How to Talk To Your Teen About Drugs & Alcohol

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As parents, there are so many things we face on a daily basis that are downright scary, aren’t there? These things can be overwhelming, even paralyzing if we let … [Read more...]

Here’s How You Can Be Armed & Ready For the Winter Season This Year

I received free product and compensation from hydraSense® to write this post. All opinions are my own. Disclosure: Please note that I am not a medically trained professional. I have provided an overview of what has worked for my family but please consult with a professional for any … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Fitness Motivation!

Summer is right around the corner, are you ready? Do you have your fitness motivation kicked into high gear? Sure, maybe your wardrobe, your summer schedule, and even your vacation plans are ready to go, but is your fitness routine? If you're looking to jazz up your running or even your … [Read more...]

5 Simple Steps to Avoid Meltdowns In Public

*This post was sponsored, and paid for, by Walmart. All opinions are my own. If there is one thing I’ve learned in nearly 17 years of being a parent to eight children, it’s that it pays to be prepared. While you never quite know what you need to be prepared for, the lack of preparedness is the … [Read more...]

The No Excuses Exercise Motivation You Need!

January is right around the corner, and there is no better time than right now to give your exercise motivation a kick in the butt. Most of us have probably consumed way more calories than we should have this past month, which means that we may be carrying around a few extra pounds. I know I … [Read more...]

10 Reasons You Might NOT Be Accomplishing Your Goals

Goals. While setting goals is generally a good thing, setting goals can also be a bad thing if we are doing things that set us up for failure. I don’t know about you, but when I set goals only to fall short nearly right out of the gate, it is so discouraging. Discouragement is just not something I … [Read more...]

You Can Have a Clutter Free Home! – Free Strategy Guide

Clutter. It can be everywhere, can’t it? I should know, I live in a home with 10 people! Even when our house is “clean” it still feels cluttered. The thing about clutter is this. Clutter makes us crazy. Clutter can make our minds tired. Being surrounded by clutter can make us … [Read more...]

Make This Your Best Year Yet (New Year’s Resolutions That Work!)

Now that we are in full holiday swing, it can be so easy to forget about what comes next. We can forget that there is actually life after December 25. And, there’s little time to catch your breath because the new year is right around the corner, literally. And then there are New Years' resolutions … [Read more...]

Your Holiday Game Plan For Less Stress

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays every year? If you are like me, you might tell yourself that this is the last time you will greet the holidays as a disorganized mess. You probably find yourself vowing that next year will be different every.single.year. The thing is, if … [Read more...]

Creating a Thanksgiving to Remember

I’ve had some readers email asking about whether we follow any traditions for Thanksgiving in our family. We don’t have too many, but I am happy to share the things we have done over the years. It is often a busy day spent with extended family, which means that we modify our traditions at times. … [Read more...]

Take Control of Your Holidays (Once & For All)

The holidays can be an exciting time, but they can also be a stressful time, especially if we come into this bustling time of year behind the eight ball. And, it seems to happen every year, doesn't it? The stress, the strain, and the overwhelm. We can so easily become so stressed out about the … [Read more...]

Family Traditions That Keep the Focus on the Real Reason For the Season

Sponsored by The Star In Theaters November 17 The holiday season is what I consider to be the best time of the year to make memories as a family. With sisters who live out of town, it is often the only time we are all together during the year. With my own family, it is the time of year when we … [Read more...]

Refresh & Restore Your Mom Heart

You guys! I have what might me the most exciting news that I’ve heard in a very long time. Like maybe all year. I know you are going to find it exciting, too. There is a conference coming up in just over a week and it’s just for us moms…and it’s FREE. That’s right, you can attend this … [Read more...]

This Is What You Can Do For Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Shooting. The world is a scary place these days. I guess it has always been filled with hatred, violence, and war, but maybe what makes it different today is that technology has made it so that we can watch it all unfold in real time right in front of our eyes. Maybe that is what … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Kids Safe On the Internet

I could write numerous posts on technology, simply because there is so much out there in terms of technology. For that reason, this post in no way covers even a small portion of how we as parents need to be proactive when it comes to technology. But, since we have to start somewhere…here … [Read more...]