Why we need to stop saying, “You need a bigger house.”

Guys & Gals, There is something that a few people have told me lately and it really gets my goat.  Pretty much since baby #3 was just a bun in the oven I’ve often heard, “You need a bigger house.” I don’t get this statement (and I have to curb the need to say, “You need a smaller mouth” LOL). Here’s the reality: I don’t need a bigger house.  Our family of 5 lives in a humble 1300 square feet.  When Brian …

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How to be more productive by doing nothing

It’s 9:19 on a weeknight…. and no one needs me. The children and the husband are asleep. The house is quiet. Sure the kitchen is still showing its post-dinner exodus – a dirty stove-top and unrinsed dishes.  Thomas the Train has spewed his track all over the living room floor and there is a pile of graham cracker crumbs on the side table. There is no one to ask me for another cup of milk or if the budget is up-to-date …

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Off the Beaten Path in London

What to see after you’ve hit all the major tourist sites {I’m so excited to have Richelle back with us today.  Richelle is currently living in London and is totally in love with her city.  Here she shares with us some great trips for our 2nd or 3rd trip to London.  I can’t wait to check out some of these parks and museums on my next trip.  Thanks so much, Richelle.} London is a city of endless possibility. It’s the world’s …

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The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 My kids love this catchy little tune on YouTube. – “The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut.  The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut!”   You’re sooo welcome for engraining that in your brain.  While we often teach little ones to know these character traits, how often as a mom do I need them …

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Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a secret and that secret is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.  Well-known for its 4-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Although I’d been there a handful of times before, this was the first time I even knew that the Canal path existed!   Since we had walked the bike path many times in the past (it’s also great for strollers), this time we decided to …

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“You’ll always have a car payment.” (NOT!)

How to change your thinking and change your situation You don’t have to have a car payment!  In our consumerist culture we have been told, “You’ll always have to take out loans for college” and “You’ll always have a mortgage” and so we believe it. The truth is, you could pay yourself the car payment and then pay cash for a car.  Here’s how: Most Americans evaluate their finances only enough to know that the family can afford a $400/month, …

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#WishfulWednesday- North American water edition

I’ve been dreaming of water lately.  It’s been 9+ months since we were at the ocean and Ohio-living just doesn’t do it for me sometimes.  Being on the water always fuels my creativity and makes me even more grateful for this beautifully created world that we live in. Here’s 5 places I’m eager to visit for #WishfulWednesday. Thousand Islands, New York/Canada This would have been a perfect stop for our trip to Ottawa, but the weather was still very cool a …

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Hooked on Books

A new feature on what I’m reading I can remember being in the 4th grade and checking out every book on Native American tribes from the school library and reading them until Mom came in and told me to turn out the light.  I’ve always loved to read, so much so that when seeing a statistic like 19% of Americans didn’t read ONE book in 2013 makes me nearly insane. Or that among the 81% of Americans that DID read a book, the …

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