10 Tips for Eating Out with Small Children {and Enjoying the Meal!}

Ten Tips for Eating Out with Small Children1

By Guest Writer Lisa: Do you enjoy taking your small children out to eat? The process can be stressful and sanity-vexing. But going out to eat with our kids is something that we all do, even if the frequency does vary from family to family. I can honestly say that we enjoy eating out with our kids. There are exceptions when I question my sanity and have to pray for patience. But on the Continue Reading

5 Ways to Teach your Toddler About God


By guest writer, Liz Toddlers. You've got to love them. Wild balls of energy with short attention spans and an even shorter ability to sit still. Logic means nothing to them, and don't even start with the analogies and metaphors. So how exactly are you supposed to even begin to explain to them the very long, very complex thing that is the Bible? We can all agree that teaching Biblical truths Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Bins {100+ ideas to get you started!}

The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Bins - Intentional By Grace

I love sensory bins. A new sensory bin usually warrants thirty minutes of (relatively) quiet play from my boys, and that is a blessing to any mama, right? I often share pictures of what we're doing in our home preschool or during intentional toddler time on Instagram. It never fails that after I post a picture of a sensory bin or messy play activity, I get a load of questions about sensory Continue Reading

Intentional Toddler Time {17 months old}

messy play

{Timmy is currently 17 months old} We have been having so much fun playing and learning together lately. Since we're preparing to move right now, it's easy to let time with my kids go on the back burner. However, I've found that getting on the floor and playing for at least 15 minutes every day does a lot for our sanity. It's easy to think we don't have time to just play with our kids. I can get Continue Reading

My Favorite Quiet Time Resources for Small Children

When Mommy needs a quiet time, here are my favorite quiet time resources for small children! Don't just keep them occupied - teach them about Jesus too!

Being a mom of small children comes with many challenges (as does every other season of parenting, of course). One of the biggest challenges I have found in my nearly four years of motherhood is the ability to have a consistent quiet time with the Lord. We all know it's rarely quiet in a home with small children, and getting time alone to shower, let alone to meet with the Lord can be downright Continue Reading

55+ Toddler Snacks (You and) Your Toddler Will Love

Need some ideas for healthy toddler snacks that even you will love? Check out this list of 55+ ideas!

There are days when I feel like I do nothing but feed a baby or toddler all day long. The minute I finish the breakfast dishes someone wants to nurse or "have a snack." It can be exhausting! When it comes to feeding my children (and myself!), I don't want to waste calorie consumption on foods that simply do not supply my children the nutrients they need. Even “organic” snacks are often highly Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: My First Born Son {Day 4}

October 2013 Sam the Chef

My first born. My son. The one who made me a mother. He's passionate, full of energy, and two going on sixteen. He tracks muddy sand through my house and runs around the yard naked when I'm not looking. He spills milk because he moves around too much. He drops egg shells in the pancake mix. He picks his nose and pulls all the toilet paper off the role. He makes a game of peeing on the wall Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Brothers & Family Devotions {Day 2}

everyday grace

Brothers. Sweet, sweet brothers. I'm through the roof excited that we welcomed another little boy to our family. Boys are just sweet on their mamas. Yes they are dirty, rambunctious, and loud, but mamas get a sweetness shared with them that compares with nothing else. Moms of boys, you know what I mean.  This moment captured - I never want to forget it. "Timmy, who made you? God made Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: A Bath Interrupted {Day 1}

Clingy Baby

This post is part of 31 Days of Everyday Grace series. You can see all the posts here. My throat ached and my eyes drooped. Sickness set in on our family like a thief in the night. With the lack of sleep and changing seasons, my immune system plummeted and there was no escaping the evil cold complete with sore throat and achy bones. My oldest was enthralled in a movie with Daddy. I looked at Continue Reading

It Is Okay to Struggle Through This Season

Why am I in this season?

Everyone talks about finding the joy in the season of toddlerhood. This is a blessing and I should treat it as such. I feel guilty when I can't see the joy. I feel sad when I am angry at my kids because I am simply overly tired, overwhelmed and over worked. "Extend grace to yourself." Did that. "Get more rest and try to have a positive outlook." I have tried that. "Savor the moments because they Continue Reading