Menu Planning for January 1, 2017

Woo hoo!  2017 is here.  I can't believe it, but at the same time, I'm hoping 2017 will be a smoother, easier year than 2016! Here's what we ate last week: Paleo Shepherd's Pie Spaghetti with Beef and Jamie Oliver Pasta Sauce Asian … [Continue reading]

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs: A Book Review

I want Bookworm to start reading more multi-cultural books, so I did a little research to find some new books for him to read. This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks for your support! One that I found was Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs.  I … [Continue reading]

Chocolate Mousse Pie: Dairy Free, Gluten Free

One of our favorite desserts for the holidays is Chocolate Mousse Pie.  This easy pie is a snap to make and only has 4 ingredients!  Best of all, it tastes delicious. The kids requested it for our Christmas dinner, so I whipped one … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for December 25, 2016

One of my goals for 2017 is to improve my time management and organization.  To that end, I've been trying to slowly restock the freezer with freezer meals.  Last week, I tried to double many of the recipes I made so I could get some meals in the … [Continue reading]

Ishtar’s Odyssey by Arnold Ytreeide: A Book Review

Three years ago, the kids and I started a new tradition of reading a book aloud throughout Advent. This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! We started with Arnold Ytreeide's Jotham's Journey.  Last year we read Bartholomew's … [Continue reading]

IEW’s 12 Days of Christmas Freebies

After the Christmas holiday is over, there is still one more thing to look forward to--IEW's 12 Days of Free Gifts! Starting December 26th, for 12 days, IEW will be giving away a free product every day! This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks … [Continue reading]

Our Favorite Christmas Tradition: Opening a Present a Day for the 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas Traditions: Why We Open One Present a Day During the 12 Days of Christmas

When I was little, on Christmas morning, we opened all of our presents, but we did it rather slowly.  I would open a present, then my brother would, than my parents.  We took our time.  There was no frantic ripping of paper in a frenzy that was over … [Continue reading]

The Missing Matisse by Pierre H. Matisse: A Book Review

I love reading about World War II.  I don't read about the soldiers too much or the war strategies.  Instead, I love reading true stories about every day citizens who were swept up in the war and what their experience was.  While I've read many, many … [Continue reading]

Use Groupon Coupons to Lower Your Gift Budget

I like buying things at Christmas that will be appreciated by the recipient.  However, often choosing just the right gift comes with a very expensive price tag.  I try to remedy that by using coupons and buying throughout the year when I find … [Continue reading]

ButcherBox Grass-Fed & Pasture Raised Meat: A Review

For several years now, we've placed a premium on high quality meat.  I believe it's best for our bodies and most natural.  Quality meat is also important to me because several of us are on a Paleo diet, and I want quality foods in our … [Continue reading]