Why it's NOT my child's "job" to be a student.

I hear this all. the. time. That a kid's job is to go to school, be the best student possible, and prepare for the lifetime of work ahead. That might be the case for most kids, but in my family it's not. I refuse to let their childhood pass by thinking their purpose during that time is to solely be a student. What!?! I know, crazy right?! But is it really? Is it really that "out there" to think that childhood is about more than being a "good student"? ...more

My son lost his first 12 year molar, and I'm not ready for the changes that lay ahead.

My son lost his first 12 year molar, and I'm not ready for the changes that lay ahead. I'm really, really, not. I haven't ever done this next stage yet! He's my oldest child, and it's not that I'm wanting him to stay a little kid forever because it's certainly not that. I love seeing him grow and expand, developing into a young adult. It's just... I really have no clue on what lies ahead of us. I sort of remember being 12 years old... it was the time of life that there was huge changes. Even though I was always a tad behind where all my peers were in stages of development....more

How 15 minute clean-ups have saved my day… and my sanity.

From time to time IT happens. We get absorbed into whatever tasks we are doing and all of a sudden the house is a mess. Shoes and slippers are strewn around the living room. Cups on the end table. Couch blankets and pillows falling all over the place. toys here and there. There might still be laundry in the hallway where my youngest left his clothes after changing. Dishes in the sink, or on the counter. Whatever it might be, things out of place and not being utilized drove me nuts!...more

Let your Inner Gardener Out, Indoors

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Natural Staples for Your Family's Health

Wow! The weather sure has changed drastically around here in the past couple of weeks! As anyone would know, these drastic changes sure can cause changes in your body… and I thought I would share a couple of ways I try to keep on top of all the things that make us feel a bit crappy.Unfortunately, I have already been experiencing some of the affects the cold weather has on a body, mostly aches and pains. I have been doing what I know how to do to keep up with, and on top of, this so I can get through this adjustment period as healthy as possible....more

Winter Preparations, Bring on the Snow!

So today has been yet another day prepping for winter and the pending weather that goes right along with it! It is so important where I am that I get everything done outside that I can before the snow comes and buries all the stuff that still needs to be put up, and stored for the winter. This year I have been a little bit behind on getting all this stuff situated in our new house, but I am (and will continue) to get things done!...more

7 Quick Tips to Garden on a Budget

I have some good news and some bad news about gardening. The bad news is that it can cost a fortune to have and maintain a garden… but the good news is that it doesn't have to! One mistake we all make when it comes to our gardens is not having a clear idea of how much we are willing to spend on it. We go into it without having a plan of attack, and end up spending way more than we had originally wanted to. ...more
katespov  that is such a great idea! I haven't ever heard of that before, but it would be ...more

How to: Make Wood Crates by Repurposing Pallets

To organize my pantry I decided I wanted to create some custom storage solutions, within three criteria of it being cost effective, sturdy, and that it looked the way I wanted it to. This is my solution to what I needed to get the organization project completed… to make rustic repurposed wood crates from pallets.   ...more

For the Love of Cateye Glasses

Over time eye glasses have evolved. In the 1950's, cateye glasses became part of the fashion, and is something my grandma rocked on her wedding day, October 27th, 1955. ...more

Some Comic Relief for You, Valentine

Some may not associate Valentine's Day with old newspaper comics, but if you haven't noticed by now, I'm not really like "some people"....more