Food and Drink, Home & Family, Marriage

Healthy Lunch Ideas for your Husband

Healthy lunch ideas to pack for your husband!

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One of the benefits of being a homeschooling family is no lunches to pack!! In fact, Harley makes lunch for her and her sister everyday for a small fee.

The girls and I may eat lunch at home, but I still have to pack a lunch for my husband. Partly because I enjoy it, and partly so he can spend time with the kids before work. I also have become pretty good at it, so I am going to let you in on some of my secrets to help other parents with lunches for themselves and/or their kids. read more

Clean and Organized, Home & Family, Homemaking

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

5 tips on how to beat the winter blues!

Does winter get you down? Check out this post for tips on how to beat the winter blues and keep your house cozy all winter long!

The average temperature in my area of Wisconsin during the winter is around 30 degrees with about 10 hours of daylight a day. Needless to say, if you spend too much time in the house you will go a little stir crazy. Outdoor winter activities are great, but the long dark winter can get to you.

The air in the house gets stale and stagnant and you long for spring days of warm sunshine and refreshing breezes. But it doesn’t have to be that way!! I have five ways you can keep your home cozy and inviting this winter. read more

Clean and Organized, Homemaking

DIY Laundry Detergent

Powder laundry detergent can help you slash your budget! 

Laundry is an endless chore in any house. This method for DIY laundry detergent will change the way you do laundry. Click here for recipe!

Since I became a homeschool mom, I have done some weird things to save money: we have totally cut out cable tv, I learned how to make my own yogurt, and I did something I never thought I would do, I don’t buy laundry detergent. I make our own!

The idea of making our own detergent never occurred to me because I was only familiar with the liquid kind. That wouldn’t work for our family because we don’t have the space for it. I could never fit put 4 gallons of laundry soap in my 10 square foot laundry area. It wasn’t until I discovered homemade POWDERED laundry detergent, that I knew I had to try this frugal hack! read more

Finances, Food and Drink

AeroPress Coffee Maker

How to make the best home-brewed coffee using the AeroPress coffee maker!


Raise your hand if you love coffee?! I’m one of those people whose bloodstream is part coffee. I know it’s terribly clichéd but I FRIGGIN LOVE COFFEE!! I have a friend who somehow made it through college without coffee. How I will never understand. But anyway, today I am going to talk to you about my favorite way to brew coffee, the AeroPress!

(This is not a sponsored post. AeroPress has no clue who I am. I just LOVE this product) read more

Clean and Organized, Home & Family, Homemaking

5 Easy Ways to Make a House a Home

A 5 Step Plan for Making a House a Home

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When I first saw the photo of our house while house-hunting in 2005, it was probably my last pick of the bunch. It just didn’t look like home. But when we first visited the inside of the house, I knew this was a place we could call home. I just had that feeling. A place where we could raise our future children and a neighborhood we wanted to live in. All these years later, we are still perfecting how to make our house into a home.

How to Make a House a Home

Family Meeting

First things first, you need to have a family meeting. We are a family, and I value what my husband has to say about the state of our home. I may be the homemaker, but I want our home to be reflective of both of our styles and comfort levels. You may think your husband does not care, but I bet he has some thoughts on what would make his house feel like a home. read more