Announcing My New (PRINTABLE) 2015 Household Management Binder (and a freebie!)

Check out the household management printable at my new home by clicking here!

And the Bride Wore White: Review and Giveaway

And the Bride Wore White book cover

Today, over at MODSquad (Mothers of Daughters–that’s me!), Tracie has posted a review of Dannah Gresh’s And the Bride Wore White, a book that discusses the why of sexual purity–a topic that girls today desperately need to understand.  And something I wish I had known when I was a teenager.

Check out the review and enter to win a free copy of the book!  Follow this link: And the Bride Wore White Review and Giveaway

You Never Really Know Which Day Will Be Your Last

As I was working for my dad yesterday morning, he broke the news to me that Pope XVI will be resigning at the end of the month.  I was shocked to hear this, not surprised to discover later that there has not been a pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

Now to understand these next statements, you have to understand that my dad is very interested in the rapture, Armageddon, the end times, whatever you want to call it.  He is constantly listening to preachers who speak on Revelations and the end of days.  After announcing to me that the pope is resigning, he went on to talk to me about the Prophesies of Malachy (you can find more information here).

I have to say that I was a little freaked out.  I believe in the apocalypse, Armageddon, whatever you want to call it.  And there have been many times that I wanted just to go “Home,” but I don’t know if I want this to happen during my lifetime (not like I have a choice).  My dad says I should be joyful, but I have fears about what is to come.  But regardless of what will happen now or in 1,000 years, we never really know which day will be our last.

As morbid as it sounds, we all know that we could be hit by the proverbial bus (as my former co-worker would have said), or, like my uncle, be here one day and gone the next.

So it got me thinking…when do I carry out my bucket list?  Do I do it now–just in case?  Or do I wait until I “have the time” or “have the money”, only to risk never being able to do it at all.  In either case, I thought I’d post my bucket list.  Then it’s out there.  Everyone knows about it.  Maybe I’ll be held accountable for carrying it out someday.

Bucket List:

  • Visit Rome, Italy
  • Visit the Great Pyramids in Egypt
  • Visit Capadoccia (I know this sounds really random, but I have this vivid image of a poster in my 9th grade World Cultures class that has made me want to visit the place ever since.  Truth is, I don’t even know where in Capadoccia the picture was taken.)
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Visit Mount Rushmore
  • Watch the Summer Olympics in person
  • Read all of the classic novels (the question here are “What is considered a classic”?)
  • Build my dream home
  • Take my kids to Disney World
  • Write and publish a book
  • Make a difference in one person’s life

Honestly, I thought I had more.on my list, but this is all I could come up with today.

What is on your bucket list? (Please share–I’d really appreciate the comments!)

Tinkerbell’s Top Picks for Show and Tell

If you have a preschooler like I do, you’re probably familiar with show & tell.  Your kid brings something in.  She shows it to the class.  She tells the class about it.

I often wonder how Tinkerbell describes her show & tell item.  At home, it’s more like this: “It’s my doll and I like to play with her.”

Well, today was show & tell day.  And pajama day.  Which we love.  But that’s a story for another day.

I’m starting forget already what we’ve already taken for show & tell.  But we still have half of a year left, so we’re going to have to come up with more ideas.  The trouble is getting Tinkerbell to pick something she hasn’t shown before.  Well, here are her top go-to items when show & tell rolls around:

  • Ty Beanie Babies: Cats one day, monkeys another day–this will last you quite a while
  • Dolls: Tinkerbell has taken in her LaLaLoopsy dolls already
  • Stuffed Animals: If you have a plethora of stuffed animals like we do, this will last you a while–but take notes, because you’ll forget which one you’ve taken in already
  • Pets: One little girl brought in her guinea pig, which was definitely a hit.  The important thing to remember about taking pets is to ask the teacher ahead of time.  There may be extreme fears of animals or allergies.  We don’t want that.
  • Special Keepsakes: We’ve only done this a couple of times, but each time we make sure we know what’s going to the school, and if it’s fragile we make sure we give it to the teacher and get it back from the teacher
  • Books: Favorite books are always a good show & tell go-to if you can’t think of anything else
  • Crafts: Some kids love arts and crafts and will love to show the class what they’ve done at home.  This morning we considered taking a craft that the kids did at church last night. Just keep in mind that if it’s not secure, it might fall apart during travel

Now that you have figured out what you’re going to take, you’ll probably want to apply a couple of rules for your child’s show & tell item.  We always tell our kids the following:

1. The item stays in your bookbag until show & tell.  Don’t play with it before show & tell, because it could get mixed up with other toys or we’ll forget about it entirely.

2. Take it out for show & tell only and put it right back in afterward.  Don’t take it out after show & tell.  We apply this rule for the same reasons as #1.

What are your favorite go-to show & tell items?