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...]

Creamy, Dreamy Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding

*Thank you to Bob's Red Mill for partnering with The Intentional Mom to bring you this amazing recipe! We love tapioca pudding. It’s just that something that’s a bit more special. It can take a while to make the traditional way, so, I had to figure out a way to make it in my Instant Pot, of … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Planner: Planner Basics For the Planner Challenged

I never used to be a planner girl, and after trying various planners again and again, I discovered that I never really was a planner person because I was “doing it” all wrong. This means that I never really loved my planner like so many others do. In fact, I never really even liked using a … [Read more...]

8 Meal Prep Tips That Will Save You Loads of Time

Meals. They are a never-ending chore it seems, and if you are like me and have a large family and also homeschool, they really seem to never end. For the mom who works outside of the home only to come home from work and have to feed a bunch of hungry people who want to know what’s for dinner, meals … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Take Back Your Time

Do you know what it means to take back your time? Have you ever experienced something shifting in your life, ever so slowly over weeks or maybe even over a month or two, to the point where you have come completely derailed by the time you noticed it? I am always amazed at the snowball effect. 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 Help a Friend Who is Hurting

Pain, suffering, fear. These are all weighty words and emotions that can shake even the most sure-footed person in the blink of an eye. It is one thing to wrestle with these weight emotions, and it is quite another to watch a friend process through these feelings. While we all want to help, do you … [Read more...]

The Super Simple Trick to Eliminating Clutter FAST!

Anyone will be able to tell you that clutter piles up - fast! If you don't stay on top of it, it can multiply to epic proportions, can't it? Whether you live with just yourself or with nine other people like I do, clutter can certainly become a problem. There are some important questions you can … [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...]

How to Plan For Stress-Free Week Days on the Weekend

Everyone knows school days can be stressful - especially when you aren’t completely prepared for them! The weekend can be a vital planning time for the coming week if you just take the time to do it. Weekday mornings can be so stressful. Things get lost, people get up late and dash out the door … [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 Easiest & Tastiest French Bread Ever!

As someone who has a grocery budget of only $350 for our family of 10, bread is a staple of nearly every meal we eat. Making your own bread is the most cost effective way to feed your family. But, you are also able to control the ingredients that go inside. French bread is our go-to bread for a … [Read more...]

Costco or Amazon Prime – Which Saves You More?

Both Amazon Prime and Costco can be great ways to save money, but how do you really know? As someone who has learned to raise a super-sized family on less than $25,000 a year (there are 10 of us), I’ve had to learn how to make every penny stretch as far as it can. If you really want to know which … [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...]