Money Savers

Easy All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap for About 50 Cents

I love foaming hand soap. It’s so easy for kids to use and I feel like it extends the life of bottle of soap. But I’m always surprised when I see the price of foaming hand soap at the store. Close to $5 for one bottle? You have to be kidding me! Not only that, […]

Exclusive Coupon for Big Splash Adventure

There are just a couple weeks left of school and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking about what kind of fun activities you’ll plan for the summer. Here’s a list of hot spots I made for last year. This year my family is looking to add some more water fun for the kids. […]

Save Big Money on Fresh Fruits and Veggies with Produce Auctions

originally posted September 6, 2012 I am a pretty frugal person, so it’s not often that I come across a money saving tip I haven’t heard before. But recently I’ve been buying a lot more fresh produce and I’ve been looking everywhere for ideas to save money. Then I came across this post from Keeper […]

DIY All Purpose Cleaner: Cheap, Safe, Effective (With Printable Label)

If you would have told me five years ago that I’d be making my own cleaning supplies, I probably would have laughed at you. Honestly when the subject comes up, I instantly think of one of two images. 1. My sweet great aunt using a vat of lard to make soap on the farm. or […]

Recipes for Chest Rub, Lip Balm, Muscle Rub, Healing Ointment & Cuticle Cream

I love DIY projects because they allow me to be creative while saving money. But, let’s be honest, we’re all busy and we only have so much time to spend in the kitchen. That’s why I love this recipe because not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it can also be used for several […]

For Fun

Top Five Shaving Cream Activities for Kids

Playing with shaving cream is one of my kids’ favorite activities. I like it too because its $1 price tag is fairly affordable and relatively speaking, it’s pretty easy to clean up (compared to a lot of the other sensory activities we enjoy). It’s also quite versatile. Here are a few ways to play with […]

Rev your Engines with this Giveaway to the 4-Wheel Jamboree

I am a mother of boys…who are loud, who wrestle, who love big trucks and loud cars. We jump at any opportunity to explore vehicles any kind. If it has an engine, my kids want to see, touch and experience it….and the bigger the better! In years past, we’ve had fun at the local Touch […]

‘Score Big’ with Discounted Event Tickets

My husband has a new BFF. This is huge for us because generally speaking, the kids are too young and I’ve had my fill of baseball, basketball, racing and every other testosterone filled event he enjoys. He now has a buddy to do all of those things with and I don’t have to feel guilty […]

WonderLab: An Unexpected Gem in Bloomington

It’s a blessing to live in Central Indiana. There are so many things to do, it’s nearly impossible to get bored. On the flip side though, sometimes it’s hard to fit it all in. This year, I can check Bloomington’s WonderLab off my list. I have to admit, I had little knowledge of the science […]

Indiana Summer Fun 2014

School is out for the summer and that means it’s time for my family to get active. Because Indiana schools are moving toward the balanced schedule, we only have two months to fill with fun adventures. I think I’m up for the task, but I have to admit, it’s been hard trying to decide where […]

Our Word

‘Score Big’ with Discounted Event Tickets

My husband has a new BFF. This is huge for us because generally speaking, the kids are too young and I’ve had my fill of baseball, basketball, racing and every other testosterone filled event he enjoys. He now has a buddy to do all of those things with and I don’t have to feel guilty […]

Keep Kids with Food Allergies Safe at School: A Guide for Parents and Friends Alike

No question about it, sending your child with food allergies to school can be a terrifying proposition. After all, it’s estimated that 1 in 4 allergic children will have a severe reaction while at school. It almost makes me want to send my child in his own protective bubble. But, of course, there are all […]

My family’s bursting coat closet and one thing you haven’t thought of that made all the difference!

