Family Life, Parenting

10 Things Your Teen Should Be Doing For Themselves

I watched an episode of the show, The Goldbergs recently, where the oldest daughter had went off to college and had no idea how to do anything for herself. She couldn't do her laundry, make her bed, or pretty much even clean up after herself. So much so, that her roommate called her a slob… Continue reading 10 Things Your Teen Should Be Doing For Themselves

Family Life, RV Living, Travel

We Bought a Fifth-Wheel! (The Trip to Pick It Up and A Review of RV Wholesalers)

So, we did it. We bought a fifth-wheel. It's a 41-foot, 2018 Heartland Elk Ridge. The trip from Montana to Ohio to pick it up was anything but smooth sailing- stormy weather, truck issues, the pick up date being changed while in mid-trip, and a completely disorganized pickup process. We bought it from RV Wholesalers… Continue reading We Bought a Fifth-Wheel! (The Trip to Pick It Up and A Review of RV Wholesalers)

Family Life, Montana, Travel

Camping at Bighorn Canyon (The Pros and Cons)

Sun, rain, wind, debris, BBQ, fun! We had it all! 4th of July weekend, we had the opportunity to go camping at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area with some friends, as well as Corey's brother and his new wife. Camping at Bighorn Canyon has become a bit of a tradition for us for 4th of… Continue reading Camping at Bighorn Canyon (The Pros and Cons)

Blogging, Family Life

Summer Learning for Mom

I was inspired by the post Summer School for Mom at AmysWandering.com, to take advantage of the extra time this summer not being spent on school with my kids to focus on some education for me. (Disclaimer- This post may contain affiliate links. For more information see Disclosure Policy.) You may have noticed some changes… Continue reading Summer Learning for Mom

Family Life, Travel

On the Hunt for an RV

We have decided we are tired of renting and want to travel more than that budget allows. To make that happen we are looking into buying an RV, a fifth-wheel to be more precise. We had thought about this before, about 2-years ago, but we weren't quite ready to make that leap. Corey and I… Continue reading On the Hunt for an RV

Family Life, Food, Recipes

50+ Popsicle Recipes to Try this Summer

My kids LOVE popsicles! Everything from Otterpops to homemade juice pops and go through them like crazy every summer. As the temperatures here in Billings have started to increase into the 70's and 80's, they are already starting to ask for them. So in preparation for this summer I've started compiling a list of some… Continue reading 50+ Popsicle Recipes to Try this Summer

Family Life, Montana, Travel, United State

50+ Ideas for a Southeast Montana Staycation (or Field Trip)

Who says you have to leave your hometown or even home state to have a vacation?! Southeast Montana (south of Wibaux, east of Big Timber, and SE of Lewistown) has so much to see and do, I had to start making a list. I've only done or been to a dozen or so of these… Continue reading 50+ Ideas for a Southeast Montana Staycation (or Field Trip)

Family Life

Five Easter Planning Ideas

How are your Easter plans coming? For us, because we have always lived so far away from family due to the Army, we don't have any specific traditions that include them. We have done our own thing for our kids since getting married. Our "traditions" generally include the kids waking up to find Easter baskets… Continue reading Five Easter Planning Ideas

Family Life, Homeschooling

Big List of Fire Safety and Prevention Activities

(Updated for 2017 theme) Did you know that October 9th is Fire Prevention Day and the week it falls in is Fire Prevention Week? I can't think of a better time to focus on teaching/reviewing safety and prevention with your kiddos and to help you (and me!) with that, I've scoured the internet for activities,… Continue reading Big List of Fire Safety and Prevention Activities

Family Life

Books and Blogs: What I’ve Been Reading This Month (September 2015)

Wow! Our first month back-to-homeschool is done. I can't believe how fast it went and what's even better is the kids feel the same way. They've been enjoying their curriculum and the topics, which is always a plus. Miss S has even had a light bulb moment, where she had been struggling to understand something… Continue reading Books and Blogs: What I’ve Been Reading This Month (September 2015)

Family Life

Books and Blogs: What I’ve Been Reading This Month (August 2015)

What I have been reading this month for inspiration, entertainment, education, and more! (Disclaimer- This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see Disclosure Policy.) With Cap'n C going to swimming lessons 4-day a week the last few weeks, I've had a spare 40-minutes everyday, sitting by a pool. So in between taking… Continue reading Books and Blogs: What I’ve Been Reading This Month (August 2015)

Family Life, Montana, Travel

A Trail Ride with My Daughter

This past weekend, my daughter and I had an opportunity to go horseback riding in nearby Absarokee (pronounced Ab-zor-kee). We have been talking about going since she was little and there was never a chance. When we lived in Texas, she was too young for liability reasons at every place we tried; in Germany, horseback… Continue reading A Trail Ride with My Daughter

Family Life, Travel

Our Must Haves for Family Camping

Summer is in full swing and for our family that means camping! We love camping- the fire, sleeping in the woods, s'mores, no electronics. It's a nice way to get back to nature and spend some quality family time together. We have slowly acquired and upgraded our camping gear over the years and definitely have… Continue reading Our Must Haves for Family Camping

Family Life

Fun with Minions

(Updated 6/30/17 for Despicable Me 3 Release) https://youtu.be/3H4EHIbRebY (Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see Disclosure Policy.) I love Minions! I honestly think I am more excited about the Minions Movie than my kids are. Unfortunately, as it seems to happen with most movies, we weren't able to see it… Continue reading Fun with Minions

Family Life

A Jurassic Week of Fun

(Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see Disclosure Policy.) Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs! Dinosaurs everywhere! In case you haven't heard, the highly anticipated movie, Jurassic World, was released recently. 🙂 Everyone and their grandmother seems to be excited to go to see it. We weren't able to see it the first weekend,… Continue reading A Jurassic Week of Fun