Family Fun

I love spending time with my family. After a busy day we usually find ourselves wrapped up in blankets, watching a movie. In my opinion, watching tv doesn’t really count as “quality” family time. It’s hard to think of fun activities to do as a family at the end of the day (or any time of day!). To make my life easier, and more enjoyable, I created our “Family Fun Night (or anytime)” box.


Inside this special box I have 4 categories.…

January 27, 2016

Surviving Zombies, Disasters, and the Great Outdoors

January 26, 2016

I am not a doomsday thinker, but I do like to be prepared for unexpected scenarios. A large part of that is because I like making a list of things to prepare and then checking them off as I get them. The other part is that I have a desire to survive. I don’t give up or quit when things get difficult, so I would like to have something in place to help me out if that happens.…


Homemade Monkey Bread

We love monkey bread, but I don’t love buying biscuits in a can. I got this brilliant (at least I feel it’s brilliant) idea to just make my own biscuits for monkey bread. I tried it last week and it was a hit!

Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Monkey Bread
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  1. 1 cup warm water
  2. 3 1/4 cups flour (I used unbleached white all purpose flour)
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 2 Tablespoons softened butter (we used homemade butter that's unsalted)
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 3 teaspoons yeast
  1. Add all the ingredients into bread machine in the above order.
January 20, 2016

Goal Setting: How to Get Started

January 19, 2016

I love goals. I love thinking of them, breaking them down into smaller bits, writing them in lists, and achieving them. I love everything about goals! I also believe that one of the key components of completing goals is writing them down.

I recently had some family members tell me that they didn’t have any goals written down because they didn’t know where to start. That reminded me that several years ago I had put together a small workbook about organizing and setting goals.…


Technology, Kids, and Chores

Technology is great. It is also a part of our lives that is here to stay. I would like to keep my kids from playing iPod, iPad, my iPhone, the Wii, etc., BUT I know they need to learn how to operate those types of devices. That doesn’t mean that I have to allow them to play on them whenever they feel like it–or when they are “bored”. If my children want to play on electronics, then they have to first complete their list of chores.…

January 13, 2016

Learning to Doodle with a Purpose: Sketchnotes

World Sketchnote Day
January 12, 2016

Yesterday, I learned about a way of note-taking called “sketchnotes.” I discovered it because January 11, 2016 was the first annual celebration of World Sketchnote Day. So, I spent a portion of my day doing some research on it.

My husband is a compulsive doodler. All of his church and conference notes are covered in doodles of all kinds. If I draw while listening, I usually don’t end up writing down anything of worth. And if I am writing down decent information I have no doodles of any kind.…


All Boy Doll

Being the mother of 2 girls and 1 boy I see my 6 year old son play with his fair share of dolls. It was really no surprise to me when he asked for his own American Girl doll for his birthday and Christmas. His reason? So he can play with his sisters. He also wanted to be able to dress the doll up to look like him. What he really wanted, was a boy doll.…

January 6, 2016

Saving For A Rainy Day

Saving For A Rainy Day
January 5, 2016

Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it money. – “Mickey Bergman”, Heist

Every year as tax season starts peeking its head around the corner I look at my business financials and have the same thought, “Where on earth did I spend all of my hard earned money!?!”

This year, I am determined to know the answer to that before the year is done. With the help of my journals and my desire to constantly make lists, I have my financial goals for the year written down and I have a plan for saving some extra cash!…