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10 {Small} Gift Ideas to Give to Your Friends

10 {Small} Gift Ideas to Give to Your Friends

I love giving little “friendship” gifts to some of my closest friends. Nothing expensive…tokens really, just to let them know how special they are to me, or how thankful I am for them. Ideally, I’d make a homemade ornament or hot drink mix (like this spicy chai […]

Two Favorite DIY Holiday Cheese Spreads

Two Favorite DIY Holiday Cheese Spreads

I had a group of friends over this week for fellowship and food and one thing they all had in common was their love for these cheese spreads: Garlic and Herb, and Blue Cheese, Walnut, and Cranberry Spread. I love this recipe because it’s inexpensive […]

What My Mother’s Decorating Taught Me About God

What My Mother’s Decorating Taught Me About God

Our house was always the coziest house I knew. My mother loved to decorate and it was evident when you walked in the door. At Christmas time, the rustic stone fireplace that my dad built was piled high with luscious greenery, berries, lights, candles, seasonal […]

A Valentine Tree {Made Possible Because of Another Tree}

A Valentine Tree {Made Possible Because of Another Tree}

Snippets of paper have always been a favorite means of decorating in the Beals household. They’re beautiful and inexpensive and can be manipulated to make pictures, snowflakes, cards and tags, garlands, and Valentines. And manipulated they are. When the kids were little, they’d make bowls […]

1 Min. Devo #7 {What Do Your Words Say About Your Heart?}

1 Min. Devo #7 {What Do Your Words Say About Your Heart?}

Would people be shocked if your thoughts were displayed on a billboard for all to see? Would you be embarrassed? Would God be honored? Are you known for blurting out whatever comes into your mind only to be embarrassed later by what you said? We’ve […]

Three Free Printable Christmas Tags, Tasha Tudor Style

Three Free Printable Christmas Tags, Tasha Tudor Style

I have also been getting ready for our annual Doll’s Christmas Tea Party.  I finished up my invitations. Here is the Tasha Tudor inspired watercolor border I painted for the invitation. I inserted the words in the sky. Feel free to use it for your own […]

Forgetting Christ At Christmas

Forgetting Christ At Christmas

I am embarrassed to admit that it is easy for me to forget Christ during the Christmas season. It is easier to focus on my to-do list than on my Savior. There are presents to be bought and wrapped, Christmas cards to be addressed and […]

Merry Christmas, Meager Budget Ebook Giveaway

Merry Christmas, Meager Budget Ebook Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is over, but you can snag your own copy here on SALE for just $3.99 right now! ************************************************************************** Merry Christmas, Meager Budget Giveaway! To celebrate the launch of our new ebook, Beth and I are giving away FIVE copies in 12 hours!   […]

Merry Christmas, Meager Budget is Now Available!

Merry Christmas, Meager Budget is Now Available!

I am SO excited to tell you about our brand new ebook, Merry Christmas, Meager Budget   Let’s face it, this economy is tough and everyone is feeling the pinch. My sister Beth and I wrote this book to give you tips, tutorials and plain […]