Summer Family Fun Series #7

Welcome to the final week of our Summer Family Fun Series! I’m so thankful for all of the wonderful ideas you’ve shared and the awesome connections we’ve made over the past few weeks. There’s still more days of summer, so be sure to spend those extra moments with your family and take some time to check out […]

5 Breakfast Basics for Moms

5 Breakfast Basics for Moms on the Go

One of our greatest struggles as moms is meal planning during the school year. We’re busy, and figuring out what to serve our families for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a continuous cycle where we often fall into a rut of PopTarts and our same old casserole–served with cheese. For me, breakfast is the toughest. […]

Back to School Save

Back to School Shopping: Where to Spend, Where to Save

As a school teacher, I was always amazed at how much money a parent would invest in a third grader’s school supplies. Sadly, however, most of the money was wasted. That’s right. Every year, kids would walk into the classroom with a load of useless supplies on their backs. From frilly pens to jewel covered […]

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday #101

Welcome to another week at Motivation Monday! Lots of fabulous finds were shared at last week’s Motivation Monday and I can’t wait to see what everyone has to share now. If you’re here for the first time, our linkups are divided into these categories: inspirational, healthy recipes, crafts, and organizational tips & home decor. Each category […]

10 BEST Middle Grade Books for Boys

10 BEST Middle Grade Books for Boys

We love to read at the Smith House. There are times when my husband is working and the boys and I are all in our rooms curled up with a great story. I’ve often been asked how I keep my boys reading, and many are especially amazed by my teen son’s massive consumption of so […]


DIY Notebook With Decorative Tape

The other day my son and I made a quick stop to check out the Back to School sale at our local office supply store. For the two of us, it’s heaven. Seriously, the kid will ask for office supplies for every birthday and Christmas, and nothing makes him happier than a blank sheet of notebook paper and […]

10 BEST Back to School Movies for Your Next Family Fun Night!

10 BEST Back to School Movies for Family Fun Night

Can you believe it’s BACK TO SCHOOL already? It seems like we just sorted through last year’s backpacks and now it’s already time to stock up on more supplies! With only a few weeks left of our summer vacation, we’re taking a couple of steps here and there each week to organize our closets and ready ourselves […]


Summer Family Fun Series #6

Welcome to another week of Summer Family Fun! I can’t believe it’s Week #6 already– and the outpouring of games and family fun activities has been tremendous. I’m super thrilled for so many new connections and excited to see what else you have this week to share. Here are a couple of spotlights from last week’s […]