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...]

3 Simple Things That Can Turn Your Life Around

When you are feeling down, have you found some things that can help turn your day around? What about some simple things that can even turn your life around? Although I have never been officially diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, I know that I have it. In some ways, it’s hard not to … [Read more...]

Finding the Perfect Home Is Easier Than You Think: 12 Point Checklist

*This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust Mortgage. All opinions are my own. Most would agree that buying a home is the biggest financial purchase you will ever make in your entire lifetime. It is arguably the purchase that will also affect your life the most. The good news is, there … [Read more...]

Why I Packed My Kids Things Up & Why You Should Too

Are you wondering why I packed my kids’ things up? Does it seem even more extreme that I still do it? If so, hear me out. It’s not as bad as it sounds. As we talk about having less stuff, we will be talking about having experiences together instead. I've created the perfect way for you to do … [Read more...]

Have More Money in 10 Days or Less!

Creating a budget. Does anyone really love to do this? I suppose maybe if you’re a numbers person and aren’t ever trying to make ends meet, it might be ok. But, for the large majority, numbers can be scary, and trying to make ends meet can be exhausting. Do you have a budget? Does the budget you … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways You Can Drink More Water This Summer

Water is so important year-round, but especially during the summer. It is amazing how much water we lose on a daily basis, and this is only multiplied when the weather gets warmer. Making sure to drink enough water is important when trying to lose or maintain weight as well because often when we … [Read more...]

8 Systems You Need For A Stress Free Life + a Freebie!

Systems. They are an essential ingredient in running a bustling household, and as a busy mom of seven, nearly eight, I can attest to the need for having effective systems in place. If you have been feeling overwhelmed, lacking direction, short on patience, or easily distracted, a lack of proper … [Read more...]

The Productivity Secret You’ve Been Missing

Hey, you there. Do you know the secret to productivity? I’ll give you the short and sweet version: it’s called a reboot, and it’s the best thing to ever happen to your day. Did you also know that I specialize in being productive? I don't know that I necessarily started out that way, but … [Read more...]

8 Energy Boosters For Exhausted Moms

Being a woman can be so draining, can’t it? And then if we are moms, this takes this concept to a whole new level. So often as women it is we who could be working a job outside the home, working a job inside the home, caring for a family, caring for the bulk of a home, doing the bulk of the cooking … [Read more...]