Advent Traditions for Kids


Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids.Advent is an excellent time to share with your kids the joy […]

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Our European Vacation: Brittany and Mont Saint Michel

Mont St Michel trim

This fall we spent a month abroad where we visited London, Paris, and a handful of cities in Western France. We explored, rested, and learned a ton about ourselves and the world. This is the fourth installment of our European adventure. If you missed it, go to the beginning here. We come now to a difficult point in […]

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Make Thanksgiving Special with Activities for Kids

Tgiving fun for kids

Make your kids and young guests feel special with some Thanksgiving fun geared towards them. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays if not the one at the top of the list. There’s plenty of good food, a chance to catch up with folks you haven’t seen in awhile, and — for kids — […]

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Booking It: November Update – Best Books of 2014


This month we’re reviewing the best books we read in 2014. Booking It is an online book club where we share the good reads we’ve found in the previous month. We’ve found that over the years we’ve discovered some great new books thanks to this monthly book share. Carrie and Anne are my fellow bookworms and help round out […]

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5 Ways to Help You Be More Content This Holiday Season

How to Be More Content This Holiday Season

Check out these five ways to be more content this holiday season — no matter your income.

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The Weekly Ramble

real life in my kitchen

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. On Monday I woke up to a pristine white counter. See above. FishPapa removed the grout on one section of the kitchen counter and replaced it with bright white. Oh my! It’s like my soul has been cleansed! Keeping white grout clean has never been one […]

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Redeeming Tyndale Rewards and an Advent Giveaway (CLOSED)

Tyndale Rewards

The following post is sponsored by Tyndale Rewards. Tyndale Rewards is a great way to earn free books and Bibles to give as gifts this Christmas. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: Julie_d_schafer@ November and December are interesting months. The voices of frugality, consumerism, fantasy, indulgence, faith, and goodwill to men all clamor to be […]

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How to Make Good on Black Friday Sales

black friday sales

Black Friday can be a blessing or a curse. A lot of it depends on your attitude and your plan. I look around my house at all the stuff we have and I think, we really need nothing. Nothing. My kids do not need new toys and games. There are already five million books in […]

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