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Getting back to the heart of this blog with a new series: weekly recap!

When I started blogging, I had no idea how many opportunities I would be blessed with.  This blog has supported my family, helped me meet so many amazing people, and most importantly gotten me many emails from women and mothers saying they've been blessed by some of the content I've curated. Having just moved though, and feeling particularly homesick, I thought it would be nice to get back to the days of incorporating regular recaps of my week and our…

My favorite deals this week!

Disclosure:  I work on these posts, they can be pretty time consuming.  I do it because I want to hear your success stories of making your family's finances more stream lined and less stressful.  It brings me so much joy, but sometimes in these posts I will share referral links or affiliate links.  When you shop using these links, sometimes I can earn a small percentage or free credit to my stores and shops.   First things first- go ahead…

when motherhood doesn’t meet your expectations.

"Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too.  Nothing else will ever make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality - especially while you struggle to keep your own."  -Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons  Yesterday was an interesting day in our home.  Everyone was losing their marbles in my house and no one was…

Summer Reading List For Mama + Free Audiobooks!

Disclosure: This Post Contains Affiliate Links.  If you purchase through these links, I can make a small percentage! I love books, like truly.  I never tire from escaping to a fun, new world.  I love to turn on an audiobook, while I'm sitting about the more mundane parts of my day as a homemaker.  Washing dishes is infinitely more fun when you're traveling back in time with books like Orphan Train However, sometimes finding the perfect book can get exhausting!…

My Annual Body Confidence Post With Rad Swim!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary swimsuit to write this review.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own! While my husband was in grad school, for whatever  reason, I just really neglected myself.  I gained quite a bit of weight, visited too many doctors, rarely had a lot of energy.  It was stress.  I wasn't practicing my best self care and really felt the effects. From the moment we moved in here, I've felt refreshed and motivated.  Every day, I've…

Don’t Be Bland This Summer With Sparkling Ice!

Summer is here, and I'm all about a delicious special drink in the middle of the day! My favorite is Sparkling Ice  in Orange Mango, although the 15 unique flavors!  I feel like motherhood can get so mundane: the chores, the mundane tasks, constantly making meals, and cleaning up meals.  I like to reward myself throughout the day for all of my hard work as a mother with special drinks.  Sparkling Ice is this delicious, fruity drink I never get tired…

Love your pooch well this summer with Purina® mysteries at PetSmart!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurinaMysteries #CollectiveBias Dogs are so grace giving, aren't they?  Our dog has been the sweetest, most loyal, and best friend to our kids during this transitional phase of moving.  He moved across the country like a champ, and takes amazing care of us.  I realized that while I had been striving to create a home that brings so much joy to the human…

How to plan a less stressful week…

I have found that parenting, homemaking, and life in general is easier and more fun when we have a schedule in place for the week. Now, you don't have to plan every detail of every day. You don't have to be type A.  You don't need to wear yourself out crafting schedules and plans, but I encourage you to make an outline for your week.  Here are some of my tips for making your week less stressful, more efficient, and…