Training Children

Pictures of the best children's bibles recommended by age level

Best Children's Bibles For Kids of All Ages

/
Recommendations from a seasoned Children's Ministry Director of the best children's bibles for every age (and how to avoid all the bad ones).

Babies with Acid Reflux: Help & Encouragement for Moms

/
I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don't use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a…

Little People, Big Feelings: 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Regulate Emotions

/
When we think about strong emotions less as a behavior issue and more as a skill to be learned, it’s easier to provide a warm responsive environment. Try these 5 tips to coach your kids as they learn to manage complex feelings.

7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home

/
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.

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

/
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…
These easy and fun summer learning activities are perfect for elementary-aged kids.

20+ Excellent Summer Learning Activities for Elementary-Aged Kids

/
I want my summers at home with my kids to count. Every May, I spend some time thinking about how I can make an impact in my children's lives over the summer months. I've written quite a bit on setting…

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…

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…

"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

/
"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same…

Character is Caught, Not Taught

/
As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching my dad get his newspapers out of those huge, metal dispensers. I loved putting the quarters in for him and the immediate ability to pull a previously-locked…
This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of "One Year of Dinner Table Devotions"

/
Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors…
5 Creative Ways to Get Kids in the Kitchen

5 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer (and Why It’s So Beneficial for You and Them!)

/
Sponsored by Frigidaire Gallery® Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking…

10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

/
Cultivating gratefulness and fighting against entitlement is a constant battle in our hearts and in our home. Here are 10 ways we're trying to help our kids be more thankful and content with what they…

Five Reasons My Strong-Willed Child is a Blessing

/
I'm currently in a pretty large women's Bible study filled with moms. What I've learned from listening to moms in all stages--some with their first infant, to some with kids in college--is that most…
When Motherhood Gets Messy

When Motherhood Gets Messy

/
This guest post by Rebekah, from Barren to Beautiful, has touched my heart. It had me laughing and crying all in the same 5 minutes. Rebekah has a true gift of sharing her heart and providing much-needed…

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

/
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…
talking to your kids about sex

6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

/
Guest post by Nathan, Rachel's husband Rachel and I are the parents of three kids, and though the oldest is just starting second grade, we’ve been occasionally discussing how to talk with our kids…

Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

/
Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. Today is my 1st grade son's last day of school (finally!). After one last trip to the Dollar Store this morning,…

Interview with Author Rachel Jankovic

/
Have you heard of author, blogger and mom of six, Rachel Jankovic? She penned two fantastically brief and poignant parenting books I've reviewed: Loving the Little Years and her latest release, Fit to…

9 Truths to Believe When My Child is Suffering

/
When our firstborn son was 20 months old and I was 9 months pregnant with our second child, my husband and I sat in silence in the procedure waiting room, nervously awaiting the results of his endoscopy…
Family Devotional Cootie Catcher

Easy Family Devotional Activity: Make a "Verse Catcher"

/
You know you have a great babysitter when you come home and she's playing "Psalm Catcher" with the kids. Remember those paper thingy-ma-bobbers that we made in grade school called "Cootie Catchers"?…

I'm a Broken Parent Today

/
Note: I wrote this cathartic piece for myself earlier this week. I went ahead and posted it today, though, on the off chance there are a few other parents out there who need to these reminders, too. The…

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

/
First of all, I think this post's title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said,…

Calm. Fair. Firm.

/
I'm only two years into parenting but one thing I've learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks…

Parenting Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

/
Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child

/
Do you have a little one who is going through this phase of life where every...thing...is...sooooooo...hard--especially following directions from Mom and Dad? Here's a fairly regular morning conversation…

Six Things I Planned to Do Differently with My Second Child: A Follow Up

/
About three months ago, I wrote a post about Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child. Now, a little over two months after having my second, I am taking the time to evaluate these previous…
How to Make a Chore Chart

How to Make a Chore Chart (a.k.a. Swift Kick in the Pants Chart)

/
You're probably not like me. You probably don't sweep your kitchen mostly just when you notice the ants beneath the kids' stools nibbling on crumbs. You probably don't check off everything else on your…
Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child's Separation Anxiety

/
Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children's ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it…

Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child

/
As I write this post, I am 26 days away from my due date. By the time I actually share this post, it will be even closer. As baby boy gets closer and closer to joining our family, I have been reflecting…
3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

/
Note: You may want to read the full blog post on this topic called How to Cultivate a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child first. Proverbs 6:23 says, “Correction and…

A Must-Read for Moms: Loving the Little Years

/
Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

Holidays and Traditions

Easter Scavenger Hunt Printable (FREE!)

