No time for grumps--perspective for motherhood

No Time for Grumps

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This morning I was woken up at 5:30 a.m. by my dog, who sleeps under our bed, scratching. And scratching. And scratching. I still have no idea why we let our 70 pound lab/Shepard mix sleep under our bed…
Does Having a Loving Family Give a Child an Unfair Advantage?

Does Having a Loving Family Give a Child an Unfair Advantage?

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Guest post by Keith Simon, our friend and pastor at The Crossing, as well as, father of four children. This post was originally posted at Every Square Inch. Inequality is in the news. There’s…
Make This Summer with Your Kids Count - How to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in kids' lives.

Make This Summer with Your Kids Count

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Don't waste your summer with kids at home. It's never too late to think about how to use these summer months intentionally. Here's how to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in…
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Mother's Day Special: 50% Off Verse Cards for Moms

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If you're looking for a thoughtful, last minute gift idea for a mom, we have an idea for you! For one week only we are offering 50% off our Bible verse cards. (This is our biggest discount of the year…

These are the Best Days

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The following post is from a college friend of mine, Justin Ricklefs. His warm and authentic reflections on family, marriage and relationships have captured the heart and attention of many readers. Reclaiming…
Rainy Day Activity with marshmallows and toothpicks is one of the simplest learning activities for many ages.

Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Rainy Day Activity

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This activity isn't rocket science...but it might further your child toward that career. Simply give your child toothpicks. Gasp! You mean hand my child those sharp pointy objects!? They will poke their…

Gift Ideas for a Two Year Old Boy

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Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

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We've been cooped up way too long. Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something... stat. As of late, my three year old has taken to painting…

Where is God When You Can't Get Pregnant?

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Today's post has been prayed for, labored over, talked about and worked on for weeks and weeks. Rebekah from Barren to Beautiful has poured her heart and soul into these words and we have high hopes that…

My Preschooler's Favorite Counting Game

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I wanted to share a super easy counting game that is great for toddlers and preschoolers. This number learning game is something you can put together at home and will keep your kiddo busy. When I was…

"Do You Sometimes Just Cry?"

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The blog helps me make friends. Seriously. People read my parenting posts (or parenting woes), totally relate, want to talk to me about their similar experiences, we connect over harrowing kid stories…

Ball Toss Game: Learning to Add by 10s

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Anybody remember The Bozo Show? I think I just dated myself...big time. But, that's where this ball toss game idea originally came from. My kids, ranging in age from 4-8, love this game on rainy…

When Grace is So Good That It Hurts

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The following post is written by my dear friend, Sara. Despite being 9 months pregnant with her 3rd she is still full of spunk, fun, humor and wit. When she shared this post on her blog, Moves Like Jaeger,…
14 best educational toys

The 14 Best Hands-On Educational Toys We Own

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Seven Things I Swore I'd Never Do as a Parent

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I knew so much more about parenting before I had children. Yes friends, I had it all figured out. I knew the type of mom I'd be, the type of kids I'd raise, the type of foods we eat, the countless…
Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

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Although a while back, I swore off a Pinterest birthday party for my kids, here I am. I found a pocket of creative time this past year and dove head-first into my 7-year-old son's request for a Science…
preschool math learning game

Preschool Math Learning Game: Twist On the Game of War

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Here's a quick and easy math learning game you can play with your preschooler. My 4-year-old son loves this one. It's a twist on the game of war which will help your child learn the concept of "more…

6 Easy and Fun Activities for Holiday Gatherings

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  Updated from December 2013. Want to spice up that next family gathering or Christmas party? Try a game or activity to get everyone involved. Here are some of our favorites to do together‚Ķ

"Good News of Great Joy!" Family Christmas Devotional (Only $4.99!)

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What story will most capture your child’s heart this holiday season? Children begin to form their understanding of what Christmas is about from very early on. The only real question is who or what will…
Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

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Last weekend I had a girls weekend with my college besties. As we've talked about before here and here, getting away with girlfriends is refreshing for the soul. We had a blast (and almost got snowed in!!) The…

"Mommy, Are You Happy?"

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Mommy Monster has been on the prowl. I've just found myself in a little funk in which I've been quick to anger and acting like a hormonal teenager in the way I have been snippy and quick to anger with…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Elementary Halloween Party Games

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These three Halloween Party Games are simple but really fun for kids of multiple ages. I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. Over the years I've worked with…

Bible Learning Cards

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We are all about getting the word out there about toys, products, websites and music that we love. A product that I recently stumbled across (well, actually it was sent to me to try out) was a set of these…

Much Love for Lana at Art and Soul Photography

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Along with our site being updated, you may have noticed that our pictures have been updated as well. We were lucky to snag our friend, Lana Ekland at Art and Soul Photography to take the job. I've actually…