If the baby shoes fit…

baby shoes

Once upon a time (about a week ago) I couldn’t find a single pair of Dory’s baby shoes. I found 4 individual shoes, but of course none of them matched. Ugh. We were trying to go run errands to begin with, and apparently a trip to the shoe store was going to be added in. At the last minute, Melanie found a second shoe that was a match. Hurrah! But the shoes seemed to fit just barely, so time to get a bigger size. … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday

"This dress was MADE for twirling!!"

With 9 to provide for and one income, we do our best to make a little go a long way. Due to incredibly generous friends, our kids have never lacked for hand-me-down clothes. They love them. But in the last few months, maybe even a year, Melanie and Angela have been expressing a desire to add more things that are “their style” to the basics they already have. Eek! … [Read more...]

This Old Dog Learned a New Trick


** This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, at no additional cost to you, I receive a small commission Though I have been crocheting since I was 10, my crochet world was very limited. I only knew the most basic of stitches and didn’t learn how to read a pattern until 6 or so years ago. I’ve made a blanket for each of my children when they were babies, but poor Dory was blanket-less until about a month ago. … [Read more...]

No Deadline = No Work

No deadline, no work. As most of you know, I am a part-time college student in addition to the many other hats that I wear. Last semester I took a communications class that was clearly trying to make me lose my mind. I spent twice the amount of time on the class as should have been necessary, and still only eeked out a B (this is completely injurious to my nerd-nature). … [Read more...]

New Notebook = New Routine

Our stack-o-notebooks.

Five days ago I stumbled across this cool blog post about using spiral notebooks for homeschooling. This was really close to what I was doing already. The system I started last year for my homeschool girls was printing out a list every morning of what they needed to accomplish in each subject. Copy, cut, paste. Pretty easy as most of our school days follow the same pattern. But this year we have changed things up a bit. … [Read more...]