Humanitarian Trip: Ghana Make a Difference Children’s Home

When I knew for sure that we were going to travel to Ghana in Africa, I really wanted to have the opportunity for a humanitarian effort, to help my kids get their hearts involved in the country. At the same time, we realized that my oldest son was in need of an Eagle Scout project idea, and I had the lightbulb-in-my-head idea to combine the two. My dad has been working with The Hoffman’s at their newly built children’s home, Ghana Make a Difference, and suggested we get in contact with them about a project idea. I’ll share more details about the actual project in the next post, but this is all about the home. Since this is my record of the trip, I’m sharing LOTS of pictures, enjoy the beautiful children!

Family Travel to Africa with Humanitarian Trip to Ghana make a difference Children's Home

First of all, let me share that the term children’s home is preferred to orphanage. … Continue Reading

Recent Posts
Birthday Cookie Cake Recipe! A simple and easy cake!
Layered Birthday Cookie Cake

Forego the traditional birthday cake this year in favor of these adorable Layered Birthday Cookie Cakes. The cookies are made from cake mix, so you can choose your favorite flavors! Hi there! I’m Kristin I’m… Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.32.05 AM
Free Watercolor birthday card Printables

Everyone has a good friend with a Birthday coming up, right? I have 2 awesome FREE WATERCOLOR BIRTHDAY PRINTABLES for you all today that you can download and give it away to friends and family.… Continue Reading

Birthday Cake Milkshake Recipe
Birthday Cake Milkshake

This birthday cake milkshake is a birthday celebration all wrapped up with sprinkles, perfect to celebrate yearly milestones.I’m excited to be here at Capturing Joy. I love Kristen and am grateful for the times when… Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 9.57.32 PM
Birthday Signs and Banners for Boys and Girls

My Birthday Celebration week continues, I’m excited about these Birthday Signs and Banners for Boys and Girls!  I love banners, they make me happy, so I just ASSUME that everyone loves them as much as… Continue Reading

cream and tan and peach floral crowns
Birthday Pictures

It’s My Birthday Today!  I turn 37, and I’ve been pretty excited about 37 for a few years. You’d think I’d be cringing, as I creep closer to 40, but I’m actually pretty excited about… Continue Reading

YAY! It's your day!
A Hand-Lettered Coloring Page BIRTHDAY POSTER

It’s birthday week, and I’ve got all sorts of fun birthday stuff for you this week!  I’m delighted to share this fabulous Birthday poster coloring page from my amazing contributor, Malia! 

15 Amazing Cake Mix recipes! From fudge to cookies to cakes!
15 Amazing Cake Mix Recipes

I LOVE the flavor of cake batter. It’s what I get everytime I get frozen yogurt, and have a hard time not taking a spoon to the cake mix batter each time I make a… Continue Reading

Glory, Glory Hallelujah 4th of July Print

Happy 4th of July!!! I’m so grateful for the freedom I enjoy, and I wanted to share this Glory, Glory Hallelujah free print,a section of the great song, Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was… Continue Reading

Smores Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
S’mores Rice Krispie Treat Sandwiches

These S’mores Rice Krispie Treat Sandwiches are a fun new twist on an old favorite treat.Good morning! I am Sarah from Bombshell Bling, and I am so thrilled to be here today to share this… Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 5.55.44 PM
7 favorite summer activities

Hi! I’m Kimbo from a girl and a glue gun!  Today I’ve rounded up our top favorite activities for Summer!

Need a sweet treat this summer? Try this Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe!
Rocky Road Ice Cream

We eat way too much ice cream, but when it is as easy as this recipe, there is no reason not to! You don’t even need an ice cream maker to enjoy this tasty treat!… Continue Reading

Red, White and Blue Popsicles-perfect for the 4th of July!
Red, White, and Blue Popsicles

These Red White and Blue Popsicles are all natural made with fruit and yogurt. They are a delicious, cool treat for a hot 4th of July day! We’re Kat & Melinda and we blog over… Continue Reading

mormon pioneer wagon train
Mormon Pioneer Handcart Trek: Day 4

It was supposed to be a calm night, but we woke up at 5am to light rain. We figured the rain had passed, but nope!  It ended up being a bit of a soggy morning.… Continue Reading

jumping for joy
Mormon Pioneer Handcart Trek: Day 3

If Day 2 of the Mormon Pioneer Handcart Trek was defined by the sweltering heat and the evening downpour, Day 3 would be best characterized by an all day drizzle and mud. It was actually quite… Continue Reading

pioneer family
Mormon Pioneer Handcart Trek: Day 2

If you missed the intro post about our Mormon Pioneer Handcart Trek (prep and Day 1) click on the link to get started.  That first night was kinda rushed, and I was surprised that I didn’t… Continue Reading

vintage pioneer family pictures from mormon trek
Mormon Pioneer Handcart Trek: Prep and Day 1

I’m so excited to share all the fun details about the Mormon Pioneer Handcart Trek I participated in last week.  Talking to fellow Mormons, they know what it’s all about, because it’s done all over… Continue Reading

Keep your kids busy with these Summer Fun Activities!
Kids Summer Fun and Activities

Hello to all of you Kristen Duke readers! We are Pam and Lisa from!  We are two moms that are over the moon for all things family and home!  On Over the Big Moon… Continue Reading

Fun Summer Recipe: Blueberry Soda Float
Blueberry Float

I am not sure who thought of putting ice cream into a carbonated drink, but I could just hug them!  Root Beer floats are my favorite summertime treat.  Well, really any type of float is… Continue Reading

Free Floral USA Printable
Land that I Love Free printable

Hello Capturing Joy friends! We just love our KD and are great friends outside of the blogging world, so happy to be here with you all!  Lolly Jane is an eclectic craft/DIY blog filled with decor how to’s,… Continue Reading

Free Summer Postcards
Printable Summer Postcards

Hello friends! It’s Alexa from He & I blog and I’m so excited to share these printable summer postcards with you today! I’m so glad to be back sharing these happy, colorful summer postcards with you today! I’m… Continue Reading

Disney Mickey Mouse and Happy Birthday Banners (2 free printable banner options)
Disney Party Banners

Hooray for all things Disney! Today, I’m part of a Disney series that Rachel from R and R Workshop put together.  I’ve shared a few Disney posts in the past, such as our Family Adventure with… Continue Reading

All Time Favorites
How to start a blog
How to decide what color to wear in Family Pictures
Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 12.07.35 PM
Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 12.06.54 PM
Colorful Home Office Reveal
Andes Mints
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip
Pretty Purple Party table
Walt Disney World Family Vacation
Kristen Duke