Cake Stand with Ornament and Candles 3
I have a plan.  I am going to simplify Christmas this year. Well … simplify decorating for Christmas at my house this year.  2016 is my year for keeping it simple, and that includes Christmas decorations and Christmas cards.  More about Christmas cards later … After a quick (?!?!) search of […]

Simple and Thrifty Christmas Decorations

family organizer 1
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Using a Calendar as a Family Organizer

Thanksgiving crafts
So it’s Thanksgiving Day … and the family is gathered at your home.  And there are all the parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.  Your home has been cleaned, silverware polished, table set and the food prepared.  All the guests have arrived, and there is excitement in the air. […]

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

single mom
The holidays can be a great time for traditions and spending time with family.  They are some of the most joyous times of the year.  But they are also the time of year that brings a spike in the rates of depression and suicide. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years can […]

Single Mom Survival Guide for the Holidays

Family Traditions
Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you make a purchase through my link. I never recommend products I don’t stand behind.  Thanks for your support. One of the best parts of this season are the family […]

Creating Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Scholarships for single moms
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Scholarships for Single Moms

More Slow Cooker Recipes 1
(The above post is on my slow cooker Pinterest board – follow me on Pinterest here – because it looks so helpful!)   These next two slow cooker recipes are on the menu for this week.  I thought I would share them with you so you could try them too, […]

More Slow Cooker Recipes

I think we all need, from time to time, a decluttering.  Whether that be a mental (maybe a tech free day, spent reading books with our kids or hiking outside), a physical (a detox, cleanse or fast), or an environmental decluttering. The last one is the focus of this post – decluttering […]

Decluttering Guide

Foil Packet
When you have been cooking for a family of 4, then suddenly find yourself cooking for 1 or 2, you have to make some changes.  Over the past 5 years, this has happened: oldest daughter left for college husband passed away oldest daughter graduated from college oldest daughter got married and moved […]

Foil Packets = Easy Dinner Prep

Healthy Working Mom 3
Let’s talk about healthy working moms.  And how to stay healthy as a single working mom.  Because I hit all those categories.  I am a (single) mom, who works full-time, and who wants to be healthy.  Nah, HAS to be healthy.  There’s too much to do each day.  I can’t […]

Healthy Working Moms

Cool Sleep Hacks 2
I have been struggling with getting enough sleep this summer.  Our weather the past couple weeks has been pretty warm.  Not like it’s been elsewhere, I know.  I mean … this is Oregon … our temperatures are pretty mild, after all.  We don’t get the scorching hot weather during the […]

Cool Sleep Hacks for Summer

Angry Birds Candy Buffet 2
As a single mom, I have many plates that have to keep spinning, and only ME to make that happen.  Birthdays and special occasions have a way of sneaking up on all of us, especially when your main priority is holding down a job to pay bills, making sure kids get to […]

Easy DIY Candy Buffet for Single Moms

Closure and Open Doors 7
Part of my job in security is working in Access Control at the Oregon State Hospital.  Access Control is where we watch the cameras on all the units, monitor the radio channels for the hospital units and the security staff, and open/close the sallyports in the hospital.  There are 10 […]

Closure and Open Doors

Just saying "No" 10
(As a single mom, its important to set boundaries.  I struggle with setting boundaries on my time and saying no.  This post is shared from an earlier blog of mine) Just saying no was difficult for me.  I am a people-pleaser, by nature.  I have always had a hard time saying […]

Just saying “No”

homemade salad dressing 1
Making Homemade Salad Dressing is Easier Than You Think Fresh salads and healthy lifestyles go hand in hand. After all, what could be better for you than a big plate full of leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and lean proteins? Unfortunately, you could end up negating these delicious and […]

Homemade Salad Dressing