Optimum Fertility…Into Your Forties

By Natalie, Klejwa, Contributing Writer Because we live in a sin-wrecked world, not everyone will be able to have as many children as they would like. For various reasons that range from unwilling spouses to physical limitations, our families will all be of varying sizes. One thing we can all say with resounding conviction is that children ARE a blessing. And I know that every one of us is grateful for every blessing that we have been enabled, by God’s grace, to birth and raise. […]

Making A Family Gratitude Journal {A Simple Thanksgiving Tradition}

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 […]

31+ Fun & Frugal Thanksgiving Activities & Freebies for Kids

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Looking for some inexpensive and simple Thanksgiving-related activities for your tots, preschoolers, or grade schoolers? I’ve culled the internet and put together a list of over 31 of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed activity ideas, plus a number of free downloads and printables. Enjoy! Fun & Frugal Activities Make Turkey Footprints or Turkey Spice Handprints. Play Turkey Color Bingo. Image from Frog Prince Paperie Stitch some Thanksgiving Turkey Finger Puppets. Create your own Pilgrim Hat. Sew turkeys from old socks and felt. […]

Everyone Eats, Everyone Cooks (and Why My 5 Year Old is Now an Egg Cracking Pro)

Recently I realized that I hadn’t been involving my kids in the kitchen as much. I’ve always been a big advocate of it, but somewhere around the time that I was pregnant #4, I began to want to keep things simpler by just doing it myself most of the time. My goal was to make things more convenient and fast. After all, this is something I’ve been doing for years. I know the shortcuts, I have the methods down pat, and I can eyeball measurements without needing to dirty extra dishes. […]

Day in the Life: Courtney (Homeschool Mom of a Baby, 2, 4, 5, 11 and 14 Year Old)

  Courtney has bravely taken on this very first post in our Day in the Life series, where each writer, including myself, will be sharing a typical day in our home throughout the month. Our routines and schedules, our goals, our joys, our challenges, our disruptions… real days in all their very real glory. As kids head back to the books (whether at home or at school), September  the perfect time to consider our daily and weekly routines and hopefully you’ll find encouragement and inspiration […]

Why I Love Being a Mom (Let’s Shout It Out Loud)

“Wow, you’ve really got your hands full.” “Are they all yours?” “You must be so busy. I don’t know how you do it.” Since adding a 4th child to our family this past winter, these comments and many others have begun to abound when we set foot outside our home (I know- still such a small family, right?). In fact, they began even earlier, when I first had a toddler and a newborn, and salespeople would shake their heads and cluck sympathetically. Sadly, it’s common […]

How to Cook Vegetables: Steaming, Pan Cooking and Lots of Tasty Recipes

“I know we should eat more vegetables, but…” This is a common refrain. I bet you’ve even said it yourself. Vegetables tend to be one of the most under-appreciated parts of the food kingdom, and sadly, one that very few people have learned to truly incorporate into their regular eating habits. The video above is a clip from a recent episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (one of the few things worth watching on tv!). Watch this brief segment to see that today’s children are […]

Simple and Frugal Soft Drink Recipes

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In my house, the beverage option is usually simple: water.  It’s always there, it’s very cheap, and my kids know to ask for it (and not ask for other stuff). Of course, this gets boring sometimes.  Who wants to always drink water?!  I know I don’t.  However, buying drinks is expensive.  I know that when we are at Grandma’s house, my kids could go through a $4 bottle of juice in about a day (granted it’s a special treat there and […]