Raising kids who enjoy church: Our experience

I want to first start out by saying that this post is purely based on OUR EXPERIENCE.  We don’t have all the answers and we are not experts!!!  These are the habits that we have found to “up the odds” that our kids will enjoy going to church, which may eventually lead them to know […]

Roadtrip to Iowa!!

Well, it’s that time of year- time to go road trippin’ to Iowa to visit relatives! We packed up the car and took anyone in our family that was available to make the trip and HIT THE ROAD! We had a small group this time, hubby & I and two kids! It was a beautiful […]

My Planner Essentials

  **“HAPPY PLANNER” GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THE POST!!** Give away Closed Am I totally crazy for calling my planner “My Brain?” Probably, but seriously this thing holds my life together!  If you’re looking to get started on this “planner” journey, here’s what I think you will need to get started. In this post […]

Teen Girl Room Tour- 2016

I’m so excited to share another room in our new house!! HUGE DISCLAIMER*****  My daughter’s room does NOT always look like this!!  She is a normal teenager and leaves stuff out on the desk sometimes & on the floor! What she DOES know is….Everything has a ‘HOME” and it is easy to put things away […]

Jill’s Baking Tips: Frosting

I had quite the dilemma earlier this week.  A dilemma as in “first world problem” dilemma, but certainly a dilemma. Here goes…..I made a yellow cake (just a box mix) and I only had a little bit of chocolate frosting left because we had cracked open the frosting can the night before while making s’mores. […]

My 5 “Must Have” Kitchen Appliances

I’m one of those weird people who actually like to cook!  Now don’t get me wrong, I won’t refuse a chance to have a break and go out for dinner or let someone else cook!  My kids have actually been asking to cook dinner once in awhile….I think they’ve caught “the cooking bug.”  As much […]

Week in Review- July 4th Weekend, 2016

  July is here and I’m still wondering where June went!! This summer is the fastest yet!!  Our holiday weekend started on Friday night, as we fulfilled a promise to one of our sons to try “Pho.” (pronounced “fuh”) Let me tell you, it was way out of my comfort zone eating-wise, but it was […]

Monkey Bread

Monkey bread.  Why in the world do they call it monkey bread??  I’m still trying to figure it out!?!  I do know that it’s a delicious, gooey, pull apart treat that I should only make once a year! We had it for breakfast and added a cheese stick.  That’s a complete meal right there!! Did […]

Here’s What We’re Reading! Summer 2016

My family just got back from a vacation to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon and other attractions!!  It was a nice balance of hiking, shopping, sight seeing and relaxing!  The particular home we rented had an amazing view and a beautiful pool and patio- the perfect set up to relax and read a book!! […]

Summer Favorites 2016

Summertime!!  It’s finally here!  We have a chance to sleep in, rest our brains (and our schedules) and dip our toes in the pool!! School has been out for less than a week and we’re already feeling more relaxed and CHILL.  Over the next week or so, we’ll be making our summer bucket list which […]