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One of our absolutely favorite spring time field trips is to The Natural Gardener in Austin, Texas. The Natural Gardener is one of the  most innovative garden centers I have seen. It truly rivals a botanical garden and it is absolutely FREE! Each time we visit I find myself in awe and inspired to get […]

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Post image for San Antonio Botanical Garden Family Field Trip

We love the San Antonio Botanical Garden! My children are crazy for all things nature, plants and butterflies. None the less, I was shocked at how much they enjoyed our trip to the Botanical Garden last fall. We are currently planning our Spring trip. We began our field trip with a little study of the […]

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Post image for Aquarena Springs Excellent Field Trip for Families

Aquarena Springs located in San Marcos, Texas was originally developed as the first amusement park in Texas. The amusement park’s main attraction were the glass bottom boats that toured the crystal clear waters of Spring Lake. When I was a kiddo, we were actually entertained by a swimming pig and an underwater show with real […]

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Movie Rating: Four Thumbs Up from a Daddy, Mommy and two kiddos, ages 9 and 6. The kiddos were absolutely mesmerized by Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie. More latter about our IMAX experience. Photo from the Houston Museum of Natural Science Flight of the Butterflies tells two stories. The movie follows the monarchs’, mysterious […]

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Homeschooling, or not, the Wildflower Farm in Fredericksburg, Texas makes an outstanding family day trip. In the next few weeks, we will make our annual journey to the Wildflower Farm. There is no better time than spring as the weather is inviting and the flowers are in full bloom. You can pack a lunch or […]

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i love dirt! The WINNER

February 22, 2013

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We Have a WINNER selected by Rafflecopter and random.org You can view results on our original Post: 52 Activities to Help Your Kids Discover The Wonders of Nature Congratulations Robin! Robin February 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm Planting a rainbow garden… We know you are going to put this book to good use! Contact us […]

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Book GIVEAWAY: i love dirt!  52 activities to help you & your kids discover the wonders of nature  by Jennifer Ward Why we love this book: My family is blessed! We don’t live in the woods or on a farm. We live smack dab in the middle of our growing small town. Yet, we are […]

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What a difference a year makes! Last year right around this same time, Joyce and I were crying our eyes out saying goodbye to Alyssa at the airport. Of course we did NOT bother wearing mascara! We knew putting her on an airplane bound for the Door of Hope in South Africa would produce a […]

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In 2009, I innocently boarded a plane with a group of total strangers to work with Asia’s Hope, a Grass Roots organization rescuing orphans in Cambodia. Two things happened while on that trip. First, I fell head over heals in love with an irresistible group of children. My church now sponsors four of these rescued […]

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In a few weeks, we will once again head to the airport, cry big tears and put Alyssa on a plane headed back to South Africa. When Alyssa began her trip home from South Africa last summer, she knew that her volunteer work at The Door of Hope was not done. She knew that God […]

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This Christmas you can give a gift that will bring Freedom, Love and Empowerment from sex trafficking to the vulnerable women and children of Cambodia. Need a few last minute Christmas gifts or looking for special stocking stuffers? Look no further! photo 3StrandsGlobal.com I am on a mission to make this world a better place […]

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NO, this does NOT say Whimsy . . . Our waddlee-ah-chaa philosophy says it all . . . I like to keep life simple! When it comes to Christmas lights I like white, tiny lights that sparkle like snow. Not too many but just enough to say, “Yes, we know it’s Christmas and yes we […]

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Post image for Give Your Children an Elephant for Christmas! (And Join us for an Elephant Art Lesson)

Yes, you can give your children a real elephant for Christmas! When it comes to gift giving, I like gifts that are a bit outside-of-the-box. I also like gifts that teach my children compassion. A little over a year ago, our family adopted a baby Elephant! Her name is Naipoki and she’s adorable. Here’s the really […]

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Operation Christmas Child Birthday Celebration Packing Party! Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week is November 17 – 24, 2013 Last week, Miss Enigma celebrated her 6th birthday. While she sports a quite feisty, funny and strong-willed personality, she is an extremely giving and compassionate child. I wanted to honor her compassionate spirit by celebrating her […]

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Post image for Follow Me to Fall: FREE printable book

Last fall we highlighted Alyssa’s trip to the beautiful Lost Maples of Texas, click on over for helpful links for planning a day trip. The hike through the Lost Maples is definitely worth the drive! We’ve put together a FREE printable book highlighting the gorgeous change of fall colors. You can find the FREE printable […]

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Post image for This is a Barn: FREE printable book for children

This summer we took a road trip with Grandson #3.  All the way from Texas to Wisconsin. Trust me, that is one long drive! But I actually enjoyed taking the back-roads through America’s heartland. As we drove along, I became fascinated with all of the different barns. Since Fall is a time of harvest, I […]

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Post image for Freedom, Love and Empowerment for Women in Cambodia

Since my return from Cambodia late this summer, I have wanted to share my trip with you. However, I have found it hard to process and put into words all I saw, experienced and felt. This week I will share one tiny piece with you. A piece of the puzzle that is growing in my […]

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In our “at school” section this week we are highlighting Calendar Time with a FREE printable Calendar and seasons with our Book of the Week GIVEAWAY Old Bear by Kevin Henkes. To compliment Calendar Time and the study on seasons we’ve put together a FREE printable book for you. Seasons Print this book FREE: Seasons […]

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Post image for How About a Visit to A Lion Farm in South Africa!

Of course, here in South Texas we are familiar with farms. Farms with things like tractors, cows, horses, chickens  . . . lions . . .  Wait lions? . . . Toto, I have a feeling we aren’t in Texas anymore. We might not have lion farms here in South Texas but while in South […]

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Post image for Look Close, Look Close, On Safari: FREE printable book

Join me on Safari! Life with Joyce Look Close, Look Close,  What Can You See On a Safari? Print this book FREE: Look Close, Look Close On Safari Look close, look close. What do you see? I see a zebra. Look close, look close. What do you see? I see a lion. Look close, look […]

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Post image for I Went On a Safari: FREE printable book

I wish I could take every child I know on a safari! It is simply a magical experience. Well come on . . . join me on my safari . . . (you’ll find a link to the FREE printable guided reading book at the end of this post) . I went on a Safari […]

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