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...]

8 Must Know Tips For Creating a Budget That Works!

Creating a budget is a necessary part of maintaining a frugal lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. However, a budget does need to be accurate. Without an accurate budget, your budget simple won't work. Before you get scared off by the word "budget," it is important to just think of a … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Holidays a Bit More Merry This Year

As fall is in the air here in Michigan, I can’t help but realize how close we really are to turning the corner in the holiday season. If your life is anything like mine there are extra demands placed on your time, placed on your budget, and placed on your patience. For this reason, now is an … [Read more...]

The Thirty Minute Speed Clean – From Chaos to Clean in 30!

Ever have those days like when the walls just seem to close in on you? These things seem to happen to me all the time, especially with a large family including kids who are home all day to add to the constant parade of clutter everywhere. I find that when this happens to me, I am often surrounded … [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...]

From Mess to Company Ready in 1 Hour: The Cleaning Checklist You Need

Are you having people over this weekend and have little time to clean? No need to worry. If you have an hour, you can make it look like your home is ready for a magazine spread, well almost at least. I find that having a plan, a checklist to follow so greatly helps keep me on task. It is as though … [Read more...]

Surviving the After School Chaos So You Don’t Lose Your Mind!

So among all of the talk about getting ready to go back to school, let’s not neglect the after school rush. By that I mean that time in the day where your kids walk in the door from school hungry and tired yet full of energy. Let the chaos begin. Instead, let’s come up with a plan of how to handle … [Read more...]

Creamy, Dreamy Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding

*Thank you to Bob's Red Mill for partnering with The Intentional Mom to bring you this amazing recipe! We love tapioca pudding. It’s just that something that’s a bit more special. It can take a while to make the traditional way, so, I had to figure out a way to make it in my Instant Pot, of … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Planner: Planner Basics For the Planner Challenged

I never used to be a planner girl, and after trying various planners again and again, I discovered that I never really was a planner person because I was “doing it” all wrong. This means that I never really loved my planner like so many others do. In fact, I never really even liked using a … [Read more...]

8 Meal Prep Tips That Will Save You Loads of Time

Meals. They are a never-ending chore it seems, and if you are like me and have a large family and also homeschool, they really seem to never end. For the mom who works outside of the home only to come home from work and have to feed a bunch of hungry people who want to know what’s for dinner, meals … [Read more...]

The Super Simple Trick to Eliminating Clutter FAST!

Anyone will be able to tell you that clutter piles up - fast! If you don't stay on top of it, it can multiply to epic proportions, can't it? Whether you live with just yourself or with nine other people like I do, clutter can certainly become a problem. There are some important questions you can … [Read more...]

How to Plan For Stress-Free Week Days on the Weekend

Everyone knows school days can be stressful - especially when you aren’t completely prepared for them! The weekend can be a vital planning time for the coming week if you just take the time to do it. Weekday mornings can be so stressful. Things get lost, people get up late and dash out the door … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Your Kids to be Tidy: Tips From a Mom of 8

If your home is like mine, it can be a never-ending battle to get your kids to pick up after themselves at times. In my case, my older kids are even worse at it than the little ones. Perhaps it has something to do with that teen attitude, but I try to keep the younger ones on task even if the older … [Read more...]

The Easiest & Tastiest French Bread Ever!

As someone who has a grocery budget of only $350 for our family of 10, bread is a staple of nearly every meal we eat. Making your own bread is the most cost effective way to feed your family. But, you are also able to control the ingredients that go inside. French bread is our go-to bread for a … [Read more...]

10+ Beach Hacks & How to Leave the Sand At the Beach

Is there anything better than spending the day at the beach? I’m not sure there is. I love summer, and I need the sand, the sun, and the sounds of the waves clapping on the shore almost as much as I need air. However, taking your family to the beach isn’t without a fair amount of struggles, and it … [Read more...]