Spring Break Staycation Survival Tips For REAL Moms

Spring break for moms at home with kids who are usually in school and are now at home can be a real challenge. Kids’ friends may be limited due to travel, and the weather can even be limiting as well, requiring much of the time to be spent indoors. Then, there are a whole new set of spring break … [Read more...]

Why My Husband and I Won’t Be Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day. Those two words often send men into a state of panic and cause women to start gearing up for a fight if they aren’t showered with enough or the “right” gifts. I realize I’m generalizing here, but the hype about Valentine’s Day is part of the reason that my husband and I won't … [Read more...]

Do You Have the After Christmas Bills Hangover? Get the Help You Need

It's the week after Christmas, and that can be not such a great time from a financial standpoint. This week means that it's time to reflect on all the memories you made with family and friends this past week. But what so often happens is the bills start coming in. Or, at least we know they'll be … [Read more...]

Simple Day After Christmas Ideas to Help You Catch Your Breath

It's the day after Christmas. Generally, this day is a flood of emotions that can vary from one person to the next, however, I think there is one word that most likely describes all of us: exhausted! Maybe your home is like mine - with all the extra food, all the packaging from the gifts, the used … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Clean Their Room Without Arguing

Are you struggling to get your kids to clean their rooms? Are you tired of their room being a disaster area? If so, you are not alone! With nine kids, I know all about this struggle every day. But, your kids having a clean room is so much more than just telling them to clean their room. The truth is … [Read more...]

How to Stop Being a Stressed Out Mom

The amount of stress my kids have been causing me over the past couple of weeks has left me worn out, depleted, completely void of energy, beyond frustrated, and completely stressed out. My mind never stops, my body struggles to keep up, and my kids have the ability to wear on my last nerve before … [Read more...]

Are the Black Friday Deals Really Worth It?

Black Friday. As someone who lives frugally, these are two words that I have paid attention to for years. Black Friday is almost always thought of as the day to do your Christmas shopping, but is it? Is Black Friday really worth all the hype? My 20 years of frugal shopping experience would … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms WITHOUT Yelling!

Wondering how to get your kids to clean their rooms? Is it really possible? Wouldn't it be nice to get your kids to clean their rooms without yelling? What about how to get your teenager to clean up after themselves?  With four teens myself, I sometimes think getting my teens to clean their rooms is … [Read more...]

10 Easy Things For More Calm & More Joy This Christmas

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...]

The Incredibly Simple Secret to Controlling Toy Clutter in a Small Home

Toy clutter can be the most annoying type of clutter there is. If your kids are like mine, they can make a toy war zone in two minutes flat. Ask any parent who has ever stepped on a Lego about how annoying toy clutter can be and then will be able to quickly tell you. Toy clutter becomes a huge … [Read more...]

Are You Throwing Your Money Away? The Secret to Having More Money

No one really would throw their money away on purpose, however, it can totally happen if you are unaware of some of the ways that your money is slipping through your fingers. Generally, the things I'm going to share with you here are not huge expenses as they stand alone. However, if you add all of … [Read more...]

How Moms Can Survive the “Fall Back” Time Change With Young Kids

I live in Michigan, which is a state where we experience the time change each fall and spring. I have never been a fan, but I am really not a fan as a mom of nine. It’s so hard to believe that a one hour time change can be such a big deal, but somehow it can. While in theory it’s nice in the fall … [Read more...]

12 Simple & Powerful Secrets For a Stress Free Christmas

Christmas can be a super stressful time. There are all kinds of reasons for this, really. It could be just all the added places you need to go and demands placed on your time. Maybe you’re like me and it’s all the added places you have to go in addition to it being wintertime. Maybe the holidays are … [Read more...]

How to Have a Magical Christmas When You Have No Money

It really is possible to have an amazing Christmas even if you have no money? I am here to say, yes! Just like with anything else, Christmas is what you make of it, and this is especially true if you've got kids. As a parent, kids so often react to a situation, whether good or bad, as you do. If you … [Read more...]

15 Ways Chuck E. Cheese’s Is Even Better Than When You Were a Kid

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese's . The opinions and text are all mine As a mom of nine who lives in Michigan, I can attest to the fact that winters can get long. The whole “being trapped inside with kids who have too much energy” is a real serious … [Read more...]