• Twaddle Free Chapter Books,  Twaddle Free Picture Books

    America, the Beautiful

    Well, it’s almost July and that means an important American holiday is just around the corner! We’ve always celebrated July 4th in a big way with a whole church/community BBQ, games, competition and lots of fellowship. It’s an exhausting but totally fun day. This year will be no different, except for the fact that I now have 4 children to keep track of! *Contains affiliate links For some reason, a few months ago, Biggest Boy took up a fascination with the American flag. It probably has to do with his love of all things soldiers and fighting with a movie or two thrown in there that spurred his interest. We…

  • Twaddle Free Picture Books

    Father’s Day Special

    I don’t know why it has never occurred to me to select picture books celebrating fathers. Am I the only one out there that has failed in this regards? My first introduction to a dad being the highlight of a picture book was in our winter story, Over and Under the Snow and I loved how it brought out the quiet strength and wisdom of a father. Ever since then I’ve been particularly drawn to books with lesser featured heroes in our lives, such as grandfathers, grandmothers and of course, dads. I was even a sucker and bought a brand new book about a grandfather from Usborne called Too Many…

  • Twaddle Free For Adults

    A Review of – Living on One Income and More!!!

    It’s so refreshing to read books that really “get it”. Ones that are down to earth and deal with the nitty gritty. Kate Singh and her numerous books fit into those categories perfectly…at least when dealing with frugality and finances and living life abundantly right where God has you. I’ve personally read these two although there are many more by the same author. I’ll get to them all eventually since I loved the motivation to spend within our means and keep pressing onward with what we’ve been given. The Green and Abundant Home: Thriving on one income The best thing I loved about these two books is how encouraging they…

  • Twaddle Free Chapter Books,  Twaddle Free For Adults

    A Review on – The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

    Please note that all links are affiliate links! If you’re at all curious about the world of plants and animals, the Scientists in the Field Series seems to be a well-ranked series on natural (and unnatural) happenings around the world. They’re geared toward a middle-grade age group, but I, as an adult, found this one to be extremely interesting and well-written. The Hive Detectives is the only one in the series I can vouch for and say I’ve personally read. I didn’t read it to the children just because I felt it was too advanced for their 5 and below brains. The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe…

  • Twaddle Free Chapter Books

    A Review of – Prince Martin Wins His Sword: A Classic Tale About a Boy Who Discovers the True Meaning of Courage, Grit and Friendship

    Please note that all links are affiliate links! These have got to be two of my favorite adventure books for young boys. They’re a blend of big words and poetry with adventure, friendship and courage. After reading these Biggest Boy grasped on to the concept of rhyming for the first time and hasn’t stopped putting words together ever since. He even makes up words to rhyme since a lot of the words in this book sound fancy to his 5-year-old brain. He often coming running to me from his play or from outside to shout out a rhyme he had just discovered. Makes my heart melt! In truth though, all…

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    A Review of – Smarter Than Squirrels (Down Girl and Sit series Book 1)

    I love listening to my toddlers’ laughs. Especially when we share a joke together or are giggling over something just outrageous. A little bit of humor goes a long way in lightening up a full day with toddlers…if you haven’t had children yet, you’ll just have to trust me on this one! But it’s hard to find clean humor books, especially when it comes to potty mouth or disrespecting parents. But while these books are definitely clean, I don’t know if I’d necessarily classify them as twaddle-free. They’re goofy and don’t have much to offer besides thinking outside the box. Still, I love a good laugh and I’ll stick up…

  • Twaddle Free Chapter Books,  Twaddle Free For Adults

    A Review of – The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

    It’s hard to believe how many books I’ve gotten to read since starting this blog. I was always a voracious reader but caring for babies and toddlers set me back more than I like to admit. In fact, I’d gotten into quite a slump of spending my spare time while holding the baby watching some useless TV show. I know. Seriously. It’s way to “comforting” and easy to just turn the brain off and watch other people’s lives, or some fantasy of other people’s lives. Now the Great British Baking Show is different…or Chopped…or Iron Chef. I’ve learned a thing or two from those cooking/baking shows. But now that I’m…

  • Twaddle Free For Adults

    A Review of – The Clouds Ye So Much Dread: Hard Times and the Kindness of God

    What says spring better than baby animals?! Daddy let us splurge on a Holland Lop that just melts my heart. She’s soft and cuddly and smells like grass. Animals have such a soft spot in my country-girl heart and rabbits probably take the cake. Plus they are easy to care for, don’t require a lot of investment (fencing, food, shelter) and can still teach the children some responsibility. On the opposite end of the spectrum of adorable babies is the book I just finished. While I’m not going through hard times compared to disease or war or divorce, it’s still easy to find struggles and difficulties among the little things…

  • Twaddle Free Chapter Books,  Twaddle Free Picture Books

    “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”

    This week we’re digressing a bit from the usual picture books to some early readers that are hard to pass by! My children have always loved these, from the time they are old enough to sit through a book (usually around 18 months), with a picture on each page and only a few easy sentences that hold their attention. These are perfect for Middle Boy, who doesn’t do well sitting still listening to one long book. Even picture books with much more colorful, eye-catching pictures don’t always hold his attention yet these, with their simple charm and warm, homey feelings are winners. It’s probably the diversity of each chapter that…

  • Twaddle Free Musings

    About Our Little Family in a Big World

    Welcome to our little world! We are a family of 6 that first and foremost loves God our Father, His Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit, our helper. Hubby and I have been married for nearly 9 years and are extremely blessed to have been raised as Christians our entire lives. Combining our ages that’s 60 years! We call 4 earthly (and 2 heavenly) children our arrows and I am beyond happy to be able to stay at home with them while Hubby earns the bacon. He is a Law Enforcement Officer on top of being an amazing husband, daddy and deacon in our church. There are…