Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Look Back....

As most of you know, this blog is still fairly new! Most of my posts I put together in the beginning have not been looked at much and I figured I would compile them in one post for you all to enjoy! Don't want my dear readers to miss out!

I am very excited about the year to come, I have a lot of ideas for this blog and I hope you all bear with me as I journey thru the blogger world. It has been fun and I am looking forward to a year full of good food, fitness and health, gardening, kid's party ideas, canning and so much more! I plan to share a lot more resources that I have found helpful for our family. I get asked all the time "how do you do it all?", well if you have the right tools and resources, it makes the task easier!

Let me know if you have any plans or lifestyles changes you want to make in the new year!! I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year.... New Changes!

Well, we are in the last few days of 2014... where did it go? What did we do with this past year? What are your plans for the new year to come?

Keep reading to find out what I'll be doing....

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

May you all have a WONDERFUL Christmas.
....And remember, Christ was born this day, HE alone is the reason we celebrate!

Merry Christmas!

P.S. you might not hear from me until next week. Gotta soak up some good quality family time and enjoy our winter break!! Feel free to browse around and read some of my older posts, you might find something interesting!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Barnyard Boredom - Buster Blocks

Have bored chickens?

...... Then make them some Barnyard Boredom-Buster Blocks!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homemade Gingerbread House Kits

Need an easy, fun gift idea for little one or family friends?
Put together a 'Make Your Own Gingerbread House' kit!
Its so easy to put together and takes very little time and effort! 
Check it out!.....

Monday, December 15, 2014

Smokey BBQ Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a favorite in our house. It took me several years and many meatloaves to come up with this flavor packed meatloaf.....

How To Shine Your Sink - Naturally!!

Last week I worked on several cleaning projects, and one of them was scrubbing my kitchen sink. And I don't mean just wiping it out after doing dishes, I mean scrubbing, like getting the gross stuff out of every corner and crevice! And I did it without having to wear gloves or breathe toxic fumes! How? You ask, well keep reading....

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clean You House Before Christmas Challenge Day 3 Update

Well, by the third day of this challenge, I was feeling pretty ambitious! I planned on scrubbing the main bathroom and kitchen!.... What was I thinking?! I had a wonderful plan. I even wrote it down! For the most part I followed most of it, but didn't accomplish everything!
Here's how my day went:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Clean Your House By Christmas Challenge Day 2 Update!

Ok, ok, so I'm a little behind on posting this... sigh... but hey, that's life, right?

Anyway, I had a super busy day yesterday. I cleaned the living room. it only took a few minutes. It doesn't get too messy since the kids no longer play in there, but occasionally a few toys migrate their way down the stairs and into the living room. And of course, there is baby stuff in there! So after a few minutes it went from this:

To this:

Ah, much better!

I also worked on several loads of laundry, and still working on it today!

Today's goals are to scrub the main bathroom and give the kitchen a good scrubbing!!

Let me know how you are doing!

Check out Crystal Paine's challenge  here.

Keep Cleaning!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Clean Your House Before Christmas Challenge (update!)

Most of you may have read last night, that I will be following moneysavingmoms cleaning challenge. Read that post here.

So, I didn't get any before and after pics last night, but I cleaned my boys bedroom, put away their laundry, cleaned the toy room, removed broken toys and put everything back in it place, and I scrubbed the kid's bathroom. I used my homemade cleaner and it smells so fresh in there!

I hope you are following along in this challenge as well. It will be nice to have a clean house for when we start our holiday baking! I will post later on today what challenge I will be working on tonite! (Maybe I'll even get some pics!!).
Check out Crystal Paine's update here.

Let's Get Cleaning!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Clean Your House For Christmas Challenge (Day 1)

I just read this challenge on and thought it would be the perfect addition to my Christmas  Countdown! Crystal Paine is challenging her readers to decluttering and cleaning in 5 days to get our homes ready for Christmas! I am ready for the challenge and hope you are too! 

I have been a follower of money saving mom for years and have done several of Crystal's challenges. I always feel 'challenged', and I love the reward at the end of it! So I challenge you to join her this week! I know I will!!

If you want to join in the challenge go here.

What rooms will you be tackling? Let me know!
I will be working on the kids bedrooms!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Countdown ~Holiday Spiced Potpourri

This potpourri makes a great all natural air freshener AND it makes a great homemade gift.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Keeping Your Sanity

I'm sure you all are thinking about Christmas shopping, planning menus for holiday get togethers, decluttering and cleaning every corner of the house for when company arrives, trying to figure out what to buy everyone, or maybe you are just trying to keep your sanity as a busy mom! Well, I know I'm working on all of the above! And boy does it get a little hectic in my head.... Just gets hard to keep it all sorted. On top of all that, I've got a monster living in my laundry room, dirty dishes keep appearing in the sink and my kitchen floors seem as if Hansel and Gretel got lost in there!! ;).
I know I'm not the only one with this problem (don't leave me hangin' here ladies!).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Grandma's Apron

I found this poem online and thought I would share it with you all. 

GRAB yourself some cocoa, and give it a read!



Looking for an easy, quick lunch for your little ones? Then you've found it!
I came up with this recipe when my kids were always asking for pizza for lunch.
I make it in assembly line fashion, so if your gonna make these, grab your ingredients and let's get cooking!

Christmas Countdown ~ Cranberry Orange Spinach Smoothie

Cranberries, oranges, bananas and spinach have so many wonderful health benefits, so I came up with a smoothie with all four of em in it! It is refreshing, energizing and satisfying, so I thought it would be perfect to share during this busy holiday season. It makes a great breakfast drink or a mid-day snack when you just need a little 'pick me up'!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Countdown!

It's here folks! December 1st!!! That means its time to start our Countdown to Christmas!! 
As you know, I will be doing a Christmas Countdown with my kids each day until Christmas. If you haven't read it you can find my post on a simple Christmas Countdown here. I will also be posting each day (Lord willing, of course!). I will share with you all recipes, crafts, homemade gifts, and much more, all related to getting ready for Christmas. I will share with you my holiday menu filled with wonderful recipes that I always get requests for!