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Frugal Friday: Get a Cardboard Box

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we don’t have to spend a lot of money to entertain children. I remember a mentor mom once telling me about “creative boredom.” If the kids don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, they’ll find things to do. How true it is! One frugal activity […]

Family Fun: 5 Eco-Friendly Kids Books

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I was kind of curious if I actually owned any children’s books that spoke about the environment. I found a handful that have really benefited our reading and thinking times. Wonderful Worms features delightful illustrations as it explains the process by which earthworms move earth and transform matter into enriched soil. Great to combine with […]

Family Fun: Earth-Friendly Flicks

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We love movie night around here. Usually, we get everyone in jammies first since someone inevitably falls to sleep before the film is over. Then, FishBoy11 takes charge of the popcorn making. We hunker down on the sofas and enjoy a movie together. The following are videos that we’ve all enjoyed over the years. While […]

Baking with Children: 4 Great Read Alouds

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One thing that I’ve loved to do since my oldest was a toddler is to read books that follow some kind of theme. This has carried over into our homeschooling as well. The books that we read in any given week all fit some overarching theme. I’ve found that this helps reinforce concepts and ideas […]

DIY Backyard Toys

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I’ve been the mom of toddlers for about ten years or so. In my earlier years I wanted my child to have the very best of everything. What mom doesn’t? But, back then, I thought “best of everything” meant brand new and expensive. I didn’t know that, richer or poorer, kids really don’t need much […]

Family Fun: Visit Your Library

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This is my son. This is my son high on books. Yes, our kids love to read. It is such a blessing. I remember not too long ago when my eldest and I would cry – both of us – over the process of learning to read. Not so anymore. The last two have practically […]

Family Fun: 6 Classic Flicks

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Since we don’t watch TV, except for football and Food Network, a main form of entertainment at our house is movie-watching. It’s rare that we go to the cinema, but we love videos. We usually check them out for free from the library, pop a few bowls of popcorn, and snuggle up on the couches […]

Three in One

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Legend has it that Patrick used the shamrock as an illustration of the Holy Trinity, One God in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Whether or not he used this plant, it’s true that he spent his life sharing about the God he loved. He was kidnapped as a boy. A boy who did […]