The Perfect Advent Countdown – Easy and Meaningful

Advent is the beginning of a season of anticipation and delight! The celebration of the coming of Christ’s birth. Beginning December 1st Christians across the world will begin to countdown to the day of Jesus’ birth. There are a lot of options for your countdown from chocolate to stickers. We love those but sometimes we want to delve a little deeper. This year, we have updated our 2014 Advent activities to be more streamlined, easier to use, and budget-friendly. You can enhance it with the suggested gifts or simply focus on the season. The suggested gifts are all things that will be easy to find and available in a wide range of prices to fit every budget. Or, they can easily be skipped. Likewise, our Advent activities are simple and fun to enhance the season – not one more thing mom has to sort out! Many require little to no prep. All focus on the meaning of the season by introducing the day with a an applicable Bible verse and then you can move into the suggested activity or gift. Advent Celebration Set Up & Use Start Now All right ready to dive in? For a limited time we will

Thanksgiving Dinner Delivered

How to Get a Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Delivered (or To-Go)!

Thanksgiving take-out and delivery options in the Houston area. Because sometimes you need a little turkey to go. Delivery too!

Beautiful Animals of Texas Printable FREE for You!

Do you ever create something and think, “Dang this is cute! The world should see it!” While working on a scout project I put together this Animals of Texas printable and had these same thoughts! Fortunately, I have a platform to share and share alike! I will not make you read through my life story, my great love of Texas and animals, followed by a forced subscription (though, if you want to join the neighborhood, we would love for you to subscribe…it’s just over there in the sidebar or down in the footer) to see get your copy. All you have to do is click the link and download away! The link will take you to the high-quality image of Animals of Texas. It is hosted on Teachers Pay Teachers, but is a free digital download. Have a great day!

This Week in Houston! June 15-21, 2020

This city does not slow down – it just adapts! There are some great things to do this week if you are ready to get out and about. If not, the virtual opportunities are still bountiful. If all else fails, grab a book, find some water, and be as fabulous as a pool flamingo! Have a great week, Houston! Small Business Shoutout Bexar Barbecue, a long time favorite from the Tomball Farmer’s Market, opened its first storefront restaurant on June 13th! There are indoor and outdoor dining options – as well as take-out! Save us some candied ends! Support small businesses! Have a great business that has had to shake things up during the COVID-19 pandemic? Recommend them and their services to other Houstonians. Comment below or shoot us an email at Virtual Resources 1. Houston Family Nature Challenge Join the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation Houston-based Educator team for a meaningful, fun-filled Family Nature Challenge taking place over 3 weeks in June! The challenges are self-paced and allow for schedule-flexibility for families. You will receive a challenge each Monday, accompanied by thought-provoking mini-lessons, educational tools to enhance understanding, and Texas-based guest speakers who will share valuable environmental insights for

How To Build The Best Balloon-Powered Sponge Boat!

Let’s set sail for a STEAM Summer starting with a Balloon Powered Sponge Boat! Most of our kiddos’ activities are completely canceled or at least significantly altered. But, that does not mean we can not have a great summer. This sponge boat is the first post for a summer of fun STEAM-themed summer activities. Never miss a post. Subscribe in the footer to be alerted of new activities! MATERIALS: Scissors Permanent Marker Ruler (optional) Balloon & a smaller balloon (optional) Flexible Straw Rubber Band Sponge (at least ¾” thick) pencil (optional) BALLOON-POWERED SPONGE BOAT DIRECTIONS:  1. First, measure the short side of the sponge and mark the center. 2. On the same end of the sponge, measure down the long sides the same distance as it was to the center in #1. Mark it on each side. Connect the side mark to the center mark, on each side, to create 45-degree angles for the bow of the boat. 3. Cut along those lines to make the pointed bow. Discard the pieces. 4. Next, from the bow point, find the center of your sponge by measuring halfway down the length of the boat.  Mark just behind that.  5. Adults, use the

‘The Rural Diaries’ by Hilarie Burton Morgan

‘The Rural Diaries’ by Hilarie Burton Morgan is a breath of fresh air. The perfect memoir for the One Tree Hill generation!

How to Make Gettysburg a Memorable and Fun Topic

Today’s Guest Post is from Sara Gruber about her daughter’s experience learning about the Battle of Gettysburg from her backyard. Thanks for sharing! The new norm? Sitting at the kitchen table, trying to do my “job” while homeschooling my two daughters. Oh, you have a literature Zoom at 2:30 pm? My mind runs through today’s to-do list… which report can I finish in that 30-minute window? Your worksheet is taking a while? Maybe I can draft a media release now so I won’t be up as late tonight. Every minute is painstakingly filled to maximize productivity and it’s somehow become our normal. What’s more? Even though much of our time together is spent homeschooling, I want it to be fun; something they look back on fondly, which means I have to preserve my sanity in these beautiful daily tasks. And when the time comes to switching over to focusing on work, I have a find a way to do so without mom guilt because I need to provide for my family. What I’m discovering is that there are a lot of fun, free resources out there that engage and educate my kiddos. Mixed-Reality App that Recreates Battle of Gettysburg Gives

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