A Month Of Meals For Chilly Weather


Looking for some meals to make in fall and winter? Check out my month-long meal plan for chilly weather! Yesterday I sat in Panera Bread and planned the whole month of meals for our November. I've never done this before, but I did it for few reasons: I just had a newborn baby, we're homeschooling, and I barely have time to brush my teeth. Maybe it would save time? Maybe I'd only have to ... Keep Reading

WIN a Berkley Water Purifier

I'm absolutely very jealous of whoever is blessed to win this giveaway. I've been trying to land one of these puppies for free to review for a while...to no luck. (Anyone want to give me a Berkey to review?? Anyone?) Just today I was sipping my water and noticed some sort of a moldy undertone. Ick! I would sure love one of these Berkeys! While we don't really worry about getting parasites or ... Keep Reading

50 Awesome Gift Ideas For Boys

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Looking for gift ideas for a boy in your life? Look no further! My gift ideas here are things that my boys love and that encourage simple, creative play. Builder Goose: It's Construction Rhyme Time! - This little book is fun to read and my kids love the construction-based twists on nursery rhymes. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike, Blue, One Size - Both my kids learned how to ride without ... Keep Reading

Kids Playing Sports: How To Raise Kids Who Win and Lose Well


Note from Jessica: This post is a guest post from my dear cousin Rebecca. Rebecca LOVES sports and has lots of wisdom. I love this post! Side note - I strongly encourage you to follow Rebecca on Facebook at Banshee Sports. She is always publishing interesting sports posts and yummy game-day recipes! Nobody likes to lose, and it is especially hard to watch children struggle with the emotions ... Keep Reading

A Day In The Life…


This week I'm over at Keeper of the Home sharing "a day in the life" around these parts. When I wrote this post, our sweet little Ellie was two weeks old. And we hadn't even started homeschooling yet! Needless to say, these are wonderful, crazy, patience-trying days! Read about our day here. Does my day ring close to home for any of you? ... Keep Reading

10 Must-Haves For A Kindergarten Classroom

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┬áJessica'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}


1Originally, 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 ... Keep Reading

A Visual Tour of Our Homeschool Classroom


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


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


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