Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Links











What I'm Cooking:

This week has been all about comfort food.  We had chili and stir fry, taco soup and tacos.  It's been raining so we're craving comfort food, but trying to keep it semi-healthy.  Any thoughts?

What I'm Reading:

I started a new review book this week about the faith legacy left behind by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  It's a concept that I haven't thought much about, but it's interesting to see how her faith is woven into the books.  So far a good read and a good biography source.

What I'm Doing:

Well, I'm trying to keep my 6 year old on task for his history project.  We've been making Egyptian Death Masks for Story of the World out of paper mache.  And he hates "gooey" things.  So mostly it's  been Mommy making the project.  Trying to work through sensory issues.  :-)

What I'm Watching: 

I didn't watch much TV this week.  But I have been binge watching She's In Her Apron's Youtube videos, specifically the holiday videos.  I think I'm in full holiday mode as I can't seem to get enough of them.  And she's got some great holiday planning ideas.

What I'm Enjoying:

Sun peaking through the clouds... yummy oranges... baking in the kitchen... getting back into a workout routine... board games... planning for the holidays... our postcard exchange...

What are you up to?






2017 November 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 November was To Love, Honor, and Vacuum by Sheila Wray Gregoire.

These are the books I read this month:


The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall-- See my review here.


Choosing a Life that Matters by Dennis Rainey-- See my review here.


What We Read With The Kids:


The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks--  Book #4 of the series and the kids are going strong.  I thought by this point, the story/content would start to wain.  But I was wrong.  The story content has held strong and the kids are still loving it.



Our suggested reading for November was To Love, Honor, and Vacuum by Sheila Wray Gregoire--  So this book really wasn't really what I expected.  I didn't very carefully read the book description before adding it to our bookmarks list.  Just kind of took a casual look, and judged the book by it's cover (Bad advice always).  I was expecting some how to's, some encouragement, and this book was that, but it was more too.  What hit me though was that this book was a lot about destroying the myth.  You know the one... the perfect wife/mother/woman myth.  Go to work, be the mom taxi, and have an immaculate house... right?  Why do we feel like we're the only one's not living up to the myth?  We're not; no one is.  The best thing I took away from this book was that it's not all about doing it on our own, and that by spreading the responsibility, we can actually better preserve relationships with our family members.  It was a good remind the realign priorities.  Worth the full price?  Probably not.  But definitely worth picking up used.  What did you think?

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 To Love, Honor, and Vacuum.


Also don't forget to come back on December 22nd as we discuss Circling the Sun by Paula McLain.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Homeschool Favorites



 Welcome to November Homeschool Favorites!  We're having fun with thanksgiving, learning about animals through poetry, rediscovering Lois Lowry, and singing silly turkey songs.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

National Adoption Month-- Foster Care/ Adoption FAQ



 Answering a few of your frequently asked questions about foster care and adoption...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

12 MORE Things to Do in November to Make Christmas Run Smoother

We're back in November again.  How did that happen?  2017 has flown by.  And the last 2 weeks have been lighting speed.  I always say that once Halloween hits, we'd better be ready for the craziness of the holidays.  This year, I'm prepared.  I've been making a list and checking it twice.  Just like last year's 12 Things to Do in November, I'm attempting to mark items off my list, keep myself focused, and savor the season.

1. Order holiday cards-- Seen we just finished birthday photos in the fall leaves, now is the time to order our Christmas cards.  A couple of weeks ago, I picked out the design I wanted and added a family photo from our summer vacation.  Now I just need to edit the kids' photos, plug them in, and we're set.  By ordering early, I can spend some of my time off at Thanksgiving addressing them.  Probably while I'm digesting some yummy turkey.

2. Create teacher gifts-- We're keeping it "simple" by making ornaments this year.  The kids and I went through pinterest and found some inexpensive ornaments that match their abilities.  And we'll be creating those over the next couple of weekends.  They're always looking for a project to do so we're making this one productive.  Especially since it's been getting dark earlier.

3. Hang outdoor lights-- yes, it's a little bit early, but hanging lights in November is a lot less hectic than waiting until December.  Bonus: you get to enjoy them longer.

