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Best Job Ever! free printable

Do you love words as much as I do? I am such a word-nerd. I’m awed by how much meaning can be conveyed in one little word or phrase. Whether it’s scripture, a line from a favorite hymn, an age-old quote, or your favorite phrase, just hang some words on your wall and you have meaningful art. 😉 (Read about easy, meaningful, one-of-a-kind art in this contributor post.) Last week, I shared my heart for the job we do as full-time mamas.  It is a joy and a privilege.  But it…

Free Sunshine Printable

“You are my sunshine…my only sunshine…You make me happy…when skies are gray… You’ll never know dear…how much I love you…Please don’t take…my sunshine away…” This song takes me back.  As in, back to kindergarten.  Amazing how something so small and simple can transport you across the years that way.  It’s also something I’ve sung to all my babies, as I’m sure most of you have.  Aaaand I have a little niece who is quite…

Children and Chores

This weekend I’m sharing a guest post for my friend, Keri, on her blog ONE MAMA’S DAILY DRAMA.  We all have our share of drama, don’t we? 😉  Head over and check out this idea on dealing with Children and Chores, that might make your day just a little bit easier!   &nbsp…

20 Alternatives to TV for Kids!

Your hands are busily trying to finish dinner without burning it, it’s the baby’s fussy time, the phone is ringing, you have a long list of to-do’s, and your mind is occupied with all of these things, while your other kiddos whine that there is “nothing to doooooo.”  After a couple of rejected suggestions you may find yourself saying, “I don’t know…just do something!” Does this scenario sound familiar?  It may or may not be a composite of personal experience. 😉 In times like these, it…

Consequence Chart

Happy Summer, Moms and Kids! To help your summer get off to a fantastic start, I wanted to share with you a little tool I use.  It’s a Consequence Chart, and if you’re anything like me, it’ll be a great way for you to have more fun and less stress this summer…and all year ’round. For all the details, come visit me at Busy Mom’s Helper, where I’m contributing today, and don’t forget to share some ideas of your own for smooth sailing this summer…

Adventures for Kids, Without Doing a Thing

It’s about that time again… when we can all kick up our feet and relax a little. You know, in between gardening (I’m really good at growing weeds), beach-going, spring cleaning (yes, I do mine in the summer), and finishing all those projects I have lined up. My kids have big summer plans, and I’m sure yours do, too. But just in case you have some down time, or the occasional rainy day… I have something really fun to share with you! We discovered Adventures in Odyssey when my oldest was…

Homeschooling: Little Entrepreneurs

Guess what?   A few days ago, my daughter made this cute little bunny and I thought it was the perfect thing to welcome spring. Also, I was amazed at her cleverness.  No pattern or tutorial, just her imagination and creativity. Last year, the girls learned to crochet in art class, and it has become a favorite thing for them to do… like making these teeny tiny Barbie purses…   and keeping all the dolls well-dressed. They have been enjoying making things to wear…     to share…     and now to sell! They…

Who IS Patrick, anyway?

If you wear a clover today, you might want to make sure it has 3 leaves, instead of 4, if you want to be true to the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ve never read about the real Patrick, of whom the day speaks, it is one exciting story.  I thought I would share a bit of it here today, by quoting an excerpt from our favorite history book, The Mystery of History (Vol. II): “Patrick was born in England in 389.  (He was not Irish as most people would think!)  His parents were…

Growing Up is Hard to Do

My children are at different ages,  different stages but all with one thing in common… they’re growing up and growing up is hard to do. While we would all like to revisit yesteryear once in a while, growing up is something most people wouldn’t want to do over- because it’s hard work… skinned knees broken hearts hurt feelings and tough decisions. That’s the big one. And the bigger you get, so do the decisions. I tell my children that’s the way they know they are getting closer to…

The Original Valentine

You know I love books, right? And history. And learning of all kinds. I pretty much try to make a learning experience out of everything. Even holidays. I told you how much I loved connections. Holidays are a perfect opportunity for making connections. In the midst of the candy-buying, valentine-writing, and heart-making, you might just wonder why in the world you’re doing all of this… or more likely, your children ask you something like…Mom, why do we do this anyway? Bam.  Instant teaching opportunity. Share with them the story of St. Valentine…