January 20, 2017

The Best News Ever & Some Heart Resetting

Jan5

It’s been quite the eventful weeks in our Schmidt household. Having all the kids home under one roof (if even for a few days) has filled this momma’s heart to the brim, but I’m dreading the back to college countdown. […]

New Year’s Eve Traditions, Family Fun Ideas for New Year’s Eve (& Day)

Dec27

Are you trying to start some New Year’s Eve Traditions or think of some family ideas for New Year’s Eve to make it extra special? (Or additional traditions for New Year’s Day found here.) Here are ideas for fun of all […]

Last Minute Christmas Food Ideas & Traditions (You don’t want to miss)

Dec20

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake The clock ticks, and Christmas is just around the corner, but there are still some moments available to make this Christmas a bit more magical, without spending a penny. I’ve shared these before, but a […]

Life in Season: Celebrate the Moments that Fill Your Heart and Home

Nov29

I remember Vanessa pulling me to the side of the room. Her eyes got big, her smile widened and I could feel her passion as she told me about a potential opportunity to share her heart through the pages of a book. […]

Present, Presents, Presence: pre-holiday encouragement

Nov11

As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts. Our desire is to welcome guests to our home with beautifully adorned decorations, deliciously homemade delights and ambiance that rivals […]

12 Free Thanksgiving Printables

Nov1

Four color choices of this free grateful heart print here. Can you even believe that it’s November already? STOP THE CLOCK already!! Our Thanksgiving festivities spread throughout the entire month, so I am never quite ready for the short turn around between […]

Let’s Start Making Beauty in the Bedlam (Must Read)

Sep26

I used to make beautiful meals… before I learned the fine art of the chicken nugget. With a toddler and a baby brother, and a belly full of another, I stopped reading Bon Appetite Magazine. And the china took up […]

Reminders We All Need to Hear (& free printable for us all, especially the kids)

Sep21

Words. Names. Labels. Stereotypes. Close your eyes and take a minute to think about your childhood.  Did one of those labels instantaneously pop into your mind from days of old? Words mark us, don’t they? They drip deep into the marrow of […]

15 Minute Party Planning Ideas: Create One Focal Point

Sep9

I’ve had a summer filled with festivities and celebrations. In a perfect world, these monumental moments call for days, weeks months of planning, but in the realistic world of Jen living, I could barely wrap my mind around the day to day, so […]

Create a “Welcome Home” (plus fun giveaway)

Aug30

As I shared in my last post, “My Whirlwind of a Summer,” our home has been packed with friends, family, and strangers who became friends, all summer long. It’s what I love so much: an open home. Since the very […]

My Whirlwind of a Summer Update

Aug27

I started this post nearly two months ago. Summer is supposed to be a time of wonder, merriment and lazy living, yet for us, it was filled with a whirlwind of huge life moments. So many emotions have been swirling […]

I Want That To Describe Me

Jul18

Smooshed together in the back of the Guatemalan jeep, our four teens peered out the window, eyeing the edge of the cliff. I watched as our thirteen-year-old daughter clutched her plastic bag, just in case her stomach caught up with […]

Creative Party Ideas to Keep Things Cool

Jul2

Summer parties and potlucks are in full force, yet so are the temperatures, so why not get creative with how you keep the foods fresh and cool? At a recent graduation party, I had to snap a photo of the […]

Praying Through the News Headlines

Jun19

I wrote this post over at (in)courage before the most devastating week we’ve had in Orlando, yet what I share rings even more true now. With the online parental shaming I see in regards to both the gorilla and alligator tragedies, along […]

Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas (and my stories)

Jun16

My heart warmed when I snapped this picture. Dressed up and all ready for their special daddy daughter date night, our girls spent time with a devoted father. A daddy whose desire  to cherish his princess daughters, and model just […]