/
Looking for ways to make Easter extra special at home this year? Use our printable Easter Scavenger Hunt to add some extra fun to the day! This simple Easter scavenger hunt is geared towards preschool…
stocking with gifts coming out of the top

10+ Stocking Stuffers You Can Get From the Grocery Store

/
We couldn't believe how many fun stocking stuffers you can snag in store or put in your online cart when you're doing a grocery run. Check out our top picks for stocking stuffers from the grocery store and save yourself some time!

DIY Apples to Apples Game

/
Creating your own Apples to Apples game is simple, cheap (only scrap paper and a few pens required) and freaking hilarious. I've played our homemade version with adults (I don't think my small…

4 Easy Ways Your Family Can Focus on Jesus this Christmas Season

/
We'd love to share with you 4 easy (and fun!) ways your family can focus on Jesus this Christmas season. This short, 4 part email series has practical ideas we use in our own homes. Join now!

Gift Guide: Grandparents

/
Where do we even start to say thank you to the grandparents in our life? A thoughtful gift from the family can be one small way to show our appreciation for their love and support. With help from…

15+ Advent Resources for the Whole Family

/
The true reason we celebrate Christmas - that God sent His only Son for us - can get lost in the hustle and bustle of preparations for the holiday. Advent is a time to focus our hearts and minds on Jesus…

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…

31 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

/
We've put together a list of fun, adorable and easy Christmas crafts for kids to get your family in the holiday spirit. Bonus, they will keep your children occupied while you check things off YOUR to-do…

Thanksgiving Guide: Menu Plan, Family Activities & More

/
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we want to make the holiday as easy as possible for you. Here are some ideas you might find helpful. In this guide, you'll find: Meaningful and…

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

/
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…

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

/
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,…

Table Talk Cards

/
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

/
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

/
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…

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…
Jesus' Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for Jesus on Christmas Night

/
When the gift opening frenzy is over, all toys have been played with, and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves on Christmas dinner..there's still one more Christmas tradition my children can't…
You'll never regret giving this thrifty, yet meaningful gift this Christmas.

Giving the Gift of Time To Our Kids for Christmas

/
Guest post by Erin Anderson. Being six years younger than my sister, I always wanted to be more than an annoying little sister. That’s likely why I still remember when she invited me at the age…
Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

/
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…

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

/
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…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Elementary Halloween Party Games

/
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…

Thoughtful Father's Day Gift Idea

/
I wanted to share about a DIY Father's Day gift I put together for my dad a few years ago. It took a little preliminary work but the thoughtfulness and time put into it was totally worth it. Weeks before…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Blow Up That Balloon Experiment

/
As I've mentioned in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we did three different hands-on science experiments for my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. All three worked well and were…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Crazy Cupcake Concoctions

/
As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. One of my favorite parts of the party, to be honest, was the…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: How to Make Slime

/
As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, I planned three science experiments for the kids including making slime. There's just no way around it: Slime is cool.…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party: Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment.

Science Birthday Party: Mentos and Diet Coke Explosion

/
As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, I planned three science experiments for the kids including this grand finale, the Mentos and Diet Coke Explosion. It.…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Make a Scientist Kit as Take Home Gift

/
As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. In this post, I'll share about our Take-Home gift. Move over…
valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

/
A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine's Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I've known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party: How to make a science lab photo booth.

