Family

Developing Hospitality

As I sat down to broach this topic of hospitality, I laughed to myself, as I’m not often hospitable. How can I write about something I don’t excel in? I began to reflect on someone who exhibits hospitality. Instantly Evon McDonald came to mind. I know Evon through Young Living, and I’ve been a guest of…

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And Just Like That

Dear Mom with toddlers and babies, I remember being you. I remember sleepless nights and days spent playing play dough, swinging on swings, and catching butterflies. I remember craving adult conversation after days-on-end of conversing with little people with limited vocabularies. I remember moments of hopelessness and feeling utterly alone in the constant “neediness” that…

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Our Take on Kids and Allowances

Disclaimer: This is such a touchy subject and carries opinions that cover the spectrum. I know, because I’ve read many of these through the years as we have worked to figure out the best allowance system for our family. I’ve decided that’s what it takes…. doing what best works for your family and being willing…

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Personal Finance

Personal finances are something my husband and I have talked a lot about recently. We are approaching the first anniversary of me quitting my teaching job to stay at home with our 2 wonderful boys. This decision meant giving up half of what we were used to living on. It was a decision we made with some…

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Cluttered Thoughts on Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! It’s a time for sunshine, fun, flowers, and…cleaning! Spring cleaning is my least favorite part about spring. I’ll admit that I may have been negatively influenced by my favorite childhood TV shows, “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bewitched”. I remember being faced with a dirty kitchen to clean and thinking to myself…”I…

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A Low-Down on The Think Dirty App

A few years ago I discovered an app, Think Dirty, that is designed to help one navigate the minefield of figuring out what personal care products are full of toxins, those that are safer to use, and ideas of products to use to replace these harmful products. I sang from the rafters about this app.…

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Green Kid Crafts

Guest post by Kimberly Swedberg A couple of years ago, I received a coupon for a free box from Green Kid Crafts. I reviewed the website and liked what I saw so I ordered a box. When it arrived my kids tore through it trying to decide who would do what activity. And every craft/activity…

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Spring Cleaning or Death Through Toxicity?

Cleaning. It touches several senses, doesn’t it? “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” is the first thing I heard while envisioning nuns. Next I thought of the extreme diagnosis of OCD in today’s jargon. Did you think of Jack Nicholas? And how many of you immediately “smelled” Pine Sol? Or Clorox? And then did you “feel”…

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Meal Planning for Real People

When Revive Seven approached me about writing a blog post about meal planning, I was glad to do so, but I feel I must make a confession first. I have an amazing way to meal plan around a tight budget – I mean a really tight budget – but I haven’t been using it lately.…

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The Power of Our Words

At dinner the other night, my girls were excitedly looking over the list of camp counselors that have been named for this coming summer. There was one super fun picture that stood out to us. When we clicked on the picture, the first thing we noticed in the girl’s bio is that it she will be a…

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