D.I.Y Easter Decor Ideas

It's hard to believe that we are already halfway through March. Where did the time go? Easter is just around the corner and now that March Break is over and we are back to our regularly scheduled lives I busted out the Easter Decor and this place is now ready for the Easter Bunny and the celebrations to begin.

Like every other holiday or season to decorate I turned to my good old pal Pinterest for some inspiration and got to work. I admittedly don't have a ton of Easter Decor. I always got so wrapped up in the other holidays I slacked on this one. I also didn't want to spend a fortune on decor items and I lack the space to store it all. I love a good D.I.Y project and got to work on my list for Easter Decor that was super budget friendly and stores easily in the very small storage bin that I have allotted.

Every year I try to be as prepared as possible for Easter. I never want to be one of those last minute parents, the thought actually gives me anxiety. Last year we actuall…

St. Patrick's Day - Why we Celebrate

St. Patrick's Day holds a special place in my heart. We have always celebrated it (at least I have as an adult). My mother never really acknowledged it when I was younger. I remember while growing up that my best friends birthday was on that day so I always celebrated with her (until sadly we drifted apart as some friendships do). Getting back to it, as an adult I would of course go out and Drink Green beer and cocktails with my friends sporting those "Kiss me I'm Irish" shirts, even though I'm not Irish. I never even really understood why it was celebrated. It wasn't until I googled it that I learned it was both a Cultural and Religious Celebration. 

All that aside, the reason it holds such a dear place in my heart is that on St. Patrick's Day 12 Years ago I had my first date with my now Husband. I remember most of it like it was yesterday. I was closing up at work and he was the last customer that evening, I remember convincing him to come over to the lo…

Why YouTube is "Banned" from our Kids and How it Helped

You are probably thinking "Whoa hold up!" You have "banned" YouTube from your home kids!?! I put the word Banned in quotations because I'm using the term loosely. YouTube has been a valuable asset. It has been a place that has taught me many things and provided hours of entertainment over the years. We live in a time of technology. Many of you may very well be reading this from a smart phone or tablet. There are many people who you use YouTube to Vlog, create tutorials and share videos of funny things and memories. It can be great asset, however for us as family it became a source of contention and questions. So the "Ban" was put in place. 

Like many things screen time for children is a controversial subject. We decided as a family that we would allow our children to have access to screens, but it would be limited and we would determine what they were allowed to do and watch. Like any matter in regards to parenting it truly up to the parents of each ch…

D.I.Y Command Center

If you have been following us on Instagram or Facebook, there has been a lot of hints about our kitchen update. We live in a very small two bedroom apartment so anything that can save space and keep things organized is a big help. Our kitchen is pretty small, and it really is a multipurpose room for us. It gets used for more than just cooking and eating. So anything to help utilize the space and make it user friendly is A+ in my books.
If you're a parent of a child in school you know the amount of paperwork that comes home on a weekly basis. Between the newsletters, artwork, homework, permission forms etc it can be an overwhelming amount of stuff. Add on the mail etc from work and home life, all this stuff needs a place. In comes the "command center".
I had no idea there was a technical term for the place that you essentially drop all your junk. After a quick search on the endless pit of ideas also know as Pinterest, I found some great ideas and inspiration to make a comm…

Date Night Dilemma: Going Out For dinner

Back in January when I was working on my blog post Hello 2018 some of the goals I had in mind for the year included working on my marriage. Now my marriage isn't falling apart but it isn't perfect either. With all of our daily struggles I didn't want to end up with a failing marriage too. Prior to kids we used to go out all the time. Obviously for financial reasons, and well life, we can't do that anymore. But we can try to reconnect, and make more time for each other. Don't get me wrong, Family time is so important, but so is one on one time with your spouse. 

So a couple of weeks ago my sister was visiting and the hubby and I decided to seize the opportunity and asked her to watch the boys so we could go out on a dinner date. Truthfully we were supposed to go to an appreciation dinner but wanted to utilize the whole babysitter and get some time alone together. I honestly can't remember the last time My hubby and I went out to eat for dinner just the two of us.…

Family Day: Getting Back to Basics

With Family Day around the corner it got me thinking about my first blog post of the year, Hello 2018. One of my goals for the year was to spend more time with my family. We used to dedicate one day a week (usually on a weekend) to spend time together. Whether it be going out and doing something as a family or doing something at home. Sometimes these things cost money and others don't. Sadly family time became few and far between. We had so much going on in our lives that we lost sight of what we loved. So I wanted to get back to that. A time when we put down our phones (No answering calls, texts, checking social media etc other than use of the camera for the odd picture of a silly moment) and just spent time together. 

Family day (A Newer Holiday) is just over a week away where we live. For those of you who are unsure what Family Day is I'll break it down for you, it's quite simple really. It was a Holiday established so people could spend time with their families while al…

Am I Going Crazy? My battle with My Mind

Bell Lets Talk day was just last week. A cause I can get behind and truly support. Anxiety is Real, Depression is Real, the fear and other feelings that go with it is real. You know what else is real? The Stigma attached to it. So lets talk and move forward on ending the Stigma. 

Hindsight-I should have posted this story last week on that day. A lot has happened in the past year. Our oldest started Medication for his ADHD. (We tried alternative methods for almost 2 years, before we decided it was time). My husband left his job of over 12 years to start a new Job in a completely different field. (Was a tough decision but a lot weighed on what was best for our family). Our oldest also received his official Diagnosis of High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. (This actually didn't come to a shock to us, but rather put things into perspective). My parents who lived 15 minutes away sold their house and Moved 3 hours away. (This was a harder pill to swallow than my son's diagnosis…