4. Prep Christmas Book advent-- We do a Christmas Book Advent every year from Dec 1-25th.  This is the time order any books you're planning to purchase or put books on hold at the library.  Then spend about 30 min in the evenings to wrap a few books.  Set a timer, and stop when it beeps.  And you'd be surprised how much you get done.

5. Purchase kids' ornaments-- I like to have a new ornament for the kids on the night that we decorate the tree.  Now is the time to purchase those.  Whether you're dropping into Hallmark, the Dollar Tree, or making your own, this is a good time to mark that off your list.  Bonus:  Dollar Tree has some stunning ornaments this year.

6. Start stocking up on holiday ingredients-- Holiday meals can get very expensive.  So I've been adding a few non-perishable items to our grocery list each week.  It still comes out of the grocery budget, but I can pick up items as I see them on sale and spread the cost around.

7. Make/freeze holiday cookies-- I love to bake this time of year, but I don't always have the time I'd like to bake for holiday parties.  So on the weekends, my daughter and I have been making double batches of cookies, baking a few for desert, and freezing the rest of the dough for homeschool parties, bonfires, and last minute invitations.

8. Fill out your gift list-- Now is the time to finalize, or almost finalize your gift list.  Make sure you've included everyone you're wanting to remember this year.  Trim, fill in, and trim again, until you have the list you want.  Then write down your gift ideas as well.  So you don't find yourself standing in the middle of Target, grabbing anything you can get your hands on.  Be flexible, but be prepared.

9. Do any online shopping-- I've had those years where I'm panicking a little, wondering if that special gift is going to arrive on time.  And there's lead way for those great last minute deals that you just can't pass up.  But this year, I'm attempting to have all my online purchases complete by the end of November, in order to avoid that panicked feeling.

10. Ship your packages-- Along with that, mail all those packages in November as well.  Then you won't have to wait in such long lines at the post office.

11. Start planning a girl's night for January-- Christmas is the time that we want to all spend with friends and family.  But let's be honest... December is crazy.  Or maybe it's just my life.  :-)  So my thoughts are this: try to spend as much time as you can with your family and friends over the holidays.  But know that you probably won't get to see everyone.  So why not start planning a girl's night for January?  Let your friends know that you love them, but realize that you're all busy.  So if it doesn't happen, know that time to get together is just around the corner.

12. Take care of your spiritual life-- It sounds crazy to add one more thing into your day.  But taking care of your spiritual life will go a long way toward keeping your sanity through this crazy time of year.  Start your morning in your Bible and prayer.  And know that if your to do list isn't completed, it will all work out.

How are you preparing for the holidays?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thank You, Veterans!



 We took the kids to a Veteran's Day parade this year in an effort to show them that it's more than a day off of school.  They really enjoyed it and it sparked a lot of conversation in our home.

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Weekend Links












What I'm Cooking:

Last week was crazy.  We ate out WAY too much.  There was my birthday, and then a quick bite before Trick or Treating, and then the night we forgot to defrost chicken.  It was just too much.  So I was excited to get back into a routine this week.  

We chowed down on chicken noodle soup, power salad, veggie taco salad, and some super yummy minestrone, tortellini soup.  That was my favorite.  Easy to throw in the crockpot and a crowd pleaser all around... especially easy on the pocketbook.

What I'm Reading:

I've been on two of the same books for awhile.  Both the bookmarks book for this month and a book called In Step With the Spirit.  It's good.  Both books really focus on relationships... both with God and others.  So it's been interesting to find myself reading them together.

What I'm Doing:

I'm not totally sure about this weekend.  The plan was to take the kids' photos, but we woke up to pouring rain.  Really?  Can't respect this Mama's busy schedule.

What I'm Watching: 

Oh, we've been loving The Middle.  I'm so glad we remembered to return to that one.  It's absolutely funny and reminds me that we're not all alone in this parenting gig.

What I'm Enjoying:

Monopoly games... chocolate... warm comforters and cool homes... family ideas (in the works)...
making homemade ornaments... playdates... 

What are you up to?




Thursday, November 9, 2017

ABC's Of Thankfulness// Open Collab



 What are you thankful for?

