Free Printables for the Fourth of July

God Bless America: A Devotional Journal for Patriots

With Independence Day just around the corner, I wanted to share a few of our favorite patriotic printables with you. First is this reminder: “United we stand, divided we fall.” The principle is a Biblical one, for in Mark 3:24 we read, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that … Continue reading

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Marie’s Words: A Fast, Fun Way to Build Vocabulary

Marie's Words -- a fast, easy way to build vocabulary.

Two of my daughters are preparing to take the SAT for the first time and have been devoting part of their summer to prepare for it. That’s why I was so excited when Timberdoodle recently offered to let me review a set of vocabulary flashcards called Marie’s Words. The cards … Continue reading

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Q&A: When You Can’t Handle (Any More) Children

Mailbag Mondays

I’ve been using Mondays to get caught up answering the messages in my inbox. Here’s the one for this week: Question: I wanted to ask you a question, I have been thinking about it for a while. I always wanted to have a large family, but now I think it … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day (Free Coloring Page)

Dozens of free Scripture-based coloring pages from

I’m of the mindset that children should honor our fathers (and wives their husbands) not only on the third Sunday in June, but every day of their lives. Nevertheless, since today is a day we traditionally set aside for recognizing fathers, I’ve designed a coloring page especially for the occasion. … Continue reading

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Free Father’s Day Printables

Free printables for kids to fill out for Father's Day ... from

Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, I wanted to share some printables your children might enjoy filling in for their dad. Personally, I think handwritten cards and letters are some of the best gifts a person can give — or get, and these are sure to put a … Continue reading

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Honey-Glazed Chicken Kabobs

Honey-Glazed Chicken Kabobs -- these are scrumptious!

A few weeks ago, my daughter Rebekah told us she thinks our family should eat more whole foods. The meals Mom serves and the ones we eat out, she explained, may taste good, but they aren’t necessarily good for us. My husband’s response to Rebekah’s [debatable] opinion was, “That sounds … Continue reading

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It’s a Small World! (Timberdoodle Review)

It's a small world: 3-D puzzle globe does a great job of combining fun with learning.

Although we keep the basics of reading and math going all summer, my younger kids take a break from their other school subjects… unless I can find a way to sneak some teaching in without them knowing it, like I did last week with this Ravensburger puzzle globe from Timberdoodle: … Continue reading

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Reader Request: Attendance Form & Academic Calendar

Free printable attendance record for homeschoolers

I’ve received several requests from readers lately asking about printable attendance records and/or academic calendars, including the following sweet message: Hi, Jennifer. I know this school year just ended but I can’t wait to get your 2016-17 academic calendar!!! I’ve been using them for the last 2 years and I … Continue reading

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Bearing Good Fruit (Coloring Page)

Dozens of free Scripture-based coloring pages from

In honor of “National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month” (and expanding on the fruit-themed coloring page I shared last week), I’m offering you this free printable today: It’s based on Matthew 7:17, which reads: “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” (Matthew 7:17) … Continue reading

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Free Meals for Kids (& Special Offers for Adults, Too)

More Kids Eat Free - follow link for all the details

I’m in the process of compiling a simple, user-friendly list of national chain restaurants where kids eat free, organized alphabetically and by the day of the week, with links to the restaurant’s websites where you can search for locations closest to you. Here’s what I have so far: Kids Eat … Continue reading

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Happy Best Friends Day!

Free Friendship Printables from

Since today is National Best Friends Day, I thought I’d share a few links and printables to mark the occasion. One of the biggest benefits to having a big family is having built-in friends. That’s not to say there’s never friction between siblings at our house, but we try to … Continue reading

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We Think TENZI’s Tons of Funzi (Timberdoodle Review)

We think TENZI's tons of Funzi - Great family game! Good for all ages!

True Story: My husband bought TENZI several years ago when he spotted it in a Children’s Museum gift shop and noticed it had won all sorts of awards. We played it exactly ONE time, then he sent it to Goodwill, because he thought it was too loud. Granted, with twelve … Continue reading

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Q&A: How Can I Get My Baby to Sleep thru the Night?

When Your Baby Won't Sleep through the Night - Should you let him cry it out or not?

Hi Jennifer, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. I have a question on how to get my 1 year old to sleep through the night. She wakes up at least 4 times minimum. I’ve thought about letting her cry, but that might wake up her 2 older brothers. They just transitioned … Continue reading

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Fruit of the Spirit (Coloring Page)

Dozens of free Scripture-based coloring pages from

Since June is “National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month,” I felt a fruit-themed coloring page might be in order this Sunday. I love summer fruits: Juicy watermelon. Sweet berries. Tart citrus. It makes me happy to see rows upon rows of ripe produce at our local farmer’s market. I know … Continue reading

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5 Things that Will Make Your Summer Better

5 Things That Would Make Our Summer Better

Can you believe that it’s June already? The year is already almost halfway over, and I know the next couple of months are going to fly by, as well. If you want to make this summer break a memorable one, you’d better get crackin’. I’ve published several summer bucket-lists of … Continue reading

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Giveaway: 4 Free Tickets to BrickUniverse Expo in Plano

BrickUniverse Expo in Plano, June 11-12, 2016

Our family had a wonderful time attending the BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo in Irving last fall, so when they asked if I’d like to cover this year’s event in Plano, I gladly agreed — much to the delight of my kids and grandkids. What’s more, they told me I could … Continue reading

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