10 Must-Haves For A Kindergarten Classroom

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 Jessica's note: Hope you enjoy this guest post from my good friend, Gabby. I've asked Gabby to talk about some of her "must-haves" for homeschool, because I know she did a terrific job with her little kindergartener this year. I absolutely love her approach to teaching, and her list. Thanks for sharing, Gabby!   1. Curriculum that you love You can find everything you need to teach ... Keep Reading

Ellie’s Birth Story {a story where God is faithful}

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Originally, in my head, this post was more clever. It was longer; it would have done well on Pinterest; it was a whole series to maximize my blog hits and generate interest. But I'm going to let those things go because I just want to tell you the story. The story of Ellie Marie, and how God is faithful. This story starts before Ellie even existed in my tummy. Honestly, I think it starts when ... Keep Reading

A Visual Tour of Our Homeschool Classroom

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A few weeks ago in the mail, we got a giant box of kindergarten books and supplies...and all my dreams came true. I asked my husband if he, too, were feeling his heart pound in euphoria as he looked at the mounds of curricula. Funny...he wasn't. Well, I'm excited anyway. (Even if the first day of school is like 20 days after I birth a child. At least I made some breakfast burritos for the ... Keep Reading

Evie & Jo Giveaway Winner

We have a winner for the Evie & Jo giveaway. Deanna, you have received an email and have 24 hours (until 10am July 25) to claim your prize! Consolation Prize: Kelly is extending her awesome offer for a FREE chapstick with a purchase of $20 or more to the next 12 customers (mention "Smartter Each Day" in your order). If it's as hot and muggy where you are as it is here, what a great time ... Keep Reading

To My Husband…on our anniversary

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It's been seven years. Love isn't heart-racing, sweaty-palms, giddy school-girl kind of moments anymore. It's deeper. It's harder. It's better. When we were dating, I loved the way you looked in your sleek, black North Face jacket. Now, I love that you let me borrow any of your clothes when I'm pregnant, and (usually) hang up your collection of 2,847 jackets when I ask you to. I used to ... Keep Reading

When “Natural” Isn’t Working: Hope For The Discouraged Crunchy Mama

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This month's post at Keeper of the Home was very personal for me. It's hard to admit on a huge "natural living" blog like Keeper of the Home that actually, "natural" cures have not worked for us for a very significant issue we've dealt with. Yet I felt compelled to share our struggle, to comfort other moms who might, like me, feel frustrated (even guilty?) when their efforts don't work. This ... Keep Reading

Evie & Jo Natural & Organic Giveaway

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disclosure: I was provided with products to review for this post. All opinions are 100% mine. I've been waiting for so long to do this post! I L.O.V.E. Evie & Jo! If you haven't heard of Evie & Jo, that's probably because it's an emerging, local-to-me-owned company, actually founded by my dear friend and cousin, Kelly! Kelly has an entire line of natural, organic products for ... Keep Reading

How To Love Your Neighbors (yes, the ones next door)

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Sometimes I feel like a total slacker for my "Christian" work these days. You know, in college I was a member of like 27 service organizations (important stuff, people!). And these days, most of my "service" is confined to the two little ones and husband inside our (often very-small-feeling) four walls. Don't get me wrong - ministering to my family is my calling right now - and what a job it ... Keep Reading

How To Introduce A Child To Jesus {the E-book}

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Do you long to teach your kids about Jesus, but sometimes wish you had a little guidance? What if you found a practical, time-tested, step-by-step guide on how to do this, and what if it were easy and enjoyable to read? I couldn't find a book like this on the shelves... So I wrote one.                          The very newly-released How To ... Keep Reading

25 Real-Food Meals to Bring To A New Mom

Looking for meal ideas to bring to a new mom? I've got you covered! Even gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free allergy-friendly options! I think one of the kindest things any human being can do is to bring a meal to a new mom. It's just wonderful. This may seem sketchy and suspicious that I'm sharing these meal ideas when - ahem - I'm due for a baby soon. But seriously. Every time I want to ... Keep Reading

Now Announcing…My e-Book!

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A few months ago I polled readers on my Facebook page: which e-book (out of four or five choices) would you read if I wrote it? There was a clear winner, and I took your advice! Coming in July... How did I ever think of this topic? A few years ago, a friend asked me what Bible I used for my kids. It got me thinking...what would I tell someone who wanted to know, starting from step one, how do ... Keep Reading

How to Make Men Out of Boys

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Note from Jessica: This is yet another fabulous post from my "unofficial" contributing writer, Amy. Amy homeschools something like eight kids (maybe it's four but it seems really overwhelming), runs her own blog, and in her spare time has co-written a book on turning little boys into men. Are you impressed? I am. If you have boys - listen up. This idea is brilliant, and I hope she makes enough ... Keep Reading