Just Give Me Sunny Weather…

Ohio weather can be crazy! It will be snowing one day and then sunny and 60 the next day. The weather can really affect a person's mood, so it's tough when the weather is constantly changing as drastically as ours. This past week has been awesome though! I definitely can not complain about 60 degree weather in February! It really does just make you want to go out and plant some flowers, put your jogging shoes on and .... Get ice cream! The fresh air is so great for our mind, body and soul. Seriously, just opening the windows and feeling that slightest bit of warm breeze blowing in has been great! Yesterday we ate our ice cream by the lake. My boys love to explore, so it was fun for them to be able to get out and stretch their legs. I love that the lake is super close to our new home, so we don't have far to drive! What has the weather been like where you live? More to come on Raising My 5 Sons... … [Read more...]

Let Them Be Little

How many times have you found yourself getting upset because your children were making a mess? Oh, I'm right there with you! I'm not even going to try to pretend that I'm the perfect parent or that little things don't bother me---especially messes, those are really hard to overlook. However, I will say that I've recently had a lot of time to sit and think about things. I guess I have sort of been pondering the things in my life. Thinking about what is important and what really needs my time and attention. In all of this pondering and deep thought I've always come up with one thing...my kids, they are always deserving of my time and my attention. No matter how old they are, they are always deserving of "ME". And this is why I have decided to step back a little from some of the other things that have been boggling my life down a bit. Hey, you may actually see me blogging a little more now. (I hope so, anyway! I truly love to write and really hope to get this site back to one that you … [Read more...]

WIN an Apple Watch +Possible $50 Bonus

I absolutely love to shop online! I feel like it saves me time, but also money. I mean, no more impulse purchases and no more looking for a parking spot---or going out in the cold! Did you realize you can save even more money when you shop online? Not only is it easier to shop online – you can save more money and get paid to shop! Yes – shopping online lets you search for the best deal and when you shop through Beesavy you will earn cash back on all your online purchases. If you have never been paid to shop online, you are going to love this! It’s just 1 extra step and you shop. Beesavy keeps track of your purchases and gives you cash back on your purchases. Here are a few examples: Walmart – 2% Best Buy – 1.5% Uber – up to $50 Hotels.com – 2% 101 inks – 14% Ancestry.com – up to $8.75 There are over 2,000 of the top online brands where you can earn cash back! All your purchase will add up and Beesavy will send you money! Use this “free” money to pamper … [Read more...]

Sunny Sunday-Courageous Movie Review

Today was a beautiful day. I still can't believe it was like 60 degrees in OHIO on a January day! It just blows my mind! However, I'm quite certain that in a couple of days we will be experiencing freezing temps with rain or something crazy, because that's how Ohio is. Drastic weather changes are totally normal for us. On Sundays we visit my sister and her family. We always do a bible study together and we enjoy a nice meal. The kids play and the adults enjoy the company of one another. Today we decided to watch a movie that my sister had recorded on her DVR. The movie was great and it really made me think, so I thought I would talk about it a bit. I want to start by saying that it's hard to find good family friendly videos now days. That is one of the reasons that I always feel compelled to write a review or share when I do find a good family friendly or inspiring video. The movie we watched today was called Courageous. About the movie: Four men, one calling: To serve and … [Read more...]

Our Homeschool Journey & Where We Are Now

This is our third year homeschooling. Our 3 oldest children all attended public school until we moved to a new town. At that time we decided to enroll our children into a private school. It was costly, but I was able to offset a very small fraction of the cost by volunteering my time at the school. After a few years we found that the private school was no longer where we needed to be. I was feeling lead to homeschool more now than I had ever felt in the past. Our first year homeschooling was exciting and fun! We decided to enroll our oldest 2 boys into an online program through a Christian school that I had found after countless hours of research. Our younger children started off with one set of curriculum that the Christian school had put together for us and switched to another set halfway through the year. It's hard when you've never homeschooled and you don't exactly know what will work best for your child. I mean, all of these years I had been sending my children off to school for … [Read more...]

Win a Blanket Scarf +CC Beanie from The Paisley Hanger #2017Products

Interested in winning a CC Beanie and Blanket Scarf from The Paisley Hanger Boutique? Yes? Then keep reading! Plus we're offering an exclusive coupon code for all items at The Paisley Hanger just for our readers. Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? Maybe your answer was yes, but you can always still use something pretty, right? Of course I'm right! You deserve something new and pretty---something just for YOU! We love  The Paisley Hanger Boutique and all that they have to offer--from leggings to sweatshirts to cardigans, I just love the selection! How cute is this adorable red cardigan. It's perfect for Valentine's Day---especially if it's as cold in your area as it is here in Ohio! Too cute! Which is your favorite item from the Boutique? Every item is limited quantity so if you love it, buy it or it may not be there the next time you go to look. The Paisley Hanger is offering a special discount for our readers. Just enter code 15BMO4 at checkout and get 15% off. … [Read more...]

Show That You Care With Kohl’s Cares Gifts

We received Kohl's Cares products to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are our own. We believe that Kohl's has always been a great place to shop for gifts for friends and family members, however I'm super impressed with the Kohl's Cares. It's not just the prices though, the products are great quality and I love that we are giving back each time we purchase an item from the Kohl's Cares collection. Kohl's Cares offers a large assortment of incredible items for the entire family. The prices really can't be beat at just $5 and $8 each! But wait, it gets better...100 percent of the net profit helps support children's initiatives nationwide. The collections change often. We received a few items from the Christmas line right at Christmas time which included... Christmas Movie Trivia --$5.00 Color and Create Your Own Cards--- $5.00 3 Pack Travel Edition of Adult Coloring Books--- $8.00 Crayola Winter Adventure Creativity Kit--- $8.00 Night Before Christmas Book & … [Read more...]

Gift Idea for the Gamer in the Family

We received a Turtle Beach Head Set for this review. We only give honest reviews. I'm raising a house full of boys. You'll find that in a group of boys there is typically at least one (usually more than one) that is into video games. We are no exception. Our oldest son has always had a great love for electronics. He found them interesting at a very young age and has grown to enjoy games and devices over the years. When our second son came along we started to get into a little "fighting" over the games. Both children wanted to choose the game or hog the game. I won't sugar coat it for you. That's real life. Everyone has learned to compromise and they still to this day enjoy video games. Every year for Christmas my boys have different gaming products (they won't allow me to call them toys anymore) on their wish lists. I'm no newbie gamer mom, so I'm getting pretty used to the lingo and know just where to go to look for the newest tech gear they are asking for. Turtle Beach makes a … [Read more...]