A Father's Day Gift Idea That Your Man Will LOVE

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Hint hint: Dad doesn't want another money clip for Father's Day. We have a fun and original idea that has already proven to be a great gift: Give him a Bacon Steak Sampler! Even better news: we've…

Winc: Wine Delivered to Your Home!

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Winc delivers wines that are curated to your taste and delivered to your doorstep. Perfect for the busy mom who enjoys a glass of wine at the end of the day! Affiliate link included. Opinions are…
30+ Journal Prompts for Kids (FREE PRINTABLE)

Start a Summer Journal for Kids (+ FREE Printable of 30+ Writing Prompts)

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As I mentioned in our 7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home, I want to be intentional about the way we use our time in the summer. Today I'd like to share about a really cool resource…
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10 Read Aloud Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

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Every child loves books. They just don't know it yet. For the kid in your life who says they hate reading, here are 10 read aloud books that are sure to change his or her mind.

7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home

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If your kids will be at home with you, by themselves, or with a sitter this summer, don't let that precious time go to waste. With just a little forethought, you can intentionally help them grow in ways that might not be possible during the school year. Here are seven steps to make your summer count when you have kids at home.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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For the past few years, I've had an ongoing problem. I could never remember gift ideas for ME! I'd constantly see things that I'd think, "Ooh, I'd love that!" And then it would quickly be erased from…
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Easter Menu Plan Made Easy

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An impressive, yet simple Easter meal for a crowd. Just follow our easy 4 step Easter Menu Plan!

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Child's Heart for Easter

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What comes to mind when your children think about Easter? I wish I could say that my kids get excited about the fact that Jesus conquered death and sealed the deal on eternal life through him,…

Our ADHD Journey Thus Far

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­Last week, I was talking to a friend who had suspicions that one of her children has ADHD. She was overwhelmed and didn’t even know what the first step to take was. My heart was bursting with empathy…
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3 Lessons from Moving Across the Country

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By Erin Hawley, Contributor Our family has recently relocated for my husband’s job.  There have been some difficult moments as we moved our two small children away from their school, friends,…

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Strengthen Your Faith and Family

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These 5 New Year's resolutions to grow your faith and family may be the most meaningful ones of your entire life.

How Losing 2 1/2 Months of Sleep Taught Me About God’s Love

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Today’s post comes from my friend and author, Erin Hawley. Not only is she a great storyteller, but she has a knack for translating simple observations of her young kids into deep spiritual truths that…
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7 Tips for Praying with Your Kids at Bedtime

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 by Nathan Tiemeyer, Pastor at The Crossing (and Rachel's husband). This post was first published on Every Square Inch. Many of us probably think it’s a good idea, at least in theory, to pray with…

3 Devotional Books for Elementary Kids We Are Loving

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If I get one thing right as a parent...it's not to get them the right education. It's not to make sure they play the right sports. It's not to help them avoid pain at all cost. And it's not even to make…

7 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

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Today's post comes from our long-time blogging pal, Julie, from Happy Home Fairy. If your poke around on Julie's blog, you can't help but feel uplifted, encouraged, and empowered as a mom. She's got LOADS…

Gift Ideas for a 5 Year Old Boy

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My Ty-Guy turned five a few weeks ago. Looking back at his birth story, I am flooded memories from that day and totally sound cliche when I say that it went so fast. Long days, short years. Another cliche…

Table Talk Cards

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Time together as a family is precious. Maybe like us, you want to use these years of having kids under your roof wisely. We want to build life-long relationships with our children and influence them…

One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Growing up, every Christmas morning we had monkey bread. While the sticky sweet recipe is delish, what makes the monkey bread so special is the tradition behind it. The thought of our Christmas morning…

Two Ways to Prepare Your Heart and Your Kids' Hearts for Christmas

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Last night in my church small group, a few of the members expressed their concerns about getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. I'm right there with them. While I know that…

4 Reasons a Cooking Birthday Party at Hy-Vee Is a Steal of a Deal

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A kids' cooking birthday party at Hy-Vee is a hidden gem. Every kid (ages 6-10) absolutely loved this hour and a half of hands-on cooking and eating fun. And it was the most low-stress, enjoyable birthday…

10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

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Need some ideas for a Halloween school party? Or even some game ideas for a Halloween party coming up? Keep reading... Am I the only one who draws a blank when it comes to brainstorming up school…
Before you fire off an email or social media post, be sure to read this article about some great ways to encourage your teacher.

How NOT to Encourage Your Child's Teacher

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By Jennifer Shackelford, Contributing Author Friends, I have determined that there are two types of people in this world. Those whose phone looks like this....(Yes, this is my home screen. Yes,…

3 Ridiculous Arguments I Continue to Have with My Preschooler

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I absolutely love the things that come out of preschoolers’ mouths. There are too many one liners to keep track of. The stream of thought dialogue is innocent, precious, and sometimes, down right hilarious.…

I'm Not the Mom I Thought I'd Be

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Yesterday, I was in a flurry of busyness. I was attempting to bring some order to the office in our new home but my productivity was being thwarted by my three little people who sensed my distraction.…