10 Mother’s Day Gifts You & Your Mama Are Secretly Wanting

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*This post may contain affiliate links. Attention: if my mom or mother-in-law is reading this post, you might spoil your surprise. Attention #2: If my husband is reading this post, KEEP READING. You're on the right track. :) A bag or some K-cups from "Just Love Coffee." This fair trade/direct trade coffee is delicious but the coolest thing is that it supports adopting ... Keep Reading

It Doesn’t Matter

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One of the things I love about being a grown-up is that you don't have to try to be cool anymore. Still, every once a while, I feel those familiar old nudges of "you're not good enough." It comes so subtly. Before I even realize it, I'm walking around depressed about SOME STUPID THING I'm not doing, or not doing well enough. This is my call to FREEDOM. It doesn't matter. It doesn't ... Keep Reading

Springtime Books For Kids

Springtime Books For Kids

Hope you enjoy this post from my friend Elizabeth! Be sure to check out her blog, if you haven't already. If you like mine, I bet you'll like hers. :) Hi! I'm Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things, and I am so excited to be visiting with you today! Don't you just love springtime? (Well, I could do without the allergies, but other than that...) *smile* Over the past couple of weeks, I ... Keep Reading

Liven Up Your Day With New Music (Jessa Anderson Giveaway!)

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A few years ago, when I was teaching middle school, I got to know Jordan Anderson, who also taught middle school. One day his beautiful wife, Jessa, sang for our school's chapel. Wow. We were all blown away. It's fun to see them now, living in Nashville and Jessa making it as a Christian music singer! She's also mom to two little ones. Here's their cute little fam: This week Jessa is ... Keep Reading

25 Frugal Outdoor Activities for BOYS!!! (and probably girls, too) :)


I sincerely hope that all of you have enjoyed the same kind of heavenly weather that we have here in beautiful North Carolina this week! We've been outdoors nearly all day and loving it! This week I was over at Keeper of the Home sharing our top 25 most favorite things to do outside! I thought this was a pretty good list, if I say so myself! :) Hop on over and see if I've thought of a new ... Keep Reading

10 Shows I Let My Young Children Watch (And Some I Don’t!)

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At first I was all, "Oh, my kids will neeeeever watch TV." If you are a mom who said that...and then did it...way to go. For my part, I no longer see media as all bad for my kids. I think it can be good. Here's why: Sometimes my kids are sick, and they can rest, let their bodies recover, and learn something in the process. Good TV shows and movies can teach them things - about faith, ... Keep Reading

How Your Struggle Is A Gift {“Worry” Series Part I}

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Welcome, worriers! (JK.) Maybe you're not a worrier...Maybe you're a kind friend or a spouse of a worrier. Maybe you just want to eavesdrop on the kind weird, neurotic thoughts that crazy worriers have. That is perfectly fine, too. :) Since I published my post at The Better Mom: Dear Mom Battling Anxiety, I've received so many emails and comments from other women - basically connecting with me ... Keep Reading

25 Things I Buy At the Dollar Store


This week at Stacy Makes Cents I'm sharing my secret, not-anymore obsession with the dollar store. Here is my very valuable, handy-dandy list of 25 items you SHOULD be buying at the dollar store, if you're not! Do you love the Dollar Store, too? Did I leave anything off? ... Keep Reading

Dear Mom Battling Anxiety (and Special Announcement)

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If you're stopping by today from The Better Mom, welcome! Today I'm talking straight to you if you deal with fear & worry. This is a topic that is close to my heart, as I have dealt with (and conquered, and dealt with, and conquered) worry and anxiety for much of my motherhood "career." Be sure to check out today's post (if you haven't) titled "Dear Mom Battling Anxiety." Because ... Keep Reading

The Best Workout For Moms: A Review of Fit2Be

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disclaimer: I received a free trial subscription to Fit2B in exchange for my review of this product. All opinions are 100% mine. This post contains affiliate links. Confession: I have never (never) worked out while I was pregnant. For someone who previously ran half-marathons and likes to be active, this is unusual. What's my deal? In a nutshell, when I'm pregnant, I'm too tired, too busy, ... Keep Reading

25 Meaningful Easter Basket Ideas for Kids


Does anyone else feel like Easter gets "the short end of the stick" as far as holidays? And it shouldn't...As a Christian, I believe Easter is super-meaningful - that a person named Jesus died on the Cross for me long ago, and conquered death for all of us. What is more amazing than that?!? Yet Easter seems "minor" sometimes compared to the two-month-long consumer fiasco that is ... Keep Reading

Sausage, Pepper & Potato Bake (a.k.a. easiest dinner ever)

Note to my readers: There are quite a few exciting (and overdue!) posts coming up. Congrats to all of you who finished our 40-Day Fitness Challenge. (I did!) I've got some more ideas in my brain...stay tuned for the next challenge! Also, what an exciting week our family has had...We had an encouraging ultrasound for our pregnancy, and even learned what we're having! I'll be sharing some of the ... Keep Reading