Friday, October 20, 2017

Korean Beef Soft Tacos (Crocktober '17)


 It's time for Crocktober again!  We love using our crockpot and are so excited to be participating in Crocktober again this year.  Hope this video inspires you in the kitchen.

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What I'm Cooking:

Last weekend we hosted our family for Noah's birthday.  Friday night he had a late baseball game so I wanted to make something that we could all enjoy before heading out the door.  So I made a double batch of our favorite Pasta E Fagoili soup.  Full of vegetables and alphabet noodles, we all love it.  And it's super filling so I wasn't running to the concession stand every 5 minutes.

What I'm Reading:

I just finished Anne of Green Gables this week.  It's been a few years since I read it,  and I'm remembering once again how magical that book is.  Love L.M. Montgomery's writing

What I'm Doing:

We're in the full swing of the fall routine.  Noah only had one game this week so it was a little less running around.  I've been working on trimming up things in the yard and getting things ready to rest.    I've also starting making some lists for the holidays.  Gathering addresses for Christmas cards, making baking lists, and gift lists.  Trying to get organized ahead of the game.

What I'm Watching: 

I'm hooked on THIS IS US.  This week's episode was super powerful.  Just a good reminder of how tough foster care really is.  It's my favorite right now.

What I'm Enjoying:

Being Auntie (less rules, more fun)... New Books... Baseball Family... Chili in the Crockpot...
Story of the World projects... Listening to my 6 year old sing...

What are you up to?





Thursday, October 19, 2017

Evan Moor R&U Folktales & Fables Review



 How do we like Evan Moor's Read and Understand Folktales & Fables?  Well, it's a mixed review and I'm still trying to decide myself.  Check our review and flip through.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Really Woolly Christmas Blessings {Review}


Christmas Blessings is a sweet little Christmas book written for preschoolers and younger, addressing the joy and blessings of the holiday.  Each page has whimsical illustrations, a Scripture to introduce the topic, devotional and prayer.  This devotional starts with topics that tell the Christmas story and move on to other areas of the holiday, including Christmas trees, snowflakes, and giving.

What I loved:
  • the illustrations
  • range of topics
  • and quality of the book (thick pages perfect for little ones)
Overall this was a really cut book, perfect for gifting your little one this holiday season.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October Homeschool Favorites


 Welcome to October Homeschool Favorites!  We're learning about the human body in the upper grades so we have a game that helped with that.  Plus grammar for my 1st grader, and fall books.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

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What I'm Cooking:

It's been comfort food this week.  We've had tomato soup after swim practice one night to warm up my little guy.  And then Korean Beef Soft Tacos.  I have a video coming up for that one next week.  It's super easy and can be thrown in the crockpot so it's a Mommy favorite on a busy night.

What I'm Reading:

I'm still reading Anne of Green Gables.  In fact, I'm reading it a lot.  I'm supposed to be reading a review book as well, but I've gotten sucked into Anne's world.  I can't even think about putting it down for a moment.

What I'm Doing:

Today we're celebrating Noah's 12th birthday.  When did that happen?  He's grown up so much in the past year that he's sneaking up on me.  I'm going to get passed up in no time.

What I'm Watching: 

I'm still watching This Is Us.  This week's episode was pretty intense with the main couple becoming foster parents.  It hit really close to home.  I know those emotions and feelings.  I remember those days of waiting for a phone call or dealing with your child's hurts and pains.  It's really true to life.

What I'm Enjoying:

Ice Cream Cake... Pumpkin candles... Plasma cars... Pre-teen conversations... Making Halloween costumes... Korean Beef Soft Tacos...

What are you up to?





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Proving {Review}


When Amanda Dienner's mother dies unexpectedly, she returns home to run the family Bed & Breakfast.  But after a falling out with her sister, a broken heart, and a 5 year absence from the community, Amanda must keep the business profitable for a full year before it's legally hers.  And not everyone is excited to have her back.  

