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4 Tips for Sourcing Quality Produce

By | May 14, 2013

By Sara Shay, Contributing Writer Sure, ideally we’d all love to buy organic locally grown fruits and veggies.  Or better yet, have a nice big beautiful garden of our own.  But some of us don’t have the budget, space or access to this.  So how do you navigate all the “labels” out there??? Dirty Dozen Read More

Prayers for Praising not Pleas

By | February 12, 2013

  I’ve always learned from mentors and friends to pray for the things we wanted and desired for in a husband.  And the more specific the better! Then we meet and fall in love – some of that list matches up, at least all the big, important ones – those little ones go by the Read More

Recipe Collection: Whole Grain Lemon Bars

By | January 8, 2013

Daily Tip: Re-purpose items you already have to keep costs down. By Sara Shay, Contributing Writer Lemon bars have always been a special treat.  Refreshing, tart and just plain yummy.  You know how sometimes you just can’t wait to bite into what you’ve just made?  A few years ago I discovered how good warm lemon bars Read More

Top 5 Tips For Simplifying Your CHRISTmas Decorations

By | December 11, 2012

  For years our Christmas boxes kept multiplying   We’d receive gobs of ornaments, handmade items and random penguins, snowmen and other winter themed knick knacks.  It got a little overwhelming.  And when we had more than one kid, changing the house over for Christmas was something I dreaded. I loved decorating with my mom and brother.  But as I grew older Read More

3 Steps for Real Giving Thanks

By | November 17, 2012

I love Thanksgiving.  I love the colors.  I love the weather.  I love the food – not the gorging part, but the roasted part!  My hubby is not so hot on it. Earlier this year he said he was cancelling Thanksgiving.  Then on Halloween he said he was getting ready to cancel Christmas.  I know Read More

Myth: Protein = Meat

By | October 17, 2012

Traditionally we’ve been taught meat, vegetable and starch makes a complete meal. Well, at least that was how I grew up – so did my husband. It is hard to get out of that thinking.  And even harder to get our kids out of it. With all the food related films and literature I’ve exposed Read More

Getting Out The Door: Creating Your Family Routine Chart

By | September 4, 2012

When we have to be somewhere first thing in the morning it can get a bit hectic – no, a lot hectic!  Does everyone have their stuff?  Are your shoes on?  No, you may not bring that bag of toys!  Can you relate? The Situation As of this post, my little girl is back at Read More

Are you Afraid of Real Food?

By | August 11, 2012

For those growing up on the Standard American Diet, most food has come to us though a factory.  Even some “homemade” things are simply a handful of store bought packages mixed together.  For some it has been a mix of the “homemade” and from scratch. Homemade baked goods are regarded a delicious treat — but Read More

Transitioning Real Food Confessions

By | July 17, 2012

How “into” real food are you? (how long have you been doing it, how many different foods do you make from scratch, etc.) November, so only about 8 months. So I still consider us in the transitioning phase.  Though I do have to say unless something drastic occurs with hubby we will be transitioning for a long Read More

Top 5 Ways to Keep Cool this Summer and not Break the Bank

By | June 23, 2012

Currently we live in a farm house originally built in 1882.  It has had many additions and no proper insulation.  Heating or cooling it is hard on our budget.  This is our fifth home in our almost eight years of marriage.  Over that time we have figured out some ways for the kids and I Read More

We Are Not a Burden

By | May 15, 2012

With a new baby and children in general, comes a lot of giving of yourself.  This means sometimes ignoring your needs and wants, which can put your husband on the back burner.  I know mine has expressed this. The Problem Remember when it was just the two of you?  All those extra little things you Read More

Kids Outdoor Furniture

By | April 21, 2012

When I was setting up for my daughter’s second birthday party I realized we had nowhere near enough seating.  Luckily I had just brought home a bunch of scrap wood from work.  After making a few adult size benches I had enough left for some kid sized ones! For one bench you will need: 2 Read More

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