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  • Dealing with the Diva Inside My Daughter

      All my life when I thought about having a family there was always a little girl in the picture. Well, in November of 2015 our little girl finally came into the picture. She was given a name fit for a princess with two knights for brothers to love and protect her. Like most little girls she loves all things girl related- babies, barbies, dress up- you get the point. Right off the bat, I realized that raising a girl is a lot different than raising boys. For example, the boys typically don’t care what they wear on a day to day bases, but Annabella cares a lot about her…

  • The Day I Took the Toys Away

    The day I took the toys away I know what you’re thinking, how could I take all of my kid’s toys away? Well, let me start by saying that I don’t do this every day.  I fully believe in helping children grow in all aspects of life, even their imagination. I want my children to have an imagination that can take them anywhere. There are a few things I do to make this day successful. I believe they will help you too. 6 tips to a successful imagination day I tell my kids the night before that the next day will be imagination day I play music in the background during…

  • When your Hubby is an Uber Driver

    Recently my husband started driving for Uber in addition to his day job. Let me just tell you right now if you are not ok with late nights this is not for you. Well, I guess that would depend on what type of wife you are. I am probably crazy but I have never been able to go to sleep or really relax until I know he is safe at home. That being said he does come home with some pretty funny stories. And I have to say after hearing these stories I’m so glad that these people decided to get a ride home safe and sound instead of trying…

  • 5 Tips to Surviving When the Whole Family is Sick

    5 Tips to Surviving When the Whole Family is Sick So this past week my family has been on the mend from every last one of us getting sick, including me. Needless to say, I’m so glad we are all better in time for Christmas. There are many things that I did to survive the hurricane of sickness that hit my family. The past couple of weeks I have been to urgent care twice with two kiddos but besides that I have a system in place to survive times like this. 5 Tips to Surviving the Sick Week in Your House 1. Have plenty of easy-to-make groceries on hand, including…

  • How to create an idea jar to bring simplicity to the simple decisions in life

    How to DIY a Family Fun Jar? What is an idea jar? An idea jar can help you literally gather your thoughts. I personally made a date night jar and a family fun jar A family fun jar is a jar full of cool ideas of activities that the family would love to do. Each family can make come up with their own ideas on the definition of “family fun”.  What’s fun for my family may not be fun for your family. A date night jar is a collection of date night ideas that are unique to the couples likes and dislikes. If you are on a budget you can…

  • $20 Date Night Ideas that Will Save Your Budget

    Date night is absolutely vital to a thriving relationship. For those of us with kids, date night looks a lot different than it did before kids, but not just because of the babysitting cost. I have come to find that when kids are added to the family the kids take most of the budget. However, that still doesn’t change that husbands and wives need to make time for each other a priority, even if it is just investing $20 a month for a simple date night. That $20 a month would be well invested. It could be the difference between happily ever after or the signing of papers. As parents,…

  • Getting a Child Ready for Kindergarten with Growing Expectations

    Kindergarten is a big milestone no matter if children are homeschooled, public schoolers, or private schoolers. I will have two kids going into kindergarten next year. My oldest Connor has autism and my other little guy, AJ is in constant hyperactive mode. Getting Connor and AJ ready for kindergarten next year has proven to be no small task. The evolution of Kindergarten over the years Over the years, I have heard my family and friends talk about how much kindergarten has changed over the years. I’m starting to see that first hand now. Apparently, nap time in kindergarten is a thing of the past. Today’s standards for kindergarteners are higher…

  • Gift Guide for the Mommy in Your Life

    Are you enjoying your Christmas shopping this year? Do you have a mommy on your list? I’m a mommy with three children, all of which are 5 and under.  When people ask me what I want for Christmas I often go into a daydream state for a few seconds thinking about the things on my wish list. Am I the only mom who does that? What is on your wish list? I tend to stay away from things like necklaces because I love to be practical and remain simple in all things including gift wish list. Besides, when I see a necklace or jewelry, in general, I think “choking hazard”. …

  • How to DIY a Simple Desk

    How to DIY a Simple Desk If you don’t know already I love DIY projects. I think DIY projects are great to do by yourself, as a couple or even carefully as a family. One of my most recent DIY projects was a very simple desk. This is the very same desk I am typing on top of right now 🙂 What you will need: Pallets- try to find free pallets before purchasing to cut down on cost. All the pallets I used were free. 2 4×4 8-10ft pieces Wood glue Clamps 2 or 3 inch screws Sander or sand it by hand Screwdriver or power drill I started off…

  • When Life Hands You Lemons

    When life gets you down sometimes it’s hard to get right back up. Being a mom and a wife is not always as glamorous as the black and white 50’s movies make it look. We all know that. I have had many people ask me how I keep going when life hands me lemons. The best way I know how to handle lemons in life is to pray, continually count my blessings, try my best to remember that God has the master plan, and finally to remember that God uses tough seasons in life to mold us into the people He has called us to be. There is power in…