*FREE* Screen Time Tracking Sheets for Kids

How do you handle screen time with your children? If you need a way to help you, and them, track their time on screens, come over to Worshipful Living and get the free Screen Time Tracking Sheet Printables. With one for boys and one for girls, these are sure to be a fun way to […]

*FREE* Jesus is the Way Scripture Cards

  Grounding your children in God’s word and teaching them that Jesus is THE way is simple with these Free Jesus is the Way Scripture Cards from Kids in the Word! Stop by and download your free copy today!

*FREE* Teach Us to Pray Cards for Kids

Praying with our children before they go to sleep is an important part of teaching them how to build a relationship with God. Path Through the Narrow Gate has 2 sets of Free Teach Us to Pray Cards for Kids that will help you teach your children to pray by using God’s Word! Stop by […]

*FREE* Printable Love Notes for Kids

  Make a difference in your child’s life while teaching them God’s word to hide in their hearts with these Free Printable Love Notes for Kids from Path Through the Narrow Gate! Stop by and download your copy today!

*FREE* Peaceful Home Toolkit for Moms

  Bring peace back into your home with this Free Peaceful Home Toolkit for Moms from Proverbial Homemaker! Inside you’ll find a meal planner, do not disturb door hangers and more! Stop by and download your free copy today!

5 Fun and Faith-Filled Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is usually associated with romance, chocolates, sweet gifts and everything related to love. Although it’s considered nowadays as more of a “secular holiday,” causing some people to either love it or hate it, I think it would do us well to try to trace the roots of this holiday, and teach our kids […]

Dear Uncertain Homeschooling Mom

Dear Uncertain Homeschooling Mama, I wish I could give you a hug right now. And just maybe have a chat over coffee. Because though I’ve been doing this for seven years, I still face so much uncertainty. And I’m not sure, but I kind of think there’s no end in sight. Because it’s that important.  […]

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

The cold air blows in and covers the area with a wintry shine. Some days the cold brings a chance for togetherness and bonding. Some days the cold brings just coldness. Through the cold, we can keep the warmth even through the winter blues. Many people feel blue in the winter. It’s not just a […]

How to Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing in Your Home

This is the time of year when I fantasize about summer. In the cozy realm of my imagination, warm temperatures replace frigid ones. A tank top and flip flops replace my heavy coat and boots. Lazy and carefree days at the pool replace my down-to-the-minute homeschool/blogging/ministry schedule. Vacations replace field trips. And long afternoons outside playing […]

3 Tips for Perfect Holiday Plans

The holidays evoke different emotions for everyone. For some, the winter holidays bring feelings of warmth and nostalgia, while others are consumed with tension and dread. Even if you have a family you enjoy spending time with, things get a bit stickier when you get married, and then again when you have kids. You have even more […]

25 Ways to Celebrate Advent with Kids {free printable}

      Christmas is one of my most FAVORITE holidays of the entire year. However, for this family, celebrating the countdown aspect of it (i.e. all of the Advent traditions) really didn’t start until just a few years ago. I had stumbled upon a ‘Jesse Tree’ (google Ann Voskamp’s amazing blog) Well, sure I […]

Christmas Family Fun Bucket

I’m happy to be participating in the ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays Series hosted by Heather at Upside Down Homeschooling!  The letter for this post is Ffor Family Fun Bucket.  Twas the night before December at the Smith house kitchen table….the family was enjoying their Family Fun Bucket instead of watching cable….   Several […]

10 Ways to Help Your Child Keep Christ in Christmas

Today, I’m over at Blessed Beyond a Doubt, talking about a topic that is very dear to my heart…keeping Christ in Christmas. The society in which we live makes it hard for adults to remember to keep the focus of Christmas on Christ, let alone our poor children. They are constantly being bombarded with the […]

Letting Go of Homeschool Pressure

I’m a completely committed blogger. Except when I’m not. But it’s not because I don’t want to be. It’s because, like you, there are so many things that compete for my attention, my time, and my energy. With the flurry of planning and adjusting that accompanies the first several weeks of school (not to mention […]

12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool

It’s that time of year! Fresh reams of paper, spiral-bound notebooks, and packages of pencils with full, perfect erasers have replaced the bottles of sunscreen, pool toys, and beach towels on store shelves. Our beloved summer is drawing to a close. Our bookshelves have been purged of last year’s materials, making way for supplies prepared […]

5 Books That Will Help Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

Since my husband and I have a toddler again in our home, we’ve been trying to expose her to more books on a more regular basis. Among her current favorite read-alouds are a few books that feature Jesus and other Bible characters — mostly board books that we bought when her older brother — our eldest […]

Friends & Heroes Review & Giveaway

  I was given the opportunity to review Friends & Heroes DVD 1 and Homeschool Unit Study 1. I was compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. What is Friends & Heroes? From the website..”Friends and Heroes is an animated children’s adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows […]

Making Your Family Vacation More Affordable

With a tough economy and tight budgets, family vacations are easy to put on the back burner or forget about all together. But the fun, the memories and the connecting that come from family vacations are worth fighting for. Here are a few ways to make a family vacation affordable. 1. Buy food from a […]

Parenting Two or More: Tips and Tricks!

Two children might not sound like a lot, but the difference between one child and two children is ENORMOUS, both because now there’s twice as much parenting work for Mommy and Daddy, AND because competition now exists within the household. Having more than one child is AWESOME. I say this based both on my experience […]

Want to Have an Open Line of Communication With Your Teen? Here are 5 Posts to Help Guide You.

This spring I entered a new stage in my life; I became a parent of a teenager. When my son was 12, I began preparing him (and myself) for this new adventure. I explained to him some of the changes (physically, mentally, and emotionally) that he was going to experience during this period of his life. […]