Small Business

A few of my favorite small businesses from this year in no particular order.

Jen from I heart Organizing designs great printables to help you get it together.

Menu Planning Example

My friend Cameron designs beautiful jewelry, but she just had her own little angel so she’s on maternity leave. I encourage you to sign up for notification of when she will reopen since her work is handcrafted and customizable.

Another company that is also full of fun and creativity is Erin Condren designs. I told you about my planner here.

Of course, as an independent contractor, my business grows when you shop with me.

I am not getting one free goodie or payment to tell you about all these {except my own of course} I just wanted to share the businesses who can call me Happy Customer.

#107-#111 Of One Thousand Gifts

Creativity, and hands that express them

Shared ideas and resources


Hard work

Excellent customer care


My gratitude journey would be incomplete without showing you all the little faces that have entered my heart over the last few weeks…and there are more to come!

First was my friend Stephanie’s little guy who came four weeks early.

Then there was this long awaited girl for my friend Cameron and her husband.

Another little boy debuted just a few days later for my friend Amanda and her husband.

Then an ENTIRE two weeks went by without a baby until my newest neice, Tara, made her appearance on Halloween.

This weekend, my cousin Joe and his wife Gwen welcomed their first son into the world. However, my aunt in the picture below might be more excited than they are…

Anyone else notice the boy-girl-boy-girl pattern here?

Soon my Twitter-friend Anna over at Girl With Blog will be welcoming her baby then another cousin and his wife will be welcoming their first child before the year is over. What an abundance of blessing that surrounds me!

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Gideon, Nora, Finn, Tara, Jacob and the others to come

The gift of praying for friends on their parenting journey

Compassion for the women who have given their babies directly to God’s hands

What is Your Favorite Bible Study?

Church floors have seen my shoes from Mary Jane’s to High Heels. My hands have carried the Word into worship services, Sunday School and Ladies’ Retreats. This year, I read the entire Bible over the course of a few months.

To say that I have taken my share of Bible studies is an understatment.

One day spent in my company would quickly reveal how many of those lessons fell onto rocky soil. Recently I have begun to wonder how I can apply God’s Word more than how many books I can read about God’s Word. Yet I believe that these studies can serve as a form of mentorship: authors who have a personal relationship with Christ, can share their understanding with me. My favorite study was one I went through last fall with a women’s group.

Galatians 5:22-23a
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The greatness of this study was not just gaining a greater understanding of how God has given me these qualities to express, but in the fact that I still work to apply what I learned all these months later.

What is your favorite Bible study (yes, just one!)? Why?

Get it Together: Wash Day

Laundry seems to be one of the biggest frustrations for women in maintaining their homes. I believe this is because it is a task that is literally never done. Even if you are not super organized or detail oriented, I believe each of us likes to have that all-done feeling. Dirty laundry seems to taunt us, “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah, you can’t catch me!”

Our kids were born very close to each other. I hate to think of what my laundry “strategy” was their first few years. I was great about starting it when I had enough for a full load, getting it through the machines, but once it was dry?

Oh yes, stacks and piles all over our sofa.

Yes the machines were inside the only full bathroom with nowhere to fold or sort directly from the dryer. The reality is that I was just. being. lazy. I had two small children but I know I spent time on the phone and the computer which could have been better managed. Thankfully,

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23


If you are overwhelmed and behind, I recommend you follow one of the two strategies for Wednesdays: Wash Day.

All or Nothing:

Also known as: how military wives in Europe do laundry

1. If you can, I highly recommend taking it all to a local Laundromat. Take your detergent, fabric softener, all the empty hangers you can find and stop by your local bank for rolls of quarters. Tip: throw something in the crockpot or plan on ordering pizza for dinner.

2. Wash it all at the same time if you can get enough machines. There will be some staggering if you start one machine at a time.

3. Once they are dry, it is likely you will be able to get each load folded or hung up before another one finishes: different weights of fabric will take different times to dry.

4. Don’t fold sheets that you will put right back on the bed when you get home, just throw the sheets and extra pillow cases into one pillow case per set. Hang anything that you normally would as soon as you pull it out: do not waste time folding something you are just going to hang up. Use one basket or tote for your room, one for each kid’s room, one for general household linens, etc.

5. Once you get home, carry the basket and sheets for each room directly to that room. Put everything away for that room before moving on to another.

6. Take a bubble bath or call a friend and enjoy the all-done feeling for the few hours it will exist.


Need some inspiration to keep you going?

Slow and Steady Wins the Race:

Also known as, there is no way I’m taking these kids to a Laundromat

1. Gather up everything for one type of load: whites, colored clothes, towels, etc. and start it first thing in the morning.

2. If you will be at home, set a second timer from the one on the washer to alert you in 30 minutes (or the amount of time your wash cycle takes to complete if you know it).

3. When the timer goes off, or you get home from work, put the laundry in the dryer. Set the timer for 30-45 minutes depending on how long that load will need to dry.

4. Just as before: Hang anything that you normally would as soon as you pull it out: do not waste time folding something you are just going to hang up. Put everything away for that room before moving on to another.

5. Do this every day for one week. If you start today, you can be caught up by Thanksgiving.

What is the most frustrating thing to you about laundry? What is one tip you have to maintaining this area of homemaking? 

Relevant – Foto Friday #5

17 days ago, my husband and I decided I would attend Relevant. What a blessing! I consider myself a novice blogger. However, I knew that 200+ women, who could find-a-way-make-a-way to come to central Pennsylvania for a few days of encouragement, education and being REAL with each other, was a place for me. It is my tendency to see some of these women as celebrities because of their blogs, publishing status or number of followers. That. is. ridiculous.

Psalm 139:14 is true for each of us: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are they works and that my soul knoweth right well.”

So I’m sharing with you today, pictures from Relevant, because these women have become my examples, mentors and friends. Thank you to every organizer, speaker, company sponsor and Cre8BeautyDaily for making this weekend extra special for me.

So many giveaways!


Balsamic Vinegars, Dipping Oils and more from Tavern Direct


DaySpring (surprise inside)


Learning, absorbing, overflowing with information


Courtney from Women Living Well and Good Morning Girls.


Speakers who make us cry, then make us laugh so hard we cried. Angie Smith, you were a blessing to the hearts of women tonight.

 Cross Disc Necklaces 2

Don’t forget to head over to Cre8BeautyDaily and take advantage of the RELEVANT10 discount code!

Cre8BeautyDaily in Your Life-Foto Friday #4


This is not just another Foto Friday, this one has a gift for you! But first, let me introduce my Relevant Sponsor…

Cameron over at Cre8BeautyDaily hand forms custom jewelry from her original designs and she has made a special piece just for Relevant attendees!

The Relevant Necklace

Relevant Necklace 2 (oooooooh, aaaahhhhh)

But that is not all! She’s created several other new pieces as well…

Christ in the Center Necklace

Cross Disc Necklaces 2

(one of these is mine, I can’t wait!)

These can be customized with your verse, names, etc…

There is so much more in her Etsy Shop so check it out because (drum roll please…)

you can get 10% off through 10/31 with the code RELEVANT10

(These items will be re-listed as they are sold so feel free to convo her directly or search her shop if the link is down.) This code is good for her entire shop but ONLY this month, so don’t miss this chance to wear or give such beautiful treasures.

~Thank you Cameron for sharing your art with the world, and this gift for shoppers during Relevant 10~