Keeping Family Strong: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Keeping Family Strong: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Keeping family strong, homeschooling Bible, baking with toddlers, have a family game nightThere’s no question that families are under spiritual attack and unfortunately, homeschooling doesn’t provide perfect protection. We have to be intentional about keeping family strong. This week’s links can help.

Planting Seeds of Biblical Truth

Thriving Family provides a free devotional your family can use to connect with each other around God’s Word all year.

Bible Study & Character Training for Multiple Ages

Tricia Hodges shares reviews of curriculum you can use to help your child grow in the Lord, no matter what their age.

T is for Thanksgiving

My Joy-Filled Life offers lots of creative ways for your family to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Messes Make Memories

The Purposeful Mom gives us encouragement to spend time baking with little ones, despite the mess.

Leaf Identification Cards

One of the ways we keep our family strong is by hiking together. Make your family hikes a learning opportunity, too, with these free printable cards from Frugal Homeschool Family.

Family Game Night

The weather’s getting cooler, so it’s a perfect time to bring out the board games. What Do We Do All Day offers these great tips for making family game night fun for all.

Follow Parenting by Dr. Melanie Wilson @psychowith6 on Pinterest

If you already follow What’s Hot in Homeschooling, be sure to follow my Parenting and Marriage boards for more ideas for keeping families strong.

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Take Your Pins to the Pan Recipe Party

Take Your Pins to the Pan Recipe Party

Take Your Pins to the Pan

Last week I invited you to share your tried-and-true recipes with us. So many of you clicked through to see the recipes others have actually made and loved, only to find that mine were just about the only recipes linked up.  I have some theories about why this was the case:

a) You have no time to find your favorite recipes on Pinterest, let alone figure out how to link them up. You may have even been at the drive-through when you read the post.

b) You don’t even know what I’m talking about. You’re on summer vacation after all!

c) You pin recipes. You don’t actually MAKE them.

If option c applies to you, allow me to encourage you to make one of the great-looking recipes on your “to try” boards. I want to make it even easier for you!

The problem with making Pinterest recipes is we know that sometimes we’re being deceived by the photos. Sometimes that delectable-looking dish is going to taste disgusting and that’s after spending a ton of time and money making it. Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable actually making these dishes if a real person had made them and could vouch for them?

You know what I mean. Some of these food bloggers know the key words to use to get our mouths watering. Right now I think they could concoct a s’more omelet and we’d pin it. Sure they’re going to make it look good. And most of the comments on their sites are along the lines of “Can’t wait to try it!” Truth is we are most likely to make dishes we have eaten elsewhere and we are second most likely to make dishes our friends rave about. When a non-food blogger says a dish is to-die-for, we’re all ears.

I prowled Pinterest for real people with boards of recipes they’ve actually MADE and liked. I’m following them and you might like to, too:

Shayla has some healthy and yummy looking recipes I can’t wait to try.

Jeannette has a huge variety of recipes here that are quick and get raves.

Katt has a nice selection of breads, soups, breakfast and more. She reports how it went over and how she would change it.

Miranda offers up plenty of yummy main dish recipes, including crock pot recipes, often giving a brief review.

Joanne has pinned some of the yummiest looking dishes ever, including desserts. My mouth is watering. She also shares comments.

Karie offers a creative variety of dishes on her Made board, too. I love that she describes one of the dishes as “Awesome!” That’s exactly how my friends and I talk about food.

Now It’s Your Turn

You can either link up your “Made” boards and recipes below after pinning the graphic for this post (see this post for full instructions) or share the link to a recipe you’re committed to trying in the next week in the comments. Come back and tell us if it’s a winner.

I’ll be making Clean Eating Lemon Muffins. I am being more intentional about clean eating and my kids are crazy for lemon. I think this will be a nice change of pace for breakfast.

Update: The Clean Eating Lemon Muffins were a fail for my family, unfortunately. I would have needed to zest four large lemons to have enough zest and I didn’t care for the lemon extract taste. I think the problem is we’re comparing the taste to lemon cakes that are loaded with fat and sugar.

I don’t plan on doing another Pinterest link-up. But I will be sharing recipes I’ve tried and pins and pinners you shouldn’t miss. So be sure to click here for the latest finds.



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Pin Your Way to the Perfect Meal Plan Party

Pin Your Way to the Perfect Meal Plan Party

Pin Your Way to the Perfect Meal Plan Party

 

The problem with Pinterest is the recipes you spend lots of time and money making that are fails. If you’ve read my free ebook, the Once-and-for-All Meal Plan, you know there’s a better way to make food your family loves on a regular basis. But we’re always on the lookout for great new recipes, aren’t we? That’s what my Recipes on My Meal Plan Pinterest board is all about.

