Fall 2014 Menu

Fall 2014 Menu

The official start of autumn is only a couple of weeks away. In addition to the changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored baked goods, I’m eager to start a new menu. As I’ve shared before, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months before moving on to a new one … [Read more...]

Book Review: 52 Uncommon Dates

52 Uncommon Dates

I was thrilled when I was contacted earlier this summer about reviewing 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together, a new book by Randy Southern. As many of you know, I’ve written previously about the importance of dating your spouse. It’s often … [Read more...]

Frugal Ways to Create Variety in Your Meals

Frugal Ways to Create Variety in Your Meals

If you have a limited grocery budget, chances are you eat many of the same foods over and over again. In my household we eat a lot of chicken, ground turkey, brown rice, apples, and bananas. These are some of the most affordable foods in the grocery store, so they’re our staples. Without a … [Read more...]

Going Without Makeup: Normal or Newsworthy?

Going Without Makeup: Normal or Newsworthy?

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were somewhat speechless at an article we read on the news: Would You Go One Year Without Makeup? In short, the article is an account of a 20-year-old university student who is going a year without wearing makeup. She has undertaken this “experiment” to help … [Read more...]

Tips for Freezing Casseroles

Tips for Freezing Casseroles

With our little girl due to be born in just 10 weeks, I’m starting to freeze meals to help us make it through the postpartum period. My husband and I love casseroles, so I’m assembling a number of these. I’m drawing on my previous experience and suggestions in a decades-old Better Homes and … [Read more...]

Getting Rest

Getting Rest

This last Saturday my husband and I helped friends move into a new apartment. My husband did a lot of heavy lifting in warm temperatures and I did what I could given I’m in the third trimester of pregnancy. By the time we headed home, we were beat. Fatigue like this is normal. It’s part of … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Going Green with Christmas Cards

Christmas in July: Going Green with Christmas Cards

I really enjoy sending and receiving Christmas cards. Unfortunately, the amount of paper and energy it takes to produce traditional Christmas cards means they’re not particularly green. In today’s installment of Christmas in July 2014, we’re going to look at some environmentally-friendly ways to … [Read more...]

Surviving Pregnancy in the Summer

Surviving Pregnancy in the Summer

Heat and humidity are uncomfortable for most people, but they can be especially burdensome for women who are pregnant. Fortunately, I’ve found that the unpleasant effects of the heat and humidity can be mitigated by several simple strategies. Whether you’re pregnant or not, these strategies … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Christmas Planning Printables

Christmas in July: Christmas Planning Printables

Lists are one of my favorite tools for planning in advance. In today’s installment of Christmas in July 2014, I’m sharing some planning worksheets that I created that are even more useful than lists! If you’ve missed the previous installments in this year’s Christmas in July, you can read them here … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Cake

Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Cake recipe

I’m not a huge fan of cake, but when I saw this recipe in a cookbook I desperately wanted to try it. Perhaps it was just because I was hungry. After all, I was thumbing through the cookbook while sitting in a lab waiting room during a 3 hour glucose tolerance test for which I’d been fasting! … [Read more...]