Science Birthday Party: Lab Photo Booth

/
As I mentioned in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, part of our decor and activities included the Lab Photo Booth. This cute photo session helped our little scientists loosen up…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

/
Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

/
It's June! It's summer! I'm already seeing some Fourth of July crafts floating around the blogland so I thought I'd throw a few of mine in the mix. Pin it if you like it! Here is a Fourth of July Onesie I…

Why I Won't Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

/
I have a confession to make. My son just turned 6 this week. And...I dropped the ball, so to speak, on planning a big basketball birthday party like he had originally asked for. There are so many moms…

Baby Stuff

How to Get Yellow Stains Out of Baby Clothes

/
Looking for a way to get yellow stains out of baby clothes after storage? I've stumbled on the PERFECT solution! Read on to learn how to save those baby clothes! (Tip- be sure to read the comments too!…

Babies with Acid Reflux: Help & Encouragement for Moms

/
I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don't use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a…

10+ Freezable & Healthy Recipes for Babies and Toddlers

/
When my kids were babies, I really prioritized making homemade food for them. After much trial and error, I have narrowed down the perfect recipes for 1 year olds (or really any little eater!) that were…

5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

/
My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being…

A Third Kid is Like...

/
"So, how is life with three kids?" is a common question I've been getting these days. It's such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in…

One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

/
After having three babies, I've managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was…

'Tis the Season...to Not Keep Up with Life

/
I like a clean home. Not a spotless clean but a tidy clean. My home is far from perfect or clutter-free but I always felt like I had somewhat of a handle on things. I'm just a person who is usually on…

He's HERE! Clayton's Birth Story

/
He’s here! He’s here! If you follow any of my social media, you have known that for a few days now that baby Clayton was born on March, 23 at 7:01 pm. He was born three weeks early but is my biggest…

Bed-Resting (Part 1)

/
Hey Friends. Polly here. Because I can get a little chatty when I write personal posts like these, I've decided to break this up into two different posts: 1) The backstory to how I ended up on bed rest…

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

/
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…

A Word to the Struggling New Mom

/
I recently got together with a sweet friend who has a six month old. It was the first time we had actually talked face-to-face since he was born and the first time I was able to hear firsthand about the…

An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

/
Guest post by Holli Best Four years ago this month our family of three experienced a miscarriage. It was my second pregnancy, and we learned we were pregnant around New Years. My confidence was already…

Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

/
Reposted from January 2012 Here's a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom... A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children.…

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

/
First of all, I think this post's title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said,…

Understanding the Fourth Trimester

/
We have a great and very thorough guest post today from our friend, Holli. I SO wish I would have read this before my first baby! It would have explained so much of what I was feeling and helped…
Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child's Separation Anxiety

/
Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children's ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it…

Welcome to the World, Little Tyler!

/
As you have probably gathered by now, our little man is finally here! He was born on Monday, April 23 at 9:14 a.m. 7 lbs 3 oz. His arrival couldn't have gone better. I'm not just saying that. I have truly…

Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child

/
As I write this post, I am 26 days away from my due date. By the time I actually share this post, it will be even closer. As baby boy gets closer and closer to joining our family, I have been reflecting…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

/
With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

/
Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…

Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

/
Last night my 17 month old daughter choked. She's ok but it was pretty scary. My mom was actually watching my daughter, Adelyn, while I was out with my husband and some friends for my 30th birthday.…

Lessons from The First Trimester

/
Well friends, I'm through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit…

Healthy Recipe Ideas for a One Year Old

/
Feeding a little one can be so much fun! I love helping my daughter discover new tastes, textures, and combinations. At times, however, it can result in a lot of frustration. As a mom of a little one,…

Football Blanket Tutorial

/
These cozy blankets are easy to make and can be a great baby boy gift. I made this one for a friend who has a baby boy on the way. Can't wait to see their little guy wrapped up in it! Until then, I'll…

DIY Baby Gift: Owl Pillow and Burp Cloths

/
A friend of mine had a little boy yesterday. I used it as an excuse to whip up a few fun burp clothes and an owl. These burp clothes are actually made from cloth diapers. If you have any sewing skills…

Family Devotionals

Pictures of the best children's bibles recommended by age level

Best Children's Bibles For Kids of All Ages

/
Recommendations from a seasoned Children's Ministry Director of the best children's bibles for every age (and how to avoid all the bad ones).

