Little House on the Prairie is Back!

Little House on the Prairie is Back! | Vicki-Arnold.com

Growing up, one of my favorite things to read was the Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was so fun imagining what it would be like to live on a prairie, in a log cabin, or even in a house in the ground!I don't remember when I first saw the Little House on the Prairie television show, but I loved it, too. I loved to not like (we don't hate, right?) Nellie Oleson and just watch Laura and Mary live out the scenes that I had played in my head over and over again as a child.Fast forward a few (many) years, and I taught a Little House class for our homeschool co-op. It was a huge class. We read through Little House on the Prairie, which is book number two in the Little House series. As we read, we did a few … [Continue]

Household Items You Can Replace With Essential Oils

Household Items You Can Replace With Essential Oils | Vicki-Arnold.com

Essential oils are natural, potent, and very useful. We have used them in our home for well over 10 years now...doesn't seem like it is possible for it to be that long. My favorite thing about them is the ability to lessen our family's chemical load.Today I'm sharing ways you can do the same.Household Items You Can Replace With Essential Oilsfloor cleaners disinfectant sprays air fresheners candles dryer sheets furniture polish bug repellant garden pest sprays mold removal spraysHow I Use Essential Oils in Our Home Floor Cleaners - I have a spray bottle that I fill with water and then add 20 or so drops of Purification. I simply spray our hardwood and linoleum floors and run my small mop over the floors. … [Continue]

Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Door

Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Door | Vicki-Arnold.com

The entry points in our house always seem to collect so much stuff, both inside and outside. Things that aren't supposed to be brought in like muddy boots and large rocks and sticks are dropped right outside the door. The rest is carried in and then dropped on the floor a few feet in the door.It's a constant clutter battle. Unless you give up. … [Continue]

5 Good Reads on Christian Faith for Moms

5 Good Reads on Christian Faith for Moms |Vicki-Arnold.com

It's time for another round of 5 on the 5th. Seeing as today is Easter Sunday, I have decided to share 5 good reads on Christian faith for moms that I read this past month. I try to focus the Simply Vicki Facebook page on Christian faith each Sunday.Sort of a setting apart of the day. And a lot like a lot of things, I'm not getting it perfect … [Continue]

Books for Gardeners of All Kinds

Books for Gardeners of All Kinds | Vicki-Arnold.com

Gardening books are some of my favorite reads. We have a garden of some size every year. This year we are wondering if the only thing we will grow will be the strawberries because it looks like they survived the bitterly cold winter we had and our time seems to be growing smaller and smaller as the year goes on.But that doesn't stop me from … [Continue]

Activity Ideas for The Friend of Little Children – Jesus Storybook Bible

Activity Ideas for The Friend of Little Children from The Storybook Bible | Vicki-Arnold.com

In our 3-6 children's church class, we have been working through The Jesus Storybook Bible and I'm always looking for activity ideas for them. Today I have partnered with a group of bloggers to bring you some activity ideas for The Friend of Little Children as a part of a huge blog hop of sorts.We are building a list of activity ideas for EACH … [Continue]

Design Books for the Home

Design Books for the Home | Vicki-Arnold.com

Can I tell you a secret? I am a TERRIBLE decorator. It's one of those homemaking areas that I feel I should be better at, but I'm not. Some women seem to have no problem making their home beautiful, and I'm over here just trying to keep the mess at bay.One of the things I've been working on slowly, very slowly, is decluttering. God has been … [Continue]

Frugal Family Dinners – Beans

Frugal Family Dinners - Beans - 40+ recipes to help stretch your food budget.

You can't not think of beans when you think of frugal family dinners. Dry beans are very economical, even organic ones. It's a great way to save money on feeding your family.The PROBLEM with beans, for me anyways, is that I can never think of how to actually fix them. I'm sort of on a mission to whittle down our food costs and I want to take … [Continue]