Entertain Your Christmas Guests with a Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot chocolate is my favorite. MY FAVORITE. I grew up with bad asthma and somewhere along the way I figured out if I would drink hot chocolate, my symptoms would calm down. Even thought I do not have asthma today, I still drink hot chocolate every single morning. On a rare occasion I will make homemade hot chocolate but for the most part, I use a Swiss Miss packet simply because I need to make it quickly and get all the kids out the door for … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Body Scrub

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Body scrubs are my jam, y'all. One of our volunteers from way back showed me how to make body scrubs years ago and I've been making them ever since. The best part is they can be customized any way you choose. This is great to make for yourself but also great for gifts too! INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup white sugar (if you want the brown "pumpkin" look, use 1/4 white sugar & 1/4 brown sugar) 1 tbs cinnamon 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice 1/4-1/2 … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Caramel Apple Pops

Caramel Apple Pops

This year, try something special for the kiddos by creating your own Caramel Apple Pops! They're easy to make and you can get as creative as you'd like. Plus, it's customizable for kids with food allergies too. Unless of course, you're me...I'm actually allergic to apples. Weird, I know. INGREDIENTS: Sliced Apples Candy Pop Sticks TOPPING IDEAS: Caramel Melted Chocolate Mini Marshmallows Mini M&M's Crushed Butterfingers Sliced … [Read more...]

5 Things No One Told Me About Business

Chris and Sarah Lopp

Starting your own business, growing that business and managing business can be a hard, rocky road. Many times, you're alone in your decision making and simply try to do the best you can to make it. I learned everything by experience, both good and bad. I wanted to start a series on this site for the small business owner whether you have a store, a practice or even a blog. In order to do that, I've asked my husband to come on board and share his … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Chore Buckets

Make Your Own Chore Bucket

Chores are a big deal in our house, we actually have them listed on a popsicle sticks and each child draws new chores every single week. The problem? Well, there seemed to be quite a bit of confusion when it came to how to complete the chore. And, every single child had a different opinion. I've been working through this problem for awhile when I spotted a picture online of chore buckets and decided to make some myself in hopes of bringing a … [Read more...]

Save Time & Money with Menu Planning

Save Money & Time with Menu Planning

Menu planning is really a simple concept and something I teach regularly at my workshops and on my other website, MoneySavingQueen.com. I recently mentioned menu planning on my GEB America segment (video below) and wanted to be sure to post about it too. I heard about menu planning for years before I actually did it you see, I'm not the most organized human being on the planet so the idea of "planning" something didn't sound too good. As it … [Read more...]

10 Steps for Keeping Your Sanity as a Single Parent

10 Ways to Keep Your Sanity as a Single Parent

I published this article on MoneySavingQueen.com and wanted to be sure I shared it here especially for those of you watching the daily tips on GEB America. This article is full of real tips that I use and I thought they would be helpful to other single parents too. Being a single parent (mom or dad) is not easy task and sometimes, it can seem downright overwhelming. I pray peace over your life right now and I also pray that these simple tips … [Read more...]

My Health Makeover & Refills Made Easy with Walgreens #WalgreensRX

Refills Made Easy with Walgreens #WalgreensRX #cbias #shop

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. If you follow this blog or my facebook page, you've probably heard that I've been sick. It all began in October and worsened after Thanksgiving which eventually led into nearly 6 weeks of intense pain and unexplainable sickness. I've spent weeks back and forth … [Read more...]

The Yelling Jar

The Yelling Jar: How to Stop the Yelling

Here is an example of a conversation that happens daily between myself and my eight year old son: Me: Please put on your shoes and socks. Him: Silence. Me: It's time to go, please put on your shoes and socks. Him: Silence. Me: We have to go now, get your shoes and socks on. Him: Ok.....(no action) Me: WE ARE LEAVING-YOUR SHOES AND SOCKS HAD BETTER BE ATTACHED TO YOUR FEET! Him: Why are you yelling at me? I don't like it … [Read more...]

25 Ways to Survive & Relieve Stress

25 Ways to Survive & Relieve Stress

Well, let me just start by saying 2013 was quite the year. One day I'll share what has been going on but in the meantime, let's just say it involves an obscene amount of legal expenses and an unbelievable amount of stress. While I have always pursued peace, sometimes people bring trouble to you and you have to deal with it. The thing about stress is that it can reap havoc on your body (not to mention your family, kids, etc). If it were … [Read more...]