November 19, 2014

(Non Toy) Gifts That Make an Impact for Years to Come

Nov18
Create your own photo booth

As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts. We want our family to know they are loved beyond measure, yet everything around us during this season equates with […]

Dear Mom of Teens: Let’s Band Together

Nov11
Raising Teenagers

Dear Mom of Teens: I am so glad you’re here.  I invite you to scoot up close and take a deep breath. We are in this together. You know that right? You know that there are millions of moms around […]

Gratitude Leaves: Thanksgiving Tradition (Free Printable)

Nov6
thanksful tree

The Leaves of Thanks – There are some traditions that are timeless, and the Leaves of Gratitude is one of these kinds of traditions. We can never show enough gratitude toward each other, and the purpose of this simple tradition is to add to the splendor of the Thanksgiving meal.

Why I’m Okay With Shopping on Thanksgiving

Nov5
Should we Shop on Thanksgiving

It started slowly a month or so again;  a facebook share that once again touted the evils of shopping on Thanksgiving. My heart squeezed a bit because I knew I was guilty and wondered how I was falling prey to […]

Whatever Happened to “Carefrontation?” (Sunday Moment)

Nov1
Understanding the biblical art of confrontation

Ironically enough, I woke that morning with a spring in my step. The exhaustion of mothering our three stair-step babies had settled in, but amidst the chaotic, oatmeal in my hair and juice spilled on my pants, kind of day, […]

Clutter Countdown: Parting with Sentimental Objects

Oct28
how to declutter sentimental objects

Howdy, howdy! My name is Katie Clemons; I’m the storycatcher and journal crafter behind the much beloved-writing prompt journals at Gadanke.com. I’m going to be joining you and Jen here twice a month to talk about intentional living and crafting […]

Old Salem Visit: Day of Colonial Cooking

Oct26
BRick oven colonial baking

Over the last six weeks, I’ve had the privilege of diving into the delicious history of Colonial America, alongside  American Heritage Chocolate. Since I’m studying American History with our girls this year, it was such a wonderful opportunity to allow […]

Exhausted? Me too! (Encouragement & Printable)

Oct25
You've Got This! Clutter Countdown Begins

Dear sweet friends: I have a reminder for you today. If today is one of those days when you can barely keep your head above water with the daily tasks and “to dos” looming long and large, take a deep […]

Join Me for Some Morning Music

Oct19

It’s always interesting how various aspects of my real life never makes it to my online life and vice versa. This is one of them. Many in my real life and church don’t know I have a blog and most […]

Clutter is Postponed Decisions

Oct15
Clutter is no more than postponed decisions

I’ve been traveling the last few days and so I haven’t been able to work on my Clutter Countdown Challenge, but I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. As I slowly declutter areas of our home, my desire is […]

Magical Memories: Best Inside Forts + Reading

Oct10
Best kid fort ideas

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy these pictures bring me. Since our children were young enough to page through picture books, building forts and then reading for hours have gone hand in hand with magic time. The […]

A Sneak Peek at Mount Vernon & Colonial Chocolate Love

Sep29
Educational Center at Mount Vernon

The past few weeks, my family has had the privilege of diving into the best that hands on American History has to offer by partnering with American Heritage Chocolate. Two weeks ago, I was transported to all the historic beauty […]

10 Books That Have Influenced Me & Impacted How I Do Life

Sep23
10 Books that have influenced me and how I do life

My phone rang last week and it was my precious friend, Christy from Southern Plate. “Let’s share what ten books influenced us. You don’t have to spend a ton of time thinking about it and they don’t all have to […]

The Gift of Multi Generations

Sep21

“Honey, with summer break beginning, I’ve signed you up as a weekly volunteer at the nursing home.” I’ll never forget that simple declaration uttered by my mom. Life, as this freshman in high school knew it, was over. Dread, discomfort, and […]

Monticello and the History of Chocolate

Sep18
Thomas Jeffersons study at Monticello

As I strolled around the grounds, I was transported. I envisioned the quintessential moments of history that took place amidst this acreage and I could almost hear the chatting by the Colonial women who strolled the gardens around the pond. […]