How to Talk To Your Teen About Drugs & Alcohol

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As parents, there are so many things we face on a daily basis that are downright scary, aren’t there? These things can be overwhelming, even paralyzing if we let … [Read more...]

20 Housecleaning Hacks For People Who Don’t Have Time To Clean

Cleaning is so hard for busy people. I know this first hand. With 10 people in my house I know how quickly things can get dirty, and every minute counts. Looking to get some serious cleaning done? Enter your email below to subscribe to my cleaning cheat sheet and get cleaning tips delivered … [Read more...]

5 Simple Steps to Avoid Meltdowns In Public

*This post was sponsored, and paid for, by Walmart. All opinions are my own. If there is one thing I’ve learned in nearly 17 years of being a parent to eight children, it’s that it pays to be prepared. While you never quite know what you need to be prepared for, the lack of preparedness is the … [Read more...]

How to Make Simple Snow Ice Cream Using Real Snow!

Are you looking for a way to beat the wintertime blues? Do you live in an area where it snows- a lot? Then I have the solution for you! Even if you don’t live in an area where you get snowed on nine months of the year, there is a way for you to make this too!  Looking for more kid friendly … [Read more...]

You Can Have a Clutter Free Home! – Free Strategy Guide

Clutter. It can be everywhere, can’t it? I should know, I live in a home with 10 people! Even when our house is “clean” it still feels cluttered. The thing about clutter is this. Clutter makes us crazy. Clutter can make our minds tired. Being surrounded by clutter can make us … [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...]

Overcome Your Overwhelm In Just Three Minutes a Day

I’m not sure why, but I have been talking to so many people and even receiving emails from several people who are just feeling overwhelmed or even like a failure lately. If this is you, I have something to say to you. Just stop it. Seriously, just stop it. In most cases, I can say that I … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Keeping Your Kids Safe On the Internet

I could write numerous posts on technology, simply because there is so much out there in terms of technology. For that reason, this post in no way covers even a small portion of how we as parents need to be proactive when it comes to technology. But, since we have to start somewhere…here … [Read more...]

Potty Training In a Weekend With NO Frustration, NO Tears, and NO Accidents

I will admit that potty training was not even on my radar anywhere. But, apparently we were dipping our toe into the waters of potty training a bit with our then newly three-year-old. Why would it not have been on my radar? Why would I say we were dipping our toe in the water rather than jumping … [Read more...]

Does Your Child Struggle With Self Control? Here’s What You Need to Know

"This is a sponsored post written by me  ZERO TO THREE for The Motherhood. All opinions are my own." I have been a mom for more than 16 years, and there are certain truths that I’ve come to embrace. I know that I am not the only one to know these truths since they are common among nearly all the … [Read more...]