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.

10 Amazing Things You Can Do With Lemons

When life hands you lemons...get creative!Lemons aren't just for lemonade. You can cook, bake, decorate, and even craft with lemons. Of course, lemonade is still a thirst-quenching option. Today you will get a sampling of each of these ideas. There's something here for everyone to try!/1/ Chai-Spiced Triple Citrus Tea is sure to quench your thirst on a hot summers day./2/ Hosting a summer barbecue? A slice of Meyer Lemon Cheesecake will be the perfect finish to dinner on the back patio./3/ You just may have the ingredients needed to create this invigorating Lemon Rosemary Bath Salt scrub in your kitchen pantry./4/ Did somebody say pound cake? {Nom.} This Meyer Lemon Pound Cake is both beautiful and tasty./5/ Too hot in your neck of the woods to turn on the … [Read more...]

Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you'll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning!/1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad - This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you're someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you!/2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad - This salad would be beautiful on a plate with Simple Skillet Cooked Salmon or a roasted chicken dish./3/ Greek Green Bean Salad - Need a light and tasty dish to take to your next potluck? Voila! This green bean salad will be … [Read more...]

9 Fun and Easy St Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Having five kids forces me to get creative with keeping them busy each day. One of my most favorite ways to do that is to have them help me with decorating the house for each holiday. We decorate for Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas and even St. Patrick's Day! Why would you NOT add a few rainbows around your home to help brighten your day? {Trust me, they'll make you smile!}Today I have 9 St. Patrick's Day crafts that you can do with your kids that will have your home leprechaun ready in no time! And, there's even a couple crafts for gift-giving and wearing./1/ Rainbow Pots O' Gold - A simple terra cotta pot, a rainbow of paint colors and a bag of candy will make the perfect gift or table place setting!/2/ Lucky Clover Patch - Make this craft now and add a clover each … [Read more...]

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...]