A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)

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The school year is upon us. And didn’t it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We’re trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It’s called Innovations, and it means that our two biggest (Abbie, 9 1/2 and Caden, 7 years old) will be attending “school” twice a week.  In a nutshell, the program functions sort of like small one-room schoolhouse, with a max of 16 kids per class and one teacher. Each child […]

Hope Runs: The Power of Letting Our Stories Shine

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Guest post by Claire Diaz-Ortiz I never meant to share this story. Of course, I never meant to live this story at all. It started on a trip unlike the others. A trip around a small-big-tiny world with a twenty-something best friend in tow. A year-long trip through nineteen countries, and hundreds of books and one pair of running shoes that took me to the finish line of a Spanish marathon and to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest. A trip that ended in a country where […]

What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

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As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Children

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Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!    By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud in the afternoon and at bedtime (and if you read to the end, I have a couple of bonus recommendations in that category). But the younger children find beautiful picture books especially delightful–particularly during the Christmas season. There are so many lovely Christmas stories […]

16 Books On My “To Read” List

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I firmly believe that one can never own enough books. Our family has been on a mission to simplify and declutter over the past year or so. Books are one of those areas where I begin to sweat profusely and develop nervous twitches when I attempt to weed out the ones I want to get rid of. Making the switch to primarily digital books has made all the difference for me. Now I don’t have too worry about having too many, and I can also […]

Review of Trim Healthy Mama

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Sporting a hefty 619 pages, Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett is one of the newer healthy eating reads on the block, having been released in August of 2012. You might benefit from reading this book IF you: Struggle with your weight Have a hard time sticking to a diet Lack energy Are still learning about healthy eating and nutrition Want to learn a bit about the science behind food – in an easy-to-understand format Want to find […]

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?

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About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the “homegrown revolution” and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one’s own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually grown, and I’ve learned how to support local farmers for my meat and dairy, and the produce that I am not able to grow myself. I wouldn’t say that I have a backyard farm. At this point, I’d call myself a somewhat ambitious suburban gardener, […]

Making A Family Gratitude Journal {A Simple Thanksgiving Tradition}

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By Courtney Dunkin, Contributing Writer Throughout history, many cultures have held celebrations of thanksgiving to recognize their gratitude for what they have. Most often, traditional thanksgiving celebrations have been held during harvest time in the fall. In the United States of America, our Thanksgiving has evolved into the start of the Christmas shopping season. You’ve probably heard jokes about how we give thanks for what we have and then race to the stores to buy more things the very next day. There is certainly some […]