How to Grow Celery from Scraps

  First things first. I really don't have a green thumb. Seriously. I've never actually gardened in my life until this year. Luckily for me (and you too maybe?) this is crazy, super simple easy to do. So crazy, super simple easy that the kids could even do it as a school … [Read more...]

20 Common Expenses You Should Stop Spending Money On

When your personal budget is really tight, it can be really disheartening to try and cut your expenses but not be able to cut them back far enough. What most of us don't realize though is that the chances are good that we have more money than we think to spend.  Money that we're … [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...]

Slow Cooker Sausage, Green Beans & Potato Dinner

I don't know about you, but there are just some days where I just don't feel the need to spend hours on dinner. Those days? I would love to just throw sandwich meat and bread at my family with a grin and a big ol' "Here ya go" but unfortunately for me, my head and heart just … [Read more...]

Cloth Pads?? Why I Started Using Cloth Pads (and Why You Should Give Up Disposables Too!)

Okay ladies, let's talk. Yes, we're going to talk about *that* subject. No! Not THAT one...the OTHER one. Get your mind outta the gutters! Recently, I made the switch from disposable to cloth pads. I know. That was more TMI about me than you ever needed to know, but this year … [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...]

DIY Reusable Fabric Softener Sheets

One of my goals for the new year was not only to cut our household expenses as much as possible, but to really get rid of a lot of the chemicals that we have in the house. I've always used vinegar in the rinse cycle, but until now, I'd never considered making my own dryer sheets. … [Read more...]

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

There is NOTHING more comforting to me than Chicken Noodle Soup on a cold day or when I'm not feeling well. That's why I adore this one. It's so SO good and SO easy to make and it frequently finds its way into our menu plan at least a couple times a month. This one here is an … [Read more...]

White Chicken Chili Recipe – Easy & Cheap Meal Ideas

Baby, it's cold outside! Okay, for most of the country it is. Here in Texas, it is still a balmy 80° F or better. For me, fall is the time of year to pull out my favorite soup recipes and my favorite stew recipes no matter what the temperature is outside. There is just … [Read more...]