Friday Frivolity - Comedian Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's partywe enjoyed some ooey, gooey goodness while sharing recipes for National S'Mores Day.

This week, it's Tell a Joke Day, so we're looking at some of our favorite comedians.


Passport to Fun - Epic Real-Life Road Trip

Travel is an integral part of our family's life, even with an extremely limited budget.

Each month, we "visit" a different country to explore all that it has to offer, but this past summer, we hit the road and experienced new locales in person, instead!




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One of the benefits of being a Teacher Family is having a giant chunk of time off each summer to travel.


The drawback to being a Teacher Family is that the income it provides means we have only a teeny, tiny budget to do it with.

Over the past years (since Gv's been born), we've managed to actually spend summers away for free through some extremely creative budgeting as well as taking advantage of frugal camping options.

We love our "summer home" in the mountain forest, but now that Gv is getting a bit older (and I'm itching to really travel again), I wanted to begin exposing her to new things, as well.

By combining the cheap camping tricks we've learned over the past years with some major research into the different parts of the country we wanted to visit, we actually managed to take an epic, real-life road trip this summer and finish things up with a week at our "summer home" in the mountains, all within our meager budget!


The Beginner's Bible: Daniel & the Hungry Lions

Learn how to be brave like Daniel when God's on your side with this board book edition of the beloved Bible story.


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We just can't seem to get enough of the fun illustrations and stories in The Beginner's Bible, so we were excited when this new board book showed up for our review:




Project Snapshot - Week 189

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)



Even though G had returned to school the first of the month, he had two days last week before the kids showed up -- which meant he was able to head home early one day and take Gv to a nearby splash park for a special, last-hurrah-of-summer treat.

You can see by the clouds in the background that we weren't able to stay for long, but it was still a fun evening!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Favorite Back-to-School Items

Oh, I used to LOVE back-to-school time, when I could get brand-spanking-new rainbow-colored folders to put in my Trapper Keeper and get myself organized for a new year of learning!

What are YOUR favorite back-to-school items to get?



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite movie trilogies and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Favorite Back-to-School Items

Not only do I have fond memories of back-to-school shopping as a kid, but I was able to enjoy new school supplies each year as a teacher, as well!

Here are some of my favorite things to start the new school year off with:


Friday Frivolity - S'mores Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's partywe moved towards a more minimalist lifestyle for National Simplify Your Life Week.

Today, in honor of National S'mores Day, we're focusing on those yummy, sticky, campfire treats.

Ready, Set, Find Noah's Ark

I love having books I can count on that will keep Gv occupied during appointments or long car rides and the search & find aspect of this cute little interactive board book does just that!


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We've loved versions of these books for Christmas and Easter, so Gv and I were really excited to see a new one out that focuses on one of our favorite Bible stories: Noah's Ark! 






Zoey and Sassafras: Merhorses and Bubbles by Asia Citro, Illustrated by Marion Lindsay

We can't get enough of this new STEM-focused fiction series!

Delve into the deep and discover how pollution can affect even a delicate ecosystem right in your backyard!


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The only downside to finishing this third installment in the fabulous Zoey and Sassafras series is that now we have to (not-so-patiently) wait for the next one to come out in the fall!





Project Snapshot - Weeks 188

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)

It was Teacher Appreciation Day at a National Historical Landmark in town this past weekend, so we headed downtown to check it out (for free!)


I was less than impressed with the museum, but G enjoyed it and Gv had a great time, too, so that was good. Plus, the rain held off long enough for us to take a stroll outside in a nearby park afterwards. I enjoyed that, so it ended up being a great family day for all of us.


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Favorite Movie Trilogies

At times, it seems like every movie that comes out turns into a trilogy.

Usually, they don't improve over time, but there are some that I think get better as the series goes on, or that I enjoy all 3 of. 

Which would make your list?



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite podcasts and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Favorite Movie Trilogies

I was pretty surprised when I sat down to make my list, because I ended up coming up with a lot more than 5 that I can say I enjoy.

Titles like Oh, God!, Center Stage, Beverly Hills Cop, The Godfather, The Matrix, The Love Bug (although, technically, there are 4 in this series), Lord of the Rings, Austin Powers and Die Hard (I didn't even know there was a 4th of these) are some that I can easily watch, but here are the five that top my list: