A long overdue life update….

Quality time with family #parenting #bloggingbreak

Welcome back, my dear friends! This blog has been covered in cobwebs for much too long. I've missed it and all of you BUT have been enjoying some much needed quality time with my family over the last several months. Doing things like this... And this.... And … [Read more...]

Fun and Inexpensive Ideas for a Memorial Day Weekend Staycation

Fun and #Inexpensive Ideas for a #MemorialDay Weekend #Staycation #frugaltips

Memorial Day weekend – which unofficially heralds in the start of the summer season – is fast approaching and is the perfect time for a celebration. There are so many fun things to do with your kids at this beautiful and exciting time of year. School is almost out and a long, fun summer stretches … [Read more...]

Spring Break ~ Wordless Wednesday w/ linky

Spring Break ~ Wordless Wednesday w/ #linky

The end of Spring Break is a bittersweet time in our house. While the kiddos are super excited to be back at school today with their friends they are also struggling to get back into the daily routine. After all we did spend the last week playing outside, blowing bubbles, eating lunches (and … [Read more...]

6 Spring and Summer Projects for Super Frugal Living

6 Spring and Summer Projects for Super Frugal Living #frugaltips #DIY

Spring and summer are probably the two best seasons for frugal living. There really aren’t that many holidays that require gifts like in the winter. More importantly, though, is that the weather is perfect for doing all sorts of self-sufficiency projects that can save you tons of money over the … [Read more...]

Bedtime Stories ~ Wordless Wednesday w/ linky

Bedtime Stories #WordlessWednesday #sisters #linky

From the time my oldest was a baby our nightly routine has always included a bedtime story. In the beginning we would read to her each night until eventually she learned to do it on her own. At that point she read to us! I've always cherished this time with the girls. A few weeks ago I walked into … [Read more...]

Recognizing when your children need you the most….Part 2

Recognizing when your children need you most #parenting #teens #daughters

Recently I left you all with a bit of a cliffhanger and for that I apologize. However, when Caytlyn didn't come home that Friday afternoon that's exactly how I felt, like I was hanging from a cliff for dear life. In my heart I knew that she had done the unthinkable and went to Jenny's house despite … [Read more...]

Recognizing when your children need you the most….Part 1

Recognizing when your children need you most #parenting #teens #daughters

**Since I inadvertently published this yesterday (typos and all) before it was actually finished I've decided to break this post into a two parter. Stay tuned.** I've been under the radar for the last month or so and you may have noticed the lack of blog posts and social media interactions … [Read more...]

14 Valentine’s Day Sweets for Your Sweetie

14 Valentine's Day Sweets for Your Sweetie #valentinesday #recipes #desserts

February is just days away which means that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Ahhh, love is in the air! Can you see it? Can you feel it? More importantly, can you taste it?!?! It's no secret that one of my favorite things about any given holiday (besides quality time with the ones I … [Read more...]

Still sleeping…..Wordless Wednesday w/ linky

Still sleeping....Wordless Wednesday w/ linky

It appears that there is a trend here. Last week my wordless post highlighted my two year old pretending to sleep. This week it's my four year old ACTUALLY sleeping. Yup, after getting out of the tub a few nights ago she crawled up on the couch with Daddy and covered up with the blanket. As I … [Read more...]

Hearty Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Hearty Beef Stroganoff #recipe

I wasn't always the best cook during my early years as a wife and mother. In fact, during the first few years of our marriage I only had about two or three great recipes in my back pocket and at least one of these included a box of Hamburger Helper. Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing … [Read more...]