Archive | April, 2012

Be.You.Tiful. Mom Series: Nursing is Not Natural

A seed of insecurity was planted the day I held my first born in my arms for the first time. Don’t get me wrong, there was unexplainable joy and deep seeded love the moment our eyes met, but with it came dark feelings that I didn’t invite into my heart or home. And I made sure that […]

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Embroidered Hand Prints

Contributing Writer: Laurel Macdougall ~What better person to kick off our BeYOUtiful Mom Series than Laurel our creative contributor who just had her little precious bundle. ~ Holy Cow – I now have four kiddos!  What a crazy awesome blessing in my life.  As I’ve spent so much time cuddling and holding my newborn, I […]

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Keep Calm & Eat a Cupcake

Contributing Photographer: Carla Ackermann

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beYOUtiful Mom

As women we are constantly bombarded with messages from the media, television, church, magazines, the web and peer pressure (yes, even at this age we are dealing with peer pressure).  These messages crowd our hearts and haunt us as they whisper: who we should be, how we should dress, what we should feed our children, how much we […]

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Afraid of Adding Color To Your Wardrobe

I love color in my home decor but I find myself afraid to experiment with color in my wardrobe.  Sometimes I will wear one piece that is bold in color but adding accent pieces that are not neutral is a bit risky so I don’t. The color wheel explanation below was very helpful in figuring out how to add color accent pieces and […]

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Strawberries and Sweet Lemon Cream Sauce

I want to introduce you to my “Rock Your World Sweet Lemon Cream Sauce.”  This sauce is so versatile! I use it to pour on fresh fruit, like lemon curd for my toast, over fruit trifle, fondue, pound cake….. the possibilities are endless.  And most importantly it took less than 10 minutes to make! All you lemon lovers, […]

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Do Our Kids Really Need Consequences?

Build bridges with your children not walls. Welcome to Part 2 of our series: Teaching Our Kids Boundaries  (based on the book Boundaries with Kids) As a counselor I have heard many children say this:  I disobey. I get lectured. I get grounded. I get the silent treatment. And sometimes I don’t even get a kiss goodnight. […]

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More Than a Feeling

Contributing Writer: Virginia Davidson Young Love strolls down the boardwalk hand in hand.  Life is sweet and indescribable feelings of excitement crowd the sidewalk. Weeks, months, years pass, life (and 10 lbs) happens and the scheduling of dates falls by the wayside.  The butterflies no longer visit when hands are held.  The “lovin’ feeling” is […]

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Summer Countdown Craft

Featured Contributor: Crystal Owens I have always believed that creating doesn’t have to be expensive. One of my favorite stores to buy craft supplies is the dollar store. The items there can usually be repurposed and turned into something amazing with a little creativity. Like this chalkboard Summer countdown tray. My children like looking forward […]

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Those Precious Moments Slipping By!

Snap, Click, Shoot…. Whatever you call it, don’t let those moments slip by! It doesn’t matter how old they are 2 or 18yrs old, just snap away because before you know it the moment has passed or your memory has. Capture everyday life, NO: matching outfits, posing, field of flowers, fake smiles…. needed. The Moments Capture the: I am […]

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She Speaks

Contributing Artist: Kathleen Ang-Dalseno James eloquently tells us that our tongue, though a small part of our body, is a powerful device. One encouraging word can inspire a person for life; one disparaging word can begin a chain of destruction. Jesus says that it is from the abundance of our hearts that we speak and […]

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Slow Cooker Apple Crumble

Contributing Writer: Jamie Sanders Yum, who doesn’t love warm Apple Crumble served with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream?  I’ve had this recipe tucked away in one of my recipe books for a while and finally had a chance to try it out.  Wow, was my family happy to be the taste testers! The recipe […]

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From Plain to Pretty Mirrors

Featured Writer: Sarah from The Winthrop Chronicles I love recycling old home decor. Recently I decided to recycle some old mirrors I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago. The mirrors were stowed away in my attic, until I had an idea of how to update them. My mirrors were already painted white, […]

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Begin Parenting With the End In Mind

Begin parenting with the end in mind. You walk into the room and you’re handed a maze. Unlike any other maze you have seen, this one ONLY has an end and a beginning no other lines to guide you to the goal. So immediately you think, “Weird, but this is going to be easy.” As you […]

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Amazing Maple Baked Beans

Featured Contributor: Michelle Day With Summer right around the corner I thought it would be fun to come up with a new recipe for baked beans.  I have one recipe that I have been making for years but I would like to have a few varieties wouldn’t you?  So after fiddling with the ingredients this […]

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Teaching Our Kids Boundaries Series

“For anyone in a parenting or teaching role, helping children learn responsibility is a key issue.  From temper tantrums and attitude problems, to drugs and sex, learning limits and becoming responsible is a major part of growing up. Kids who haven’t learned these skills often struggle in: Relationships School Conduct Work Spirituality Morality As any […]

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The Next Best Option To A Husband: Goldfish

Contributing Writer: Leslie Foster The Goldfish in the Room                 Once upon a time, God said it was not good for man to be alone.  I would suggest that it is also not good for this woman to be alone.  When I moved three states from home last fall, I braced myself for feeling alone, […]

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Mommy Moments Photo Challenge Has Begun

On your mark, get set, CLICK! Let’s get this Challenge started! Photo A Day Mommy Moments Challenge 12 days of Capturing Motherhood through your lens. Whether it makes you laugh, cry, dance, thankful or it makes you go hmmmm…. capture these moments with your camera.  It’s those little things that make you fall in love, […]

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