Riveting Reads: September and October 2016

I hope you enjoy these inspiring, insightful, and thought-provoking posts that I have read from other bloggers during the last two months. Rebekah at Ready to be Offered discusses what can happen when children slow you down. Like her, I love to get things done so I can cross them off of my list … [Read more...]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Taco Pasta Pot and Taco Pasta Bake

This recipe shares some similarities to the cook once, eat twice recipe for Creamy Beefy Noodles and Cheesy Beefy Noodle Bake that I shared a couple of weeks ago. Like that recipe, this one is easy to prepare and uses affordable ingredients. However, due to taco seasoning, this dish has a … [Read more...]

22 Uses for Citrus Peels

Many of us toss the peels in the trash after eating an orange or squeezing juice from a lemon. This is a terrible habit because there are actually dozens of uses for these peels! Not only have these uses reduced the amount of trash I throw out, but I’m discovering that they can help me save … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Whether you or a loved one have battled the disease or not, October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month—is a time when many men and women give a lot of thought to this common form of cancer. A lot of women walk away from these contemplations with a fatalistic view of the disease: If 12% of women … [Read more...]

Cleanup Songs for Young Children

It’s critical that we teach our young children how to pick up after themselves. Not only does this help us keep our homes clean, but it provides our kids with a solid foundation for other important life skills. As you’ve likely discovered, keeping kids on task while they clean up isn’t easy. … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

I occasionally find myself putting off some task that I really need to accomplish. Often the task relates to housecleaning, though sometimes it relates to budgeting, yard work, or home maintenance. I’m a little embarrassed to say that sometimes days, weeks, or even months will pass before I finally … [Read more...]

FUNtastic Tools for Teaching Toddlers About Colors

I love it when my 23-month-old toddler walks up to me and identifies an object using both an adjective and a noun. Currently, a lot of the adjectives she uses are colors: purple car, black bear, orange ball, etc. Though I’ve always mentioned colors when talking with her about the things … [Read more...]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Smothered Steaks and Slow Cooker Beef Tips in Gravy

When prepared as follows, the classic comfort dishes of Smothered Steaks and Slow Cooker Beef Tips are delicious and very easy to make. Ingredients For the smothered steaks: 4 steaks (hamburger steaks, cube steaks, eye of round steaks, etc.) 2 tablespoons butter 1 package (16 oz.) … [Read more...]

Book Review: Love at First Fight

I feel that my husband and I handle conflict in our marriage relatively well, so I’ve never sought out a book that specifically addresses how to handle conflict in marriage. However, when I received an email about an opportunity to review a copy of Love at First Fight, a humor-laced book about … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Ribbon Wreath

When I was a kid, I always thought I would highlight the seasons and major holidays by changing up the décor in my home to reflect them. Due to tight budgets, busy days, and severely limited craft skills, this has never become a reality. I’m slowly working to change this. One baby step is the … [Read more...]