School Lunch Ideas & a Free School Lunches Printable Planner

School Lunch Free Printable

I love putting together a little “Back to School” gift pack for my kids each year.  Shopping for new pencils, binders, and backpacks, and just the overall feeling of starting fresh on a new school year is something I really enjoy. Although I homeschool my kids, we also participate in a weekly co-op school.  Getting up at the crack of dawn to make lunches is not one of my favorite parts of Back to School season.  It’s definitely not the time of day when I feel like being creative, but my kids get easily bored with the “same old sandwiches”. […]

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Craft and School Supply Organization

Craft-Cabinet-Organization

If you don’t already follow her, I’d love to introduce you to Kathy of Cornerstone Confessions.  I invited Kathy to guest post on Organizing Homelife today to share how she organized her craft and school supply cabinet.  Kathy shares homeschooling tips and organization, printables, blogging tips, and much more.  I hope you’ll hop over and visit her! Our first school year at home is quickly coming to a close. We have loved using our school room we organized last Spring but there is one space in our school room I never got around to–our craft and school supply cabinet. You […]

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A Family Advent Children’s Book Series Review ~ Jotham’s Journey

Jotham's Journey Series

Last year in my 12 Days of Christmas Planning series, I highlighted one of my favorite children’s book series in my Celebrating Advent post. I thought it was worth revisiting this year and sharing a short review for those of you who are unfamiliar with the series.  These books are highly worth the purchase!  I only recommend products and purchases to my readers that I believe in wholeheartely, and these are at the top of my “all-time-favorite-children’s-books” list. A few years ago, my friend’s family came over for dinner at the end of November.  She gave me an early Christmas […]

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How to Tie Shoelaces with an Easy-to-Release Double Knot

Easy to Release Double Knot Picture

Today I have a tip to share with you that is one of my all time favorites. This is a very simple way to keep your (or your childrens’) shoes tied without having to tie an old-fashioned double knot! My hubby’s grandmother taught him how to tie his shoes like this when he was a boy. He showed me how, and I’ve never gone back! I decided to do a video because it’s a little hard to share pictures of yourself tying shoelaces! For those of you who would rather have a visual reminder, I grabbed some snapshots from the […]

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Playdoh Play Mat

Playdoh mat

Every kid loves Playdoh, right?  Am I the only mom that sighs when the kids ask to play with it? Call me ornery, but I can’t stand picking Playdoh out of my carpets.  I also hate stepping in finding bits and chunks under the table that nobody remembered to pick up. So, I only let my kids play with Playdoh on the kitchen floor.  Fortunately, they like playing with it on the floor so they can spread out all the accessories. However, playing with it on the kitchen floor makes extra work for me, too.  Those hard little chunks of […]

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My Favorites Friday #5 ~ Fun Foods for Kids to Make {and Eat!}

Rice Krispie Treats

My four year old has informed me that she wants to be a baker when she grows up.  Not because she knows a blessed thing about baking, but because “she wants to help mommy cook things”, she told me.  I know.  It makes my heart overflow.  I hope she still comes to cook with me when she’s grown up. My kiddos love making things with me in the kitchen.  One treasured image I have tucked away in that special place in my memory is seeing my kiddos all huddled together on the floor in front of the oven watching cookies […]

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Tooth Fairy Printables

Printables

When I was a kid we had the cutest little Tooth Fairy pillow.  My brothers and I loved using that pillow!  Whenever we lost a tooth, we would carefully tuck our little baby tooth in the pocket and hide it under our pillow in hopes that the Tooth Fairy would come and leave us some money in exchange for the tooth.  (Have you noticed how inflation has hit the Tooth Fairy industry, too?) When my husband and I had kids, we had fun reminiscing and discussing things from our childhoods.  He told me how they had a Tooth Fairy envelope.  […]

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Thank You Cards ~ Free Printables

Four Cards

One thing (among many) that I am trying to teach my children is how to show gratitude.  I want them to truly express their thanks when they are given a gift. But…if your kids are anything like mine, getting them to sit down and write a thank you card is not an easy task! I understand that they don’t know what to write, and that for young children, writing lots of notes is beyond their ability.  And we all know it’s the thought that counts, so I wanted to make it a little easier on them! I made some printable […]

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Rolo Turtles (Nutty Chocolate Caramel Sweeties!)

Nutty Closeup

Have you seen these on Pinterest or elsewhere online?  I found these nut-topped delights on So Wonderful, So Marvelous. These are incredibly easy to make and are a perfect treat to make with young children.  And, it only took about a half hour start to finish! I used both almonds and pecans to suit the different tastes in our family.  If you don’t have little hands to help unwrap the Rolos, you may want to consider buying the ones that come in a roll instead of the bag.  That was no problem in my house, because my little ones had […]

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Easy Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread House

  I have been blessed with an incredible friend.  One who is faithful, trustworthy, always has an encouraging word to share, and a great listening ear.  I am very thankful to God for bringing her into my life.  Her kids and mine are best friends and we all enjoy being together. One thing we do to help each other out is take turns watching all of our children for a whole day every 6 to 8 weeks.  We all love it!  The moms each get a turn at having a whole day to themselves to plan, organize, catch up, or […]

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