15 Meaningful Easter Books

/
Easter is such a happy holiday. Bunnies. Egg hunts. Special Easter Sunday dresses (and an excuse to put little boys in vests or ties). Easter brunch with the family. Fun candies.…
bed

7 Tips for Praying with Your Kids at Bedtime

/
 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

/
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…
Jesus' Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for Jesus on Christmas Night

/
When the gift opening frenzy is over, all toys have been played with, and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves on Christmas dinner..there's still one more Christmas tradition my children can't…
How We Use Our 5 Minute Ride to School

How We Use Our 5 Minute Drive to School (+7 Devotional Resources for the Car)

/
Every Monday through Friday my husband or I load our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9, into our gray Honda Odyssey (along with every other middle-aged, suburban parent, right?) at 7:20 a.m. to head to school. Our…
This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of "One Year of Dinner Table Devotions"

/
Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors…

10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

/
Cultivating gratefulness and fighting against entitlement is a constant battle in our hearts and in our home. Here are 10 ways we're trying to help our kids be more thankful and content with what they…
5 Devotional Books Our Family is Loving

5 Devotional Books Our Family Is Loving

/
There are so many things my husband, Nathan, and I find ourselves regretting that we do or say as parents. But, one that I'm fairly confident we will not regret is taking the time to read to our…

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

/
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…

Apple Butter Weekend: A Family Tradition

/
Ever made 150 pints of apple butter at once? Sounds crazy but my family does it every year. "Apple Butter Weekend" has been happening every October for as long as I can remember. It's always something…

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

/
First of all, I think this post's title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said,…

Calm. Fair. Firm.

/
I'm only two years into parenting but one thing I've learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks…

Six Things I Planned to Do Differently with My Second Child: A Follow Up

/
About three months ago, I wrote a post about Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child. Now, a little over two months after having my second, I am taking the time to evaluate these previous…
Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child's Separation Anxiety

/
Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children's ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it…

Lessons from The First Trimester

/
Well friends, I'm through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit…

Product Recommendations

Best Lunch Boxes on Amazon

Best Lunch Boxes and Bento Boxes on Amazon (2021 Edition)

/
We've vetted the best lunch boxes and bento boxes for kids of all ages on Amazon for 2019. Free shipping on all. Perfect for back to school season.

Top 10 Safe and Budget-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids

/
Did you know most of the sunscreens for babies and children on the market are filled with harmful chemicals, from endocrine disruptors to cancer-causing ingredients? If you want to keep your child safe from the sun's damage and safe from toxic sunscreen ingredients without breaking the bank, pick up one of our curated Top 10 Safest and Budget-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids this year. We've done all the research for you!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

/
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…
Woman holding a ButcherBox box

ButcherBox Review: My Honest Thoughts

/
Mom and cookbook author shares her honest review of ButcherBox to help you decide if it's worth it and how to get the best deal.

Best Bibles for Teenagers (& Tweenagers!)

/
After years of working in youth ministry and parenting teens ourselves, we have narrowed down what we think are some of the best Bibles for tween and teen girls and boys.
Pictures of the best children's bibles recommended by age level

Best Children's Bibles For Kids of All Ages

/
Recommendations from a seasoned Children's Ministry Director of the best children's bibles for every age (and how to avoid all the bad ones).

How to Get Yellow Stains Out of Baby Clothes

/
Looking for a way to get yellow stains out of baby clothes after storage? I've stumbled on the PERFECT solution! Read on to learn how to save those baby clothes! (Tip- be sure to read the comments too!…

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…

Our Favorite Family Games & Puzzles

/
Between our two families, we have gone through A LOT of puzzles, board games, and yard games over the years. Here is a quick round-up of some of our personal favorites! Disclaimer: Some of the links…

How to Get 3 Free Audiobooks

/
Audiobooks have changed my life. I'm not exaggerating! The ability to listen to books while I drive, mow, walk, or even clean has given me the chance to "read" so many more books than I ever would…

15 Meaningful Easter Books

/
Easter is such a happy holiday. Bunnies. Egg hunts. Special Easter Sunday dresses (and an excuse to put little boys in vests or ties). Easter brunch with the family. Fun candies.…

10 Favorite HealthMarket Products and How I Use Them

/
A list of 10 favorite health food products that repeatedly make my grocery list, why I think they are a worthy investment, and some ways I use them in my kitchen and around the house. Sponsored…

Fun Idea to Do With Kids While You Wait

/
Every parent of preschool and elementary kids has been there. The dreaded wait...at a restaurant, the doctor's office, an amusement park, you get the idea. Kids start to whine. Your head starts to hurt. Well, we have a really fun idea to do while you wait, and it doesn't involve a device!

