Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and four {almost five} kiddos. She writes about her family life at jonahbonah. When she isn’t chasing children you can find her behind her sewing machine or her camera. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Melissa Hillier

Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and five kiddos. She writes about her family life at jonahbonah. When she isn’t chasing children you can find her behind her sewing machine or her camera. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

5 DIY Chore Charts for Kids

Every year I feel the need to re-assess the current chore assignments, or the chore charts, in our home. With five kids, if done correctly, our family could have a tidy home on a daily basis.  Of course, I keep all of our chores age appropriate. My twelve-year-old does things like cleaning the bathrooms and starting laundry, where as my seven-year-old works on his bedroom or sweeping off the back porch. I also don't want to overwhelm them. Each child has 1-2 chores per day. In the last couple of weeks, I've been on the lookout for a chore chart that would be both easy to follow AND fun for the kids. I've come across a few that I think are both practical and fun. I think you'll agree. /1/ Family Photo Magnetic Chore Chart - Create magnet tags with chores and place them on or near the … [Read more...]

16 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

Do you remember the excitement you felt when you were a kid as you carried a goody bag into the classroom filled with homemade Valentine's Day cards for all of your school friends? You surely had butterflies as you passed each card out to your classmates...and maybe that little boy you had a crush on. Homemade Valentine's Day cards have come a long way. When we were kids we gave cut out construction paper cards or store bought cards with our favorite cartoon character of the decade {Garfield and New Kids on the Block were my faves!}. Today I've got sixteen DIY ideas that are super fun!!! From preschool age to big kid, there is sure to be one your child will love to make for his class. /1/ Fish Bowl Valentine's Card - You could fill this cute Valentine with Swedish Fish or Goldfish, … [Read more...]

9 Winning Super Bowl Party Recipes

A Super Bowl party isn't complete without a variety of tasty appetizers and desserts. Today I’ve rounded up nine of my favorite touchdown-worthy, crowd-pleasing recipes. Everyone who shows up to root for the team will have something yummy to fill their tummy. /1/ Jack Daniels Whiskey Grilled Wings -  No football party is complete without wings. Give the traditional buffalo wings a break and give these a go. /2/ Honey-Balsamic BBQ Meatballs - Meatballs are a staple party food in my home. This recipe looks so sweet and sticky. YUM! /3/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bacon - Everyone loves bacon. This recipe gives it such a sweet twist! /4/ Pizza Dip - I love a good dip. Ooey-gooey, cheesy pizza dip is a perfect Super Bowl party dish! /5/ Creamy Baked Double Cheese … [Read more...]

11 Lovely Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas

We're entering the season of LOVE. Do you decorate for Valentine's Day? Of course, I don't decorate quite like I do for Christmas or Halloween, but I do love to hang a few hearts and add splashes of red and pink here and there. It's fun! Today I've gathered 11 ideas to get you started. /1/ Heart Doily Decoration - Do you have a favorite spot in your home? Show it how much you love it with a few strands of heart doily garland. /2/ Embellished Mason Jar - Something tells me you've got a few Mason jars lying around. Simply add a heart shaped doily a bright heart and wrap it bakers twine. Easy-peasy! /3/ Felt Heart Trees - Trees are no longer only for Christmas decor. Fancy up a few styrofoam trees with felt hearts and you've got yourself a Valentine's Day … [Read more...]

14 DIY Heart Crafts That Say Love

January is nearly over. Can you believe that? If you haven't already, it's time to decorate the house for LOVE! Valentine's Day is just a few short weeks away. I've gathered fourteen heart crafts that will get you started, for sure! /1/ Heart String Art - Make a heart OR your initial! /2/ Crochet Heart Pillow - Do you crochet? Here's a simple tutorial on how to make a pillow. /3/ Heart Mobile  - This mobile will be fun in any color scheme you choose. Hang it in the kitchen or in the baby's room. It's perfect for year 'round. [sc:adsense ] /4/ Paper Heart Garland - This is a great craft to get the kids involved in. I mean, it involves glue sticks. They'll LOVE it! /5/ "That's Amore" Heart Napkins - Send the kids to a babysitter and have a romantic dinner for two with your … [Read more...]

10 Slow Cooker Recipes that WOW

Sometimes it's nice to have dinner taken care of early in the day so you can simply enjoy your family at the end of a long day. Today I'll give you ten recipes that will taste as amazing as they look. Wouldn't it be nice to come home to this amazing dish after a hard day at the office? This recipe is not only good for tonight's dinner but, you can freeze a batch for next week too. It's a win-win! Roasted vegetables are normally tricky. Kate shows us how easy they can be in the slow cooker. Serve warm over rice or chill your roasted veggies and serve over a bed of lettuce. Taco Night is a quick and easy meal most any time. After all, you can brown and season the meat the evening before. The meal falls short at the canned refried beans. Alaska from Scratch gives us a … [Read more...]