• 15 Simple Ways To Save Money on Groceries

    Have you ever gotten to the cash register at the grocery store and gone bug-eyed at the amount of money you just spent?  Do you just wish you could save money on your groceries? Since we have been saving for the adoption one of the biggest ways we have curbed our spending is by eating out less and sticking to

    15 Simple Ways To Save Money on Groceries
  • Best Tips for A Money-Making Garage Sale

    Tis the season for garage sales.  It’s a great way to make some extra cash and declutter your house at the same time.  That my friends is what I call a win-win! Now, decluttering and setting up a garage sale takes some work so you want to make sure your investment pays off.  That’s why I have rounded up my

    Best Tips for A Money-Making Garage Sale
  • DIY Garage Toy Organization

    Our garage is a workhorse year-round!  My mantra is, everything we own has a place of its own so that everyone knows where it goes.  This eliminates mom doing all the work of picking up.  So, we needed some kid-friendly garage organization. Before Garage Toy Organization Problem We had this extra plastic shelf (similar) we weren’t using anymore now that

    DIY Garage Toy Organization
  • A Simple Teacher Gift

    It’s teacher appreciation week!  Do you need a simple teacher gift idea? Over the years, my kid’s teachers have helped them so much.  Solon’s 2nd-grade teacher helped him fall in love with reading and the kid’s art teacher has made Vera feel like a true artist, the girl loves art!  Just the other day one of Solon’s teachers stopped him

    A Simple Teacher Gift
  • Life Lately Volume 14 April 2019

    Seriously, I try not to start out these posts the exact same way every month but I can NOT for the life of me believe it’s May today!  The kids are excited because this is the last month of school and we are all excited because that means we are closer to bringing Quincy home.  April was a full and

    Life Lately Volume 14 April 2019

Aldi Shopping List + Weekly Meal Plan

Aldi has always been my go-to for inexpensive diapers, wipes and guacamole (how about that combo ;)!  I always drove a half hour to stock up.  Now, Aldi has finally opened up a store just 5 minutes from my home and I did a happy dance.  Now, 3 out of 4 weeks a month I go to Aldi for my…

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Favorite Finds Spring 2019

I can’t believe we are a week into April already.  This year is going fast and shaping up to get crazier as we get closer to leaving for China (I just got happy butterflies typing that).  There have been several products I have been loving lately and I haven’t done a Friday favorites post all year (shake my head) so today…

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Simple Easter Activities for Families

With the flip of the Calendar, I instantly started planning for Easter.  We are hosting this year so I am thinking of the menu and all the fun things we love to do to celebrate including dying eggs, my mom’s money egg hunt (instead of candy, she slips some money inside including $20’s) and Easter baskets. We also enjoy doing…

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Life Lately Volume 13 March 2019

Friends, I am still shaking about our latest news.  Not only are we I-800 approved but so are my sister-in-law and brother-in-law (read more about our adoption here).  They started the adoption process about 6 months before us so never in our wildest dreams did we think we would travel together.  We are all just giddy at the story God…

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Best Cleaning Products for Housekeeping

It’s spring and for some reason, this season triggers my mind to clean all the things!  It could also be that I have been nesting as we prepare to bring our son home from China (read more about that here).  Yes, I can confirm you nest when you adopt too!  Whatever the reason I am in major cleaning mode.  I thought…

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International Adoption Process Q & A

Lucy, our youngest daughter, was just 5 months old when Scott’s sister and brother-in-law brought our nephew home from China.  We had walked with them through their international adoption process.  Never in a million years at that moment, did I think we would walk through it ourselves.  Yet, here we are on the brink of bringing home our son from…

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Simple Kids Art Supply Storage Solution – Create an Art Cart

Do you have tiny artists and a whole lot of art supplies?  Do you want a simple art supply storage solution that your child can maintain independently?  If you answered yes, you need an art cart. The problem we kept running into was that she would pull out all the supplies and it would be strewn across the table and then…

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Meet Quincy James Port

On Tuesday, February 26th I woke up knowing it would be a crazy day, Solon and Vera both had dental procedures and they also had parent-teacher conferences that night with a slew of the regular everyday activities in between.  It would be a full day for sure. When I finally sat down to check my email after I got Lucy…

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Simple Spring Activities for Kids

Spring has sprung or at least it has in my mind! Spring break is coming up and sometimes I need a few simple kids activity ideas for when the excitement of being home has worn off or a spring rain shower keeps us inside.  Break out these simple and fun spring kids activities!  Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy to…

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