• Best Books
    Blogging

    Best Books of 2018

    I’ve always been an avid reader. Some of the best books I’ve had the pleasure of reading through the years have been ones I’ve acquired from the library and Goodwill. But lately I’ve been using Audible to listen to my books since I’m a busy mom of six. Audible makes a great addition to those long car rides, by the way. I’d highly recommend it. I just added this beauty this morning. I actually already own the paperback version of Ruth Soukup’s Living Well Spending Less, but it’s so good that I’m reading it a THIRD time on Audible. This time I’ll be listening and typing notes for myself whereas…

  • Miracle Morning
    Blogging

    Early to Rise… or Fail?

    Miracle Morning The Miracle Morning. It’s on my Audible list currently, just waiting to be listened to. I recently asked several of my friends for recommendations for my next Audible book. I was looking for something inspirational. Perhaps geared toward my not so inner entrepreneurial spirit. And I’m always looking for faith based readings, too. Currently on my list are Go Pro, Living Well Spending Less, Reclaiming Irresistible, and Girl, Wash Your Face. All of them make my favorites list for books, and all were based on recommendations, by the way. And while I love having paperback copies of my favorite books so I can re-read and highlight in them.…

  • Guardrails Money
    Church and Faith

    Guardrails: Money Matters Continued

    Guardrails Money Matters Is your spending getting out of control? Do you have too much debt? Too large a car loan, too much house payment. Too much educational debt, perhaps? Or maybe it’s not your fault. Someone lied to you, left you, laid you off.   What happens, regardless of whether we call ourselves Christians or not, when we meet financial troubles? Or I should say, what ought we to do? We should pray. The Power of Prayer Whether we created it, or someone else created it, when we find ourselves in a financial bind, we invite God into our finances. We need a loan! I want mercy at work! I…

  • Plexus
    Blogging

    Best of Intentions

    Best of Intentions Trust is so very valuable. As is knowing your own heart. But don’t we all start off with the best of intentions? “Don’t Ever Assume to Know the Heart of Another.” I’m not sure where I first heard that quote, but it has resonated with me ever since. When I really ponder the meaning behind it, I often think of Christianity and how faith and true belief is often between a believer and God. Sure, I’ve got tons of friends that I think are in good with God. Their walk seems to be straight. They seem upright in character and behavior. But really, if they’re saved, I…

  • Blogging for Money
    Blogging

    Blogging Basics

    As a blogger, I often get asked how it is that I can get paid to blog. That’s a good question. A question worth answering. How Do You Make Money Blogging? Well, if I had a book, a traditionally published book, I could answer that easily. But blogging isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it. And though writing seems simple enough, blogging as a business isn’t. It’s not easy. But it is doable. As I’d written previously, as with anything you do, work, relationship, or otherwise, you reap what you sow. But only if you stick with it.   Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for…

  • A Day in the Life of a Stay at Home Mom Blogger
    Blogging,  Church and Faith

    Chasing a Dream Only You Can See: The Dark Side of Blogging

    For over a year now, I’ve been pouring into a business of my own making. Blogging. And through the toughest patches, I’ve learned the power of why. My why being my reason for doing this. For writing a blog, working unconventional hours in an unconventional way. Doing something so few of my closest friends and relatives have supported or even understood. And after over a year of work, it’s time to do a recap. To share with others not just what I do, but why I do it. And hopefully it’ll inspire you to do the same. Because as much as I love working from home, there is a dark…

  • Kinetic Sand
    Crafts for Kids,  Family

    DIY Kinetic Sand

    Edible Kinetic Sand I’ve been trying various Pinterest inspired ideas lately. Partly out of curiosity to see if they really are as good as they sound (cool beans, thus far, most are). But it’s also partly to entertain, while simultaneously educating, my kids. I think back to when I was in elementary school. Preschool. And all that jazz. And I think about all the fun I had. Playing dress up. Going on dinosaur digs. Dancing around the classroom with the chairs pushed against the walls while we had a Cinderella’s ball and watched the movie. Good times. But times have DRASTICALLY changed, I will say that. Nowadays, it’s all about…