Preparing For Summer Break

Summer vacation is fast approaching. Be ready! JessieLeigh shares some ways that she plans to have fun with her kids. It is May.  MAY.  I’m not entirely sure how that happened as it seems like I was just flipping the calendar to March the other day but, alas, May is, indeed, upon us.  If you […]

Plan + Ideas = 1 Fun Mom

dinosaur posters

My friend JessieLeigh has been a joy to watch this summer. She has been using the Summer Survival Guide to teach her kids about a wealth of topics and to have fun with them during their break from school. In her recent post, Setting Up Camp, JessieLeigh reveals what her process was for setting up […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in Summer


Grocery prices, they are a-rising. And if you’re not careful, the flood could overwhelm you. I remember four years ago when things started hiking up. We were deep in debt, and yet, somehow, we got out. But, I am determined not to get sucked under again. Particularly where food costs are concerned. Oh, no, I […]

Taking Freezer Meals on The Road to Save Money on Food

freezer meals

The activity, hot weather, and entertainment factor of summertime can wreak havoc on one’s grocery budget. How can summer fun affect your food costs? In summertime we venture out and about more often; we have more random schedules than the rest of the year; we tend to avoid hot kitchens and want someone else to […]

3 Things You Need for a Great Family Picnic

family picnic

With longer days and better weather, summertime is ideal for a picnic with the family. It doesn’t need to be complicated, but there are several things that you can do in advance to set yourself up for success and make things easier. When something is easy to do, we do it more often. And frequent […]

6 Top Salads for Summertime (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

broccoli slaw

I am a salad girl. I’d much rather eat a good salad than almost anything else. Yeah, I’m weird like that. Here are six of my top salads for summer. Tossed Salad with Peperoncinis and Feta Buffalo Chicken Salad Cilantro Couscous Salad Spring Greens with Pepitas and Cilantro Lime Dressing Pesto and Feta Pasta Salad […]

More Ideas for Summer Fun

Chick Fil A summer to do

Yesterday the kids and I headed to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and I brought along our Summer Planning binder. I handed each of my writing kids a summer “to do” list to fill out since I wanted their input on what to do this summer. I took notes for the girls while the boys sat at […]

Summer Meal Themes & Freezer Cooking

I spent yesterday cooking up a storm and stashing things in the freezer. I’m making sure that every recipe is just right for The Cookbook. But, I still need a meal plan. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well my new meal themes for summer are coordinating with my freezer cooking foods. That’s what I call […]