Road Trip Cards: Fun Games and Questions for the Whole Family

/
Ditch the screens! These cards will turn road trips into fun, family time. From laugh-out-loud silly stories to name-it competitions, get ready for all ages to be entertained.

Traveling with Kids: Tips, Tricks, & Activities

/
Traveling with little ones can be challenging. With a little planning ahead though, a long trip with young children can be a lot smoother. Check out our traveling tips, tricks, and activities below! I've…

Winc: Wine Delivered to Your Home!

/
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…
shelves of colorful books

10 Read Aloud Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

/
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

/
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.

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

/
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,…

3 Devotional Books for Elementary Kids We Are Loving

/
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…

7 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

/
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

/
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…
These easy and fun summer learning activities are perfect for elementary-aged kids.

20+ Excellent Summer Learning Activities for Elementary-Aged Kids

/
I want my summers at home with my kids to count. Every May, I spend some time thinking about how I can make an impact in my children's lives over the summer months. I've written quite a bit on setting…
How We Use Our 5 Minute Ride to School

How We Use Our 5 Minute Drive to School (+7 Devotional Resources for the Car)

/
Every Monday through Friday my husband or I load our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9, into our gray Honda Odyssey (along with every other middle-aged, suburban parent, right?) at 7:20 a.m. to head to school. Our…
5 Devotional Books Our Family is Loving

5 Devotional Books Our Family Is Loving

/
There are so many things my husband, Nathan, and I find ourselves regretting that we do or say as parents. But, one that I'm fairly confident we will not regret is taking the time to read to our…

Gift Ideas for a Two Year Old Boy

/
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn…

A Safe, Cheap, and Effective Sunscreen for the Whole Family

/
Updated from May 2013. I thought this post might be helpful again for those moms out there like me who want a safe, effective, and cheap sunscreen... Every year I find myself doing new research on the…

A Mother's Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

/
We've got a Mother's Day special for you on a very special and inexpensive gift! About a year ago, Polly and I had our uber-talented designer friend, Christine Busch, design an adorable little set of 25…

A Review of My Panasonic Bread Machine

/
In case you haven't noticed, I've been going a little crazy with the bread machine recipes. Ever since I got my bread machine four months ago we've continually had some type of bread, pastry, or pizza…

Parenting Books

This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of "One Year of Dinner Table Devotions"

/
Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors…

Interview with Author Rachel Jankovic

/
Have you heard of author, blogger and mom of six, Rachel Jankovic? She penned two fantastically brief and poignant parenting books I've reviewed: Loving the Little Years and her latest release, Fit to…

Parenting Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

/
Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child

/
Do you have a little one who is going through this phase of life where every...thing...is...sooooooo...hard--especially following directions from Mom and Dad? Here's a fairly regular morning conversation…

A Must-Read for Moms: Loving the Little Years

/
Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

Encouragement for Moms

On the Job Meditations: 25 Encouraging Bible Verse Cards for Moms

/
Just one minute of looking up instead of down--at the dirty floors or a crabby kid-- can change your whole perspective as a mom. When you meditate on biblical truth throughout the day--whether…

Babies with Acid Reflux: Help & Encouragement for Moms

/
I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don't use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a…

Little People, Big Feelings: 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Regulate Emotions

/
When we think about strong emotions less as a behavior issue and more as a skill to be learned, it’s easier to provide a warm responsive environment. Try these 5 tips to coach your kids as they learn to manage complex feelings.

7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home

/
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.

Our ADHD Journey Thus Far

/
­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…
bed

7 Tips for Praying with Your Kids at Bedtime

/
 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…

7 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

/
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…

My Fight with Binge Eating, Excessive Exercising, and Self Image

/
Most of my 20-somethings decade I spent on a treadmill both literally and figuratively. I had a love/hate relationship with food—both binge eating in secret and then paying my penalty by working…

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.…

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.…
If I could go back to the beginning, here are six pieces of advice I would give myself as a new stay-at-home mom.

6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Stay-At-Home Mom

/
Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

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,…

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…

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…

"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

/
"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same…

5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

/
My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being…

Character is Caught, Not Taught

/
As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching my dad get his newspapers out of those huge, metal dispensers. I loved putting the quarters in for him and the immediate ability to pull a previously-locked…

A Third Kid is Like...

