What I'm Reading - August Edition

Reading has definitely taken a back seat this summer. Even though I quit my day job, and envisioned a ridiculous abundance of time, we’ve been extremely busy and have spent very little time at home. With the school time routine in the near horizon, I’m ready to get back to reading. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 – I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never read this in it’s completion. It’s at the very top of my list this month. Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side – I quickly read though this one a few months agoRead More →

I’m an organization junkie, I’m constantly moving things around and looking for more efficient systems in everything I do. This sickness (as I call it), tends to get worse at summer time. The kids are restless, everyone sleeps until lunch time, it’s a million degrees outside, and my brain just seems to work overtime thinking about what to clean, organize, categorize and label. Where do I begin? This summer I decided to make small changes instead of complete household overhauls like I’m known for in the past. I’m taking things slow at preparing my home for the busy fall schedule. I created at simple challengeRead More →

Save Time and Promote Responsibility with The Homey App

I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review All opinions are my own, you can see my full disclosure here. We’ve had at least 8 people in our household for the last 12 years, and cleaning up, doing dishes and managing laundry for at times 13 people is just plain nuts. This is why early on in my large family parenting days we began assigning chores. We’ve had kids helping keep the house clean as young as 2 years old. How do you handle the chore situation at home? I’ve tried all sorts of methods. I once had a 3Read More →

101 Reasons to Love Summer in SoCal

I’ve lived in Southern California for 30 years and my favorite thing about living here, is summer. I could say there’s no better place than SoCal to spend your summer vacation, but that would be biased. There is fun to be had everywhere you look, and many of the attractions are free. Here’s 101 reasons to love summer in SoCal. 11 Reasons to Visit a Theme Park Definitely not free, but definitely worth checking out! Disneyland – Main Street Electrical Parade California Adventures – Summer of Heroes Knotts Berry Farm – Ghost Town Alive Six Flags Magic Mountain – Kwerk, Screampunk District Streetmosphere and Full Throttle Nights LEGOLAND – RoboTECH Camp Universal Studios HollywoodRead More →

Self-Esteem, Bullying and Sex - Tackling the Hard Issues with Your Tweens

At my 24 week checkup of child number 2, the ultrasound technician happily informed me that the precious bundle of joy I was carrying was a boy. I cried. No, I wept, maybe wailed is more like it. I did NOT want a boy. I already had a boy and in order to complete the perfect little family I’d envisioned, I NEEDED a girl. Our son would grow up to be an athlete, possibly an Olympian, and our daughter would grow up to be a world renown doctor or scientist. As I got home that afternoon, I had another panic attack. God Answers Prayer IRead More →

Count Your Blessings Gift Basket Giveaway

My husband and kids often ask what I’d like for Mother’s Day, and my response tends to be “a clean house and no sibling arguments”. If you’re a mother, and you’ve got more than 1 child at home, you know that the likelihood of a whole day free of sibling squabbles is as rare as a unicorn or a mermaid sighting. While you wait for that miraculous day to come, why not count your blessings while you drink a cup of coffee? It’s so easy to get beat-up and dragged down by the millions of responsibilities we have every day. Sometimes the difficulties shroud ourRead More →

The Remarkable Truth About Intentional Family Devotions

I’ve been a Sunday school teacher at the same church for 10 years, so I’ve had the opportunity to see kids grown in their faith in Christ and serve, and I’ve also seen some of them walk away.  Intentional teaching of the word of God it’s not just up to you child’s Sunday school teacher. It’s your job as a parent. Trust me, I say this because I’ve met a parent or two who completely forget this fact. Statistics show that two-thirds of church kids walk away from church after questioning their faith before they become adults. How can this be? Why are we letting thisRead More →

What I'm Reading

With a new month, comes a new reading list. I’m still finishing up Swipe Right, from last month’s selections, but looking forward to what’s next. Here’s What I’m Reading in April Old-Earth Creationism on Trial by Tim Chaffey & Jason Lisle – The girls and I have focused a lot of our morning apologetics discussions on the age of the earth. We recently watched a broadcast of a talk Ken Ham gave about dinosaurs at a church in Georgia. On a survey of twenty-somethings many confessed that though many still believed  that the Bible is God’s Word, the idea that the earth is millions of years old,Read More →