• 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…

  • 14 Day Frugal Living Challenge

    I have been working so hard on my 14 Day Frugal Living Challenge.  I wanted to create something that would encourage, inspire and help others to live a more frugal lifestyle. I have put together 14 e-mails (one a day), each with a different frugal living topic.  Each e-mail includes tips and tricks from me and a daily challenge, all related to the topic.  There are links to other articles, free printable worksheets, and 15 of my favorite simple and frugal recipes. I am really excited for this project!  I hope others will find it useful, helpful and encouraging as they try to save money and live beneath their minds. …

  • 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…