Why You Should Be Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day

Did you know how easy it is to make a positive impact on your health just by increasing the amount of water you drink? It’s true. Drinking water is something that is so easy to forget, but it is something that we should be totally intentional in making sure we are doing enough of. And, there are so … [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...]

Why Amazon Prime Could Be Killing Your Budget

I love all things Amazon, I really do. And, I love Amazon Prime even more. I’ve even written about Amazon before a few times. For instance, I wrote about why I always make room for Amazon Prime HERE, and I also compared Amazon with Costco in this post HERE. Today, however, I want to share about a … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Fall Craft Decoration Even Moms Who Suck at Crafts Can Make With Their Kids

*This is a guest post by my oldest daughter, Music Girl  Are you looking for easy and fun crafts to make for fall that both you and your kids will enjoy? Do you need something festive that makes your home look and feel like fall?Look no further! Throughout the month of September, I will show you … [Read more...]

When the Money Just Isn’t There

Have you lived through a time when the money just isn’t there? Perhaps you find yourself there right now. Maybe right now you are in a place where you have no money at all. You could be nearing the end of yet another month and have no idea how you're going to make it all work. Mostly, you know … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Your Kids to be Tidy: Tips From a Mom of 8

If your home is like mine, it can be a never-ending battle to get your kids to pick up after themselves at times. In my case, my older kids are even worse at it than the little ones. Perhaps it has something to do with that teen attitude, but I try to keep the younger ones on task even if the older … [Read more...]

The Greatest Surprise Of My Life

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jewelers Mutual Insurance for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My husband and I went to the same high school, although we didn’t date in high school. We actually “met” while on our class trip. It’s like a storybook romance in many … [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. In fact, there is plenty of family fun that you … [Read more...]

10 Things Your Growing Son Needs From His Mom

Are you aware that there are things your growing son needs that only his mom can give him? Do you know what these things are? Are boys a mystery to you as they were to me? If so, you are in the right place! Our sons can be a complete mystery to us as moms. After all, we've never been a boy! I am … [Read more...]

10 Ways You’re Wasting Your Time Every Day

Even if you think you may be using your time to the best of your ability, you may be guilty of a few of these time wasters. These are the things that can slip by without our even noticing, like a sleek ninja stealthily sneaking in and stealing some of our precious moments. The truth is, we all … [Read more...]

How To Eat Out With Your Kids & Not DIE of Embarrassment

Headed to a restaurant with a young child? Does the behavior of your young child leave you feeling as though you can’t even try for fear of creating a scene? You really can eat out without your kids being total zombies - making you want to die of embarrassment. Although dining out can be a … [Read more...]

6 Tips For Handling Aggression In Your Young Child

*This is a guest post from Aubree of A Mother's Field Guide When your child hurts another kid, it sure can be frustrating. You worry that you will be judged for your parenting or even lose a friend! Most young kids experiment with biting, hitting, and kicking, but there are children who never … [Read more...]

The Real Reason You Don’t Have Any Money

Money. While no one really likes to focus on money, it is the focus of so many things. We need money to cover basic necessities, we need money to get the care we need, and in many ways, we need money in order to make our dreams come true, don’t we? Yet so often, we don’t seem to have enough money to … [Read more...]

Finding the Perfect Home Is Easier Than You Think: 12 Point Checklist

*This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust Mortgage. All opinions are my own. Most would agree that buying a home is the biggest financial purchase you will ever make in your entire lifetime. It is arguably the purchase that will also affect your life the most. The good news is, there … [Read more...]

STOP Overspending By Doing This One Thing

When it comes to spending money, we all have our “thing,” don’t we? We all have certain things we do that make us fall into temptation. We have certain websites we look at, we browse through catalogs, we make a detour to the mall just because. And, these are just a few things. But, if you want to … [Read more...]