Favorite Summer Family Field Trips

Favorite Summer Family Field Trips

A lot of childhood memories are made in summer. Perhaps it’s because we all tend to go outside and, you know, do stuff. Even better, summers are filled with casual, frequent family activities. Here are a few faves that are inexpensive, laid back, and fun, fun, fun! An afternoon at the beach or local lake […]

Family Word Snacks: Ephemeral & Temporary

“One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” -Evelyn Waugh ephemeral: (a) lasting only a day; lasting a very short time in a sentence: Good times, bad times, they are all ephemeral. Enjoy the highs and don’t linger in the lows; life is barely a sigh before […]

Fun and Healthy Chicken Quesadilla

Add some spice to your summer! If you’re running on fumes in the creativity department when it comes to snack options, here’s a fun one that’s sure to add some kick to your routine. This quesadilla is easier to make than you’d think, provides a healthy balance of whole grain and protein, and though it’s […]

Meet Tuned In Parent Hope McKinney Huff

Meet Tuned In Parent Hope McKinney Huff! When delivering her firstborn, Hannah, there was a tragic complication with the epidural, and Hope lost the use of her legs. Through her faith, determination, and supportive family, she’s the proud mother of two children now, a loving wife, homeschool teacher, writer, web designer, creative developmental consultant, momprenuer […]

Family Word Snacks: Autodidact & Knowledge

“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker.” -Henry Hazlitt, Thinking as a Science autodidact: (n) a self-taught person in a sentence: Ernest Hemingway and Herman Melville were iconic authors who happened to be autodidacts, educating themselves mostly through reading. knowledge: (n) information, understanding, or skill that you get from […]

Family Word Snacks: Fernweh & Voyage

“As vocabulary is reduced, so are the number of feelings you can express, the number of events you can describe, the number of the things you can identify!” -Sheri S. Tepper, A Plague of Angels Fernweh [FEIRN-veyh]: (n) (adopted from German) literally “farsickness”; wanderlust, a desire to travel, a longing for far-off places in a […]

Family Word Snacks: Sapid & Scrumptious

A logophile is a lover of words. Every time I come across a new word, it’s almost like finding money; only it is wealth you can’t spend away. And no one can deny that a rich vocabulary leads to richer experiences. “Word knowledge is among the most critical pieces of language development. Children who acquire […]

Beautiful. Beneficial. Broccoli.

Here’s another ex-nemesis-now-best-friend in the nutrition department: broccoli. I never cared for it and until recently, happily skipped past it in the produce section. Parents of picky eaters know all to well how challenging meal time can be when it comes to getting their tykes to down these little green clusters of nutritional goodness because quite frankly, […]

5 Reasons to Teach Your Child a Second Language

5 Reasons to Teach Your Child a Second Language

The effects of learning a foreign language on the developing brain of a child are significant and offer major advantages over children who only learn one language. And if you, or someone in your family, already speak a second language and preserve its integrity in the home, then your kids are off to a great […]

Add Some Pepper to Your Life

They’re colorful, delicious, and oh-so-good for you! Bell peppers. Within the last three months, I’ve come to truly enjoy incorporating them into my vegetable repertoire, and for a picky eater that’s a big deal. If you have little ones at home that also have a limited taste-tolerance, then you understand the value of of making […]