Making Advent Come Alive (1)

Making Advent a Game Changer

Advent now comes and goes nearly unnoticed. The only thing worth of recognition between Halloween and Christmas is Thanksgiving, and even that has started to take a back seat as major stores start “decking the halls” and major TV stations start putting on Christmas movies in late October and early November. Advent, a delightful period…

A Thanksgiving Plea

Thanksgiving: A Feast for the Soul

Thanks to an outbreak of the bird flu this summer, grocers across the country are warning of possible turkey shortages – fewer and smaller birds for higher prices. Luckily, the bird flu didn’t affect our region too badly, so I’m pretty sure we’ll manage to get a tasty gobbler on the table, and I’m hoping…

4 Reasons to FORGIVE even when it seems

Reasons to Forgive Even When It Seems Impossible

As a Bible-loving Christian and practicing Catholic, I have many reasons to believe in the importance of forgiving others. But even if we put aside “theology”, I believe our common human experience gives us several reasons why we should all forgive people who offend us. It’s quite possible that no offense was intended. Think for…

Fill Up My Cup...

Fill Up My Cup…

If you know me in real life, you know that praise and worship music isn’t my thing – unless it’s to get a little entertainment by making fun of it. That “Fill up my cup…” song, though, has a point to it (and no – I still don’t like it). Half the time, discussing whether…

Turning Anger Around

Turning Anger Around

If you’re active in parenting social media groups and the blogosphere, you know that we talk a lot about ways we can be more patient with our kids, more kind, more balanced. We talk about ways to get over anger and stop yelling. And all of this is important. The next time I have a…

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Staying Sane as a Working Mom

This post is coming from my personal reality as a full time working mom. I’ve just had baby #3, and am going back to work on Monday after a maternity leave that sped by waaaay too quickly. In addition to working full time, I also have a growing family to be with, a home to…

Strengthening your family culture and identity

Strengthening Your Family Culture and Identity

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of family culture and identity recently. Partially because, with two rapidly growing children and a third ready to pop out, our own family identity is developing more and more, without us even focusing on it. As our kids grow, their individual personalities and likes and interests are…

DIY, frugal Halloween costumes for kids

12 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

*Affiliate links included. All opinions are my own. And I don’t mean costumes you can make at home if you’re an incredibly talented, artistic DIYer. I mean costumes you can make at home even if you’re like me (NOT the most artistically talented). These DIY Halloween costumes are easy (they don’t take a lot of…

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Free Maternity and Baby Items

*Affiliate links included. All opinions are my own. Are you looking for cute and effective maternity and baby items for yourself or a mom/mom-to-be that you know? Here are a few free offers you can claim! The products are completely free if you enter the promo code – you will need to pay for the…

Frugal Wardrobe Ideas

Frugal Wardrobe Ideas for Kids

*Affiliate links included. All opinions are my own. Whether it’s because you’ve just made a major move and are trying to job hunt and resettle (like we are), or just have other priorities for your financial resources, I’m sure a lot of you, like myself, are trying to dress your kids on a budget. The…

Teaching Your Child Not To Tease

Are Your Kids Teasing Each Other?

I’ve been thinking about the topic of teasing recently because our two boys (currently 3 ½ and 2 ½) are starting to tease each other more. They get along very well, and most of the time their teasing is playful. I hope it stays that way. But they’re already starting once in a while to…

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Limiting Screen Time for Your Kids

And by screen time, I mean not just TV, but pretty much all electronics – TV, tablets, computers, video games, etc. Anything with bright lights and screens that takes your child a few steps away from the real world into an entertaining, but remote and nonexistent virtual world. To be clear, we are far from…

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When Your Child Contradicts You…

It’s normal for kids, especially toddlers, to go through phases when they are contrary and contradictory toward just about everything. I know this. I’ve known this since before having kids, so I knew to expect it. But KNOWING that all kids go through a phase like this is very different than handling it when it…

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Happy Fall! Coloring Pages

I don’t know about yours, by our kids LOVE drawing and coloring. And coloring. And coloring some more. It’s such a simple activity, but it keeps them focused, helps them develop their fine motor skills, lets them explore the colors and color combinations, and brings out their creativity at the same time. One of those…

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25 Frugal Kids Activities

When we left Iraq, we had to leave a lot of our things there too – it would have been too expensive and too cumbersome to ship everything (even more expensive than replacing things on this end!). We didn’t mind leaving behind some of our clothes and books and other things. One of the toughest…

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Coping with Change as a Family

It’s good to be posting again! I was in an unexpected blogging break because we moved on short notice from. Iraq to the U.S. (Pittsburgh area). We aren’t fully settled in yet, and are still job hunting, hoping we find something soon so we know we can definitely stay in the area and start getting…

A brief guide to positive parenting: dos and don'ts

A Brief Guide to Positive Parenting

WHY POSITIVE PARENTING? In the end, each parent has to choose their own parenting style for their own reasons, based on what they think is best for their child. The reasons I appreciate positive parenting might not be the same reasons you or someone else do. That being said, here are two of the main…

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

Teaching your child how to be responsible not only equips your child with skills they need for a variety of life situations. It also helps your child develop an understanding of their unique talents and the importance of using their talents to contribute to their family, friends and larger community. 1. Work on cause and…

Is your child afraid of the dark? Here are 6 strategies you can use to help them!

Is Your Child Afraid of the Dark?

Many, if not all children, are afraid of the dark at some point. This fear often sets in around age 3, when a child enters the world of imaginative play. As the child’s imagination develops, they begin to project imaginary creations into the world around them. Darkness represents an unknown reality; when a child looks…