• Around the House

    Back to School Organization – Part 3

    It’s Monday again, and we had a wonderful weekend celebrating the main man in our house’s birthday! I hope your weekend was filled with exactly what you looked forward to all week. Mine sure was! Today I’m sharing some basic organization that is working for our family right now. Inside our main living area, we have the perfect space for a “drop area”. I would love a mud room/laundry room that could serve this purpose, but that’s not the layout of our home. I wanted to have a space where the kids’ backpacks and shoes are easily accessible without looking like a tornado came through at all times. This has…

  • Around the House,  Parenting

    Back to School Organization – Part 2

    After a quite productive weekend, I’m excited to share with you how our Back to School morning routine has gotten a bit easier with these food storage ideas. Our older two children take their lunches from home every day, as well as a snack, and they are making their own lunches each morning. In order to make that easy and quick for them (and me) I have their food options portioned out and ready to go in the refrigerator and pantry where they can easily reach. We have the third basket because our little guy does not like to feel left out, and he will hopefully transition right into this…

  • Around the House,  Parenting

    Back to School organization – Part 1

    We LOVED our summer break this year! It was filled with just the right amount of travel, fun, sun, swimming, family time and relaxation. There was absolutely no routine and barely any expectations for our children, which is a wonderful way to spend the summer! That all came to a screeching halt the first week of August when all three of them started school. I’ll admit that I do enjoy routines and schedules, and since I don’t really have a Type A personality (at all), I am able to be flexible when it’s necessary. I am significantly more productive when I have a list, and sometimes I can go ’round…

  • Around the House

    Guest Room Update

    I have always loved having a guest room. It’s just not an option in every home, but we have been fortunate to have a specific room just for guests in both of our homes. In the Big Ole Brick House, our guest room is in the basement. It is a good sized room, but since most of our family also brings two or three small children along {we looove our nieces and nephews!} I wanted the space to be used efficiently. Here is what the room looked like a few weeks ago: I wanted to freshen the paint and add a little character to the walls, so here it is…

  • Uncategorized

    What’s Your Calling?

    At certain times in our lives, we are pulled in one direction or another. Maybe at 18, we feel that a particular college is what suits us best, or at least that we’ll enjoy time there. Maybe since you were very young you just knew you wanted to be a teacher. I know nurses that have said it is their calling, and they were phenomenal. I met an engineer at NASA who told me she knew that she wanted to work there and just made sure she did what she needed to in order to make that happen. It was her calling. I never felt that way about a career.…

  • Travel

    Don’t Dodge Dollywood

    Spring is coming! Spring is coming! And that means Spring Break will be here before we know it. I always look forward to traveling with our family, but it certainly requires forethought and a great deal of planning ahead. Our Spring Break is less than eight weeks away, so it’s time to get some fun cooked up! Today, I present to you an option besides the beach or Disney World. Don’t dodge Dollywood! I’m sharing our personal experiences with Dollywood and why we have chosen it over Disney in the past. Let me start by saying that I am not sponsored by Dollywood in any way, these are just my…

  • savings

    Kroger ClickList

    I am here to rave about how much I love Kroger ClickList! This is the service that a few Kroger stores in the Huntsville area offer in which you place an online order, choose a pick-up time, and a friendly Kroger employee brings the groceries and loads them into your car. As of today, there are only three locations that offer this service in the Huntsville area. But, it is Ah-Mazing! Midtown Marketplace: 4579 Wall Triana Hwy in Madison Watercress Kroger: 7090 Highway 72 W near Providence Huntsville Kroger: 6070 Moores Mill Rd.   In case you are not accustomed to shopping at Kroger already, here are some ways that…

  • Parenting

    Embrace this stage.

    I have missed blogging and writing, so I’m just going to dive right in. Let’s talk about being content! So hard, right? Something that I really have been trying to focus on a lot lately is contentment. I never genuinely thought that this was something I struggled with or gave much thought to, honestly, until we decided to not have any more children. For seven years, I was all about babies. Ohhh, my sweet, sweet squishy babies. I always dreamed of being a mom, felt like it was very natural for me, and since I was little I would have told you all I wanted to be was a mommy.…

  • Around the House

    Laundry Room Update

    Our little laundry room was pretty blaaah when we first moved here. It is a great space, although a little snug.  The laundry chute is a life saver and the cabinet and built-in storage is great. The two metal boxes are connected to a very old security system. That eyesore and the fact that there was nowhere to hang clothes were my main two negative issues in the room. The first thing I did was paint the yellow (well, they were starting to look pretty brown!) walls that I knew I would not be putting wallpaper over. The paint color I used was Valspar’s Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel. The…

  • Around the House,  Parenting

    Easy Snack Storage

    Back to School!!! Our kids started the school year August 2nd. That seems so early, I know! But they do get several breaks throughout the year, which I love, so I don’t mind. Wouldn’t matter if I hated it because that’s when school started! I have found that having snack boxes in our pantry comes in very handy on school mornings when I am packing lunches. Now that we have two in school (saaaad face), it is even more helpful. I buy snacks in bulk when they are on sale. For example, I don’t usually buy Fruit Rollups, ok? But they were 50¢ a box, so I bought several and…