Your Home Is The Strength of the Nation

When you feel like what you’re doing in your home isn’t a big deal, just remember that it matters so much. The little things you do matter, because they add up. Creating your home as a sanctuary for your family from the chaos of the world makes it strong. Just keep going. You’re doing great […]

Christmas Storage: Putting Away Christmas Decor

There is one thing I store in my attic at my new house: all my Christmas Stuff. Since we only use it once a year, I like it all tucked away out of sight the rest of the year. I’m keeping our decorations out longer than usual this year since we didn’t even finish decorating […]

Practical Stocking Stuffers (that I want!)

Growing up, I always had some fruit at the bottom of my stocking, nuts you had to crack open with a nutcracker, then things like a toothbrush, deodorant, hair brush … or any hygiene item I needed, some candy, gum, socks, underwear, gloves or a scarf, and then a small special present. And I thought […]

Seasonal Budget FREE Printable {Holiday Guide}

Today I have another holiday printable for you: A seasonal budget. I imagine you’re giving me the slow clap right now because you are so excited. Let me just think that, okay? I think the printable explains itself, but remember to stay in your budget. Our children really don’t want all the stuff we think they […]

2016 Holiday Guide {FREE PRINTABLE}

It’s THAT time of year again. The time we should see a mile away, thanks to the Christmas stuff that has been in the stores for more than a month now, but somehow it sneaks up on us anyway. Over the weekend, I mentioned to Matt that I was working on the 2016 Holiday Guide […]

STAR WARS Stormtrooper Popcorn Box {FREE PRINTABLE}

One night recently, I thought I was being so clever putting my 3-year-old to bed. My husband was out of town on business, I was really tired, and I just wanted him to stay in bed! I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween and he listened attentively as I listed possibilities. When I […]

Back To School Prep Checklist {FREE PRINTABLE}

I’d prefer to live in denial or live in a place where school starts in September, but I don’t live in either of those places. For many of us, school starting is just around the corner! Does the idea of “Back-to-School” fill you with relief or dread? I feel a mixture. There is so much […]

DIY Tomato Cage Tutorial {Garden Tips}

Tomatoes are a huge part of our garden because we do so much with them. We use them for spaghetti sauce (fresh and frozen), salsa, tacos, salads, and more. We grow a lot of tomatoes and they all get used! As we re-did our garden foundation and raised beds this year, we thought we’d give […]

Aunt Julie’s Homemade Caramel

My seasonal love affair with homemade caramel started not-so-innocently. The Christmas my twins were infants (read: I was seriously sleep deprived), Matt’s Aunt Julie sent us an awesome Christmas package in the mail. The package came during the day while Matt was at work and I was home with the babies (read: struggling to figure […]