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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Monday Health & Wellness: 7 Tips for Communicating Respectfully @ Modern Alternative Mama Feeling Overwhelmed? Get Ready for the Embracing Self-Care Series! @ Live Renewed Homemade Peppermint Patties @ GNOWFGLINS On gratitude @ The Art of Simple Friendship: A Piece of Cake @ (in)courage Simple Chicken Tandoori with Curry Cauliflower Rice @ Health, Home, & Happiness What You Have to Know About Who You Really Are @ A Holy Experience We want greenhouses but do not get them. @ Jon Acuff Happy […]

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer The days are getting longer and the snow is finally melting, which means it’s time to get outside and play! After a long winter, I’m beside myself excited to get outside with my toddler and baby. Whether you’re taking a hike, going camping, or just spending free time outdoors, nature lends itself to many learning opportunities for your children. Why You Should Make Getting Outside a Priority Explore creation Time in nature points to our Creator. Since getting outside invites […]

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What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

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25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I’m sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only have boys! (Until this summer … when we expect a little girl!) I don’t know about your family, but with my boys, when it’s nice outside, we spend nearly all our waking hours outdoors. We don’t have a “huge” piece of property by any means, […]

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How to Plan Your Garden

This post was originally published in March of 2011, but we’re sharing it today because it’s gardening season once again! Use these tips to plan your own garden and discover how fun and easy it can be to grow your own food! In our Gardening 101 series, we’ve talked about a lot of different things so far… how to select seeds for better success, growing herbs, gardening based on where you live, square foot gardening. I know that the process of planning what and how […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Coming Home @ Clover Lane Pride and Humility at the Grocery Store @ The Humbled Homemaker (this is a great reminder that food choices are not a moral issue!) Tropical Coconut Cookies {Gluten/Grain/Dairy Free} @ Back To The Book Nutrition How the Secret of the Snake Changed My Life Forever @ Storyline Blog Prayer for the mother of adolescents @ The Art of Simple Apricot Basil Chicken Salad @ Simple Bites I’m an Available Woman @ Visionary Womanhood 8 Strategies for Saving Money at Farmers […]

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Nourish Before You Drain

Somewhere during the past year or two, my enjoyable morning cup of coffee turned into just the start of that day’s addiction. Round one, to pump me up for the day ahead. By just after lunchtime, I would find myself looking for round two, another hit of caffeine to keep me going. My husband lovingly pointed out that if I didn’t get it by mid-afternoon, I was on-the-edge and irritable (and I will confess that I did not respond well to his observations at first). […]

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7 Day Real Food Menu Plan 20 Minute Meals Version

7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version}

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Do you want to eat real food but feel like it just takes too much time to cook from scratch? Do you resort to prepackaged convenience foods or carry-out meals because you’re exhausted and just need something quick? I have been there. Wait, I AM there! I have a very active toddler that I homeschool preschool. I’m still waking in the middle of the night to nurse a baby. I run my own business from home. I’m a […]

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