Peppermint Bark

A few years ago I fell in love with Peppermint Bark. It became a staple around my house during the Holiday’s! But then, the store I use to buy it from stopped carrying it!! And if you are a lover of peppermint bark like I am, you know it is best FRESH and not that prepackaged and old kind. So I figured I would try and make it myself. I had heard it wasn’t that hard to make, and I was surprised to find out that is VERY true. Not only is it easy, it’s also even better as its much fresher! And your kids can help you with making it so it becomes a fun tradition for the whole family! Here is my easy to follow, quick, and delicious recipe for Peppermint Bark. Hope you enjoy!

Peppermint Bark


Ingredients:peppermint bark

12 ounces white chocolate (chopped up if using a chocolate bar)

6 ounces dark chocolate

1 and ½ teaspoon coconut oil

½ teaspoon peppermint extract

4 Candy Canes, crushed (can use more or less)



Place the dark chocolate and ½ teaspoon of oil into a small microwavable bowl. The key with melting chocolate in the microwave is do it slowly, don’t rush! I start out by putting it in for 15-30 second increments and stir each time until it is melted and creamy.

Once it is melted, add in ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract and stir well. Next, line an 8 inch baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour the chocolate on the pan and spread evenly. Place the pan in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, or in the freezer for 8 minutes.

Next, melt the white chocolate following the same steps as with the dark chocolate (don’t forget to use the oil!). Remember to melt it slowly so as not to burn!

Once it is melted, add in the ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract and stir. Then remove the dark chocolate from the freezer. Pour the melted white chocolate over the dark and use a spoon or spatula to even it out.

Now, crush up your candy canes! I do mine by putting them in baggies and letting my kids crush them with a rolling pin, or a plastic bowl/cup. Makes its fun for them plus a little help for me! Once the candy canes are crushed, sprinkle them over the white chocolate and return it to the fridge. Leave it in the fridge until it is hard, approximately 20-30 minutes. Once it is hardened, you can break into pieces and enjoy! Store it in the fridge and it will keep for at least 2-3 weeks!


Before Starting A Business

Many people start a business on a whim. They fell in love with the products, or they saw people making a great income and thought “hey, starting a business is a good idea!” They jump in before taking time to research the company and products, or learn more about the people they are doing business with. It’s an exciting time when you are starting a new business, but step back and think before you join!

I have seen people get burned in a business many times because they did not take the time to research it before joining. Often times that can save you a lot of money, and time! When you are new to the work from home industry though, these are things you don’t think of. If you or someone you know is thinking of starting a business, make sure not to rush in and take time to learn all you can before you join. Here are some tips I have picked up over the years.


Starting A Business

  • Is the product consumable. This is something MANY people do not think of but its VERY important! Yes jewelry and bags and clothing are pretty, but do people NEED to buy it every month? Are they going to run out of this product every month? If the product is not consumable, you will not have repeat customers each month. That means you need to go out and find new customers every single month to grow your business and that can be tough. Make sure it’s a product people will keep buying.
  • Is the product something people need. A great thing to think of when picking a product to sell. If your customer was running low on money each month, would they NEED to buy your product? If you have a personal trainer you pay and you find you have to choose between shampoo and your trainer that week, which would you choose? You would choose the product you NEED!
  • Is the product affordable  Even if your product is the BEST product in the world, if people can’t afford it, they won’t buy it! Compare your product to prices at other stores, ask your friends if they find it affordable, and research the price online. Many times companies, especially multi level marketing ones, mark a product price up to make a better profit.
  • Is the product utilizing your entire market This is something I see all the time. People will pick a product to sell that only a small percent of people use. Makeup is a great example, most women use at least 3 makeup products so you are reaching a large market. Kids toys is another example, how many of your friends have kids? Know your market and go for a product that EVERYONE would use. Toothpaste, shampoo, vitamins, etc those type of things that every person no matter age and gender, will use!
  • Is the product and company something you LOVE At the end of the day, I could care less about the thousands of dollars people make in companies. I care about a product that is safe, useful, affordable and that I would LOVE to put my name behind. Many times I see people selling a product that is dangerous or toxic and they don’t care because it’s making them a good income. Or people don’t even use the product they sell, they are just trying to make money. Be a good person! Love the product you use, stand behind it, and make sure it’s safe for others!
  • Does the company have a good reputations? The truth is you will find good and bad reviews on EVERY company out there. You can’t please everyone, but look for the general reviews. Check out the Better Business Bureau, talk to current customers, research the company. I personally know of FIVE companies being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for practices that are unethical. One of those companies is in major debt and raising prices on customers. Another is targeting women in and making false claims on incomes. One is being sued! The point is, you need to make sure the company is debt free, treats people well, and is not facing fines that could shut it down!

