• Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe

    My kids LOVE making play dough, and we do it regularly.  Try making this Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe for a fun alternative to the classic play dough recipe. I was introduced to this Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe years ago in a college Child Development class.  Instantly I loved the concept of using this recipe as a sensory activity for kids.  They can touch, see, smell, and even taste it.  I think it would be fun to use for a preschool lesson about the 5 senses. My kids ask to make this play dough all the time.  I’m pretty sure their favorite part is that they are actually allowed…

  • 5 Ways to Earn CASHBACK on Purchases

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will receive compensation from clicks on my links.  All opinions are my own.   Who likes free money???  You better be raising your hand right now!  I LOVE free money! And guess what!  You can earn FREE MONEY just by shopping how you normally would!  WHAT?!?! 1.  Discover Card My FAVORITE way to earn cashback is by shopping with my Discover Card.  When I shop with my Discover Card I automatically earn anywhere from 1-5% cashback on all purchases. You don’t have to do anything, just use your card and your cashback will grow.  I earn around $500 cashback with Discover a…

  • 15 Baby Items You Do NOT Need On Your Baby Gift Registry

    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I have had 3 kids, my youngest is now 5, and I have been slowly sorting through my boxes of baby supplies.  It’s taken me years to go through these items, because I have struggled with closing that baby chapter in my life.  I love the memories that come flooding back to me as I look through my boxes of small baby clothes and sweet tender memories. I have sold…

  • 10 Tips to Stop Impulse Shopping

    Let’s talk impulse shopping. Truthfully??  I have always struggled with impulse shopping and I am constantly trying to stop. Do I budget?  YEP!  Do I love to save money and watch my bank account grow?  ABSOLUTELY!  Yet, I STILL impulse shop!  (you win some and lose some right???) Fortunately, I have learned many lessons through the years and my impulse shopping has decreased (I still have a ways to go however!). 1.  Admit you Have a Problem The first step to curing impulse shopping is to admit you have a problem.  It’s normal to want to rationalize your purchases.  You might be using phrases like, “Oh, but it was on sale,…

  • When FAMILY becomes more important than the SIDE HUSTLE

    This week I walked away from a really great side hustle. This was not an easy decision to make.  Not at all. Did I enjoy it?  YES! Did it earn me good money?  ABSOLUTELY! Do we need the money? We can survive happily without it, but the money definitely HELPED! Then WHY did I quit???? Let me back track for a bit. Four years ago my husband lost his job. It was a devastating, punch in the gut, slap in the face, completely unexpected thing to happen.  I spiraled into a depression and struggled every day to get out of bed.  I was constantly worried.  Worried about our future and…

  • “Painting” Baked Rocks

    If you have been reading for a while you know that I am all about simple and frugal activities for kids.  Mom life is HARD and BUSY and did I mention HARD.  So, if I can come up with fun activities for my kids that require very little prep, I am all for it! This activity of “painting” rocks is one of my favorites. It starts with an old fashioned rock hunt.  I encourage my kids to find a large and smooth rock, they usually just grab whichever one catches their eye first!  Either way totally works.  (See, simple right?!?!)   You will then need to “bake” the rock.  This…

  • Homemade Outdoor Window Cleaner

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will receive compensation from purchases made through links in this post. We have been busy around here with Spring Cleaning.  I might be a little strange, but I honestly look forward to Spring Cleaning each year.  It is such a beautiful time of year for a fresh clean start. Every spring we deep clean the outside of all of the windows on our house.  It’s a family job and everyone helps.  I have been making my own outdoor window cleaner for years.  It does a great job getting off all those pesky water spots. Outdoor Window Cleaner Recipe All you need…

  • 50 FREE activities to do with your kids over the Summer Break

    I am an associate with Ultimate Bundles.  I will receive compensation from purchases made through my links. Summer break is just around the corner.  I have been looking forward to summer for weeks!  I love having my school aged kids home with me and I always look forward to a more relaxed schedule full of fun family activities.  I talked a little more about summer in my post:  Our Summer Plans: Keeping the kids Entertained and Mom Sane, this post includes how I plan on managing screen time and a couple of our favorite traditions. I also just purchased the Homemaking Bundle complete with printables and resources to keep the kids…

  • Why we Cut the Cable and NEVER looked back!

    “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. ”  I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I may be compensated for purchases made from links on my site. I remember telling my friends that, “I could never live without my DVR!”  I loved having my DVR and being able to record shows whenever I wanted and watch them whenever I wanted.  I loved skipping through commercials and I really could never imagine myself going back to life…

  • Our Summer Plans: Keeping the kids Entertained and Mom Sane

    I am so excited for summer to start.  I honestly love having my kids home with me during summer break.  My only complaint is it just goes by to fast! I have learned from past experience that if I don’t have a little bit of advanced planning and structure to Summer Vacation, we all tend to get on each others nerves (any other moms have this problem???).  I try not to make our days overly structured, because, it IS summer break after all…but a little bit of planning and routine seems to go a long ways for our sanity. Screen Time I really hope my kids aren’t the only kids…