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...]

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...]

10 Easy Steps to a Brighter Financial Future, Starting Today! FREE Printable!

Are you looking for a brighter financial future? If so, then you are in the right place. Being intentional in your finances is not hard, it just takes a some time, knowledge, and effort. The thing is, if you’re not paying attention, your money can slip through your fingers without you even … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

20 Things You Can Do to Be Successful Today

Do you know of some things you can do to be successful? Ever wonder what makes people successful? Why does life seem so easy for some while you lack a sense of direction, an overall plan of how to accomplish your dreams, and the ability to figure out what is continually wrong? What are you … [Read more...]

5 Truths to Cling to When the Days Are Painfully Hard

Are you looking for some truths to cling to when the days are just downright hard? As I sit writing this the world has welcomed in a new year, but what if while the world celebrates around you all you can think of is how you can’t even being to think about celebrating. As the world welcomes in a … [Read more...]