ClassDojo App…. Traveling Further Down The Extrinsic Motivation Path

I’m a former public school teacher and I can’t help be at least mildly curious when school related news headlines splash across the screen.  This morning a news article about this new classroom management app called ClassDojo caught my attention.  The news article described this program where teachers give children points based on their classroom behavior and participation. […]


That Time I Hit a Slump!

It’s January! That time of year, every year, when the days are long yet the sun sets early.  When its so cold and the snow makes it such a drag to go out that we stay home probably way too much.  It is the time of year when I look back to September at all […]


What is My Worth as a Wife?

Last week I went out and bought clothes!  Lots of clothes!  I never do this.  I normally just struggle through my closet, sometimes with literal tears in my eyes, as I try to put something presentable together to get through whatever thing I have to get through that day. I’m a stay-at-home mom!  My kids […]


Motivate Your Child Giveaway!

Lately I’ve been sharing little bits about a book I’m reviewing called Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told.  I previously read another book by the same authors called The Christian Parenting Handbook. That book has a huge positive impact on my parenting […]


When a Book Review Comes Along at Just the Right Time – Motivate Your Child

I’ve been given the awesome opportunity to review another Heart Parenting book by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN.  You might remember their Christian Parenting Handbook that I reviewed earlier. The Heart Parenting concept taught in the first book changed my parenting and our home so much that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on […]


Motivate Your Child Book PreOrder special — $150 in parenting resources FREE!

I am excited to share with you about a new book I’m reading this month — Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Isn’t that what you want for your kids?  I have to tell you that I’ve only […]


Encouragement for Mother’s: Loving On God

My oldest son Noah is 9 and yet he still a total love bug with his Mommy.  I’m cherishing these days because I know the “Mommy is so stupid and just doesn’t understand” days are right around the corner.  Last Saturday I was trying with all of my might to sleep-in.  After all, the baby […]


Encouragement for Mothers: Praise Children When They…

I know it probably seems so simple and so obvious. God wants us to live with selfless love and kindness but this certainly doesn’t come easily to everyone. Especially children! Selflessness is often a learned skill. This morning my 4 year old came screaming into the room. She’s a bit of a drama queen (as […]

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Top 10 Must Have Homeschool Apps for Your Tablet…Kindle Fire Giveaway!

  I’m a HUGE fan of the Kindle Fire!  My children use it fairly regularly to supplement their school work. I am continuously asked what my favorite homeschool type apps are for the Fire! Today I present you with my Top 10 Must Have Homeschool Apps for your Tablet!   (Channeling Letterman here) *contains affiliate […]



At the Hospital! Not How I Thought I’d Spend My Day!

As I write this post I am sitting in the lobby area of my local hospital.  Not the place I care to be.  I’m just as surprised as you probably are that I am here.  I hate hospitals but of course who doesn’t, right?  With the exception of the birth of a child I cannot […]


Review: Fundanoodle Workbooks for Ages 3+

Recently I was given the opportunity to review workbooks from Fundanoodle. They have workbooks and learning activities for children ages 3-2nd grade. I was given 3 products from the orange line of products designed for children who are just entering the preschool age, 3+.  The books we were given included I Can Cut and I Can Do Math Level […]


President’s Day Activity!

This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. Thank you for helping to support my blogging. On Friday I shared with  you a new resource I found for quick and easy lapbooks!  They are called Express Lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning.  They cost all of $1!  Like I said before, […]


Review: Go Science DVDs by Library and Educational Services

Our family was recently given the opportunity to review two Go Science DVDs by Library and Educational Services We reviewed Volume 2: Life Science, Weather and Volume 7: Engineering, Design, Flight.  These DVD’s are suitable for children ages 4-12 and are part of an entire series of 7 videos, all centering around different topics which include:  Each has a list price of $14.95. […]



A Little Look At A Great Girl

I have a number of photo sessions to blog.  Here is just one from a recent favorite… Ok they are all my favorites!  This is Sarah!  I had a ball with her! Be on the look out for her whole session soon!


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 2, The Basics of Shutter Speed

As an owner of a great DSLR camera I’m sure your goal is to take that thing out of auto and into manual mode so that you can have complete control over every photo you create.  Yesterday I brought you one step toward that goal when I introduced you to the exposure triangle and one […]


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 1, The Basics of Aperture

When you buy a great camera it is with the intent of taking great photos right?  Why else spend the money? Now a days you could just simply use your camera phone for adequate everyday shots that document your memories.  The fact that you own a great camera tells me that you want better photos […]


What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

Michelle and Tom said ‘I do’ today!  What  a wonderful day!


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