Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review - God Helps Me Bible

The God Helps Me Bible is a very cute book of Bible stories for preschoolers and early readers.  The stories are easy-to-understand, and short enough for small attention spans.  The pictures are vibrant and engaging.  The stories have great application points, as each story ends by saying how God helped someone, and gives the reader a natural (though unstated) invitation to pray for God’s help and praise God for the help he has already provided. 

The 100 page hard cover book has spiral binding which makes it easy to hold the pages wide open for easy viewing.  The stories range from Genesis to Acts, though it does not cover Christ’s crucifixion or resurrection. 

This would be a great tool for teachers and parents!  Hats off to Juliet David and Clare Caddy for putting together such a great book.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Great Marriage Books - repost from Women Living Well

I really enjoy reading Courtney's posts on her Women Living Well blog.  She has a gift for encouraging women, especially in their journeys as moms and wives.  I wanted to share her Top 10 Marriage Books with you.  I haven't read all of them, but they look really good. 
I'd also love to hear your favorite marriage books/blogs.  What has encouraged or strengthened your marriage?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Free Webinar on Money & Kids - Tomorrow!

The webinar series continues tomorrow with a presentation on family financial literacy given by personal finance expert and president and founder of Share, Save, Spend®, Nathan Dungan

Webinar participants will:
Learn to recognize their own dominant money characteristics, and discover how they can impact their family’s well-being.
Get simple, doable tips to help their family develop critical life skills around money and values.
Leave equipped to change the way they approach money conversations with their family.

The live, no-cost webinar, ShareSave Spend: Your Money Traits and How They Are Impacting Your Kids will take place Wednesday, April 18th at 1pm Eastern/12pm Central.

Formore information and to register, please visit:

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review - Garden of Madness by Tracy Higley

I finished reading Garden of Madness, by Tracy Higley, this weekend.  It’s a well written Christian historical fiction novel.  It the story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s daughter during her father’s madness.  It deals with many challenging themes, such as

·         Wealth vs. poverty

·         Honesty vs. deceit

·         One true God vs. false gods

·         Living a purpose driven life

·         The power of prayer

·         The power of demonic influences

 It’s a very good coming of age book, encouraging women to become who God created them to be and influence culture in the ways He designed them to impact. 

I enjoyed it, and I wasn’t ready for the story to end.  I will definitely share my book with others.

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.


Saturday, April 07, 2012

I always feel bad when I have to waste things, so I'm always looking for ways to repurpose things around our house.  Frugal Hacks is the queen of stretching pennies by stretching food and other goods around the house.  Check out this article she wrote:  Loaves, Fishes, and Ten Ways with Leftovers - it's full of practical ideas that you can use in your house!

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