Romantic Dining in Troy and Tipp City Ohio

Romantic dining in Troy and Tipp City Ohio. Seriously, these are some of THE best places to eat!

Just in time for Valentines day, a group of bloggers and I are sharing our hometown romantic places to eat. So if romantic dining in Troy and Tipp City Ohio doesn’t apply to you, be sure to check back next Wednesday (2-4-15) for the full list. Jason and I don’t eat out a lot. I’m sure we eat out far more than some, and far less than others. Regardless, we like to eat at a nice restaurant about once a […]

Soothing Oil for Dry Skin Recipe

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Just a short post today. Kate and I were emailing back and forth about how hard winter is on our skin, and she shared what she does for her dry skin.  I asked her to write it out so I could share it with you guys. Kate’s Soothing Oil for Dry Skin, Recipe: The winter has taken its toll on my skin! Are you suffering too? Dry, flaky, parchment paper-like skin? Yep, that’s typical for this time of year unfortunately! […]

A Woman’s Battle is Against Gossip

A man may struggle against porn, but a woman's battle is against gossip

Gossip. It could very easily be the woman’s besetting sin. Whereas men may struggle with keeping their thoughts pure, a woman’s battle is against gossip. A Woman’s Battle is Against Gossip I’m a talker. Anyone who knows me well at all, knows this. But more and more I’m realizing that all my talking may not always be good. In fact, many times my talking could be the very opposite of good. It didn’t use to bother me. In fact, for […]

Whole Wheat Muffin Mix Recipe

Muffins from scratch get a makeover! Use my whole wheat muffin mix recipe to make a dry mix that can be used to make muffins in a hurry!

I’m a cook/bake from scratch kind of gal. Mixes are quick and convenient, but most of them taste like they came from a box too. Since we love muffins, I set out to make a Whole Wheat Muffin Mix recipe. My muffin mix can be made up as plain muffins, or you can choose from several different add-ins. Yummy! Right? Whole Wheat Muffin Mix Recipe 8 cups whole wheat flour 3 cups raw cane sugar 3 tablespoons baking powder 2 […]

Living Proverbs 31 #122

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Welcome Monday!!! Or not… If you aren’t excited for Monday, I understand. However, I try my best to make it a bit better for you by offering this linkup. I share features to encourage you, and invite you to share your encouraging posts as well. To start out, I’m offering you two great posts. From The Darling Downs Diaries, I found a post about… aprons! As an apron lover myself, I greatly enjoyed her post and totally got what she […]

My Heart Hurts ~When “Christians” aren’t Christ-Like

Sometimes Christians are not very Christ-Like, and my heart hurts for those that are lost, and it seems like we just get in the way at times.

When I take a good look at humanity, my heart hurts. Especially the humanity that can show itself online. There is no filter, the thoughts of their hearts spew out in black and white for the whole world to see. Anger, rage, envy, jealousy, judgement, it’s all there. I will read an article that really speaks to my heart, maybe I will share it with others, maybe I won’t, but in the comments comes the reflection of humanity. An what […]

Welcome Spring to Your Home ~Bloom Doorhanger

Welcome spring to your home with this simple doorhanger with spring wood surfaces from Michaels. #madewithmichaels #plaidcrafts

I wrote Welcome Spring to Your Home as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels, and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own. I know the Christmas is just past, and we aren’t hardly through the month of January. I also know that we have many many cold winter days ahead of us. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking about spring. I created a fun project last week using the new Spring Wood Surfaces […]

Doomed to a Messy House and Public Tantrums?

As a mom, am I doomed to a messy house an dpublic tantrums? According to most of the parnenting stuff out there it sounds like I am, but here's the deal...

Parenting today. It’s hard. According to 75% of what I read online about, as a parent, I’m doomed to a messy house and public tantrums. Oh yes, I will also be fixing separate meals to cater to each of my children; and of course I will be cooking them, because if I try going out to eat at a restaurant, I can be sure the little brats, er, darlings will be running wild all over the place. We won’t get […]

7 Ways to Find Refreshment

I need this! 7 ways to find refreshment in the midst of a busy life.

Hurry. Rush. Shop. Wrap. Make. Cook. Bake. Clean…. Is this your life? Do you feel like the holiday season wrings you out and hangs you up to dry?  I feel like that’s just my life in general sometimes. So when Sue Hooley sent me this post “7 Ways to Find Refreshment” I felt like it was meant more for me than for you, my readers. 7 Ways to Find Refreshment by Sue Hooley: Blue water… comfy chair… solitude… When my […]

First Linkup of 2015!

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Hello readers, and welcome to 2015! After a glorious blog break, lots of fun with close and extended family, way too many sweets, and a nasty stomach bug, I am back and ready to to go! Posts may be a bit sparse still this month as I am working on my eBook “Food Preservation for Beginners”. My goal is to get that finished and submited to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (remember this sale from last year?) by the end of […]

Best Bread Recipes of 2014

The best bread recipes of 2014. Yeast, sourdough and gluten free recipes to try.

