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Happy Thanksgiving friends. I'm in the mountains for our annual extended family visit and I have this post auto set to send you. I hope you're enjoying some apple pie and the...

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...

(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...

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When We Hide and What I Learned

We couldn’t find him anywhere — my nephew, whom I see every day. Our precious blessing with an extra chromosome had wandered deep in the woods. Ten minutes, thirty, forty-five minutes turned to sixty. The minutes merged together as emotions swirled, and desperation...

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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 successes that were so quickly forgotten, while years of insecurity surfaced in a...

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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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Gratitude Rolls: Special Thanksgiving Tradition

Grateful Rolls – This simple tradition is a fun way for your family to express what they are grateful for during your Thanksgiving dinner. As guests arrive have each person write a few things that they are grateful for on small sheets of paper. We always make our special “butter horn” rolls each Thanksgiving,

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Garlic Flank Steak Recipe

Easy on the budget, yet packed with flavor, this Garlic Flank Steak Recipe with only four ingredients is always a crowd pleaser. As I look outside and watch the leaves fall, I can't believe the holidays are right around the corner. It's that time of year when we start...

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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.

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