• 9 tips for teaching your kids how to clean & a $100 Target giveaway!
  • quick & easy {baked} cake mix donuts recipe
  • 20 gifts to sew for teens (that they’ll actually like!) + a giveaway
  • make a bow tie from an old necktie {great teen boy gift!}
  • DIY leather deck holders for Pokemon or Magic cards {great tween gift!}

9 tips for teaching your kids how to clean & a $100 Target giveaway!

great tips and tricks for teaching kids how to clean

I was chatting with my neighbor yesterday and she told me that all her kids have been doing their own laundry since her oldest was nine, which is when she realized the kids were under the impression that moms are the only people who can do laundry. My kids have responsibilities around the house, but there […]

quick & easy {baked} cake mix donuts recipe

great idea! you can use a cake mix to make quick & easy donuts in any flavor with this simple recipe. baked not fried!

Donuts! Last year for Christmas I got a Mini Donut Maker <—affiliate link, and we’ve been a little donut crazy ever since. It’s so easy to use, and it’s nice to be able to make that are baked instead of fried. And since we discovered you can make donuts in any flavor you want in under […]

20 gifts to sew for teens (that they’ll actually like!) + a giveaway

20 gifts to sew for teens and tweens - great tutorials for gifts you can make that they'll actually like! lots of ideas for boys & girls!

I know it’s not even Halloween, but I’m planning for Christmas already so I can give myself time to sew some gifts for my kids. As I mentioned earlier this week, the older your kids get the harder it is to find gifts you can make that they’ll actually like. I’ve been searching for ideas, […]

make a bow tie from an old necktie {great teen boy gift!}

how to make a bow tie from a necktie - grew pattern and sewing tutorial - great teen boy gift!

I’ve always enjoyed sewing Christmas gifts for my kids, but as they get older it’s gets harder and harder to come up with things they’ll actually like – especially since they’re boys. My boys have been wanting to start wearing bow ties to church, but it’s hard to find real bow ties in their neck size, […]

best tips for taking great photos of your kids this halloween

how to take great photos of your kids this halloween - photography tips & tricks

Looking back at the photos I have of my kids over the year, Halloween photos are some of my absolute favorites. The kids just look so adorable in their costumes, and they’re usually grinning ear to ear in anticipation of candy overload. But since most of the action on Halloween happens after sunset, it can […]

the very best Pride & Prejudice books {spinoffs, sequels, and retellings}

the best pride and prejudice inspired books for people who love jane austen! sequels, spinoffs, and retellings

Like many, many other women (and a few discriminating men) I love the novel Pride and Prejudice. It’s a classic for a reason. Lots of reasons, in fact. So I’ve enjoyed the recent influx of P&P spinoffs, sequels, and retellings. Or at least I’ve enjoyed some of them. A few go so overboard with the […]

pretty gathered tulle tee & a $50 Jo-Ann Fabrics gift card giveaway

cute handmade gathered tulle t-shirt! lots of girls sewing tutorials on this site.

We’ve been trying to sell our house for the past 3 months. Last week we spent two hours cleaning before a showing, only to find out the people didn’t come after all. They rescheduled for two days later, so we spent another two hours on the cleaning drill (vacuuming every room, wiping down every surface, tidying […]