35 Books on Space Little Astronauts Love!

Have I ever told you guys before just how much I love books? If you could see the bookshelves and crates we have here at our house? I might just be embarrassed by the sheer number of them. Okay, no I wouldn't. What I would do is tell you about my love of books, hand you my … [Read more...]

5 Things Your Kids Want to Know About Money (From the Mouth of a 10 Year Old)

As parents it can be hard sometimes to figure out exactly what to teach out kids. It's pretty easy when they're little but as they grow? It isn't quite as easy. My Emma and I have always had a good relationship and because of that, when I get stumped on what she wants to learn, I … [Read more...]

7 Back To School Essentials You Won’t Find On A List

It's almost August and you know what that means! Back to school shopping! While most public school students receive a list and almost all homeschool students have theirs planned out as well, there is almost always something that gets left off of those lists. No, I don't mean … [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Super Mom (and Why I’m Okay With That)

I was on the phone the other day with a good friend and mid-conversation I was struck by the thought compared to me? "This chick is Super Mom!" Full on loving the laundry, finds joy in the dishes, never misses a dinner, perfect hair and makeup, PTA president Super Mom. It was … [Read more...]

7 Chores You Should Pay Your Kids to Do

As parents, it's our jobs to teach our kids to be responsible adults in everything they do. Unfortunately, that isn't always the easiest thing to do. I believe that one of the best ways to help teach those lessons that they need to learn is by chores. Now granted, I don't think … [Read more...]

7 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

  Of the many things that Dad taught you, hopefully thriftiness was one of them. Show Dad that his lessons stuck when you celebrate him with these 7 fun and frugal ideas this Father's Day. Below you will find 7 frugal ways to celebrate Father's Day and show Dad that he is … [Read more...]

Kick Pre-Prom Acne to the Curb with Oxy! #DreamProm

Once upon a time, I was a 16 year old girl getting ready for prom. I had on a royal purple, off the shoulder gown and my hair in a french twist. As I did one final check of my hair, I noticed something that for a 16 year old girl can ruin her night. What you ask? A SERIOUS … [Read more...]

5 Things a Once Homeless Mom Wants You To Know

  Last week, I wrote a post about how I'm grateful for the time that I spent homeless and while most of the responses I received were supportive and loving,  some of you had said that you never really give the homeless a second thought, that you thought assumed they're … [Read more...]

How to Cook Over an Open Fire

Yes, I know that for some people reading this, knowing how to cook over an open fire might sound crazy. Remember though,  it was done for centuries before modern day stoves were invented and thousands of campers do it each year.  While you may never need this particular skill, … [Read more...]

Whaattt? You’re Grateful for Being Homeless?

If you've read my bio, you're probably aware that my Emma and I spent a large portion of 2010 homeless, living in a shelter in Northern Iowa. The reasons behind how we ended up in that shelter are not really important and truthfully are pretty boring, but for the sake of putting … [Read more...]