God Knew All Along What Was Best


Have you ever had a situation in your life when you thought you wanted/needed one thing but then you got another slightly different thing and it worked out that the slightly different thing was better than the original that you thought you wanted/needed? I don't know why this has dawned on me as of late. It could have to do with the situation we are in now. We are having to move. Our landlord is selling our home and we need a new home. Of course being on the internet and having a Pinterest account has not helped in keeping me on solid ground. My list of must haves was/is a mile long. … [Read more...]

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Paper Craft Supplies


We just celebrated a Wedding Anniversary in our extended family and coming up we have a birthday to celebrate. Right on time I was sent this wonderful selection of papercraft supplies from the NEW Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection by Richard Garay. You can see the results of some of my work in the image above. The pretty colors and easy to attach emblishments got me out of a real bind. I love the little padded stickers to make sure each addition pops! I haven't gotten to to use the embossed paper for making a cute ice cream cone but that's next on my list for the upcoming girly … [Read more...]

Fresh Baked Banana Bread – 52 Weeks of Fresh Breakfast Ideas


  It's been hard to have a real relaxing breakfast the last few weeks. We've been vacating our home so the plethora of real estate agents can show it to potential buyers. Hopefully this will end sometime in August. In the meantime my lovely mother has been hosting us and making all kinds of yummy things for breakfast. I know I'm missing my breakfast posts here and there but I wanted to at least post this recipe for you. Nuts in yummy warm sweet bread are so good. This healthier banana bread uses applesauce instead of fat for your moistness. Be sure and adjust the amount of nuts to your … [Read more...]

Flourish: Finding Balance for Homeschool Moms a Schoolhouse Crew Review


Wouldn't it be lovely if all the days in a homeschooling mom's life were like butterflies and rainbows with completely obedient children smiling and eagerly soaking up all you have to teach? But they're not and that's why Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms from Apologia Educational Ministries is such a breath of fresh air to help you focus and reconnect with your homeschool days. The author of Flourish, Mary Jo Tate, has not had an easy road on her path to be a work at home, stay at home, homeschool mom of 4 growing boys. And that makes her a perfect vessel to cover all those … [Read more...]

Good2Grow 100% Fruit Juice and Fruit and Veggie Blends – Review


What kid doesn't love juice? During these hot summer months my daughter is more parched than usual. She's loves her water but sometime she loves a good gulp of juice more. Who doesn't? It was a good day when I was offered the chance to review these new, more wholesome, juices from Good2Grow. It's always nice when a manufacturer produces a product with your child in mind. If you've ever cared for a young child you know how some of the additives in foods geared towards them can cause adverse reactions from hyperactivity to skin rashes. Good2Grow is a new set of kids beverages … [Read more...]

Win Enough Laundry Bars to Make Your Own Detergent for a Year!


Have you been on the bandwagon to create your own laundry detergent in an effort to be more green, more frugal, or just a bit of DIYness? You know one of the key ingredients in homemade laundry detergent is shredded bars of soap and usual the Fels Naptha soap which is made particularly for laundry washing. Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. To celebrate they're giving away a year’s supply each day from July 14 – 23. How do you feel about winning? You can enter the giveaway … [Read more...]

HomeSchoolPiano a Schoolhouse Crew Review


I apologize in advance for this VERY long review. Playing the piano is near and dear to my heart. I knew this new review of the HomeSchoolPiano - Complete Set of Books by HomeSchoolPiano  by would be one I definitely wanted to be in on. You see as my small church's pianist my goal was to review this product for myself and see if it could help me ramp up my skills. So learning to play piano as an adult? Read on. Here's my background... I love playing the piano and always wanted to learn to play when I was a child. But due to my father's international job my family moved a lot and we … [Read more...]