DIY Flannel Activity Board with House Scene

I made my oldest daughter a flannel activity board last fall. I’d been wanting to make her one for some time because there are so many fun and educational flannel board activities that parents can make for their toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. In addition to being the foundation for so … [Read more...]

The Terrific Twos: Why the Toddler Years Aren’t All That Terrible

When we think about toddlers, we often dwell on their challenging traits and behaviors: Throwing fits, being picky eaters, having mercurial moods, etc. These traits earned the toddler years the moniker of “The Terrible Twos.” If we really take a look at our toddlers, though, we’ll quickly see … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Clothing Choices

Last week we examined how the manufacturing of clothing, our use of it, and how we discard of unwanted articles can have a negative impact on the environment. I want to be a good steward of the earth, but I’m not about to go without clothes! What are some green choices we can make when … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Remember Names

I have such a hard time remembering names. I’ll sometimes know a person for weeks and have asked his or her name several times and still not remember! Though this seems like an inconsequential quirk, it’s something I’ve been working to change because I believe it really means something to a … [Read more...]

Pattern Sheets to Accompany the Green Toys Shape Sorter

My daughters received the Green Toys® Shape Sorter for Christmas. It’s a wonderful toy, but right now it’s a little advanced for my 6-month-old daughter and a little basic for my 2-year-old daughter. I’d like for my older girl to get some use out of it as we wait for my younger girl to be interested … [Read more...]

DIY Splatter Shield for Spraying Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapering an exclusively breastfed infant is really easy. Once a baby starts complimentary foods, though, it becomes a little challenging! This is because diapers covered in soft, water-soluble breast milk poop can go straight into the wash without any special preparation. However, the … [Read more...]

The Surprising Environmental Impact of Clothing

Last year I read a couple of eye-opening articles about how clothing impacts the environment. The impact of the manufacturing of clothing, our use of clothes, and how we discard unwanted items is pretty shocking! We’re causing significant harm to the environment with items as seemingly innocuous as … [Read more...]

Printable Candy Heart Encouragement Notes

As I noted in my last post, husbands benefit greatly from words of encouragement. It is great to speak these to our husbands, but it’s also nice to put them in notes that we can stick in their lunchboxes, tape to their steering wheels, or leave on their pillows. Because Valentine’s Day is just … [Read more...]

35 Encouragements Every Husband Would Love to Hear

The longer I’m married, the more I realize how much my words impact my husband. Even though “words of affirmation” isn’t one of his love languages, he still benefits from encouragements. Even the most simple of these can set a positive tone for his day and make him feel like a hero! I want to … [Read more...]

Sausage and Tortellini in Cheesy Tomato Sauce

I think this may be my favorite of the new dishes on our winter menu. It’s one that my husband found on Pinterest! Conveniently prepared in one pot, this savory and warm dish is a perfect winter dinner. Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced 1 medium … [Read more...]