Foolproof DIY Halloween Decorations

I pin a ton of cool stuff on Pinterest, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they all work out. I tend to do things pretty clumsily, which was probably pretty evident from my post on my love hate relationship with Pinterest. So if I can pull something off, that means it’s pretty much foolproof. So here are some foolproof DIY Halloween decorations that turned out pretty well and were a lot of fun to do with the kids. (more…)

Pokemon Costume For Just $20

When talking about what my kids wanted to be for Halloween, it was a quick decision because they’re currently OBSESSED with Pokemon. But a quick search online showed Pokemon costumes well over $40 and $50. No thanks. I like to make my kids’ costumes anyway. It just seems more fun to me. (more…)

No Need To Order Out – Cook Like a Restaurant Chef At Home!

I try to make my family home cooked meals each night with healthy ingredients. But let’s face it, who’s that good ALL the time? Not me. And sometimes you just crave take-out because it tastes so good.

These recipes below are some of my favorites. They give you the same great taste as your favorite restaurant and you can control the cost and the ingredients, which can make it much cheaper and healthier. (more…)

Memory Keepers

I’m a total picture junky. As soon as something happens or I see something beautiful I reach for my phone. So much so, that sometimes I have to force myself to stay in the moment. And I used to print a lot of pictures, carefully placing them in photo albums so I could pull them off the shelf at any time and gaze upon my sweet babies’ faces. But guess what, I never pulled them off the shelf. They only collected dust. And worst of all, it cost a ton of money.

Now I rarely print any photos unless they’re special ones that I want to blow up and frame. Yet I always have all my photos at my fingertips, hundreds, maybe even thousands of them. It’s because there are so many awesome ways now to save and showcase photos on social media – for free- and in digital albums – for cheap-. (more…)

Explore The Beauty Of Your City For Free

I LOVE living in Florida. I’m a midwesterner by birth and was a southerner for the past decade. But I’ve always been a lover of sun, sand and water. And since we shook up our lives a few months ago and took a chance on moving to paradise, I constantly pinch myself to remind me this is my real life. (more…)

How I Got My Kids To Spend All Afternoon At The Library And Love It!

One of my biggest struggles as a mom is not getting my kids to eat their veggies or brush their teeth or do chores. I’m very lucky that all of that comes pretty easy. My biggest challenge is limiting screen time. From TV to video games to tablets and phones, there’s always a game they want to play or a show they want to watch and it’s absolutely the end of the world if they don’t get to.

The rule in our house is no more than one hour of screen time on school nights. But I’m not going to lie, sometimes I give in and let the timer slide because I just don’t want to hear the whining or have the argument. Real talk. I’m not ashamed. It happens to the best of us.

Recently, I wanted to keep the kids out of the house for a couple of hours so my husband, who works odd hours, could sleep. So I jumped at the chance to take them somewhere I love to go, is free and where they can learn something – the library. To head off the whining and the ‘Is it time to leave yet?’ I printed off a couple of cool kids library games from the American Library Association website. (more…)

5 Favorite Crock-Pot Recipes

Moms already have a lot on their ‘plate’ even before it comes to making dinner. Among our other jobs of house cleaner, bus driver, tutor, cheerleader and shopper it’s sometimes hard to also squeeze in master chef.

My secret to culinary sanity is Pinterest. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I love it and use it all the time for meal planning. And one of my regular searches is ‘easy crock-pot recipe.’

As cooking goes, I think crock-pots are the coolest thing since sliced bread. I can throw in the ingredients in the afternoon, pickup the kids from school, take them to their sports activities and come home to a fully cooked dinner.

Here are five of my go-to favorites. (more…)