Open Arms Series: The Nuts and Bolts of Adopting


Guest Post by Jenny of JustJenny Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork. That is what is it feels like when just starting the adoption process. Applications, home studies, criminal clearances, reference letters, profiles and more oh my! When my husband and I started the adoption process we were a little overwhelmed! The agency sent us a HUGE packet of forms that needed to be filled … [ Keep reading… ]

Mini Monster Fruit Pizzas

Monster Pizza

We swapped date nights with some friends of ours this weekend...we went out on Friday (and they watched the kids) and then they went out on Saturday (while we watched the kids).  On our night with the kiddos we decided to make some miniature fruit style! I used the World's Best Sugar Cookie Recipe...these cookies are so light, fluffy, and soft that they are almost more like … [ Keep reading… ]

Monster Sensory Tub

Monster Sensory Tub

This was definitely our favorite sensory tub yet!  Even I enjoyed digging around in it!  We used water beads, which I first learned about from my friend Julie's blog.  She found the idea on Play At Home Mom.  These little water beads are the absolute coolest things!  They are water-retaining polymers that keeps their shape and are slippery to the touch.   They are non-toxic (though you need to supe … [ Keep reading… ]

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches (Book Review & Giveaway)

Loving the Little Years

*This giveaway has ended.  Be sure to check back every Monday for another great giveaway!* I just love the title of this book:  Loving the Little Years:  Motherhood in the Trenches.  "Motherhood in the Trenches" is such a wonderful description of life with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  At the end of the day it's easy to feel battle-worn! I saw this book not long ago as I was searching … [ Keep reading… ]

A Lesson Learned: Blessing


The term "blessing" or "blessed" is thrown around so often, especially in the community of Christians.  I myself use it quite frequently because it is really the only way to "sum up" a lot of children are a blessing, my husband is a blessing, and we truly live in a blessed nation. But upon further investigation, I'm not sure I really like this word any more.  Here is how the Me … [ Keep reading… ]

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up


Once again there were lots of wonderful ideas shared last week!  Here's just a few:   Creative Connections for Kids has a great post on several pre-writing activities.  Be sure to stop by and check out all the fun paper and pencil needed!  :)     This idea is absolutely genius!  Do you ever find tiny toys that have no home lingering in the nooks and cra … [ Keep reading… ]