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    How To Give With Purpose: A Guide To The Best Gifts With Lasting Impact

    Givers and receivers, we all have been on both sides of the gift-giving equation. As givers we want the recipient to like what they got but don’t know where the gift ends up.  As receivers, we’ve been given items that, while we appreciate the gesture, it ends up in the back of the closet.  As you create your lists this holiday season why not dig deeper and think about giving with purpose so the gift is meaningful.  Give a gift that holds a person’s interest and is used over an over again.  Present something that helps make life better.  Below are helpful tips on how to give with purpose and …

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    A Free Gift To Give For Others To Treasure

    We are fast approaching the holidays, which means many of us are putting together gift-giving lists.  I know I’m looking through the toy catalog that my kids went through and I’m making mental notes of when my husband says he needs or likes something.  It is fun giving to others, watching their faces light up upon opening a package.  I also enjoy giving to others, to take time to think of others and being a blessing to them.  It is easy to get caught up in the hub-bub of the buying frenzy though.  Getting the biggest this, spending the most on that.  That can take away from the specialness of…

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    It Takes A Village: What To Do If You Don’t Have One

    It takes a village.  A sense of community.  Gal Pals.   These are all popular buzz terms in mom circles.  It’s great to have a group of supportive moms you can call on when you need advice, adult conversation, play dates, and babysitters.  It seems that there is a push for mom’s to have a village too.  But what if you don’t have one? I recently did a google search on creating a village and I came across an article that said, “It takes a village to raise a child, be a part of it!”  I read another post on how to make mom friends and it said, “Just put yourself…

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    Super Simple Series–Simple Toy Storage Solutions

    Toys, toys everywhere!  They overtake the house like flies on food at a picnic.  Then there is the whole issue of cleaning up, either you performing the task or getting the kids to pitch in.  Do you find yourself in this struggle?  In today’s installment of the Super Simple Series, I’m going to discuss simple toy storage solutions.  Whether you have a dedicated playroom or keep toys out in the common living area these ideas will help you with simple storage and make picking up easy. This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Are you busting at the seams…

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    Super Simple Series-Cut the Kitchen Clutter With Simple Spaces

    Ahh yes, the heart of the home, the kitchen!  It’s where all of the action is, including the messes.  Not just dirty dishes and food.  I’m talking about coats, books, charging devices, homework, shoes, toys, mail, mud, sticks. You know everybody’s “treasures.”  It ends up on the floor, under the table, on the counters. Can you relate?  To keep you from feeling like the walls are caving in on you from the all the junk we’re going to explore setting up spaces within your kitchen. Cut the kitchen clutter with simple spaces so it all has a place to go! Why Does My Kitchen Have To Be A Dumping Ground…

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    Super Simple Series–Simple Meal Planning

    You may have read or heard about how great meal planning is.  You always know what’s for dinner.  You can save tons of money by only getting what you need.  Food doesn’t go to waste.  Do you ever feel that planning meals is complicated though?  Sifting through recipes, taking inventory of what you have in stock already, comparing that to what you need plus making a list of other food items can be time-consuming.  In today’s post from the Super Simple Series we’re talking Simple Meal Planning. Why does meal planning have to be so complicated? Simple Meal Planning   You may have heard how great meal planning is.  It can…

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    Super Simple Series–Simple Routines For The Kitchen

    It seems like life hacks are all the craze these days.  Many of them are clever yet some might not be helpful.  They all have one thing in common though, they are intended to make life easy. Maybe super simple. Wouldn’t it be great if things in life were easy? Well, I hate to break it to you, but not everything in life is easy.  If it were we’d never get the satisfaction that comes from working hard on a task.  If everything can’t be easy is there a way to lighten the load? Can we possible not hit our nose to the grindstone so much, my nose is hurting! …

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    Frugally Makeover Your Living Room For Under $100

    Can You Frugally Makeover Your Living Room For Under $100?  Yes! A little over a year ago we moved into our new home.  Instead of decorating right away I wanted to get settled in and get a feel for the space and used to my surroundings before diving in to paint and buy stuff. Purchasing a house and moving is expensive enough, we needed to replenish our resources.  Luckily our room color palate was pretty neutral and was something we could live with. A few months in I knew I wanted to jump on the gray band wagon and paint our living room that color. Our house was built in the…

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    How to Shop For School Supplies Without Leaving Home

    Yes You Can Get Your Class Specific Lists And Stay In Your Pajamas! Ahh it’s already August! Soon enough kids will be heading back to school so that means it’s time to get them ready. Does school supply shopping seem like a chore?  You get your list, walk up and down the isles looking for the specific things.  Have to get your way around other people looking for the same things.  Maybe the store is out items.  Add in having to get supplies for multiple kids and a shopping cart with a screaming toddler. Sounds like a walk in the park right?  Mmmm, no. School List Assist From Target The…

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    Getting Through Pregnancy After Loss and Having A Rainbow Baby

    “Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?  Rainbows are visions and only illusions”….sang Kermit The Frog.  I love this song.  I sang this in high school for part of a show choir concert I was in.  I don’t know why there are so many songs about rainbows, maybe because people are always looking somewhere over the rainbow.  But I have to say they are not visions or illusions.  I have my own rainbow.  I hold her everyday.  To me she is a physical reminder that God can turn beauty from ashes.  After a storm comes a rainbow.  If you are going through pregnancy…