/
"So, how is life with three kids?" is a common question I've been getting these days. It's such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in…

Dig In

/
My kids’ room was a mess. They had been playing hard and managed to undo any type of organization I had attempted to create in the past 4 years. While I was thankful for the extended conflict-free play…

'Tis the Season...to Not Keep Up with Life

/
I like a clean home. Not a spotless clean but a tidy clean. My home is far from perfect or clutter-free but I always felt like I had somewhat of a handle on things. I'm just a person who is usually on…

10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

/
Cultivating gratefulness and fighting against entitlement is a constant battle in our hearts and in our home. Here are 10 ways we're trying to help our kids be more thankful and content with what they…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 3): 6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself

/
Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series first. Before I wrap up this series with 6 practical helps for stay-at-home moms, I feel compelled to tell you three things I'd like to say to you face-to-face…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 2): 8 Reasons It's Worth the Sacrifice

/
You may want to read Part 1 of this blog series first. FYI, there may be some affiliate links within this post. "I must choose to do those things that will give satisfaction as I view my life as a whole,…
On Being a Stay At Home Mom

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 1): The Job With No Accolades

/
Nine years ago when my first child was born, my husband and I decided that I would not work full-time anymore and would instead stay home (most of the time) with our children during their preschool…

Five Reasons My Strong-Willed Child is a Blessing

/
I'm currently in a pretty large women's Bible study filled with moms. What I've learned from listening to moms in all stages--some with their first infant, to some with kids in college--is that most…
When Motherhood Gets Messy

When Motherhood Gets Messy

/
This guest post by Rebekah, from Barren to Beautiful, has touched my heart. It had me laughing and crying all in the same 5 minutes. Rebekah has a true gift of sharing her heart and providing much-needed…
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

/
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…

Where is God When You Can't Get Pregnant?

/
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…

"Do You Sometimes Just Cry?"

/
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…

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

/
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…
talking to your kids about sex

6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

/
Guest post by Nathan, Rachel's husband Rachel and I are the parents of three kids, and though the oldest is just starting second grade, we’ve been occasionally discussing how to talk with our kids…

The One Where I Admit I Can't Do It All

/
I've been struggling with headaches for two years now--ever since I was done nursing my my last child. They seem to have gotten more frequent--about once a week I end up in bed. I’ve linked them to…

Can Women (and Men) Have It All?

/
Guest post by my husband, Nathan. In many respects, Indra K. Nooyi is an enormously successful woman. The 58 year-old CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business on the planet, often…

A Word to the Struggling New Mom

/
I recently got together with a sweet friend who has a six month old. It was the first time we had actually talked face-to-face since he was born and the first time I was able to hear firsthand about the…

Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

/
Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. Today is my 1st grade son's last day of school (finally!). After one last trip to the Dollar Store this morning,…

A Mother's Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

/
We've got a Mother's Day special for you on a very special and inexpensive gift! About a year ago, Polly and I had our uber-talented designer friend, Christine Busch, design an adorable little set of 25…

An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

/
Guest post by Holli Best Four years ago this month our family of three experienced a miscarriage. It was my second pregnancy, and we learned we were pregnant around New Years. My confidence was already…

Interview with Author Rachel Jankovic

/
Have you heard of author, blogger and mom of six, Rachel Jankovic? She penned two fantastically brief and poignant parenting books I've reviewed: Loving the Little Years and her latest release, Fit to…

9 Truths to Believe When My Child is Suffering

/
When our firstborn son was 20 months old and I was 9 months pregnant with our second child, my husband and I sat in silence in the procedure waiting room, nervously awaiting the results of his endoscopy…

Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

/
Reposted from January 2012 Here's a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom... A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children.…

Calm. Fair. Firm.

