Back to School Tips That Will Make Your New Year The Best Yet

The right back to school tips can set up your school year for success! Be sure you’ve covered everything by keeping these things in mind.

Whether your kids are heading to school for the first time ever, starting over at a new school, or just heading back to a familiar place, getting into the swing of a new school year offers a fresh start.

Every parents wants the new year to be a successful one.  Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to get everything off on the right foot.

As Mom to five kids heading back to school, I’ve been there done that!  Here are some of our favorite back to school tips.


Money and Life Goals 2018: August Check In

I didn’t get to the July check in of our yearly goals because…life.  We’re enjoying our summer, and a small blogging break is just what I needed to get the creative juices flowing again!

Happily, we’ve been able to cross a few things off of our list this summer.

The nice thing about having yearly goals is that it keeps me grounded.  When I find myself on Pinterest dreaming of new projects to take on for the house, I don’t go into debt trying to take on more project than we can afford.

Instead, I focus on getting these projects done.  And I make a list of things I’d love to be able to do next year!


Things to Do In Washington DC with Kids: This Is How To Make Your Trip Unforgettable

There are so many things to do in Washington DC with kids that you’ll have trouble deciding what to do first! Here’s a list of must sees.

A visit to Washington DC is on the bucket list for many Americans.  Our family of 7 took a trip to the nation’s capital, and we learned a lot about things to do in Washington DC with kids.

So learn from our experiences!

If you’re a little nervous about visiting the big city, don’t be.  We felt safe during our trip there.

In fact, we encountered many acts of kindness.  One man gave us his umbrella in a downpour.  And a jovial woman got such a big kick out of our daughter that she gave us a discount on our drinks!


Getting Out of Debt? Here Are The 7 Things You Should Never Do

Getting out of debt takes discipline. But there are some things you should NEVER do to win the fight against heavy bills! Are you guilty of any of these?

You racked up some serious debt, and now one thing is clear.  If you want to have a different life, there are certain things you can

Don’t worry.  It’s all worth it when that magical day comes that you get a paycheck that doesn’t have to immediately be divided up between your un-best friends, credit card company A, B, and C.

What are these forbidden things?  Glad you asked!


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #126

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #126

Summer is by far my favorite season.  Which makes it an even bigger bummer when we get sick this time of year.

When I’m not feeling great, I’m even more grateful for kids that are willing to pull their own weight!  With their help, we’ve been able to keep the house running pretty smoothly.

We’re all pretty tired of Netflix now, though.


Brilliant Too Hot To Cook Meals That Will Make Your Day Cool

Too hot to cook? No problem! These meals will fill you up without adding to the heat. These recipes are what summer is supposed to taste like!

It’s hot as the blazes outside, but you know good and well that your family is still going to want to eat.

That doesn’t mean you’re in the mood for heating up the kitchen.  And that’s ok!

Because here you’ll find a long list of yummy recipes to try when it’s just too hot to cook.

Whether you want a cold dish to serve or something seasonally delicious that didn’t cause you to turn on the oven…you’ll find all types of recipes on this no-need-to-think-about-it list!


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #125

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #125

It was a little surprising to get mail from the dealer that we bought our van from just 10 months ago.  Guess what?  They want to buy our van back from us!

It’s time for an upgrade!

I had to shake my head.  Marketing like this must work, and it’s a shame.  There’s no way they would pay us back anything close to what we paid them last year.  And people who fall for this are probably rolling lost money into a new payment plan.

Cars are already expensive enough without feeling like you deserve an upgrade every year!


100 Interesting Road Trip Questions That Will Cure Your Boredom

Looking for fun road trip questions that are interesting enough to break up the boredom? These questions are family friendly, but entertaining for everyone!

Right now, you’re probably either…

A.) …halfway through a road trip and bored out of your mind.  The ABC game got boring miles ago and you’re tired of listening to “I Would Walk 500 Miles” (HIMYM reference).

B.) …an uber prepared person who knows they’re heading out for a road trip soon and needs to stop that boredom before it starts.

Either way, this list is perfect for you!  Let’s pull together a fun list of questions you can ask your fellow road tripees when the yellow line gets too long.

Here you’ll find questions that are great for spouses, friends, or even a big family.