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...]

Income Tax Filing Made Easy

In honor of the year coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about taxes! Although I don't love thinking about taxes, it has gotten easier since I put forth the time and effort to learn about what to keep and what not to keep as well as easier ways to keep it all straight. I am excited to … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Cleaning Fun For Your Kids

Let's face it, chores can be a drag, even for mom at times. However, the work still needs to get done most times. Try having a little fun along the way because in the words of Mary Poppins, "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." Making cleaning fun certainly makes things easier for … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Checklist For Kids Rooms

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad. All opinions are 100% mine. As I sit writing this I am looking at a blanket of white outside. But, since it’s now February, I know spring is right around the corner. It has to be, right?  I don’t know what it is, but this time … [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...]

Instant Pot Potato, Ham, and Corn Chowder

Did you know that soups and chowders are one of the most frugal ways to feed a family? It is also a great way to get some extra vegetables and things that maybe your kids would prefer not to eat into your kids. I share more money saving tips like this in a post called How to Be Frugal In the … [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...]

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...]

Perfect Steak Fries at Home (with spicy dipping sauce)

It is no exaggeration to say that I have worked on this recipe for steak fries for no less than five years. I love a good steak fry, but I want it to be baked and not fried, but I also don’t want to sacrifice that crumbly middle and outside crisp that comes when they are fried. After playing around … [Read more...]

30 Spring Cleaning Projects You Can Tackle in 30 Minutes or Less!

It’s that time of year where the sights and sounds of spring begin to unfold, which is an especially welcome sight for those of us who live in the North. After being cooped up behind closed windows and doors for six months or more, I am more than ready to see things sparkle and shine … [Read more...]

Cherry Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Day Cookies

Cherry chocolate chip cookies are the favorite around here. Made with real chunks of maraschino cherries and cherry chip cake mix, your family will LOVE these! They are a Valentine's Day tradition, which is why I'm sharing them with you now. Actually, these cookies are a favorite of mine since … [Read more...]

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week 1/15

It has been a fun and BUSY week for me in everything including my home here. There has been lots of exciting things going on here and on social media, and these are the things that have been keeping readers busy as the most popular posts this week! 10 Reasons You Want a Meal Plan Kitchen … [Read more...]

Zesty Pico de Gallo

I love a good pico de gallo. I like to eat it with chips, and I like to put a few dollops on as a garnish on a Mexican dish of nearly any kind. Honestly, this one is so good I've eaten it with a spoon! But like most of the recipes here, it needs to be quick, it needs to be easy, and it ideally … [Read more...]

Creating a Master Bedroom That Is a Relaxing Haven

Having a master bedroom that is clutter free is the first step in having a master bedroom that is a relaxing haven. I find there are some steps we can take to help facilitate having a bedroom that we want to keep clutter free and that is easier to keep clutter free. If we allow our master … [Read more...]