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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

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

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