Dollars and Sense, Tip #2: Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


For my Dollars & Sense Tip #2, I thought I would focus on Valentine’s Day, since the holiday is coming up soon. Everyone associates this day with lots of flowers, candy, etc. and those things can be very expensive. Jason and I have never spent a lot of money on Valentine’s Day gifts, but we always enjoy celebrating in our own way.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank:

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #1: Easy Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store


Hi everyone! I’m excited to bring to you a brand new series to the blog called “Dollars & Sense”. I’m going to be sharing tips and ideas for helping you to save your family money. I’m not a money expert, but I do have 4 children who I homeschool and we’ve lived for more than 13 years now on one income. Over the years, I’ve learned a little about saving money and living a frugal (yet very happy!) lifestyle. I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the things I’ve learned and I hope that you will in turn share with me any tips or ideas that you have learned, as I’m always eager to hear new ideas about saving money!

So here is Tip #1: Easy ways to save money at the grocery store.

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My Word of the Year for 2017


Hi everyone. Well, 2016 is just about gone and I can’t believe another year has come and gone that fast. This past year has been a major roller coaster of ups and downs for me and my family. I think we can pretty much all say the same thing. This life here on earth is full of so many different emotions, from amazingly fun highs to the most sorrowful days when we just don’t know how we’re going to get through.

It’s always amazing to me how we go from one day to the next and you never know what kind of day that it’s going to be. But I just remember that God said through it ALL He would be with me, He would never leave me. He never promised that we wouldn’t go through hard times, but He did promise to help us through those hard times. I’m so thankful that I have a heavenly father who truly cares about every little thing that matters to me.

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Think you’re cut out for doing a bath remodel? Neither did we, but we did it anyway!!! (And we survived!!)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’d been extremely busy with our old house, remodeling the bathroom. I wanted to tell you all a little about how that went. We got the news that my sister was moving out of the house near the end of October. We already knew that the bathroom floor was spongy near the tub and needed some work done. But we had no idea what we were in for….


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Packing up Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse

Last week was collection week for Operation Christmas Child  for Samaritan’s Purse. We’ve been packing shoeboxes for this program for years. It’s something we all love to do. I think it’s important to teach the kids that there are other children around the world whose lives are so different from theirs and that by doing this little thing, we can make such an impact on a child’s life.

I also think it’s important for them to remember that Christmas is about giving and not just receiving. After all, the Bible says in Acts 20:35  “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #16: Candy Corn



I decided to include Candy Corn as Day #16 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series. I know that Candy Corn is usually associated with Halloween, but it is such a fun fall treat that I thought it would be a good one to have with this series. There are so many fun crafts and snacks that go with candy corn, although there really aren’t any children’s books that focus just on candy corn.

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Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Unit Study

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share with you what we’re doing for school for Christmas. Every year I try to find a different Christmas Unit Study to  have fun with.

Here’s a list of all the ones we’ve done in the past (just to give you some ideas!):

  1. The Legend of the Candy Cane
  2. Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House)
  3. Madeline’s Christmas
  4. A New Coat for Anna (Five in a Row)
  5. Cranberry Christmas
  6. The 12 Days of Christmas
  7. Christmas Around the World
  8. The Polar Express

(FYI, most of those I found on either or and were either free or very inexpensive.)

This year I started looking early and was so excited to find this study on

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #15: Table Décor



Day #15 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving is Table Décor. Decorating the table for Thanksgiving Dinner can be so much fun! It’s always neat to get the kids involved. Whatever Thanksgiving crafts they are making for school can be used as a centerpiece. Or it can be fun to just give them all the Fall decorations and let them be creative and see what they come up with!

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #14: Cornucopia



We always see Cornucopias with Thanksgiving decorations, so Day #14 of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series we’re going to learn about them. I was honestly not sure of the history of cornucopias, so this was fun for me.

Here are some webpages that you can use to read about what cornucopias are and the history of them.

Bountiful Beginnings: What is a Cornucopia? at Bright Hub Education

Cornucopia History at Thanksgiving


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