Chilled Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Welcome- Do you want to get tips in your inbox daily? Sign up HERE Today’s recipe is shared from Heather, blogger at My Life Well Loved. Take it away, Heather… In an effort to eat healthy and enjoy lots of different recipes, I am CONSTANTLY scouring Pinterest for new Clean Eating Recipes. I have ended up becoming quite the fan of quinoa and now make it multiple times per month. Quinoa is a great gluten-free option and packs a lot of punch with all 9 essential amino acids! It contains lots of protein, fiber, and iron…what’s not to love? I … Click here to read the full post

What you REALLY need for baby and what you shouldn’t waste your money on:

What you need for your new baby & what you don't want to waste your money on

Many thanks to for sponsoring this post- I am excited to share my ideas with you! What you REALLY need for baby and what you shouldn’t waste your money on: So, it is getting close…. you are going to have a baby (or someone you know is expecting)! It is so exciting! Now that the blissful reality has set in, it is time to start planning! I know that when I was expecting each one of our four kids, I wanted to make sure that I was 100% prepared (that’s just the kind of person that I am). I … Click here to read the full post

Should you learn to sew?

learning to sew

When I was in high school, I took several sewing classes and I really enjoyed it.  I have lost many of my sewing skills over the years, so today Deby is going to be refreshing us! Take it away, Deby…        I’m Deby from So Sew Easy and I’m delighted Becky has invited me to share a little about my love of sewing with you all today. Do you have a sewing machine at home? Perhaps one you inherited, were given as a gift, or even one you bought in a fit of excitement, and then never got round to … Click here to read the full post

No more pacifier – how to use Build a Bear to get rid of the pacifier {a clever solution!}

How to get rid of a pacifier using a stuffed animal

Oh, the pacifier!  My brother and Sister-in-Law decided to use Build a Bear to get rid of the pacifier  and I had to share that idea with you! I used a pacifier with our first son and we loved it, until he was almost three and still using it.  He only used one pacifier- the others weren’t the same to him, so he used just one.  By the time he was 2 1/2, it was ripping and we were worried that he would choke on it, so it was time to get rid of it. I actually just cut it … Click here to read the full post

DIY container garden & a pin-it party

DIY container garden

Hi! Every Saturday we hold our Pin-it party. I invite you to stop by and share your favorite pins and posts!
The following Saturday, I will pick one to feature. Some weeks it is the most-clicked and other weeks it is just a favorite of mine!

This week I decided to feature this awesome container garden! We do one ourselves and I have been asking my husband to write a post for you about how to do one, so when I saw this, I told him that he was off the hook because Ashley from 3 Little Green Woods did one instead! haha!

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How to help your kids behave at the store

Shopping w kids (tips for calm shopping trips! )

We have four wonderful children and they are very young (7, 5, 3, 1) so I am often out shopping (see my tips to shop for less money!) with all four of them.

I would like to say that I can take them shopping and they are all so very well behaved every single time, but that wouldn’t be real life, would it? No, they ask for things and when I say “No”, they cry (well, not our older kids).
They want to be in the cart, out of the cart, in the cart, out of the cart.
They want to stop by every toy section in the store and play for endless hours.

Here are a few tips to get you through your trip, without tantrums.

1– know your limit! I know that our limit is about 30 minutes with all four of them. This means that I have 30 minutes from the start of the trip to the end of the trip before our one year old will begin to fuss.

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Kids waking up too early – Teaching your children to sleep later and adjust their natural “alarm clocks”

Kids waking up too early

   Are your kids waking up too early? Sleep is VERY important, so teaching our kids great sleep/wake patterns will benefit your child greatly.  (enough sleep = healthier child… better ability to stay focused, happier children… there are so many benefits to getting enough sleep). We have four kids and let me tell you, our kids were waking up EARLY!  I had to do something when our older kids were waking up at 5:00 and 6:00 in the morning (still dark outside)- waking up their siblings and not getting their 10-12 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period (our … Click here to read the full post

Want smarter kids? Check out what you are already doing that is helping!

how these things can help your kids learn!

We all want our kids to do well in school.   We also all know that it is smart to exercise… Its not surprising that there is evidence that exercise actually helps kids be smarter as well. Several studies have tested this theory and the results are fascinating:  One study found that fourth- and fifth-grade students who ran around and otherwise exercised vigorously for at least 10 minutes before a math test scored higher than children who had sat quietly before the exam. Another study found aerobic fitness to be a significant predictor of academic performance – even though overall … Click here to read the full post

Bunny Tracks in our house { diy Easter bunny tracks }

Easter Bunny Tracks in your house leading up to a note! (easy to DIY)

Dear Easter Bunny,  Oh, you silly Easter Bunny! You come into our house every single year and you leave behind those pesky bunny tracks that I have to work so hard to clean up.  Your DIY Easter Bunny Tracks certainly make our kids smile, so I’ll allow them again, Easter Bunny. I don’t mind cleaning up the mess that you leave behind, because our kids giggle with excitement the minute that they look down from the stairs and see your tracks leading in from our back door right over to the carrots that were left for you on the kitchen counter.    … Click here to read the full post