Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mama

Encouragement for the Weary Work at Home Mama

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 5:00 pm. I’ve been staring at the computer screen for the past hour/hour and a half. My husband sends me a text that he is on his way home from work, 30 minutes away. I look around the house – toys, art supplies, books and the leftovers of a blanket fort are scattered everywhere, evidence of the kids basically having free reign of the house while I worked. I have no idea what we’re going to have for dinner. […]

Keeping Your Home – When You’d Rather Have a Different One

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer I Dreamed a Dream I’ve always dreamed of living in the country.  Always.  I loved visiting my grandpa’s big farm every summer and building make-believe homes out of old wheels and pots and other rubbish lying around in his barn.  I loved visiting my great-grandma’s farm and smelling the slightly-sour scent of warm milk and dung all mixed up in her barn after the cows had been milked. I loved going to camp and hiking through the woods, reading my Bible […]

Raising Kids on Real Food

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Written by Courtney Dunkin, 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! After several generations of playing around with the latest and greatest advancements in food technology, today’s homemaker is longing to return to real food. Unfortunately, the modern advancements that […]

Cutting Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half — Or More!

How to Cut Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half

By Crystal Paine, 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! Plan Ahead to Save Your Sanity Meal planning is key to success and efficiency in the kitchen. We all probably know this. But you have to be intentional about it, […]

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 […]

50 Christmas Morning Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Christmas is my favorite day the year.  I’m a stickler for tradition on Christmas Day. Each year, my boys and I wake up in the darkness of the early morning.  I put on a pot of coffee while the boys take turns jumping on dad, screaming that it’s time to wake up.  As a family we sit in a circle, hand-in-hand, in the living room while Dad leads us in prayer. We thank God for the gift of his Son and […]

Tackle Housekeeping with Your Kids

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Let’s face it, girls. Keeping the house clean probably isn’t on anybody’s top ten favorite-things-to-do list. Yet do it we must.  And the feeling you get when you survey the results (even if it only lasts for five minutes) is peaceful satisfaction. But getting the motivation to hop-to-it is hard to come by when there are so many other, more intriguing things to do.  We need an attack strategy. And if you have kids, you’ll want to get them involved in the […]

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 […]