chicken wire display

I can’t really remember where I saw this idea, but I thought it was a great and easy way to display cards, my son’s art, or other items we want to display.  It was very easy to make.  Here is how I did it! Continue reading “chicken wire display”

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1st Birthday Carnival Party

This year I decided to have a carnival themed party for my son’s first birthday. It took about 3 months of planning but turned out to be a wonderful event. Continue reading “1st Birthday Carnival Party”

mom find: mini pump

For all the breastfeeding (or soon-to-be) moms out there, this mom find is for you!  I saw this mini-breast pump, sometimes called a bullet pump, online and decided to give it a try.  It was pretty cheap, so I thought that I might as well check it out.  The pump is great!  There are many versions of this pump, I’m sure they are all the same, but this is the one I purchased: Silicone Breast Pump  Continue reading “mom find: mini pump”

budgeting

I would not say I am an expert at budgeting or finances, but I do work hard to keep our finances in order and to pay off our debt.  Although it may sound strange, I enjoy budgeting and financial planning.  I think this is mostly because I like a good spreadsheet (HAHA!) and I have a personality where I enjoy organization, which works well with budgeting and financial planning.  Also, I am not really a big spender, so I don’t see budgeting as something restricting.  I more see it as something that helps my family to be able to do the things that we enjoy. Continue reading “budgeting”

mom find: travel potty

My son is now completely potty trained during the day (and pretty much asset night too)! Yay!  It was a serious struggle, but we made it through.  One of the hardest things about potty training is feeling like you need to close to a potty at all times.  If your child is anything like mine, they don’t give you much notice for when they need to go.  When they say your favorite words “I have to go potty!” they really mean…you have about 2 mins to get me to a potty.  How do these words make you so proud and terrified at the same time!?!?  HAHA!!! Depending on what your proximity is to a potty, you might cheer your child on or beg them to hold it for a few moments while you try to find the closest toilet. Continue reading “mom find: travel potty”

diy dry erase alphabet book

My son has started to learn his alphabet and I was looking for ways to help him review his letters each day.  There are lot of printable sheets online, but I found myself printing so many and I needed a way to reuse them occasionally.  Some of my favorite alphabet printables are from “This Reading Mama” blog.  She has some great free alphabet printables, as well as other educational printables. Continue reading “diy dry erase alphabet book”

toddler shapes activity book

I am always looking for great resources to help me reinforce my son’s education at home.  When he first started to learn his shapes, I found this great activity book online.  It was easy to make and we still use it to help my son review his shapes.   Continue reading “toddler shapes activity book”

registries

A few months ago I set-up two baby registries.  One was though Target, which is one of my favorite places to shop and the other was through Amazon, which is one of my favorite places to shop online.  🙂  Both of these registries offered great registry gifts, so I thought I would share. Continue reading “registries”

cute summer wreath

While we were away, we welcomed a new member to our family!  I am now a mom of an infant and a toddler (wow!).  I am learning to adjust to the lack of sleep again, but enjoying the extra time with my family while on maternity leave. Continue reading “cute summer wreath”

why I have 7 bank accounts!

As the new year approaches, I always try to think of where I would like to focus my time and energy in the coming year.  I usually end up with a few goals to improve my lifestyle and a few that will improve my family.  One goal I always seem to have is paying off debt and making financial improvements for my household.  One thing that I tried last year was multiple bank accounts.  I have a total of 7 and it works great for my family!

Continue reading “why I have 7 bank accounts!”