Notes from a Blue Bike {Book Review}

Notes from a Blue Bike {Book Review}

It's not often that I find a book whose message flows seamlessly into my life and yet still challenges me to make some real changes in my daily living.  Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider does just that. I've been a fan of Tsh's since I stumbled onto her blog The Simple Mom (now renamed The Art of Simple) a few years back.  I loved listening to her interview with Darren Rowse via ProBlogger podcast and I've admired her work as a writer … [Read more...]

No Sew Super Why Inspired Cape

No Sew Super Why Inspired Cape

This last Wednesday was SUPER HERO night for our midweek Kids Club. My 2 year old son isn't quite into the Marvel characters yet, but he's been a big fan of Super Why for awhile now, so we went with a Super Why inspired cape. Want to make your own no-sew cape?  Follow along! What You'll Need: A yard of blue jersey knit fabric (I got mine at Fabric.com for $6/yard) Sharp scissors (Fabric scissors or New Scissors) Circular object to trace (I used a pan) White Dimensional … [Read more...]

Gap Year Graduation Gift

Gap Year Graduation Gift

We were headed to the graduation party of one of the girls from church this past Saturday.  We love this family and I really wanted to give something more than the traditional cash stuffed into a generic card.   Naturally, I took a stroll around Pinterest and found this amazing idea from Proverbs 31 Mom:  I was all set to head up to the Dollar Tree and fill up a basket when I realized this particular grad was taking a gap year and probably wouldn't appreciate laundry soap and highlighters … [Read more...]

More Family Activities Ideas Across the Country!

More Family Activities Ideas Across the Country!

Hopefully you enjoyed our Summer Fun in Erie ideas from yesterday's post.  If you're looking for some more great staycation ideas from around the country, check out the list below! A - D Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet Life Fullerton, California ~ More with Less Today San Diego, California ~ Southern Cali Saver.com Denver, Colorado ~ Bargain … [Read more...]

Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

For the fourth year in a row, I'm joining a great group of bloggers to bring you fabulous family fun ideas for your city or town.  Today, I'll be sharing our bucket list for summer fun in Erie, PA.  Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for fresh new ideas from across the country.   Also, be sure to head on over to my previous staycation posts for more great ideas! Previous Staycation Posts   Family Fun Ideas for Erie, PA from 2012 Broken up into Eating, Sleeping, and Doing -- this post is … [Read more...]

Is It Really Worth It?

Is It Really Worth It?

Do you ever have one of those weeks that just tank? You read, you researched, you prepared, you practiced.  In other words, you were really on your game.  And yet, somehow, things still fell apart before your very eyes. That was me this week. It's not often that I'm really on my game.  Being bi-vocational keeps me feeling pretty stretched most days.  But once in awhile, I get into a really good rhythm and I'm filled with hopeful expectations for the night's Kids' Club program.  This … [Read more...]