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

Home & Family, Parenting Tips

3 Parenting Strategies That Will Make you a Better Mom

A three phrase parenting strategy any parent can do.

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We have all been there. Our kids have defeated us, and we sit on the bathroom floor (possibly crying) because we honestly don’t know what to do next. How do we get our kids out the door without yelling? Why do our kids never seem to remember the question they asked 4.57 minutes ago? And why, for-the-love-of-all-things-holy, can’t they just get along?!

I want you to know, you aren’t alone. Parenting is hard and we don’t give ourselves enough credit for the great work we do. However, any parent will tell you they have something they need to improve on. It may be they need to spend more quality time with their kids or just want to stop barking orders at their kids. read more

Finances, Food and Drink

AeroPress Coffee Maker

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

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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

Home & Family, Marriage

10 Date Night Movies for Parents

10 Alternative Date Night Movie Ideas 

Looking for date night movie ideas to watch with your spouse? Check out this post on how to look to your relationship for clues!

What parents don’t love date night! However, why does it always seem like we never go on honest-to-goodness dates?! Dates with no kids, relaxation, and fun. It’s probably because staying home is so much easier. Going out for date night can be such a chore: lining up babysitters, deciding what to do, staying up after 9 pm, and actually having to put on a bra are all cons of a night out.

Which is why many couples prefer the at-home date night. Movie night, usually, being the top choice. 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