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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

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


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

Transplant Day

April 30, 2014

This past Saturday, we went to the Earth Day event at the Birmingham Community. They gave out seedlings to the kids who Today was transplant day. Not from the Community Gardens event but a pic of our first fruit — the first ripe strawberry! … Read more

Homemade. RV Made. You know what I mean.

April 29, 2014

Annnnnd I got the couch cleared off. Mostly. It’s cleared except for the items I daren’t ignore, which means they are now front and center to be dealt with.

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