Savor-It-Slowly Guacamole

Guacamole to Savor Slowly | Make it at home using this recipe from

My husband and I love Tex-Mex food — a trait we’ve passed onto all of our children. One of our little ones spurned all the puréed baby food we proffered, but would eat her weight in refried beans and guacamole! Our guacamole recipe is simple enough a six-year-old can make … Continue reading

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Back to School Books

Our Favorite Back-to-School Picture Books -

I know many of your children have already started back to school, but our family’s “official” start date is tomorrow. Here are a few back-to-school themed books that we enjoy reading — not only in August, but all year long. If you’ve missed any of these titles, look for them … Continue reading

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A Common Sense Approach to Potty-Training

Toilet Training Made Easy - one experienced mom's shares her perspective on how, when, and what works best |

My husband was a hard one to toilet train. At least, that’s what my prospective mother-in-law told me the first time we were introduced: “It’s so nice to meet you, Jennifer…. By the way, Doug was murder to potty-train.” Those were practically the first words out of her mouth. Nearly … Continue reading

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Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway

Jamberry Nails - Giveaway

My daughter-in-law, Matti, recently introduced me to an amazing new product called Jamberry Nail Wraps. For those who are unfamiliar with this handy little shortcut to beautiful nails, Jamberry wraps provide a fast, easy way to get professional-looking manicures and pedicures at a fraction of the cost. Matti is such … Continue reading

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Staying Cool at the Pool

Keep cool at the pool with these fun summer swim games |

During the summertime, our family swims almost every night. Since we usually pack a picnic dinner to eat at the pool, kitchen clean up is a snap. After returning home fresh, clean, and relaxed, we all slip into our pajamas and gather for storytime, then eat a quick snack before … Continue reading

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It’s Time (Again) for Cow Appreciation Day!

Cow Appreciation Day is July 11, 2014 - Don't Miss It!

You know what tomorrow is, don’t you? It’s the second Friday in July, and that means it’s Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! Any customer who shows up at Chick-fil-A tomorrow (July 11, 2014) sporting a cow costume will be rewarded with free food. Folks wearing full cow costumes will get … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Your Frequent Flyer Miles

How We Flew to Europe for Free

We are not a family of frequent fliers. Quite the opposite, actually. Yet with a little ingenuity and intentionality, we amassed enough “frequent flyer” miles with American Airlines a few years back to get ten free tickets to Europe, then spent three weeks backpacking across the Continent with nine children … Continue reading

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Children’s Annual Keepsake Record {Free Printable}

Free Printable Keepsake Chart for Kids to fill out annually | from

One of my personal goals this summer is to update all my children’s scrapbooks/ baby books. I was fairly caught up on this daunting job when we moved three years ago, but I’ve fallen considerably behind since then. Three years, times as many kids as we still had at home … Continue reading

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Super Easy Summer Giveaway

T-Shirt Giveaway this week at

My husband published an image on his blog over the weekend that generated a surprising amount of traffic. The name of the post was A Christian Father’s Rules for Dating My Daughter and the image was a photo of him wearing a T-Shirt like this: That original image was just … Continue reading

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2014 Summer Reading Rewards


Summer book clubs and reading reward programs are always popular at our house. What follows is an updated list of programs that will inspire your child to curl up with some good books throughout the summer and on into the next school year. Know about any I’ve missed? Please leave … Continue reading

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