An Educational Christmas Countdown

    Many of us treasure holiday memories with our families because of unique family traditions. Mitch and I have formed a couple of our own since we got married (5 years ago!!!). We always make homemade pizza on Christmas Eve (or before we go to celebrate with family). We have certain Christmas movies and music albums that we love to listen to (you can check them out in my Amazon store under products that we love). Seriously, if you have not checked out The Star of Bethlehem, do so this year! We watch it every Christmas. I’ve seen it … Read more…

Lilla Rose Black Friday Sale and Giveaway

One of my favorite places to buy presents for Christmas is Lilla Rose. I am so excited to shop their Black Friday sale for Christmas gifts (and for myself . . . )! I really want to get my hands on one of their adjustable headbands. I have the worst time with the pretty headbands actually staying on my head, which is why I think it is genius that Lilla Rose’s headbands are adjustable! 🙂 3 Day Black Friday Sale For Customers & Guests Only 20% Off Everything, including New Releases 25% Off select Festive Styles 30% Off select Holiday Styles, 30% … Read more…

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Roundup

Thanksgiving is around the corner! For most of us anyways. This year we get to celebrate three times! We celebrated with my parents on Monday. We will get together with more family on Wednesday and then on Saturday. Strangely, we have no official plans for Thursday. However, we will be with my husband’s family in Springfield, so I am sure we all will soak up lots of time with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. 🙂 In celebration of this time of year, I have compiled some of my favorite recipes, crafts, decor ideas, and lessons. This is the ultimate thanksgiving roundup. Feel free to share your … Read more…

Water Conservation Starts at Home

I am excited to share this post with you, because my husband and I are always looking for ways to lower our bills and save money! Plus, as a clothing-diapering and laundering family, we wash A LOT of diapers. Due to this, saving on our water bill in other areas is important! 😉  Guest Post by Matty Goodwin The time has come to start taking water conservation seriously. Even though I try my hardest every day, it is easy to waste water. I turn on the tap and before I know it I have used more than my fair share. … Read more…

Do Not Be Deceived

Deception is alive and well. Satan is the master of lies and a deception artist. Truth can be difficult to discern. Intuition can be muddled. Consciences can be dulled. Our world has lost sight of truth. A lack of truth has led to watered-down morality. It has also led to anger, confusion, and darkness. Desperate for truth, many people–like the youth persuaded to join ISIS–buy into extreme, radical lies. Our world is polarized between extreme, hate-fueled philosophies and a post-modern disillusionment.  But, there is nothing new under the sun. Paul addressed self-delusion in Romans. He explained how many people strayed so far … Read more…

Tips for Creating a Functional Homeschool Space

This is a guest post by Ella Andrews.  Creating your very own homeschool space is not exactly an easy task, since you will need a location to not only hold school, but store your supplies. That being said, you will have a chance to make a lot of great choices both for storage and tutoring purposes, so make use of the following tips to make it work: Make your space more functional and comfortable, ensuring there is enough space to walk between the desks or other furniture. Basements and garages can be good areas to deal with this, especially if you work on them with … Read more…

DIY Baby Pat Mat (Free and Only Takes 3 Minutes to Make)

We are participating in Parents as Teachers, and a couple months ago we learned about this super fun and easy baby pat mat. The best part is that most people already have all the supplies needed to make it!  It is super simple, and if your baby is 3-9 months, chances are they will love playing with it. Plus, it teaches about cause and effect. Talk with you baby about “When you hit it or pat it, what happens? Did that blue piece move? What if you pat it here?” Supplies: water 2 gallon plastic bags (you’ll want to double bag) tinsel or … Read more…

All Life is Transition

The wind is roaring tonight. The blustery winds are rattling the poorly installed windows of our rental. Nonetheless, we are cozy inside (minus a warm fire because I am pretty sure the fireplace isn’t safe). Flaws of our rental aside, I am thankful to be in a warm home and not out on the streets on a night like this. Something about tonight lends itself to be a night of reflection. On the way home from church, Mitch and I recounted that we have lived four different places within the past five years. Technically, we’ve lived in four different apartment/houses and … Read more…

Indoor Activities for Kids During the Cold Winter Months

You’ve probably noticed that over the past few weeks the weather has started to change. Winter is headed our way. When temperatures start to drop and rain becomes more regular, we can no longer spend as much time outside with our families as we would like to. For many parents, this means sticking the kids in front of the television to keep boredom at bay. While a little television is okay, like many moms, I don’t believe in letting kids spend all day in front of a screen. I believe that boredom is not always the enemy–in fact, I believe … Read more…

Join Me on Monday!

Mark your calendars for this Monday! Tomorrow is the kickoff for the Joyfully Empowered Moms Summit. This is a free opportunity to learn from 21 different women about topics such as stress-management, self-care, creative outlets, business development, and more. The heart of the summit is about living each day with joy. Yes, it is geared towards moms of special needs kids; but the host, Kristine, emphasized that the summit is designed with all moms in mind, and it would even be beneficial for dads. So, if you are feeling a bit frazzled (cough, cough, I know the feeling), if you feel like you are barely surviving … Read more…

Avoid Common Engagement Mistakes

I remember vividly the moment I got engaged. I think it’s a moment in your life that you never want to forget. We knew we were going to marry before he proposed, but he still managed to surprise me and make it a wonderful day. He proposed after our college’s annual banquet in the Prayer Chapel on campus. It was a place we both loved. We spent many moments there in prayer about our future. It was perfect, minus being interrupted twice by another college student relocating a dance party. Argh . . . .  (Right after we got engaged.) (Where he proposed.) … Read more…

Yarn Along

Well, I haven’t made much progress since last week on Rebekah’s sweater. I need to pick up the pace! I keep having grand plans of what I am going to finish before Christmas. I think I need a reality check. 😉 However, on the reading front I am making decent progress. The class I attend on Wednesday nights at church just started reading The Lord and His Prayer. I am a little over half way through it, and I feel so challenged to rededicate to my prayer life. In the churches of Christ, we don’t regularly say the Lord’s Prayer, … Read more…

Quick Tips for Fall Cleanup

***I am excited to share this post today because my husband and I are in the midst of fall cleanup and getting the yard in order! We have several trees and are digging our yard out from under all the leaves. Plus, I am getting ready to rake out and tend to my small garden patches. So, if you are also tending to your yard before the cold of winter sets in, I hope you find these tips useful!  (This post was written by an Engaged Home contributor. It includes affiliate links.) It’s easy to spot the difference in gardens between … Read more…