Our Little Girl’s Wedding Birthday Party

Grace in her Wedding Birthday Dress

This post contains affiliate links. Last year Grace went through a phase where she was obsessed with watching my wedding video. She would watch it multiple times a week. Nate and I have seen our wedding video so many times that I don't think either of us will have the desire to watch it on our anniversary for a very, very long time. Because of Grace's love for weddings, my mom gave her a Melissa and Doug wedding dress for Christmas. That dressed sparked the idea in Grace's mind to have a … [Read more...]

10 Safer Bath and Body Products for You and Your Kids

Unfortunately, we can't trust that every item on the store shelves is safe to use, but here are 10 safer bath and body products for you and your kids. This list covers hand soap, toothpaste, diaper rash cream, shampoo, and more. Trying out these suggestions would be a great first step towards more natural living.

Grace has fallen into the trap of kid marketing. She has started asking me to buy her junk at the grocery store that is decorated with her favorite cartoon characters. I don't deprive my kids of treats, but there are some things I don't want to buy. "Grace, I'm not going to buy that because it really isn't good for you." "If it isn't good for kids, why is it here?" "Some people still buy it and eat it even though it isn't good." I'm starting to lay down the foundation with Grace that … [Read more...]

10 Helpful Morning Routines From A Night Owl

10 Helpful Morning Routines From A Night Owl - tips from someone who hates getting up in the morning!

Ever since I became a stay-at-home mom 5 years ago, I've enjoyed the luxury of ditching my alarm clock on most mornings. I set my alarm for church or other special events, but most of the time I wake up when Grace crawls into bed with me or when I hear Noah calling for me. Every expert under the sun says that waking up before your children is the key to starting your day off right. Clearly I'm not doing things right, but I'm a night owl. 100%. Well it is time for things to change because … [Read more...]

10 Affordable Housewarming Gifts

10 Affordable Housewarming Gifts - great ideas that will fit any budget!

This post contains affiliate links. It is fun to bless someone with a housewarming gift, but it isn't fun to break your budget trying to do it. Each of these affordable housewarming gifts will cost you less than $30, most of them are less than $20, and some are even less than $10. 10 Affordable Housewarming Gifts 1. Baked Goods - Any homemade treat will do, but I especially like the idea of bread. You can write something in the card about "breaking bread together" in their new home. … [Read more...]

Looking Back at 5 Years of Beach Vacation Blessings

"No matter what the size is of your bank account, never doubt your ability to bless someone else." - SimplyRebekah.com

My husband is the director of a nonprofit and one of the donors to the nonprofit has gifted us with a week at his beach house for the past 5 summers. I can't get over how incredibly awesome that has been for our family. This donor has such a generous heart. It means so much to us that he recognizes the "missionary type" work that my husband does and wants to provide some much needed rest and relaxation for our family. In honor of our 5th year at the beach this month, I wanted to take stroll … [Read more...]

Salsa Canning Vlog: a silly and ridiculous “how to” video

Salsa Canning Vlog: a silly and ridiculous "how to" video

This post contains affiliate links. I was home alone. It was glorious. There were a million things that I could have spent my time doing, but the ripe tomatoes were calling my name. It was time to make salsa. I decided to do what any "normal" person would do in this situation and I live vlogged my salsa making adventure on Instagram. All night long I sent 15 second clips of salsa making madness out into the land of social media. The salsa canning vlog clips were silly, ridiculous, and … [Read more...]

Taking My Deck Furniture From Drab to Fab!

Final Before & After Photo

This post was originally published on July 8, 2011 and it contains affiliate links. For our wedding, Nate & I were given a fun little outdoor table and chair set. It is made out of wood and looks so pretty when we don't leave it outside all winter long! After a few years of weather damage our table ended up looking like this: Isn't this just a beautiful shade of gray?? Thankfully, this is an easy fix. It is especially since I used to work in a woodworking factory. For 3 … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Save Money on Fast Food

7 Ways to Save Money on Fast Food - Plus real life examples of cheaply eating out.

"What time do you want me to come back home?" I asked. "8:00." "Really??? Okay!" I darted out the door with the blessing of my husband and headed to the library to get some much needed work done. Nate had graciously blessed me with several hours of alone time out of the house and I was more than willing to take him up on it. When supper time rolled around I debated going home for a free meal for about 0.2 seconds. I'm a frugal gal, but I didn't want to risk getting sucked back into … [Read more...]

Is Toy Rotation Worth The Effort?

Is Toy Rotation Worth The Effort? Plus the answers to 7 more questions!

Six months ago I got fed up with all of the toy clutter around the house and decided it was time to take drastic action. I gathered up all the toys, sorted them into bins, and started our family's experiment with a toy rotation system. It is time to report back and share what is working, what isn't working, and if it is really worth the extra effort. If you've never heard of toy rotation or you want to hear exactly how I set up our system, read the post Cutting Down on Clutter with Toy … [Read more...]

Melissa & Doug Toys for 20% Off

Melissa and Doug Toys for 20% off on Amazon - My kids love these toys!

I am a huge fan of Melissa & Doug toys.  They are a company I trust and my children love playing with their toys. Get an early start on your Christmas shopping (eek! Did I really say Christmas??) with these great sales from Amazon. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. These prices are subject to change. As of July 23, 2014, the following Melissa & Doug toys are all at least 20% off and qualify for prime shipping: Click on each image for product information, pricing, and … [Read more...]