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”

Some Thoughts on Capsules

There’s a lot of talk these days about “capsules”. I found a definition online that really resonated with me: a capsule is a concise, curated collection. And I realized that I use capsules in a lot of places, not just in my clothing choices, but in much of life. In our family, we have aContinue reading “Some Thoughts on Capsules”

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”