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I’m a New Year’s Rebel-utionist

Stowed away in the attic for decades, dust floats from the diary that I kept from ages fourteen to eighteen. Paging through memories of old, I'm instantly transported to pivotal...

The Christmas Story Through Mary’s Eyes

"Oh Mom, I just love this magical time of year. It's so cozy with lights, hot chocolate, movies and our special family traditions!" My heart warmed as I agreed with our youngest...

Create Holiday Vibes this Season with this Simple To-Do List

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust. All opinions are my own. At the top of our lungs, my girls and I sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year." Admittedly,...

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The Christmas Story Through Mary’s Eyes

The Christmas Story Through Mary’s Eyes

"Oh Mom, I just love this magical time of year. It's so cozy with lights, hot chocolate, movies and our special family traditions!" My heart warmed as I agreed with our youngest daughter. So when our Sunday school moderator asked me as their Mentor Mom, "How do you...

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Give Every Dollar a Job: Budgeting

Here's a warm welcome to those visiting from the Hallmark Channel's Home and Family show. We ran out of time for our "fun" fall budgeting segment, but here is a little more info on that dreaded topic - budgeting. Friends, for this Type Z (yes, as opposed to Type A)...

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Easy Tex Mex Chicken Chili Soup

This Easy Chicken Chili soup brings out the Tex Mex lover in all of us. Our family stirs up varying debates. Sometimes topics run deep and introspective, swapping between politics, religion and other politically incorrect table talk discussions, while others, well,...

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Easy (10 Minute) Chocolate Souffle Recipe

I first shared this Easy and Elegant Chocolate Souffle recipe over at 10 Minute Dinners.  It's one of those go-to desserts that should be added to everyone's repertoire because it looks and tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen, but we all know the truth. 😉 This...

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What Does Your Mirror Tell You Right Now?

Everyday I look into a mirror. Once, twice, if not multiple times a day, but after last week, I will never look at my reflection the same way again. For five days I was part of a ministry team that deep cleaned apartments for struggling families in transition....

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SO EASY: Brownie Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

This Ice Cream Sandwich Cake is one of my favorite Go-To desserts especially during the summer. If you omit the brownie crust, it can be finished in ten minutes from start to finish. Yep, I speak the truth. 😉 *************** The last few weeks have been one of those...

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A Recipe So Easy You Can Make it in Your Car

Find out what others are saying about "Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation." A perfect summer read. Come as You Are is an invitation I’ve extended here for years. When you’re known for freely sharing your bedlam moments — those messy,...

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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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