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Free Online Resources for School

Free online resources for school

With school just getting underway, I thought I'd share some online learning resources that are out there for folks who don't have a lot of money to spend.  Twenty websites, all free-- what a beautiful thing!  If you know of other free online resources for homeschooling or for enrichment learning, please share them in comments, below.  And if you find this post to be helpful, … [Read More...]

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Spicy BBQ'd Shrimp

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp

For our 4th of July party several years running we've done spicy grilled shrimp on the barbecue.  Here's the recipe we used this year, and I thought it was really yummy. Since I forgot to get a picture either year, though, the photocredit belongs to … [Read More...]

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Jackson and Janelle

Awhile back I told you about a little boy in China named Jackson who was born missing one foot and who needed a family. Well, fabulous news! He DOES have a family!  They are working hard to raise the money needed to adopt him and are hoping to bring … [Read More...]

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Jackson and Janelle

Awhile back I told you about a little boy in China named Jackson who was born missing one foot and who needed a family. Well, fabulous news! He DOES have a family!  They are working hard to raise the money needed to adopt him and are hoping to bring him home very soon. Here’s a [...]

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frugality this week

Time for frugal Friday again! We’ve had a busy week. One of my sons (Josh) started soccer practice this week and had two-a-day practices ALL week long, so I deliberately avoided most activities besides that, but I still had at least a couple days where I probably drove 80-100 miles in one day alone. Thankfully [...]

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On suicide

In light of the tragic death of Robin Williams, so many people are writing on the topic of suicide, some with compassion and some with judgement.  Here are two excellent reads from friends of minds that illuminate the suffering soul and offer encouragement along that hard path.  Please, let’s be light-bearers, reminding each other of [...]

storage ideas for small spaces

Storage ideas for tiny bathrooms

Our bathroom project is progressing really well.  We’ve got the toilet and shower in working order, are hard at work on sheetrock, and hope to have the sink functional within the next day or two. Of course then comes taping, mudding, texturing, painting, and trimming out.  (Yikes– there’s lots still to do!) One of the [...]

Make Your Own Pizza

recipes you know by heart

The winner of the book Waking Up White is commenter #8 Lynda.  Send me your address, Lynda, and I will get the book headed your way! I read a couple of interesting articles about food yesterday, the first titled Why So Many Low-Income People are Overweight and the second The New Face of Hunger. Reading [...]

Frugal Friday

Just a few quick notes from this week!  Frugal wins this week included: Bought a vinyl remnant at Lowes for the bathroom floor– got double the vinyl for the same cost– enough for two bathrooms.  We do have another project in mind one of these days, so that reduce the flooring cost to $45/bathroom! Instead [...]

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Ages and privileges: how does it work at your house?

After  getting a few questions about various rules and privileges at our house, I thought I’d put together a post answering some of those questions. As you might expect when folks have been parenting 20+ years like we have, there are rules that have changed and adapted with changing times. In some cases we’ve gradually [...]

Waking Up White

Book giveaway: Waking Up White

Later this week I’m going to answer some parenting-logistics questions that I’ve been asked lately– things like what we do about allowance, how old our kids have to be to babysit siblings, etc. If you happen to have questions about how we do things at our house, will you shoot them to me in comments? [...]

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this week’s frugal accomplishments

I always do better telling you about details when I start a blog post early in the week and this week I actually remembered to do that. On Sunday when we were getting the table set for our family dinner, I asked one of the kids to pick me some flowers, hoping I could put [...]