The Day I Lost My Child On Purpose

I think one of the greatest fears of any parent is losing their child somewhere, would you agree? I can’t even begin to describe that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you turn and your child, who was right by your side in a public place, is no longer right by your side. In fact, your child … [Read more...]

10 Reasons All Parents Should Teach Their Kids to Manage Money

As parents there are so many things we need to teach our kids that it can seem overwhelming. Life is busy, schedules are packed, and there are a thousand things screaming for our attention. But, if you are a parent, teaching your kids about money is something you just can’t put on the back … [Read more...]

What If This Could Be Your Office View?

"You want to do what?" This is what my husband said to me when I told him I wanted to resurrect my blogging journey. He went on to tell me that he didn't think I really needed one more thing to put on my plate. This was in late 2014. Back in the mid 2000s, I had a family blog. It grew nicely, … [Read more...]

Saving on Electronics

This post was sponsored by Samsung as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Electronics are one of those things that the families of today have come to depend on, at least if you're anything like my family. As someone who has a … [Read more...]

To the Mom Who Struggles With Making Meals

This is dedicated to the mom who is struggling to put a meal on the table. Is this you? Guess what? This was me, too. With a husband who is finishing school, kids who need to be driven to their activities, and homeschooling four days a week during the school year, it can be a struggle to keep … [Read more...]

15 Things Frugal People Don’t Pay For

Did you know there are certain things that I never pay for? With so many things that we can spend our money on while needing to maintain a frugal lifestyle, at least in my family, I have discovered little things that can add up to make s huge difference, and one of these things are certain material … [Read more...]

Are Your Kids Truly Healthy? Make Sure You’re Not Missing This!

*This post was sponsored by Give Kids a Smile as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. With eight kids of my own, I am all too familiar with the costs involved in keeping kids healthy. I also have firsthand knowledge of what a … [Read more...]

10 Secrets to Making Date Night a Priority in Your Marriage

If you are married, having a date night with your spouse is so vital to keeping the excitement alive in your marriage, but finding the time isn’t always easy. We certainly know that we need to make spending time as a couple a priority, even if having a date night in, but with a bustling family life … [Read more...]

Income Tax Filing Made Easy

In honor of the year coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about taxes! Although I don't love thinking about taxes, it has gotten easier since I put forth the time and effort to learn about what to keep and what not to keep as well as easier ways to keep it all straight. I am excited to … [Read more...]

What to Buy & What Not to Buy at Thrift Stores

I am all about finding amazing deals from everyday retailers. However, the reality is that with a family of my size I simply have to include buying used into my buying habits. The thing is, it is way more chic to buy used from thrift stores than when I was doing it more than 15 years ago. As someone … [Read more...]

How To Make Family Time Happen Every Night (even with little kids!)

As a family, we have had several different traditions over the years. One of the ones we all love the most is our family time every night. It has become more of a challenge these days since we have so many kids coming and going with practices and other activities that take them away in the evening. … [Read more...]

January 2017 Blogging Income Report $4,832.91

January was a fairly laid back month for me. A huge win was actually getting my taxes together and seeing where I ended up for the year 2016. If you missed my income report for 2016, you can check that out HERE.  Keep reading, and you'll find my blogging income report for January as well as the … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Cleaning Fun For Your Kids

Let's face it, chores can be a drag, even for mom at times. However, the work still needs to get done most times. Try having a little fun along the way because in the words of Mary Poppins, "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." Making cleaning fun certainly makes things easier for … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Checklist For Kids Rooms

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad. All opinions are 100% mine. As I sit writing this I am looking at a blanket of white outside. But, since it’s now February, I know spring is right around the corner. It has to be, right?  I don’t know what it is, but this time … [Read more...]

Dear Mom Of Little Ones + Free Printable Words Of Affirmation For Moms

Today, I want to speak to moms, especially moms of little ones. I am still a mom of little ones, but now I have older ones, too, which helps balance things out. If you are a mom of little ones, however, I want you to know that I was once you. Dear mom of little ones…from my mama heart to … [Read more...]