• FAVORITES

    December’s Favorite Things

    What I am wearing: Sweaters – I am really into sweaters this winter! Which is actually quite unusual for me. I am typically not a sweater lover. This one was purchased at American eagle (pants from JC Penneys) This one was from the Juniors department at Kohls. It’s a bit short when you lift your arms, but paired with a tucked in cami it doesn’t bother me. Sunglasses – I treated myself to a new set of sunglasses since I broke and lost my last two pairs. I upgraded to Ray-Bans. I went in with every intention of purchasing the classic aviators, but fell in love with a pair that…

  • FITNESS & BEAUTY

    NO-Aluminum, Non-Toxic, EASY, Natural, DIY Deodorant

    Ever google “aluminum in antiperspirant”? It’s kind of scary what problems have been potential linked to clogging your sweat pores with aluminum for decades on end. But let’s be honest… I smell like a the bad end of an onion if I go with out and that’s a little bit of an issue too. While I am a bit crunchy I an not THAT crunchy. So, what’s a girl to do? Make my own! I wanted to test this recipe for several weeks/months before bragging on it, but I am pleased to say that it is AMAZING! Everything I have ever wanted in a DIY/Natural deodorant Made from easy to…

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  • CROCHET

    Crocheted Toddler Mittens (FREE pattern)

    Ever tried to find good fitting mittens that aren’t a pain in the rear to put on your small toddler? None of them are small enough to fit their tiny hands well. PROBLEM SOLVED! “I’ll just make my own!” BUUUUT… I struggled to even find a crochet pattern that worked, so I designed my own! I have used this pattern for a couple of years and made MANY mittens for my kids and my friend’s and family’s kids as well. They are amazing! Pattern is for Toddler (1-3 years) and Child (4-7 years). I didn’t bother writing the pattern for any older kids. By the time they were 8 or…

  • homeschooling

    Our Daily Homeschool Routine!

    So many have asked what our homeschool routine looks like this year with 8 kids! Let me give you a bit of background about what each child is involved in! Andrew and Maddie (9th and 7th) are using Classical Conversations curriculum with Teaching Textbooks for math. Both attend an all day co-op on day a week and meet with a tutor in a class setting while there. Our other children (5th, 4th, 2nd, K) follow an eclectic curriculum that I have put together for them. You can see our curriculum choices for the year HERE. Here is a rough outline of our plan for the day. I talk about it…

  • parenting

    I Have a 15 Year Old!?

    You GUYS, I feel WAY too young for this blog post! My oldest turned FIFTEEN last week! Wasn’t I 15 just a few days ago? We had an awesome day with him! While my amazing momma watched our youngest 6 kids we took AJ and Maddie out for lunch at a local restaurant my dad built. After we shopped around for a ukulele and visited the electric piano that he wants to save for at another music shop. We hit up the mall to look for Twenty One Pilots gear and even grabbed a Starbucks before returning home to cake and ice cream with my parents and inlaws! I am…

  • FAVORITES

    November Favorites

    AHHHHH – It’s December! When did that even happen!? I am going to try a new series on my monthly favorites! I thought this would be a fun way to share about items i have been asked about or that I have been loving. Just a disclaimer – I am NOT sponsored or endorsed by ANYTHING in these videos (although I may link you to the products via my amazon link so that you can easily find them if you’re interested). I’ve actually never been paid to push a product. I have consciously turned down ALL sponsorship opportunities to keep my channel genuine. The only products reviews I have agreed…

  • parenting,  Uncategorized

    Halloween Costumes 2017

    Happy Halloween! I wanted to share what our kids dressed up as for Halloween! It was so easy this year because our neighbor across our road dropped off a large assortment of costumes from his daughter and we keep most of our store bought and homemade costumes (that are worth saving) in a bin. I hung them all up and had them “shop” from what we had! Cora, Ezra, Georgia and Faith all picked out their costumes from those. Cypress dressed in the bear costume I made for AJ 14 years ago. It was the first garment I ever sewed! All 8 of our kids have worn it and it…