Amber has called Iowa home all her life. She and her husband Jeremy live on an acreage just south of Traer where they raise their 6 blue eyed, blonde haired babes. Amber is a stay at home mama to 3 girls ages 12, 9, & 4 and 3 boys ages 2,1, & 7 months. Amber earned an AAS in Early Childhood Education at Hawkeye Community College. She also spent 9 years in the Iowa Army National Guard. Amber is always busy attending Redhawk sporting events, 4­H meetings, teaching RE classes at St. Paul, reading stories, playing house, cooking, feeding various animals, & running around after her kids. In her spare time (ha!) she likes to can produce out of the huge garden her husband plants every year, read a book to the end, watch a good movie (that she normally falls asleep in the middle of) and spend time with Jeremy, which is normally at Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling Meets! Go Hawks!

Memorial Day: What It Means to Me

Memorial Day is a day observed in May to remember those who’ve died in active military service. It’s not a day to thank a vet for their service, but a day to remember those who gave...

Homemade Laundry Detergent: An Easy, Money-Saving Recipe

Want to save money & have clean clothes? Try out the homemade laundry detergent I use for my family of eight! Any questions I can answer for you? With a family of eight, we've probably...

Homemade Salsa and Tortilla Chips: 11 Tasty Recipes to Try

SALSA!!! It's that time of year when the tomatoes and peppers are in abundance! Here are some of my favorite salsa recipes. Some of these recipes are canning recipes. You can can them as...
Welcome Summer! A Last Day of School Surprise Party

Welcome Summer! A Last Day of School Surprise Party

I count the days down to summer just like a kid. I'm so excited to hang out with my kids this summer! I enjoy being around my kids and know that the days are...

7 Reasons I Love Small Town Living

I lived in a “suburb” of Waterloo, Iowa for almost nine years of my life. Between my 2nd and 3rd grade year, my parents bought a house in Traer, a small town 30 miles...

Happy National Pancake Day! History, Recipes, and Freebies!

Happy National Pancake Day! Learn a little about the incredible pancake, share some delicious recipes, and find out where to get a FREE pancake on this sweet holiday! The History of the Pancake Do you know...
chicken meals recipes

1 Chicken, 2 Easy Meals! Family Recipes You’ll Love

I cook a whole chicken any time we need chicken for a meal. (We raise and butcher our own chickens and we have a growing family, so I prefer to cook a whole chicken.)...

The Last Teen In America Without a Smartphone

Smart phones. Nearly every woman, man, teenager, child, and dog has one. Okay, maybe not the dog, but you get my point. Smartphones are everywhere and used everyday. Mine recently took a “vacation” to...

How to Make A Will In 4 Easy Steps

Writing a will isn’t exactly a task everyone wants to do. Thinking about a future where you no longer exist is difficult, especially if you have children. My husband, Jeremy, and I just accomplished...

Our Top 7 Reasons We Are a 4-H Family

When my husband, Jeremy, and I had children old enough to join a club, we discussed a couple of different options. We ended up deciding that 4-H would be best fit for our family...