Category Archives: Life

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015 Sale

Today I interrupt On-Our-Shelves Sunday to bring you an offer that is almost gone:

I really am one of the worst salespeople ever. I don’t like to push people into anything. I am a no- pressure type of gal. BUT I have noticed that some people were interested in buying this bundle, and I would love if any of your are interested, to buy through me! That way, I get to benefit too.

Here are just some of the ebooks included:

Project Organize Your Entire Life – Is your house slowly being taken over by clutter? Do you stare at that pile of papers on the kitchen counter and wonder how they seem to multiply overnight? This eBook will show you how to get organized and stay organized with simple systems that are easy to manage and grow with your family.
The Pregnancy Companion – Is a new baby in your future? In this eBook, you will learn how to experience more glowing, wonderful pregnancy moments without all the stress and fatigue. You will get quick tools and tips to sleep better, eliminate morning sickness, reduce stress, and give your baby a healthy start in life. Everything is here for you.
Handmade Walls – Do you have the home decorating bug but don’t know where to start? Painting your own walls, making homemade decor, and unique styling are fun and frugal ways to express your personal style. After you read this eBook, you will feel 100% confident to bring personality and life to your home using only a few inexpensive tools and your imagination. Happy decorating!
Simply Clean Home – Is it time to get your house back on track? Keeping a clean home doesn’t have to be complicated or a struggle. And your house certainly doesn’t have to look like the cover photo of a magazine all the time! This eBook will teach you how to develop simple cleaning routines that support your life.
The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide – Are you looking for a life-affirming way to relax, let go of stress, and be the best mom you can be? This eBook will teach you all the cool tips and tricks that successful moms use to strike a balance between steadiness and blissful freedom, so that you can enjoy your parenting journey (and inspire your children to become their best).
Become a Frugalista – Have you ever seen a beautiful dress in the store and thought, “Who are they kidding?!.” This eBook will give you all the core personal finance skills you need to give your family the very best… on a limited budget. There’s no need to do without. Once you have a few simple money management skills, you can create the life of your dreams on a shoestring budget.
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul – Have you ever wanted to run a business from home? Something small, on the side that can grow as your children grow? This eBook will jumpstart your journey of profitable blogging that honors you and your family. Create a blog that works perfectly for you, your family, and your goals. Then share it with others for fun and profit.
Marriage, Intimacy & Sex: Moving from Blah to Blazing – Are you ready to bring the fun and zest back into your marriage? This audio download inspire you to strengthen your connection with your spouse, create a safe place to share your deepest feelings, and start acting like carefree honeymooners again.
Easy, Oven-Free Dinners – Are you tired of being stuck in the house waiting for dinner to finally pop out of the oven? Are you ready to break free from tired old recipes that bore you to tears? This eBook will show you how to make healthy dinners, faster, easier and completely oven free!
Natural Remedies for Parents – Do you want to soothe and heal simple aches and pains with all natural remedies? Virtually every ailment imaginable can all be managed quicker and easier, with common household items that you probably already own. These natural remedies are a safe way to help reduce the chances of germs spreading through the whole family. A double win!
Plus, 89 other eBooks and courses to guide, inspire and encourage you.

There you have it. If you are interested in any of these subjects, this is a screamin’ deal. Please click on the Buy Now button to read more about it…and buy it now (but only if you want to).


Swinging in Sunshine





There was a time in my life when I could swing like that. There was something so freeing about it, almost like flying (even though your butt is plastered to a seat of something secured by chains).

Now, though, it totally makes me sick. I think there is a time when we go from shooting for the stars to planting our feet firmly on the ground. I’ve come to that place. I don’t even miss flying because I get to watch my kids do it so joyfully, now.

Anyhow, we are back to having rain and cold the past few days, but that sunshine last weekend is still with me in these photos.

Are you still flying or are your feet planted…or are you somewhere in between?

Lady Luck

My girl LOVES all critters big and small.


She was finding ladybugs (a whole bunch of them) and picking them up until they flew away (after they peed on her).


I was just enjoying this incredibly beautiful weather we have been having.


And I was actually chuckling to myself as I was watching her. She loves ladybugs, crickets, roly polies (potato bugs), and just about every other creature….EXCEPT SPIDERS.


I just cannot wrap my head around what exactly freaks her out about them. To me, they are all equal on the freak-out scale.

