Alternative Gift Exchange Ideas

With Thanksgiving over, many of us are searching for the perfect gifts to exchange with loved ones. If the increase in views of my Christmas in July: Alternative Gift Exchange Ideas post is any indication, then many of you are also looking for gift exchange ideas. That post is pretty brief, … [Read more...]

Affordable, Easy-to-Prepare Meals for Large Groups

We have several family members coming to spend the week of Thanksgiving with us. As much as I love cooking, I’d rather spend time visiting with my loved ones than in the kitchen preparing meals. We’re also on a tight budget, so I don’t want to break the bank when purchasing foods for us to … [Read more...]

19 Zero-Technology Road Trip Games

Zero-technology road trip games used to be the only entertainment during long family road trips. In many families, these games have taken a backseat to onboard DVD players and handheld electronic devices like tablets and portable video game players. Classic road trip games offer some benefits … [Read more...]

Writing Supportive Messages in Sympathy Cards

Have you ever been at a loss for words when trying to write a supportive message in a sympathy card? Perhaps you’ve wondered if it’s even beneficial to send one? Cards can be a significant source of encouragement and support when you’re grieving. There’s no one message that is suitable for … [Read more...]

The Sights in a Home with a God-Honoring Aura

We’ve already discussed how the sounds and scents in a home contribute to its aura—the overall quality or feeling it emits. Today let’s consider how the sights in a home, especially the way in which it is decorated, can positively influence its aura. Though I don’t believe there is one … [Read more...]

The Sounds in a Home with a God-Honoring Aura (Part 2)

Televisions, DVD players, and stereos are fixtures in the vast majority of American homes. In fact, their presence and use are so commonplace that it is easy to overlook their impact on the environments in our homes. Last week we examined how communication can influence the aura—the overall … [Read more...]

The Sounds in a Home with a God-Honoring Aura (Part 1)

The sounds in a home contribute significantly to its aura—the overall quality it emits. As I discussed two weeks ago, I’m seeking to create a home that has a God-honoring aura. Voices are one of the predominant sounds in most homes. Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say about communication. … [Read more...]

Frugal, Practical Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Last week we looked at ideas for low-cost, useful stocking stuffers for adults. Now let’s look at some for the kiddos on our lists! Though I have identified a couple of toy items, I tried to minimize my focus on these because most little ones already have plenty. Stocking stuffer ideas for … [Read more...]

Frugal, Practical Stocking Stuffers for Adults

Stocking stuffers are one of life’s little pleasures. There is something delightful about pulling gifts from a bulging stocking, especially when you discover that the meaningfulness of a gift is masked by its small size. As I’ve noted before, I want to give my loved ones meaningful gifts, not … [Read more...]

Embracing Quirks

Sometimes my husband comes into the kitchen as I finish preparing dinner. He’ll share a story or ask me a question as I line up our drinks and food to be transported to the table. I feel it’s pretty obvious at these times that I could use a hand transporting our dinner to the table, yet my husband … [Read more...]