Trina Sutton signed up for a mystery trip, expecting a tropical location.  Instead, she finds herself right in the middle of Amish Country.  And angry.  This is not at all what she had in mind.  But these two need each other and become an unexpected duo keeping the B&B alive.

Beverly Lewis delivers another page turner.  The relationship between the two main characters provides for some funny misunderstandings and a good contrast for each other.  The family dynamics described between Mandy and her twin is relatable, and at times tension filled.  There were moments when I just wanted to shake both sisters and make them talk to each other.  All in all it was a well written tale and kept me interested from beginning to end.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 6, 2017

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This Week:

What I'm Cooking:

As the seasons have been changing, the kids have been full of all kinds of ideas.  I think they were feeling the need for a change too and they've gladly offered suggestions for meals.  In the past couple of weeks, we've hit some of their favorites: taco salad, spinach calzone, chicken noodle soup, and chili with cornbread.  I can't say I mind the change of pace.

What I'm Reading:

Since Anne of Green Gables is the Bookmarks Book Club selection this month, I picked up a copy at my local library.  There's something about this book that screams fall to me.  I'm loving curling up on the couch in the evenings, when the house is quiet, and reading through this one again.  It never gets old no matter how many times I read it.

What I'm Doing:

With a new school year, the mom taxi is off and running: swim lessons, baseball, ballet, and cooking classes abound.  But I'm also working in the year.  Fall and spring are my favorite times to enjoy the backyard.  Summer is too hot, but this season is just right.  Getting the roses ready for the winter, fertilizing the lemon tree, and decluttering the garage are all on my list this time of year.

What I'm Watching: 

After binge watching so many episodes of This Is Us, it was kind of disappointing to find myself on the current episode with nothing to watch.  So I've gone back and have been catching up on Bringing Up Bates.  Always come away from that show feeling encouraged.

What I'm Enjoying:

Our Backyard... Experimenting in the Kitchen... Decluttering... Quiet Late Evenings....
Chili and Cornbread... Fall Picture Books... Worship Music...

What are you up to?



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Our October Morning Basket



 Filling our October Morning Basket with 50 States Postcards, fall books, and learning about manners.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 Fall To Do List



 Fall has finally arrived and it will soon get away from me if I'm not careful.  So I'm laying out my plans for our Fall To Do List.

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Q&A A Day for Grandparents {Review}


This cute little Q &A  a day books is written with the grandparent in mind.  Nicely bound with beautiful paper, this journal has just the right amount of space for writing without being too overwhelming.  The size is perfect for on the go, and the book is of such quality that it should last for years to come.  

There was one thing that disappointment me about this journal though.  And it was a big one.  Looking at the prompts, it wasn't what I had expected.  Instead of being a memory keeper of the grandparents' life, each prompt was directed toward the grandparent in relation to the grandchild.  Prompts included such things as:
  • To whom do you show off photos of your grandchild?
  • What does your grandchild do that always makes you laugh?
  • How do you celebrate your grandchild's birthday?
  • What does your grandchild's winter coat look like?
This was not at all what I was expecting.  While a few questions like these are fine, it was every question in the book.  I'd much rather have questions geared toward who the grandparent is as an individual.  The journal quality was beautiful, the size was perfect, and it's a cute little gift book.  But with the writing prompts in mind, I would continue to look for a replacement of this product.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Holidays and Homeschool Ideas

Looking for a few ways to add some fun to your homeschool?  Here are just a few of the holidays and fun days you can celebrate this month:

Oct 1st--World Vegetarian Day
       *Try a new meatless meal
       *Talk about nutrition/ the importance of vegetables

Oct 2nd--Farm Animals Day
       *Visit a farm
       *Make farm animal puppets
       *Learn about the life cycle of farm animals

Oct 5th--Card Making Day
       *Make/send a card to the grandparents
       *Design some simple holiday cards
   
Oct 17th--Pasta Day
       *Try a new pasta recipe
       *Bake some cheesy garlic pull bread

Oct 25th--International Artist Day
       *Learn about a new artist
       *Replicate a famous piece of art work
       *Try a new art technique

Oct 26th--Pumpkin Day
       *Study the life cycle of the pumpkin
       *Toast pumpkin seeds
       *Complete a pumpkin science experiment

Oct 31st--Halloween
       *Create a homemade costume
       *Make a fall/halloween themed wreath
       *Practice math facts with candy

What are you celebrating this month?

