Vegan Holiday Wild Rice, Cranberry, and Leek Casserole

I have no idea what I’m making for Christmas dinner this year. It very well might end up being tortilla soup or something else insanely fast and easy. But in the pursuit of finding a worthy holiday meal, I am trying out new casserole recipes tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight’s wild rice casserole was a huge hit with the hubby but received a lukewarm reception from the kids.... read more

If You’re Happy And You Know It…

My husband and I had a discussion the other night about happiness. As it turns out, he genuinely thought I was unhappy. And as a result, he was feeling unhappy. “Why on earth would you think I’m unhappy?” I asked, stunned. “Every day, I talk about how much I love our house and our children.” “Well, in the evenings after I’m done working, you... read more

A Few of My Favorite Things

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel…so bad.” Agreed, Maria. To that end, our MOPS group had a “Favorite Things” theme meeting for December. Everyone brought in a few of their favorite things, each $5 or less. There was a WIDE variety of items–everything from laundry... read more

Christmas Gift Ideas for Ages 3-6

So here’s the deal–it seems like everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about scaling back this Christmas. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read about the importance of “presence vs presents.” And I get that. I’ve been making a concerted effort to purge toys that the kids haven’t played with and our playroom is the cleanest and most streamlined that... read more

My 5 Favorite Essential Oils

Essential oils are not a “new” thing. These plant extracts are in everything from cosmetics and perfumes to soaps and cleaning products. They’ve also been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. But essential oils have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in part due to home-based consultants for companies like Doterra and Young Living spreading the word. Part... read more

Quick and Simple Kitchen Organization Tip

I was always annoyed how anytime I pulled out my measuring spoons to measure, for example, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, I would have to wash the entire set of spoons after tossing them into the sink. This is a quick and simple tip to get away from that. You buy some First Command hooks, attach them to the inside of a cupboard door, then separate all the measuring spoons (I know, it... read more

10 Reasons To Do NaNoWriMo

You may remember that last year I participated in National Novel Writing Month  (see this post). For those of you unfamiliar with it, NaNoWriMo challenges people every November to write 50,000 words in 30 days, about 1,667 words per day (3 typed pages). It was very challenging, but I was victorious (victory post here). One of the aspects of the experience that made it so difficult was... read more

Creamy Zucchini, Spinach, and Corn Soup (Vegan)

I was embarrassed to see that my last recipe post was made almost 3 months ago. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking a lot, but with this summer’s move, I’ve been focusing on fast, familiar recipes. Gnocchi and pasta are my friends.  🙂  Still, this recipe, which reminds me of Creamy Potato and Leek Soup, was a delicious dinner tonight, and very simple to... read more

Kitchen Facelift

More before and after photos of the new house! Sorry about the delay, but between home projects, homeschooling, and just the normal home chores and upkeep, I’ve been swamped. Oh ya, and add into that my Air Force Reserve job. Busy, but fulfilled and happy, right now! So the story with the kitchen…it’s kind of funny, really. When we were first scoping homes on, there were a VERY... read more

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

As I attempt to plan out my first year of homeschool, I am hyper-aware that, at only 4 years old, my daughter is a little young for kindergarten. I want to be sure to strike a balance and not turn her off of school. I want this to be a fun learning experience. For that reason, my husband and I created a schedule that provides plenty of play time and still has some structure for organized learning. I am not... read more

Our Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule

Even though one of the reasons we chose to give homeschooling a go is the flexible scheduling, I still want to start out with some semblance of a schedule so that I can try to hit all the key areas during the day. Important to note that I plan to get out of the house at least once a day. I think that’s important for mommy as well as for the kids and their social development. Here... read more

Our 10 Favorite Preschool Ipad Apps

I will preface this by saying these are not necessarily MY favorite preschool apps (I still have high hopes they’ll grow into SlateMath and Space Aliens), but these are the ones that my children, ages 2.5 yrs and 4 yrs, enjoy the most and are also Mom and Dad approved for being educational.  You may notice that I have more mathematical concept apps than language... read more

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