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Dakota Hurley
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Holiday shopping out on the farm
I am obviously a little biased about this shop because the owner happens to be my aunt, but judging by others reviews she really has an amazing little gem right on her farm. Whether you are shopping to decorate your own home, for a gift for somebody else or...

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Why you should shop local and one of my favorite local stores
I am sure you have heard the phrases "shop local"  "support small business" or "shop small" many times... BUT have you ever really stopped to think about what the really means or how it could impact those that you would supporting? By making wise choices as...

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Halloween and Fall Themed Books We Have Been Enjoying
With decor changes for the seasons, I like to also switch out the books in our book baskets. I keep one basket in the living room and one in the dining room. I leave 2-4 of our go-to books that the kids love in each basket, and then gather seasonal books fr...

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Fall Curb Appeal: On a Budget
I love seasonal changes. As each season approaches, I find myself saying that "I just LOVE... whichever season it may be"... I love them all and I am so glad that we live in a state where we get to experience all four. To get in the spirit of harvest, pumpk...

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How I Keep Our Laundry Routine Natural and Frugal
Sorry guys - I have zero tips on how to make laundry fun. There is just nothing fun about it. Or dishes. But I do want to share some ways I have found to cut down on costs, while keeping many harmful chemicals away from our clothes. STAIN REMOVAL I have a s...

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Homeschooling: Without the Toddler or Baby Eating Crayons
One question that I keep getting after people ask where Parker goes to school or what grade he is in and we respond by saying that he is homeschooled has been, "How do you do it with the little two at home?" I feel like this is actually a really good questi...

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Leggings aren't pants
Leggings aren't pants, and neither are shorts, or dresses, or skirts... yet the only debate here is whether ladies should be aloud to wear leggings without something covering their bum. I say it depends on the quality of leggings,  the whole outfit, your mo...

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What's on the Menu
I'll just put this out there... we eat like crap if I do not menu plan. Also, our budget gets shredded to pieces and thrown out the window if I do not menu plan. Lastly, I hate cooking meals when I do not menu plan. Moral of the story... I NEED to menu plan...

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Garden Update
We have picked a watermelon, only to find it wasn't ripe yet... We've planted some things that never grew... We have had an invasion of sunflower eating caterpillars, BUT we have harvested our first cucumber grown by our own hands this summer and it was yum...

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Once a Month Grocery Shopping - TRIAL RUN
We are giving this once a month grocery shopping idea a trial run, wish me luck ;) I usually go grocery shopping about once a week, so we may not succeed this first month, but I hope to give it at least three months before I decide whether or not it will wo...
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