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7 Magical Harry Potter Things We Love

7 Magical Harry Potter Things We Love

Accio #allltheharrypotterthings! In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, we’re sharing 7 Wizarding World things we are loving right now. Of course, the books and movies are a must, and what fan hasn’t tried Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans? So This Blue Dress wants to share 7 favorite Harry Potterish discoveries we’ve found this year. Have you heard […]

Song of the Week 2018: Part 2

Song of the Week 2018: Part 2

Note: Song of the Week is a simple music program I developed for my family to use in our homeschool. It incorporates LDS children’s songs and hymns. Families can easily adapt this program for non-LDS music or to use with a public school schedule. You can learn more about the benefits of this program in […]

Why the World Needs MORE Thoughts and Prayers

Why the World Needs MORE Thoughts and Prayers

I’ve seen it over and over again today: Thoughts and Prayers followed by a variation of policy change or cultural change. Or even more alarming–just this: Thoughts and prayers.  I’ve heard that “thoughts and prayers” are a cop-out. Slacktivism. Turning a blind eye to needed change. Callous. Could this be true for some of the people saying […]

Song of the Week 2018

Song of the Week 2018

To learn more about the benefits of using music like a Song of the Week in your home, please see my original post introducing this fun and simple routine. It has lots of great tips for choosing a “song method” and the inspiration behind this program, as well as other song lists. This is my […]

Name the Tree: A Christmas Tradition

Name the Tree: A Christmas Tradition

Dickens and Piney. Stumpy and Treebeard. What do all of them have in common? These are just some of the names of our families’ Christmas trees! I don’t remember naming our tree every year growing up, but somehow this tradition has trickled into many of our homes. It’s fun and simple and perfect for any […]

Christmas Movies: A Christmas Tradition

Christmas Movies: A Christmas Tradition

Okay, so this one isn’t a particularly unique tradition, but it sure is fun! We’d like to share some (actually 25) of our favorite Christmas movies and TV specials in case you’re in a Christmas movie marathon rut. Lots of cheesy Christmas goodness for kids and grownups too. We noted if the movies are currently […]

Read a Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol

Read a Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol

Holidays are so exciting your first year of marriage. You get to choose traditions for a whole new family! My husband Joey and I received inspiration for one of my favorite Christmas traditions while we watched our first Christmas Devotional together 10 years ago. In that devotional, one of the speakers mentioned that President Thomas […]

Nightly Christmas Stories: A Christmas Tradition

Nightly Christmas Stories: A Christmas Tradition

There are so many beautiful stories and books centered on Christmastime! Today we’re sharing two traditions to help you enjoy some Christmas stories with your family and loved ones! Reading a Christmas Story Each Night by Candlelight My family hasn’t done this tradition, but I experienced it once with another family and it has always […]

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