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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

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

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