Avoid Cabin Fever This Winter With These Fun Family Activities

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer I'm not a cold weather person. If possible, I would hibernate all winter long. That's not very realistic though so I've learned that you have to make the most of it. If you have kids, especially little ones, things can get a bit hairy and cabin fever can set in if you limit activities due to the cold weather. You may have to get a bit more creative than you do in the summer but there are plenty of fun family activities … [Read more...]

Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Your Kids

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer When your kids are really little, they happily go to bed at their regular bedtimes on New Year's Eve. Umm, okay, maybe not happily but they're still oblivious to the idea of staying up until midnight to welcome in the New Year. At some point though, they will want to stay up. In fact, they might even beg to stay up until midnight. Perhaps you are like me and are at the point where you'd prefer to let the new year arrive … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Celebrate Jesus This Christmas

Written by Courtney @ A + Life, Contributing Writer  December always has a way of sneaking up on us, doesn't it? I know for our family, with homeschooling, November birthdays, and Thanksgiving, before you know it- December is here! And if we aren't careful, it can be really easy to get swept up into the massive consumerism of the holiday season and completely miss out on the opportunity to share with our girls the REAL reason we celebrate in the first place. Jesus, of course! So here … [Read more...]

Tips For Eating Healthy During The Holidays

Written by Kari @ Kari Newsom Contributing Writer  It’s that time of year again. As a Health and Nutrition Coach, I always have people ask me for some tips on how to successfully celebrate special occasions without completely going off the deep end when it comes time to eat. The first and most important thing I always tell people is this: ENJOY THE CELEBRATION!!! All to often we try so hard to do ‘the right thing’ about the whole ‘eating during the holiday’ issue, that we actually … [Read more...]

Five Fun Fall Activities For Children

Written by Courtney @ A + Life, Contributing Writer  It is hard to believe that we are already one month into the fall season and that before long (if not already!) we will be bombarded with all things Christmas related. But, today, I wanted to share about some of our very favorite fall things to do with our daughter, Abigail. This time of year is perfect for being outside all day long! The crisp autumn air, the bright sun, the sights and sounds of fall, all make for a wonderful … [Read more...]

Easy Hospitality Meal for Every Eater

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer Inviting people into our homes to share meals together seems to be a habit that happens less and less these days. And I get it. It's hard. We're busy. They're busy.  It's true. Practicing hospitality can be a challenge and especially daunting in today's world of Pinterest-perfect idealism (just let it go!). It can also be confusing to plan a meal while taking into consideration potential food allergies and simple food … [Read more...]

A Plan for a Less Stress Holiday Season

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer In parenting three small children, keeping my home, and attempting the occasional personal pursuit, I often find myself vacillating between loving my life and being overcome by the blessing of it all, and loving my life but just being plain overcome. The days are full and busy and beautiful and FULL. And these are just the normal days. One such normal day recently went like this: I set my alarm the night before. Actually, I set … [Read more...]

Blessing Others Through The Fruit Of The Spirit

Written by Contributing Writer, Kelly @ Eyes On The Source November and December begin the busy holiday season!  (Already??)  A time meant for reflection and remembrance, which can easily turn into a time of rush and regret.  The reason for the season, the One who came to seek and save the lost...   The goal of the Christian life is to become like this Savior, but this is the very time of year that our character can be most challenged.  How can we use this time to … [Read more...]

Leading Little Ones To Love God’s Word

Written by Contributing Writer, Kelly @ Eyes On The Source In a recent series at church, our pastor taught on the greatest gift we can bestow upon our children..."The Blessing."  He spoke on ways to work through things we may or may have not received from our parents and how to bless our own children.  Simple really, but sometimes the words may not come as easily as they should.  What our children really need to hear is that we LOVE them and that we are PROUD of them.  No. matter. what.  And … [Read more...]

6 Steps to Master The Art of Entertaining

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer Gathering with family and friends is a big thing during November and December and I’m all about celebrations. I enjoy going to them, but I absolutely enjoy hosting them. I probably got the entertaining bug from my mom who knows how to throw a good celebration. Never did a detail slip by her: the décor, ambiance, music, lighting, food…everything that can be recognized by the five physical senses were always taken care of. Those are the kind of gatherings I … [Read more...]