These are just a few things to think about before starting a business. Its great to fall in love with a product, but sometimes its better to stay a customer then jump into the business side of things. I personally love eating out, but that doesn’t mean I should open my own restaurant….I would be horrible at that haha. Research, make a pros/cons list, ask family and friends for their advice, and take your time. Never ever ever just jump into a business on a whim! Protect yourself, your finances, and your time!





Why I Work From Home

Not everyone chooses to be a work from home Mom, and I know many who tried it and did not enjoy it. But for me, it was the option that made perfect sense!!!  I’ve always been a “worker” and like to stay busy. Once I had kids though, I knew I didn’t want to miss a moment of their lives. That’s one of the BEST parts of being a work from home Mom!! I have been able to still feel like “me”, contribute to the household, and be around for my kids!

Work From Home Mom


I can work during nap time, or once they are in bed at night! I can work when my husband is home, or when the kids are in the backyard playing. I get to CHOOSE!!! I can take a few weeks off to enjoy friends visiting. I can get up early and work in the morning. I can work from my car on a family fun day while my husband drives. I get to CHOOSE! On average, I work two hours a day! Where else can you find a job that allows you to work 2 hours a day and still earn a full time income? Or pick which days you work and which days you don’t?? For me, working from home is the perfect way to balance kids, family and still earning an income!


If my kids are sick, I don’t have to worry about calling out of work! I can be with them without worrying about an angry boss! If one of my kids has something special going on at school, I can attend!! No needing to ask off or permission to come in late! I can take my kids to school each day, and be there to pick them up! I get to CHOOSE to enjoy our time on the weekend instead of rushing to get chores and errands done.

work from home mom

During their breaks from school, I get to play with them! I don’t have to rush to find a babysitter, or make them stay at day care. I get to choose fun activities for us to do each week. I get to treasure that time together. I get to be the one they are having fun with and making memories that will last a lifetime!


Yes it’s hard work, yes it takes time, yes it requires me to be consistent and boss myself around….but being able to chose when I work and never miss a moment of my kids life make its all worth it!

work from home mom

Life is all about choices, and my choice is to always have control over my schedule and working from home allows that!!! In a world where our kids grow up so fast, I’m thankful to be there for every moment they need me and to be a work from home mom!!



Christmas For Kids

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, but for many people it can be very stressful! Christmas for kids is much easier, they just worry about presents. But for the adults, they worry about buying presents, will the kids like the presents, will they play with them, what if that present sells out etc etc etc. When you ask people about the Holiday’s, stressing over finances and presents is one of the first things that comes to their mind. I’m guilty of it myself! I forget the real reason for the season and worry about what to buy my kids!

Christmas For Kids 

This Holiday, I decided to do things a bit differently! My kids are 6 1/2, 5, and 2 1/2 so they understand the fun of Christmas. The truth is though, they have tons of toys. They have toys in each of their rooms, toys in the living room, toys in their playroom, toys in my office, toys in the basement, toys in the garage….toys EVERYWHERE. I decided they could get one toy, and then we were going to focus on things they needed, things to wear, things to read and crafts! Luckily my kids love crafts and I don’t buy them toys all year round so getting just one of two, was ok by them!

Christmas For Kids

Christmas for kids should be about more than just toys. Don’t get me wrong, getting toys is great, but I want my kids to know it’s also about the birth of a baby, family, being together with those we love, and excitement!! The joy on their faces when the tree goes up. Or when we drive around to look at lights. The excitement when we watch the parade and they wait for Santa to come. The happiness when we bake cookies and take them to friends.


This year I encourage everyone not to stress over presents. The truth is most the time kids play with them for a few days then forget about them. But the memories you create, the fun you have, those things will last a lifetime! Christmas for kids should be about memories and a lifetime of feeling loved!


Christmas for kids