Picking Berries {Scripture in the Summer Sneak Peek}

Picking Berries {Scripture in the Summer Sneak Peek}

Hey Friends!  Have you heard? I am super excited to share a sneak peek of something that has been brewing in my mind for a few months.  Every year, summer seems to fly by and even though we have a lot of fun -- I was looking for a way to use these seasonal activities in a way that drew us all as a family closer to Christ.  As I reflected on our usual schedule, I realized many of the daily activities we were already doing could easily tie into lessons found in Scripture (the Bible).  I started … [Read more...]

How To Prepare For A New Kitten

How To Prepare For A New Kitten

Getting a new kitten is a joyful experience. Not only are you about to experience the magic of having a tiny kitten around, but you're starting a journey with a pet that you will have in your life for years to come. Everyone looks back fondly on when their cat was a kitten, so enjoy this precious time with your new pet. In order to make the most of your new kitten's arrival, here are some tips to make sure that everything is ready and perfect for your new fluffy companion. Get Your House In … [Read more...]

Creative Backyard Games

Creative Backyard Games

Summer gives kids a healthy break to unwind before a new year of learning. Those weeks, though, can drag when the weather gets too hot or too rainy or the days just feel too repetitive. There are only so many museums, pools (indoor or outdoor), parks and sports activities that kids can enjoy until the novelty runs out. And, let’s face it, most kids think their own house is usually pretty boring. Parents know what happens when kids get bored. Either those dreaded devices come out…again. Or … [Read more...]

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

The lazy hazy days of summer are upon us. If you’re a parent, the novelty of summer break is probably just starting to wear down a bit. My kids have slept in for the past few days, and the schedule definitely needs to be readjusted. While I’ve secured passes to a local theme park/water park, I’m also always on the hunt for inexpensive—or free!—ideas to keep those boys entertained…and away from their devices. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the screen recommendation for … [Read more...]

How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

Today's guest post comes from Hillary Smith.   Hillary Smith loves technology and hasn’t met a gadget that didn’t catch her attention. After graduating from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Hillary began a career as a freelance writer focusing on the telecommunications industry. She works out every day and spoils her English bulldog, Chauncey. Maybe it will happen over Christmas time. Maybe it will happen on your child’s birthday. Maybe it will happen on some idle Sunday … [Read more...]

Tag and Chase Games for Kids

Tag and Chase Games for Kids

Looking for some good run-around games to play outside this summer?  Here's a few ideas to get you started! Drop the Handkerchief This game is best played with 8 or more players from ages 3-7. You'll need a handkerchief or a piece of cloth.  To begin, have all the kids sit in a circle except for one.  The remaining child is "it" and begins to walk around the circle.  This game is similar to duck, duck, goose, but instead of tagging someone, "it" drops the cloth behind the person that he … [Read more...]