So, the big news here is that I’m writing a book about healthy living and healthy marriages.
BUT … I can’t write it without your help.
See, I know how to make healthy living work in my marriage. But my marriage isn’t your marriage. I know each couple is unique. And I know what works in my home may completely flop in yours.
Could you help me out, please? I’d love for you to share your own perspective and experiences in my Healthy Living, Healthy Marriage survey.
Simply ... Read more
Does this picture look familiar to you?
I think just about every mom can relate to juggling work at home with screaming little (and not-so-little) ones.
My friend Erin Odom (The Humbled Homemaker) has teamed up with one of her mentors, Holly Dvorak, to teach a FREE 4-part mini eCourse that is available for a limited time: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking!
In this eCourse, you will learn:
how to never get behind on laundry again,
how to wake up each day to a sparkling ... Read more
It's the perfect time of year to improve fuel efficiency. Here are four easy ways!
When it comes to your family’s transportation, you can go green – and save green – without buying a hybrid vehicle.
For my family, we simply can't justify the expense of a hybrid or diesel vehicle. For our transportation situation, it would take years to recoup the higher purchase price of a hybrid or diesel car. The good news is we can save money and help the environment by improving our fuel efficiency ... Read more
Know you need to start spring cleaning your home, but you don't know where to start? Or you simply feel like you don't have any time?
Never fear. I've compiled a checklist of spring cleaning chores --- you can do one or a dozen whenever you have some spare time. It's part of my guest post today on Keeper of the Home. ... Read more
Is it possible to embrace green living in a not-so-green home?
Earlier this year, as my husband Aaron and I lingered over dinner with our friends, Aaron asked the question: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how green are you? And how green would you like to be?”
Before giving answers, we discussed what we thought a green life meant:
Not using disposable products like Styrofoam or plastic grocery bags;
Choosing to use family cloth;
Composting and growing much of your own ... Read more
Have you stopped to consider that celebrating a Christ-centered Easter can be incredibly beneficial to your spiritual health?
Over the past decade, Easter has become my favorite holiday of the year. On Easter Sunday, I wake up very excited – because I know Christ rose again. He defeated the grave. Because of that, I don’t have to fear death. And as I miss my loved ones who have passed away, I can rejoice that I’ll spend eternity with those who have put their faith in Christ ... Read more
I like to cook. And after spending the past 15 years cooking just about every day, I like to think I’m good at cooking. (I can say this with confidence, because I’ve learned to embrace my weaknesses … and my strengths.)
Since switching to a real food diet, I’ve learned a lot about food preparation over the past few years. I can cook confidently, even without following recipes.
So when I recently took Chef Brendan McDermott’s Craftsy course, 20 Essential Cooking Techniques, I was surprised ... Read more
Going gluten-free is a major lifestyle change. (I don’t maintain a gluten-free diet. But my mother-in-law and a couple friends are, so I have some inkling about the restrictions.) Going grain-free adds even more of a challenge. Yet many people are faced with gluten-free and grain-free dietary restrictions.
If you are gluten-free or grain-free, you desperately need to try Kelly Smith’s cookbook, Everyday Grain-Free Baking: Over 100 Recipes for Deliciously Easy Grain-Free and Gluten-Free ... Read more
I met Melanie Dale in the mid-90s, when plaid flannel shirts and overalls were all the rage. She was a perky college freshman going to a nearby school and I was a junior and good friends with one of her high school friends. We all were involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and got used to making small talk at fall and spring weekend retreats.
She looked perfect. She was beautiful, smart, funny, and smiley.
I remembered her perfection a couple years later at my newspaper job, ... Read more