Monday, April 28, 2014

What Does Your Baby Really Need? Baby Registry Tips for New Moms - Updated 2018 After Baby Number 4

My first pregnancy 20 wk ultrasounds
So, you're pregnant!  It's an exciting time, especially with a first baby.  The mind wanders and dreams of what being a mom will be like, what the new baby will be like, and all of the cute things that can be done with a baby.  It is a grand romance of the mind, but then, registering for gifts begins.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When to Use Blogger and When to Use - An April Update

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This month has been a very busy one for my family and me.  I looked at my calendar today and realized that the month is already almost over!  I have so many blogs on my mind, but have not been able to make the time to sit and type.  At the beginning of the year, I started a candy buffet business.  It was a little slower to start than I had anticipated, but these last two months have been busy for me.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to Make Authentic Mexican Beans - Slow Cooker Hack

Last week, I showed you How to Make Authentic Mexican Beans From Scratch.  Today, I will show you a slight variation that takes a little longer, but makes the process a whole lot easier.  Today, I will teach you how to make authentic Mexican beans in your slow cooker!  It's so easy!  You will need:

Sunday, April 6, 2014

God is My Portion and Strength Forever

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Why is it that people prosper while lying, cheating, and taking advantage of honest people? Why is it that honest people suffer at their hands? I must constantly re-evaluate; where does my treasure lie? 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How to Make Authentic Mexican Beans from Scratch

Last week, I showed you How to Sort and Clean Dry Beans in preparation for making beans at home from scratch.  Today, I will show you how to cook authentic Mexican beans from scratch!  It's so simple and the beans are so healthy and delicious!  You will never want to eat canned beans again! You will need:
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Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Sort and Clean Dry Beans - Pictorial

For some, making beans from scratch seems a daunting and complicated task.  Over the next few days, I'll show you how to make delicious, healthy beans from scratch!  Say goodbye to canned beans forever.  Today, I will start by showing how to sort and clean beans. 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Teeth, the Tooth Fairy, and Trust

Teeth, the Tooth Fairy, and Trust - Homemaking Simplified

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This week, our eldest daughter lost her first tooth. It was a reminder of the short time we have with our babies.  With this reminder came the reality that my eldest "baby" is becoming a big girl who is formulating opinions, experiences, and expectations based on past experiences. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Eight Reasons I Don't Share My Faith

Dear Christian,
Do you ever share your faith and hope in Christ?  I am not talking about cornering people and declaring their imminent demise and judgement, but sharing your blessed hope in the age to come.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Delicious but Simple Five Ingredient Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Scratch

Mashed Potatoes from Scratch

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My family and I love potatoes.  Really, we love potatoes.  Because we eat them so frequently, and because the are a root vegetable--that is, they grow underground soaking in everything from the soil, not just onto its skins, but into its flesh--we buy organic.  Mashed potatoes are a family favorite that are sure to complement most any meal.  Here is a quick and easy recipe that uses only 5 ingredients!

Simple Five Ingredient Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Currently for Sale at PsalmBaby on Etsy- Coupon Code

I have been sewing since I was very young.  It is my favorite creative outlet.  I love making things for my kids and for others' kids.  Among my favorite things to make are hybrid fitted cloth diapers.  I have been making them for over 5 years.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Free Pancakes Today at IHOP

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Today only, free short stack (3 pancakes) at IHOP. 
It gets pretty busy on National Pancake day, so if you are hoping to make it out, I recommend going early or at an off time.

If you are like me and would rather avoid the crowds and just cook at home, check out my whole-wheat pancake recipe

Sunday, March 2, 2014

According to the Bible, I Am...

I saw a photo on Pinterest that I really have not been able to get out of my mind.  It is a picture of a little girl with a hand written poster with two columns.  One column states, "According to religion I am: -broken -flawed -sinful -dumb -weak -nothing" (sic.).  The other column states, "According to science I am: -full of wonder -smart -a great learner -beautiful -potential for greatness" (sic.).

