Facts about Israel Dillard– & Dial Kids, Dial Baby

The most famous baby in American currently? No doubt it’s Israel David Dillard, son of “19 Kids and Counting” stars Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard. Some facts about baby Israel: Why is he named Israel? Jill has loved the country of Israel since visiting there with the rest of the Duggar family in 2011. Israel […]

How to Start a Strawberry Patch

There’s nothing better than home-grown strawberries. If you’ve never grown your own, you won’t believe the difference in taste between home-grown strawberries and those purchased in the store. Home-grown berries are sweeter, and they are red on the inside, not white as store-bought berries often are. You can pick your berries at the peak of […]

Childhood Memories Friday: Standardized Tests

It’s springtime, and if you’re a student, that often means standardized tests. Standardized tests are a hot political topic today. My own kids take ISTEP and NWEA as elementary school kids, and then it’s on to ECA’s in some subjects in high school, and of course the SAT and ACT. When I was growing up […]

Bach’s 20 Children

Post may contain affiliate links. Recently, one of my piano students began working on a piece by J. S. Bach. We were reading the little blurb at the top, which mentioned that, in addition to being one of the greatest composers of all time, he had 20 children. “Wow,” I said to the student. “Do […]

Book Chat

This month’s book reviews, which may contain affiliate links. Check out what others are reading at 5MinutesforBooks. Thanks to Blogging for Books for a review copy of The Perfect Score Project: The Perfect Score Project: One Mother’s Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT was written by Debbie Stier, and I think she and […]

Menu Plan Monday

Welcome to another Menu Plan Monday! It’s March, but it doesn’t look like it here when I look out the window to several new inches of snow from the weekend. Still, the forecast shows that we will reach 30 and possibly even 40 this week, so winter’s days are numbered … I hope you all […]

Candle Tiny Tots Lift the Flap Bible: Review

Thanks to Kregel for a review copy of this book; post may contain affiliate links. As a Christian mom, I wanted to introduce my girls to God’s word from the earliest age. Candle Tiny Tots Lift the Flap BibleĀ  makes that task easier, and more fun as well. This sturdy, colorful book features 8 double-page […]

Disney World: Too Crowded?

Disney World: too crowded? I’m really wondering about this question after a recent trip. I’ve been to Disney World three times in my life. As a child in 1973, the Orlando theme park was brand-new, and crowds weren’t much of an issue. In 2008, our family went. We specifically chose what was supposed to be […]

Book Chat

This month’s book reviews, which contain affiliate links. I love the cover of In the Heart of the Dark Wood, don’t you? It looks suspenseful and scary — like a good story. Inside, we meet Allie and Zach, 11-year-old friends who live in the mountains of West Virginia. Allie is going through a tough time […]