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...]

How To Make Your Holidays a Bit More Fun!

As fall is in the air here in Michigan, I can’t help but realize how close we really are to turning the corner into 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...]

How to Teach Your Kids Life Skills About Money

As parents there are so many life skills that we need to be teaching our kids. Raising kids is no easy feat, and believe me I know this firsthand since I’ve got nine kids to raise. Some days I feel like I’m doing pretty good while other days I feel like I’m failing miserably. As someone who became … [Read more...]

15 Memorable Mother & Son Date Ideas For Older Sons

Kids grow up so fast, don't they? It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that the days just fly by. With nine kids, I struggle just to keep my head above water some days, and this is why actually putting events on the calendar makes such a difference. This includes my husband … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Holiday Planner With Printable Holiday Planner

It is so crazy that the holidays are right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but there are a few things that I do to set myself up for less stress during the holidays each year. There are so many things to do during the holidays from all the places we have to be, to all the gifts we have to … [Read more...]

50 Free Family Activities For Fall

So often, with such a busy life, taking the time to get creative with some family fun can require too much effort. The interesting thing about family fun, is that it really is easy, and it doesn't have to be greatly time-consuming or cost a fortune. There are plenty of fall activities that your … [Read more...]

Creating a Thanksgiving Your Family Will Love (Free Printable)

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, it may just be my favorite holiday because it is the perfect time for some family fun. As awesome as Christmas is, Thanksgiving just might be better in my book because there aren't any presents to open. This means there is time to just focus on … [Read more...]

15 Signs That You Are Stretched Too Thin (and what to do about it)

Life whizzes by at a dizzying pace while the landscape around you blurs from one scene to the next. Just when you think you can make out an object, you've traveled too far to even be able to make it out anymore. Your days find you trudging along as if you are trying to move forward with your feet … [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. 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...]