Top 20 Sites like Pinterest to Love

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re borderline addicted to Pinterest.  We have noticed that the majority of the traffic to our site comes from Pinterest, which makes sense because we spend a lot of time over there!  Since it became so popular, there have been a lot of Pinterest spin-off sites. After looking through quite a few of

Homemade Organic Bath Products

Homemade Organic Bath Products

Welcome to post 2 of our Make it Yourself Series!  Our first post was about making organic baby products.  This post explains how to make organic bath (and after bath) products.  We won’t get into all of the details here, but we would recommend doing some research on what is normally in these types of products and what they do to your body –

Homemade Baby Care Products Collage

Homemade Natural Baby Care Products

Welcome to our make it yourself series!  We feature everyday items that you can make yourself.  This saves money, but more importantly, it helps you and your family avoid toxins.  We don’t get into the scientific details on these posts, but we would suggest doing some research about what is in the products we use everyday, and what it does to your body.

50 Songs From Parent to Child

50 Songs from Parent to Child

Growing up in a musically-talented (except for some of us…) family, songs have been a big part of our lives.  In fact, we have sisters and brothers named after well known songs and artists.  We put together this list of songs that were written for children, but are not necessarily children’s songs. You can use this list to make mix CDs or

Grocery Store

The Most Efficient Grocery Shopping Ever

Were you one of those people who used to hear about how hard it was for someone to grocery shop with kids – then you had kids?  You probably thought, “grocery shopping with  kids  – how hard can that be?”.  Then you had kids – turns out it is hard to bring them to the store.  You soon realize your going to

Our Amazing Oahu by Jeep Tour

There is nothing quite like a trip to Hawaii for any occasion but it’s especially great when it’s a wedding anniversary.  One thing the hubby and I always wanted to do from past trips was get out and explore the Island but be able to do it at our own pace with someone who was knowledgeable about the Island.  Of

7 Creative Reuse and Recycle Ideas for Interior Decorating

7 Creative Reuse and Recycle Ideas for Interior Decorating

Creative Reuse and recycle of derelict home products is gaining a massive following all over the world. This has come as a result of the global push for sustainable and environmental friendly use of resources. A few years ago, many would have taken this a venture for the retired folks looking to pass time or a preserve for the environmental

Fall-Party

Fall Pumpkin Carving Party

Fall is my happy place! And while I love almost everything about this season, I do not like carving pumpkins!!!  Can y’all relate?  I have four kids, so by the time we are done with our pumpkins the garage and this mom are one hot mess! This year, because I had a momentary lapse in sanity and thought somehow this

Easy Fall Crafts for Kids to Make

Easy Fall Crafts for Kids to Make

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do with my mom was to drag out all the art supplies I knew she had lingering in the laundry room and just go to town. She would crank up the music and some days she would craft with me while other days she used the extra time to

Halloween

25 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Panicking because Halloween is coming soon?  Do you need a quick low budget dress up idea for a party?  We have gathered up some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) costume ideas that your kids might just love!  Check out these great ideas and link over to the suggested site to get the details. Little Bandit – This costume is great for both girls

Bakerly Hand Braided Brioche

Bakerly Brioche and Crepes – Oh So Good!

We were excited to get the opportunity to try Bakerly’s wonderful assortment of brioche and crepes. When we got the sample, we took a few photos and promptly dived in… Among those we tried were: Bakerly Crepes (strawberry) – We love crepes, so we were thrilled to try one of Bakerly’s popular products from their snack line – their rolled

From Daycare to the Office - How It Can Work for You!

From Daycare to the Office – How It Can Work for You!

When you and your partner, have decided for you to return to work, there may be a few different scenarios that you can use to make your life easier. The good thing is, you can be closer to your child in the process. In this day and age, there are large companies who have come to realize, returning to work

Homeschooling Children – Homeschooling and Socialization

Many people are intrigued by homeschooling. The thought of freedom from a rigid school structure, the focus on your kids strength and weaknesses and upholding specific values is an attractive one.  But that inevitably leads to a number of common questions.  Here are a few of those questions and some thoughts and considerations. Socialization A dictionary gives the next definition

Family Values

Building a List of Family Values

Each family has important values and guidelines which are engrained in living, working and being together.  Parents and children spend nearly 1/3 of their lives together.  Building a list of family values can be a useful exercise to codify what you do already in practice.  Here is a sample list. 1. To be your own authentic self 2. Have good

Eye Health

Your Eyes are the Windows to the Soul and Your Wellbeing (guest post)

It goes without saying that as we only get one pair of them during our lifetime, it is vitally important to look after our eyes. Many believe you can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes and there is more than element of truth in that statement. If it is an ophthalmic specialist who is looking

Kidecals Review

KiDecals Product Review

Disclosure: We received complimentary KiDecals products in exchange for posting the following review.  All opinions are 100% ours.  This review was not guided by KiDecals, nor did they provide any suggestions or requirements as to how the review is written. We are really excited to write about a product that we tried recently, Kidecals.  Because we mostly write about methods of simplifying life, this product fit right

Healthy Seafood Diet

Adding Healthy Seafood to Your Daily Diet (guest post)

We are so excited to have another guest poster today!  Joel Cordle wrote the following post on adding seafood to your diet. Joel Cordle is associated with George stone crab. At George stone crab you will get the best quality sea food, a Stone Crab claws. George Stone Crab packs and delivers the freshest stone crabs to your door, whether you

