Ideas, suggestions, reviews, tips and tricks for making your home run smoothly and efficiently while having family fun.

I was perusing around the internet this morning (hey, I was waiting for bread dough to rise!) and discovered The Honest Company. Have you heard of them? They were new to me! Founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, the Honest Company was created to help moms and[…]

We are not a juice drinking family.  I maybe buy juice 2-3 times a year.  For us, juice is a treat akin to soda because it’s hard to find juice that is actually good for you.  Sugary juice flavored water is just not on my top ten list[…]

I am a huge internet shopper.  So much so that my kids and the UPS man are on a first name basis.  For Christmas I asked for an Amazon Prim membership.  I purchase everything from groceries to clothing to cell phone minutes on-line saving me time, money, and[…]

My soon to be 6 year old started requesting to learn how to cut food while helping in the kitchen.  I welcome her assistance! But, she is little and not quite coordinated so I wasn’t quite sure how to handle her request.  Then I realized that there are[…]

I saw a few coupons that I printed for this coming long weekend.  We’re planning to grill and cook our way through it so I did a nice shopping trip yesterday.    There are some other coupons (like for condiments) if you need those too that I haven’t highlighted.[…]

Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Family Balance Sheet on how to make homemade sidewalk chalk, and I’m excited to welcome Roxanne from The Holistic Mama to Growing Up Gabel: Essential oils are an important part of a holistic medicine[…]

A few years ago I started slowly weeding out “conventional” products from our bathrooms out of concern for parabens and a lot of other chemicals I’m just not sure about.  For the most part, the transition to all natural, organic or even homemade products has been pretty easy. […]

Is it ridiculous be this excited about recycling? Three years ago we bought our first home.  After years of hauling trash to a dumpster, it was nice to have curb side trash service.  I was even more excited to finally be able to recycle.  We only have maybe[…]

I grew up in the snowy tundra of Michigan where we used down comforters, flannel sheets, wool socks, and electric heating pads to stay warm all winter long.  I remember my mom using tennis balls to dry our comforters and winter jackets to not only fluff them up[…]

When was the last time you pulled out your yearbook to peruse? My husband and I recently rearranged our garage and discovered our yearbooks. We had quite the time reminiscing about the past. I was happy to discover that Shutterfly, a company I absolutely love, is now offering[…]