the easiest way to make money online for free

I have seriously found the easiest way to make money online for free, and it's something I was already doing. Why didn't I start this sooner?!

Several years ago, my sister clued me into the easiest way to make money online for free.  She introduced me to a site that pays cash back for online purchases.  I am a bit of a skeptic so I really didn’t get too excited about it initially.  What does excite me is shopping online (that is, when I have a little extra money)! Money is always tight in our home. The kids are always in … read on–>

50 things to do with kids in summer

We love checking thing to do with kids in the summer off of a list. these are all great ideas!

Yesterday, I read an article about how raising our kids has become a to-do list of things we need to expose our children to before they are adults.  The article was sort of ragging on those of us who value experiences, and feel strongly about giving them to our kids (even if they are extravagant).  While I don’t believe every experience we give our children needs to be extravagant, I do feel strongly about offering … read on–>

7 things I did to drastically improve my photography

I knew when I started having children I wanted to drastically improve my photography. These are the ways I managed to do just that.

Whether you’re photographing your own kids, or working on growing your business, or possibly starting one, if you landed on this page, you’re looking for ways to improve your photography.  When I started, my only goal was to learn how to improve my photography so that I would be able to take better pictures of my own children.  I loved it so much, it turned into more than just taking pictures of my own kids. … read on–>

Outrageous & Fun Inflatable Pool Toys

These are the most outrageous and fun pool toys. Everyone in the family will have a blast with these!

Summertime is my favorite!  I love the temperatures, the colors, the picnics, grilling outside, and POOL TIME!  These are the most outrageous and fun inflatable pool floats I could find!  The kids would go crazy for any of these- and some of the grown ups too!  (I have visions of one day being able to relax leisurely in a pool on a float. That isn’t exactly my pool reality right now.  Some day though!)  In the … read on–>

How to document the infamous teen years

Figuring out how to take pictures of teenagers can be harder than chasing a toddler around with a camera. Great tips for taking pictures of teenagers!

Taking pictures of teenagers (and tweens) can be challenging.  While it’s not usually a matter of chasing them the way you would a toddler, they’re not always willing to comply.  It’s hard to believe we are just a couple of months shy of having a teenager in the house.  While he’s no stranger to having his picture taken, he is not a fan.  He will humor me from time to time, but I typically have to … read on–>

Fun gifts for moms, you’ll be thrilled you found

if you're looking for some cool ideas for your own mom, your mom friends, or to share with the gift giver in your family, you're going to love these fun gifts for moms.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and since it’s the one day a year the focus is all on moms, I thought it would be fun to create a list of gifts we moms would actually love to get.  That is, apart from the insanely cute crafts your little nuggets will make for you.  Those top all other gifts.  But, if you’re looking for some cool ideas for your own mom, your mom friends, or to … read on–>

Ways I have failed to be the perfect mom

I am failing to be a perfect mom

There was a time when I was only (I mean- that’s relative, right?- not yet a mother) a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations.  I was also the proud, big sister to 2 baby brothers that were technically young enough to have been my own children.  (In fact, I actually heard a friend’s mother say- “That’s not her brother, they are just saying that…”  trying to imply he was actually … read on–>

15 minute meals for busy families

I so needed these ideas for 15 minute meals! We are so busy during the week, and there are so many times we end up getting take out. This is totally going to help with that!

Feeding my family is a never ending challenge.  I like to cook, I really do, just not enough to spend a ton of energy on it by the time dinnertime rolls around.  On top of that, our schedules are crazy, and if I happen to drop the ball one day and not plan ahead, I will usually just order takeout. One of the reasons I love my crock pot so much is that I can … read on–>

How to spring clean your home with kids

These are great tips for spring cleaning with kids. I hate cleaning. I'll do anything to make cleaning with kids easier.

Spring cleaning with kids is no easy task.  I’ll let you in on a little secret–  I hate cleaning.  I didn’t like it without kids, and I don’t like it anymore now that we have kids.  It’s a necessary evil.  I mean, once the house gets too bad, it starts making me anxious, and I have no choice but to do something about it.  It’s not like I find it calming though.  I’m no Danny … read on–>

Organizing children’s art work, pictures, videos, and more!

The keepy app is the best way to organize kids art work, pictures, and videos. This is so awesome! I'm soexcited to have found out about this.

Organizing my kids’ art work, pictures videos and more just got ridiculously easy.  You guys are going to absolutely love this. Considering we are all pretty much attached to our phones all the time, this is the best way to organize kids art work, pictures, videos and more!  No need to worry about keeping every art project your kids bring home (if you haven’t seen it yet, here is a post all about photographing your … read on–>

15 awesome items to pack for the best family road trip

These things absolutely make our road trips with kids so much easier. Great list!

Hanging out in the car is second nature to our family at this point.  We have spent countless hours traveling to hockey games, and tournaments, not to mention to vacation destinations.  You would never believe that we were once afraid to go anywhere in the car.  When P and J were babies they were terrible in the car, and wailed the entire time they were strapped into their seats.  I was afraid to leave the … read on–>

9 ways to rock road trips with kids

Taking road trips with kids doesn't have to be torture! We have figured out some things that make our road trips with kids much easier!

Taking road trips with kids isn’t always easy.  It can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding.  In some cases, flying to your vacation destination is the way to go, but often it’s not an option.  In our case, we have flown with the kids several times, but we have 4 kids, and flights can be very expensive.  At this point, unless flying is our only option, we drive (which pretty much means if … read on–>

65+ magical moments of childhood you need to capture

Childhood moments are fleeting, that's for sure! I love these magical moments that remind me of being a kid. Great ideas here!

There are so many moments that epitomize what it means to be a kid. Those are exactly the pictures to take of childhood.  No, they don’t all take place in one week, one month, or even a year.  They will happen throughout the course of a childhood.  These magical moments are the ones that will make you look back on those days with fondness, even if they made you cringe at the time (but I … read on–>

10 KOAs to visit with kids

These KOAs are the perfect destinations for families with kids. Not only are these amazing locations, the campgrounds are just incredible!

Kampgrounds of America (notice that K at the front of Kampgrounds??  That’s how their brand is spelled because they’re kool! 😉 ) have become an all-time favorite of our family’s.  Offering amenities such as cabins, bounce pillows, mini golf, and super fun pools have made them the perfect choice for our family. We have been crafting a list of destinations for the last couple of years, and there are 10 KOAs to visit with kids … read on–>

easy nerf gun party

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

Once upon a time, we only had one or two kids.  They were young and weren’t involved in sports, and our time was plentiful.  Then we had a couple more kids, and they all kept growing, and became more involved in extra curricular activities, and they started having homework.  Once all of this went down, I started dropping the ball with birthday parties.  We just don’t have the time or money to do anything extravagant. … read on–>