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If I Only Had One Week to Live?

Stowed away in our attic, I dusted off my high school diary. Paging through memories of old, I am instantly transported to a time in my life when school, friends, boys, and...

Easy Marinated Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Nine years ago, I first posted this marinated cheese recipe and it's been a fan favorite ever since. While it presents like a gourmet crowd pleaser, it's easy enough for all of...

Is a Simple Christmas Possible?

Have you started singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” yet? Admittedly, I’m a humming machine right now. The sights, sounds, and nostalgia of the holiday season have...

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Easy Marinated Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Easy Marinated Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Nine years ago, I first posted this marinated cheese recipe and it's been a fan favorite ever since. While it presents like a gourmet crowd pleaser, it's easy enough for all of us to make. Since I first posted this, stores have started selling cheese cut up in perfect...

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Is a Simple Christmas Possible?

Is a Simple Christmas Possible?

Have you started singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” yet? Admittedly, I’m a humming machine right now. The sights, sounds, and nostalgia of the holiday season have drawn me in, and my senses are celebrating from the simple pleasures. As I snuggle in my...

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A Few Favorite Steals for the Season

A Few Favorite Steals for the Season

If you've followed me for any length of time, you know I'm passionate about encouraging meaningful connection, purposeful experiences and an understanding that it's the "little things that are the big things." With that being said, I also understand it's that time of...

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(Overnight) Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

(Overnight) Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

This Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake has been a favorite for years and it's still going strong even though I first shared this back in 2013. It's great to be able to make this ahead of time and have something piping hot out of the oven in the morning. Plus, I'm chuckling...

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Raise a Hallelujah

Raise a Hallelujah

I’ve been pounding on my piano keys a lot lately. Yes, pounding them hard, wrestling with sadness and questions and frustration. Creating beautiful music isn’t my goal. His glory is the goal and praising Him in the middle of pain is my desire. I’m compelled to turn my...

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As a mom of five blessings and full time family manager, Jen has learned to balance and embrace both the beauty and bedlam of every day life. Her practical, yet tangible, lifestyle ideas encourages others to open their eyes to a “living on less” mentality with hundreds of ideas on living a full life on less money.

She lives it, and invites you along for the journey.

Jen Schmidt

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