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The Fiction & Non-Fiction Books I’m Going to Read in 2019

What books to read in 2019 - Great fiction and non-fiction for women and moms. Great inspirational titles for your twenties or thirties or forties or even fifties and beyond. Some bestselling, memoirs, and Christian romance.

As you know, I am quite the voracious reader. I don’t set goals like I’m going to read 52 books this year or anything like that. Honestly, I don’t have any idea how many books I read in 2018 or in 2017 or in any year ever. I don’t really care because I read for fun and not to achieve some sense of satisfaction. I don’t know how many books I’ll read in 2019, but suffice it to say that I will read a lot. Or more accurately I imagine, I will listen a lot and read some, mostly grad school stuff … Read more

117 Best Book to Movie Pairings for Kids, Teens, & Families – Part 2 (D-J)

The best book movie adaptations for kids, teens, and families. Even adults will love these pairings. Awesome picture books, kids books, and young adult books with movies to compare. Includes Harry Potter and both fiction and nonfiction, lots of stories about real life and fantasy. Great for homeschool.

I was going to make this enormous list of 117 book-movie pairings into a single post, but when I crested 6,000 words, I realized that no one would ever read that much of it and decided to break it into more manageable chunks. This is part 2. Click here for part 1, which is all of the movies starting with the letter A through C. The Best Book to Movie Pairings for Kids & Families – Part 2 (D-J) Davy Crockett (picture book/full-length biography/1955 Disney movie) You probably already know the story of Davy Crocket (Davy, Davy Crocket, king of the … Read more

117 Best Book to Movie Pairings for Kids, Teens, & Families – Part 1 (A-C)

The best book movie adaptations for kids, teens, and families. Even adults will love these pairings. Awesome picture books, kids books, and young adult books with movies to compare. Includes Harry Potter and both fiction and nonfiction, lots of stories about real life and fantasy. Great for homeschool.

My kids are movie junkies. They love watching movies and tv. I’m not so much now although I have been at different times in my past. What I do get behind 100% is books. I love love love books, and even my kids are totally in love with audiobooks. We listen every single time we get in the car, and we have listened to hundreds and hundreds of hours of books over the last five years. Every book we listen to is their new favorite (although I think Harry Potter might hold for a while). When I taught high school … Read more

How to Study the Bible – 13 Creative & Unique Methods

13 creative & unique ways to study the bible - how to for beginners including kids (boys and girls), teens, young adults, men, and women. Great for spiritual growth and understanding of the Good Book. Includes ideas for notebooks and journals as well as the SOAP method, Bible journaling, and others. Simple, awesome, and fun tips for learning to get started studying scriptures.

  I am an academic at heart. I like words; I like to study. This love of course extends to the Bible. I have a variety of Bibles at home, including my favorite study Bible, a chronological Bible, a moms’ devotional Bible, and a journaling Bible, and a few of them are on my Kindle. Studying the Bible is a whole different proposition because it is not something that has come naturally to me. I wasn’t raised by parents who studied or read the Bible ever, and when I became a Christian, I didn’t really know what to do. I … Read more

Free Printable Easter Scavenger Hunt

This Easter basket scavenger hunt includes free printable clues for kids or teens. Lots of ideas for families to stick in plastic eggs and hide for their children on Easter morning. Gifts and candy can be hidden along the way or saved for the Easter basket at the end!

A few weeks ago, we read Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter in which Pinkalicious and her brother get sent on a scavenger hunt by the Easter bunny. They end up in her bedroom, discovering a huge basket full of goodies. You can guess what is coming, right? Grace very quietly asked me if our Easter bunny might send her on a scavenger hunt. I gave a noncommittal “Maybe.” And then a few days later, she asked again whether I thought our Easter bunny might be able to manage a scavenger hunt to help her and Allie find their Easter baskets. I told her, “We’ll … Read more

Snakes and Ladders – A Free Printable Learning Game for Kids

Free printable learning games for kids - This fun Snakes and Ladders game can be used a variety of ways for teaching reading skills, numbers, counting, and more. Best for preschool and elementary, but fun for adults and older kids, too!

I didn’t know what to call this post because it’s partly about how I feel like I’m failing as a homeschool parent, and partly about how I made up a super fun printable Snakes and Ladders game for Allie and me to play to practice her numbers, counting, and reading skills. Working full-time and homeschooling are two things that do not appear to mix on the surface, and actually do not mix well in practice either.  I am tired when I get home from work, and the kids are tired when I get home from work. No one wants to … Read more