15 Summer Date Ideas | #marriagesmatter

15 Summer Date Ideas | #marriagesmatter

With the arrival of summer, I thought it might be a good idea to update my list of inexpensive ideas for dating my spouse. The warmer weather brings lots of new opportunities to enjoy time together without breaking the budget! 1. Play tennis A few years ago, we purchased a… Read More »



10 Steps to Teaching Your Child to Communicate Effectively

Teaching Your Child to Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is the foundation to success. When one can communicate well, they have a greater advantage over those who don’t. Communication starts long before adulthood. In fact, learning to communicate effectively starts even before a child can talk. Let’s look at some ways to help your child learn to… Read More »



12 Weeks of Summer Bucket List Ideas

12 Weeks of Summer Bucket List Ideas

I don’t like to have an over-packed summer (hello, white space!!), but I know my kids need activity and some semblance of structure during the long summer months, so I’ve attempted to come up with a list of summer bucket list ideas that we can do together as family –… Read More »



Smart Technology for a Busy Family

Smart Technology for a Busy Family

A busy family needs smart technology that can keep up with them. Between staying connected, capturing the moments, and keeping our busy lives organized, we need a device that can do it all without needing to be recharged constantly. The DROID Turbo by Motorola in Gray Ballistic Nylon promises to… Read More »

Tips for Enjoying a Cedar Point Staycation

Tips for Enjoying a Cedar Point Staycation

One of our favorite ways to spend time together as a family is to take mini-vacations at destinations close to home: staycations. Staying the night at a hotel a few hours away and enjoying dinner at a restaurant we don’t have in our town help us to break up the… Read More »

10 Summer Staycation Ideas for Battle Creek, MI

Summer Staycation Ideas

We love exploring nearby towns and local venues, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of summer staycation ideas for Battle Creek, MI – my hometown. We’re looking forward to visiting several of these locations and participating in these festivals this summer! 10 Summer Staycation Ideas for Battle… Read More »

How to Sneak a Little “Me Time” into Your Busy Parenting Day

How to Sneak a Little "Me Time" into Your Busy Parenting Day

Are you on-the-go, have a to-do list a mile long, or just plain busy? Don’t have time to enjoy a treat during the day to pick yourself up? As a busy mom who works from home and homeschools my kids, I often feel this way. I’ve discovered three simple tips… Read More »

100 Days of Summertime

100 Days of Summertime

Since we made the decision to send the kids to school in the fall, I’ve begun to realize that my days with them at home all day are numbered. And while that’s a good thing, I’m also wanting to make the most of the time we have together this summer,… Read More »

Letting Kids Fail

Letting Kids Fail

Wouldn’t it be nice if our kids just listened to everything we told them? We could impart all of our hard-earned wisdom upon them and save them from the agony of the many mistakes we made. They wouldn’t have to learn things the hard way since we already did that… Read More »



Why It’s Important to READ Together as a Family

Reading Together as a Family | CLICK HERE to learn why it's so important...

We all know that it’s important to read to your kids when they’re young, but what happens when they can read on their own? Is there any reason to keep reading together? Scholastic’s recently released 2015 Kids and Family Reading Report shows that 40 percent of children ages 6 to… Read More »