When I was younger I was always working. As a teenager, I often had several jobs at once and from high school onwards I bought my own clothes, my own school supplies and paid for the upkeep of my own animals. It was busy and hectic and I gave up a lot of social activities to do it all but I liked it. I liked the independence of providing for myself. When I met my husband and moved south I transitioned into being a stay at home mom. Making money as a stay at home mom proved to be a bit more difficult. The journey backRead More →

Easter fun

When it comes to Easter, our family tends to keep things simple. We don’t go all out on a big fancy dinner or spend a fortune on gifts. Easter fun for our family is more about spending time together then spending money. While I enjoy the large-scale celebrations of the other holidays sometime’s it’s nice to have a simple holiday to look forward to. A holiday that is low key and stress-free with plenty of family fun and quality time. Easter celebrations in our family start the day before with Egg dyeing. Dyeing eggs can be messy, especially with young kids who don’t have theRead More →

When we first moved into our house the bathroom decor was a bit..bland. Everything was beige, black and white. Thankfully, even with a limited budget, it was not too hard to jazz it up a little bit. The first step was thinking of a theme for the room. With a bit of discussion, we finally settled on a beach/marine theme. We choose this for several reasons. First of all the colors, blue and shell shades can really make a room feel soothing and calm, perfect for a bathroom. Secondly, beach themes are popular when it comes to bathrooms so I knew it would be relativelyRead More →

When we are little kids we are told to follow your dreams. It is a goal that seems achievable, sure, it might be a long way off. It might seem hard, but there is a small spark of hope deep inside which tells us that anything is possible. It’s a part of being young, of knowing that your whole life is spread out before you. When we are little we cannot wait to grow up so that we can do all the things we dream of doing. And then we grow up. And then we start to lose that hope. Somewhere through the years asRead More →

A picture of a DIY coat Rack

I think we all have those spots in our homes. You know the ones. Those places where mess seems to pile up and …breed. There’s really no other way to put it. The piles start as one item and sometime between the last time you looked at it and when you stumbled over it just now you find its doubled or even tripled in size. In my home, one of those spots was just inside the door. Since our house doesn’t have a closet for shoes and coats the kids would come home from school, kick off the shoes, throw down the coats and leave.Read More →

Learning that there can be beauty in imperfection can be a hard lesson. Several years ago now my husband got a phone call that no one ever wants to get. “Your mommom’s not doing well, you had better come quickly.” and so off to Florida we went to say our goodbyes and although they had not seen one another recently they had been close when he was younger and the loss hit him hard. Shortly after, we helped to clean out her house. As a young couple with not much to our name, we were offered a lot of the furniture. It was appreciated andRead More →