Fancy Cakes {for dummies!} 🎂

Fancy Cakes {for dummies!} 🎂

You guys know that I’m pretty frugal. I do not like to spend a lot of money on big birthday parties with the full-on Pinterest-worthy theme. I think they are awesome, don’t get me wrong — it’s just not how I choose to spend my hard-earned cash. I do, however, want my kids to feel ✨special✨ on their big day. The way that I do this is by baking themed cakes. I started doing this when Connor turned one. With a few exceptions here and there (like the year the movers were actually packing up our house on Sophie’s birthday), each kid has gotten a Read More

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DIY Bar Stool Upcycle

In case you missed it, we’re in the middle of a big move right now! Being a military family, we move a lot, so we’re no strangers to change. But this is the first time we’ve ever sold AND bought a house at the same time. In addition, we are packing and moving ourselves (oh, how I miss Army packers!). One of the many things that I’m excited about at our new house is the kitchen. Y’all, it has a bar. I’m envisioning many happy moments of kids sitting on the stools doing schoolwork while I cook, watching and/or helping me make dinner, or just hanging out and having a Read More

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How To Build a Cubby Wall

We recently did an overhaul of our back room. This room is a hub of multi-purpose in our home: it serves as the pantry, laundry room, garage, recycling center, and it has entrances to outside, the kitchen, and the basement. When we moved in, the storage in that room was just NOT meeting our needs for a room with so many purposes. In fact, sometimes it got to the point where we couldn’t even walk through it. {Don’t believe me? Click here for photographic evidence.} The remodel started with a collapsed ceiling. Since we had to clear the entire room in order to get the ceiling replaced, Read More

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FREE Canister Labels Printable!

You guys — my wonderful blog readers — never cease to amaze me! You probably know already that I feed my family of 6 for under $175/month. I do this WITHOUT coupons. (Because who has time for coupons, really?) I used to coupon like crazy, but since those shows came out and ruined it for everybody, coupons just aren’t as good as they used to be. And also, they’re mostly for packed, processed foods. The last 4 years or so, I’ve been transitioning to a healthier way of life, by cooking with raw, whole ingredients instead of buying packaged food. This means I don’t buy Read More

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DIY Office Organizer

I have 4 children, so that means there’s not an excess of storage in my house. {Let’s be honest, I’d kill for another bedroom… or two.} That means that, like many people, my “home office” is in my living room. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have surmised that I’m a pretty organized person. I love my checklists & charts! But I don’t love having them hanging all over my living room. They just don’t look very pretty! So I brainstormed for a while to come up with a way to have all of my info accessible, but out of sight! Read More

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Christmas Tree Dice Game

As I mentioned before in my post about Advent, we do a fun activity each day in December until the 25th. But sometimes I just don’t have the energy to pull off something big. That’s when I bust out with one of my “cheat” days, like this! This game is SO simple to set up — you can make a set in literally one minute. And it’s a ton of fun for the kids (especially since we play with candy!) See the image below for how to play! We always play until the M&Ms run out, then sometimes they keep playing with bingo markers instead! Read More