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!


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


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 […]

Mom’s Lunchtime ~A Tragedy

Mom's Lunchtime: I think she's supposed to be eating, but it doesn't seem to be happening... why?

Mom’s lunchtime: Right before that blessed period called naptime, in which all moms look forward to a little peace and quiet; occurs a tragedy called lunchtime. This time of day is most taxing, and all moms who make it through, deserve a medal for bravery. However, the only badge most mom’s get for surviving mom’s lunchtime, is in the form of refused and flying food. Mom’s Lunchtime ~A Tragedy: Cast: A frazzled mom. A colicky baby. A busy toddler. And […]

7 Ways to Spice Things up and Light the Flames this Holiday Season +linkup

7 ways to spice things up and light the flames this holiday season. #YoursandMine #ad

This post: 7 Ways to Spice Things up and Light the Flames this Holiday Season has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias #YoursandMine Why is it that our marriages seem to get put last? I’m just as guilty of this as anyone, especially with a new baby. Our evenings revolve around caring for him, and keeping him happy and content. Once he’s in bed, we then try to do everything that […]

Thankful Everyday ~30 Days of Thanksgiving day 30

Striving to be thankful everyday. No matter what situation I find myself in, I would like to find at least one thing to be thankful for...

It’s the end of November. I’m pretty sure that at this point everyone (except for the Scrooges), has dove into their Christmas prepping.  Thanksgiving is over and so is the “season of thankfulness”. Now everyone is thinking of what they “need”, but should it be that way? I would like to be thankful everyday. Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. […]

Death 30 Days of Thankfulness day 29

The idea of being thankful for death is absolutely crazy, and yet, I find that death is actually a good thing.

When death comes, those of us who are living are never thankful for it. 1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Okay, to be honest, death isn’t something that would fall into the normal thankful list. In fact, anyone who has lost loved ones will think I am crazy for being thankful for death. And maybe they’re right. To be real honest, I’m not at all thankful for losing any of my […]

Life ~30 Days of Thankfulness day 28

Christ came to give us abundant life, for this I am eternally thankful.

I was given life on this earth for a reason; that I may obtain eternal life through Christ Jesus and share him with others. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The life have been given here on earth is good. I’ve been blessed with grandparents, parents, siblings, a wonderful husband, a sweet baby, a […]

Food ~30 Days of Thanksgiving day 27

In a land of plenty, why is there so much waste of food and why are people going hungry?

In a country where an average of 30% of our food is wasted, people still go hungry. 1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be there with content. It’s truly a shame that in a land of plenty, there are still empty stomachs. It’s a crying shame. We are very blessed. We have a small garden and are able to use it to the best possible advantage, we are also able to share some of our produce […]

Home ~30 days of Thankfulness day 26

With 1% of the U.S. homeless each year, I am very thankful to have a home. 30 days day 26.

I am thankful. Thankful to have a safe dwelling place, and the people that make it home. Psalms 90:1-2 Lord thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou are God. According to a study found on national homeless .org, 1 in a 100 people will experience homelessness each year in the U.S.. Approximately 39% of that number […]

Emotional Wellness and Essential Oils

Using essential oils to find emotional wellness and balance.

Our essential oils gal Kate, is here again and she’s sharing a bit of a personal story about emotional wellness and why she is so thankful for essential oils.  One of the oil blends that she mentions is the serenity blend and that particular blend has a permanent place on my nightstand. Emotional Wellness and Essential Oils: November is a month of Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this important holiday gets lost more and more each year. Retailers begin their Christmas sales before […]

Freedom ~30 Days of Thanksgiving day 25

Two kinds of freedom: 1kind only a few have, but the other kind, anyone can have

In America, the amount of freedom we have is such a blessing. John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. In America Christians can join together for worship without fear. We can meet in each others homes, we can meet in church houses, we can even meet in public places like a park. We don’t need to fear authorities, or what may happen if they enter our place of worship, in fact they […]

Health ~30 Days of Thankfulness day 24

Being thankful for good health should be an everyday thing!

If we can be thankful for sickness, we can be doubly thankful for health. Revelations 21:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. God created our bodies with the amazing ability to heal itself.  What man has done to the earth, […]

Caramel Apple Fruit Turkey ~ How to Make

How to make a caramel apple fruit turkey for your thanksgiving celebration this year.

Several years ago I made this fruit turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving. It was adorable, a total hit, and… took forever to make! This year I decided to make a caramel apple fruit turkey that was quick, easy and still a total hit! How to Make a Caramel Apple Fruit Turkey: What you will need. 7-10 different colored apples Pineapple juice Pear Cheese Toothpicks 2 Raisins Caramel Pretzel sticks Start by cutting some cheese feet, and a thick triangle for a […]

Sickness ~30 Days of Thanksgiving day 23 +Linkup

Is it possible to be thankful for sickness?

Is sickness ever a good thing? Is it possible to be thankful for something so unpleasant? John 9:2-3 His disciples asked him, saying Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. To start with, here’s the thing about being sick: Since we have mortal bodies that will eventually die, sickness is inevitable.  […]