How to Be Purposeful About a Slow Summer

If there is one thing I've been looking forward to as we wrapped up the school year, it is a SLOW SUMMER. The last month has been crazy.  Not only have we been over-scheduled and over-committed, we went and threw a puppy into it.  And friends, let me tell you if you didn't already know, those … [Read more...]

What to Expect at NINJAGO World LEGOLAND Florida

Calling all NINJAGO lovers:  If you have kids who like Kai, Cole, Nya, Jay, Lloyd or Zane, get your keys and hop in the car.  This Orlando area destination will thrill your kids as they train to become a ninja with their favorite NINJAGO friends.  LEGOLAND Florida has always been a must do theme … [Read more...]

Celebrating Childhood: How to Protect the Innocence of Your Child

This is not a post I am eager to write.  However, the fleeting innocence of our children has weighed heavily on my heart for quite some time. And with so much going on nowadays, I felt the Lord's compelling voice that this is the time.  So grab your cup of coffee and come close.  We need to … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Make Family Getaways a Priority

Thank you to Castaway Bay for hosting my family in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. Don’t miss the giveaway below!  Do you make family getaways a priority? . . . I am completely bad at this.  However, each time we make the effort to do so, I am reminded of the great value … [Read more...]

5 Unplugged Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids Tonight!

It's so easy in these technology-driven days to hand your kids a tablet and let them get lost in a game while you catch up on your phone or knock something off your list.  And while tech does have its place, it's not going to help you build your relationship with your child when you're both doing … [Read more...]

Free Printable Weekly Chore Chart (from an optimistic organizer)

  Last summer, my house was a finely-oiled machine.  We did our chores daily, commissions were paid weekly and my house was decently ready for company at most moments. Then school started . . . and dance . . . and piano . . . and Bible club . . . and next will be basketball.  With the … [Read more...]

Showing Kindness with a Doorstep Hot Chocolate Basket

Hop out of the car.  Put it on the front porch.  Ring the doorbell and RUN! These were the instructions I gave my kids when we delivered this hot chocolate basket to our friends' front porch.  I had backed my car into their drive for a quick getaway.  However, the execution of our plan wasn't … [Read more...]

Fun at LEGO KidsFest: 5 Things Not to Miss

The biggest pile of LEGO® bricks you've ever seen. . . Numerous building stations and places to test your creations. . . Life-size LEGO structures of Friends, Star Wars characters, Superheroes and more. What else could a LEGO-lover want in the course of one evening? Last night, we spent … [Read more...]

From Kleenex Box to Ballot Box: Election DIY

All year, I have been wanting to throw an Election Party.  But truth be told, I just can't do it given this particular election.  So even though there will be no official party in my house, there is still a great opportunity to teach my children about our election process and the importance of … [Read more...]