This post was submitted by guest blogger, Jill Levenhagen. Jill is a busy mom who truly believes in balance, and loves to talk about her mom successes on her friend’s blogs.  At her site Blog Chicka Blog, she teaches bloggers about better photography and wants to convince the blog-world to use her favorite editing program, […]

Losing My Religion…and Searching for Answers

There’s something that’s bothering me. My faith is shaken. I’m not sure if it’s been a progression or if something snapped with me. For a while I was just angry and that was OK. People can relate with that. We’re all angry that things don’t go our way. Frustrated that our burdens seem to overwhelm […]

How to Protect your Kids’ Cell Phone and Why it’s Important

Both of my kids are a bit young to have their own cell phones. But, they are getting to the age where we’re thinking about investing in a piece of technology for them….and the thought of that sort of scares me! My oldest is 6 and while I know we’re probably late joining this game, […]

Stuff We Love

How FICO® Score Watch Helped Me Get a Better Rate

While always a super frugal gal, I’ll admit that I’m not always the best at managing money. It really comes down to organization, which I severely lack. My husband and I have tried several different approaches to budgeting and it never seemed to work out. However, I recently found the site, Mint.com and it’s been […]

Green Bean Delivery, ZipList and Amazon = Less Time at the Grocery {Review and Promo Code}

Lately I’ve noticed a trend. I am at the grocery store entirely too much! There are a few reasons for this. 1) disorganization… I forget one item and have to go back. Or hubby will tell me that he needs something after I’ve already gone 2) we eat a lot of produce and I can […]

An Elimination Diet: My Family’s Journey to Healing

About two years ago, I wrote about my family’s plans to start an elimination diet to pinpoint food sensitivities and triggers. I also wrote about my plans to implement the GAPS diet to work on healing these sensitivities. I’d like to revisit those topics and provide some feedback on our journey. For those of you […]

Crowdfunding with Custom Designed T-Shirts

I love the idea of all the crowdfunding sites that are popping up. The concept is pretty simple. You set a campaign and ask people to donate online. The causes are limitless. You can use it to fund a business startup, healthcare costs, attending a conference and more. You might have seen me posting about […]

Goldfish Swim School Provides a State-of-the-Art Facility with Year Round Lessons

My son loves the water. He loves playing in the sprinkler, the water table, the bath and just recently even the shower. He especially loves swimming. It’s great exercise, but Because he’s a sensory seeker, it’s also immensely therapeutic for him. I’ve taken him to a couple places for lessons, but when I recently had […]

Win It

Rev your Engines with this Giveaway to the 4-Wheel Jamboree

I am a mother of boys…who are loud, who wrestle, who love big trucks and loud cars. We jump at any opportunity to explore vehicles any kind. If it has an engine, my kids want to see, touch and experience it….and the bigger the better! In years past, we’ve had fun at the local Touch […]

‘Score Big’ with Discounted Event Tickets

My husband has a new BFF. This is huge for us because generally speaking, the kids are too young and I’ve had my fill of baseball, basketball, racing and every other testosterone filled event he enjoys. He now has a buddy to do all of those things with and I don’t have to feel guilty […]

St. Lawrence Fall Festival — Welcome Cooler Temperatures with Funnel Cakes and Carnival Rides

Congratulations, Amy, you won the St. Lawrence Festival prize pack. Please message me at theaverageparent[at]gmail[dot]com to claim your prize and I will arrange for your tickets to be available for pick up at the ticket sales tent. I have to admit, that I’m not quite ready for summer to be over. Still, I do love […]

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“Oh, The Places You’ll Go” End of School-Year Tradition

It’s not too much longer till the school year comes to a close, so I wanted to share this amazing idea I found on…you guessed it…Pinterest. You all know the book Oh, The Places You’ll Go from Dr. Seuss. It’s a great graduation gift. But, Lisa from Lisa’s Workshop suggests grabbing a copy when your kid is young. At the end of each school year, give it to your child’s teacher to sign or write a note. When you’re child graduates (hard to think of!), you’ll have a lovely gift to give him/her. Lisa has even included some lovely tags in her blog post, so make sure to go check it out.

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