How Pinterest Got My Husband Interested in Menu Planning

In my household, I’ve always done the menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking. This has worked for us because, as a stay-at-home mom, I have time to do these things. I also have more knowledge of nutrition and a wider variety of cooking skills than my husband. You can imagine my surprise … [Read more...]

Calling Others on the Phone Can Be Hard—But It’s Worth It!

Today’s post is from AnneMarie, a guest contributor from Sacrifice of Love. I quickly peeled the foil wrapper off of the chocolate and popped the dark, slightly bitter morsel into my mouth. As I savored the creamy texture, my eyes glanced down at the wrapper that now lay empty on the table. A … [Read more...]

4 Things Christians Should Stop Posting on Social Media (Part 2)

Last week I posed this question: If all that non-Christians know of Christianity is what they see from Christians on social media, then what is their understanding of our faith? We then looked at the first of four types of posts that I think Christians should avoid posting on social media. … [Read more...]

4 Things Christians Should Stop Posting on Social Media (Part 1)

If all that non-Christians know of Christianity is what they see from Christians on social media, then what is their understanding of our faith? I’ve been pondering this recently because I’m often shocked at the things I see Christians posting on their social media pages. There are some … [Read more...]

How to Keep Internet Technologies from Becoming Time-Wasters

Email, social media, and blogs are useful for staying in contact with loved ones and for entertainment, but they can easily become significant time-wasters. Thankfully, by being judicious in our use of these technologies, we can reap their benefits without being distracted from the many … [Read more...]

Digital Bible or Printed Bible? Does it Matter Which You Use?

A couple of years ago I sat in church feeling a little unsettled at the number of congregants I saw around me using their phones. Were these individuals really sending text messages or checking social media during the sermon? It took me a few weeks to realize that they were actually using their … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad We Don’t Have Cable or Satellite TV

A few weeks ago my husband and I had access to cable television because we were staying in a hotel for a couple of days. Though we have a TV in our living room, we don’t have cable or satellite for it. We typically enjoy having temporary access to cable. My husband will watch a couple games … [Read more...]

Frugal Approaches to Cooling Your Home

I’m so glad that the cold winter has passed and we’re finally getting sunshine and warm temperatures! Unfortunately, this means our electric bill is about to rise sharply. In my never-ceasing endeavor to save money, I’m investigating ways to minimize how much we spend on cooling our … [Read more...]

Maximize Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Do you have electronic devices in your home that run on lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries? If you have a laptop computer, cell phone, digital camera, and/or power tools, then chances are that you do. These batteries can be costly and inconvenient to replace, so it's wise to maximize their … [Read more...]

Password Security

The need for passwords for online accounts has become nearly ubiquitous in our society. There’s email, online banking, social media sites, online retailers, payment websites for utility companies, etc. (Just now I attempted to count how many usernames and passwords I have, but I gave up once I … [Read more...]