Discover Boating for Father's Day

What are your plans for Father's Day?  Does he enjoy fishing or water sports or does he just want a relaxing day with his family?  A fun and memorable way to celebrate Dad is to take him on the water.  We are looking to go boating this summer and I think it would be a great way to spend Father's Day, as well.  Thinking about the cool breeze, blue water and the many activities to do while on a boat gives me chills because I am looking forward to how beautiful the whole experience can be with my husband and kids.  There are so many memories you can make while boating....more

Fun for the Whole Family

We are a large family, and the kids’ ages range from 12 to 24. With older kids living out of the home and out of the area, we really don’t get to spend a whole lot of time with everyone present.  We cherish the time when we are all together. This mostly happens during the holidays or when we have a special family event.  But there are times where we are all hanging out together, and we want to do something that everyone can be involved in. What activities appease children of all ages? And with six kids and two parents won’t break the bank?...more

Playing As Kids - Building Forts & Making Gold

Playing As Kids - Building Forts & Making GoldAll life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.  ~Pope Paul VI...more

6 Ideas for Spending Quality Family Time Together

Spending time together as a family is an important goal of mine. Not just being together but true quality time. We eat together, carpool together, do homework, clean -- the list goes on and on. That time seems to be focused on doing everything but really spending quality family time together. ...more
@mail4rosey Exactly! So often we equate "fun and meaningful" with the "cost" of doing something. ...more

Curbside Picnic

One thing I can tell you about having a big family is that there is a lot of running around. We have practices, playdates, homework and school activities. We cherish quiet nights at home, and unfortunately they are few and far between. While there is much running around for Hubby, myself and my older kids, for my little kids there is a lot of waiting around. I stress the words a lot. ...more
definitely. My kids still talk about the time we picnicked on the stairs overlooking the mall, ...more

How to Make Blintzes

In the book, Smart Mama, Smart Money, I sing my mom’s praises for her humor, kindness and great cooking. She always had something on the stove or in the oven. We would help her in the kitchen stuffing artichokes, shelling peas for soup, swirling cinnamon and chocolate through coffee cake. Like little puppies waiting for scraps, we especially loved being underfoot as she made blintzes....more

Urban Farms - A Great Family Day Out!

This week we're thrilled to have a guest blog from Rachel Bull, editor of Live Urban Love Rural ...more


Jennifer Grant is a savvy mother, writer, and thinker. In her new book MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family (Brentwood, Tenn.: Worthy Publishing, 2012) her acute observations of life, and descriptions of how events trigger a string of meaning in her mind, are consistently a cut above.Sort of like kettle corn: “a healthy balance of sweet and salty, crunchy and soft”—one of Jennifer’s favorite metaphors—MOMumental strikes a delightful balance....more
sounds like a great book!more

Egg in a Bag

We have a favorite meal whenever we camp.  Noah actually taught it to us, after learning the recipe at a 4H camp.  I think that's one of the reasons we enjoy it.  The meal is so interactive, from start to finish, and is perfect for camping.  Before we left for our trip, I spent an afternoon prepping our meals.  This made whatever meal we were having so much simpler, allowing me to truly relax and be on vacation.  For our "Egg in a Bag" breakfast, I chopped and bagged all the omelet choices, knowing we'd have additional leftovers from other meals. <...more

Dirt Wisdom: Gardening Gradually

Looking back on the summer of gardening that was, I ponder lessons learned. The first is one I have read in countless gardening books and magazines: “Start small and plant only as much as you can handle.” Every time I read those words, I yawn and skim. My ability to continually romanticize things is definitely where the trouble started....more
I would love to be able to grow all the food for my family of 5 except for cheese and eggs... ...more