Menu Planning for February 5, 2017

Another busy week, but we enjoyed lots of good food!  My daughter is following a Paleo AIP eating plan for 6 to 8 weeks.  We're 2 weeks in and both finding it a bit of a challenge.  She misses eating the foods the other kids eat, and she misses carbs … [Continue reading]

When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna: A Book Review and Giveaway

I have been wanting to find a book that was folksy and charming and that I really felt I could sink into. This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks for your support! I found that when I read When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna.  Juliet and … [Continue reading]

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 5

January turned out to be a pricey grocery month.  We did end up going over budget, but just by $1.76, so I'm okay with that. Details of Our Grocery Reports One of my goals this year is to lower my grocery bill and be more cognizant of my spending. … [Continue reading]

January, 2017 “Found” Money for Travel Report

One of my goals this year is to "find" an extra $700 to help fund our trip to Michigan this year.  To that end, I tried some new ways to raise money that have been successful.  Here's how I did in January: Credit Card Cash Back - $100 I put that … [Continue reading]

Chores: The Only Way We Keep Our House Clean When Homeschooling

When you homeschool, you and your children are in the house all.the.time.  That means there isn't an opportunity to do a good, deep cleaning because, well, the kids are there all day long creating new messes. We've tried different chore programs … [Continue reading]

Chalk Pastels Video Art Course: Available & On Sale Now!

My kids are naturally drawn to art.  They love to be creative.  Whether that is making a simple sketch with markers or doing something more elaborate, they are being creative every day.  However, a few times a week, I like to give them a more … [Continue reading]

Paleo AIP Freezer Cooking Session Wrap-Up, January 2017

I had a small, Paleo AIP freezer cooking session for one of my children last weekend.  I ended up with 4 single servings of each of these soups: Vegetable Beef Soup (To make this AIP compliant, I substituted the tomatoes and green beans with … [Continue reading]

Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan: A Book Review

I always enjoy books about people who challenge themselves, overcome difficult situations, and take their lives into their own hands in daring ways. This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks for your support! When I saw Chasing the North Star … [Continue reading]

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 4

After having such a big grocery haul last week and making 28 meals for the freezer, I wanted to have a much cheaper grocery trip this week.  I do want to stay within budget for the month, even if it is at the top end of our monthly budget … [Continue reading]

The Life Giving Home – January Update

The last year life has felt scattered, chaotic, and stressful.  As the stress mounted, so did the tension in our house.  As I had more and more demands placed on me, I had less and less time to make our home homey.  I was just getting by, and not … [Continue reading]