No Yell New Year ThisBigHappy
  Something has been weighing heavily on me lately. I do something regularly of which I am ashamed. You see, I’m a yeller, and I don’t like that. Sure, there are times when yelling is acceptable, such as when my child pulls away from my handhold and darts into a […]

How to Stop Yelling and Start Living


Spend money to save money!
We’ve all heard the saying, “You need to spend money to make money!” but what about spending money to SAVE money? It goes against everything my brain knows about saving money, you can’t save money by spending money…or can you? Well, it’s true. There are some things that I’d normally […]

Spend Money to Save Money


Organize your life and be happy by doing what you love
So I’ve been reading up on this method of home organization where you only keep things that delight you. Having recently gone through a cross-country move, I am here to tell you that this stuff works. Getting rid of the stuff that you don’t love is pretty amazing. It’s kind […]

The Art of Doing What You Love



Tips for a frugal cheap move
So, you’re moving? Congratulations! We recently moved from Central Florida to the Pacific Northwest. We’re talking 3100 miles. If you’re wondering, that’s a 6 day trip by vehicle. Even scarier than 6 days in the car, however, was planning this big of a move with about 3 weeks notice, and […]

How to make a Cheap Move


The power of saying no
No. That one simple word can wield so much power is amazing. It’s often the first word children learn to speak. It’s a word my dog is terrified of, literally cowering when she hears it (she was a rescue, the poor thing). It’s a word that many of us have […]

The Power of Saying No


Sharpen Your Kitchen IQ with KitchenIQ
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for KitchenIQ. I received promotional items to thank me for my participation. Do you know what I love most about fall and winter? The weather is finally cool enough for me to go full steam with cooking and baking! […]

Sharpen Your Kitchen IQ with KitchenIQ



Oatmeal Waffle Recipe for a Fall Morning
To me, nothing says fall like the smell of cinnamon. I love the smell of cinnamon so much I put two of those cinnamon brooms in my cart at the grocery store. And then my son said “Those smell really bad, and I don’t think dad would want these in […]

Fall Oatmeal Waffle Recipe


BGCA #TriplePLay10
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Proper nutrition, emotional intelligence, and leading an active lifestyle are key for our physical and emotional health, unfortunately we live in […]

Raise Healthy Leaders with #TriplePlay10


Family Friendly Halloween Movies
Every year I say “This year we’re going to watch 1 holiday movie a day, starting with Halloween!” I love holidays and I love movies…but see, every time I proclaim this plan my schedule audibly laughs at me and says “HAAAA! When? When are you going to find time to […]

Family Friendly Halloween Movies!



pumpkin dump cake recipe
I don’t know if you noticed this, but it’s fall. That means it’s time to PUMPKIN SPICE ALL THE THINGS!!! Pumpkin is a powerhouse of nutrition and is really reasonably prices for the next few weeks. It’s really easy to process and freeze too, so you can pumpkin spice all […]

Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe


TB Blood Test
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. My family loves to visit the local theme parks, if we could make Disney World our home we totally would. As much as […]

Meet the new TB Blood Test #TBBloodTest


October Meal Plan Menu Planner
What a month! Two of my children have roles in the community theatre production of Sleepy Hollow so that means 26 of the 31 days in October are filled with late rehearsals, days when we’re gone from 11am to 9pm, and 12 performances! We typically cook at home 3 meals […]

October Meal Plan 2015