10 Steps to Teaching Your Child to Read

  As a former first grade teacher, teaching children to read is one of my greatest passions! But because most children don’t start actually “reading” until around 6 years old (which is upwards of the targeted age range for my blog), I didn’t want parents to feel pressured that their 3-year old needs to start reading (which, by the way, they don’t!). However, the information shared below is … [ Keep reading… ]

Urbanwalls Vinyl Wall Decals: Product Review and Giveaway

house rules

*Sorry, this giveaway has ended.  Check back every Monday for another great giveaway!* I am SO excited about this giveaway from Urbanwalls!!  I love using scriptures and special sayings to decorate the walls of our home.  It reminds me of Deuteronomy 6:9 and really helps to personalize our home. I first thought I would choose this "In This House" vinyl decal...   But then I … [ Keep reading… ]

A Lesson Learned: Where’s your happy face?


Tommy Lee Jones was in a movie called Man of the House where he was hired as a U.S. Marshal to protect a cheerleader.  At a football game, a perky cheerleader says to him, "Where's your happ-ay fayce???" (in her most southern drawl).  In which to he replies, "This is my happ-ay fayyyyce" (with a sideways scowl on his face). Why is it that we always have the obligation to always look happy??  It … [ Keep reading… ]

Show-and-Share Saturday Link-Up

jack o lantern cups

There were so many wonderful ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:   Creative Connections for Kids shares a recipe for these pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern cups.  Yummy! Looking for farm activities for your preschooler?  Joyfully Weary has a plethora of amazing ideas! I love this idea from I Heart Crafty Things for a Five Little Pumpkins craft (after reading the … [ Keep reading… ]

Virtual Photography Class: White Balance

white balance

There is a tiny little function on your camera that can make a HUGE difference in the overall look and color of your pictures.  This function controls the white balance of your photos.  White balance is typically set on the "auto" function (AWB).  "Auto" doesn't necessarily mean better.  Like anything else, we often have to tell the computer in our camera how we want our pictures to look. White … [ Keep reading… ]

Toddler Time: Touchy-Feely Activity

Touchy Feely

We used lots of items from around the house to talk about sensory descriptors like soft, rough, smooth, sticky, and bumpy.  This would be a perfect activity for older babies and toddlers!   Just be sure you don't use any items that could potentially be a choking hazard. I just threw the items (shown above) in a bowl and let Little Brother pick them out one at a time.  I would say the word and … [ Keep reading… ]