My Huge Leap of Faith

Jeremiah 29:11

I often get asked how I came to be working full-time from home. Let me tell you the whole story. I wrote a book about how to make money blogging, but getting to a point where I could write that took a huge leap of faith. Afraid to Answer the Call I knew that God was […]

10 Tips for Making Easter Dinner Easier featuring HoneyBaked Ham

Tips for Making Easter Dinner Easier

Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus just like Christmas is about His miraculous birth. But I would be remiss if I failed to mention the Easter bunny, the basket-hiding, the candy, the presents, the new pretty dresses,  the egg hunts, and the big family dinner. According to a recent study done by HoneyBaked Ham, almost […]

I’m Pleased to Introduce My Kitties


When you’re a childless pet owner, your pets are your babies. Without question. They just are. As the movie Lady and the Tramp suggests, the furry babies eventually take a back seat to the hairless ones in terms of attention and affection, but they are no less dear to your heart. I’ve mentioned this cat […]

Cross Resist Paintings for Preschoolers and Big Kids

How to do Cross Resist Paintings for Easter or any time of year

This is one of those projects that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. We tried some resist painting using stickers a few months ago. It went well at first, but the stickers got too wet and let behind half of the sticker paper on the canvas. Someday, I’ll blog those pictures. The […]

What is Your Biggest Challenge?

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

After my last survey, I saw a wide variety of needs that will most certainly drive my content going forward. Many of you had lots to say! I want to narrow down my focus a bit more, though, and to that end, I need your help one more time. This survey is much quicker than […]

The Easiest iPad Repair Ever

iPad Repair with

One Saturday afternoon, our iPad screen cracked. It was sitting on a chair, unabused. It just cracked. We had gotten it back as a warranty replacement; I always suspected it to be defective, but I couldn’t prove it. We were stuck with an iPad with a spidery screen. The iPad still worked, but I could […]

How to Make a Flannel Changing Pad

how to make a flannel diaper changing pad

Remember the oversized receiving blanket that we made last week? You can make a diaper changing pad in exactly the same way. How to Make a Flannel Changing Pad Materials Two yards of baby flannel (or whatever fabric you like, really) One yard of vinyl backed flannel or other waterproof fabric Coordinating thread Instructions The preparation for […]

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Cheesy Chicken with Black Beans and Rice

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Cheesy Chicken with Salsa Beans and Rice

This recipe was inspired by the Cheesy Chicken Monterrey that I shared two weeks ago.  That recipe was part of a program sponsored by Knorr Recipe Sides. The idea was to create a full meal around one of their pasta and rice side dishes. It worked really well, and the result was a flavorful, quick […]

Bring the Easter Story to Life with A Sense of the Resurrection

A Sense of the Resurrection teaches children about Jesus' death through real life sensory experiences.

We love holidays at my house. Obviously. Even though many all of the holidays have been difficult since my mom died, I think it’s so important to preserve my kids’ childhood celebrations. Holidays are magical when you’re little, and I want my kids to be little for as long as possible. During Advent, we focus […]

Easy Homemade Chocolate Ganache

Easy Chocolate Ganache Recipe

I put chocolate ganache on pretty much every dessert I made. Do you know what it is? It’s a rich, creamy chocolate layer that I use to top cheesecake (hides the cracks), cakes (it’s tastier than frosting), cookies (because, why not?), and my fingers. Ganache is amazingly easy, too, so I whip it together every […]

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