Summer Reading Suggestions and Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop

  Summer is in full swing and the heat index is rising. I'm so grateful for our a/c these days. It makes the heat and humidity more bearable and also sets the stage for relaxing afternoon reading time. What are you and your kids reading this summer? In recent month's we've enjoyed … [Read more...]

Summer Family Activities and Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop

This week I find myself at church camp with my family. While I'm teaching kids to knit, crochet and embroider so they can earn a merit badge, my own children are busy being campers themselves and my husband is doing handyman jobs wherever he's needed. Fun family times! Here are a few more ideas for … [Read more...]

Using Media for More than Just Entertainment This Summer

As a mother and my children's educator I'm torn between letting my kids have a summer full of fun and frolic or a summer of "let's not forget what we learned in school this year!" Is it possible to have both? I say, "yes!" I've seen a lot of bucket lists for summer floating around the internet. … [Read more...]

Gathering Summer Moments

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler I find myself looking back over recent days, gathering summer moments. Bounty from the garden and beautiful blossoms from our own backyard were pleasing to the palate and a feast for the eyes. Thinking about sunny days spent hiking, fishing, … [Read more...]

Easy Summertime Watermelon Centerpiece

This watermelon centerpiece is the perfect thing to decorate the table at your next backyard barbeque or a summertime birthday feast. It's easy as 1-2-3 and is practically free! DIY Watermelon Centerpiece 1. Select a watermelon that sets stable on a flat surface. You won't want it rolling … [Read more...]