Preparing Your Budget for Holiday Spending

Yes, I know. The holiday season is several weeks away. How far away they are shouldn't matter when it comes to your budget though. The holiday spending season, usually Oct 1 through the end of the year can easily make or break your bank account if you don't prepare for it. … [Read more...]

Blueberry Butter Breakfast Spread

I absolutely adore recipes that are easy to make...especially those that are made in the mornings. I'm very much not a morning person so I love easy breakfast recipes instead of ones that have me stumbling around the kitchen groggy eyed trying to fix breakfast. This blueberry … [Read more...]

Homeschool Unit Study – Oceans of the World

School starts for us on Monday and I can't even begin to tell you how excited Emma and I both are. As we move into her 5th grade year, I wanted to highlight some of the more fun lessons we have planned this year and some that we loved doing last year. To start, I want to show you … [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...]

Why You Should Identify Fixed Expenses in Your Budget

Ever have one of those budget moments where you sit slack jawed looking at your budget and realize that a double face palm would never be big enough to cover it? I have plenty of times so I'm pretty sure that you have too. One of the times where I have done this is when I've … [Read more...]

Save on Back to School Ink Through 8/1! #HPink #HPSmartMom

  This post is part of a sponsored campaign with HP and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.     Back to School season is in full swing and if you've got ink on your shopping list? You likely know how expensive it is. That's why I am … [Read more...]

How to Score the Best Deals on Craigslist

I love Craigslist. Seriously. I have furnished more than one home, bought cars, clothed my child and even found houses to rent through CL and I may or may not have developed a habit. Unfortunately, Craigslist is the internet and not everyone on the internet is honest. If you're … [Read more...]

Strawberry Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

So in case you didn't know? It is HOT here in Texas. Like boil my blood, really cook an egg on the hood, step outside and your body steams kind of hot. When it gets this hot? There is nothing better than a meal that I can make without having to heat up the kitchen. This … [Read more...]

Easy Peach Scone Recipe

I absolutely love having fruit (or some form of) for breakfast or dessert. I seriously live for summer when I can buy fresh peaches, strawberries, blueberries and other yummy varieties. This peach scone recipe is one of my absolute favorites and I can tell you that when I made … [Read more...]

Simple Strawberry Dessert Bars

I don't know about you, but there is nothing that screams summer to me more than strawberries. They are my favorite fruit by far and by the time that the season ends, I'm ready for it to begin again. Needless to say? I LOVE a good strawberry recipe and these Simple Strawberry … [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 Things to Avoid at a Homeschool Convention

Going to your first anything can be scary, but in my opinion, it's especially scary if what you're doing can affect your kids. This is the case with homeschool conventions. While they're fun, they can also be nerve wracking and stressful and no one wants to deal with that when … [Read more...]

Why You Should Focus on Building Wealth…Instead of Just Saving Money

Stop the presses! I know. I'm late on this post today. It happens. :D Why am I late? Because I was doing some work for a few other bloggers. That's okay. Like I said. It happens. Next time, I'll plan my schedule better. Aside from the fact that I'm late, maybe you're wondering … [Read more...]

6 Reasons to Attend Your First Homeschool Convention

Homeschooling can be a mystery sometimes. There's a ton that comes along with it and it can truly be overwhelming for even veteran homeschoolers. That's why I love homeschool conventions. They can help take the mystery out of everything. Yes, they sometimes cost money, but … [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...]

Debt Be Gone! Creative Ways to Pay Down Debt

If you're drowning in debt, it can be extremely easy to get caught up in negative feelings and a "woe is me" thought process. Debt seems like it can be forever, but really, it's not. It can be paid off, all at once or in slow increments if you stay on top of things. If you're … [Read more...]