4 simple ways to stay productive and conquer your to-do list

I admit, I have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and to-do lists are the bread and butter to my chaotic life. These lists keep me grounded and focused so I can keep myself on track. These lists also help my Autistic teens and husband, so it’s not just for us over-worried moms. Did you know that…

Science and Technology Can Help Me Find My Roots

I was adopted when I was 9 months old, so I don’t know anything about my background or family history. When my kids had to do their cultural background history project, the only part they could fill out was their father’s side. In fact, my husband’s family has records dating back over hundreds of years…

A 4-year degree from a University might not be the best choice

My kids are all in high school this year, so the “what do I want to do” questions are always arising. My daughter and my oldest son have Asperger’s (Autism) and their anxiety about graduating has hit an all-time high. Sadly, this is not uncommon during these years of any teens life, with or without…

Chores earn high marks as a financial teaching tool for parents

Since my children were younger, they have always earned their time on the computer or even a night out to dinner through helping me around the house and dad out in the yard. Some people may find that odd, but I believe fully in teaching your children that everything in life is not simply given to…

Making the Most of Unemployment & Disability

I wanted to share a short story with you about something that hits close to home. My sister-in-law is an amazing woman. She is talented, independent, caring, and one of the nicest people I know. She also has dwarfism and has taken in three of her husband’s kids from a previous marriage, one of which…

5 easy ways to keep your family comfortable during a power outage

After living in Arkansas through one of the worst winter storms in the state’s history and living in the middle of Tornado Alley, Natural Disaster Preparedness is my way of keeping my family safe and keeping my sanity in tact for the chaos. But not matter how inconvenient losing power at home is, entertaining yourself…

Conquering My Fears When My Teen Started Driving

As we’re approaching the end of the first month of the new year, I think about how fast the years have flown by. At the beginning of the month I posted an overview of the past year and as I was going through my annual picture cleaning day yesterday, I came across a photo that really hit…

Looking Back on 2016 Shows How Blessed I Truly Am

I have so many photographs on film and digital that I could start an ancient tomb of historical archives for our family. Someday I might have to put it all together in a documentary film after my daughter graduates from Film School, but for now, I’m happy to share some of my most memorable moments of 2016….