Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchen

Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchen

By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! It costs too much to eat real food. I can’t afford it. There is some kind of conspiracy going on – healthy food costs too much…and the cheap food that I […]

Unique Ministries Homemakers Can Support

Unique Ministries Homemakers Can Support

By Erin, Contributing Writer As the mom of three very young children, I’ve often struggled with how outside ministry has taken a backseat during this very busy season of motherhood. Before  becoming a mother, I truly had no clue how demanding (albeit fulfilling) of a job raising young children is. And simply put, my children are my ministry, and I believe that is how it should be. I am thankful for a mentor who admonished me when I was expecting our first: Your children are […]

How to Be Debt-Free in 2013

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Some of you clicked on this post out of sheer curiosity…you want to see what this kook has to say. After all, it’s not something you really believe. You don’t REALLY think it’s possible to live free from the bondage of debt. Some of you clicked on this post because your heart’s desire is to live debt free – but you’re not there…you want to know how to get there and you need encouragement. You need to hear from someone […]

What Our Children Are Teaching Us About Being Givers

What Our Children Are Teaching Us About Being Givers

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Ten years ago, when my husband and I were first married, frugality was a must. If we didn’t pinch pennies, we couldn’t survive — or at least not without racking up a serious amount of debt and financial trouble down the road. So we pinched pennies, did without, and prayed that we’d make it until the next paycheck came in. Times were lean, but God was always faithful. As our income increased, there was the temptation to also increase our […]

DIY Hall Tree

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When we bought our new home, it didn’t come with a coat closet. Bummer. We did have the Jesus closet, but alas, He’s gone somewhere else (thank you, yard sale!). But a girl just has to have somewhere to hang her coat and purse. Laying a purse on the floor is just begging a toddler to reach in and play with your dental floss…or make “notes” on your checks. Being a HUGE advocate of all things Pinterest, I set off […]

It’s Not Your Money, Is It?

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer A while back, there was this strangely annoying commercial on television for JG Wentworth. It’s a bunch of adults yelling out their windows about THEIR money. While the normal person would just find this commercial extremely dumb, I found it very bothersome. When I heard my pastor mention the commercial in one of his sermons about stewardship and giving, I really started thinking. The sad thing is this MY MONEY mindset is very prevalent today. Most of us consider […]

Picky Eaters: Avoiding the Dinnertime Dilemma By Raising Children With a Heart of Gratitude

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Picky eaters, finicky eaters, stubborn, selective. The notion of children being picky about their food is common these days. I’ve noticed that it’s tossed around as “normal” and accepted, even justified by some. Pop psychology and modern day experts in child development cite is as appropriate. But is it? I have to ask if this trend is something new or if young children were always “predisposed” to be picky eaters. One hundred years ago, did children reject the food their […]

What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250

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  *After you read this post, be sure to read the second post in this series, with thoughts on how I would improve upon this budget.* I had way too much fun writing this post. I hinted on Facebook last week that I was working on a post detailing what I would buy if I could only spend $250 a month for our family of 5 (we currently spend $450, although that does include some household goods/toiletries, which my $250 budget doesn’t). My goal? To […]