Books About Bugs for Kids

Books About Bugs

As the weather grows warmer here in Michigan, my kids have started spotting ALL.THE.BUGS., and their interest in learning more about the bugs they find has been sparked again. One of our favorite way to learn more about any topic is to gather lots of great books about it and… Read More »

6 Car-Friendly Snack Ideas

6 Car-Friendly Snack Ideas

If your family is like most, then you may feel as if you practically live in your car. From driving children to practices, classes, and appointments to long road trips and commutes, busy families can spend a lot of time in the car. Eating meals and snacks in the car,… Read More »



More Than Just The Talk by Jonathan McKee

More Than Just The Talk by Jonathan McKee

As my kids are beginning to enter pre-puberty, I know that it’s none too early to start thinking about how to open the lines of communication about intimacy and relationships with the opposite sex. I don’t want “the talk” to be a one-time event, however, so I was eager to… Read More »

Dating My Husband for Under $10

Dating My Husband for Under $10

I’m frugal. And by frugal, I mean cheap. And even though I want to make my marriage a priority this year, I’m struggling to “put my money where my mouth is” in order to hire a babysitter and go out on dates with my husband. So when my mother-in-law asked… Read More »



Learning to Trust God

VeggieTales Noah's Ark

When I hand my kids a VeggieTales DVD, I do so with complete trust in the brand – a brand I’ve loved and trusted since day one – so I had zero concerns about handing them the new VeggieTales Noah’s Ark DVD when it arrived in the mail last week.… Read More »

3 Must Have Apps for Busy Moms

3 Must Have Apps for Busy Moms

Is there an app for that? Moms are busy and it is no wonder that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of apps that are geared toward helping busy moms manage their families better. There is an app for just about anything a busy mom can imagine… and then some!… Read More »



Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Kids

Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Kids

Last weekend, I mentioned that Easter was coming up soon, and Jenny immediately started bemoaning the fact that they don’t get Easter baskets. (We’re “mean” parents – we know.) Grandma came to the rescue, however, and insinuated that they may be getting one this year, so I started brainstorming ideas… Read More »



7 Stress Busters for Busy Parents

Stress Busters for Busy Parents

Stress – it’s something nearly everyone contends with on a daily basis. At times the stress is positive such as having a baby or trying to win a race. At other times it’s negative such as having too much to do and not enough time to do it. Whatever the… Read More »



Pull Your Weight

Groovy Lab in a Box - Pull Your Weight kit

Learning together at home with your kids can be fun when you explore scientific laws, like Newton’s Third Law, with a hands-on approach. Put away the text books and work together to study pulleys, cranes, and more with the GROOVY LAB IN A BOX monthly box: “Pull Your Weight.” “Pull… Read More »

Teaching Kids About the Bible

Teaching Kids About the Bible with the New Testament Catechism from Grapevine

While it’s important to teach your kids how to study the Bible on their own, it’s equally important to teach them some basic facts about the Bible and its contents. One of my favorite ways to teach my kids Bible basics is through a relaxed catechism approach. What is Catechism?… Read More »