6 Books I Want to Finish Before the End of the Year

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September has always been a bit like January to me in that I tend to be making goals and planning quite a bit. I find it to be a good time to revisit my focus and intentions for the year. As I was doing this recently, I realized that I haven't made much of a dent in the book list I put together at the beginning of the year, so I have revised it a bit... Top 6 Books on My To-Read List Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Children with the Love of Jesus Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands The Continue Reading

Focus on Fluff: Prefold Cloth Diapers

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This post is part of the Focus on Fluff cloth diaper series. Also known as flat diapers, Prefolds are the original cloth diaper that our grandparents grew up with.  Most are made out of natural material, such as cotton or hemp. They require a fastener and water-proof cover. May be a good option for you if... Frugal is your middle name. Prefolds are inexpensive, even cheap, compared to other cloth diapers. They are the most economical option available. Laundry is not your favorite chore. They are simple to wash and dry very quickly, in the dryer or on a clothes Continue Reading

Focus on Fluff: Pocket Cloth Diapers

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Welcome back to the Focus on Fluff cloth diapering series! Today I'm discussing the Pocket Diaper, which is probably the most popular style of cloth diapers. These diapers are a two-piece system requiring an absorbent "stuffer" for the pocket of the diaper. They fasten with snaps or hook and loop (velcro). May be a good option for you if... Quick drying time is important to you. Like the AI2s, pocket diapers dry faster than AIOs, making them a popular alternative. Your baby is a heavy wetter. You can stuff several layers of inserts into the pockets for additional protection. The Continue Reading

The Last Thrive @ Home Thursday Link-Up + Pinterest Group Board Invitation

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The Thrive @ Home Thursday blog hop was created as a place for women in all seasons of life to encourage one another to thrive--not just survive--at home. In case you missed the announcement last week, this is the last Thrive @ Home Thursday link-up Amy and I will be hosting. However, it is our hope that this  community of uplifting fellowship and inspiration will continue to thrive though our Thrive @ Home group board on Pinterest. Instead of coming here on Thursdays to link-up, we invite you to join the Thrive @ Home group board where we can all pin our posts any time we want so everyone can Continue Reading

Focus on Fluff: Fitted Cloth Diapers

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This post is part of the Focus on Fluff cloth diaper series. Continuing in our exploration of the many cloth diaper styles, we will be looking at the popular fitted diaper today. Fitted cloth diapers are not waterproof and require a diaper cover. Most fasten with hook and loop (velcro) or snaps. Contours are fitted diapers that require pins or a Snappi. They come in a variety of material, including cotton, flannel, hemp, and bamboo. May be a good option for you if... Leaking is a worry. You get additional protection using a fitted diaper and a waterproof cover because you Continue Reading

A Special Announcement {Thrive @ Home Thursday}

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Hello! I have a bittersweet announcement to make. After a lot of pondering, prayer and discussing, Amy and I have decided to no longer host the Thrive @ Home Thursday link-up. We both felt that this is what was best for many different reasons. I personally believe that it is something I need to give up in order to focus on other things that are more pressing in this season of life. So, next Thursday will be our last link-up on the blogs. The good news is... In order to preserve the Thrive @ Home Thursday community, we are making the Thrive @ Home group board on Pinterest open to all of you! Continue Reading

Focus on Fluff: All-In-Two Cloth Diapers

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This post is part of the Focus on Fluff cloth diaper series. Last week we looked at All-in-One cloth diapers. Today I will be sharing about the All-in-Two cloth diaper style! Also known as hybrid systems, All-in-Two (AI2) cloth diapers are similar to AIOs, but have a separate insert that attaches to the waterproof outer layer. They also fasten with hook and loop (velcro) or snaps. May be a good option for you if... AIOs sound great except for the drying time. Because pieces in the AI2 can be separated in the wash, the drying time is reduced dramatically. May NOT be a good Continue Reading

Preschool at Home: My Philosophy, Focus & Curriculum Plan {2014-2015}

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It's that time of year again! While most people have already started back to school, I am just now getting around to getting our homeschool year planned and organized. Claire will begin Preschool this year and is always asking to learn something new so I have put together quite a few ideas to keep her busy. I know many of you want to know that I have planned for the year, so I will be sharing that today. Please remember that these plans are what I think is best for my daughter's personality, my teaching style and our family lifestyle. I do not think all people should do as much (or Continue Reading