Friday, February 28, 2014

The See Saw: A Lesson in Weights and Measures

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There are so many ways to educate children in practical ways.  I love focusing on real-life lessons, especially in the early years.  As parents, we can turn any event into a lesson that will benefit our children and stimulate their minds.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dealing with Overwhelming Feelings

Colossians 3;23-24

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Some days I just feel really low, overwhelmed by expectations and tasks that seem to tower before me. The truth is, these days are usually not any different than the rest, except in that vast and seemingly infinite place, called my mind.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Is Your Home Address on Facebook?

Is Your Home Address on Facebook?
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I am a pretty private person.  I love social media, but I like to keep a certain degree of privacy.  Although I am willing to share a lot of information about things that I like, things that I do, and even what my kids look like, there are certain things that I do not publicly share.  One such thing is my home address, or so I thought...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Simple Composition Book Cover

Easy Composition Book Cover
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Composition books are one of my favorite tools.  My kids and I use them for so many of our daily tasks.  I use one as a planner and I use them for my kids homeschooling as copy work and tracing books.  There are so many uses for composition books!  The only thing that keeps me going back to buying commercial planners--that I never end up using past a month--is that commercial planners are SO CUTE! I'm nowhere near the first to admit that I love pretty things.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Never Fails

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One of the most often read passages in weddings must be that of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  This beautiful passage, however, cannot be separated from 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5.  Love never fails, this is true, but when we spot "failed love" in our society ridden with separations, divorce, and adultery we must look to these other passages to see what true love is. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Easy and Cute Valentine's Day Card

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For Valentines Day this year, we worked on some really cute and simple keepsake Valentine's Day cards.   We made one "fancy version" for Baba from Abraham, as well a a bunch of construction paper versions for extended family.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Creating an Educational Philosophy - Free Printables

What is an educational philosophy?
An educational philosophy is used by educators as a guide for how he or she will educate students and gives a functional map of what he or she believe education ought to be.  Some of the things that an educational philosophy statement should touch on are:
  • Your educational approach/ method/ style (classical, contemplative, humanistic, Montessori, high/scope, un-schooling, and so on)
  • Your role as an educator in the classroom and in the community
  • How to intend to reach all of your students
  • How you believe students learn best
  • Your goals for your students

Thursday, February 6, 2014

10 Minute Mini Sketch Book

Like most toddlers, my kids love to draw. My five year old goes through sketch books fairly quickly. She was asking for a custom sketchbook, so this is what I whipped up!

This mini sketch book used supplies most of us already have sitting at home and took less than 10 minutes. It also cost me less than a dollar in consumable products! Major plus! Next time I will make several and save them for gifts.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Simple Mexican Pita Melt

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Meals must be the thing that I stress about the most.  I get busy during the day and then it happens: its 4pm and I find myself without a clue in the world, in terms of what I can feed my family. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to Easily Wash and Dry Your Rugs without a Carpet Cleaner!

Carpeting is a great thing, but over time, rugs collect dust, debris, food, and other not-so-pretty things. This is especially true with kids in the house. Our kids are asthmatic, so the allergens that our rugs collect must be kept at bay. We have had a trusty carpet cleaner for the past six years, but after losing a filter cover we have had to find another way of keeping our rugs clean.  So here is what you will need: dirty rug(s), laundry detergent, a water hose (spraying attachments are a plus), a cemented area, and a bristled brush (we use a long car-washing brush that looks like a push-broom).
After vacuuming your rugs, take them outside to a cemented area.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year, New Beginnings: Pointillism Artwork

I am not much of a "new year resolution" person, but I must admit that there is something wonderful about the year "refreshing."  Yes, yesterday carries over into today, but at the same time, the dawn of a new year can make it seem as though it doesn't.  Today was the first Monday of the year, so we commenced school.  Being that my kids are in kindergarten and pre-school, we keep homeschooling it pretty simple.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fluffy Dairy-Free Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe

I am always looking for new dairy-free modified recipes that I can make at home. I have been searching for a whole-wheat and milk-free pancake recipe for some time now. Being unable to find good one, I have been tweaking other dairy-laden whole-wheat pancake recipes in attempt to find a tasty, healthy, yet fluffy, dairy-free whole-wheat pancake recipe.  After a little trial and error, I was able to make exactly what I was looking for!

So without further ado, here it is!

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe

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Makes approximately twelve (12) 4 inch pancakes. 

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