Why and How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

Why and How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

I'm not, by nature, a very optimistic or light hearted person. I have a keen eye for seeing everything that can be improved, whether it be the painting hanging crookedly on the wall or the way my father pronounces "thermometer." (He's Dutch but has lived in Canada for 25 years and still can't say it right!) I can often see all the possible negative outcomes of a decision and choose to avoid risks unless they have a high enough probability of working out in my favor (which would actually mean … [Continue reading...]

Quick & Easy Vegan Banana Pumpkin Muffins

tots vegan banana pumpkin muffins

Fall brings on a fresh new way of baking and cooking meals. Though I’ve never baked and eaten an actual pumpkin, I do enjoy baking with canned pumpkin.  These muffins can be made in no time and are great for snacks, school lunches or morning breakfast. Vegan Banana Pumpkin Muffin’s (Makes 12 regular, 24 mini muffins) Ingredients:  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoons ground … [Continue reading...]

5 Amazing Things About Homeschooling

5 Amazing Things About Homeschooling

I love homeschooling, it is better than I ever imagined it would be. Now I will admit, I also love teaching, it is in my blood . I am a certified teacher, yet I am not using my degree because my husband and I have decided that what's best for our family is for me to stay home with our boys AND homeschool them. Once I became pregnant and we discussed our options (we are planners), we immediately knew this was the right choice for us. I wanted to really enjoy and cherish those younger years. I … [Continue reading...]

$100 Visa Giveaway – Ending November 14 2014

100$ Visa Giveaway - Ending November 14th.

It's time for another great giveaway - this time you could win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Get started on your holiday shopping, spend a day at the spa or tuck it away for a rainy day. I've teamed up with other great bloggers to give you a chance to put a little something extra in your pocket. The Prize: One (1) person will win a $100 Visa Gift Card Details: Giveaway runs from October 20th through November 14th, 2014 (11:59 pm EST). Entries are open to US Residents who are 18 years of age … [Continue reading...]

Carrot Bread Recipe

Easy to make and yummy to taste carrot bread! Kid-approved!

I love making this recipe for Carrot Bread in the fall as it just looks "fall-ish!" My kids, who do not love vegetables, saw me shredding all the carrots for this bread.   They made some faces and said some derogatory phrases about how they would not like it when it was done;  however, almost the whole loaf went at dinner! Because it has two cups of shredded carrots, you can consider this a healthy bread!  (Don't look at the sugar!  It has 2 cups of carrots!) My … [Continue reading...]

10 Ways To Save Money As A Stay At Home Mom

10 ways to save money from home

I hope that these 10 ways to save money as a stay at home mom will be helpful!   I am a stay at home mom.  I work one day a week as a play therapist, but I stay home the rest of the week.  I blog for a living, at yourmodernfamily.com, so that provides extra income, but we save that money.  We live off of my husband's salary.   Here are 10 ways that we make it work:  1- Do not buy the best.    Can I tell you how long I have wanted a new van? … [Continue reading...]

6 Things I Learned From My Kids

Being a mom is the toughest job out there, hand's down. I am blessed to have three wonderful kids and they have taught me so many things since I have proudly earned the title "mom". Being a mom you learn about yourself and what you are capable of. It tests every part of your body and mind but worth every second.  6 Things I Have Learned From My Kids Unconditional Love - There is no other relationship like a parent and a child. That instant connection to your child is unspeakable. … [Continue reading...]

How Homeschooling Improved Our Family Life

How Homeschooling Improved Our Family Life - Thinking Outside the Sandbox

I'm a homeschooling mom and a homeschooling graduate, and even I know that homeschooling is HARD. I've had lots of days when I've wanted to give up, especially since most of us in our family have ADHD. But, I'm glad that we've stuck with it, because homeschooling has truly improved our family life.  It's Helped Me to See My Kids Spending everyday with my children has helped me get to know them in a way that I don't think would be possible if they went to public school. Since our … [Continue reading...]