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How to Help Your Kids Give Back with This Fun Christmas Activity

How to Help Your Kids Give Back with This Fun Christmas Activity is one of our traditions we do each year as a family. We took the challenge of decluttering for charity years ago when they were little. Honestly, though I must say it hasn’t always been easy. Even in light of all the giving and […]

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The Ultimate 5 Minute DeCluttering Tip

I dislike clutter but only when it belongs to someone else. I’m serious, I can deal with my clutter but when I start seeing cluttered desks, couches and corners all over my house, that’s when I come undone. The Ultimate 5 Minute Decluttering Tip has helped our whole family keep declutter to a minimum. Many a time […]

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4 Simple Ways to Fill Your Home with Love and Respect

I’m so excited to bring to you this lovely article 4 Simple Ways to Fill Your Home with Love and Respect by Brenda Berger a guest writer here at our blog today. In the realm of real estate, the key phrase for a home buyer is often “location, location, location.”  Once the house is purchased it […]

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How to Love the Home You Have

The key to Loving the Home You Have starts with looking at our heart.  Let’s remember that comparison is the thief of joy.  So I challenge you to– Stop that! Now onto other things. One year I tried to do copy the magazine style homes with white walls and basic solid hues but I just couldn’t […]

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The Family Table an Extension of Our Heart

The Family Table an Extension of Our Heart~It’s where I become a student of my children and husband and look into their eyes to really know how their day has been.  It’s where we lavish them with encouragement after a hards day of battling the pressures of the outside world. Sadly, the meaning of meal sharing is […]

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That One Thing That Keeps Your Family From Being Happy

That One Thing That Keeps Your Family From Being Happy —Oh, how I wish I could tell you that only my kids do this annoying thing. I’d be lying if I told you I don’t struggle with this one bit, but I do. Just last week, I sat in a jacuzzi overlooking the glorious rolling Andes […]

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10 Ways to Create a Positive Home Where Your Kids Thrive

Inside: Belonging means creating an environment where we all feel like a tight-knit tribe, we’re all equal and we’re rowing in the same direction to reach our goals. In this article, I’ll share 10 Ways to Create a Positive Home Where Your Kids Thrive, so that we can build a strong emotional connection with our children.  According […]

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20 Fun Things Moms Can Do Alone

As mothers we have all day dreamed of getting a few hours to ourselves. When our family life is overwhelming and I can’t keep up with the chaos, throw up, errands and bake sales– I simply dream of having a few hours to myself. Nothing grand like a weekend getaway, simply a few hours, to […]

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10 Things I Don’t Do In Our Home to Keep Sane

I remember when I first started this homemaking journey thing back when it was just me and the hubby and I thought this is a piece of cake I’ve got this down. But then my sweet baby boy joined our life and quickly it turned into mayhem. In the midst of the sleepless nights, feeding, laundry from exploded diapers […]

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7 Habits of an Effective Homemaker

Inside: When we have too much on our plate, it’s easy to let little things start slipping. These 7 Habits of an Effective Homemaker will help us move towards transforming  the space between our four walls into a place of rest from this world.   One day I was walking around our house, dazed and […]

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What I Want My Multicultural Kids to Know About Skin Color

We were gathered around the family table when my middle child nonchalantly said, “I’m more like daddy?” I wondered what he meant so I asked curiously, “In what way are you more like daddy?” He replied by showing me the color of his skin and putting it against mind then he said, “I’m white like […]

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Key to Planning a Successful Day

I have tried so many things in the past 5 years that I have been a work from home mom and pretty much all my life. My problem is I’m a procrastinator at heart, I hate routine but I also need routine, I am spontaneous and I struggle with following rules. A schedule translates to […]

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In 3 Simple Steps Create Your Family Mission Statement

  Years ago, I wrote grants and proposals for my non-profit organization and the most often asked questions were–What is your vision? What are you objectives? What is your plan of action? Thanks to my dad who was always grilling me with these kinds of questions as a child I learned to think this way. I […]

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21 Days of Discovering the Heartbeat of Our Home

Not everything involved in cultivating a home is obvious that’s what I realized early on in our marriage and I still struggle with it now. I longed for a manual as I racked my brain trying to remember the wonderful things my mother did. She was a dedicated mom and wife so I tried to think […]

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Intentional Parenting is Not Easy But It’s Worth It

I just spent close to an hour helping my kids figure out their allowance into their Save. Spend. Give. Jars. Our conversation went something like this. Well, it was mostly me asking questions. “How much did you deposit? Is it withdrawing money when you are putting money in? What do I owe you if I’ve […]

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What I Learned About Simplicity at a Farm

I’m one of those people who dream about living on acres and acres of farmland filled with crops, gardens, cows, horses and chickens but then I wake up to reality. I can’t grow simple herbs in a pot and my stomach feels nauseous when we drive past farm animals. Well, regardless a girl can dream. This […]

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A Sure Way to Spot Good Expat Friends

  My husband is my best friend but his friendship could never take the place of any of my good girlfriends nor vice versa. Both are amazingly beautiful but they couldn’t be any more different. Living overseas makes cultivating friendships a challenge but at the same time the shared experiences deepen our bond in ways we can’t […]

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The Day the Missionaries Went on Vacation

I remember our first summer vacation we took as missionaries. By the way, going back to your home country on furlough is never a vacation, just in case you consider those vacations. They are definitely not. Just thought I’d clarify that minor point.  We enjoy our furlough time, seeing old friends and family but it […]

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