Tag: children

Natural Peanut Butter Tips and Tricks

Have you made the switch to natural peanut butter? We used Jif for years and years, but once we started making the switch to a real food lifestyle I was horrified to see what was in it! I guess I used to believe that the stuff on the shelf  was exactly what it was supposed


“Carry On, Warrior” Giveaway!

As part of the Messy Beautiful Project, I received a copy of Glennon Doyle Melton’s Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life to give away here on the blog! If you are not familiar with Glennon, you should most definitely check out her blog Momastery. It is sure to make you


Best Kids Books- Ages NB-3

Next in my Books for Kids series is my favorite books for the really small angels in your life. It is never too early to begin introducing your little ones to books, in fact we started reading to Luke while he was still in the womb! I’ve compiled our favorite board books and authors, check


Entitlement

A few weeks ago at school, there was an award ceremony for a reading program they did for grades 1-3. First graders had to read 800 minutes, second graders had to read 1000 minutes, and third graders 1200. The children had five weeks to do it, the minutes had to be read outside of school,


Our Favorite Learning Toys and Games- Ages 5-8

Earlier in the week I wrote a post on our favorite learning toys for toddlers and preschool children, so I thought I’d write something about the toys and games we use for Luke as well. I never realized how educational something as simple as a board game could be until Luke was old enough to


Reading Level Correlation Chart!

For the past year or so, I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how some books are listed in Scholastic. I know it isn’t their fault that there are many different leveled reading programs used in school systems, but it can be confusing when books are listed with something that you aren’t familiar with. Our current and


How Much is Too Much?

Luke is mad at me. At least I think he is. He would never outright say he was mad, that’s just not in his nature, but I can tell. Right now he is playing indoor soccer and basketball. The week after those end, he starts baseball. When he asked if he could play tennis all


When Did I Become “Just a Mom”?

I quit my job in February of 2011. I cannot believe that I haven’t worked in 3 years! In some ways it seems like just yesterday that I became a stay-at-home mom, but in others I feel so far removed from the workforce that it seems I was never really there. But when did I


Valentine’s Day Heart Suncatchers

I have seen things floating around Pinterest using Borax to make crystals, so I thought I’d try it myself. This activity was super easy and the results were great! The kids really enjoy looking at them hanging in the kitchen window. One word of caution, do the pouring of the Borax yourself, I’m not sure


5 Money Saving Tips for New Moms

I have a very good friend who is pregnant right now with her first child. That had me thinking how completely clueless I was when I had Luke. I spent a fortune on things I didn’t need to, and didn’t have things that I now couldn’t imagine living without. So this post is for the