Homeschool Student Planner {plus Free Printable}

With this being our first year full-time homeschooling, I knew I needed a plan in place. I had planned and selected our curriculum but was still trying to find a way to keep my kids accountable with their school work and responsibilities. I am not really one for the unschooling. In life there are things that must get done, even if you don't want to do it. But this is not a post about not agreeing with "unschooling".. I do like this post if you want to read more about it.  This post is … [Read more...]

Christmas Wreath Card Display

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer I know there are hundreds of ways to display those beautiful Christmas cards we get each year. I’ve done most of them over the course of my beautiful life. Everything form hanging them from decorative ribbon to placing them in a crystal bowl. A couple years ago I was reading Living Magazine and found a quick and inexpensive way to display cards. I needed a change and this was perfect. A simple wooden wreath. Well, more like an embroidery hoop with … [Read more...]

DIY Letter Artwork {Easy for kids too!}

I remember doing crafty things with my Grandma and my Mom so I hope my kids will also cherish times together getting crafty. Now as an adult, I still love doing crafty things and this love of getting crafty is being past down to my kids, hopefully. I am also a crafty things collector. I have numerous things in plastic containers, all labeled... now if I could only get that organized in other areas of my home. ;)  This is a simple tutorial of how to DIY for letter artwork that can … [Read more...]

Whipped Naked Magnesium Butter

Written by Kari @ Living Strong Wellness, Contributing Writer  It seems these days that good, restful sleep is hard to come by. Not only with adults, but children as well. As this is not an exciting fact, it is a reality and I believe we have a wonderful variety of natural options to help us. For instance, there are herbal teas, essential oils, supplements and something I want to share with you today – magnesium butter. Ahhh, this stuff is amazing. Why do I love it so much? Because … [Read more...]

All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

Written by Contributing Writer, Kari at Living Strong, Health & Wellness Cleaning. We all have to do it and if you think about it, this is a constant activity in our lives. Whether we are personally the ones cleaning our homes or someone else is, the fact is, you have to use cleaners. Unfortunately, the cleaners most people have in their home are extremely toxic and dangerous to our health. If you think about how often cleaners are used in our home, you can get a good picture of … [Read more...]

How To Attract Butterflies and Birds To Your Yard

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer I love spring! It's my favorite season of all. When the dull gold-green grass brightens to vibrant, fresh green and the tender leaves begin sprouting on trees and bushes, I get eager to turn my attention outdoors. The garden calls, and I'm ready to clean out dead leaves that have littered the beds, repot plants that need larger homes, and bring some fresh new color to the garden and yard. And on the days I spend many hours … [Read more...]

DIY Kids’ Art Display

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer A couple of years ago, my oldest child started doing art projects and I found myself needing a place to be able to display his work. I have strong aversions to clutter and I was hoping to figure out a way to display our kids' work that would keep our home looking tidy. Just as important, I wanted our kids to know that we valued their work and enjoyed being able to show it off.  Soon after, I was perusing the aisles of … [Read more...]

Natural Oven Cleaner… Easy as 1, 2 & 3!!

It's a new year, which means new goals right?  Well, a HUGE goal I've had for a while now was to clean my oven. Boy or boy was it yucky and I have been using it almost a year without cleaning it, yes- I did just confess that.  You see, we bought our first house, a Log-home and moved in (in January of last year), got mostly unpacked, had a homebirth, started a new school year and got on with life. Time passed and I kept telling myself I'll do it later. Later came and went but while my … [Read more...]

DIY Tiered Serving Platters

 Written by Kari @ Living on Purpose, Contributing Writer I absolutely enjoy entertaining at my house. Every Christmas season, Hubby and I (okay, mostly me) like to have something at our house.  Now, sometimes that means a bunch of screaming little kids are over decorating my amazing sugar cookies, getting frosting all over our walls and furniture, sprinkles and colored sugar crystals become permanent flooring and faces end up stained with the frosting since most of it … [Read more...]

Simple Pinecone Swag

Written by Kelly @ Eyes on the Source, Contributing Writer Recently our family was out on a walk together and we came across a trail littered with beautiful pinecones.  Don't you love how God decorates for us in the beauty of nature?! :) Beyond the physical beauty of pinecones, just think about their picture of renewal and growth.  It is not until a pinecone experiences hot/dry/difficult times that it open up to fulfill the greatness it was created for.  If a pinecone … [Read more...]