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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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Should Summer Be Uncomfortable?

Should Summer Be Uncomfortable?

Summer is in full swing, and I'm stuck finding the balance of being a fun, spontaneous, and carefree mom and struggling with the daily challenge to purposefully engage our children's hearts and minds amidst their expectation of total relaxation and lots of screen...

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Join Me at Becoming 2019: Create, Inspire, Connect

Join Me at Becoming 2019: Create, Inspire, Connect

Come join us July 26 - 28 for Becoming 2019. We have saved you this seat!!  I can't believe I am announcing that registration for our eighth (or is it ninth) annual Becoming Conference is open. I am over the top thrilled to invite you to join us!! Whether you come...

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When We Hide and What I Learned

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

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

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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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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