Kaitlyn, my parents and I visited the Rodale Institute just outside of Kutztown, PA last Thursday. I’ve been wanting to go for a couple of years and we finally decided to make the trip. From our house it took only about an hour and a half. It was more than I expected. We opted to do… Read More A Visit to Rodale’s Organic Farm-Free and Local
Our weather here in Central PA lately has been crazy. Hot, cold, warm, hottish, warmish, freezing, spring flowery, heavy jacket, light jacket, no jacket, flip flops, snow, scarves, arctic, tropical, rain, thunder storm, and back to warmish. In that order. Sort of. There’s not been any rhyme or reason to it, which has left us… Read More Winters Walk-Lehigh Gorge State Park
I love Christmas! It’s filled with family, food, parties, potlucks, parties, cookies, lights, presents, parties. And did I mention parties? It seems impossible that Christmas is once again ALMOST here!! This year, for us at least, has gone by extraordinarily fast. As much as gatherings and parties and activities are fun there does come a point where… Read More 25 Free Family Christmas Activity Ideas
Looking for an easy, fun and comfortable NO PRESSURE ladies night for your church? This is it. Craft and Coffee Night. It’s nice to host an event that is a lot of hands off, relaxing and cozy. Fall is a perfect time for that. I found these mason jar pumpkins and apples on Pinterest and… Read More Craft and Coffee Night
We LOVE Fall around The Parsonage! Love as in…move out of the way Summer, Spring and Winter. We love ya, but not quite as much as Fall. Quiet nights in, dinners around the table, pizza in front of the fire place, Charlie Brown tv specials, cookies..they all have a place in The Smallwood’s Family memory… Read More The Ultimate Fall Family Fun List-100 Things to Do This Fall
In June we celebrated Kaityln’s birthday at home with a small get together, but on her actual birthday we were in Maine visiting my family. When asked how she wanted to celebrate she decided on going to the coast and from there pared it down to an afternoon cruise. My mom, being the master of… Read More Casco Bay Mailboat Tour, Maine
This piece isn’t yet hung on the wall. I’m not sure exactly where it will go (plus I don’t yet have the hardware needed for hanging it). I was inspired a few years ago by a friend of a friend who paints on plexiglass. She does really fantastic work. I had in my brain’s Idea… Read More Plexiglass Wall Art-DIY
Barf anyone? How about some Moldy Cheese? Or if those don’t suit you how about Boogers? Dirty Baby Wipes? Rotten Egg? Of course on the flip side of the gross flavors are Coconut, Caramel Corn, Peach, Tutti-Frutti. As goes the game Bean Boozled from Jelly Belly. The idea is is to spin the spinner and… Read More Jelly Belly-1. Smallwoods-0.
I. Heart. Valentine’s. Day. And all things Valentiney. Valentineish. Valentinery. One red heart cut from red construction paper has me. That’s all it takes. When we began home-educating and took the girls out public school one of the things I missed was the cute little class parties they both had. I missed the treats they’d… Read More Valentine’s Day Boxes!
Bird watching is one of our families favorite hobbies. Be it backyard birds, raptors or otherwise, we just enjoy it. Watching off our backdeck the day after Christmas I noticed a bird just beyond our property. I couldn’t identify it, as it was quite far, but as soon as Jeremy saw it he knew. It… Read More Bird Sighting: Pileated Woodpecker