December 18, 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: it’s time we start talking about this

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Let’s Stop Editing Our Lives

Aug10
Let's stop editing our lives

Snuggled on the sofa with my 15-year-old daughter, we scrolled through her Instagram feed together. 100, 115, 125 “likes” became a theme on each photo and it became clear that she’d found some committed “followers.” “Wow, Abby, your last picture […]

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7
From that Eldest Son of Mine

(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]

The Power of a Blessing Your Children

Jun27
The-Power-of-a-Blessing

My eyes perused our front porch. Scattered throughout sat men and their families. From all backgrounds and walks of life, these men symbolized the legacy and heritage of time well spent. Men of discipline, men of character, men who invested […]

Sharing a Blessing: Blessing Basket Tradition

Mar27
lace may day basket

I pulled in the drive way and eyed something on the steps. A bag. A large, heavy grocery bag. Curiosity peaked, I hauled it inside the house and peered inside. Goodies and groceries, soup cans and staples. I opened up […]

When Our Days are Seemingly Insignificant

Mar7
When we feel seemingly insignificant

I did it to myself, and I knew better. That last cup of late night coffee created my self induced insomnia and now I was dealing with its effects. Isn’t it something, the vast scope of topics our mind travels […]

What Do I Give a Family with Eleven Kids?

Dec13
Quirky Brand

In April, it will be seventeen years that we built our home, which also marks another year out on our Homestead. Those who know me understand that “Homestead” is simply a fancy term for the land my brothers and I, […]