Weekend Links


Are you an entrepreneurial family? Or would you like to become one? 

Today I’m going to let the cat out of the bag a little and announce that sometime in August, we hope to have our family’s new website www.EntreFamily.com ready for launch

As entrepreneurs, there is a wealth of fantastic business information out there. But what’s often lacking is help for those who are starting or running a business(es) while balancing life as a family

We’ve been on our own entrepreneurial journey for the past 6 years or so, and we absolutely love it. It has given us the freedom to both pursue our passions, while being at home with and educating our four amazing kids, not to mention being location independent enough to travel for a year. 

And while we wouldn’t have it any other way, it can be a tough road. Starting a business and working for yourself is hard enough, but when you’re also trying to balance quality time with your family, manage your home well, and make conscientious choices that match your family values (ie. homeschooling, serving, traveling, etc.), it takes a lot of intention and effort to do it well.

It can also be a bit of a lonely road, as it’s often difficult for those who aren’t entrepreneurs to grasp the nuances of what we do day in and day out. 

For those reasons and many others, my husband Ryan and I have decided to launch this new site together. It’s currently in design and preparation mode, and we cannot wait to unveil it to you.

It will include conversations on work-life balance, productivity, goal setting, sharing roles in work, home and family, raising entrepreneurially-minded kids, and designing a lifestyle that matches your families values and priorities. We’ll write blog posts, record podcasts both as husband and wife, and also interviewing other entrepreneurial couples, share our favorite resources, and get our community talking and inspiring one another with their own stories. 

If this sounds up your alley, we would LOVE to hear from you! 

We’ve created a short survey, that could take as little as 1-2 minutes, or maybe up to 5 minutes if you’re crafting some thoughtful answers. Either way is fine with us, we just value your input. 

Take our short survey HERE. 

You can also sign up in advance to be the first to be notified when the site is up and running!

Sign up to be on our EntreFamily.com email list HERE

Thank you so much for your support. This site is not really about us, but about you, and your the dreams that your family has. We can’t wait to connect with you in this space. :)

Links for this week:

I met God in a mental hospital @ The Art of Simple

When I Learn From My Child’s Fears @ (in)courage 

Goulash – We Got Real

5 Tips for Creating a Capsule Wardrobe @ Shalom Mama (Stephanie also wrote just a few months ago about how she enjoys a small wardrobe!)

Can Full-time Bloggers Live Off Of Rainbows + Hugs? @ decor8 

Sweet and Sour Chicken @ Wellness Mama

A Short PSA: Using Caution and Care with Essential Oils @ SortaCrunchy

Don’t Buy Stuff You Don’t Need @ Becoming Minimalist (This includes a link to a free ebook titled, “Marriage Hacks: 25 Practical Ways to Make Love Last.”) 

What are your family’s dreams for the future?

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45 Real Food Slow Cooker Meals for the Summer

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Weekend Links

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By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer The warmer weather of summer lends itself to lighter meals like deliciously fresh summer salads. They’re not only a satisfying and refreshing way to beat the heat, they’re also simple to put together, and can easily be adapted based on what you have on hand. Perhaps the best part about salad is it’s a wonderful way to showcase a variety of fresh seasonal produce, and thereby provide a nutrient-dense meal that almost everyone enjoys! If you’re looking for some fresh […]

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