Foodie Friday, Tips and Tricks

20 Must-Have Kitchen Tools

Set your kitchen up for success with these 20 must-have kitchen tools!

must-have kitchen tools

When you first set up your kitchen it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out what you need to buy. I put together a list of what I think are must haves for housewive’s kitchen. Some of the items are little more expensive but I think it’s worth investing in these items because you are using them at least once a week, most are once a day. Most of the items on this list are less than $40 which is very reasonable in my book!! read more

Family, Making Memories, Parenting Tips

Minimalist Travel

Minimalist travel: surviving a road trip in a Mini Cooper.

minimalist travel

In February of 2016, our family hit a fun milestone. Our first family vacation! We spent a week and half in sunny Florida with my parents. We visited Daytona Beach and ended the week in Orlando visiting Disney World! It was an amazing time, but it wasn’t without its challenges. You see, we don’t own a van or an SUV. We went to Florida and back in a Mini Cooper. You read that right. A Mini Cooper with 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space plus 2 adults, 2 kids, and 2 booster seats. So as you can imagine, I know a little bit about minimalistic travel 😉 read more

Surly's Reading List, Taking care of Me

Poolside Reading

5 genres of books to add to your poolside reading list!

Poolside Reading

Poolside reading is one of the best things about summer. Relaxing in the hot summer air with cool breezes while your kids get out all their energy playing, splashing, and swimming. When it comes to poolside reading, I have five basic genres I go to: mystery series, young adult literature, major works, parenting books, and personal development.

If you have not check out Surly’s Reading List, make sure you click on over to see ALL the books on my reading list. read more

Activities, Homeschool

15 Chapter Audiobooks Kids Love

Chapter audiobooks are a great way to include more reading in your homeschool.

chapter audiobooks

I have such a love affair with audiobooks. One of the best times of my life was when my husband was a long-haul truck driver, and I would go with him on the road for two week stretches. As fun as it was, you still need to occupy your time and one of the best ways is with audiobooks. We listened to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (just to name a few) and we were hooked!

Audiobooks also helped my oldest daughter learn to read! We would listen to chapter audiobooks, and she would follow along with the book. It really fired up her love of reading. We have listened to about 30 audiobooks in the past year and today I am sharing with you 15 chapter audiobooks you and your kids will love listening to! read more

Home Management, Veneration

Venerate the Housewife

How my motto, venerate the housewife, changed my entire outlook on home life!!

Venerate the Housewife

What does it mean to venerate the housewife? When I first heard this statement, I said to myself, “What on earth does that even mean?” Venerate is defined as “To regard with reverential respect or with admiring deference.” In other words, to venerate the housewife is to glorify, revere, or adore with the utmost respect. Once I saw what i meant, I was like “heck yeah!” I work hard at what I do. I’m growing and shaping lives, why on earth wouldn’t I treat it with the highest reverence. read more