What’s in our Morning Basket? {Plus our read-alouds}

Going from part-time homeschooling to full-time homeschooling is going to be a transition for all of us. We haven't ever done a morning basket (or morning time, some might call it circle time) before, but looking forward to getting started this year.  The purpose of using a morning basket is to start your day off with truth, goodness and beauty. With the things that matter the most! Which are being together, reading and talking about Jesus, reading scripture, diving into rich literate … [Read more...]

5 Random Acts of Kindness: Plus Free Printable

Written by Starla, Contributing Writer This year's Random Acts of Kindness Day falls on February 17, 2016. Doing acts of kindness make us feel good about ourselves. The person on the receiving end of our kindness gets extra love that day. There is just something that makes our hearts lighter knowing we put a smile on someones face - even just for a moment.   My family has this great list of things we do in honor of Random Acts of Kindness day.  Random Acts Of … [Read more...]

Avoid Cabin Fever This Winter With These Fun Family Activities

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer I'm not a cold weather person. If possible, I would hibernate all winter long. That's not very realistic though so I've learned that you have to make the most of it. If you have kids, especially little ones, things can get a bit hairy and cabin fever can set in if you limit activities due to the cold weather. You may have to get a bit more creative than you do in the summer but there are plenty of fun family activities … [Read more...]

Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Your Kids

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer When your kids are really little, they happily go to bed at their regular bedtimes on New Year's Eve. Umm, okay, maybe not happily but they're still oblivious to the idea of staying up until midnight to welcome in the New Year. At some point though, they will want to stay up. In fact, they might even beg to stay up until midnight. Perhaps you are like me and are at the point where you'd prefer to let the new year arrive … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Celebrate Jesus This Christmas

Written by Courtney @ A + Life, Contributing Writer  December always has a way of sneaking up on us, doesn't it? I know for our family, with homeschooling, November birthdays, and Thanksgiving, before you know it- December is here! And if we aren't careful, it can be really easy to get swept up into the massive consumerism of the holiday season and completely miss out on the opportunity to share with our girls the REAL reason we celebrate in the first place. Jesus, of course! So here … [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...]

Tips For Eating Healthy During The Holidays

Written by Kari @ Kari Newsom Contributing Writer  It’s that time of year again. As a Health and Nutrition Coach, I always have people ask me for some tips on how to successfully celebrate special occasions without completely going off the deep end when it comes time to eat. The first and most important thing I always tell people is this: ENJOY THE CELEBRATION!!! All to often we try so hard to do ‘the right thing’ about the whole ‘eating during the holiday’ issue, that we actually … [Read more...]

Five Fun Fall Activities For Children

Written by Courtney @ A + Life, Contributing Writer  It is hard to believe that we are already one month into the fall season and that before long (if not already!) we will be bombarded with all things Christmas related. But, today, I wanted to share about some of our very favorite fall things to do with our daughter, Abigail. This time of year is perfect for being outside all day long! The crisp autumn air, the bright sun, the sights and sounds of fall, all make for a wonderful … [Read more...]

Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Flaky Pastry Crust

Written by Kari @ KariNewsom.com, Contributing Writer Autumn is officially here! At least in Colorado! We are having beautiful and warm days (high 70's to low 80's), but the nights are cool and crisp! Leaves are turning bright yellow, orange and red - and the morning has brought a slight haze these past few days. Typically I am more of a warm-weather person. I'm all about the sun, flip flops and being outside. That being said, I'm still a Colorado girl at heart. I like to get bundled up in … [Read more...]

Easy Cauliflower Crust Pizza {for a Large 16 inch Pizza}

One thing I love is pizza, I mean who doesn't??? There's something nostalgic about it, you bite into a cheesy piece of deliciousness and your tastebuds erupt with excitement and fun memories.  We have pizza night on Friday nights, a lot, not always but I'd say at least 1-2 times per month. You can make pizza healthier, for one, done't get delivery, make your own. For the crust, you can use whole wheat (if it's sprouted, even better) use sourdough, use a gluten free flour or even a … [Read more...]