To the Mom Who Struggles With Making Meals

This is dedicated to the mom who is struggling to put a meal on the table. Is this you? Guess what? This was me, too. With a husband who is finishing school, kids who need to be driven to their activities, and homeschooling four days a week during the school year, it can be a struggle to keep … [Read more...]

Are Your Kids Truly Healthy? Make Sure You’re Not Missing This!

*This post was sponsored by Give Kids a Smile as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. With eight kids of my own, I am all too familiar with the costs involved in keeping kids healthy. I also have firsthand knowledge of what a … [Read more...]

10 Secrets to Making Date Night a Priority in Your Marriage

If you are married, having a date night with your spouse is so vital to keeping the excitement alive in your marriage, but finding the time isn’t always easy. We certainly know that we need to make spending time as a couple a priority, even if having a date night in, but with a bustling family life … [Read more...]

What to Buy & What Not to Buy at Thrift Stores

I am all about finding amazing deals from everyday retailers. However, the reality is that with a family of my size I simply have to include buying used into my buying habits. The thing is, it is way more chic to buy used from thrift stores than when I was doing it more than 15 years ago. As someone … [Read more...]

How To Make Family Time Happen Every Night (even with little kids!)

As a family, we have had several different traditions over the years. One of the ones we all love the most is our family time every night. It has become more of a challenge these days since we have so many kids coming and going with practices and other activities that take them away in the evening. … [Read more...]

January 2017 Blogging Income Report $4,832.91

January was a fairly laid back month for me. A huge win was actually getting my taxes together and seeing where I ended up for the year 2016. If you missed my income report for 2016, you can check that out HERE.  Keep reading, and you'll find my blogging income report for January as well as the … [Read more...]

Dear Mom Of Little Ones + Free Printable Words Of Affirmation For Moms

Today, I want to speak to moms, especially moms of little ones. I am still a mom of little ones, but now I have older ones, too, which helps balance things out. If you are a mom of little ones, however, I want you to know that I was once you. Dear mom of little ones…from my mama heart to … [Read more...]

How This Mom of 8 Earned More Than $36,000 In Her First Year Blogging

January was a fairly laid back month for me. A huge win was actually getting my taxes together and seeing where I ended up for the year 2016. With it being my first year as a professional blogger, the whole idea was a bit overwhelming. I was unsure of whether I wanted to see the actual numbers. I … [Read more...]

How Do I Know If Blogging Will Work For Me?

“How do I know if blogging will work for me?” I couldn’t even begin to tell you how often I hear this question. In fact, I think it might be the one I hear most often from people who are wondering about blogging - especially once they hear that my blog supports my family of 10 almost entirely on … [Read more...]

Happiness Really Can Be Yours (and here’s how you can find it!)

Happiness. Isn't finding happiness the reason behind everything we do? We work so we can meet our needs and hopefully find contentment. We form relationships to find companionship...and happiness. Yet, happiness is one of the things that can elude us as women. Every day can feel like a … [Read more...]

10 Things Your Growing Son Needs From His Mom

Are you aware that there are things your growing son needs that only his mom can give him? Do you know what these things are? Are boys a mystery to you as they were to me? If so, you are in the right place! Our sons can be a complete mystery to us as moms. After all, we've never been a boy! I am … [Read more...]

Here’s How To Restart Your Day

Let’s face it.  Life has a way of throwing us a few curveballs, and then sometimes we have take a few detours of our own. Sometimes we make great decisions, and then sometimes we don’t. Sometimes when life throws us a curveball we can recover. And then, sometimes we just can’t Sometimes when we … [Read more...]

When There Are Never Enough Hours In the Day

Time is in short supply these days, isn’t it? As women we wear so many different hats and are pulled in so many different directions. It can be difficult to get everything done. And, wouldn’t we all like a little more time to do the things we want to do? Wouldn't we like to be able to spend less … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I love a creamy tomato soup. Maybe it’s because I live in Michigan, or, maybe it’s because it screams comfort food like nothing else does, but whatever the reason I love it! What’s even better is making it in your Instant Pot. I’ve also got a secret ingredient in mine that gives it a depth of flavor … [Read more...]

“I Just Can’t Handle One More Thing!” How to Overcome Overwhelm

The gnawing, exhausting, and often irrational feeling of overwhelm can completely paralyzing can’t it? It can creep in without any warning, and it can take up residence for who knows how long. When we are paralyzed by overwhelm, it keeps us from feeling productive, accomplished, and content, and … [Read more...]