No Shopping November: But Baby it’s Cold Outside!

I looked through my clothes last week and realized I had ONE everyday sweater shirt to wear…and it was in the laundry pile.  Also, it was freezing outside.  Bummer.  Normally, I’d run to the thrift store and pick a few out, wash them and be good to go.  But nope.  This is NO SHOPPING NOVEMBER,…

Summary of No Shopping November Challenge, wk 1

Sometimes when inconvenient things like these happen, it can be easier to say “Let’s go to Starbucks and treat ourselves!  We’ve been through a lot!” But nope, sticking to the challenge despite the unexpected things. 

Two words I’m going to keep repeating this November no matter the challenges that may keep coming: Thankfulness and Intentionality.  (And thank YOU for intentionally spending time reading this!)    

One Minute Instant Pot No-Fail Noodles

I like cooking and am glad it’s part of my job, but I don’t want to be a slave to my kitchen, and I’m guessing neither do you. That is another reason I love my Instant Pot.  It makes my life a lot easier.  Especially when it comes to making gluten-free noodles. I don’t like…

Should I Be Cooking Fresh Meals All the Time if I’m a SAHM?

Once a girlfriend who has twice as many kids as I wondered how often I cooked fresh meals, and was really relieved when I said I try cook less often but make bigger meals to have leftovers for the week.  As a SAHM, sometimes people think (or we pressure ourselves) that we as moms ought…

Oven Roasted Frozen Broccoli and Chicken (with IP Noodles)

Meal Planning During my month of no shopping: Week one, Post 2 This is what I made for supper the other day: IP Noodles, roasted (frozen) broccoli and oven baked, breaded chicken.  My kids had fun helping me make the gluten-free chicken breading. Sheet pan Frozen Roasted Broccoli is easy and my favorite way of…

Gluten-Free DIY Panko Replacement

Guys, this may be one of the few times you can be truly glad you’re gluten-free…because homemade panko got way easier than the Pioneer woman’s bread-drying and hand-grating method (love her…just not that much work.) All you need is a few cups of plain rice cereal like Chex (Great Value works just fine) and a…

Sensory Processing Disorder and the Clothing Conundrum

I’m kinda feeling like minimalism is out to get me; SPD has put on a minimalist hat and is decluttering my kid’s wardrobe at an alarming rate. Clothing.  One of the SPD mom’s biggest headaches. It was 7:30 a.m. this morning, and we were out of pants.  Not because we didn’t have several pairs clean,…

Make a DIY Lego Block Piñata for Pennies!

My son’s birthday party was something I’d planned for a while…but true to my ADD ways, I procrastinated on some of the details.  Like completing his Lego brick piñata just minutes before guests arrived.  Well, lucky for me, AND you if you are wanting to make a fast yet impressive piñata for a Lego themed…

Since Pursuing a Spectrum Diagnosis

Back In April, I posted about trying to get help for my young son whose spectrum-type behaviors, as well as SPD, some OCD, and anxiety issues were really making daily life exhausting not only for him but for our family. I was quite discouraged after hearing that the wait list for a leading autism resource…