Nest Building

Back to Milk and Cookies

make the perfect back to school snack, cookies and milk with a2 Milk® and these super simple recipes for kids to make

The following post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.  I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

Oh, goodness!  We are about to embark on a new part of the parenting journey!  Kindergarten!  I can’t believe we are already here.  It seems like the world could not have possibly gone 5 times around the sun since we had our oldest one.   But here we are and I am excited and nervous (and excited and nervous, in that order) to start this new season in our lives.

I am currently in crazy planning mode: getting our “school” room set up, changing up the girls’ play area to include a new (boy) addition to the fun, banking meals in the freezer for this fall, and trying to figure out what in the world we are going to eat every day! And though all the planning can be a little overwhelming at times, I have created my own reward system in all the planning: Cookies!  And milk!

Now, back at the beginning of the year, I would have never added the milk part to the mix.  I was perfectly content with just a cookie thanks.  And it was because I have had some tummy troubles when I drink milk.  But this year I found a solution to the tummy troubles: a2 Milk®!  It comes from cows that don’t have a hormone that is thought to cause most typical tummy issues in humans.  So, it has me not only getting ready for back to school, but also back to milk and cookies! 

And since I am in my intense planning stage for back to school, I thought I would share with you what we are planning for our after school snacks for this fall: Milk and Cookies!  I mean this classic combination has been making kids squeal with excitement for ages – right?  And I definitely want our kids to have some baked yumminess to look forward to at least once a week.

Bonus points on the day they have just come out of the oven.

Ultra-bonus points if the kids baked them all by themselves! Continue Reading

Growing Up

1st Time Movie Success!

taking kids to the movie for the first time

When I was a kid, I LOVED going to the movies.  I don’t really remember going much before I was in 3rd or 4th grade, but I do remember loving to go see the big screen.  Sitting in a darkened room with a ridiculous amount of popcorn in front of me and escaping into another world for almost two hours remains one of my favorite things to do.  But now, with 3 kids under 5, going to the movie is a rare (and beautiful) thing.  And taking them along with us is like seeing a unicorn – it hardly ever happens!

In fact, this week was W’s first time to go see a movie at the movie theater!  She is 3 1/2, almost 4 really, and it was finally time!  And we had a great, great experience!  I worked some of my mama magic ahead of time to make sure that her first time to the movie theater was both special and successful.  So I thought I would share with you my tips for making your kid’s first trip to the movie theater a great one. Continue Reading

Nest Building

Convertible Pillow Pallets for Kids

pillow pallet for kids - a super simple, super comfy project to make for the kids' rooms

It must have been a few years ago, when I was first on Pinterest.  I saw this project that looked like such a great idea, but I had all kinds of questions about it.  First off, I wanted to know: “Where do you store that when you aren’t using it?”  Then I wondered, “How do you clean that?”  And then I thought, “You know that really is genius.”  But I thought, I would do that differently.

Fast forward a couple of years and I have a kid who sleeps on the floor – every.night.  Yep.  She refuses to pass the night in the comfort of her twin bed.  And so I got to thinking about that pillow project and started formulating an idea to make her more comfortable and (possibly) to get her more interested in her bed.

So, I decided to make these, let’s call them: Convertible Pillow Pallets for my girls.  I just knew they would love them!  And I was right…big time!

My middle child came up to me and said, “I like my pillow pallet.  What store did you get it at?”

And I have to admit that I was little bit proud to say, “I didn’t get them at the store.  I made them!” Continue Reading


“Quit Your Flapping” – What Jesus Says about Worry

what Jesus says about worry - a word study of worrying from Luke 1229

I am almost breathless from what I dug out of the Scriptures this week.  So much so that I feel I have to get it down and share it with someone as quick as possible because it is just that GOOD!

I am doing a long form word study on the word in the New Testament translated, “concerned.”  And in the process I have found it necessary to do a word study on “worry.” In addition to learning about being Biblically concerned about others, I wanted to know what Jesus says about worry.

In the process of doing this word study on “worry/worrying,” I have come across yet another reason to see Jesus as the ultimate wordsmith and more confirmation that God is intentional about the words he uses when writing His Word – down to the very smallest details.  Continue Reading

Pennies from Heaven

How to Create a “Mom’s Emergency Fund”

3 simple ways to create a Mom's emergency fund

When I was growing up, finances were always tight.  There was often too much month at the end of the money.  And the paycheck to paycheck living thing was a reality in our lives.  I learned a lot about God’s provision being always what we needed and always on time.  But there is one other thing I always remember.  Something that gives me a chuckle even to this day.

My mom always (and I mean always) had a secret stash in her purse.

It wasn’t a lot of money.  It wasn’t where you could find it easily.  It was her own private emergency fund, tucked away for when the month was too long for the money or a splurge was in order.  It was usually about $10.  Sometimes, it was $20!  And it was somehow always there.

Mom was a wise one, she was!

And now that I am a mom and wife myself, I have a tendency to have a little something for a rainy day in my purse, too!  Continue Reading

Nest Building

Home Office Planning

Decluttering Step by step Progress report

Oh, the project for decluttering and setting up my husband’s office seems like it will never end.  It seems like when I make progress, we suddenly have something else pop up in the way of more progress.  This past week my husband (rightly) decided that it was way too hot in his office and he wants to install a mini A/C in the wall.  He’s a builder and so he knows people who can do this in their sleep, but I kind of wonder how many days (and nights) it will take to actually get it done.

In the mean time, I have been in planning mode.  Because when progress on a project is just not happening, I like to keep in mind the end goal and make sure it is something we really LOVE.  Planning is my happy place!

I thought I would share with you a portion of my vision for this room. Continue Reading

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