Mother's Day Shirt

Mothers Day Shirt for a Child to Make

Recently we posted about a cute Mother’s Day flower pot for a child to make (you can find it here).  Another great idea is to make this cute Mother’s Day shirt as well.  Your child will always be able to see you wear that shirt made with a little love and have a sense of pride and joy that your wearing

Mothers Day Gift for a Child to Make

This is a very cute little Mother’s Day gift that is perfect for moms who work outside the home because we can keep it on our desks as a pen holder.  It can also has a sweet little picture of your child, and a lot of their own painting.  If you watch children and are looking for a cute craft for them

DIY Pacifier Clip

DIY Pacifier Clip

For first time mothers, it is essential to have pacifier clips to avoid frequent pacifier sterilizing. It is a normal to have days where most babies play with their pacifiers and throw them at germ-infested places; however, it is stressful. Some mothers tried the ‘easy yet really dangerous’ way to keep pacifiers from missing: pinning it on their baby’s clothing

Playroom Organization

Like most houses with young children, there never seems to be a never-ending supply of toys.  It’s always a challenge to get them organized because there is just so much stuff.  One tip is to start applying your own rules for my kids possessions.  If you follow a minimalist type thinking, buy only something if it fits into one of the following categories:

5 Minute Snowman Appetizer Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

Are you being asked to bring an appetizer to a party this year (as opposed to the usual Christmas desert)?  Here is an idea for something festive! A great party recipe is spinach dip in a bread bowl with a twist.  It took 5 minutes to do and will be huge hit.  Here’s the recipe: Ingredients: 5 medium sized uncut rolls

Photo Editing

Getting the Most from your iPhone Camera

Just some up front disclosure, we aren’t photographers.  However,  we have been learning a lot and about how to use the amazing new cameras on the iPhone.  The best part is that we haven’t spent any money on special add ons to the phone – we have just been using some simple photography techniques, learning the features of the iPhone camera, and experimenting

Hair Bow Craft

5 Minute Girls Hair Accessories

Have you ever realized your  daughter could use some more hair accessories – maybe because she loses them everywhere or the dog decides they are a fun toy? When we went to buy some they were cute, but seemed super overpriced.  We also thought that even an un-crafty mom might be able to make these.  You probably already have what you

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DIY Musical Scrapbook

Back when I had more time on my hands (i.e. before I had kids), scrapbooking was one of my favorite hobbies. I always wanted to find ways to make them memorable but was not able to come up with any new ideas.  Of course, once I stopped scrapbooking, I finally had my great scrapbooking idea!  I was inspired when opening

Thing 1 Thing 2 Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Party

Most all young kids love Dr. Seuss books, so this year why not consider a Dr. Seuss theme for their birthday!  These ideas could also be used in classrooms for Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrations at schools. First, you can easily make an awesome Thing 1 and Thing 2 cutout.  It will be a huge hit with the kids and adults. At the table when guests came

Vegetables

21 Awesome Non-Salad Veggie Recipes

We consider our selves pretty health-conscious people, but we have a difficult time trying to eat our veggies.  We know we need them; we make our kids eat them; but even so they are just not a part of our daily diet. Perhaps after years of trying to enjoy salads you have finally decided no matter the type, combination or dressing they just aren’t for you.  We have a few ideas

Exercise

Exercise for Busy People

Recently we wrote a post about keeping up your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy (here it is!).  As we promised on that post, here are some tips about keeping up an exercise routine and making it fun.  We hope this is helpful! Do what you enjoy.  It seems like common sense, but it is amazing at how many people force themselves to

Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy Eating Made Easy

Ever year it seems to happen… you make those New Year’s Resolutions to eat healthy start to go by the wayside.  We like to write about different ways to make life easier, so here are a few tips to keep heading in the right direction. Healthy eating is difficult at first, but trust us, it gets easier.  Once you get into good habits and

Bread

My 5 Rules for Healthy Eating

We are completely addicted to reading all non-fiction and how-to books, but our biggest vice is books on health and nutrition.  Secretly, we sometimes even listen to health podcasts during work.  This post might seem out of place seeing as we often blog about simplifying life, but here’s the logic: eating healthy can made life easier in ways we can’t begin to describe.  It gives you tons

Our Top five Exercise Rules

1. Bodies are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.  Exercise in itself is not an effective weight loss tool.  That’s not to say it isn’t beneficial though, as it aids in eating healthy (who wants to eat a piece of cake after a good workout?!), and helps your body and organ systems work more efficiently.  It’s best to

Family Resolutions

New Years Resolutions for Families

We have to admit that we are somewhat of a New Year’s Resolution junkies. We love the idea of creating a good habit each year. In fact, we started doing monthly resolutions so that we didn’t have to wait until January to implement an idea for a resolution. We heard from some friends they started doing Family Resolutions, so of course we had to had to check

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters for the Family

We are big fans of movie quotes, so this year we decided to incorporate them into sweaters for a  Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  Since we like to save money where we can, we made them ourselves.  First we created the images, then printed them onto iron-on paper (which you can get at any craft store), and then simply ironed them onto cotton shirts. You can wear

Uplifting Christmas Stories

Uplifting Christmas Stories

“Whenever we get gloomy about the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. To me, love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there. Fathers and sons, mothers and