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.

The Selfie Problem: Shifting from Me to We #TheUsProject

Who hasn't posted a selfie to social media? But is there a danger to all this self-focused photography? What have we turned ourselves into? Is there a better alternative? #TheUsProject #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soffe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For the most part, I have avoided the #selfie fad as much as possible because I personally think that there are more interesting things and people around me to share in social media than pictures of […]

Weekend Potluck #167

weekend potluck

Happy weekend! I’ve been working like a crazy woman all week to get my house prepared for an open house. Making your home market ready is so. much. work! But, hopefully, I will have everything complete by the end of the weekend. (Please God!) The recipe with the most clicks was ~ Kentucky Hot Brown […]

RITZ® Crackers Nachos with Homemade Salsa

Five yummy ideas to #PutItOnARitz - Includes a recipe for homemade restaurant-style salsa. #Ad

#PutItOnARitz #CollectiveBias GIVEAWAY: Feeling creative? Enter for a chance to win one of forty $100 Walmart e-Gift Cards (10 per week) by uploading an Instagram photo of your RITZ®-topped creation with #putitonaritzcontest. Purchase of RITZ® is not required. Click HERE to enter the Snackify Challenge with your own RITZ®-topped creation! As kids growing up, my brother and […]

Weekend Potluck #166

weekend potluck

It has been a very wet week here in southern Alabama with heavy downpours each day. How is the weather where you are? Are you ready to break out the grill? I am… as soon as I see the sun again. The recipe with the most clicks was ~ Bacon and Egg Pasta Salad by […]

Role Play Games that Teach Essential Skills

Great role play games for kid that develop essential skills

Please welcome Corinne Jacob today as she shares three fun role play games that secretly teach kids essential skills. Children love role-play games as they give them an opportunity to get into the skin of characters and develop their knowledge of a topic and explore. For example, when a child plays the role of a fish in […]

Weekend Potluck #165

Weekend Potluck - The best recipe linky party EVER!

This weekend, my family and I are in Atlanta for the Teach Them Diligently Convention where I am speaking and working the booth for Kidzmet. The beginning of our visit was… terrible. The Hyatt Place where we are staying has a friendly staff but the hotel is not all that was promised. Our first night […]

Dessert Rosa (Weekend Potluck #164)

Dessert Rosa - layers of delicious fruit between white cake. YUM!

As Easter approaches, my mouth begins to water for fruity desserts. That is unusual for me since I am a chocoholic. But, when I had the Dessert Rosa a Carabba’s Italian Restaurant a few months ago, I knew I needed to try to recreate it at home. Did I succeed? Not exactly. But, my version […]

5 Quick Tips for Doing Your Own Taxes

Smart tips for personal taxes from a lady who survived an audit and owed nothing. #DIYTaxes #ad

This post is part of the TaxACT #DIYtaxes blog tour which shares stories and tips about doing your own taxes and how it makes you smarter about the overall health of your finances. Do your own taxes today at TaxACT. You got this. April 15th is looming on the calendar, and I need to get […]

Tips for Making Kids Clothes Last Longer

Great tips for making kids clothes last longer. Super important for new parents to read but even this seasoned parent learned a few new tricks.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garanimals. The opinions and text are all mine. I love for my kids to look cute regardless of what we are doing or where we are going, but we also live life on a budget and need their clothes to be affordable. Beyond that, […]

Encouraging “I Hate Handwriting” to Write Creatively

Great ideas for motivating reluctant writers to write creatively

Not only do my children hate to write, they have terrible handwriting. (Probably because I do not force them to do copywriting. I just dread the antagonism.) So, when it comes time to get them to write creatively… The challenge is sometimes too much. One afternoon, I was hanging out at a Twitter party with […]

Easy April Fool’s Day Tricks for Kids (and Parents)

Ready to have some fun with pranks for kids? LONG list of harmless April Fool's Day jokes. Easy stuff!

Are you ready for one of the funniest days of the year? I have got some of the best ways to tease your kids (or spouse… or neighbor… or just about anyone) with these April Fool’s Day tricks. Today, I was excited to visit Studio10 at our local FOX TEN affiliate and share my favorite April […]

Easy Italian Dessert: McCafé Affogato

The McCafé Affogato is an easy Italian dessert perfect for a dinner party or just some "me time."  #McCafeMyWay #Ad

#McCafeMyWay #CollectiveBias After a long, stressful week, you need a little treat. Something to put a pep in your step and a smile on your face… and maybe a whipped cream mustache. This easy Italian dessert makes a special dessert for company or just a way to celebrate some “me time.” Featuring McCafé Premium Roast Coffee, […]