/
I'm only two years into parenting but one thing I've learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks…

Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child

/
Do you have a little one who is going through this phase of life where every...thing...is...sooooooo...hard--especially following directions from Mom and Dad? Here's a fairly regular morning conversation…
3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

/
Note: You may want to read the full blog post on this topic called How to Cultivate a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child first. Proverbs 6:23 says, “Correction and…

Lessons from The First Trimester

/
Well friends, I'm through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit…
I'm Glad I Left My Family and 10 Reasons You Should Too

10 Reasons I'm Glad I Left My Family and Why You Should, Too

/
Yes, I left my family...for two nights this past weekend. Almost two years ago my best friend, Erika, suggested to me and a few other of our friends from the past (I knew all of these girls as early…

Mom Hack

Mom Hack from Thriving Home
Mom Hack: The Problem of Legos

Mom Hack: Make Your Lego Problems Go Away

/
All moms of boys know the problem of Legos, eh? They breed and then migrate. That's my best guess for how they get under the refrigerator, next to the toilet, and in the van, among about 206 other locations. One…

Learning Activities

DIY Apples to Apples Game

/
Creating your own Apples to Apples game is simple, cheap (only scrap paper and a few pens required) and freaking hilarious. I've played our homemade version with adults (I don't think my small…

Our Favorite Family Games & Puzzles

/
Between our two families, we have gone through A LOT of puzzles, board games, and yard games over the years. Here is a quick round-up of some of our personal favorites! Disclaimer: Some of the links…

20+ Summer Boredom Busters (Screen-Free!)

/
Home with kids and in need of screen-free activity ideas? We've got you covered. This list of 20 summer boredom busters will keep kids of all ages busy in a meaningful and fun way. Before you jot…
30+ Journal Prompts for Kids (FREE PRINTABLE)

30+ Journal Writing Prompts for Kids (+ Free Printable)

/
Promote creative thinking, attention span, and writing skills using these original 30+ Journal Writing Prompts for Kids that are written by an award-winning elementary teacher.

Fun Idea to Do With Kids While You Wait

/
Every parent of preschool and elementary kids has been there. The dreaded wait...at a restaurant, the doctor's office, an amusement park, you get the idea. Kids start to whine. Your head starts to hurt. Well, we have a really fun idea to do while you wait, and it doesn't involve a device!
shelves of colorful books

10 Read Aloud Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

/
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

/
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.

Table Talk Cards

/
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…
These easy and fun summer learning activities are perfect for elementary-aged kids.

20+ Excellent Summer Learning Activities for Elementary-Aged Kids

/
I want my summers at home with my kids to count. Every May, I spend some time thinking about how I can make an impact in my children's lives over the summer months. I've written quite a bit on setting…
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…
5 Creative Ways to Get Kids in the Kitchen

5 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer (and Why It’s So Beneficial for You and Them!)

/
Sponsored by Frigidaire Gallery® Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking…
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

/
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…
Rainy Day Activity with marshmallows and toothpicks is one of the simplest learning activities for many ages.

Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Rainy Day Activity

/
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…

Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

/
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…

My Preschooler's Favorite Counting Game

/
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…

Ball Toss Game: Learning to Add by 10s

/
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 or…
Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

/
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…

Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

/
Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. Today is my 1st grade son's last day of school (finally!). After one last trip to the Dollar Store this morning,…

Stacking Cheerios: A Preschool Counting Game

/
My almost-three-year-old has been enjoying all things counting as of late. I've been trying to run with the momentum and find all sorts of things to count. I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest…
alphabet soup preschool learning activity

Alphabet Soup: Preschool Learning Game

/
Dinner is going--pots boiling, oven cranked and chopping knife in hand. And the only thing the kids want is to be near mommy. I mean right on top of me. Know that feeling? Years ago, we coined the…
Indoor Snow Day Activities

7 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

/
Guest post by Rachel Johnson These cold winter days can feel long and dreary for everyone, especially our little ones. Although snow days can be fun, they can be disappointing when it is too cold to actually…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Crazy Cupcake Concoctions

/
As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. One of my favorite parts of the party, to be honest, was the…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Make a Scientist Kit as Take Home Gift

/
As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. In this post, I'll share about our Take-Home gift. Move over…
valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

/
A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine's Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I've known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still…

Alphabet Train: Toddler Learning Activity

/
I'm always looking for creative learning games that my toddler will engage in. Here is a fun one that helps toddlers with letter recognition that we have been doing as of late. I saw it on Toddler Approved…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

/
Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…
Family Devotional Cootie Catcher

Easy Family Devotional Activity: Make a "Verse Catcher"

