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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 […]

Time for Mom: A Cup of ….

Love cup

your favorite tea with honey and lemon your preferred soda pop over crushed ice with a straw (Vanilla Coke, please) strong, brewed coffee with lots of cream and sugar freshly squeezed, organic, orange juice cool water with a slice of lemon Whatever you enjoy to drink is a good mom break. Even if you just […]

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 […]

Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,and one who waters will himself be watered.– Proverbs 11:25 God’s word promises that the one who “brings blessing will be enriched.” As mothers we have ample opportunity to give, so it is such a reassurance to know that God sees what we do and that He does intend to […]

Time for Mom: Go to Sleep

Jumping on Bed

One of the biggest things that can affect my success and failure as a mom is the amount of sleep I am getting. I can’t function at my best if I am exhausted. I am slow to respond, lackadaisical, grouchy, and plain ol’ ineffective. Lately, I’ve been burning the candle on both ends: getting up […]

Remembering Romance: A Picnic for Two

heart beach

photo source: Jamie Getskow Voeltz Now that Spring is here, one fun date night idea for you and the hubby is to go on a picnic. Pack up a cooler or basket of yummy food, grab a blanket, and some cool drinks and head for your favorite park, lake, or beach. Being outside is so […]

Time for Mom

white flowers

When my first child was born, I heard from several different sources, “You have to make sure you take time for yourself.” Well, I loved being with my little boy. What I did, he did. When I scrapbooked, he learned to cut and paste. When I went shopping, it was an adventure for the both […]