A home educator to four children, one with Autism, striving to balance family, time, and budget, providing free printables, recipes, and other time management tools for homeschool families.

Caribbean-Inspired Menu: Feed a Family of 5 for Less Than $50 a Week!

Complete menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for feeding a family of 5 on less than $50 a week.  Even has a shopping list!

Struggling to feed the family? Wanting to stretch your grocery budget and feed your family for less that $50 a week? April from ASimpleLifeToo.com has great ideas! As many families look to reduce their bills, either due to economic conditions or a desire to be better stewards of their money, one area seems to be a struggle… […]

Weekend Potluck: February 27th-March 1st

Weekend Potluck - The best recipe linky party EVER!

Have you heard about my week? After being stuck in Dallas due to the ice storm, we barely made it home in time for my youngest daughter’s fourth birthday, and just got our luggage back last night. Yes… five days without luggage. I think I need a restful weekend full of yummy goodness. Don’t you? […]

6 Fun Playground Games for Kids

Love this playground locator!  Includes 6 playground games for kids. I had completely forgotten about Bulldogs!

This post is sponsored by Valpak but opinions are my own. #ValpakSaves Every time we visit our local playground, my children make new friends… and so do I. Playgrounds are an important place for your child to develop social skills as well as grow in physical fitness, but sometimes children are resistant to playing with others […]

Motherhood Is Like a Game of Candy Land

How is Motherhood like Candyland?

Please welcome Sarah Koontz of Grounded & Surrounded. I love playing Candy Land with my kids… but not necessarily living it.  I just love family game night. The laughter, the squealing (I have two daughters, so there is always squealing), and the distraction-free time spent together leave me feeling full and satisfied. Our favorite game right now […]

Rainy Day or Any Day Science Fun!

Fabulous step-by-step science experiments to keep the kids busy on rainy days. Includes free printables.

Please welcome my friend, Felice Gerwitz from HomeForLearning.com, as she shares these amazing science experiments that are perfect for a rainy day activity. Keep them busy learning even when the weather is terrible! There is nothing like a rainy day to bring a family closer together, or in some cases make you want to pull your hair […]

Weekend Potluck: February 20th-22nd

weekend potluck

Happy weekend, friends! I hope you are in a sunny spot and not freezing your tootsies off. As for me, I am visiting the beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah for the first time in my life. Even though I am here for work, I brought my husband along and I am hoping to walk the […]

How to Get Your Child to Take Medicine with Dr. Cocoa

The battle is over! Chocolate-flavored medicine to make is easier for kids to take.

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Dr. Cocoa for#DrCocoaReliefwithaSmile, but opinions are 100% my own. Please contact your pediatrician with questions on dosage prior to giving medication to your child. Having a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder makes giving oral medication tremendously difficult. She takes hours to finally swallow 2 teaspoons worth of medication. The drama […]

February Edition of Great Homeschool Giveaways


Welcome to the February Edition of Great Homeschool Giveaways! Each month, Homeschool Giveaways and Ben and Me, along with a host of homeschool blogging friends, are bringing the homeschool community GREAT GIVEAWAYS and FREEBIES! Here’s how it works: There will be 5 INDIVIDUAL WINNERS (one from each sponsor) and . . . One GRAND PRIZE WINNER, who will be awarded every prize in the […]

How to Pack a Suitcase for Kids Made Easy

Fantastic tip for packing a suitcase for the kids without getting overwhelmed. Must remember this!

You might think I have it all together but looks can be deceiving, and I have proof. Anytime our family went of a trip, I would completely lose my mind. Seriously. My husband would need to take the children and leave the house just so I could figure out how to pack a suitcase. I […]

Best Travel Apps for Families

Wow. Love this list of apps you can use when traveling with the family compiled by a mom.

Remember the days of family road trips where you just stumbled around until you found what you needed? Kids sat in the back of the car (it was probably you, right?) saying, “Are we there yet?” Now, travel apps can make family trips easier than ever. This is a list of the BEST travel apps […]