As we go into the holiday season, we want our children to not get caught up in the hustle and bustle and the “gimmes”. We can put out nativity sets, we can color pictures of Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus, but are they *really* getting it?
I love what one of my favorite bloggers does. Instead of putting presents under the tree in the weeks leading up to Christmas, she places stacks of Christmas story books on the tree skirt to encourage *reading* and immersing in the Christmas season and story.
Some of my favorite children’s Christmas books [...]
Has your American dream turned into a nightmare?
A house, a car, or even 2 or 3 cars!
A riding mower.
Stainless steel appliances.
Flat screen TV, Wii gaming system.
Swimming pool, designer landscaping.
Four wheelers, dirt bikes.
Guns, paintball, airsoft.
Dinner out several times a week.
Checkups, sick days.
Vacations in high gear.
Portable DVD player, iPad.
Paying bills, balancing checkbook.
High speed DSL, HiDef TV.
Doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom.
Taking care of pets, taking care of parents.
Shopping for Christmas, paying taxes.
As we head full swing into the holiday season, with all its hustle and bustle, it is easy to get caught up and lost in our list of things to do, our events and activities to go to. We may get so busy just going, that we don’t even realize that we are not enjoying ourselves.
In America, especially, there is huge cultural pressure to do so much. I mean, this is the Land of Opportunity! We have so many things available to us, and wouldn’t it be a shame not to take advantage of all of them? And if you live in or near [...]
Doing my research again, for my grandkids, and I came across the Rainbow Loom. Now if you look on the wrist of my grandkids at any given time, chances are you will find a bracelet or hair band or rubber band. So when I heard about the Rainbow Loom, I knew I had found a goldmine for a perfect Christmas present. And for a price under $20!
The loom uses special rubber bands that are latex-free and BPA-free. Even though they are manufactured in China, they have been tested and meet the US CPSIA and California Proposition 65 toy safety [...]
Looking for something to keep the little ones busy while you prepare for Thanksgiving this week? Or maybe want to spend some quality time crafting with them while cooking your turkey?
I have gathered just a few of the THOUSANDS of Thanksgiving craft ideas out there.
Grateful Paper Plate turkey
Grateful turkey with patterning
Paper plate turkey wreath
Thanksgiving sensory tub
Number turkey learning game
Turkey finger puppet
Painted name turkey pumpkins
In America, it seems, parents can’t wait to sign their 4 year olds up for soccer, or their 5 year olds up for cheerleading. Or, depending on the talents and desires of the parent, they may be taking tennis or golf. Maybe they join the swim team.
Don’t get me wrong, none of these things are wrong in and of themselves. Let’s just be careful that we are not burying our child’s passions and possible innate talent by gearing them towards what YOU want them to do.
When I was growing up, my parents were not involved in my life [...]
The days of summer are quickly coming upon us and I am reminded of catching fireflies and running through the neighborhood playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark as a kid.
My kids are now ages 20-31, and I know they have many of the same memories, running in the woods, playing with the neighbor kids, riding their bikes to the corner store to get ice cream.
I hope my grandkids get to have those same memories. I know my oldest tries to give her kids some freedoms and experiences that she had. It is just a different world, and even [...]
For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!
More than anything, our goal for this sale was for it to be, well… ultimate! We firmly believe that you will not find a more comprehensive collection of homemaking resources anywhere on the web, and particularly not in this price range. For this low price, you gain access to every single one of these resources, so that [...]
After coming across a conversation on Facebook by one of my sister bloggers, Christine Wolf, talking about how exhausting all the driving kids around can be, I thought I would write a post with some tips to make the most of the car time. By the other comments on the thread, it was obvious that she was not alone in her sentiments.
So how can you make the most of your time in the car? Check out these 10 tips below:
1. Learn what is going on in the lives of your children and the lives of their peers. If [...]
January is here and for many people, that means snow. Whether you live where there is snow all winter long, or where it snows frequently, or where it snows rarely, kids LOVE snow!
I thought I would share some of the most popular children’s books about snow. Most are story books, but 1 or 2 are science or art related. A good list for hitting the library!
10 fun children’s books about SNOW
1. Katy and the Big Snow: Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it [...]