Join us as we share our ABC’s of Thankfulness and all that we’re thankful for this year.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Choosing A Life That Matters {Review}


While preparing for a divinity school commencement speech, Dennis Rainey was left with the challenge:  What to say to a group of students who had studied under some of the brightest minds in theology?  What could there possibly be left to say?  But outside the doors of school lay the real world.  Fraught with marriage and deaths, mortgages and babies, what choices in life would actually bring them closer to Christ?  Who would these students become when life caught up to them?

That's when Rainey developed the seven principles for this book:
  • Seek God, Not Sin
  • Fear God, Not Men
  • Love God, Not the World
  • Believe God, Not the Deciever
  • Obey God, Not Your Feelings
  • Worship God, Not Comfort
  • Serve God, Not Self
Though only seven compact chapters, this little book packs a powerful punch.  Focused on drawing closer to God and those around us, each chapter outlines the "choice" though Biblical insight, life stories, and application questions.  Although this book could be read in an afternoon, it's sure to have a deeper impact when savored, worked through, and applied.  Don't let the size deceive you; this book is powerful.  This is one of those books that I will be returning to again and again in the future.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.  All opinions are my own.


Including the Kids in Thanksgiving

*Originally posted on 11/16/15.  Enjoy!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to focus on family, friends, and blessing.  It's the quiet holiday just before Christmas.  No presents, no huge holiday displays... just a thankful heart to give and receive.  And dare I say, it's one of the most important holidays on the calendar.

But for a kid, Thanksgiving can be quite lack luster.  No wrapping paper to throw off, no holiday music, cold weather and football.  How can we better include them in this important celebration?

Here are just a few ideas:

1. Create a Thankful tree-- Find a pretty vase and have the kids gather some sticks and rocks and start the tree.  Then add tags or colorful construction paper leaves.  Have the kids write down something they're thankful for, then interview others and include theirs as well.  See how many things you can find the be thankful for.

2. Have them set the table-- Thanksgiving is filled with pretty plates, cloth napkins, and shiny silverware.  It fun to set the table all fancy with vases and runners.  And it's a great time to learn about proper place settings and etiquette.  You might be surprised which of your kids gets the decorating bug.

3. Include them in creating a snack platter-- Appetizer and snack platters are fun to create with little hands.  Have them slice olives and fruit, arrange pickles, create a vegetable turkey, or mix up the dip.

4. Or a special desert-- We're making pretzel turkeys this year, but why not decorate cupcakes to go with the pie?  Or stir up a fruit dip?  My kids love helping run the mixer or learn to make homemade whipped cream.  Kids love being in the kitchen and since most deserts can be made ahead of time, including them in making desert avoids a time crunch.

5. Read a Thanksgiving book together-- Snuggling up with a good book together is always a great way to spend an afternoon.  Some of our favorites include: The Bernstein Bears Give Thanks, Turkey Surprise, The Thanksgiving Story, The Very First Thanksgiving Day, and This First Thanksgiving Day.

6. Or watch a special Thanksgiving video-- We love watching Walton's movies on Thanksgiving.  Or why not pop in old family movies and walk down memory lane.  Or create your own family movie on Thanksgiving.  Interview other members of the family.  What are they thankful for?  What do they remember about Thanksgivings past?

7. Create Thanksgiving crafts-- Create a fingerprint fall tree with the kid's fingerprints.  Make a paper bag thankful book with a turkey on the cover.  Play Thanksgiving Bingo.  There are so many turkey crafts out there.  Go browse through Pinterest.  :-)

How are you including your kids in Thanksgiving this year?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Our November Morning Basket



 Filling our November Morning Basket with Thanksgiving books, poetry, and fall memorizations.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017



 In this vlog...

We haunt the Halloween Festival with Kylo Ren, Amelia Earhart, and The Green Ninja.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Noah's 12th Birthday {DITL 10/13-14/17}

Noah turned 12 years old!  Unbelievable!  I can't imagine where the time has gone.  We celebrated by hosting family for the weekend and cheering his baseball team on to another win.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

October Favorites {Open Collab}



 Today I'm sharing with you a few of my favorites from the month of October... everything from books, movies, birthday favorites, and fall favorites.

