What the Hands and Feet of Jesus Look Like

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Weary to the bone, and emotionally upside down, my brain feels saturated with images and stories, but firing on too few pistons to really tell them. That’s where I’m at as I attempt to write this post and somehow convey to you the brokenness and the hope that I saw and felt today. Beautiful, brown baby faces. Mamas being taught how to practically care for their little ones, keeping them safe, healthy and happy in the midst of poverty and want. Cheerful courtyard, painted by […]

What Does It Take to Change a Life?

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Though rather bleary-eyed from a day and a half of travel and far too few hours of shut eye (but thankfully enhanced by an amazing breakfast and stellar cup of coffee), our group headed off to the Compassion headquarters in the Philippines this first morning of our trip. The goal was to learn more about Compassion International as an organization. I was inspired by the passion of the people working in the office, their obvious love for the children and their joy at seeing lives […]

Lessons I’ve Learned In Frugality

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I will be honest with you. When I found out that I needed to write about frugality for my blog post this month, my heart sunk.  You see, frugality is something that I have definitely not mastered, and I feel I have so little to offer in this area.  But, at Stephanie’s encouragement, I am sharing my heart with you today. The more I have grown as a Christian, the more I have seen the importance of the wise […]

Saving Money by Using Cloth

Cloth.  Such a simple word.  Only five letters.  But, oh, what a money saver! Think about all the paper products you use during the day.  How many of them do you throw away once they’ve been used? Now think about how many of those products could be converted to cloth, washed and reused. Here’s my list: paper towels napkins paper plates baby wipes baby diapers baby bibs baby changing mats toilet paper feminine napkins Making the Switch Out of this list, several things we already […]

How Green and Simple Living Becomes Generous Living (and Giveaway Winners!)

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Find me over at Simple Organic this week, talking about how green and simple living ultimately lends itself to more generous living: I have noticed a beautiful trend among those who make thoughtful, purposeful decisions about the non-toxic products they use, the whole foods they eat, the scraps they compost and the companies they choose to support. Generally speaking, that mindfulness also seems to extend to the relationships they nurture and the generosity with which they give. Why is this? Maybe it’s that as we […]

Simple Soup for the Spring and Summer

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Soup is an excellent way to get a frugal and nutritious supper on the table without much effort. Often relegated to the fall and winter months, soup is still a wonderful choice for spring and summer, where it can offer a hearty meal using in-season produce. The following recipe makes good use of the vegetables available at your local Farmer’s Market or CSA. It could be served as is, or act as a base for something more complicated. Adjust […]

Updated! Spring Book Sale: Real Food and Healthy Homemaking eBooks 50% Off!

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Celebrating the fact that it’s spring, the sun is beginning to shine (and green things beginning to grow), and most of all that in 5 short days I will board a plane that will take me and my hubby to the Philippines for the adventure of a lifetime… … how about a smokin’ book sale? Update: The sale has been extended to June 12th (Sunday) at midnight! For the next two weeks, May 24th (that’s today) to June 7th, here’s what I’m offering: Real Food […]

Need Grain Free Recipes? Against the Grain eBook Giveaway!

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During the past 14 months, our family has gone on the GAPS diet twice. The first time we had excellent success, but I gave up too early because we were in a hectic season of life and I feared that I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the extra kitchen time. The second time, the biggest challenge I was experiencing was a lack of interest in the meals that I was making. It seemed that my kid’s and husband’s eating preferences had changed in […]