Category Archives: Books

The Ginghams Visit Grandma Paper Dolls (Free!)

The Ginghams Visit Grandma (Free!)

One of my most frequently pinned posts is The Ginghams Paper Dolls (Free!). So many people remember these from their childhood and are thrilled to find them again! There is another set of paper dolls called The Ginghams Visit Grandma. These are super cute too!

The set includes the four Gingham girls as well as a Grandma paper doll. There are lots of sweet clothes and furniture to cut out as well.

And don’t forget about the Little House on the Prairie Paper Dolls! This is a fun set for pretending with Mary, Laura, Carrie, Ma … Read more »

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I’ve just finished reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I learned of the book in a Facebook group when someone shared two videos that were made about it. After watching the videos, I wanted to read the book.

Does it spark joy?

The basic premise is to only keep those things in your home that make your heart throb with joy. Kondo has a very specific order when it comes to helping her clients with their mission of tidying up. You go through discarding and then deciding where to keep … Read more »

Celebrate Winston Churchill Day with Free Kindle Ebooks

Celebrate Winston Churchill Day

April 9 is Winston Churchill Day and Hillsdale College is celebrating by offering the entire 8 volume official biography of Winston Churchill for FREE for three days!

Simply follow the links below to download your free copies!
Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900 (Volume I)

Winston S. Churchill: Young Statesman, 1901-1914 (Volume II) (Churchill Biography Book 2)

Winston S. Churchill: The Challenge of War, 1914-1916 (Volume III) (Churchill Biography Book 3)

Winston S. Churchill: World in Torment, 1916-1922 (Volume IV) (Churchill Biography Book 4)

Winston S. Churchill: The Prophet of Truth, 1922-1939 (Volume V) (Churchill Biography Book 5)

Winston S. Churchill: … Read more »

American History Picture Books – Bright Ideas Press

4 Don't Miss History Books

4 Don't Miss History Books

Are you looking for some quality picture books to add to your American History studies? I shared four of my favorites over on the Bright Ideas Press blog. Stop by to see which American History picture books will be a great part of your study of the Great Depression, immigration and more!

4 Don’t Miss Picture Books for American History


My Little Red Schoolhouse (almost) Little Free Library

Little Red Schoolhouse Free Library 10

When I discovered the Little Free Library movement I thought they were so cute and such a great idea. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are small libraries people put in their yard where they can share books with their neighbors. People borrow a book and return it when they are done. Anyone who has books they would be willing to share with others can also leave them there.

I mentioned it to my father-in-law in September and sent him a link to a Pinterest search full of Little Free Libraries of all kinds.

So guess what I … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 12.1.14

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Food For Thought

Man With Rare Condition Flies All The Way To Australia To Meet A 2-Year-Old With The Same Syndrome

To Sleep, Perchance to Clean – Study reveals brain ‘takes out the trash’ while we sleep

Americans Think School is for Socializing

Books to Read – Christmas Books by Grace Livingston Hill

If you like light, clean Christian romances written in the 20’s and 30’s, here are three Christmastime books by Grace Livingston Hill.

The Christmas Bride

The Substitute Guest


Things to Do

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Watch and … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 11.25.14

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Food For Thought

Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has

Homeschooling Held Hostage

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Books to Read – Minecraft!

Caroline absolutely loves Minecraft! Here are some books I found while perusing the options online.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection

Ultimate Book of Secrets for Minecraft: Unbelievable Minecraft Secrets You Coudn’t Imagine Before!

Ultimate Survival Book for Minecraft: Marvelous All-In-One Game Guide. Tutorial with Intelligent Tips and Tricks, Suggestions and Secrets.

Things to Do


Watch and Enjoy

In case you somehow missed this last … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 11.22.14

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Food For Thought

The Myth of the Reluctant Learner

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research

Isle of Sark: Europe’s Last Feudal State

Books to Read – Kindle ebooks for 99 cents!

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

Children’s Book: Being Thankful!: Thanksgiving Stories for Children & Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids

Thanksgiving Stories for Kids & Children: Thanksgiving Jokes and Thanksgiving Coloring Book Included!

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

Things to Do

8 Simple Water Tricks

Project Feeder Watch

Watch and Enjoy

If you can deal with the edginess and a … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 11.18.14

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Food For Thought

My Top 50 Favorite Posts About Interest-Led Learning, Unschooling or Self-Directed Learning

H.U.G. – The Transformation of U.S. Grant

it’s a wrap! (and a homeschool beginning)

Books to Read

Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World

Educating the WholeHearted Child — Third Edition

The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week)

Things to Do

23 Free Hitchcock Movies Online

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Sallie’s Stack – 11.16.14

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Food For Thought

How Baby Boomers Ruined Parenting Forever

The Typical Ages of Disequalibrium

Joy Comes from Tossing Out the Maps

Books to Read

Caroline has absolutely loved the Cobble Street Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant. We own all six of them and they have been read aloud over and over and over again!

In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen

A Little Shopping

Special Gifts

Some Good News

Summer Party

Wedding Flowers

Things to Do

Scary Looking Cloud Club

Strange Rock Formations

Watch and Learn










November Writing Prompts – … Read more »

Sallie’s Stack – 11.15.14

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Food For Thought

The Clutter Culture from UCLA Magazine

Gus the Truck: A Metaphor for an Outdated Education System from Education Week

Driven to succeed: How we’re depriving teens of a sense of purpose from Stanford Graduate School of Education

Books to Read

Cranberry Thanksgiving

The Story of the Pilgrims

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Things to Do

Play Plymouth Village

Pilgrims and Indians (scroll down)

Watch and Learn










Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion

Sallie’s Stack – 11.13.14

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Food For Thought

Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War from National Geographic

Typewriters are back, and we have Edward Snowden to thank from The Washington Post

Live Like Mr. Darcy In The Massive Estate That Inspired Jane Austen’s “Pride And Prejudice” and Fiona Bruce’s Britain: Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire

Books to Read

Some favorite Little Golden Books from our home!

Little Mommy (Little Golden Book)

The Happy Man and His Dump Truck (Little Golden Book)

Good Night, Little Bear (Little Golden Book)

Two Little … Read more »