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...]

25 Basic House Rules For Families & How to Create Your Own

Do you have a set of house rules? If not, they can be a valuable part of any home. Similar to a family mission statement, family rules are designed to clearly describe the expectations in your home, but in a more detailed way. Family house rules don't have to be complicated, and you don't need to … [Read more...]

How You Can Fight the Spread of Flu Germs in Your Home (From a Mom of 9!)

The flu is everywhere these days. I’m not really sure if this year is any more serious than any other year, but I can say that it sure seems that way - at least around me. Let's talk flu prevention. While I am not a doctor or even a health professional, I am a mom of nine who has had to learn a … [Read more...]

12 Tips to Prepare Your Child For a New Sibling From a Mom of 8

If there is one thing we have done a few times around here, it is: introduce a new child into the family. This is always an exciting time over here these days, but I remember the days when I went from one to two children, and then two to three children. When my oldest was three I had three children … [Read more...]

Secrets to Feeding a Family of 10 on $350 a Month

With one of my most popular posts being one that teaches others how I feed my family of eight for $250, it is time I update how I save money at the grocery store these days as that post is more than a year old. I find that the price of groceries had remained relatively the same, but with kids who … [Read more...]

How to Make Laundry as Painless as Possible: 9 Laundry Hacks

Laundry. Do you hate this word as much as I do? I’m guessing you might because I haven had plenty of people tell me this over the years. But, this may leave you wondering, can laundry really be painless?! I say, if you have a few hacks it can! With having eight children, I consider myself a … [Read more...]

From Tears to Tying In 5 Minutes OR LESS!

Sometimes, trying to teach kids to tie can be so frustrating! With eight kids who are all different, this has proven to be more difficult with some. I think this largely depends on the temperament of each child (and how much patience we as moms have at the time!). But it really is possible to go … [Read more...]

The 10 Most Popular Posts In 2016

It was an incredible year in 2016. Posts on cleaning, saving money, raising kids, managing time, and keeping our own sanity...they've all been here this past year. Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2016!   How to Clean Nasty Window Tracks Using One Simple Trick To the Mom Who … [Read more...]

Living Without a Clothes Dryer During the Winter Season

Can you believe that I committed to living nearly entirely without my dryer during the winter? In Michigan? Needing to focus on being as frugal as possible, this was my challenge last winter. Wondering if it is possible? Looking to have a huge savings in your budget? Stay tuned. First, yes it can … [Read more...]

To the Worst Mom EVER

Are you the worst mom? Ever? I am a mom of 8 at the present time, so I can actually tell you a bit about being the worst mom ever. Maybe you have a certain mom you know in mind. You know that mom who you think has it all together? She’s the mom whose kids are always smiling, and when they … [Read more...]

How to Build a Strong Relationship With Your Young Child

Are you looking for some ideas on how to intentionally build stronger relationships with your young child? I’ve got 10 essential tips that are both easy and so effective. Building relationships is living intentionally at its finest, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to do. While … [Read more...]

20 Unforgettable Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

Traditions within a family are always so much fun, but I think there is something so special about them during the Christmas holiday season. Here are 20 amazing traditions that your family will absolutely love. Over the years we have come to embrace new traditions while still holding fast to some … [Read more...]

Unique & Personalized Christmas Gifts Made Easy

Have you been looking for a simple yet unique and personalized gift for your kids to give to a loved one? I created these for myself last year but was asked about them so many times I made them available for others. Last year I rolled these out much later in the season, and they were a huge hit. … [Read more...]

We Got This!

I don't know what your week has been like, but mine has been a little rough around the edges. The struggles with my kids seem to be more prevalent know, just the every day stuff. This quote really spoke to me as a mom. Isn't this the way it is with our kids? So much of what we do … [Read more...]

How Do You Keep Your Family Healthy? (reader question)

"How do you keep your family healthy?" Reader, Lisa, wanted to know. There are others who have asked specifically about elderberry syrup, and I am so sorry it took forever to get you this information, but here it is. This is actually a great question...especially to ask of a large family mom. I … [Read more...]