Toys to Inspire Creativity and Learning

Instead of more movies, video games, computer games and cell phones, how about some presents that get those creative juices flowing and maybe even teach our little kiddos something?! Whether you’re shopping for your own child or not, these will be a big hit. I’m sharing some old favorites from my childhood, along with some new favorites that our own girls enjoy. This post is specifically about indoor toys, so keep an eye out for our favorite outdoor toys, later!


My girls spend hours in the handmade aprons their Granny made for them! They cook, clean, garden, do craft projects and play dress-up with them. Having something special to put on makes everything more fun. We offer these for sale in our store, Real Traditions, if you’re not up for sewing them yourself. πŸ™‚


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Goodies, Holidays and Other People’s Kiddos

Every single year, I hear the same story around the holidays. Otherwise peaceful and happy relationships are under attack from a very unlikely source: children’s diets. Friends, family and even strangers try to generously share foods with other people’s children. Tempers flare and the kiddos are caught in the middle.

There are a few things that I’d like for all of us to remember, myself included. πŸ˜‰

Sharers (Usually) Mean Well

If you’re a parent who is at the end of your rope because of all the things that people are trying to feed your kids, remember that they usually mean well. They aren’t trying to ruin the child’s health. They want to make the child happy and they really believe that this particular food is necessary in order to do that.

Maybe your child needs to be gluten-free and your neighbor keeps trying to sneak cookies […]

Being Thankful When God Says, “No”

There are so many things we have wanted that we didn’t get. Things that we prayed for many times a day. Things that we were sure were the very best things for us. God said, “no.”

Sometimes, we were confused. Sometimes, we were frustrated. We were disappointed. We just knew that what we asked for was right and good and best. We KNEW.

Slowly, we began to look back and see… maybe our plans weren’t exactly the best thing. Maybe God had a better plan than we had. If He had just given us everything we had asked for, we would have missed out on so much.

If everything had been easy, we wouldn’t have grown.

If everything had been what we were familiar with, we wouldn’t have learned.

If everything had gone the way we were comfortable with, we wouldn’t have had to trust God.

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Creamy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Pure comfort food. This dish is absolutely scrumptious and, although we like it as an every-day side dish, it’s pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table! Be sure not to compromise on the ingredients. We want full-fat cheese that we grate ourselves and full fat cream. Worried about the fat? Be sure to follow our “Healthy Weight Myths” series!! πŸ˜‰

What You’ll Need 3 medium sweet potatoes 1 3/4 cups heavy cream 6 to 8 ounces aged cheese (we love the Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, but whatever you pick make sure it’s full-fat and very flavorful!) nutmeg unrefined sea salt (it’s a health food! Read about why you need it, here!) white pepper (you can use multicolored or black, too) What To Do Preheat the oven (or toaster oven, like we do) to 375 degrees. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch slices (feel free to do circles or half circles). […]

Fall Crafts and Decorating Round-Up

Who else is inspired by this crisp whether to pull out the craft supplies and decorate?? I love fall-themed crafts and I’m hoping to do several new ones with my girls, this year. We’ll pull out our Stained-Glass Leaves from a couple of years ago to hang in all the windows (if I can find them… maybe their in the storage unit??…) and then we’ll try some of these fun ideas from other blogs!

Debra at Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes is my hero when it comes to creative wall art! See that Thanksgiving definition plaque in the picture? That’s her creation and I l.o.v.e. it! πŸ™‚ She also has some adorable little Fabric Pumpkins in a guest post over at Homemaker’s Challenge.

Love this idea from Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents! They have a “Thankful Box” that they pull out every Thanksgiving. I think we’ll decorate one and […]

Fall Recipe Round-Up

There is something about the weather turning chilly and the leaves turning colors that seems to make us all crave a change in our food. We want comfort foods. We want warm spices and warm colors. As I work on getting more organized this month, I thought I’d add some delicious fall recipes to my menu! Some are mine, but most are from some other lovely bloggers that you should get to know!! πŸ™‚


Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread Baked Oatmeal Pumpkin Pie Muffins @ The Nourishing Home Quinoa Pumpkin Muffins @ A Proverbs 31 Wife Pumpkin Smoothie @ Amazing Graze Farm Pumpkin Pie in a Glass @ Amazing Graze Farm

Main Course

Sausage-Stuffed Squash Fajita Chili Autumn Casserole @ Richly Rooted Cozy Lentils @ Richly Rooted Carved Stuffed Peppers @ Mold Recovery Apple Pumpkin Bisque @ Hybrid Rasta Mama (scroll down to find)

Side Dishes

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Making This Year Better! (Happy 2013!)

Happy New Year, sweet readers! I’m so thrilled to welcome in the new year with such a wonderful community made up of people like you! πŸ™‚

It always amazes me to look back at the end of a year and see how much we have been blessed and how much we have learned! If you were with me a year ago, you know that we don’t really do “resolutions” on the new year. We have our own unique version that we call “re-evaluations” and it works beautifully for us. With our life being so different from a year ago (new state, new job for hubby, etc) we are very eager to re-evaluate and make some changes!

I’d like to invite you to join us in re-evaluating and consider some areas you’d like to see changing this year! Rather than setting goals and making resolutions, read my post about re-evaluating […]

Developing Meaningful Christmas Traditions

Need some fresh ideas for Christmas traditions? My hubby and I share some of our traditions in this guest post (written by my hubby!) over at A Biblical Marriage! πŸ™‚

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November Blog-Share: Real Thanksgiving


Source: Dining Delights

Do you find yourself dissapointed when the holidays don’t live up to your expectations? I know that happened to me a few times early on in our marriage. Danielle has written about her experiences and encourages us to reflect on our blessings.

“Oh how quickly I let my pride , anger and over ambition ruin one of the best holidays of the year…”

Read the rest of Danielle’s post over at More Than Four Walls!

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November Blog-Share: Daily Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!! I hope you all have a very blessed day with your loved ones and that you are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the ways God has blessed you!! These next several days I’ll be sharing thoughts on thankfulness written by some of my bloggy friends. I hope you are encouraged by their words! πŸ™‚

It is so important to remember to give thanks to God every single day! With my husband’s job loss, this is something that we will be focusing on long after the day called “Thanksgiving” is over. Sara at Your Thriving Family talks about changing our outlook through thankfulness.

“As it is so easy to become focused on wanted possessions or things we want changed in our lives, a little quiet reflection on those things we already have can drastically change our outlook on life…”

Read the rest of Sara’s post over […]