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Why Aren’t You Ordering Your Groceries Online!?

Why Aren’t You Ordering Your Groceries Online!?

Friends, on Saturday I went to Hy-Vee and spent $200, but I never even went inside!  I spent 5 minutes in the parking lot and went home with a trunk crammed full of groceries. Yes indeed, I ordered my groceries through Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online program. The only regret I have is that I did not know about this service sooner! If you order at least $100 worth of items, the Aisles Online service is completely free.  And if … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Grocery Shopping, Homemaking, Product Reviews, Shopping

Getting Rid of All. The. Things. with #2016in2016

Getting Rid of All. The. Things. with #2016in2016

One of my goals this year is to de-clutter and simplify! So, I’m participating in the #2016in2016 project. It’s a simple concept – get rid of 2016 things from our house this year. The kids are getting in on the fun too! You can learn more about it and see some of our progress over at Do Good Work, where my friend Jacqueline interviewed me on the what and why of giving away 2016 things. … Read entire article »

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Motherhood is Like a Cruise

Motherhood is Like a Cruise

Hubby and I were watching a “behind the scenes” type show about the cruise ship industry. They were talking about the tons of food that is prepared and consumed on each cruise, how much fuel is burned each day, and how many crewmembers working ten hour shifts for seven days in a row it takes to make the cruisers’ vacations magical. As the credits rolled, hubs said, “Can you imagine doing all that work every … Read entire article »

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Organizing Winter Gear

Organizing Winter Gear

I have a guest post up this week over on my dear friend Nancy’s blog, There is Grace. It’s a step by step guide on how I tackled the Polar Gear Vortex that was my front entryway last winter.  If you’re already dreading the bundling, unbundling, and searching for lost gloves that this season brings, go check out this fun and easy DIY winter organization project! … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Guest Blogger, Homemaking, Mommyhood

Try Technology Tickets to Trim TV Time

Try Technology Tickets to Trim TV Time

First, I just want to say that part of the reason I love blogging is because I get to come up with goofy post titles. *grin* We started using technology tickets last school year to help keep track of how much “screen time” our kids were getting.  Today, I’m sharing how to make and use a technology ticket system over at my friend Rhonda’s Blog, Bramell, Party of Five. If you need to tame the technology … Read entire article »

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Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

I recently had the opportunity to hear the founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, speak.  On why he incorporated giving into his company, he said, “Giving feels really good. That in itself is a reason to do it.” This year I am featuring a series of posts about Gifts that Feel Good.   On Saturday morning I woke up to the smell of bacon and the sound of children laughing.  It made me immediately happy.  Petit Jean … Read entire article »

Filed under: Homemaking, Mommyhood, Not the Dishes, Product Reviews