10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

How We Handle Bedwetters {FRUGALLY!}

My kids wet the bed. It has taken me a long time to admit that without feeling shame about it. I used to feel like a failure, as if only a bad parent couldn’t figure out how to make their kid snap out of it. But I’m now at a place where I can admit it. It’s not my fault. It’s not their fault. It happens. Now, what to do about it?  After struggling with this for over 8 long years, believe me, we have tried everything. Withholding liquids. Waking them up to pee. Nighttime alarms. Different herbs and essential oils. They even attended chiropractic appointments Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

How to Take a Road Trip with ONE Parent {and not lose your mind!}

Recently I embarked upon an 11-hour drive with my four children and no husband to help. Besides one epic bout of carsickness, it all went pretty smoothly — thanks to some prepwork and organization on my part. Here’s how I did it! Plan 1 movie and 1 activity for every 2 hours of driving. If you can keep them in a constant state of entertained, then they won’t start squabbling. Now, I’ll be the first to say that you shouldn’t endeavor to entertain your kids every hour of the day. They need free, unstructured time to explore and be bored and be creative. Those things Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

☘St. Patrick’s Day☘ {for Christians!}

I love celebrating holidays. But one of the things I don’t love is when people distort the meaning of the holiday and turn it into… well, an excuse for debauchery. St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It has such a beautiful story and a beautiful meaning. Neither my husband nor I are Catholic, but we are both from Irish descent. We also don’t drink… I’ve been told a time or two that it’s “not right” to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without alcohol, and I have to disagree. Here is how my family celebrates, and why! 1. Decoration A few weeks before the holiday, we adorn Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

Circle Time with Little Ones {with FREE printable!}

Circle Time was something I did every day with my older kids when they were younger. Somewhere along the way we moved on to bigger kid stuff and older kid subjects, and Circle Time got lost. About 18 months ago I started back up again with my younger two kids, because I felt like they were missing out (and even my 7 year old joins us of her own free will) — it’s just better to start the day with some dancing and fun! This is how we do it!! 1. Prayer One of my kids will open us up in prayer, to pray a Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

Why We Don’t Do SANTA

Most people I know celebrate Christmas the same way: Santa comes on Christmas Eve, leaving a mountain of toys for good little girls and boys. Our family chooses to celebrate a little differently, so I’m going to share with you how we do it!   1. Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa. Christmas morning, we try really hard to focus on Christ. We wake up, and before any presents are opened, we eat Jesus’ birthday cake for breakfast (it’s a breakfasty apple-cinnamon cake) and sing “Happy Birthday” to him. When it’s time to open presents, we remind the kids that it is not their birthday, but Read More