Smart phones are one of those things that can either be a blessing or a curse. I postponed getting a smart phone for a while; I honestly hated the idea of spending the extra money each month for data. Over time though, I found apps that can actually help you save money. With a little work, you can pay for your data plan, or come close to paying for it just by using some money saving apps for … [Read more...] about Smart Phone Apps that can Save you Money!
It’s a New Year and with it comes a resolution many families will make. What is it? To find a way to save money! Maybe you want to take that dream vacation this year, maybe you want to pad your savings account, or get a new car. Regardless of why you want to save money, it is a goal for many families. One thing you may not realize is how easy it is to do just that! A few pennies a month can … [Read more...] about 5 Super Simple Ways to Save Money
Christmas is over, and it is the time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Typical New Year’s goals or wishes you hear about are wanting to lose weight, find a new job, make more money, sell a house, and move. Most of the time the resolutions don’t happen, and within a few months they are forgotten. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions you can keep! I guaranteed … [Read more...] about New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep!
Family Traditions are something that are passed down from parent to child. It is something familiar that a family may do every birthday, certain holidays, or the same time every year. Some of our family traditions are breakfast for dinner every Sunday, putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving, raking leaves and jumping in them every fall, going to see the local Christmas light show and … [Read more...] about How to Start a Family Tradition
When I quit my job to stay home with my oldest I still had to find a way to bring in some extra income. I started out as an in home child care provider, and now work as a freelancer. Working from home is a blessing, and something that most in the previous generations didn’t have the opportunity to do. However, it also brings with it challenges. When you work from home, you never leave your … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Balance Working from Home
It is vacation season, and many families are hitting the road for a week of fun and relaxation. BUT, for many other families, a vacation is not in the cards. So, for those who may not be able to take a family vacation, what should you do? I suggest trying a staycation this year! Make this the best summer ever! A staycation is a vacation in your own backyard. Staycations are more than … [Read more...] about Family Staycation Ideas
In light of the state of this country right now, I think that we can ALL agree we need more love. Children need to learn how people feel love, and they need to know how people show love. Love to me has always been a verb. I feel that love is something that I strive to show my kids, and those I care about every day. BUT, how often to I reach out and show love to others? How often do I worry … [Read more...] about Discovering the Five Love Languages
When you go places with little ones it is best to always be prepared! My kids are almost always with me. When one has a dr. appointment they all go. When I have a dr. appointment, most of the time they all go. It is a rare treat when I even get to go to the grocery store alone. Through the years I have learned a few things about running errands with kids. Doctor Office Bring crayons and … [Read more...] about Tricks and Tips for Running Errands with Kids
I was driving along and I heard a sput, sput, sound. I looked down and my cars thermometer gauge was in the red. NOT a good situation. What does this mean? Money for repairs. The kids get sick. ALL at the same time. What does this mean? Money for doctor visits and medicine. Hubby calls, no work this weekend. What does this mean? A short paycheck. Chances are you have been in the same … [Read more...] about 3 Ways you can Make Money QUICK!
It happens, regularly. We are sitting at a restaurant, standing in line, or walking through the mall. We get a stare, it is the middle of a school day! Or, I start seeing the eyes counting my kids, I put my head down, walk a little quicker, but it still happens. The questions, the unsolicited advice, and the frustrations! Here are 5 things I hate hearing as a parent! Are they all … [Read more...] about 5 things I hate hearing as a parent!
In today’s society we are bombarded day after day with ads telling us what our children “need” to succeed. I don’t know about you, but some days I get overwhelmed at the thought of making sure my kids “have it all”. But, then I stop and think, other than food, water and shelter what do our children “need”? Do they need the newest iPod? No. What about that program that is guaranteed to teach … [Read more...] about 5 Things Children Need
Spring is right around the corner, and I can almost smell the fresh air. Spring is a time when things are new, and fresh, and most of us want to make our homes feel that way too. Yet, we are busy, over worked, underpaid (amen!), and just don’t have the time to make spring cleaning happen. If that is how you feel, then I have three tips to help YOU make spring cleaning happen. 3 Tips to … [Read more...] about Three Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Happen!
I go to bed defeated again. My to do list is too long, and there are not enough hours in the day. I failed. Again. There were still crumbs on the floor, and laundry in baskets. I had yelled at the kids, and didn’t get to that book I promised to read the boy. I feel like no matter what I do, it's never enough…. I ask myself, “Why do I keep Failing?" Then, I am reminded of this quote by Trace … [Read more...] about When You Feel Like It’s Never Enough
As I sit at the doctor’s office I notice parents and kids with their eyes down looking at a hand held device. Similar scenes spread out at the grocery store, restaurants and even church. Gone are the days when kids looked at a book, played with a doll or car, or even colored in a coloring book. They are entertained by electronics. Gone are the days when families interacted with each other, now … [Read more...] about Three Tips to Raising Social Kids in a Screen Driven World
I don’t know about you, but for me childcare is a HUGE problem. My husband has crazy hours at work, and I can never fully rely on him to be home. Add in the fact that I homeschool my three kids, and this makes holiday shopping, planning, and doing a little difficult. If you are in a similar boat no fear, here are some creative ways to get your Christmas shopping done with children … [Read more...] about Three Ways to get your Christmas shopping done childless!