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One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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 monkey bread warms my heart and is something I want to carry on in my family.

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Christmas Tree Troubles

Gather round, friends. I have a Christmas tale for you that is sure to bring some jolly to your day. It is a tale of a young mother who had large Christmas tree ambitions. Ambitions that were thwarted by the brokenness in this world. Yet, she persisted. And ended up

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15 Books That Share the REAL Meaning of Christmas

“In a culture that uses this season to get children to dream about how their lives would be made better by possessing a certain material thing, where Christmas has been reduced to a shopper’s nightmare and a retailer’s dream, it is vital to draw the wonder of our children away from

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Note: This post did have a giveaway on it, but it has expired. We don’t want Christmas to be about stuff, as we wrote about in this post recently. Giving meaningful gifts, however, is one way we can show love to our people and make Jesus’ birthday a joyous celebration that

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10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

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 party ideas? I feel like I see awesome game ideas all year long

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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

Meet our friend and Virtual Assistant Jennifer Shackelford. She works behind the scenes every week to bring our Real Food Menu Plans to you. We are incredibly blessed to have her our on team. And, as if Polly and I being lookalikes isn’t strange enough, Jennifer happens to be a

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3 Ridiculous Arguments I Continue to Have with My Preschooler

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. Recently, some friends and I were chatting about the hilarious things that kids say. Here are

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I’m Not the Mom I Thought I’d Be

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. I remember thinking, if I could just have an hour of alone time,

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5 GREAT Road Trip Activities for Kids (Cheap Ideas too!)

As I mentioned in a previous post, my family just returned from a trip to Florida. From mid-Missouri, the trip takes around 16 hours, depending on how quick your stops are. We had initially planned to stay in a hotel half way there but since our kids, four and six

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We Need to Tell Our Kids That It’s Hard to Follow Jesus

Photo credit: All photos in this post are property of The Crossing, Columbia, MO. See originals here. I just spent the past year with a team at my church writing and producing a curriculum for our one-week kids camp, called Kids Club. This is my 16th year of helping run

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Round up of easy summer learning activities for preschoolers

20+ Summer Preschool Learning Activities

Summer is a-coming! All of my little ducklings will be back in the nest and quickly clamoring for things to do. So, in theory, I’m OK with my kids facing a little boredom. It forces them to be creative and play together cooperatively more. Yeah boredom!  BUT, in reality, in

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Resource for How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex (Ages 3+)

5 year old: “Mom, how do the eggs get in the mama bird’s belly?” Mom: “Um, well, (frantically trying to formulate an answer that will not spur more questions) the daddy puts them there.” (Not my best parenting moment). 5 year old: “Does it hurt for the egg to come

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

My sweet “Clay-Bay-Bay” just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids, 5 and under. I get tired even thinking about it. To be completely

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Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of sibling squabbles, standing up in chairs, spilled drinks, and complaints. It’s usually all wrapped

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Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

“Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family is family.) As much as I was caught off guard by the question, I was even more

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