Book It! Christmas from the Heart of the Home

Years ago I came across a cookbook that was as beautiful to look at as the recipes were delicious to eat. Its pages are now tattered and stained, as all good cookbooks should be. The author, Susan Branch quickly became one of my favorites. A self-taught artist, she captures on paper simple and quaint images, […]

Preschool Play: Christmas Stories

Long, long ago, in a time when I only had one child, I visited a friend’s home at Christmastime and was amazed at her collection of children’s Christmas picture books. Though I had always been a voracious reader and loved buying books for our son, I had never thought of creating a holiday collection. What […]

Book It! Celebrate Simply (and a Giveaway!)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Last year was a pretty tight year financially for us. As I mentioned before, we realized some new ways of thinking about money which have really benefited our family. We learned to cut back and get by with less. And life has proven to be just as rich and full as […]

Book It! The Hidden Art of Homemaking

One of my favorite books of all time is Edith Schaeffer’s The Hidden Art of Homemaking. It is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to add beauty to his or her life. There are chapters addressing many areas of life that welcome creative expression: music, painting, writing, interior decorating, flower arrangements, clothing, and my favorites: […]

Book It! Houseworks

I found a great, all-purpose, get-your-act, or at least your house, together, kind of book. It’s called, Houseworks: Cut the Clutter, Speed the Cleaning, and Calm the Chaos by Cynthia Townley Ewer. Talk about a great find! Mrs. Ewer is affectionately known as CEO on the website, Organized Home. It stands for Cynthia Ewer, Organized. […]

Book It! Queen of the Castle

Recently the book, Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker, fell into my hands. It is aptly subtitled, “52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker.” Well, what mom doesn’t need encouragement, inspiration, domestic training or a shot in the arm? (Really, SuperMom does not exist, and we […]

Preschool Play: Story Stretchers

Since my mother is a college professor, a specialist in Early Childhood Education, a former kindergarten teacher, and a Child Psychology major, you can bet that my growing up years were filled with all sorts of “developmentally appropriate” activities. (And yet, I still turned out kinda wierd. Anyway….) One of the great things about having […]

TGIF: Create Great Art!

Friday nights are a great time to do something relaxing and creative with the family. Sometimes you might choose to veg in front of a movie, but a planned craft or art project can be really fun as well. If you are a mom of young children and haven’t seen the Little Hands series of […]