Simple Lunch Routine

Hey Mama.  It’s summertime.  How’s your lunch routine going? We eat a lot around here.  With 5 kids someone is always hungry.  While I’ve had dinners figured out for awhile, lunch somehow always got to me.  I wouldn’t think about it until someone was STARVING, and then the mad dash to throw something together wouldContinue reading “Simple Lunch Routine”

Forge Your Own Path

Sometimes, Mama, you have to forgo the typical way of doing things and forge your own path. Maybe that’s doing schoolwork outside (or up a tree). Maybe it’s leaning on frozen food or paper plates instead of choosing between takeout and homemade. Maybe it’s napping on a Sunday afternoon—or sleeping late on a Saturday morning.Continue reading “Forge Your Own Path”

Embracing the Less Than Perfect

Shout out to all the Mama’s embracing the less than perfect. To the ones whose backyards are far from Instagram worthy (hello, fellow city dwellers!), but get daily use, making mud pies and staining knees, patchy grass and all. To the ones who don’t have the dreamiest toys, but whose kids’ imaginations have the freedomContinue reading “Embracing the Less Than Perfect”

Why My Kids Love Stale Bread & Mushy Bananas

Stale bread. Mushy, black black bananas. Some of my kids’ favorite things to eat. As we’ve tried to slowly cut down on waste around here (because our growing family is eating more & more as they enter the teen years), we’ve found a few family favorites that taste almost better in their “stale” form thanContinue reading “Why My Kids Love Stale Bread & Mushy Bananas”

Simple Gift Idea

Want a really simple homemade Christmas gift that you’ll actually feel good about gifting? This homemade hot cocoa mix recipe only uses 3 ingredients (and two of them are sugar and salt!) with a few optional mix-ins; and let me tell you…it might be the most amazing Hot Cocoa you’ll ever drink. Rich, creamy andContinue reading “Simple Gift Idea”

Purchases and Your Values

Good Morning, Mama. It’s Cyber Monday, and we’re just past Black Friday. What are you investing in? We have been saving gift cards for awhile now, and just purchased some patio furniture and a gas fire table. In November. In New Jersey. What might seem like a waste of our precious little resources to someContinue reading “Purchases and Your Values”

Good Enough

Hey, Mama. Have you ever wanted something that’s simply beyond your means? For years, I’ve wanted a mud kitchen for our backyard. A little wooden stand with a basin and a counter, and metal pots and pans for making mud pies. It’s simply beyond our means. It’s not something we will budget or even saveContinue reading “Good Enough”