The Perfect Teacher Gift for Under $5


My sons have the greatest teachers ever, and they've had each one for two years.  And the younger son has the same teacher that the older one had, so we've been with her for four years.  Catch all that? Anyway, I try and send lots of goodies to school throughout the year (simple things like favorite snacks and drinks), and some handmade treats … [Read more...]

Blog Makeovers at Blogelina


The lovely folks at Blogelina are offering 1,000 blog makeovers (just in time for Mother's Day) for a donation of $10, which goes directly to, an organization that helps children with serious medical conditions. You can check out the details about the blog makeovers here, and go here to read more about what does. You can also … [Read more...]

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Laundry Detergent


I started making my own laundry detergent around 10 years ago, when the baby boys started arriving at our house.  I was just beginning the switch to more natural cleaning products, but I was pretty suspicious of the expensive 'baby' laundry detergents marketed to new parents. Honestly, making laundry detergent isn't my favorite chore.  I think … [Read more...]

How to Make a Week’s Worth of Snacks in an Hour


  One thing I've learned about living with a bunch of boys is that they're ALWAYS hungry.  Once the bus comes in the afternoon, everyone's day can start to unravel pretty quickly--the boys need to decompress from being at school, and I have to start putting dinner together.  I've learned that having snacks ready when the boys walk … [Read more...]