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.

101 Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Tons of ideas including sweet recipes, printables, decor, and more.

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, you might be searching for some loving inspiration. Check out this fantastic list of ideas for Valentine’s Day. Decorations 14 Things I love about You from The Evolution of Mom Burlap Door Hanger from Junque 2 Jewels Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments from Katy Elliot Coffee Filter Heart […]

Why Giving a Massage is the Most Romantic Thing You Can Do This Valentine’s Day

The absolute BEST Valentine's Day gift you can  give your spouse.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Melt… the most amazing massage experience you and your spouse will ever experience… together… and just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s always a tough job to impress on Valentine’s Day. The day has so much build up, so much romance, so much expectation that it can […]

40+ Valentine’s Day Kids Crafts

Wow! Great list of Valentine's Day crafts for kids.

Valentine’s Day Kids Crafts are a fun way to celebrate February 14th, but if you lack a crafty backbone as I do, you need inspiration. This list of over 40 Valentine’s Day craft ideas for kids will certainly give you the creative boost you need. Valentine’s Day Kids Crafts Heart Pocket Valentine’s Day Craft at […]

My Fat Story: Surrendering to Be Fat

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Missed a part of My Fat Story? Read more. After a life full of fighting my weight, I found myself firmly in enemy territory. My body was giving up the fight, and with a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Disease, I surrendered. Time for the endocrinologist. Gained 10 pounds since last visit. No wonder #depression is a […]

A Complete Bundle of DIY Goodies


There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting! But do you look at that bare wall in the den and that […]

Valentine’s Day Snack for Kids

Such a simple Valentine's Day snack for kids!

A few years ago, I needed a Valentine’s Day snack for kids at a class party. I wanted something (semi) nutritious as I knew the kids would be filling up on candy. These Cupid’s Arrow Sandwiches were the perfect solution. Putting the sandwiches together does take a little time but you could always involve your children […]

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Saving this free Home for Sale Checklist for later. Great list of things to do before putting your house on the market.

#MarketReadyHome Over the last several months, our family has prayerfully considered moving. Honestly, I have been ready so many times, but God has persistently told us to wait. Now, we are finally getting our home ready to place on the market in the Spring, and as I paint and scrub, my heart has been renewed […]

My Fat Story: A Catastrophic Storm

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Missed a part of My Fat Story? Read more. In hindsight, I can see the storm brewing… like hurricanes lined up in the Gulf of Mexico and impacting a coastal community with a one-two punch. No more babies My husband is an only child, and his family has always been stunned by our desire to […]

Heart Pocket Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids

Super simple Valentine's Day craft for kids. Just need two cheap-o paper plates and ribbon. Kids could use them to collect their cards in class.

At our homeschool co-op meeting closest to Valentine’s Day, the children swap Valentine’s Day cards. To have somewhere to collect their cards and goodies, my children made this simple paper plate Valentine’s Day craft. As each of the children decorated two of the cheap-o paper plates, I compared their artwork to different famous artists. Lira chose […]

$100 a Week Dinner Menus

$100 Week Dinner Menus - Two weeks worth for FREE!

Have you been participating in the $100 Week Grocery Challenge? If you have been stuck in a rut for a while when it comes to menu planning on a budget or are brand new to having a grocery budget, these $100 Week Dinner Menus are going to help you tremendously. Inside the zipped file are two […]

Huge January Giveaway for Homeschoolers

Welcome to the January 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 […]