/
You know you have a great babysitter when you come home and she's playing "Psalm Catcher" with the kids. Remember those paper thingy-ma-bobbers that we made in grade school called "Cootie Catchers"?…

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

/
A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We'd watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture…
craft idea for toddlers

Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

/
Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo…

For the New Mom

101 Easy Freezer Meals for New Moms

/
Looking for freezer meal ideas for new moms? We've created the ultimate list of meal ideas for new parents! You'll want to bookmark this one, friends! Gosh. I look back at these pictures and I…

How to Get Yellow Stains Out of Baby Clothes

/
Looking for a way to get yellow stains out of baby clothes after storage? I've stumbled on the PERFECT solution! Read on to learn how to save those baby clothes! (Tip- be sure to read the comments too!…

On the Job Meditations: 25 Encouraging Bible Verse Cards for Moms

/
Just one minute of looking up instead of down--at the dirty floors or a crabby kid-- can change your whole perspective as a mom. When you meditate on biblical truth throughout the day--whether…

Babies with Acid Reflux: Help & Encouragement for Moms

/
I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don't use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a…

10+ Freezable & Healthy Recipes for Babies and Toddlers

/
When my kids were babies, I really prioritized making homemade food for them. After much trial and error, I have narrowed down the perfect recipes for 1 year olds (or really any little eater!) that were…
If I could go back to the beginning, here are six pieces of advice I would give myself as a new stay-at-home mom.

6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Stay-At-Home Mom

/
Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

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 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

/
My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being…

A Third Kid is Like...

/
"So, how is life with three kids?" is a common question I've been getting these days. It's such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in…

One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

/
After having three babies, I've managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was…

He's HERE! Clayton's Birth Story

/
He’s here! He’s here! If you follow any of my social media, you have known that for a few days now that baby Clayton was born on March, 23 at 7:01 pm. He was born three weeks early but is my biggest…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 3): 6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself

/
Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series first. Before I wrap up this series with 6 practical helps for stay-at-home moms, I feel compelled to tell you three things I'd like to say to you face-to-face…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 2): 8 Reasons It's Worth the Sacrifice

/
You may want to read Part 1 of this blog series first. FYI, there may be some affiliate links within this post. "I must choose to do those things that will give satisfaction as I view my life as a whole,…
On Being a Stay At Home Mom

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 1): The Job With No Accolades

/
Nine years ago when my first child was born, my husband and I decided that I would not work full-time anymore and would instead stay home (most of the time) with our children during their preschool…

Bed-Resting (Part 2)

/
So, here we are. On bed rest. (If you want the backstory to how I got here, hop over to yesterday's post.) If I'm being completely honest with myself, the idea of being on bed rest for the last few weeks…

Bed-Resting (Part 1)

/
Hey Friends. Polly here. Because I can get a little chatty when I write personal posts like these, I've decided to break this up into two different posts: 1) The backstory to how I ended up on bed rest…
encouraging Bible verse cards just for moms

Mother's Day Special: 50% Off Verse Cards for Moms

/
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…

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

/
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…

An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

/
Guest post by Holli Best Four years ago this month our family of three experienced a miscarriage. It was my second pregnancy, and we learned we were pregnant around New Years. My confidence was already…

Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

/
Reposted from January 2012 Here's a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom... A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children.…

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

/
First of all, I think this post's title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said,…

Understanding the Fourth Trimester

/
We have a great and very thorough guest post today from our friend, Holli. I SO wish I would have read this before my first baby! It would have explained so much of what I was feeling and helped…

Six Things I Planned to Do Differently with My Second Child: A Follow Up

/
About three months ago, I wrote a post about Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child. Now, a little over two months after having my second, I am taking the time to evaluate these previous…
Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child's Separation Anxiety

/
Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children's ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it…

Welcome to the World, Little Tyler!

/
As you have probably gathered by now, our little man is finally here! He was born on Monday, April 23 at 9:14 a.m. 7 lbs 3 oz. His arrival couldn't have gone better. I'm not just saying that. I have truly…

Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child

/
As I write this post, I am 26 days away from my due date. By the time I actually share this post, it will be even closer. As baby boy gets closer and closer to joining our family, I have been reflecting…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

/
With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

/
Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…

Lessons from The First Trimester

/
Well friends, I'm through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit…