• 10 Simple Chinese New Year Activities

    Since adopting Quincy we have been learning more about the Chinese culture and incorporating some of their traditions.  One of the biggest holidays in China is the Chinese New Year or its also referred to as the Lunar New Year.   Chinese New Year is a two-week celebration full of lots of fun activities for the whole family culminating at

    10 Simple Chinese New Year Activities
  • 5 Excuses Not to Declutter & How To Change Your Mindset

    I went downstairs to my basement the other day to work on decluttering our toy closet. I have a really hard time decluttering toys, I have so many excuses why I don’t declutter. So I’ve been putting decluttering off but we are being swallowed whole by clutter.  As I started to declutter I noticed five excuses why I struggled to

    5 Excuses Not to Declutter & How To Change Your Mindset
  • 4 Steps to Start A Good Habit

    This is the time of year many of us start to think about curbing bad habits and start a good habit.  After all, we just inhaled about 1000 cookies and consumed 20 meals per day over the holidays. It’s time to fit into our jeans again.  Just me?   My instinct is to fruit basket upset my life.  I am

    4 Steps to Start A Good Habit
  • Simple Holiday Meal Ideas

    With the holidays next week, it’s time to start thinking about the food.  No holiday is complete without a delicious spread of sweet and savory foods. However, if you are hosting it can be daunting planning out several days of food. So, what are some simple holiday meal ideas? How I Holiday Meal Plan –  First things first, it’s important

    Simple Holiday Meal Ideas
  • 10 Best Products to Buy at Aldi

    Aldi finally opened just down the street from my house.  I knew there was a loyal following and I have to say I have joined the fold.  It turns out the hype is real, Aldi has some pretty delicious foods for a fraction of the price.  My wallet and my belly are happy about that.  Since it’s the holiday season

    10 Best Products to Buy at Aldi

20 Best Gifts for Tween Boys (Ages 6-12)

**Click the picture below to be taken by affiliate link to the product**   Is it just me or the older kids get the less they play with toys and the harder it is to find presents that won’t just collect dust in a closet!  I hate that!  So, in an effort to help all gift-givers out, I rounded up…

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15 Best Tween Girl Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year where you start wracking your brain for gift ideas for those girls that are a bit past baby dolls but not quite adults.  What do you get a tween girl on your list besides just a gift card?  With my daughter’s help, I have rounded up the best 15 tween girl gift ideas for that…

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Advent Calendar Gift Guide + More

Tis’ the season to start thinking about Christmas!  Today, I wanted to share a fun tradition we love, advent calendars.  Every year my mom gets each of my kids an advent calendar based on their interests.  Luckily, retailers have caught on to advent calendars and there are more options than ever.  Now’s the time to pick some up and they have…

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10 Simple Ways to Prepare for Christmas in November

It seems there are camps this time of year. You are either Camp Thanksgiving or Camp Christmas is coming. While I love everything about Thanksgiving, I also do most of the heavy lifting for Christmas in November so I can enjoy the season even more. So, what do I do now? There are 10 simple ways to prepare for Christmas now…

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Super Simple Classic Chili

It’s that time of year – it’s soup time.  It snowed the other night so the kids are basically ready to put up the Christmas tree.  I am just ready to indulge in some warm and cozy food.  The only problem is our schedule doesn’t slow down this time of year, it only speeds up!  Anyone else?  Enter this delicious…

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Our Fall-Tastic Visit to The Pumpkin Ranch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Pumpkin Ranch. The opinions and text are my own.   We had the best fall-tastic day at The Pumpkin Ranch in Winterset, Iowa last weekend.  It was one of those days I didn’t want to end.  There’s nothing better than spending time as a family adventuring and having…

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Life Lately Volume 16 October 12

The other day on Instagram, I asked what you all wanted to see on the blog and several of you pointed out I haven’t done a life lately post in forever.  So, I looked and the last one I did was BEFORE we left for China.  I can’t believe it’s been so long but I knew we need to rectify…

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Boo Your Neighbors Halloween Activity

It’s almost time for Halloween and who doesn’t love an excuse to ding dong ditch?  If you live in the midwest, you might be familiar with May Day.   This activity is similar and a great way to create community in your neighborhood and spread a little joy this Halloween season. Boo Your Neighbors Halloween Activity Directions To start, all you…

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Simple Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

We are in full on fall mode over here which means I am breaking out all my pumpkin and apple recipes.  Momma loves to bake in the fall!  It also means I am running around like crazy because my kids are in all the activities.  So, I need super simple recipes that we can eat around the table or on the…

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5 Fall 2019 Fashion Must Haves

Fall is my favorite time of year to dress.  It’s not so cold that it’s all covered up by a big, puffy winter parka and it’s not too hot to wear some layers. Give me all the layers!   After scouring the interwebs, I decided there are 5 fall fashion trends that I think everyone should have in their wardrobe this…

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