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  • Is life a series of countdowns?

    Time. We don’t have enough of it. We don’t use it wisely. And before we know it time flies by. At least that is how it feels to me. The Question So I ask you, is life a series of countdowns? Are we too busy looking to the future to be in the now? I know, it’s heavy stuff. (I hope you’ve had your caffeine today). I was thinking about this when my husband and I were talking about the future of our children this week. We all think about these things, right? That’s not to say we shouldn’t dream or have goals, I am just suggesting that we shouldn’t just be…

  • DIY Kitchen Table

    DIY Kitchen Table When we moved into our new house we wanted to replace our kitchen table with one that would fit better in the space. After doing price comparisons we decided to invest in a long lasting table that we remember forever. Before making your list of supplies you will need to decide on a few things. The first decision is the size of table. Make sure to take into account chair space (this may not be as big of an issue if you are planning to put the table on wheels). Our table size is 6′ by 5’7”. The second decision you will need to decide on is…

  • Autism, through the eyes of this mommy

    When you think of the word autism what do you think of? I grew up around remarkable people with all different types of disabilities. These individuals have always inspired me in my own physical battle of living life after a stroke. But my understanding of autism and the impact it can have on individuals and families faced reality when my own child was diagnosed with autism himself at age three. Autism through my eyes We knew the signs. I saw more and more as time went on.  We went forward with the testing and I’m glad we did. Since Connor’s diagnoses, he has grown by leaps and bounds academically and…

  • 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…