Making cleaning the toilet more fun with Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#ScrubTheMess #CollectiveBias I love being a stay at a home mom.  Homemaking, mostly, brings me joy.  Sometimes, I admit I'm not as grateful as I should be for the opportunity to scrub my family's toilets.  As I've worked to strengthen my homemaking muscles, I've found a few tips and tricks for making chores less tedious and more joyful. Today, I'm talking about how to…

How to maximize your library card!

Yesterday, I gave you a list of good books to read this fall.  Now, let me tell how to stretch your library card further. Put books on hold.  Maybe I'm lazy or easily distressed, but I think it is very helpful to choose my books and place them on hold.  Then, with two boys in tow, I can grab the books I want to read with minimal hassle. Check out brand new DVDs.  These are obviously on a first come,…

What we are reading this fall + a book giveaway!

I'm astounded that tomorrow is labor day!  Fall is here people, and you know what goes great with a pumpkin spice latte?  A good book. Kids are back in school, so they need some books too.  Dad is busy with school reading, so I've cut him out of this post this year. Here is what I'm reading, have recently read, or want to read before December: One Mom Can Change the World by Amy Lanham & Claudia Mitchell-  I loved this…

Fall Activities in Bloomington, Indiana

It is September!  Say whaaaaaaaat?!  This year is flying by, and in the spirit of Fall, I've decided to start sharing ideas on my blog for quality entertainment each season.  I always share this on my personal page, but I've decided to move it over to the blog so everyone can find it in one easy place!   If I've missed anything, please share it in the comments! -Go to Fowler's Pumpkin Patch -Go to the Farmer's Market (eat a Nutella…

Wild Kratts Birthday Party

Disclosure:  I did review some birthday décor and goodies from the PBS Kids Shop in exchange for this completely honest review! I love to host elaborate birthday parties for my kids, it is one of my favorite things.  This year things took a unique turn when Liam's birthday had to be.. rescheduled.  Since March, I had been planning a pool party at one of the most beautiful community pools (also, a free venue!) The party was scheduled for last Saturday…

Happy birthday, Liam!

Yesterday, Liam turned four!  It was a tough birthday for the little guy, he's still feeling pretty gross from having his tonsils out last Friday.  I I wasn't able to blog on his actual birthday, but still wanted to share my Liam birthday thoughts! Liam was so over his due date, at the end of August in 2012.  (a drought/heat wave kind of year.) The humidity took my breath away every time I went outside, the heartburn was unreal, and…

Since we’ve been home..

We've been home less than three weeks, and it has been crazy town up in here.  I should not be surprised, because around here it is always crazy town.  If I open up a ranch some day, I'll name it crazy town.  We will get a big sign to put at the end of the driveway encouraging friends to drop by for a visit to crazy town.  After driving forty hours in three days, I can't tell you how excited I…

Playing dress up with my best friend & Ruby Claire!

Disclosure:  I received two free dress, es in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions expressed are my own. I reached out to Ruby Claire last month to ask to review some of their dresses, because they are basically an Instagram fashion crush on mine.  I've been working really hard the last six or seven months to transition my closet into one that is full of things that flatter me.  I want my closet to be lined only with pieces…

My first trip to At Home + living room update!

Disclosure:  I received a gift card to visit At Home and share how this store is helping me improve my home!  All opinions expressed are 100% my own. For as long as we've lived in our home here- I haven't given it the appreciation it deserves.  We live in a rental and I've always felt like I shouldn't invest too much time, money, or energy into our temporary living situation.  I recently had a change of heart and realized there's…

Getting ready for Liam’s birthday!

The boy who made me a mama is turning four in two weeks. I really cannot wrap my head around it!  Time seriously flies by when you're having fun.  I'm getting ready for his upcoming birthday party, and decided to share some of the details beforehand.  Today, I'm talking about this adorable shirt we got from PineapplePancakeKids.  They make the funniest, most darling kid's shirts.  Look at this darling "Fournado" shirt they sent Liam to wear on his birthday!  He…