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...]

6 Simple Ways to Kickstart Your Morning

Looking to jumpstart your week? I know I am feeling a bit sluggish after the weekend. I’m really not sure why. Although I am usually reluctant, I find these six things to be so effective in giving myself that little push I need to keep my day from just being entirely wasted. There is nothing … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

20 Fun Back to School Traditions

Back to school time can be a stressful and anxious time for both students and parents. While we can’t completely remove the stress or anxious feelings entirely, we can overcome these feelings. One way we can do this is by creating and revisiting some fun back to school traditions every … [Read more...]