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My Favorite First Novels to Read-Aloud with Kids

Reading aloud from novels is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy reading picture books, as well, but there is nothing like a good children’s …


"I realized that being a stay-at-home mom was not all I had pictured." - Modern Mrs. Darcy

I’m excited to share Katie’s story with you today in the How She Does It series, because her story mirrors the story of so many of my personal


Introducing Anchored: Finding Hope In The Unexpected

13 Apr

That stack of paper is my book. Or more accurately, it is the final page proofs for what will become my book. Recently I went page by page with …

Bank Accounts

Three Truths About C-section Mamas

The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding

Numerous experts and years of research say that if mothers are able to breastfeed, it has a long list of health, psychological, financial and even …


The Only Child Myth

People always talk about having “kids.” Very rarely do you ever hear someone just say “kid” in reference to starting a family, so it’s no wonder that …


25 Healthy Ways to Do Pizza Night

In our mission to give up on unhealthy foods and replace them with better alternatives, we faced a challenge: pizza. We simply cannot give it up. And …

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread | no refined sugar!

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

♥ Can be low-fat / oil-free / gluten-free / high-fiber / vegan / and also refined-sugar-free!

To cut back on fat without …


10 FREE Winnie the Pooh short films on iTunes

April 9, 2015 | Crystal Paine is offering a number of different Winnie the Pooh Short Films for free right now. Here’s the list of films …


How to read aloud every day

Written by Sarah Mackenzie of Amongst Lovely Things.I‘m convinced that the minutes and hours I spend reading to my children are the best invested


When Baby Starts Crawling: How to Handle A Moving Baby

Every new stage of your baby’s development is exciting. Around 8 months, or sooner for some, when your little one starts crawling, you’ll discover …

7 Common Causes of Early Labor

Soon after women find out they are pregnant, they begin to think about the birth of the little one growing inside of them. Pregnancy lasts about …


What to Know About Phantom Pregnancy Kicks

If you’ve been stopped in your tracks by what feels like little fetal kicks or movements even though you are one hundred percent positive that you …


Hospital Bag Checklist for the Minimalist Mom

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Source: Megan Van Sipe

Even minimalists like to be well prepared. Packing for the hospital is one of the many preparations you have to …

How to Schedule & Plan Your Homeschool Year MEGA RESOURCE List

How to Schedule & Plan Your Homeschool Year MEGA RESOURCE ListThe time of year where homeschool families start to plan the new homeschooling year is …

All About Podcasts

I have been hearing a lot about “podcasts” lately and wondering what all the fuss it about. Then I heard “podcasting” referred to as “blogging out …

National Public Radio

All About Tinker Trays + 10 Ways to Use Them

Over the past year I’ve become a huge fan of tinker trays. I am a firm believer in open ended art for young children, older children too. Tinker …


lettering with makewells: painting letters

When the first layer is dry, I'll usually go back and erase any pencil lines before going in for more detail.
I love adding dimension to letters by …


Our Family Basket Hunt (A Fun Easter Bunny Alternative)

4 Apr

Many of y’all have asked how we approach Easter after reading my post on having a mostly non-toy Christmas and I have been a bit hesitant to …

Easter Bunny

Favorite childhood books you should totally read again. - Modern Mrs. Darcy

For the 2015 Reading Challenge, I’m blogging through one category per month, in order. (Don’t worry—you don’t have to read them in order.)

So far we’ve …


Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Child development should inspire lifelong learning across different spaces and communities.

Research suggests that "whole child development," not …

Child Development

7 Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids Mindfulness

I taught a mindfulness class at my daughters’ elementary school this week. Unsurprisingly, the kids taught me way more than I taught them. While I …


Why you need hygge, homeschool mom

Written by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.“The great motherhood friendships are the ones in which two women can admit (how difficult mothering is)


The Bravest Thing I Didn’t Do

Pretty soon I am going to post dozens of pretty pictures of our trip to Ireland, because Ireland is magical and gorgeous.But before that I am going …


My Top 10 Favorite Free Homeschool Sites

March 26, 2015 | Crystal Paine

I don’t write a lot about homeschooling here. Not because it’s not a big part of my life (it is!), but mostly because I …


Why I Like My Smaller House

Guest post from Rachael of Mumbling MommyI had a strange dream after my husband and I signed paperwork to buy our first house. I dreamed I was …

Frugal Living

8 Scientifically Proven Reasons To Spend Way More Time Outside

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Authentic writing activities for kids and teens

Written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home

I have loved writing since I was a little girl. I was always writing stories and creating projects. It …