Fresh Hope for Families and Soap Winners!

Two exciting things to announce today… Clean water for families The first is that through the 48 hour book sale, we raised almost $220 which is going directly to Compassion International’s Water of Life initiative. What that means is that not 1 or 2, but 4 families will be receiving a unique water filter that will provide them with clean, safe drinking water for their entire family for a LIFETIME ($55 each)! Thank you so much for helping us to bless others and give them […]

Project-Based Homeschooling

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer This year is going to be our first year homeschooling. I’m excited! My first is finally 3.5 years old, meaning she’s old enough for “preschool” now. She also has a strong interest in learning, and I can’t wait to get started with her in a couple weeks. We’ve chosen to do what I call “project-based” homeschooling this year. We haven’t chosen any particular curriculum or books to work out of. In fact, the few times I’ve sat down with […]

So, Mornings… How Are They Going for You?

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Have you met my friend, Kat? Allow me to introduce you… She makes a ball cap look great. She loves Tex-Mex food (me, too- except I live in Canada. Drat.) She actually has a chin-up bar in one of the doorways in her home, and every time she walks by, she does a chin-up. She is one of the coolest moms I know, and inspires me to want to be the same. She has a thing for teeny-bopper music, and at the same time, she held […]

Dirty Water, Clean Water

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Updated: Thanks to my amazing readers rising to the challenge, we will be providing 4 families with clean, pure drinking water for a LIFETIME! How’s that for exciting? :) Water. So critical, so taken for granted. We may talk about staying hydrated enough. Make sure that we are using a quality water filtration system to avoid various toxins and chemicals in our water. But what we take for granted is that we are among the privileged few in the world who can turn on a tap in […]

A Heart For Adoption

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Adoption is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart.  And for some time now, I’ve been itching to share my story and my unique family with you.  Today I get the chance! I have been blessed to be part of an amazing and unique body of Believers that is passionate about adoption.  There are many, many adoptive and foster families at our church that have been a great encouragement through our journey of adoption. But I […]

Ever Get Tired of Natural Living?

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Do you ever get tired of it all? Have you read an article on nutrition or being green, and found that your eyes began to glaze over as you thought, blah, blah, blah? Does the garbage sometimes seem like a more convenient option than the compost? Do you just want to break down and buy toothpaste that doesn’t cost $5 a tube? Sometimes I do. And I’d venture to guess that I’m not the only one. Today at Simple Organic I’m exploring what I call […]

Natural Shampoo and Body Bars from Apple Valley Natural Soap (Plus a Giveaway!)

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Update: Giveaway has now ended. Thanks, all! I have to let you know, I’m a bit of a natural soap junkie. Underneath my bathroom cupboard are baskets, literally full of various kinds of handmade soaps– ones with oatmeal for scrubbing, with essential oils, with herbs, for oily skin, for sensitive skin, shampoo bars, regular body bars, soap that cleans your bathroom all by itself (just kidding on that one- don’t I wish?). You name it, I’m pretty sure we have it. With all of those […]

8 Unique Recipes With Zucchini

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer About this time of year, people are wondering what to do with all the zucchini that just keeps coming from gardens. Zucchini is nutritious – a great source of fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and many B vitamins – and it’s delicious too! But we seem to have a love/hate relationship with zucchini.  It’s fun when you can start harvesting them, but then when they don’t stop, it’s easy to get a little sick of it! In fact, there’s a […]