preparing for summer break fun

When you’re a kid summer is a time of fun and relaxation. No school and no worries! It kind of goes in the opposite direction once you become a parent! Of course, it’s fun to have our children home with us more often but it can also bring its own challenges. Especially for parents who work and families who follow a strict budget. Preparing for summer break ahead of time can mean the difference between a fun-filled summer or a couple of months of stress. Not quite sure how you’re going to manage this summer? Then these tips are for you! Preparing for Summer Break,Read More →

whole family active homework breaks

Not every child enjoys school, and that’s okay. I remember having years I loved my classes, teachers and schoolwork and years that I’d rather forget about! As a parent, it’s important to let your children spread their wings and learn to be responsible. But! You can also help your child excel at school. We all want to ensure that our children do their very best so they live up to their potential. Studies suggest those children whose parents engage with their education generally do better than those who don’t! This year’s school year might be ending but it’s never to early to start setting upRead More →

How Mother’s Day is celebrated seems to vary widely between families! For most it’s not a major holiday, we don’t spend months planning for it or decorate our houses top to bottom as we do for Halloween or Christmas. But that doesn’t mean it has to go by unnoticed either! While families with older children might opt for a nice dinner out and some people are content with flowers and a card I have found my favorite Mother’s Day activities usually involve just spending some quality time with my kids. They are, after all, the entire reason I get to celebrate Mother’s Day as somethingRead More →

When we moved into our home I knew right away that I wanted to change the front yard. The front garden was nothing but stones and some pretty ugly bushes. That was probably some pretty good luck for us since everyone knows that creating curb appeal is a great way to increase the price of your home! During that first summer, we made a few changes, we put in a little pond and ripped up those ugly bushes. Small changes but enough to make me happy! Creating Curb Appeal to Upgrade Your Home Unfortunately, this small bit of progress quickly fell back into chaos. WeRead More →

Traveling with Kids,

With spring here and summer fast approaching car trips are looming on the horizon for a lot of families. While our family doesn’t take many long vacations we do head off on a lot of day trips! The beach, the zoo, hiking, visiting family and friends who live farther away. You name it and we tend to try and pack it into a summer road trip. It didn’t take us long as a young family to learn that traveling with kids can be a challenge! Kids get bored, have accidents and seem to be bottomless pits when it comes to food. All of these thingsRead More →

Tigeropolis a great wildlife conservation book for kids

I have always been an avid reader. For as long as I can remember my favorite way to relax has been reading a good book. There is something soothing about leaving the real world behind and immersing yourself in a well written story. Of course I wanted to share this love with my children as they grew! Although getting them interested in reading was a challenge in the beginning I am happy to say that my oldest is now an huge bookworm and my youngest? Well, she’s getting there! Getting my kids to enjoy reading is due in large part to books like Tigeropolis: CaughtRead More →

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 →