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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

The Star Movie

November 10, 2017

My husband and I are part of a generation where, growing up, holiday cartoons and animated specials were a traditional part of the season. As children, we watched anything that television-land offered up as “holiday” fare. Now, as adults… we have a somewhat different take. Holiday shows and movies are still important to us (and to … Read more

Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition

November 8, 2017

Scroll down to enter to win a free copy of The ESV Illuminated Bible.   Absolutely beautiful. This is a fabulous gift Bible. The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by artist Dana Tanamachi. Key features: ESV translation. Brief history of illustrated manuscripts. I think … Read more

Zoozie LA

November 1, 2017

Last month, I got an email from Zoozie LA asking me to check out their (really amazing) palazzo pants and consider reviewing them. After checking them out on Amazon, I realized this probably wouldn’t work. The designs are really incredible, but that’s the problem. I have a short inseam, and pants are always too long. The palazzo … Read more

Same Kind of Different as Me – Movie Trailer and Ticket Giveaway!

October 6, 2017

Early this year, I shared with you my review of Same Kind of Different as Me for Kids – If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, it’s a wonderful book for children that shares some difficult circumstances of Denver’s life, and the story of how he grew up and became close … Read more

Lumpy Cubes

September 23, 2017

Lumpy Cubes is a super-simple and quick to learn game that just might be the ticket for your kids. It comes with a deck of cards. And four sets of cubes. The cubes? They’re not flat. In fact, you might say they’re lumpy. The idea is easy: Each player chooses a color. Next, the deck is shuffled … Read more

Patterns of Evidence

August 28, 2017

Patterns of Evidence is a new, intriguing release. Filmmaker Tim Mahoney took over a decade to create this documentary that investigates the Biblical Exodus from a scientific approach. Mahoney’s goal was to take a balanced approach, and leave the audience to decide for themselves the truth about the Biblical account. In our household, we encouage discussions from … Read more

Changes on the horizon.

August 15, 2017

Hm. I don’t think they’re that far (as far as the horizon) away. Speaking of away, I’ve been away. Not physically, but away from here. We had a lot of drama (health issues, work issues – my husband and I have christened 2017 The Year of Many Things, and are quite gleefully aware that we are more than halfway … Read more

And away we go…

August 14, 2017

This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure here. This. This is why we started homeschooling. I’ve shared before – our family did not begin homeschooling for the same reasons many other families do (although we enjoy those benefits). When we made the decision to homeschool (which isn’t the same as making the decision … Read more

Phonics Museum

August 3, 2017

Phonics Museum is a fun, engaging app designed to introduce children to beginning reading skills while having fun. We don’t currently have a child this age, so I created a child, Rose, to “play” the game. Parents can add multiple children, so each child’s progress is tracked separately. The avatar choice selection is odd – … Read more

Crazy Making

April 28, 2014

Three kids (all boys, yes, it matters), one large dog.Two frazzled adults. It’s not really that bad. (Except when it rained and the roof leaked… yeah, that was a rough patch.) Tiny houses are the trend, I know. But it does force your hand to make the best use of space. We’re making it work. Not the … Read more

Making hay

April 25, 2014

Well, not hay. Lettuce. Dinero. FRNs. The stuff to pay the bills. My husband works outside the home, but I work from home, running our small business. Mostly, it goes pretty smooth. Mostly. Here’s the thing: ordering, receiving, processing and shipping product gets a little complicated when you have very limited living space.  Like when you’re living … Read more

outdoor classroom

April 23, 2014

An RV can start to feel really small if you spend too much time in it.  Especially with five people. And a dog. A big dog. So, since the weather’s warmed up a bit, on nice days, we’re outside all day. Here’s a look at today’s “school/work/living room.” What you can’t … Read more

April 22nd, 2014

April 22, 2014

Whoa. This is an awesome post (um, the link below, not mine right now). Usually, I’m pretty jaded by lists of ways to save money. Maybe I’ve read too many. Many I’m just naturally too cheap thrifty.  But this one lived up to its title. Thanks, Parsimonious Princess. Another 100 Painless Ways to Live Frugally

Made it

April 15, 2014

To the library, that is. Maybe that’s not a big deal to you, but let me tell you. You see, we’re a BIG book family. We have hundreds of books in storage right now (they just won’t fit in the RV). Yes, we have some there, as well as four electronic book reading devices. For … Read more

So, yeah, we’re camping

April 4, 2014

SIGH. At least we’re not in a tent (I would SO not be on board for that). We’re in a 29′ travel trailer. It’s working okay for now – it’ll work a LOT better when spring truly arrives (as I type wearing a turtle neck, hoodie, my husband’s chamois shirt, two pair of socks, and … Read more

How’d we get here?

March 27, 2014

To Birmingham? Or to this lifestyle? How we got to Birmingham: This one’s easy. My husband took full time work with a firm here. This lifestyle: That’s a little more complicated. But let’s try for the Readers’ Digest version. My husband’s work has often called for travel, sometimes long-term, sometimes short-term, sometimes very short notice. WE got … Read more

Yeah, we’re that family.

March 26, 2014

Let’s just get it all out up front. We homeschool. Uh-huh. That means, almost every day, our kids are around 24/7.  It’s really okay.  We have dinner together almost every single night. Actually, I’m the one who’s absent (once a month, I have a dinner meeting – but the rest of the crew eats together). Even … Read more