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.

Frosty the Snowman Door Art

The house always seems a bit empty once the Christmas decorations are packed away for the New Year. Remember my Mr. Turkey door art back in November? Now is a great time for Frosty the Snowman door art to make an appearance. What you need red construction paper black construction paper orange construction paper green construction paper How to make Frosty the Snowman Door Art Make nine 4-inch circles out of black. Make two 6-inch circles out of black. The 4-inch {Read More}

About Hope Wingate

My name is Hope Wingate. I live in Hoschton, GA with my brilliant husband, Jonathan and two incredible children: Aaron who is 7 and Adaira who is 4. I am a very enthusiastic stay-at-home mom and homeschooler. My heart beats for encouraging young mothers and I enjoy lead teaching classes for my local homeschool co-op. In my spare time I enjoy: sewing, rubber stamping, reading and watching BBC shows on Netflix.

How to Confront Dark Images

I struggle in the month of October. There seems to always be a scary movie on television and many things around celebrating dark and evil things in the world.  As a believer I struggle to know how to meet these dark images in a way that honors God. Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will {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.

Chocolate Play Dough

A fun way to encourage learning is to use play dough–with the great scent of chocolate–to form letters or numbers.  Have older children create a fun picture or even reproduce a form that you’ve made.  It is also a great way to teach shapes.  Learning can be fun and the summer is a great time try some creative learning  techniques. Chocolate Play Dough 1 ¼ cups plain flour ½ cup cocoa ½ cup salt ½ Tablespoon cream of tartar 1 {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.

Homemade Play Dough for Summer Fun

Are you looking for a fun cooking activity to do with your children?  How about making homemade play dough for summer fun?  Have the children help with the measuring of ingredients and stirring.  Let them add the color of their choice then work it through the dough and see how the color permeates the white dough until it becomes the color they have chosen.  A great spiritual lesson in this is to remind our children that when we turn our {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.

A Tea Party that Says “I Love You”

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5 NIV) When I learned my friend Sally (name changed) had cancer, I wondered what I could do to encourage her. I decided on a tea luncheon. She provided the names of friends, and we set the date. I created computer-made invitations and suggested guests surprise her with inexpensive gifts. To simplify my cooking, each guest brought part of the {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

How I Said Goodbye to Sugar, Part 2

Yesterday I began sharing how I said goodbye to sugar. It didn’t take me long to realize that I didn’t want to live without chocolate. Viewing it as medicine, I replaced milk chocolate with dark chocolate. If it’s the only chocolate you allow yourself, you will come to love it. Obviously, even this is to be eaten in moderation. For me that means getting a small custard bowl and mixing dark chocolate chips (cheaper than the name brand, foil-wrapped smooches) {Read More}

Parting Was Sweet Sorrow: How I Said Goodbye to Sugar, Part 1

I remember the feeling of days long ago, before my Christian conversion, when I got high–a feeling of lethargy, as if my arms weighed 50 pounds each. I could actually feel the blood course through my veins. I could feel my heart beating without touching my chest. Suddenly things would get very quiet, and my vision centered in more and more as my peripheral vision narrowed. Yes, I remember the feeling. I was feeling it again, but now I was {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.

Decorating for Fall 2013

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year to decorate. Maybe it’s the promise of cooler days and evenings after months of blistering heat. Maybe it’s the smells of burning leaves, apple cider, and dried peach pies at fall festivals. Here in the South, we fake Fall until it officially arrives (usually October) by decorating in September, even when sweltering temperatures are still the norm. Decorating for Fall using natural supplies will cut down on costs and add a {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.

Money Savers: Homemade Laundry Detergent

For over a year I’ve wanted to make homemade laundry detergent, especially after learning it can be used in front loading machines. Yet time and forgetfulness (mainly forgetfulness) won out month after month. Two weeks ago I determined to take this project by the horns and once-and-for-all plunge in. Watching youtube videos, hearing the praises of others, and looking at the super-simple recipe by  the Duggar family, how could it not work? The final soap bubble to pop was considering {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.