New Sides to Try This Thanksgiving

New Sides to Try this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about the food. You may have tried-and-true recipes that you rely on each year or you may be more adventurous and like to try new recipes each year. Today I have a list of sides for your Thanksgiving dinner planning consideration. Salad SidesBroccoli Salad With Homemade Ranch Dressing¬†- Looking for a salad that doesn't … [Continue]

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 … [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 … [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]