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Bring Back Dinner!

September 22, 2018

  Table of Contents The Benefits of Eating Together. 4 Develop Closer Relationships. 4 Eat Healthier in Realistic Portions. 4 Your Kids Will Do Better in School 4 Everyone Will Generally Be Happier & Healthier. 4 You’ll Save a Lot of Money. 5 Eating Together Reduces Stress. 5 You’ll Improve Everyone’s Communication Skills. 5 It’s … Read more

Upcoming Movie Release: 150th Anniversary of Little Women!

September 20, 2018

As techy as we are, in our home we really love family classic literature – both in book form and in large and small screens. We’re totally hooked on When Calls the Heart, and await each new season with anticipation (and then binge watch to the end). You might not think so, but all three of our … Read more

Wild Dash!

July 3, 2018

I’m excited to share another game from RoosterFin: Wild Dash. Wild Dash is a card game… and a dice game… and it’s nothing like any card or dice game you’ve played before. Player are dealt five cards. Each card is either a racer or a booster. We all know that not all racers are created equal: your avergae … Read more

Use Magnets for Your Teaching Props?

May 25, 2018

I got these magnets on Amazon from AULife (you can check them out here if you like – and that’s not an affiliate link). These have been – simply put – great. They are super strong like the neodymium magnets I’d been using. However, these were larger and (no small issue) the price was very reasonable. … Read more

Flashcards for teaching on – and off – line

May 25, 2018

If you’ve been a reader on here any length of time, you know that we’re a work-at-home, homeschooling family. Last autumn, I started something I never thought I’d do – teaching children online. Now, I started working as a school teacher almost 30 years ago (crazy!) and this is our eleventh year as homeschoolers. And … Read more

Capturing Family Memories

May 25, 2018

Our family  – all five of us – avidly study taekwondo. We may not be Olympic material, but we have a great time and learn a ton. Our school has a strong emphasis on personal best and community development. And they manage to make every little thing a ton of fun! Last year, our dojang had … Read more

Get Dinner on the Table in 30 Minutes — or Less!

February 15, 2018

Whether you’re a working mom, single dad, parent who works from home or stay at home parent, there’s no doubt that keeping up with day to day responsibilities can be a challenge. With plans constantly in flux due to over-communication and over-scheduling, it’s getting more difficult to stay on top of things like dinner prep. … Read more

Family Honor Plate

December 4, 2017

I received a complimentary Family Honor Plate for reviewing purposes. The Family Honor Plate is a wonderful gift for a family! We received ours last month, and saved it for Thanksgiving Day, when we gathered with extended family. The Family Honor Plate is meant to be a tool to help get out children thinking about … Read more

May the FAITH Be With You Holy Bible

November 22, 2017

The other day, we got a surprise. This was in our mailbox: Now, I didn’t order this, nor did I request to write a review of it. Sometimes, it’s fun to get surprised like this in the mail. This time, though, I’ll admit – I was skeptical. I suspected some commercialization… I’m always hesitant to … Read more

Adored 365 Devotions for Young Women

November 15, 2017

Scroll down to enter to win a free copy of Adored 365 Devotions of your own! Really great devotional. It’s targeted for young ladies in their teens, from the look, but I have to admit: this devotional appeals a great deal to this very busy middle aged working mom. The illustrations are lovely – they … Read more

(Mostly) Homemade

June 9, 2014

As I prepared today I realized the centerpiece was food we produced. Homegrown cherry tomatoes with mayo on homemade rye bread, tortilla chips (not homemade, but organic, does that count for something?), and a cookie (NOT organic). Not bad for having been here less than three months, that we were able to make the sandwiches … Read more

Down and Out

May 29, 2014

I felt like I’ve been away for eons. Sorry. Actually, I was sick. No big deal, right? Just a virus.  Well, let me tell you — a virus that you don’t pay proper homage to can come back and smack you in the head. I’m on the mend now, but am humbly in acknowledgement of … Read more

Loss and Rebuilding

May 22, 2014

The aftermath. Well, drat.Until yesterday, we had some amazing zucchini plants growing. Two, in a container. Yesterday, I confirmed they’d contracted yellow squash mosaic virus. I’ve been through this before — in Texas, one summer, the zucchini came down with this. It came later in the season, and didn’t spread to the other curcurbits. It’s … Read more


May 13, 2014

I’m really impressed by the sun here. It’s quite intense.  In Texas, we had very hot summers. You just get used to the idea that it will be, solidly, over 100 degrees for weeks (that’s right, not days) on end.  But wowzers, here, the temps are still lovely, but you better … Read more

Just Once, I’d like Things to Go According to the Plan

May 10, 2014

But there are those days when absolutely nothing goes according to plan. When everything I touch, it’s like I’m some sort of inverse Midas. Days when, if I typed up a list of what happened, you’d be like:  “That’s some really bad Facebook meme someone dreamed up.” But days like these are YET ANOTHER reason … Read more


May 9, 2014

Future cantaloupe Almost ready. So many berries from this one tiny pot. LOTS of tomatoes on deck. We’ll be feasting in a week or two.

City Day

May 7, 2014

The boys and I spent the afternoon in downtown Birmingham yesterday. We watched firefighters train with the ladder truck. That is a ladder truck, right…? We stopped to read this monument to confederate soldiers and sailors. As usual, we hit the library. This trip, … Read more


May 4, 2014

My son had some nopal (prickly pear) cactus he started from cuttings he got from a friend’s farm. When it was time to move, I just couldn’t figure how to transport the potted cacti, but he had the idea to just take cuttings again. So, the cuttings spent a few days in a bucket, and … Read more


May 2, 2014

Someone is very excited that his sugar snap pea is sprouting.

I Gotta Get Outta This Place

May 1, 2014

photo credit: therangonagin via photopin cc No, it’s not what you think. It’s living in an RV during two days, erm, nights of tornado warnings. Of your phone lighting up with the message SEEK SHELTER NOW. Of sitting in the shelter, and every time a new alert is issues, hearing everyone’s phone go off. Of … Read more