Essentialism

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

On Kindness

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

Four Ways to Establish Lifelong Bonds with Your Baby

**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** (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 […]

Loving the Extroverted Child

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

Simple Gifts: Tips on Writing Letters of Encouragement

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

Why Give? {The Benefits of Giving}

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

30 Day Giving Challenge

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

Doing Hard Things

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

Disappointment (And an Unglued Giveaway)

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]

Frugal Family Fun: Intentional Attention

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**Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $10 Credit, and FREE Shipping at ePantry! Until 7/31! Details here.** 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 […]