If you want to save time wading through the recipe fails, follow this board. If you have a recipe that’s a real winner month in and month out, please link it up below so the rest of us can give it a try. If you’d like to be a contributor to this board, comment below or on one of the recent board pins and I’ll add you. The board will appear on your list of boards and you can pin to it as usual.

If you would like to link up other pins to this party, feel free! Here are the rules:

If you’re completely new to Pinterest, check out this beginner’s guide.

1. Pin the graphic above so more pinners will come to the party. (You can use the Pin It button that appears when you hover over the picture or the button at the bottom of this post.)

2. Follow me on Pinterest. You’ll have access to all the great pins I share.

3. Share as much of the following as you like in the linkup below:

– A link to your Pinterest page

– A link to a board you want to share

– A link to up to 3 pins (tried-and-true recipes would be great!) you want to share

Don’t have a clue how to participate in a linky? Leave this tab open. In another tab, go to the page, board, or pin you want to share. Highlight the URL in the white box at the top of your screen. Right-click and choose copy. Click on this tab, go to the bottom of the post and click “Click here to enter.” Click in the URL box, right-click and choose paste. Give your URL a name. If the link is your personal board, write your name. After providing your name and email, you’ll be given an option to choose a photo. Choose “from the Web” and you should see the picture you want. Select it and crop it as desired. Choose “Click here to return to blog” to add another pin.

4. Pin recipes you want to try to a “to try” board and pin and follow as you see fit all week!



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Time to Party on Pinterest

Time to Party on Pinterest

Pinterest Linky Party

You can get more out of Pinterest by finding great pinners and sharing their pins. If you’re completely new to Pinterest, check out this beginner’s guide. Then join us for a Pin Crazy time!

1. Pin the graphic above so more pinners will come to the party. (You can use the Pin It button by the graphic or the button at the bottom of this post.)

2. Follow me on Pinterest. It’s my party and I’ll pin if I want to.

3. Share the following in the linkup below:

– A link to your Pinterest page

– A link to a board you want to share

– A link to up to 3 pins you want to share

Don’t have a clue how to participate in a linky? Leave this tab open. In another tab, go to the page, board, or pin you want to share. Highlight the URL in the white box at the top of your screen. Right-click and choose copy. Click on this tab, go to the bottom of the post and click “Click here to enter.” Click in the URL box, right-click and choose paste. Give your URL a name. If the link is your personal board, write your name. After providing your name and email, you’ll be given an option to choose a photo. Choose “from the Web” and you should see the picture you want. Select it and crop it as desired. Choose “Click here to return to blog” to add another pin.

4. Go pin crazy by following pinners and pinning the great links you see below all week!

 



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Pin Crazy Pinterest Linky Party

Pin Crazy Pinterest Linky Party

Pinterest Linky Party

 

Are you crazy about Pinterest like I am? You should be! There are sanity-saving ideas galore there. I’m going to assume you already have a Pinterest account. Here’s how to go pin crazy today!

1. Pin the graphic above so more pinners will come to the party. (You can use the Pin It button by the graphic or the button at the bottom of this post.)

2. Follow me on Pinterest. It’s my party and I’ll pin if I want to.

3. Share the following in the linkup below:

– A link to your Pinterest page

– A link to a board you want to share

– A link to up to 3 pins you want to share

Don’t have a clue how to participate in a linky? Leave this tab open. In another tab, go to the page, board, or pin you want to share. Highlight the URL in the white box at the top of your screen. Right-click and choose copy. Click on this tab, go to the bottom of the post and click “Click here to enter.” Click in the URL box, right-click and choose paste. Give your URL a name. If the link is your personal board, write your name. After providing your name and email, you’ll be given an option to choose a photo. Choose “from the Web” and you should see the picture you want. Select it and crop it as desired. Choose “Click here to return to blog” to add another pin.

4. Go pin crazy by following pinners and pinning the great links you see below!

 



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Do Moms Have a Problem With Social Media?

Do Moms Have a Problem With Social Media?

Do Moms Really Have a Problem with social media

 

It’s a question I’ve wrestled with personally.

I sometimes wonder if this picture is how my children will remember me: my back to them, staring at the computer screen, saying, “Just a minute” for the fifth time in a row.

If you can relate, I would love to have you read my post on 5 Minutes for Faith today and share your thoughts.

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