Essentialism

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less was my favorite book from last year. It is packed full with gem after gem after gem. Golden nuggets of inspiration and a-ha moments neatly placed within the pages of a book. This quote will give you a good idea of what […]

On Kindness

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** What follows is a random collection of thoughts on kindness.  Kindness is an important quality to cultivate in ourselves and our children. Kindness can create bridges, mend hearts, and soothe angry souls. “Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” […]

Four Ways to Establish Lifelong Bonds with Your Baby

***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** (Image credit) Creating close bonds with my children has been a strong focus for me ever since they were born. I think most of us would say that. I’m thankful for all the time I’ve had to connect with my kids and build a strong foundation […]

Loving the Extroverted Child

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** Written by guest contributor Jessica Smartt of Smarttereachday.com Do you have any extroverts in your family? Ohhhh, we do. Here are some of my mom-of-an-extrovert confessions: I have to drag my children away from extended conversations with the Fed-Ex man, random people walking their dogs, and […]

Simple Gifts: Tips on Writing Letters of Encouragement

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** A few years ago I answered the phone to an earnest voice, “I got your card today,” she said. “I really needed it. This week has been so tough.” I had no idea. It surprised me that five minutes of my time could nourish a weary […]

Why Give? {The Benefits of Giving}

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!***Since November is giving month, I thought I’d share a few excerpts from my chapter in The Heart of Simplicity. My chapter is titled: Giving: Showing the Love of Christ through Simple, Intentional Generosity   Why Give? There are two very good reasons to give: To bless […]

30 Day Giving Challenge

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** Have you heard of the 30 Day Giving Challenge? It’s a fun challenge to give every day for thirty days. Before you think that is too much, remember that giving doesn’t have to be BIG to make a difference. A short note of encouragement has the […]

Doing Hard Things

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** My 2 year old playing ballet. There are a lot of hard things in life. If we want to live well and achieve our goals, we have to to do hard things. Running a marathon = hard. Training as a ballerina = hard. Giving birth = […]

Disappointment (And an Unglued Giveaway)

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!***This is a guest post from New York Times best-selling author, Lysa TerKeurst. I can relate to what she shares here and I think you will,  too. We all come a little unglued some times . . . Lysa’s new book, Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst […]

Frugal Family Fun: Intentional Attention

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***Need homemaking help? Here’s the best resource I’ve seen!*** Today was a good day. We didn’t do anything outstanding, just spent some good time together having fun. Not all days are like this. If I’m being completely honest, even today had it’s moments. Everyone was crying at one point! And I was a little too […]