Vegan & Grain-Free Cinnamon Raisin Valentine Cookies

My children were thrilled with a special treat that says “I love you,” both with its heart shape, and because it meets special dietary needs, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

These cookies are pretty soft-textured, so if you are traveling or putting them in a lunchbox, make sure to store

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Merry Christmas!

Thank you, dear friends, for sharing a bit of life with us in this space over the past year. We appreciate how you have supported and encouraged us in the past months, and prayed over us. May your home be full of joy this season, and full of blessings in

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Christmas Week Menu Plan {12.23-29}

We’re planning lots of special times of celebration this week, with our “traditional” meals, while still keeping it simple and kid-friendly.

Day Breakfast Lunch Dinner Sun 12/23 Eggs, Leftover Muffins Popcorn, Carrot-Apple Salad, Homemade Yogurt Zuppa Toscana, Bread, Oranges Mon 12/24 Minestrone Soup, Bread Salmon Salad Sandwiches, Apples Waffles, Eggs Tue 12/25

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Entrustment and Other Made-Up Words

Post contributed by Calvin, in honor of Michele’s birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary this week.

As I was sitting in the dark, keeping drowsy children company as they fell asleep, some thoughts came to mind. They kept crossing each others’ paths, like acrobatic birds who swoop through the

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Handmade Gifts: Felt Toy First Aid Bandage Kit

A homemade gift that has been endlessly played with since last Christmas is our felt toy bandage kit. All the teddy bears and dolls’ owies have been attended to regularly.

(You can see from the photo that ours are starting to get a bit “fuzzy” from all the use!) Just a warning, these actually

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Redeeming Christmas

The lower segment of the tree branches and ornaments are pretty much demolished by the baby (we’ve vacuumed up the trail of fallen needles almost daily!), the packages have been regularly rearranged and inspected by my preschooler, and my newly-six-year-old wants to just spill the beans and tell everyone what they’ll be

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Handmade Gift: Lavender-Calendula Balm

Wintertime is the perfect season for the gift of a nourishing balm, handmade with rich oils and soothing herbs. With the often dry winter air (or airline travel during the holidays), a healthy balm may help soothe or prevent dry skin.

I also use a good balm on my little ones to

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Frugal St. Nicholas Day Surprise

Each year for St. Nicholas Day, our children put their shoes by the door at bedtime, and awaken to find an orange in each shoe, and a gift.

This year’s gift was the book The Polar Express (found at the thrift store for 50 cents). Daddy read it to them during a

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And Now She is Six

My dear Gen girl, Yes, I am writing your “special letter” tonight. It is fun to see that you are now old enough to remember the tradition, and to ask for your birthday letter this year! (Don’t worry sweetie, I haven’t forgotten.)

How quickly you are growing, my dear! You are

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5 Handmade Gift Ideas (To Make With Kids!)

Post by Contributing Writer, Beth

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, there’s really no excuse to tone down the Christmas talk. Yippee! (says the Christmas-enthusiast-who-started-listening-to-Christmas-music-in-October).

Handmade gifts have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the last few years, and there is a never-ending supply of ideas out there, starting (of

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