• Motherhood - Travel

    How we planned our cross country road trip with kids

    This year our family took an epic road trip across the country. We traveled from California to Massachusetts and back. We did it with our 1 and 4 year old! And guess what? It was FUN and WAY less stressful than I was preparing myself for. Our idea planning started a good 9 months before we left, but the real planning started about a month before we left on our trip. The destination of our trip was to visit my aunt who lives in Massachusetts. My dad passed away a few years ago and I hadn’t been back to his…

  • Motherhood - Tips & Tutorials

    How to keep a clean house with toddlers

    Keeping a house clean when you have kids, especially young toddlers, is no easy tasks. I’m certainly not an expert, you should see my house. But over time I’ve been able to figure out what works for helping to keep the house relatively clean. You know, as clean as can be expected when you have a kid (or two) who makes messes right behind you as you clean. Keep in mind these tips aren’t rules. Take what works for you and leave the rest! But these are my best tips for attempting to control the mess and keeping a clean…

  • Uncategorized

    Finding Einstein: Our 14 Year Old Dog Went Missing for 16 Days

    While I more or less try to post content that is less about me and my life and more about helping others, I can’t help but share this story. Einstein, our almost 14 year old shepherd/cattle dog mix walked out of our front door when it blew open around 9-10pm on 1/16. Within an hour or less we were driving around looking, but it was raining and I’m sure is part of the reason he got disoriented and didn’t come back. We were out there until 2am the first night and then back out there at 6am the next day.…

  • Uncategorized

    Welcoming Catalina (a home birth story)

    Spoiler alert: It’s a GIRL!  It’s been two months now and I’m finally writing about our sweet little girl, Catalina. After the experience we had with Atlas’ birth, the challenges we faced afterwards with a 4 month NICU stay and life with a preemie, we spent a large part of this last pregnancy walking on eggshells. We were so scared that we would have another preemie since we still had no idea what caused Atlas to come at 27 weeks. This time around we ended up deciding to be under the care of a wonderful midwife, Melissa. It was something…

  • Food - Frugal - Natural

    How to make clean eating fit your budget

    Today’s guest post is from Mandi, a fruit and veggie enthusiast, over at Big Tiny Steps where she shares how to live a happier, healthier lifestyle. She’ll be sharing with us how to make clean eating on a budget work. Five years ago my family was approximately $80,000 in debt. The journey we undertook to become debt free made us fall in love with numbers and budgets. But now I have a new love. Eating clean. Eating clean with a diet consisting of mostly plant based foods has various health benefits. I know I personally have reaped the rewards that…

  • Family - Tips & Tutorials

    How to backup photos so they’re safe

    Digital photos are the standard these days. How many people actually print out their photos? Not many. I know I hoard photos on my iPhone and the thought of losing them if my phone or computer malfunction or get lost makes my stomach turn. That’s why I’m going to share with you how I backup photos so that they’re safe in case of an emergency. My husband recently lost his iPhone. Let’s not even go into the extra cost of getting a new phone through insurance (luckily we had phone insurance which I usually cancel right away!) Because he’s not…

  • Natural - Simple

    21 Easy Ways to be More Eco-Friendly and Reduce Waste at Home

    Over the last few years I’ve become really aware of all the waste that’s produced from the average household. It’s been a mission of mine for us to make changes towards helping us reduce waste at home and just have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. One thing I want to mention is that these changes have been slow, one thing at a time. I often talk to people who are overwhelmed about making a bunch of changes at once to be more conscious, but you don’t have to switch the way you do everything in one day, one month or even one…

  • Baby - Family - Vacation

    11 Tips for Surviving Disneyland with a Baby or Toddler

    Disneyland! Every kids dream! But what about parents? Are you the type of parent that gets excited too or do you dread Disneyland with younger kids in tow? The crowds, the expense, the wrangling of children, the waiting in line. It can be a lot when you’re trying to care for younger children who you can’t expect to patiently stand in the sun for 25 minutes while waiting in line for It’s a Small World. Try catching a toddler who can easily run under the chains as you awkwardly attempt to weave through people who think you’re cutting in line.…

  • Food - Frugal

    How I plan simple, healthy meals on a budget

    [et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Food. We need to eat it (duh) and sometimes making that happen every day can be overwhelming. Especially when you have a family to feed and a budget to stick to. As a mom, business owner and someone who puts a lot of pressure on myself to feed my family well, meal planning is a must. When I slip up and don’t plan, we end up eating out or eating junk. And spending a lot of money. When I do meal plan we eat delicious, wholesome meals that I’m proud to feed…

  • Simple

    10 Ways to Unplug: Simplify Your Digital Distractions

    Digital distractions. Ugh. I dream of the days when I was a kid and I just freely went about my day without worrying about where my phone is or having the ability to look up trivial information rigththissecond. Even when I’m using it, I hate that I’m using it. But it’s hard when everything happens through your phone: people communicating with you, news, work, photos, etc. It just does too much, am I right? It’s so silly. Just have some discipline, right? But unless you try really hard it can easily become your lifeline, your brain and your connection to…