slow cooker dump meals

These slow cooker dump meals are perfect for busy nights when you have no time to cook. In just a couple of minutes in the morning, you could come home to a completely prepared meal!

Between hockey, soccer, homework, gymnastics, and just life with kids our weeknights can be a little overwhelming at times.  Figuring out how to make dinner work on our busy weeknights, is not always easy.  Meal planning, and my instapot make life so much easier, and dinner time manageable. Slow Cooker Dump Meals *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the things i am showing you.  by … read on–>

Chore lists and charts for kids

These age appropriate chore lists and charts for kids are a perfect way to get your kids involved in helping around the house. Plus, they teach your kids life skills!

Sometimes it feels like we moms have the weight of the world on our shoulders.  We have to worry about getting kids ready for the day, feeding our families, cleaning the house, working, laundry, sports, the list goes on.  One of my goals for this year is to stop making things more difficult than they have to be.  This stems from being a self-proclaimed control freak.  I have made myself believe that no one is … read on–>

Over 20 Alexa skills for moms

There are so many Alexa skills for moms- everything from organization, to book reading, to fun with the kids! Alexa pretty much does everything.

For Christmas this year, my sister got us an Amazon Alexa.  Of course she snagged it on sale way early in the year, and asked if I thought we would use it before she bought it.  Let me tell you, we use it every single day.  We are all obsessed, but I may be the most obsessed.  There are so many Alexa skills for moms.  If you don’t have one yet, you’re going to want … read on–>

50+ different unisex baby names

These different unisex baby names are perfect no matter what the gender of your baby is. They're not super popular, but not off the wall. Great list!

Baby names are my favorite.  In fact, a friend of mine who is currently pregnant just texted me asking for suggestions for names, and I was all over it.  All but one of my kids has a unisex name.  I happen to like names for girl that are a little more masculine (although I AM using the term loosely because I really do think that once a girl has that name, it instantly becomes more … read on–>

FREE Valentine’s Day coupon book for kids

This free Valentine's Day coupon book for kids is the perfect gift to give the little one you love on Valentine's Day. Spending time with your loved ones always trumps material items.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means there is a whole lot of lovey dovey on most people’s minds.  We have never been big Valentine’s Day people.  Not when we were just a couple, and not when we became parents.  But I wish we were.  What’s so bad about a holiday celebrating how much we love each other?  (Although, I get the argument that we should do that everyday, it’s just a nice … read on–>

10 things to do in the lower keys with kids

There are so many things to do in the lower keys with kids. You can spend time exploring the nature side, or even spend time checking out attractions. The Lower Keys are a great spot for a family vacation.

One of my all-time favorite places to visit is the Lower Keys in Florida.  It’s like this tropical wonderland in the United States.  Time slows down, and everyone seems so much more relaxed, and happy.  I’ve actually tried to convince my family to move there, but unfortunately, the lack of hockey has them completely against it.  I’ll just have to get my fill when we visit, I guess. 10 things to do in the Lower … read on–>

creamy tomato basil sauce

This creamy tomato basil sauce is so tasty, full of delicious ingredients, and still only takes 20 minutes to make.

  In our house, spaghetti is a family favorite.  I could actually eat spaghetti 3 or 4 nights a week.  It’s always been one of my favorites.  I don’t even need anything special added to it.  But, I typically just use plain old jarred sauce.  This week though, I discovered the ultimate kitchen hack which made this simple, albeit somewhat boring meal, a bit more excited, and still just as simple.  The best part…  it’s … read on–>

chocolate covered Nature Valley™ Oats N Honey Granola Bars

This recipe for chocolate covered oats and honey granola bars is delicious, healthy, and so easy to make!!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EarnWithBoxTops #CollectiveBias We don’t do a whole lot of baking in our home, but when I come up with something that takes a couple of minutes to make, and is borderline homemade, I’m all over it!  These chocolate covered Nature Valley™ Oats N Honey Granola Bars are delicious, healthy, and insanely easy to make! Chocolate Covered Nature Valley™ Oats N … read on–>

9 creative ways to take pictures of your kids

One of my favorite things about photography is the fact that I get to be creative while taking pictures of my kids.  This means, I get to be creative about capturing our memories.  One way to do that is to use creative angles when you’re taking pictures.  You don’t have to have a fancy camera, you can use a point and shoot camera, or an iphone, or you can go all in and learn how … read on–>

over 30 things to include in your planner

Recently, I have been on the hunt for more things to add to my planner.  I've got a mighty long list of things to include in your planner now!  You're definitely going to want to add these to your planner for sure!

Planners are kind of an obsession for me.  Keeping important notes, and details in my phone happens, but being able to write things down on paper, and see it, is a must.  Recently, I have been on the hunt for more things to add to my planner.  I’ve got a mighty long list of things to include in your planner now!  I have to laugh a little though, because most of these were things I … read on–>

7 warm places to vacation with kids in the winter (that don’t require a passport)

If a vacation in the winter to someplace warm sounds like a dream right now to you, these 7 warm places to vacation with kids in the winter (that don't require a passport), will have you drooling!

The cold weather already has me wishing to be somewhere warm. Even though my kids are all over getting outside and sled riding, or building a snowman, a vacation in the winter to someplace warm sounds like a dream right about now.  I did a little research and found 7 warm places to vacation with kids in the winter (that don’t require a passport), and I am drooling over all of these places. If you’re looking … read on–>

cool snow sleds for kids

This list of cool snow sleds for kids will have anyone looking forward to spending time in the snow this year giddy. Kids of all ages will love them!

Sled riding isn’t necessarily on my list of things to do this winter, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t on my kids’ list. This list of cool snow sleds for kids will have anyone looking forward to spending time in the snow this year giddy.  If you find one you love, make sure you’ve signed up for ebates before you pull the trigger on the purchase!  Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean the online … read on–>

the best ways to organize wrapping paper

Every year, after the holidays, I think, “This is the year, I am going to organize my wrapping supplies”.  I can’t even tell you the amount of money I waste every year, rebuying bags I don’t need, paper I already have, and tape because my stuff just isn’t organized.  So, if you’re like me, and you’re looking for the best ways to organize wrapping paper, you’re going to love this heck out of this! the … read on–>

7 tips for visiting Dollywood at Christmastime

Dollywood is a magical wonderland at Christmastime. These tips for visiting Dollywood at Christmastime will make your trip so much more enjoyable.

This year we spent our Thanksgiving in the Smokey Mountains,  It was the first visit for all of us, and we learned a lot during our trip.  One thing we planned to experience during our time there was Dollywood.  Despite the fact that the park has an old-time feel to it, it’s huge, and we learned so much about the best way to get the most out of Dollywood- especially during a super busy time.  … read on–>

Christmas tree cookies for the non-baker

These sweet Christmas tree cookies are the perfect cookies for anyone who doesn't really have time to bake from scratch! Kids will love decorating them.

The last couple of days have been a bit of a cluster since I’ve had some pretty major computer issues.  If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been participating in a 12 days of Christmas blog hop.  Today, I’m happy to be sharing something for all the “non-bakers” out there, or all of you who just don’t have time to do a baking day.  These Christmas tree cookies are so adorable, and all you … read on–>