5 Simple Ways to Be Kind to Your Family

pressspin1

Do you know what I love?? Tiny acts of kindness that are done “just because”! Being kind to your family doesn’t have to take up hours of time or lots of money. It can be small acts of kindness that foster your family to be the very best it can be, whether you live under […]

Kid Made Thank You Cards

kidmadecards3

Need an easy handmade gift idea that the kids can make? These simple kid made thank you cards are a great way to foster gratitude in kids, and they are perfect for mailing off to faraway friends and family! A BIG thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s crafty project! […]

Sunday Snapshot — Happy Father’s Day

fathersday1a

Wishing all the amazing dads out there a wonderful Father’s Day!!

Spring has Sprung — the definitive guide

springhassprung5

Do you find it difficult to know when Spring has arrived? Do the weather patterns confuse you? Are you looking for an easy, definitive guide for knowing exactly when Spring has officially begun?? Look no further — Here are seven ways to know, without a doubt, that Spring has sprung! 1. You live in a […]

20 Easy Ways to Make Today Awesome!

todayawesomefeatureimage1

This post is dedicated to my dad, James Kraemer (Dec. 1948 – Oct. 2012), a man who lived a life dedicated to love, and taught me to do the same. In loving memory of all our good times together. Is your life in need of more awesomeness? Do you go about your day wishing for […]

Birthday Challenge: 35 Acts of Kindness. One Day.

kindnessacts12

Last week, I turned 35 years young. And like all birthdays, I used the time as an excuse to reflect on the year before and make plans for the year ahead. But this year was unlike any other birthday. I did 35 acts of kindness. In one day. With 90 minutes to spare! Throughout the […]

20 Must-Do Favorite Activities for Fall

mustdofall1

Are you looking forward to Fall? Need some kid-friendly activities to help celebrate the season?? Here are 20 of our family’s favorite Fall activities that have become special traditions.  1. Go Apple Picking — This is one of my favorite family traditions for Fall! Afterwards, we bake apple pies and make homemade apple sauce with […]

Our Favorite Summer Moments

summerreview20

Like every Summer, we started off the season by making a “bucket list”, but some things just could not have been planned. Here are some of our favorite Summer moments! 1. Making a Bucket List — It was so nice to have a list of things to do with the kids before the end of […]

10 Little Things That Make Me Happy

makesmehappy6

Know what makes me smile?? Celebrating the little things in life, cultivating gratitude, and experiencing the joy of simple pleasures. Here are 10 little things that make me really happy! 1. The view from our garden plot at sunset. The tomatoes are almost ready.   2. Chatting about ideas for creative play with the lovely […]

Teaching Kids the Art of Graciousness

graciousness2

With the holidays being so close, now is a great time to remind kids about the proper way to give and receive gifts. One of the most effective ways to do this, is through pretend play! 1. Without the kids seeing, wrap up a few small items from around the house. Bags and tissue paper […]

5 Simple Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

gratitudeinkids6

So much of the frugal lifestyle is filled with cultivating a sense of appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. A nice side benefit of learning to be grateful for what you already have — you’ll save money!! Yay for saving money! It’s never too early to start encouraging your kids to express thankfulness and gratitude. Here […]

7 Simple Things That Make Me Smile

makemesmile2

Often times happiness can be found in the simplest (and most frugal) of things. Here are a few recent photos that made me smile, and I hope they bring a smile to your face too!! 1. Treating stuffed animals to a fun swing ride.   2. Impromptu trips to the candy store with rather difficult […]

Cherish Them

cherishthem5

“To a child, ‘love’ is spelled T-I-M-E.” “Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens…. and happy kids.” “To be in your child’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.” […]

Things That Made Me Smile Today

commissionedart1

1. Commissioning Emily to paint a “masterpiece” for our kitchen, and watching her joyfully paint a large canvas!   2. Playing dress up with Clara, and then….   3. Taking her out for ice cream (a rare treat) made even more fun in her princess dress up clothes! Oh, the smiles she received from other […]

Loving…

I mentioned a few days ago that we took a trip to a local plant nursery to prepare for our next activity from our Gratitude Jar — Flowers: Make a special flower delivery! Emily and I had so much fun with this! At the plant nursery, we found bags of fall bulbs that were 30% […]

Today’s Gratitude Activity

We have been enjoying all of the wonderful things to come out of our Gratitude Activity Jar! So far some of the activities we have done include: donated Jared Boxes to the hospital, invited a friend over to play, and visited the library. We are loving this little jar, and have even added more cards […]

Gratitude Activity Jar

Around Thanksgiving we try to do crafts and activities that promote gratitude and focus on the things we have to be thankful for. Last year we did gratitude journals, but this year we’re trying something a little more active — Gratitude Activity Jars! I asked Emily to name some of the things she was thankful […]