Pumpkin Patch 2017:
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Jesus Always {Review}


I was first introduced to Sarah Young's devotionals in 2013 when my sister in law bought Jesus Calling for my kids.  Since then, we've picked it up off and on, often using it in our morning time before school.  The older my kiddos get, the more relevant these devotionals are to their life.

So when I had a chance to review Young's newest devotional, I was excited to get my hands on it.  Right away, the author states that this book is all about Joy.  And how many of us couldn't use more joy in our lives?  Especially our kids as they're learning to manage their emotions and navigate life.  

Written in a page a day style, the devotional runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31, but could be picked up at any time.  That's what makes this book such a great addition to our morning time.  Although the devotions work around a common theme, it doesn't hurt to miss one here and there.  Each page is written as if the Lord were speaking to you personally.  While this is hard to adjust to at first, it is quite comforting and very personal.  Jesus Always is written to a third to seventh grade audience, but I even find myself learning and growing through this devotional.  With the holidays coming up, this would make a wonderful gift or stocking stuffer.

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

Weekend Links















What I'm Cooking:

Last night, we made this wonderful yummy pot of stuffed pepper soup.  I absolutely love this one.  Filled with veggies and a little hamburger, it's so flavorful and filling.  The spices are just right with a little basil and oregano (two of our favorites) and it's perfect for cooking in the crockpot.

What I'm Reading:

This week I started the book club book for November: To Love, Honor, and Vacuum.  It's different than I expected.  Not bad, but is requiring a lot deeper thought.  I expected something more comedic, while this is quite deep.  I'm only 2 chapters in so I'm reserving judgment, but it definitely different than I expected.

What I'm Doing:

We've turned into crafting mode for the holidays around here.  We've decided that we want to make ornaments for the kids' teachers and coaches so we've been sketching out ideas and making lists of supplies.  The kids are so creative and I can't wait to share with you what they're creating.

What I'm Watching: 

We started back into watching The Middle again.  I haven't laughed so hard in awhile.

What I'm Enjoying:

Crockpot soups... Creative Halloween costumes... blankets on the couch... creative crafting ideas... renewed focus... helpful kiddos... 

What are you up to?


Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Second Every Day (Oct '17)



 October was busy!  Fall Ball, checkups, 2 Birthdays, and Halloween... never a dull moment raising 3 kids.

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Making Homemade Applesauce/ First Grade Science



 During the month of October, we studied apples.  So to culminate our study, we decided to make homemade applesauce in the crockpot.  It was delicious!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Gift of Christmas Past {Review}


At seventeen years old, Hadley has led a rough life.  Growing up in foster care hasn't been easy, and when she's accused of burning down the neighbor's house, Hadley determines to disappear and start fresh.

Meanwhile high school boyfriend, Monroe does all he can to keep Hadley out of legal trouble.  When his parents offer to pay for her lawyer if he'll break up with her, Monroe sacrifices his love to ensure Hadley's freedom.

Ten years pass before Monroe and Hadley meet again.  Both working with a young girl traumatized in a fire, the two must push past their history to remain professional.  While Monroe still yearns for their past relationship, his job is dependent upon staying away from Hadley.  And Hadley, working to beat the odds, finds herself questioning who Monroe really is.

It's no secret that I'm a huge Cindy Woodsmall fan and in this novel, she's teamed up with her daughter-in-law to branch out from Amish fiction.  I was quickly gripped by Hadley's character.  Having been a foster parent for several years, I found her character to be very well written.  At times, I had to take a break from reading because her pain was too real.  I love that foster kids were represented so respectfully in this book, with three youth thriving outside of the system.

My only criticism of the book was that it had very little to do with Christmas.  I expected the book to be more of a seasonal read and very few scenes had anything to do with Christmas.  But the characters were well written, sweet as teenagers and endearing as adults.  The story had twists and turns that I didn't expect, and foster care was highlighted in a revenant manner.  This all adds up to a gripping novel worth reading.  I couldn't put it down.

