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. Getting out there  for some fall … [Read more...]

Calming Your School Morning Craziness

Just as the time when all the kids come piling through the door can be stressful, trying to get everyone and all of their needed things out the door can be crazy chaotic as well. School mornings can be downright stressful! Oftentimes people get up late, things are MIA, people are all leaving at … [Read more...]

How to Use a Planner To Get & Keep Your Life In Order

I am in full on planning mode. My kids start back with school next week, and the first couple of months are always such a mess. I would be totally lost without my planner since it helps keep everything in my life organized. From kids’ practices to various appointments, to lists of books I need to … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Back to School Countdown With Printable Checklist

Have you had a back to school countdown going on in your house? Are your kids excited for the first day of school, or, are they dreading it? Even if your kids have already started their new school year, this countdown is full of some back to school organization ideas you can do to make this their … [Read more...]

Living With Kids Doesn’t Have to Mean Living With Clutter!

Clutter. Is there anything more annoying than clutter? I am not sure that there is, and I know I’m not the only one because the things I write about clutter and helping kids with their clutter are well received by readers. I am guessing this may mean that you dislike clutter as much as I do. The … [Read more...]

16 Sanity Saving Tips for Surviving the Back to School STRESS!

Can you believe that back to school is already right around the corner?! This is unbelievable to me. I say it all the time, but where has the summer gone?! For those of you who have been locked in oppressive heat for much of the summer, fall could be a welcome relief. However, I live in the … [Read more...]

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Drink For Kids

So often festive holidays, especially during the summer, are focused on drinks for the adults. But, what about the kids? With Fourth of July right around the corner in the United States, now is the perfect time to get what you need so you can whip up this simple Fourth of July drink for the kiddos … [Read more...]

How NOT to Raise a Spoiled Brat

I am often so saddened about the youth of today’s world. In many cases they seem so misguided as to the way the world really works. So many kids seem to think they are owed the world on a silver platter. And then, when they become adults, they are left wondering what happened. Much of this is due to … [Read more...]

9 Brilliant Must Know Tips For Road Trips With Free Road Trip Game!

Road trips can be great. Road trips with kids can be a completely different story. While the trip can be great, the road part can be a stressful experience (says the mother of 9 kids). Keeping kids entertained is one thing, but there are so many other things you can do to make road trips with kids … [Read more...]

5 Classic Neighborhood Games Perfect For Younger & Older Kids

What's better than a warm spring or summer evening and kids running around outside, squealing with delight? Not much, I don't think, and these neighborhood games are a great way to make that happen. Some of my best memories as a kid were made playing various neighborhood games out with a bunch of … [Read more...]

How to STOP Fighting With Your Husband

Fighting in a marriage, or perhaps dealing with marital conflict, is an inevitable part of being married. Even the healthiest of marriages will find couples arguing with each other at times. Some even say that disagreements between spouses are an essential ingredient in a marriage relationship (and … [Read more...]

Creating a Smart Evening Routine For Busy Women & Moms

In my home, life is busy, and I’m guessing that it’s really no different in yours. We have recently jumped back into spring and summer sports, we have all of the end of the year activities, and in our case, a new baby is joining in for all the crazy busyness too! Evening routines are essential in … [Read more...]

Secrets to a Stress Free Summer With Kids (from a mom of 9!)

Summer can be fun, but summer can also be downright scary since there is so much downtime, family togetherness, and long days. Summer can feel out of control and be lacking in structure, routines, and rules, which can give way to mass chaos. Is a stress free summer even possible - a stress free … [Read more...]

10 Essentials To Make Your Family Camping Trip a Success!

*this is a guest post from Jenny of Mom Loves Best Want to go camping with your family this fall? It’s a great way to make long-lasting family memories – but the prospect of packing can be daunting. What do you really need to make your trip a success? There are all kinds of camping tricks, tips, … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kid to Ride a Bike Without Training Wheels in 30 Minutes or LESS!

Teaching your child to ride a bike can be a stressful time met with tears, frustration, and even a strained relationship in some cases, but as a mom of 9 I can tell you, it doesn’t have to be that stressful! In fact, it can be super easy and even fun once you know the trick to getting it done. … [Read more...]