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  • A Day In The Bush

    Today we headed to a friends’ property for an annual event that has been a tradition for our church family for generations! We played in the snow, chopped some wood, roasted hot dogs over a bonfire, and had a great time.

  • Joyce Meyer: Who Needs A Reason? Just Believe!

    I heard a clip of Joyce Meyer speaking on the radio – one of those short devotional-type sound bites that is supposed to be inspirational and uplifting. The gist of the clip was that we don’t need the reasons for things … we just need to have faith

  • How Parents Can Help Keep Kids Safe Online

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I read an article in the New York Times recently that said the average age children get a cell phone nowadays is 10 years old. Because of this, children have access to the internet at a you

  • Play: The Engine that Drives Kids' Problem Solving

    If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you have probably picked up on the idea that learning through play is really at the heart of early education. Research is continuing to show how toddler, preschoolers (and even early elementary k

  • Our Adoption Paperwork Has Lapsed. Now What?

    While I’ve spoken to this before, I don’t know if I’ve really spelled out where we’re at in our adoption journey. It’s taken a turn that we didn’t foresee. Actually, it took a few turns … And, the school buses are cancelled … again. I atte

  • A Winter Visit To Wasaga Beach

    We spent a Sunday afternoon exploring the snow caves along the beach at Wasaga, and this time, none of us got wet feet! The snow and ice was quite solid, although the water was completely open on the far side. We stayed well back from that area. Afterward

  • In The Midst Of The Storm

    Where is God? Have you ever prayed your hardest and read every scripture you can think of? Have you sang all the worship songs you could sing and done every good deed you could do, yet still can’t feel that special feeling? The feeling where you are con

  • DIY Colorful Heart Shaped Crayons

    With a long weekend coming up for many, I wanted to share a fun family activity that you can do with your children over the next few days to make the most of the time you have together. What’s great about this craft is that it uses up all those little c

  • Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Squares

    Today marks the second Snow Day this week, after one day back to school after Christmas Break.  The kids are loving it! It was also the perfect day to make some good old comfort food, so we decided to make a recipe that Gramma gave us for Christmas!  Sh

  • (Disposable) Reusable K-Cup Coffee Filters! How Long Do They Last??

    A while back, I did a reusable K-Cup Showdown video, in which I pitted 3 brands of refillable Keurig pods against one another. You can watch that video here: Today I’m showing you how the winner, the re-FiL-ter Reusable Coff

  • Rag Rollers, Clean Up Time, and Back To School!

    Christmas Break is officially over :-(.  We had a blast, but truthfully, I’m ready to get back into the normal routine.  We spent our last day of Christmas break cleaning the house (after church), watching Get Smart, and doing Ezri’s hair with rag r

  • *DIY Hack* Custom S-Note Covers!

    In this video, I’ll show you how to download and use custom covers for your S-Note notebooks. I’ll also show you a great way to turn your tablet into the perfect step up from a paper day planner! By using custom backgrounds, you can easily toss the pa

  • Easy Lunch Idea For Busy Moms

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LeanCuisine #CollectiveBias Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get back to my regular schedule. I spend my days working online, my aftern

  • Afterschoolz Makes Finding Kid’s Activities Easy {$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway}

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. It’s no secret that I believe in the importance of extracurricular activities for kids and that my boys are very involved in activities they enjoy. One of the main reasons I started putti

  • Adventures in Mini-Vanning and a Winter Hike!

    We dropped off one kid at a job fair, with the promise of waiting for him in the van down the street.  I hadn’t anticipated how long it would take, and we ended up getting a wee bit stir crazy.  The next day, we headed out for an evening winter hike b

  • Sick Day Basket For Kids

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Getting sick during the winter months is pretty inevitable. Our children especially, stuck in crowded schools with lots of germs, are more likely to get sick during these months than during

  • Ideas To Beat Winter Boredom

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Now that the holiday season is over I’m ready for winter to be done. Anyone else feel that way? Unfortunately, most of us still have two to three month

  • Kid’s Review of Anki Overdrive Battle Cars!

    BrownCoatDad gave you his take on the cool new toy we got for Christmas, and now it’s Ezri’s turn! She walks you through the set up, and shows you what a real race looks like! If you’d like to see more reviews like this, let us know! Leave a comment

  • 2016 Year in Review Free Printable

    2016 Year in Review Free Printable In 2011, I created a Year in Review Printable that was downloaded thousands of times. It’s 2016, let’s update this free ... Digital Mom Blog

  • Filming the Brown Coat Dad YouTube Channel Trailer!

    We went out for a walk on this sunny winter day, and decided to take the opportunity to film the new BrownCoatDad YouTube channel trailer! It took a bit of coercing, and a terrible example from me, to create a channel trailer that was just right. Check ou

  • Review Time! Anki Overdrive Battle Race Car System

    The kids got a new toy for Christmas, and BrownCoatDad is here to show you how it works! Anki Overdrive is a futuristic slotcar-esque race track, with so much more. Take a look at the set up, the app, the weapons and tools, and the game play. Coming soon:

  • $68 Dollar Store HAUL!

    We found a HUGE independent Dollar Store and found a ton of great stuff!  Many of the items were $1.00, but some were more (up to $20!).  Still, we found some amazing deals.  It’s like anywhere else though, make sure you know your prices so you can c

  • Help Kids Learn Phonics & Spelling With The Wonster Words App

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. We love discovering new smartphone apps for the kids and the best ones, in my opinion, are ones that have a learning aspect to them. I feel like children are more likely to want to learn if

  • Kid-Constructed New Year’s Eve Hats

    Kids love the excitement of a new year just as much as adults do! They can join in the fun this year by making their own party hats with a few materials. What you will need: Leftover birthday party hats (we used cone and crown hats) Scissors Felt and cons

  • We Took A Trip To Our Hometown!

    It’s our anniversary, so we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane! We saw the Gamebridge dinosaur, talked about some crazy pranks at Fair Havens, walked around Cannington, and even checked out our old high school!

  • Learn To Take Beautiful Photos With The Shoot 2017 Year Long Project

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I’ve really been working hard to improve my photos this past year and I think I’ve come a long way when it comes to photographing stationary objects for my blog posts. Taking pictures o

  • The Kissenger – Now You Can Make Out With Your Phone

    The Kissenger – Now You Can Make Out With Your Phone You guys, sometimes I just can’t with technology and the internet and the Kissenger is just one of those things – ... Digital Mom Blog

  • LOGI Circle Review & Giveaway – The Tech Device All Parents Need

    LOGI Circle Review & Giveaway – The Tech Device All Parents Need Here is the deal. Our older kids are now at the age where they can stay home alone. This is ... Digital Mom Blog

  • Christmas At Our House!

    ​Here’s a look at Christmas at our house!  We spent Christmas morning at church, followed by presents and turkey.  Our extended family Christmas on Boxing Day was cancelled due to bad weather, but the day after, we were able to enjoy a country Chris

  • It’s Christmas Eve!

    We had a laid back Christmas Eve. After church in the evening, the kids each got one present, and then we watched home movies from when the kids were little. So cute watching them play “Rock, Scissors, Tickle”

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