Love breads? Are you looking for some new recipes to try? Compiled from a group of natural living and whole foods bloggers I bring you the best bread recipes of 2014! Yeast breads, quick breads, sourdough, and even gluten free bread recipes are listed below. All waiting on you to make them!!! Best Bread Recipes ~Yeast and Sourdough Breads Sourdough English Muffins from My Cultured Palate. Cheater’s Rosemary Foccasia Bread from Nourishing Simplicity. Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Back […]

Real Foods Baking ~Best of 2014

Best of 2014's real foods muffins. Whole food ingredients, gluten free, and grain free recipes

I love baking and feeding my family delicious treats. I’m sure you do as well.   Most of the foods I make and serve are make from whole, or real food ingredients. I’m not alone in prefering real foods baking; in fact there are many amazing bloggers out there who do as well. A group of natural living bloggers and I put our heads together and are sharing “Best of” posts with each other’s best of 2014 recipes, articles and […]

Last Minute Food Gifts ~ A Baker’s Dozen

A baker's dozen. Last minute food gifts to give for the holidays!

Who doesn’t love giving (and receiving!) food gifts? They are fun, practical, and really just a simple way to tell someone you thought of them.  I’ve looked around the web and found some great ideas. Here are 13 different last minute food gifts that you can make for friends and neighbors. Food gifts are truly my favorite kind of gifts to both give and receive. The only thing I ask, is that if you want to pin this post for […]

I Cannot do it All ~ Type A Confessions +Linkup

Accepting the fact that I cannot do it all and learning to allow grace in my homemaking.

I cannot do it all, folks. Nope. I would like to think that I can; I even tell myself that I can at least half a dozen times a day. “Get your chin up, you can do this Kendra!”  But the truth is, I cannot do it all. Here’s the thing, when you try to do it all, you basically fail at it all. Okay, so maybe you don’t fail, but you certainly cannot do as well as you possibly […]

DIY Essential Bath Salt Gifts

I've got to try making these diy essential bath salt gifts for some friends this year!

Want a quick and easy diy gift that the receiver will love? Make diy essential bath salt gifts to give your friends this Christmas! Kate is here to tell us how.   Diy Essential Bath Salt Gifts You will need: 1/2 cup Dead Sea Mineral Salts or Epsom Salts · 1 Tbs. baking soda 15 drops CPTG Lavender Essential Oil or your favorite essential oil blend, such as Balance or Serenity · 4 Tbsp Dried Botanicals such as lavender buds […]

Punny Christmas Gifts for Friends and Neighbors

Such a funny Christmas gift to give to neighbors or co-workers! Use puns to make it funny!

This year we we will be giving a lot of Punny Christmas Gifts. Not only are these Christmas gifts humorous, most of them are very practical and useful. A side benefit is the fact that they don’t cost a whole lot either. In fact, the best fun usually is the cheapest. You can create a punny gift basket to give neighbors, or a grab bag of funny punny gifts to hand out to co-workers. I made two gift baskets, and […]

Caring for Our Own, or Others?

Are we caring for our own, or ignoring them while we "do some noble deed" to care for those far away?

The church fellowship that I grew up with didn’t support missions. They did support the idea of caring for our own in our church, but if a member wished to become a missionary, there was no support for them from the church. As a young teen I felt God calling me to be a missionary. I didn’t know where to go with it though and due to the fellowship we were a part of at the time, my parents were […]

Printable Baby Travel Checklist ~Holiday Style!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products . All opinions are 100% mine. Who will be traveling with their baby this holiday season? We have, and will be some more. It seems like the older he gets though, the more stuff we have to remember. I made a printable baby travel checklist to help remember all that we may need. Keep reading to the bottom and you will find my printable baby travel […]

Living Proverbs 31 Linkup

Living Proverbs 31

Welcome back to our weekly linkup and features! I know there are several weeks that I didn’t choose features and as first I was going to choose a feature from each week and share…. but I decided it was too much work (read: I’m feeling lazy).   Normally I have this post all ready to go by Friday afternoon, leaving the weekend blog free. But here I am 20 minutes after this post should’ve been live, and I’m just getting […]

Snowmen Painted Glass Illuminaries

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A friend on Facebook shared the neatest idea on making winter themed glass illuminaries to give as Christmas gifts. Of course… Facebook being Facebook, I was unable to find that post to show you my inspiration. However, I decided that one of my grandmas would love some snowmen painted glass illuminaries. So I got to work… How to Make Snowmen Painted Glass Illuminaries You will need: Clean vase or dinner glass Blue spray paint (I used Rustoleum brand) Brushes Sponge […]

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