Friday, September 29, 2017

2017 September Bookmarks

*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for September was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

These are the books I read this month:


The Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings--I loved this book.  Part how-to, part educational philosophy, part memoir, a Year of Learning Dangerously following the journey of one mother trying to do her best by her daughter.  As they explore together this crazy work of homeschooling, Cummings takes on the ups, downs, and misconceptions of homeschooling, homeschoolers, and the insanity of taking on your child's education.


Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood-- See my review here.


All Saints by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle-- See my review here.


What We Read With The Kids:


A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park--This book was a 7th grade assignment for my son so we read it together.  But once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.  


Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers--A classic for sure... we listened to this one on audiobook.  Mary Poppins is a little sharper in the book than the Disney classic, but still an enjoyable read.


The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks--The second in the series, my kids love following the adventures of Omri and Little Bear.


Our suggested reading for September was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin--  Unfortunately I wasn't able to read this one.  I've had it on hold from the library for over 6 weeks and it still hasn't come in.  I'm still excited to read it, but I'm feeling a little disappointed that I wasn't able to finish it in time for this post.

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Also don't forget to come back on October 27th as we discuss Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Favorites {Open Collab}



 Today I'm sharing with you four of my favorites from the month of September: beauty, family, and more!

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Coloring Christmas Devotions {Review}


Fall is officially here and the holidays are right around the corner.  Christmas items are showing up in stores, along side Halloween costumes and scarecrows.  And this time of year, it seems like time is accelerating.  So how can we slow down and savor the season?  Even for a moment?

Coloring Christmas Devotions is a sweet devotional/ coloring book combination celebrating the Christmas season.  This compact book is the perfect size for on the go, visiting family, or taxing kids to sport practices.  There are 31 undated devotionals to be read in any order you'd like, along with a corresponding coloring page.  The illustrations range from wildlife, festive decorations, to religious themed scenes.  Some of my favorite illustrations were the nature scenes which include reindeer, polar bears and penguins.

This book is well bound and reasonably priced.  The pages of the book were nice, but not think enough for markers.  Color pencils and gel pens would be appropriate, but markers would bleed through.  

Coloring Christmas Devotions is thought provoking and perfect for a few minutes of quiet each day.  This book would make a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys being creative and is looking to savor the holidays.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Josiah's Moana Birthday Party {DITL 9/16/17}



 Josiah is six years old!  We celebrated with a Moana birthday party filled with friends and family.  Lots of fun.  Then out to dinner with family.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Moana Birthday Party Prep!



 Earlier this month, Josiah turned 6 years old!  Where does the time go?  He requested a Moana birthday party.  Although I was intimidated at first, it ended up being a lot of fun, and we had more ideas than time.  Lydia even got in on the act, creating some of the decorations in her spare time.  Enjoy a behind the scenes look at some of the details!

Included in this video are DIY banner, centerpiece, decorations, games, and piΓ±ata!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

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This Week:

What I'm Cooking:

There hasn't been much healthy food in this house the past week.  Last Friday, we had family rolling into town to celebrate Josiah's birthday.  That was the beginning of some really back food choices.  :-)

So getting back into the week, it was back to routines.  Thursday night I made a yummy crockpot minestrone with tortellini and homemade bread.  It was full of vegetables, full of flavor, and filling for these growing kiddos.

What I'm Reading:

I just finished a true story called All Saints (you can find the review here).  It's based on a true story about a priest, a struggling church, and group of Karen refugees so come together for a true miracle.  Very inspiring!

