5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

By Michele, Contributing Writer Some of our family’s favorite memories have been created when we plan “dates” with our kids! Although we love experiencing adventures together as an entire family, we try to occasionally carve out one-on-one time for each child individually. This might be a “girls only” afternoon with my daughter, an outing with my oldest son, or maybe Daddy taking out his little girl. Here are a few of our ideas that we’ve enjoyed; each are frugal enough to repeat often! Art/Craft Afternoon […]

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activities

How to Intentionally Choose Children's Extracurricular Activities Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Dance, gymnastics, art, music, drama, sports, scouts, choir: Today our children are busier than ever. How can we, as parents, intentionally choose our children’s extracurricular activities? No doubt, there are many benefits in activities beyond the realm of academics, but where is the line? How much is too much when it comes to extracurriculars? I most definitely don’t have all of the answers, but I’m hoping that with careful consideration my family can be more strategic and intentional in this […]

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 […]

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 […]

Entertaining For Food Allergies: A Whole-Foods, Allergy-Friendly Holiday Meal Plan

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In need of a whole foods, allergy-friendly holiday meal plan? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer Do you have family or friends with food allergies? It can be tricky feeding folks on special diets, but I can help! Unfortunately, I know it well…because we’re the ones with the food allergies. We’re the ones with special requests, the anxious bringing-our-own-dishes, the trying-not-to-be-rude refusals. If you’re trying to cook for someone on a special diet, I just want to say one thing. Thank you. I know […]

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Children

12 Christmas stories to read to children

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 […]

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives: Ditch the Chore Charts!

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that when my kids are in the kitchen with me that we often waste more time than save. And yet, over the past six months or so, I’ve really begun to see that with a little teaching, help, direction and then ongoing supervision (while I’m […]