To each their own, I suppose.

How about you? Do you pick up ladybugs?

I am still blinking


Do you remember Archer the Fox?


WELL, I WON the Grand Prize!!!!

I am still hyperventilating about it...and screaming. I was up against some AMAZING stufties made by incredible people.

You can read all about it over at Sew Mama Sew!

And if you want to see my original post about Archer, click here.

SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I am going to go and dance around my house some more!

What a fantastic way to start the weekend.

I hope you have a good one too.

A little bit of Spring






Every Spring, I can count on a few photos. Beautiful cherry blossoms, emerging greens, and at least one down the throat of a showy tulip.

And that brings me joy.

What have you seen this Spring so far?

Checking in with room #2

I am still getting things done this Spring Break, so I am checking in quickly to show you another before and after.


Before and After

Again, I gutted the room, steam cleaned the rug, painted the walls and trim, sorted through her belongings to decided which to keep, then put everything back. The room is now a very pretty light lavender color. So very pretty and it brightens the room up nicely.

We still have garden boxes to build and a yard to prep for putting in our very first garden in this house…and then there is Easter!

What have YOU done this week?

First room done

Can you tell that I love before and after photos, lately?

This week, I have torn apart The Bee’s room, steam cleaned the rug, washed the walls down with vinegar, painted (3 coats!) the walls, and then painted the trim. Not to mention putting everything back!


These are the before shots. Really gross. You can see the closet wasn’t finished. We didn’t paint this room before we moved in, and three years later, I have finally tackled it.


I snapped this at night (so not the best photo), because I was so excited to get it done. It looks so much better! The color I used is BEHR’s Flowering Baby’s Breath. We were worried, as I was painting it on, that it was too light, but now that it is on, we can see that it is PERFECT! So warm and soothing. It makes everything seem brighter.

The great thing about this project is that it made my daughter realize that she loves empty space. So when we had to sort through what she wanted to put back into her room, she was incredibly thoughtful and intentional about it. She got rid of three huge totes worth of stuff, and still has plenty in there, but only what she will use.

Honestly, I think sometimes we keep things because they have always been there, not always because we need, use, or even like the object. This was a wonderful exercise in less is more.

She is thrilled with her new teen room.

Now today, I start on Falafel’s room!

Wish me luck!

A little Rock Love


I am working on a whole mess of creative things right now, as well as doing all the normal life stuff that goes with being a Mom to a tween and a teen.

So today I thought I would show you a rock we found on the beach. Clearly, it is full of love.

Happy Wednesday to you!

Fun Mail

The internet is fun, but there is still nothing quite like getting good ol’

fashioned “snail mail“.

This week I got some fun things in the mail!


First, because I participated in the February sewalong, Caroline from The Sew Can She blog sent me this fantastic button, and her business card which has this handy dandy centimeters to inches chart on the back! My husband told me that I should laminate it and keep it in my purse. Ha! I think he may have a great idea there. Am I the only one that has trouble converting? Seriously. Waaaaay too much math for my brain.


The second things to arrive were my goodies! I have to say that I loved how each thing was packaged. It made me feel like they went above and beyond to make the presentation special. I have already used those stickers. Aren’t they sweet? The most exciting thing, though, is my new business cards!


There is a front AND back!


I love them so much! I have never had business cards that I liked before. Crazy, huh?

And lastly, my friend Kristi from Kopykat & Kidz sent me her extra copy of Ottobre magazine (affiliate link)! I have always wanted to check out that magazine. It is FILLED with amazing patterns. The only downside is, I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL!!! Thank you Kristi!

Do you like getting mail? What is the most exciting thing you have received this week?

Sharing something worth sharing


Do I have your attention?

There is a contest going on to win a chance to hang out with Robert Downey Jr. and go to the premiere of the new Avengers movie. But believe it or not, that is not the awesome part.

You enter to win by donating $10.00 or more to a place called Julia’s House (a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness). “Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life“.

I feel compelled to share this with you because I think it is more than wonderful that they have given this contest purpose. You can feel good about giving to a worthy cause while trying to win something totally fun and frivolous.

Don’t take my word for it, though….


Head over to Omaze now to donate and enter.

**I am not being compensated in any way for this post. I just received the info and am passing it on…because it is awesome.