10 mud activities for kids

June 29th is international mud day! let your kids get muddy with these super fun mud activities for kids!

Dirty kids are really no stranger to our house.  Our kids play hard and get dirty, a lot.  What they don’t typically get to play in is mud which pretty much means mud activities for kids are about the coolest thing ever!  I swear they can sniff it out since it’s a treat when I let them get nice and muddy.  I actually caught the 2 youngest under the trampoline where all the grass is dead … read on–>

how to organize with baskets

Knowing how to organize with baskets is crucial for our home to stay organized, and not look cluttered. Great ideas here!

Baskets are the first thing I look for when I am trying to get organized. I mentioned before in my crazy awesome organization ideas post, that I am not an organizational goddess.  That said, I am always on a mission to be more organized.  Knowing how to organize with baskets is crucial to my survival.  Haha!  I love baskets, and I love that most of them hide the junk inside.  I don’t like being able … read on–>

15 of the greatest audio books for families

This is a great alternative to video games on a road trip. I love this list of audio books for families!

There has been a lot of buzz about audio books for families- especially families heading on a road trip!  I am really looking forward to trying this out on our road trip this year.  The kids are usually either fighting, involved in some sort of scream, or begging for snacks when we are on a road trip.  I am not complaining because for the most part, they are pretty well-behaved in the car (most of … read on–>

family photo gallery wall ideas

These are such fantastic ideas for hanging family pictures! I love a good family photo gallery wall ideas. I love how it tells your family's story in pictures. It's such a fun way for people to get to know you when they visit your home.

Knowing what to do, or having an idea when you start is the key to really good photo gallery walls.  And, what kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t absolutely love ideas for hanging family pictures?  I love how they decorate your walls with your family’s story.  It paints a picture of your life on your walls, and that always makes me so happy to see.  The best thing is it doesn’t matter … read on–>

Ways to entertain kids when you need a minute

Sometimes you just need a couple minutes to get things done without entertaining a child. These are great ways to entertain your kids!

There are plenty of times you need to find ways to entertain your kids.  I mean you can’t sit and play with them every moment of everyday.  I often find myself feeling guilty for not playing with them enough.  I have to work, I have to grocery shop, I have to cook dinner, cart kids to after school activities, clean laundry, the list goes on…  I know you all feel me. I honestly don’t remember … read on–>

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–>

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–>

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–>

creative easter basket ideas

I can't believe how many cool ideas there are here. I love putting stuff in my kids' Easter baskets that aren't candy!

Stuffing Easter baskets is one of my favorite things to do.  It’s so much fun finding little creative things to fill them with.  Candy is definitely one filler we use, but we don’t tend to go crazy with it.  I would rather find things that the kids could enjoy for more than a couple of days.  It’s also a good time for me to replenish outdoor, and summer toys!  Plus, you don’t even have to … read on–>

super fun and easy indoor activities for kids

We are going crazy being stuck inside all day. These indoor activities for kids are a perfect way to beat the winter blues!

Frigid temperatures (at least frigid to me!) tend to keep us indoors a lot during the winter months. Even if I were willing to venture out in the cold, it’s a lot of work with the kids, and it’s often short lived because the kids can only handle it for so long.  We can get a little stir crazy, and are often looking for things to do without having to leave the house and pay for … read on–>

super cheap DIY moss covered eggs

I can't believe these DIY moss covered eggs, are made out of scrap paper and a plastic bag! So easy, and they look great!

Easter and spring decorations are my favorite, but I am also one of the cheapest people on Earth.  Spending money on decorations that aren’t meant to stay up year round, are usually not on the top of my list.  Hey, I’m still working on filling in rooms of our house. This year though, I promised myself Easter/ spring decorations.  I’m kind of obsessed with all things Pottery Barn, and their spring decorations are no obsession. … read on–>

being a WAHM ain’t easy

Being a WAHM is a blessing but it definitely has its challenges, and truths that no one really talks about.

Thirteen years ago we found out we were having a baby.  I had just graduated from college, I had visions of being a career mom.  I had never wanted anything more than to be a mom.  Not long after that, I starting being a work at home mom.  I knew that I had goals, and passions beyond having a baby, and working would be something I would want to do. Then I had a baby, and … read on–>

natural fiber rugs- you will love!

I am drooling over all of the texture in these natural fiber rugs!

Refreshing our bedroom means that without doing any major renovations, we are going to freshen up our room, and make it new again.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about this, and how much fun I am having with the planning process. One of the things on our list of things to buy is a natural fiber rug.  Our room currently has no rug in it at all.  There was once a rug in … read on–>

how to brighten a dark picture in LR

This is so perfect! Such a quick way to brighten a picture that was too dark, and I thought was ruined!

Obviously, when I am taking pictures, I always try to achieve something close to perfect exposure.  Most of the time I do a pretty good job. Sometimes, I fall in love with a picture that needs a little work though. Thanks to Adobe Lightroom, it’s a quick and easy fix to brighten a dark picture.  There is so much you can do to your photos quickly, and easily with Lightroom.  If you’re curious about its … read on–>