting out there  for some fall … [Read more...]

Calming Your School Morning Craziness

Just as the time when all the kids come piling through the door can be stressful, trying to get everyone and all of their needed things out the door can be crazy chaotic as well. School mornings can be downright stressful! Oftentimes people get up late, things are MIA, people are all leaving at … [Read more...]

Living With Kids Doesn’t Have to Mean Living With Clutter!

Clutter. Is there anything more annoying than clutter? I am not sure that there is, and I know I’m not the only one because the things I write about clutter and helping kids with their clutter are well received by readers. I am guessing this may mean that you dislike clutter as much as I do. The … [Read more...]

16 Sanity Saving Tips for Surviving the Back to School STRESS!

Can you believe that back to school is already right around the corner?! This is unbelievable to me. I say it all the time, but where has the summer gone?! For those of you who have been locked in oppressive heat for much of the summer, fall could be a welcome relief. However, I live in the … [Read more...]

How NOT to Raise a Spoiled Brat

I am often so saddened about the youth of today’s world. In many cases they seem so misguided as to the way the world really works. So many kids seem to think they are owed the world on a silver platter. And then, when they become adults, they are left wondering what happened. Much of this is due to … [Read more...]

25 Ways I’ve Had to Eat Crow As a Mom

Have you ever had to eat crow since becoming a mom? What does this mean? In this case, eating crow refers to all those things you thought or maybe even said while you were pregnant. Those things you said after standing behind the frazzled mom in the checkout whose crazy hooligans were hanging upside … [Read more...]

9 Brilliant Must Know Tips For Road Trips With Free Road Trip Game!

Road trips can be great. Road trips with kids can be a completely different story. While the trip can be great, the road part can be a stressful experience (says the mother of 9 kids). Keeping kids entertained is one thing, but there are so many other things you can do to make road trips with kids … [Read more...]

5 Classic Neighborhood Games Perfect For Younger & Older Kids

What's better than a warm spring or summer evening and kids running around outside, squealing with delight? Not much, I don't think, and these neighborhood games are a great way to make that happen. Some of my best memories as a kid were made playing various neighborhood games out with a bunch of … [Read more...]

How to STOP Fighting With Your Husband

Fighting in a marriage, or perhaps dealing with marital conflict, is an inevitable part of being married. Even the healthiest of marriages will find couples arguing with each other at times. Some even say that disagreements between spouses are an essential ingredient in a marriage relationship (and … [Read more...]

Creating a Smart Evening Routine For Busy Women & Moms

In my home, life is busy, and I’m guessing that it’s really no different in yours. We have recently jumped back into spring and summer sports, we have all of the end of the year activities, and in our case, a new baby is joining in for all the crazy busyness too! Evening routines are essential in … [Read more...]