Banana Crepes (The perfect recipe for those soon-to-be overripe bananas!)

Banana crepes

My family loves bananas. There are days when the bunch purchased chooses to take that path of deep-yellow-on-the-way-to-brown-spots soon. And yes, I do know I can make banana muffins and banana bread with overripe bananas but honestly, you really can't have too much of a good thing, right? So the next best option for those soon-to-be-overripe bananas? Banana crepes! This such an easy peasy recipe and one that my kids love. You can always … [Read more...]

6 ways to get our kids to enjoy Nature and the Great Outdoors

6 Ways to get our Kids to enjoy Nature and the Great Outdoors

The generation our kids are in has an endless range of reasons to stay indoors. The obvious lure of video games, internet and social media provide entertainment and a way to avoid boredom. While tech. toys and channels can be informative and educational in their own way, they can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle with not so great health implications if overdone.It honestly doesn't take very much to get our kids outdoors especially if we make it … [Read more...]

When your actions, as a parent, speak louder than words

When your actions, as a parent, speak louder than words

Have you noticed how children are like sponges that absorb everything they see and hear around them? Most often, than not, you will catch them mimicking the not so nice bits. When your actions, as a parent, speak louder than words   I always expect my children to be respectful of each other and for the older sibling(s) to correct the younger one(s) in love and with gentleness. I'm ashamed to admit that I have heard firmer tones of … [Read more...]

Keeping the sparkle in our smiles.

Never fully dressed without a smile

Disclosure: “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.   My Granddad had a smile that would light up his whole face. He had an infectious laughter that would fill a room with smiles. And today when I think of him that's the first thing I remember about him. I would love to be remembered as a … [Read more...]

October’s Featured Books from Zonderkidz

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This past Sunday, our Childrens' Church invited a local police officer to share how he trusts God to guide and protect him each day. It was good for the kids to hear how he puts his faith into action. I love that Zonderkidz has life-story inspirational books for our young kids. My 8 year old loved reading Bethany Hamilton's Body and Soul and Gaby Douglas' Raising the Bar over the summer. And this month read Billy Graham's story: The Prophet … [Read more...]

City of Lights: Chartres Cathedral


Now we are here, my last day in France. The day was beautiful and we started it out by eating a traditional 2-3 hour lunch right outside the Chartres Cathedral. For the first time in France, I was SO excited to see...FRIES, Coke and a Hamburger! WOOT! (I know, typical American, right?) But no worries, I ended it like someone in France would... with Macaroons and Espresso. After a very fantastic lunch, we headed off to … [Read more...]

Save over 80% with the Beyond The Rack Kid’s Day Sale (10/23-10/26)


Everyone knows you can save quite a bit when you shop the various sale events hosted by Beyond The Rack. And from 10/23/2014- 10/26/2014,  the savings just got BIGGER and BETTER with the Kid's Day Sale Event. Beyond The Rack members will be able to save upto 80% off on all brand name apparel and footwear for infants, toddlers and kids. The sale does include baby gear as well and toys too. So if you would like to get a head start on your … [Read more...]