31 Days Celebration Giveaway!

$50 Gift Card Giveaway to Celebrate 31 Days of Homemaking & Homeschooling With a Happy Heart

I am so excited. I set a pretty lofty goal in September. I wanted to re-focus things here on the blog and the 31 Days Writing Challenge seemed like a great way to jump start that. When I set that goal, it seemed huge. It still feels huge to me.In June through September, I averaged something like 2 posts each month. So to set a goal of writing 31 posts in 31 days was a HUGE jump in writing. But I did it!I started the month with 12 of the 31 posts written and scheduled. The other 19 were written in October. You can see them all at a glance on the first post where I explain a bit more on the why behind it all. For now, let's celebrate!I would like to give away a $50 gift card to the store or restaurant of the winner's┬áchoice. The … [Continue]

When Convenience Becomes a Crutch

When Convenience Becomes a Crutch | Vicki-Arnold.com

I make it no secret, I'm not the best housekeeper. I struggle to stay on top of things and sometimes with even the desire to do it because I get easily discouraged when I find myself doing the same thing over and over again.However, I never let that stop me from trying to do better. And, believe me, I am better than I was years ago. I'm glad that God hasn't given up on me through the years.One area I struggle to stay on top of is my kitchen, particularly the dishes. Ever since we went camping in August, I've been pondering the idea of ditching our dishwasher. I never really felt brave enough until last week, when I mentioned it to my husband.Our dishwasher is not terribly old (9 years), but it has never really cleaned our dishes … [Continue]

Pen Pal Writing Tips and Resources For Kids

Pen Pal Writing Tips and Resources for Kids | Vicki-Arnold.com

Pen pals are a fun way for kids to practice writing skills. My kids have had a couple over the years and it is something they always enjoyed. It's something I enjoyed as a kid, too. I remember one in particular that I traded a few letters with that lived in Spain. How to Find a Pen Pal You can find a pen pal a few different ways:Extended … [Continue]

Crafts Kids Can Make to Give As Gifts Book List – Crafty Christmas

Crafts Kids Can Make to Give As Gifts Book List | Vicki-Arnold.com

We love to make gifts here. Every year I always say that we will get an early start and make lots of gifts. This year is no different in that regard. My kids are getting older and are able to handle more intricate crafting.Being the dutiful Mom, I pulled some books together for them (and a few extras) the last time I was at the library alone. … [Continue]

How to Create a Custom Chore Chart

How to Create Your Own Custom Chore Chart | Vicki-Arnold.com

I have been on a mission this year to train my children better in certain areas. I personally struggle with discipline and my children have seemed to pick up this super awesome habit. So you can probably guess that the first step in training my children better was to work on creating better habits myself.Why does parenting work like that? It's … [Continue]

Sunday Psalms – Psalm 3:3-8

Sunday Psalms - Psalm 3:3-8 | Vicki-Arnold.com

I don't typically write any additional commentary for the Sunday Psalms, but this one is a little special to me. This particular passage of scripture came to mean a lot to me and was my prayer many, many times when I was struggling with panic attacks. I pray it is a blessing to you, too."But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the … [Continue]

My Top 5 Favorite Jeremy Camp Songs

My Top 5 Favorite Jeremy Camp Songs

Quite a while ago, I reviewed Jeremy Camp's memoir called I Still Believe. I loved the book so much that I bought and gave away three copies. After reading the book, certain songs of his held more meaning because the stories behind them were so moving.Book aside, the number one reason I love Jeremy's work is that there is no doubt who he is … [Continue]

Writing That’s Fun for Kids

Writing That's Fun for Kids! | Vicki-Arnold.com

Writing isn't something that comes naturally for all kids. For some kids, it is down right hard. Whether you have a kid who struggles with a writing disability or just doesn't like to write, making it boring is never going to work. Even kids who like to write, don't like to write boring stuff!One of the things I'd like to work with my kids this … [Continue]