Dad’s One-Way Bank

As a little girl, my childhood savings bank was a pink ceramic dog. The removable stopper on the bottom enabled me to take the money out, which I often did—far too often. Recently, while visiting my parents, I noticed a small wooden box with a hole in the top. “What’s that, Dad?” He smiled that sweet, sly smile that I love. The grin that says, “I’ve invented something cool.” He’s been inventing things all his life. Clever things, useful things, {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

How to Make 2 Ingredient Pineapple Sorbet

When I say 2 ingredients, that’s exactly what I mean. Just pineapple and a few mint leaves will combine to create a beautifully refreshing summertime pineapple sorbet the entire family will love. 1 large can (in its own juice) or half a fresh pineapple A few mint leaves Here’s how to make 2 ingredient pineapple sorbet: Drain the can of pineapple (use the juice for another recipe or drink it).  Or, chop up fresh pineapple.  Either way, put it in an {Read More}

About Cheryl Moeller

Cheryl Moeller has been married to her best friend Bob for 30 years. They are the parents of six children, one son-in-law, and three lively dogs. She uses her over-the-counter-top stand up comedy at women's groups and retreats, prays like it's her full-time job, writes a syndicated humor column, blogs about life with lots of kids at www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, and authors books such as Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage (purchase on their website) and Marriage Miracle (Harvest House 2010). Bob and Cheryl's passion is to connect two hearts for a lifetime. They have co-founded For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries www.bobandcherylmoeller.com.

Homemaking for the Working Woman 2

*Affiliate links included. {Editor’s note: Today Emily Beth continues her series on homemaking for the working woman. Yesterday, Emily Beth discussed expectations in regard to housekeeping and working outside the home in Homemaking for the Working Woman, Part 1.} Wrestle with your mind and heart to have realistic expectations of yourself, your home, and your husband. Expectations can make or break a relationship. Too low and the relationship may suffer with not enough effort being put into it or laziness {Read More}

About Emily Beth Davidson

Emily Davidson is a country girl from Mississippi in the big city of Fort Worth, Texas and loving life! Married in August 2014 to the man God hand-picked for her, she spends her days working in a corporate office, trying out new Paleo recipes, decorating and rearranging her 650 square foot apartment, Instagramming and completing her seminary degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her Texan-husband spend Friday nights watching Redbox movies and Saturday’s antiquing. Follow her on Instagram @mrs.emilydavidson.

Homemaking for the Working Woman

* Affiliate links included. A working woman who gave up her career in law to stay home with her newborn baby said,“When you have to be everything to everybody, you end up feeling too exhausted to be much of anything to anyone.” Perhaps you echo the same sentiments today. You work outside the home, not by choice but by necessity, you have a family to care for, responsibilities at home and church and friendships to nurture. You cringe when you {Read More}

About Emily Beth Davidson

Emily Davidson is a country girl from Mississippi in the big city of Fort Worth, Texas and loving life! Married in August 2014 to the man God hand-picked for her, she spends her days working in a corporate office, trying out new Paleo recipes, decorating and rearranging her 650 square foot apartment, Instagramming and completing her seminary degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her Texan-husband spend Friday nights watching Redbox movies and Saturday’s antiquing. Follow her on Instagram @mrs.emilydavidson.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Bars

* Affiliate links included. When I began my gluten-free journey last year, I mourned the loss of cookies, cake, and bread. My wonderful son surprised me with the yummiest treat ever — gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bars. Friends who tried them could not tell the difference between regular homemade chocolate chip cookies and the gluten-free version. The only difference between the two is the type of flour used — unfortunately there are no calorie or fat differences. What’s Caleb’s secret? King {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Shaving My Grocery Budget

In the final months of 2014 I intentionally began looking at shaving my grocery budget. The budget and system in place were no longer working and needed tweaking. Re-valuating My Budget I’ve used a budget and coupons for years. The budget amount was settled upon when two of four children were in diapers. Back then I budgeted a certain amount per family member. $30 per each person (6) = $180 a week. You would think no longer purchasing diapers, wipes, {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Lunch Lady Dirty Rice

*Affiliate links included. In grade school I did not know the name of the dietitian over the lunchroom. I was not alone as all of my friends and I called her the lunch lady. Now, as a homeschool mom, I’m the lunch lady and let me say most days I draw a complete menu blank. Our usual weekly fare includes grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, maybe some pasta leftovers from dinner, and when I’m desperate–Chickfil-A. My children are good {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

2 Simple Steps to Meal Planning

* Affiliate links included One of the best things I have done for my family has been organizing our meals. I have done this in two ways: Cookbook Binder Monthly Menu Planning Cookbook Binder What I used: Sturdy 3 ring binder (2-inch is a great size), page protectors, divider tabs. What I did: I went through each of my cookbooks and found all the recipes I actually make. I made copies of the recipe page or typed and printed out the recipe, {Read More}

About Kristy Bruce

Kristy is the wife of Kenneth Bruce, student pastor at Westwood Baptist church in Alabaster, Alabama. She is a stay-at-home mother to her four sons, two of whom were adopted from Ethiopia. Kenneth and Kristy are currently in the process of adopting a daughter from India. Kristy enjoys writing and has a passion for teaching the Word of God and helping women go deeper in their faith.

4 Tips to Decluttering Children’s Stuff

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all of the stuff your children accumulate? As a young mom with two kids it is very easy to get overwhelmed by all of their stuff. One of the ways I have learned to deal with the accumulated blessings is to put things where they belong and hold loosely to things. Our children receive lots of wonderful gifts from toys to clothes. We feel so blessed but also know that our home can only {Read More}

About Lacey Hughes

Lacey is a first generation pastor’s wife with a desire to share the joy of the Lord with those around her. She is the wife to Les Hughes III, senior pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Jayess, Mississippi. They have a two year old daughter and a son they welcomed December 2014. Lacey is a stay at home mom who loves building community with the people around her and encouraging women of all ages to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Give Yourself a Fresh Start

*Affiliate links included. After putting away the Christmas wrap, decorations, and trees most of us want to start fresh.  As I prepare to clear away the old and prepare for the new here are a few guides that have come in handy. * Is it something I need daily?  Leave these items close at hand (preferably not in piles on counters or tables). * Is it something that is just taking up space?  Get rid of it or store it? {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.