I wanted to share how this year my husband will meet our goal of not spending any of our money this Christmas in hopes that next year you will be able to join us! Our New Years resolution was to utilize numerous money saving apps. I am actually writing this blog post on Halloween and… Continue reading “No-Spend” Christmas Shopping
Hard to believe that October is coming to a close but that means we are heading into the holiday season! I have had a growing obsession with Victoria Emerson’s bracelets. The ONLY thing that I do not like is that I want them ALL! They run great specials and will make a perfect gift for… Continue reading October Spotlight-Victoria Emerson
Ever since we got married, I have wanted to make family yearbooks. However, the time and money was always in the way. An Instagram influencer I follow posted about Chatbooks and I decided to give them a try! Using Chatbooks was incredibly easy. I have my Facebook albums organized by year so it was simple… Continue reading July Spotlight: Yearbooks and Chatbooks
With grilling season upon us, I thought I would share a fun app to ensure safe cooking this summer season! Here is a fun app that tells us the minimum safe cooking temperature, when it is time to toss our leftovers, and to assess if our kitchen is safe. The name of the app is… Continue reading June Spotlight-Is My Food Safe?
I’ve always loved the idea of journaling (perhaps this is the attraction of blogging?). However, I never could maintain the habit and I relate that to feeling that I would only use it for venting purposes and it really brought me more negative than positive energy. Enter the Contentment Journal. We are big Dave Ramsey-plan-fans… Continue reading May Spotlight- Contentment Journal
Well….48 hours ago I was walking in 80+ degree weather without a cloud in the sky in Pawhuska, OK. Now I am sitting on my couch looking out the window with 30 degree weather and an ice storm! This weather has me wishing to go back to Oklahoma and more specifically, back to The Pioneer… Continue reading April Spotlight- The Pioneer Woman
I feel like it has been awhile! From Influenza A and travel, I am slowly trying to get back with my goals of blogging. What better way that doing the March Spotlight on the second to last day of the month, right? 🙂 This isn’t exactly a “new” find. In fact my daughter got them… Continue reading March Spotlight!
This idea came from watching Instagram stories- easy (and inexpensive) sensory bins! Nothing fancy here- 5lb bag of rice ($3.99 from Target), 16 oz bag of beans ($1.99 from Target) and a small plastic bin with lids (99 cents from Target). We spontaneously ended up coloring the rice at the end of the night- see recipe below! Puzzles!… Continue reading Easy Sensory Bins for Kids
Hey ‘Oven Lifers- Andrew here, Amanda’s lesser half. We’ve decided that I should pitch-in on the blog and provide another perspective for followers. Like Amanda, I’m a full-time parent with a full-time job so I’m on the same journey to find balance and success in both areas. Unlike Amanda, I haven’t always been the greatest… Continue reading Andrew’s First Post!
In case you missed it- there was a polar vortex in the Midwest about three weeks where we hit as cold -60 wind chill! Needless to say, we did not leave the house for about 48 hours. Staying home, cuddled up sounds like a dream until your two young children get cabin fever! In the… Continue reading February Spotlight- Surviving the Polar Vortex 2019
I know I am a couple years behind the Rent the Runway (RTR) scene; I work from home or in a hospital- I hardly get out of sweatpants! However, I had the best first experience with RTR! I thought I would cue you in on some hacks learned from friends that I accredit this first go-around with being such a success!
On Wednesday my husband and I returned from a WONDERFUL trip to Italy and Ireland. We were gone for just under two weeks and there was a lot of concern (mostly on my end) on whether or not our kids would be able to handle us being gone for so long. Therefore we wanted to create a… Continue reading November Spotlight- Kids & Vacation