What I'm Doing:

Three kids... busy life...  I realized earlier this week that Noah's birthday is coming up quickly and I've got to get busy.  So I started working on birthday invitations and a piΓ±ata.  On the homeschool front, we're working our way through Ancient Egypt and I'm loving it. We're all learning so much.

What I'm Watching: 

We've been watching through Last Man Standing on Netflix.  It's only available through 
September 30th so we've been watching several episodes after the kids go to bed.  Tim Allen is so funny and this show in particular gets me every time.  And bonus... I don't have to worry if the kids happen to walk into the room while it's on.

What I'm Enjoying:

Ancient Egypt history... fall baseball games... celebrating Josiah... soup in the crockpot... 
homemade bread... fresh pressed apple cider...

What are you up to?

All Saints {Review}


A young priest... a grieving church... a refugee community... all converge in a series of unlikely events to witness one extraordinary miracle.

Michael Spurlock, fresh out of seminary, dreams of a church where he can be mentored in the priesthood.  Instead the diocese sees fit to assign him to a grieving church that is struggling in the aftermath of a split.  While he and his wife, Aimee, agree to the challenge, the church is also facing a financial crises, with months left in their building before they'll be forced to sell.  While Michael is still coming to grips with the church's situation, a group of Karen refugees discover the little church and begin attending services.  The Karen are seeking not only practical help in adjusting to a new country, but also spiritual guidance.  When one day, Spurlock hears the Lord speak to him about a solution for them all.  Start a farm!  What ensues is a series of unlikely events that saves a church, restores dignity to a people group, and builds a community.  

While the first half of the book was somewhat difficult to follow, moving back and forth with backstory information, once I learned the characters, it was quite an enjoyable read.  Hearing of the faith of the church and the people involved was truly inspiring.  Who, but God, would call on a split church and a young priest to start a farm?  Restoring dignity to the Karen and reviving a community is truly a story of healing and miracles.  If you're looking for a book to inspire you in the faith, All Saints is certainly it.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Homeschool Favorites


We're finding our rhythm for the homeschool year and pulling out some of our favorites.  From drawing books to character development, these are some of the tools we're using in our homeschool.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend Links









This Week:

What I'm Cooking:

Josiah's birthday was on Tuesday so he got to pick our dinner menu.  His absolute favorite meal is Parmesan Pasta.  It's listed on Pinterest as Creamy Garlic Pasta and it is incredible.  I don't complain too much when he requests it.  Although it does require a little extra time in the gym.  :-)

Besides that, we tried to eat light this week: salads, chicken pesto sandwiches, ... yummy, but end of summer light.

What I'm Loving:

This week was a little crazy.  There was lots of ups and downs, and some crazy emotions.  But that's what you got when you're living and doing school and doing life together for 24 hrs a day.  So what am I loving this week??? Birthday plans coming together... and cooler weather on the horizon.   Cooler weather moving in has meant more evenings in the backyard, more giggles on the trampoline, new life for the play tunnel, just lots of outdoors fun.

What I'm Reading:

I'm still reading Slow Down by Nicole Nordeman.  Cute little motherhood gift book and has been good for my heart this week.  :-)

What I'm Doing:

We've been enjoying the fall season and all the festivals and activities that pop up this time of year.  Last weekend, we attended the Honeybee Festival.  There was a ton of vendor booths, singing and entertainment, and a live bee beard demonstration.  That was awesome!

What I'm Watching: 

I've gotten hooked on This Is Us.  Totally binge watching in the evening.  It got me hooked when one of the main characters was adopted and I can see the struggles he goes through.  I think ahead to how I'm going to deal with those issues with my son.  But all the characters are well done.  This show totally has the same feel of Parenthood.

What I'm Enjoying:

cooler weather... sun tea... Story of the World... parmesan pasta... capture the flag...

What are you up to?


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