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Shaking the Nickel Bush (and Other March Reads)

Shaking the Nickel Bush (and Other Favorite March Reads) #books #giveaway

March Reads & ReviewsTexas had a unusually cold, wet, icy March. We even got a little bit of snow the first part of the month.

All this means we had to leave our summer clothes in storage a little longer than we normally do this time of year.

But the weather was perfect for cuddling under quilts and reading books in front of a blazing fire, which is how our family spent many an evening together this winter and early…

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Kirsten Dunst: She’s Simply Stating the Obvious

Kirsten Dunst: She’s Simply Stating the Obvious #feminism #femininity #must-read-books

Neurological research has demonstrated what any two-year-old could tell you: Men and women are not identical in either nature or function.

Equal? Yes. Identical? No.

Actress Kirsten Dunst made headline news last week for her comments concerning traditional gender roles.

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created.”

The interview is…

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Let Them Know

Let Them Know: the gospel is a fairy tale that’s true. #frozen #letitgo #musicvideo

This month, we’ll be celebrating the greatest love story ever told. I know Good Friday is still a week away, but I finished the following video a little early and couldn’t wait to share it with you.

For almost eighty years, Disney has been captivating our imaginations with beautifully rendered fairy stories. But as J.R.R. Tolkien explained to C.S. Lewis, the Gospel provides us with an authentic,…

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Apr 7

Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl {Giveaway}

Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl {Giveaway}

Enter to win a copy of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl by Paula Hendricks

"What do you believe is your ticket to love?" | book review and giveawayA few weeks ago, I was contacted by Paula Hendricks, the writing and editorial manager at Revive Our Hearts ministries. She wanted to discuss the possibility of turning my book 25 Ways to Communicate Respect into a 30-Day online challenge, to which I enthusiastically agreed.

During the course of our communication, Paula mentioned that she had recently published a book herself: Confessions of a…

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Apr 6

How to Get Kids to Clean their Rooms

How to Get Kids to Clean their Rooms

In matters of housekeeping, as in so many other things, children are more prone to do what we inspect than what we expect. We have certainly found this principle to be true when it comes to keeping kids’ rooms tidy.

Free printable bedroom check charts for kids | www.flandersfamily.info

When I tell my children to clean their rooms, it helps when I clearly define what I mean by “clean.” But want to know what really motivates them to get the job done? When they know…

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Apr 3

Bible Memory ABCs

Bible Memory ABCs | free printable list from www.flandersfamily.infoWhen our older children were young, we had a little spiralbound Bible ABC book that we worked our way through, memorizing a Scripture verse for each letter. They loved racing each other to see who could say the verses first, and I loved the fact that they were hiding God’s word in their hearts.

We still have that original little book — none the worse for wear — but as it omitted several of my…

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Apr 1

12 Pins that Made Me Laugh Out Loud

Spread some sunshine instead of pulling pranks today. Here’s a dozen funnies to make you laugh #AprilFools #Jokes

Since we all know that laughter is the best medicine, and since every April Fool’s prank I’ve ever pulled has backfired, I thought I’d celebrate today by spreading a little sunshine instead of playing tricks. Here are a dozen pins I’ve spotted on Pinterest that have actually made me laugh out loud. I hope you’ll find them funny, too:

1. Indisputable Findings

women who carry a little extra weight...

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I was initially excited…

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

We have a bunch of kids who love to eat salad. Here’s one of our family favorites: Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

We’ve been blessed with a lot of children who love to eat salad. This is one of our family’s favorites. I usually make a big enough batch to fill a punch bowl and seldom have a single serving left by the end of the meal.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad Recipe -- Yum!

Ingredients:
  • 1 head of iceberg or 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets, chopped small
  • 2 cups of cauliflower florets, chopped small
  • 1/2…

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Babies, Belles, and Blogs

Weekly Wrap-Up: Babies, Belles, and Blogs (Hope you enjoy these videos, links, and free printables)

Although things have been a little quiet on our family site lately, we’ve been busy on our blogs (and elsewhere).

Do You Wanna Have a Baby?

For starters, we just produced our first music video. It’s redo of one of our favorite FROZEN songs, but with original lyrics better fitting to our frame of mind. Doug predicts it will (eventually) go viral. Click on the link below if you’d like to watch and…

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Calligraphy Coloring Page

A couple of months ago, I taught a short class on calligraphy techniques and let my students experiment with different calligraphy supplies, including chisel-tipped markers, calligraphy pens with ink cartridges, and quills dipped in ink.

The Five Solas - free blackline masters you can color yourself, from flandersfamily.info

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All these tools take a time and practice to master, though, so I also passed out copies of an illumined verse (The Five Solas) I…

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