After a great day full of family time and laughs, my son looks at me with sad eyes and says "I miss my birthmom." I've had to come to terms with the fact that no matter how much I love my children, they still lost something that I can't replace. And I worry. Like,… Continue reading Will I Ever Be Enough for My Adopted Child?
Congratulations! You made it through the background checks, essay questions, blood tests, tightrope walking, and shark cages -- you're approved to adopt!! With our agency, as soon as you are approved, you could get a call AT. ANY. MOMENT. And that's exactly what happened. I expected a long wait, but after 18 days of being… Continue reading Top 10 Things to Pack for the Hospital for Adoptive Parents
So you've taken a peek at the fees involved in an adoption and you're freaking out a bit, yes? Take a deep breath. Let it out. And don't give up on that dream. I wholeheartedly believe that God is very intentional about WHO he gives the dream of adoption to. So don't let the fees… Continue reading How to Afford an Adoption (When It looks Impossible) Part 1
When we finalized our first adoption, it was an exciting day. Our agency representative, our lawyer, and our friends and family gathered inside a courtroom. We waited patiently for the judge to enter. Most of us were unfamiliar with courtroom protocol, so we spoke quietly and tried to keep the kids entertained. The judge entered… Continue reading Why Does Adoption Cost So Much?
If you don't already have an Amazon Prime membership, you need one. And NOW is a great time to jump in and swim in all the deals coming up! July 16-17 there will be TONS of deals for AMAZON PRIME DAY! Here's how to save on your membership. But hurry and do it before these… Continue reading Save on your Amazon PRIME Membership
Who else here is a terrible planner? These deals are for those of you who will be running around town July 3rd grabbing outfits for the kids, food for the cookout, fireworks, and killer dessert ingredients. Home Depot has a great deal on Kingsford Charcoal for the seasoned grillmasters in the family: If you're looking… Continue reading Last-Minute 4th of July Deals
If you have boys, then you probably don't have time to read a long story about the time when the smell from my boys' shoes made me want to jump out of a moving car. Here's a few tips for keeping the wretched, road-kill smell at bay. Make a foot spray: (thanks Musthavemom.com) Mix together 1/4… Continue reading DIY Foot Stank Spray
Here's a tiny secret I've been holding back...there's a way to save HALF off on the stuff you're buying already on Amazon. The secret is Vipon.com Vipon.com used to be a website for Amazon sellers to offer discounts on their products in exchange for reviews (good or bad). Amazon recently changed their rules and incentivized… Continue reading Before you Buy on Amazon…
This is a staple at my house. I saw a similar recipe online a few years ago and it was an instant hit with my kids. Over the years, we have tweaked the recipe to be easier, quicker, and more delicious. Here's all it is: 1 cup oatmeal (I use quick oats) 1/2 cup peanut… Continue reading Amazeballs Power Snack
If I could point to one thing that has changed my skin dramatically, it would be the Oil Cleansing Method. Google it for more information. Trust me when I say that it works. It has completely cleared up my acne and made my skin smooth and beautiful for the first time in my entire life.… Continue reading Oil Cleansing Method- DIY Skin Cleanser