Spring on the Farm

Spring on the Farm

Spring on the farm is not usually my favorite time of year. I have insane elm tree pollen allergies, and since my house is surrounded by elm trees … well, you can imagine my springtime trauma. But this year, even though I’m already sneezing and wheezing, I am excited about spring. Can you blame me??   For the first time in several years, my old-fashioned lilac bushes didn’t get caught in a late killing freeze, Continue Reading

5 Tips to Make Your Bad Day Better

tips to make your bad day better

This post was most recently updated on July 14th, 2018 We’ve all been there, my friends.  Some days you can’t seem to get past your feelings of irritation, frustration, or of being just plain mad.  Instead of grinding your way through the day, turn your bad mood around.  Use these tips to make your bad day better. Clear Your Head Dealing with financial stress, whining kids, work drama, or just a bad hair day can Continue Reading

Every Day Baked Beans

every day baked beans

This post was most recently updated on June 19th, 2018 Summer eating is so much fun! When it’s time to fire up the grill for some tasty burgers, everyone gets excited. My family gets especially excited when they know I’m making baked beans, which is one of their faves. But I definitely do not want to create an overheated house by turning on my oven. My ‘Every Day Baked Beans’ recipe uses the microwave instead. Continue Reading

Must Have Items in Your Home

must have items in your home

This post was most recently updated on June 19th, 2018 When you’re a mom, even the most well-planned days can go sideways without warning. On the blog, I’ve offered various tips and ideas to help keep things running smoothly on a regular type day basis. But sometimes, it all goes south and you just need an Emergency Plan B. I have a list of essential items that I keep stocked in my pantry, freezer, and Continue Reading

Frugal Mother’s Day Gifts (that Mom will really love)

frugal mother's day gifts

Think Mother’s Day gifts need to be expensive and/or elaborate to make a hit with Mom ? The truth is most moms all wish for the same types of gifts on their special day. And surprisingly, what Mom wants for Mother’s Day is not elaborate or expensive. In fact, most of the ideas on this gift list are completely FREE! Frugal Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Really Love! A Clean House Moms everywhere love to sit in Continue Reading

Free Seasonal Decorating Ideas

free seasonal decor

This post was most recently updated on April 24th, 2018 I love decorating for the seasons. It’s so fun – creating a festive, warm atmosphere in and around my home to celebrate a holiday or time of year.  There are times, though, when money runs a bit too tight for me to indulge in seasonal decorating. Having the desire to prettify my space, but not having any budget to work with can be frustrating.  So Continue Reading

Essential Oils For Seasonal Allergy Relief

essential oils for seasonal allergy relief

This post was most recently updated on March 19th, 2019 Spring, aka allergy season is my most hated time of the year. Elm pollen is everywhere and for 4-6 weeks, I am a sneezy, itchy-nosed, watery-eyed, stuffy-headed hot mess. Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Abject misery, am I right? I prefer to use essential oils for seasonal allergy relief. And because I so love a good natural home remedy for seasonal allergies, I keep Continue Reading

Cut Your Grocery Budget – Without Coupons

cut your grocery budget

This post was most recently updated on June 19th, 2018 One of the biggest things my fellow Mamas I complain to each other about is … grocery shopping.  No one likes doing it, and everyone feels like they spend way too much money when they do.  Almost all of us feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unprepared when we head into the grocery store. The result is too often a cart full of stuff we don’t need Continue Reading