Food Waste Tips-6 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Do You Feel Like You Have a lot of  Food Waste?

I think it's safe to say that I am not the only one who has spent time cleaning out my fridge and feeling frustrated at all the food waste.  

At one point we were on a really tight budget and I didn't want to spend even an extra dime on something that wasn't going to be used.  

Over time I developed some strategies that helped me to use all the food that I bought and greatly reduced the amount of food waste in our home.  


Splurge On Grocery Shopping to Ultimately Save

Splurge on Some Things To Save Overall

Over the years I have developed some strategies that help me to save on my grocery budget while still allowing room to splurge on a few things that help  me create the kind of lifestyle I want. If you consider the percentage of our income that is spent on food, it's easy to see how making just a few minor tweaks can really save us a lot of money overall.  Read on to see how I have done just that.

Tips to Budget and Buy for Christmas

I may sound cliche when I say that Christmas is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", but for me it truly is. I love the decorations, music, delicious food, social gatherings and the overall focus on looking outward to uplift and brighten other peoples lives.

What I don't love is stressing out over what to buy for people, wrestling with the holiday crowd or how to pay for everything without going broke.

School Lunch Tips


School Lunch Tips 


Back to school time is always bittersweet for me. I'm happy to have more structure in our lives, but I miss my kids and the flexibility and freedom we have during the summer. Having kids going all different directions takes a lot of organizing.  Over the years I have figured out some school lunch tips that I hope will help you as you help your kids pack a lunch every day.



How I Make a Summer Schedule for My Kids

Why Do I Have a Summer Schedule for my Kids?


Having a summer schedule has always been part of my life.  When I was a kid my mom kept us busy every morning with reading, chores, and daily activities that rotated every day.


My mom worked from home and it was very important for her to have time each day to get her work done.  I grew up with all the structured activities during the summer and I loved it.


When I became a mom I knew early on that I wanted to continue that tradition with my kids.


Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills with kids

Why You Should Visit Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore is not only amazing to see in person, it is a historically significant monument that was very ambitious for its time.  If you choose to visit there you will have the chance to step away from your every day life to marvel at the history of our country and the foresight of our founding leaders and to immerse yourself into a truly beautiful place that has many natural wonders to enjoy.



Flourish Right Now

I love to work in my garden and watch my plants as they flourish (grow in a healthy and favorable way) and bloom in the rich soil. Unfortunately in our lives we don't always have those ideal situations to grow and stretch the way that we'd like to.

Today I am going to share some ways to tweak the way that you think about your circumstances so that you can truly flourish wherever you are at in your journey, whether you have arrived at your ultimate destination or not or whether your surroundings seem ideal for growth.

Stay Calm-One Tip You Can Start Right Now

After a day like I had yesterday, it is good to know that I have tools that help me to stay calm during chaotic moments, days or months in my life. I had to spend half of my day at the doctor and in between that I was taking care of my kids and trying to stay on top of homework, extracurricular activities, household chores, dinner and getting my own raging headache under control.