9 Ways to Spoil Yourself for Mother’s Day

Let's face it: not all moms are going to get the royal treatment on Mother's Day. I spent many years as a single mom. Of course I lovingly treasured the sweet gifts my son made for me every year at school, but sometimes I yearned to be just downright spoiled. If you don’t have someone to spoil you, there are plenty of things you can do to spoil yourself for Mother’s Day.   Nine ways to spoil … [Read more...]

Printable Freezer Inventory {Freebie}

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links.Last weekend, as I was packing for a 3-day trip away from my family, I realized how seriously unorganized our freezer is. There is a ton of food in there-everything from ham hocks to sandwich bread to casseroles to fruit for smoothies. But everything’s all jumbled together in a heap of icy randomness.When I went out to the freezer to pull … [Read more...]

The Little Things I Can’t Live Without

It’s truth-telling time: I’m a recovered shopaholic. For real. In my early twenties I went a little nuts with credit cards and spending and, well... things got out of control.Since then I’ve had to learn to live without the things I really want but can’t actually afford. And, let me tell you, that took some getting used to. After several years of trying to focus on what I have instead of what … [Read more...]

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy chocolate chip cookies … Where fudge meets brownie meets cookie.  Aside from the serious muscle required for stirring the dough, this is an amazingly simple cookie recipe. My mom used to make these all the time when I was growing up, and she learned the recipe from my grandfather. He was known for his decadent kitchen creations, and these cookies were always a family favorite! Ingredients … [Read more...]

Avocado Festival Favorites

My favorite time of year… The Fallbrook Avocado Festival! Every April, our town hosts an event in honor of the avocado. Fallbrook is the self-proclaimed “Avocado Capital” after all. ;) Most of Main Street is shut down for the whole day, and vendors’ booths line the center of the street. There are several booth areas on some of the smaller side streets as well. I’m telling you, this is a … [Read more...]

How do You Measure Your Worth?

This is something that I personally struggle with. In high school I wanted so badly to be noticed, to be popular. I guess a piece of that never went away because even now, as a mid-thirties adult, I have to keep reminding myself that I am special and it doesn’t matter what other people think of me. I may not have it all together but it’s what’s inside that counts, right?  Teens these days, and … [Read more...]

Multiples Illuminated Review

Disclaimer: I received a free .pdf copy of this book but the opinions expressed here are my own. Some links may be affiliate. A few years ago a childhood friend found out she was pregnant with twins. She didn’t know many people who had twins so we sat down together one afternoon and hashed it all out. We covered topics like what the pregnancy might be like, what help she will need once they … [Read more...]

Taming Clutter with a Toy Storage System

Disclosure: Some links may be affiliate.Our place is tiny for a home with 6 people living in it. It’s not the people that make it feel small, though. It’s all the stuff we’ve got! I’m constantly trying to pare us down to having less ‘stuff’, and even though we don’t own a ridiculous amount of things, sometimes it feels like we just have too much stuff.One of the biggest clutter issues in … [Read more...]

Time to Refresh: Spring Break 2016

It was nothing monumental. Not something I’d want to brag about. Just a special time connecting with family, and it was exactly what I needed. This hectic season of our lives has me on the brink of burnout more often than not. Which is why I am so very thankful that I am a teacher and I can take these breaks from school and work right when I need them the most. This year my Spring Break coincided … [Read more...]

Mickey Craft Bag Activity

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own. Some links may be affiliate. Last week I hosted a Preschool Playdate sponsored by Walt Disney World and MomSelect. I was trying to stick with a “Mickey” theme to go along with the Mickey Mouse Playhouse paper dishes we received. My friend Niki had a great idea to make it … [Read more...]