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pumpkin Picking and Lost in a Corn Maze



 It's fall and time for the Pumpkin Patch!  We had a fun morning of picking pumpkins, riding the training, and getting lost in a corn maze.  Afterwards, we went home to carve our pumpkins.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

November 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:

November 1st--Dia De Los Muertos
     *Read what Dia De Los Muetros really is
     *And here!
     *Bake Pan De Muerto
     *Create Sugar Scull inspired Rock Art

November 5th--Donut Day
     *Bake some Apple Cider Donut Holes
     *Sew some Felt Food Donuts
     *Do something unexpected

November 13th--World Kindness Day
     *Help an elderly neighbor with a household chore... just because!
     *Hold open a door
     *Call your grandparents
     *Visit a nursing home
     *Smile more!  At people... everywhere... just smile at others all day long!

November 17th--Homemade Bread Day
     *Start with Basic Homemade Bread
     *Move on to some Savory Monkey Bread
     *Finish it off with some Cinnamon Swirl Donut Bread

November 18th--Mickey Mouse Day
     *Read Who Was Walt Disney
     *Learn to draw Mickey
     *Create a Mickey and Minnie Wreath

November 18th--National Adoption Day
     (This might be my personal favorite)
     *Learn about our journey here!
     *And here!
     *And here!

November 23rd--Thanksgiving Day
     *Play this Roll a Turkey Game
     *Make a Thankful Journal for the family to write in throughout the month
     *Make this Turkey and Narrative Thanksgiving Craftivity


What days are you celebrating this month?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

I Love Fall Tag/ Favorites



 Fall is my favorite time of year.  Leaves changing, cooler temperatures, soup in the crockpot, and fall baseball... what could be better?  What are your favorite things about fall?

September Favorites:
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Questions:

1. Favorite candle scent?
2. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
3. What the best fall memory you have?
4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
5. Best fragrance for fall?
6. Favorite Thanksgiving food?
7. What is autumn weather like where you live?
8. Most worn sweater?
9. Must-have nail polish this fall?
10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
12. Combat boots or Uggs?
13. Is Pumpkin Spice worth the hype?
14. Favorite fall TV show?
15. What song really gets you in the fall spirit?

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Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 October 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 October was Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

These are the books I read this month:


The Proving by Beverly Lewis--See my review here.

What We Read With The Kids:


Houseboat Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner--We love listening to these Boxcar Children Mysteries in the car.  These four sibling stories are some of our favorites.


The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks--My kiddos finished up the third this series and are excited to keep reading.  Guess that's the sign of a good series.


Our suggested reading for October was Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery--  I love Anne of Green Gables.  It's one of those books that I've read over and over through the years and it never gets old.  The story of an orphan girl taken in by an elderly brother and sister... raised on the farm... and the mischief that ensues...  It's a story of love, hope, and family.  And although I just finished the book, I really can't wait to start it again.

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 Anne of Green Gables.

Also don't forget to come back on November 17th as we discuss To Love, Honor, and Vacuum by Sheila Wray Gregoire.

Weekend Links















What I'm Cooking:

Oh, we've been cooking!  I got the itch to start prepping for Christmas so Lydia and I have been making cookies and freezing the extra dough.  She loves to bake and the boys love to eat.  So it's been the perfect combination!

Then we had one day this week where we went a little crazy.  Homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade bread, and granola... We had an afternoon at home and took full advantage of it.

What I'm Reading:

I'm reviewing a Christmas book that I'm thoroughly enjoying it.  It's a quick read and it's been perfect for bedtime.  I really can't wait to share it with you all.

What I'm Doing:

As the seasons are changing, the kids have really gotten into riding their bikes.  We've been spending lots of time outdoors, riding around the neighborhood and enjoying the changing scenery.  My daughter, in particular, had really been a catalyst for getting us outside.  

What I'm Watching: 

We've been watching The Middle!  It's really one of my favorite shows as my husband and I relate to so much of it.  But somehow we missed the end of last season so we've been catching up.  The suit episode really got us.  It was definitely Noah and I in that episode.

What I'm Enjoying:

homemade granola... glittery Halloween stickers... baking... fall sunsets... 

What are you up to?




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