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”

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

One of the most anticipated seasonal activities our family does around the holidays is graham cracker gingerbread houses. Each child (and adult!) gets: ◦ A large, sturdy Paper Plate to build on ◦ 1-2 sleeves of Graham Crackers ◦ A Tub of Vanilla Frosting ◦ An Assortment of Candy (usually M&Ms, Fruit Snacks, Twizzlers andContinue reading “Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses”

2021 Family Bucket List

It’s 2021! How did you celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of the next? To celebrate the new year, we ate a lot of yummy food (our family usually does “appetizers” for New Years Eve, and we eat all the delicious things I wouldn’t normally cook. We also worked on a “BucketContinue reading “2021 Family Bucket List”

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”

A Gift for the King

Hey Mama. Do you have “perfectly good” toys in your home that aren’t getting any love? This charming little dollhouse hasn’t been nearly as played with as we thought it would be. And so this afternoon, the kids had an absolutely wonderful time fixing it up, adding a few fun furniture pieces (because what isContinue reading “A Gift for the King”

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”

Out of the Ordinary Days

I woke up later than usual today, and so did the kids. Breakfast was late. And leisurely. We lingered and talked, and I had a second cup of coffee. Our morning routines are behind; although they are slowly getting finished. There have been several quiet moments like this (pic above) as the bigger kids haveContinue reading “Out of the Ordinary Days”

Simplifying & Gifts

If you’ve tried to simplify or declutter at all, you’ve probably come to realize that birthdays and holiday gifts can seem to quickly undo any progress you’ve made. I used to feel a lot of stress around this, and tried to keep tabs on what was being given by whom, and ask folks not toContinue reading “Simplifying & Gifts”

All About Groceries

Curious how we grocery shop and meal plan? Once a month, we place an order for grocery delivery from our local warehouse store. The order we place is all the food that our family of 7 will eat for the next 4 weeks. Since all of our meals use the same base ingredients, we alwaysContinue reading “All About Groceries”

How Candles Can Change Your Mornings

Good Morning, Mama. How do you start your mornings as a family? Our breakfast table often looks like this; as sleepy children wander in to the kitchen, they’re greeted with candles glowing and glasses of cold water waiting at their places. It’s amazing how candlelight can transform the mood of the morning! As we gatherContinue reading “How Candles Can Change Your Mornings”