The Perfect Easter Basket For Older Boys

This post is sponsored by coupons.com, however, all opinions are 100% my own. Over the years I have found it more and more challenging to come up with great holiday gifts for my older boys. They could care less if they woke up on Easter morning to plastic eggs throughout the house and little bunnies in a basket. Don't get me wrong, they want the candy, but they don't so much care about all of the fun and cute stuff. This year we decided to do something a little different. We live in a very small town and are blessed to have a KMart with a grocery section in it. I love how they carry products for each holiday, but they make my life simple by keeping it all in one big section of the store. Those stores that spread everything all across the store and make you walk back and forth sort of annoy me---ha! KMart's grocery section offers competitive, low prices on their grocery items. I headed over to my local K-Mart with an idea and a budget. I'm pleased to announce that I stayed under … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Earrings #12DaysOf Halloween Fun!

We have had so many great recipes and crafts so far! It's hard to believe that we are already 11 days into our 12 Days of Halloween Fun! Today Olivia from This N That with Olivia has shared an adorable and easy DIY Halloween earrings craft.  These earrings are simple to make and can be worn all season long. Check out her post HERE and stay tuned for tomorrow's post of Day 12 of Halloween Posts. Happy Fall. Be sure to check out the other posts that we've shared by clicking on each of the links below: … [Read more...]

DIY Fall Mason Jar Craft

Let's talk about fall--because it's my favorite time of the year! Today is our 6th day of our 12 Days of Halloween Recipes and Crafts and we are excited to share this one with you because it will last throughout the whole Fall season! raft Tracy at Having Fun Saving made these adorable Fall Mason Jars to celebrate the season! I love that you can make these in just minutes, and it's really affordable! Isn't just about everything in Mason jars adorable? Head over and see how she made them, she has instructions on how to make all 5! When you are done, be sure to come back and check out all of the recipes and other crafts to celebrate the 12 Days of Halloween Fun!   Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list... … [Read more...]

Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial

Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial!   Halloween is a great time of the year to enjoy crafts and fun recipes with the family! My boys and I love coming up with new ideas! I'm excited to share this easy craft tutorial from our friends at Just Plum Crazy!  Today we have a Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath tutorial from Just Plum Crazy. It's easy to make and there is really no wrong way to do it. Once you've check out the wreath tutorial be sure to head on over and check out the other fun Recipes and Crafts below! linky code … [Read more...]

Over 15 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

October is almost here and we are starting to think about our Halloween costumes. Typically I'm one to wait until the last minute and frantically prepare, usually paying higher prices on costumes that we don't really care for. Not this year! This year I'm prepared, and I'm going to help you be prepared as well! Below you will find a list of DIY Halloween Costumes that you can make yourself in the comfort of your own home. Not only will you more than likely save a ton of money, but you will take pride in the fact that you created this little masterpiece yourself! Butterfly Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates Greek Goddess Queen Elsa Garden Gnome Mummies  Breakfast at Tiffanys Peter Pan Baby Peacock Egyptians  Mario and Luigi Teeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  Thing 1 and 2 Minions Cotton Candy Wonder Woman and Bat Girl Papa Smurf Wizard of Oz … [Read more...]

We Flipped—And It’s Finished!

Oh how excited I am to tell you all that we are finished with the house we were remodeling. We spent the last couple of months at this house tearing up flooring, laying new flooring, painting, putting in light fixtures, door knobs, doors and everything in between. It was a big project, but we were up for the challenge and we really think it turned out nicely! What do you think? (Back Family Room) (Family Room) (Kitchen) (Living Room) (Half Bath) (Upstairs) (Upstairs) (Upstairs) We just listed the house last night. Today our realtor called us over and over again to let us know he had calls coming in for showings. Last I knew we were up to 5 showings today! Now we just pray an offer comes in! Wish us luck! More to Come on Raising My 5 Sons... … [Read more...]

And Then There Was Light

Today we installed lighting at the investment property. You would think this was something small, but I always get so excited when we get to the lighting. Number one, this means that we are one step closer to having the house complete and the other reason is that I simply love to pick out lighting. I love seeing how things come together. The lighting above was placed at the top of the stairs leading up to a large open bedroom. It's just sort of above your head as you walk up the steps. It's not real noticeable until you actually get up the stairs, however I think it definitely gives the upstairs a nice look. I apologize for the quality of the above photo. This was taken with my cell phone and I just could not get it to focus on the light properly while it was turned on. I think you can get the idea though. I liked this light so much I placed it in two different rooms! Do you get excited about little touches like curtains and lighting? Or is it just me? More to Come on Raising … [Read more...]

We are Flipping Again!!!

That's right! We bought an investment property and we are busy making renovations. Most people cringe at the thought of doing renovations to a home, however we get excited and can't wait to rip things apart and put them back together again! My boys had been BEGGING us to get another investment property. The time was finally right and the perfect property was right in front of us. The property is a 1 1/2 story home with 1700 square feet. It was a bit of a mess when we got it, but with 5 busy boys, my husband and myself, we have been able to get busy and tear into things rather quickly. The 1 car garage (that's the biggest we could do given the size of the property) just went up and boy was it a much needed addition! We can't wait to show you the finished project! For now, just know that we are busy, busy, busy, but we are here and will be posting updates soon! … [Read more...]