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...]

25 Frugal (and free) Date Night Ideas

Are you looking for some free or frugal date night ideas? Wanting to have a night out with your sweetie but on a tight budget? If childcare is your issue, I've got some great ideas for date nights in, and I even tell you how we've gotten free childcare without having family around! Date nights … [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...]

5 Ways to Take Back Your Time

Do you know what it means to take back your time? Have you ever experienced something shifting in your life, ever so slowly over weeks or maybe even over a month or two, to the point where you have come completely derailed by the time you noticed it? I am always amazed at the snowball effect. You … [Read more...]

When the Money Just Isn’t There

Have you lived through a time when the money just isn’t there? Perhaps you find yourself there right now. Maybe right now you are in a place where you have no money at all. You could be nearing the end of yet another month and have no idea how you're going to make it all work. Mostly, you know … [Read more...]

How to Help a Friend Who is Hurting

Pain, suffering, fear. These are all weighty words and emotions that can shake even the most sure-footed person in the blink of an eye. It is one thing to wrestle with these weight emotions, and it is quite another to watch a friend process through these feelings. While we all want to help, do you … [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...]

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...]

The Greatest Surprise Of My Life

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jewelers Mutual Insurance for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My husband and I went to the same high school, although we didn’t date in high school. We actually “met” while on our class trip. It’s like a storybook romance in many … [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...]

10 Ways You’re Wasting Your Time Every Day

Even if you think you may be using your time to the best of your ability, you may be guilty of a few of these time wasters. These are the things that can slip by without our even noticing, like a sleek ninja stealthily sneaking in and stealing some of our precious moments. The truth is, we all … [Read more...]

15+ Genius & Cheap Family Activities For an Amazing Fall

Fall is such a nice time of year in these parts…as long as it’s not snowing anyway. Michigan does have some crazy weather during these fall months at times, but no matter the weather we try to make it a habit to have some fun while also celebrating the season. Looking for more parenting fun? Join … [Read more...]

Before You Yell At Your Kids & Hate Yourself For It

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs on the planet, isn’t it? As a mom of 8 I can certainly attest to the times that being a mom challenges me beyond what I think I can handle. And yes, there even times that I yell at my kids when I certainly shouldn’t have. And then. I hate myself for … [Read more...]