Author Archives: Shannon McAvoy

The Best Passed-Down Parenting Advice

The Best Passed-Down Parenting Advice

Once you have children, all those little things you recall hearing your parents say over, and over, and over when you were a child suddenly come back. But now, you are the one saying them to YOUR children! As a child they may have seemed utterly meaningless, but today, we realize what a profound effect those simple words

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How to Prepare Siblings for a New Baby

Bringing home a baby is sometimes a very scary thing for an older sibling. They think their world, as they know it, is going to be turned upside down. Thankfully, we haven’t ever had to deal with bad attitudes, lots of tears or anything negative when bringing home a baby in our family. However, since we

Fruitcake Cookies: Our Favorite Christmas Recipe

Why does fruitcake have such a bad rap? Fruitcake has been around forever – I mean, people probably ate it in Biblical times! The history of the fruitcake can be traced back to Egypt, when Egyptians placed an early version of the fruitcake on the tombs of loved ones. The earliest recipe comes from ancient Rome and

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Changing Your Black Friday Focus

Our family has never really been a fan of or participated in Black Friday sales and events. We typically choose to take time to be with each other as it’s one of the few times of the year when nearly everyone is around and not working or not in school.  It’s a time of fellowship

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4 Fun Fall Recipe Ideas

Fall is a lovely time of year – a time when God paints beautiful landscapes all around us. Here in Northern Michigan, our fall change of colors is simply breathtaking… the paintings in the wilderness are beyond comprehension. This is the time of year when the changing outdoors makes me want to bring the colors and

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Modesty for Girls: Where to Draw the Line

When it comes to modesty for girls, sometimes it’s hard to know as a parent exactly where to draw the line. I am raising three little ladies with my husband. We were blessed with little girls… God chose them for us, and now it’s our turn to take that blessing and turn them in to

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5 Ways my Kids Earn Money over Summer

Summer break. It’s anticipated all year long, yet when it arrives, my kids soon become bored and begin asking when school returns back in session. This summer, I’ve made it my goal to help my children beat their boredom and earn some extra spending money to fund all the fun activities they want to do over the

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5 Things Dads of Daughters Do to Have Fun

Dads and daughters. Is there anything more precious? Is there any more precious bond? I have the most amazing dad, so my standards were set pretty high from the beginning when I was on the lookout for my mate. To say I found the most perfect man would be an understatement. Little did I know

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