Tex-Mex Crock Pot Chicken and Rice {My Kitchen Mondays}

In general, I plan my meals. I inventory the kitchen, pantry, fridge and both freezers. Based on that, I make my menu and then my grocery list of what I don’t have on hand. I despise throwing food away, wasting is one of my peeves. Keeping an inventory and using most of what I have on hand really helps cut down on wastage. Having said that.. there are days when I don’t have a dinner … Read more…

Here’s To Hoping This Next Year Is A Bit More Organized

*This post may include affiliate links that help support my family. Read my full disclosure here.* Just over 72 hours from now this year will be gone and a new one will have begun. It seems like at the end of each December we think, “sheesh, we just celebrated New Years, last year!”. Time flies. Seriously. Somehow, I’m 30. I am 30, with four kids and a dog. I live in a house where my daily thoughts … Read more…

Our Advent Plans {and a Review of Celebrate Jesus, Light of the World}

*This post may include affiliate links that help support my family. Read my full disclosure here.* December 1st marks the first day of Advent. Many people don’t know what Advent is, so let me explain… Advent is a season we celebrate as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Typically, people begin their celebration on December 1st and continue up until Christmas Day. Why celebrate Advent? … Read more…

7 Things That Help Save Over $150/month on Groceries

This post may include affiliate links that help support my family. Read my full disclosure here. We used to budget $140 a week for groceries. That changed about nine months ago when my husband decided we needed to sit down and redo our budget. We are a family of six, including a teenage boy. Our grocery budget went from $140/week to $100/week. When we first decided to cut the grocery bill.. um.. I wasn’t exactly happy. … Read more…

7 Ways to Keep the Littles Busy {While the Bigs do School}

*This post may include affiliate links that help support my family. See my full disclosure here.* It has been in my heart and mind to do a series for a little while now but until this morning, I was unsure of the direction in which I should go. I am super excited to start a new series with the number 7. Wait.. did I just sound like the Count from Sesame Street? 7!  7 ways to keep … Read more…