Goose Creek Scented Candles - Blueberry Cheesecake

I have a confession to make. I have always liked candles but I have never considered myself a ‘candle person’. In fact, in our household, it’s my husband that’s always loved candles. We can’t go into a store without him picking up at least one. I enjoyed the candles, but let’s face it – most of them are quite expensive with very little benefits. In my experience, scented candles smell great for a few minutes and then fade away which makes their price tag a bit dubious right? It also made me a little bit wary about trying higher priced candles. Why should I spendRead More →

Becoming a couponer

Couponing is something that I have talked about a few times in the past. It’s a great way to save money when you’re a new family working within a budget. Collecting coupons from newspapers and magazines in order to save cents off of a product might seem a bit time consuming but if you do it right you can really put a dent in your grocery bill! Becoming a couponer doesn’t have to be difficult. Odds are that you have heard of extreme couponers before, these people take couponing to the next level and spend a lot of time searching for coupons, comparing deals andRead More →

Valentine's Day gift guide unicorns

Coming up with gift idea’s can be challenging, especially if you don’t want to follow the tried and true chocolate and flowers route. Don’t get me wrong I love both chocolate and flowers, in fact, I probably love chocolate more then I should with my keto lifestyle! But! Every now and then it’s nice to give or receive something a little bit different. If you are stuck for idea’s – either for your significant other or for yourself (because why not make Valentine’s day special even if you don’t have a significant other?!?) Then this Valentine’s Day gift guide is here for you! Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.Read More →

Christmas Decorations set up following our Family Christmas Traditions

Family Christmas traditions are so interesting. I didn’t really think about it until I was married and had children of my own. Growing up my family celebrated Christmas, in the same way, every year, there were small traditions and larger ones but that’s just the way it was done! When I got married, however, it soon became apparent that my husband had grown up with different traditions and thoughts about the holidays. We had to learn how to blend our family traditions and once we had kids we found ourselves creating our own little way of doing things. When our children grow older and start theirRead More →

Gift Wrapping tips for terrible wrappers. A pleated and ribbon wrapped gift

I don’t like to admit it but I have never been very good at wrapping gifts. Most of the time, you could count yourself lucky if your gift was wrapped in one continuous piece of paper rather then a patchwork collection because I sized things wrong. Yes, I was that terrible at it. If I did size things properly then the corners always ended up bunched and bulky looking. Enough was enough! This year I sat down and studied some gift wrapping tips with the intent of attempting to learn how to gift wrap properly. Was I successful?  To some degree! It turns out that giftRead More →

Getting into the Christmas Spirit with Netflix

I love Christmas! I love the decorations, the crafts and the act of giving gifts. Most importantly, however, I love seeing my kids as they get more and more excited about the approaching holiday. Every family has their own traditions and yearly adventures when it comes to Christmas. For my family, a large part of the season revolves around watching Christmas movies. We love getting into the Christmas Spirit by watching the various tales, both new and old. It’s a great excuse for cozy blankets, hot chocolate and family bonding time. Since our family unplugged from cable a few years ago we have been dependantRead More →

dealing with unexpected costs as a family on a budget

Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like this time of year is a magnet for bad luck. The dryer died last year and this year a sensor in the truck decided to go out. Some years are better than others but it never fails. If something is going to break and need replacing. It’s going to happen close to Christmas or a birthday or some other event that’s already stretching our budget a bit thin. Dealing with unexpected costs is just a hard bit of truth when it comes to being an adult. Would have been nice if someone had warned us about thisRead More →

I have become a big fan of journaling and planning over the last year. Keeping up with my goals and daily tasks have brought a tremendous sense of peace to my life. Being able to wake up in the morning, open my journal or planner and see exactly what needs to be accomplished that day helps keep the stress of trying to remember it all to a minimum. But, I recognize that creating a bullet journal or keeping up with a regular planner can be time-consuming and challenging for many people. Journaling for busy families requires a less time-consuming method. Something that takes only minutesRead More →

wall decals header2

At some point this summer I realized that all the photo’s in our home were outdated. We have changed so much and gone on so many fun adventures that I really felt like it was time to add some new memories to the walls. I can’t really remember the last time I ordered a photo print! I just shared them on social media and saved them to google photos and that was that. But it would be nice to have an actual physical copy – and a family photo wall is a wonderful way to decorate your home! Of course, I have also been aRead More →

cards from the dollar tree

Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows about my undying affection for the Dollar Tree. I am sorry but a store where everything is a dollar? Yes, please. My trips to the Dollar tree have become something of a family joke. Comments like “Mom’s going to the Dollar Tree, better bring the tablet’s we’re going to be a while!” are uttered by the kids on a regular basis. But, it always astounds me just what I can find at the Dollar Tree. Last spring I got the cutest Fairy Garden figures and the spring wreath on my front door gotRead More →