Family Craft: Hand-painted Mugs

Family craft - hand-painted mugs

By Stacy, Contributing Writer When the cold days of winter seem to drag on, a family craft can be a welcome distraction. Yes, crafts can be messy, and even a little chaotic, but the act of working together to create something beautiful is fun and fulfilling (as long as you keep things fairly simple). Besides being simple, the nice thing about making hand-painted mugs is that the end product is useful and not just clutter (which, let’s face it, some crafts are)! How to paint […]

25 Chores Your 2-4 Year-Old Should Be Doing (And How To Get Him/Her To Work)

25 Chores Your 2-4 year olds should be doing!

Curious what chores your toddler or preschooler can do? Here are some tips! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I have two boys, ages four and two. They’re wonderful, and I love them immensely. But a few weeks ago, I had a phone conversation with my mom that went like this: Me: Mom, I seriously need help. I do not know what to do with these kids. They’re being so naughty. Mom: What are they doing exactly? Me:  Oh, they’re being awful! They don’t listen! They fight […]

The surprising things you learn when escaping the mundane (hint: it isn’t as mundane as you think).

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It happens every time we slow down. During this whirlwind, around-the-world trip of ours, usually staying in one place for anywhere from one to four weeks is when I feel it most keenly. But every so often, even three days in an apartment with a kitchenette can bring it out in me. Sometimes it finds me scrubbing laundry by hand in hotel room sinks as the hands on the clock reach up towards midnight. Other times it results in an over-stocked fridge with more fresh […]

Childhood Obesity: 4 Supersized Facts the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Childhood Obesity

By Andrea, Contributing Writer When we were given the task of tackling tough topics, I immediately thought of childhood obesity. The facts on childhood obesity cannot be disputed. One third of American children are currently obese according to the CDC. This is a monumental crisis when you consider that obesity leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems and fatty liver disease. (source) Have you ever tried to lose weight? You know it is hard. […]

12 Things My Children Learned While Worldschooling This Year

12 things my children learned while worldschooling

I’m probably my toughest critic. As we planned for and embarked on this one-year journey around the globe with our young family (kids ages 8, 5 ½, 3 ½ and 11 months at the time of departure), I had high hopes and even higher expectations for what their homeschooling would look like. After all, we were a hard working, determined, classical-education loving family. Certainly we could do this! Then reality set in. Traveling with four young children is awesome, exhilarating and absolutely worthwhile. Also, it […]

Cheerful Tips for Brightening Gray Mornings

cheerful tips for brightening gray mornings

By Michele, Contributing Writer  If you’re in the midst of the “bleak midwinter,” with cold, dark mornings and gray days, it can be challenging to get the day moving in the right direction. Whether you’re struggling with grumpy children or tackling the day’s projects, a few simple sensory additions might brighten your day. I’ve spent my entire life residing in the Pacific Northwest (including several years in Alaska), so I’ve had my share of gloomy mornings, when curling back into the cozy quilts wasn’t an […]

Creative Ideas For Girls’ Night: How To Build Real Community Without Spending a Fortune

Creative Ideas for a Girls' Night Out

Looking for some creative ideas for girls’ night this New Year’s Eve? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I used to feel like an introvert. I enjoyed (but didn’t really need) much of a social life. And then I was a mom. Somehow it’s taken long days spent with two adorable, exhausting toddlers to realize: You know, I really like grown-ups. I enjoy stimulating conversation. I crave it, actually. I’m really lonely without it! I remember the exact moment it hit me. I […]

Simple Christmas Craft: Candy Cane Striped Nails

Simple Christmas Craft Candy Cane Striped Nail

By Andrea, Contributing Writer This simple Christmas craft for candy cane striped nails is a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the tree while remembering the true meaning of Christmas. The nail is a reminder of the reason Christ came to us: to die on the cross that we might be reconciled with God. The red stripe is a reminder of the blood He shed for us. Start by making a quick trip to the hardware store. There you should be able to find 6-inch […]