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I Have Apologies to Make: Infertility

I've laid awake at night scrolling through decades of apologies I’ve needed to make — instances when I didn’t know the unintended pain I’d inflicted or when I didn’t understand...

What Will I Feed Them?

Holiday meals are upon us, so I’ve made my list and I’m checking it twice: Mashed Potatoes (the Make Ahead recipe),  Cider Baked Turkey (purchase the juice), Butterhorn Rolls...

The Becoming Cottage: The Before

In April we did a crazy thing. Yes, we did. An exciting, overwhelming, life giving, “How have I gotten myself in so far over my head,” kind of God thing. In February and March,...

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What Will I Feed Them?

What Will I Feed Them?

Holiday meals are upon us, so I’ve made my list and I’m checking it twice: Mashed Potatoes (the Make Ahead recipe),  Cider Baked Turkey (purchase the juice), Butterhorn Rolls (for Gratitude Rolls),  Pumpkin Bars, and I must remember to cut out the card stock for the...

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Unleash our Dreams in the Face of the Impossible

Unleash our Dreams in the Face of the Impossible

At a women's conference I spoke at this weekend, the organizer told her attendees how the leadership team spends a lot of time getting recommendations for a potential speaker and then researching, praying, questioning and looking at the speaker's theology before they...

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If I Only Had One Week to Live?

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 parents triggered to-do lists and declarations, resolutions, and remorse. A time when...

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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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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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