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How to clean your oven – in minutes!

How on earth do ovens get so dirty? I get that sometimes we spill or a dish might bubble over, but the door? Why does the door need to collect anything and everything that goes inside the oven?

I have tried SO MANY CLEANERS over the years trying to get my oven to look even remotely clean. I tried using the self cleaning option using the recommended method for our exact model. I tried the baking soda and vinegar method. I tried heavier duty cleaners that left me with a headache and a stinky house. No thanks!

I knew there had to be a better way out there so I did the hard work for you to make sure that this is the method that will work with astonishing results and none of the chemical headaches from harsher cleaners.

My Completely Honest Review of the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Spring has sprung and with it our desire to whip our homes into shape after keeping them closed up all winter. Ultimate Bundles knows this and wants to help you make homemaking easier. Each spring they introduce a new Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and today is the day it is open for purchase!

This review is going to go over the nitty gritty of what the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is and how it can help (or not help) you. I want this to be an honest review so I’ll be covering who this bundle is for, who shouldn’t buy it, my favorite products, and my final impressions.

Pepperoni Pizza Twists {recipe}

These Pepperoni Pizza Twists might be a kid-approved dinner, but parents will love how easy it is to customize to everyone’s tastes! Use homemade pizza dough or your favorite store bought brand in a pinch. Serve with warm pizza or marinara sauce and some veggies for a dinner everyone will love.

Update on 2019 Goals – March

Once again a month flew by. It didn’t help that we faced multiple winter storms that seemed to wipe days off the calendar as we watched them approach. And by we I mean both the collective “we” of the area and me – Micah does not watch the weather the way I do. I have some weird fascination with watching radar and knowing the forecast 🙈

But now we seem to be inching toward spring. Our snow mountains are shrinking and we can actually see [wet, muddy] grass showing up in random patches. I’ve even gone outside in short sleeves to get the mail and haven’t turned into a Katie-cicle! I’m ready for flowers, bike rides, and chalk drawings in outfits that don’t include heavy coats and frozen fingers.

Large Family Grocery Budget: How we feed our family of 7 for under $400/month

The family grocery budget wasn’t really a conversation I ever had with my parents growing up. I remember cutting coupons with my mom and her envelope that she brought to the store. I remember treating grocery shopping like a treasure hunt for the items on the coupons. But the actual numbers? Those were never talked about.

Now that I’m a mom, my kids probably think I spend too much time talking about our grocery budget! I want them to understand that the food we costs money and that in order for our overall budget to work and allow me to stay at home with them, we need to pay attention to what we spend as a family on our groceries. I want them to leave our home knowing how to plan meals, make a grocery list, and budget appropriately.

But how do we get to the point of creating not only a meal plan and grocery list, but also a reasonable family grocery budget?

Free Printable Spring Bingo

To bring a little spring into our lives, we are playing Spring Bingo! My kids love bingo games and while I’m sure they would be perfectly happy playing Christmas Bingo all year round, I wanted something a little more seasonally appropriate. It’s filled with images of birds, insects, flowers, fresh veggies, and springtime activities so we can at least imagine what it would be like to go outside without forty layers 😉

Spending and saving your tax return wisely (so you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse)

It’s tax return time and some people are getting back less than past years or needing to pay in, others are seeing returns that are larger than expected. It’s easy to get dollar bill signs floating in our eyes and want to go buy ALL THE THINGS!

But hold on!

Before you go on a spending spree at Target or Amazon, or book that dream vacation, take a look at this list of ideas of how to spend your tax return wisely, so you aren’t regretting your purchases when the rose colored glasses come off.