The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “The Scale Doesn’t Lie”

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Are you caught in the trap of checking the numbers on the scale? Do you worry (obsess?) over an unexplained increase in your weight? It makes sense, right? If how much we weight determines how healthy we are, then gaining weight means we’re not as healthy and [...]

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The Gift of Rest

Rest is a Gift~ Creative Christian Mama

Busyness has been glamorized by our culture. Being on-the-go, 24/7 is sought after as though it is the way we are meant to function. Some of us aim for it, others fall into it. Either way, it’s not healthy.

People tend to go to extremes. Either we work way too much (“workaholics”) or we don’t work at all. I’m not saying that we all need to laze about all day doing nothing. By all means, let’s get our work done- but then let’s rest! We all need to give ourselves a little grace.

It’s rare to hear sermons about rest, but the Bible is full of commands and encouragement to rest. I love how God built rest into our lives. As with so many commandments, when God commands us to rest it’s not a constraint to keep us from something good, it’s a GIFT! Rest is a blessing.

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Evgie Wall Decal Giveaway ($150) and 20% Off Coupon Code!

Have you ever considered using wall decals to make a room more interesting, fun, elegant or bright? Wall decals can make a striking centerpiece or a subtle backdrop in a room. Evgie Wall Decals has some of the most adorable children wall decals that I’ve seen anywhere!

Evgie and Ev, the two Canadian ladies at Evgie Wall Decals, have created a huge assortment of vinyl children wall decals that your kiddos will love. As a parent, I appreciate that these decals can make such a difference in a room, but then they can be removed from the wall when the children outgrow them.

For my own girls, I am madly in love with this Owl Wall Decal and I would love to put it in their playroom or bedroom.

Here are a few more popular decals that you might like!

Monkey Wall Decals


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Silk Scarves Review and Giveaway (Four Winners!) and 25% Off

Pure silk.

Gorgeous, vibrant colors.

Four blessed winners.

Three luxurious scarves, each.

That’s right! There will be four winners chosen and More Than Alive will be graciously providing twelve beautiful silk scarves- three for each winner. I’m so excited, aren’t you?? Just look at these beauties!

Friends, this is one of those giveaways that is pure fun and I hope you enjoy it! I have been wanting to start wearing scarves for quite a long time, so I can hardly wait to get started. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. Having some pretty silk scarves will make a huge difference in my wardrobe.

What do I love about these scarves? Well, they just arrived, so I’m still a bit dazed and dazzled by them! Although I’m sure I’ll be able to add more to this list as I get the chance to enjoy these scarves, here’s [...]

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January Healthy Jump-Start Challenge

January Healthy Jump-Start Challenge

Very few of us are at our best level of health, right? There’s always some room for improvement. For many of us, there’s a ton of room! That’s why I’m doing this challenge, and I’d like you to consider joining me!

This isn’t a sales pitch (I won’t make a penny!) and there are no requirements. I just want to put together a group of us who want to start 2014 with a big boost to our health. Whether it’s removing bad things from our lives (bad habits, bad foods, bad chemicals, etc.) or adding in something good, let’s get together and encourage each other to keep at it!

I’m creating a private Facebook group where we can help, encourage and support each other. Anybody is welcome- all you need to do is click here to request to join.

Why Are We Talking About This Now?

So, wondering why [...]

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2014 Planner Review and Giveaway

Planner Review and Giveaway

Feeling a bit disorganized? Do you have 10 different sticky notes around the house with different to-do lists on them?? Do you have appointments and deadlines that sneak up on you? What about those shopping trips when you get twice the number of things you needed, but forgot the most important thing on the “list” in your head?

Friends, I’ve been there! That’s why I was so excited to get the chance to review the 2013 Daily Planner from Sue Hooley at Homemaker’s Friend. This is so much more than just a calender. Here are some of the things I love about it:

This planner is big enough to hold all the information I need. It’s also small enough to fit in my purse, which is where it usually lives. The planner is spiral bound, so it’s easy to work with. It is a joy to use because it’s [...]

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Homemade Powdered Sugar

How to Make Powdered Sugar~ Creative Christian Mama

Did you know that the powdered sugar from the store has “anti-caking agents” in it?? Yep, it’s not just sugar. It could contain cornstarch (almost certainly from genetically modified corn- yuck!), flour, calcium phosphate or other extras.

Why eat that nasty stuff when we can make our own powdered sugar at home?! Besides, we can use dehydrated cane juice, which is full of good minerals! So much healthier and it won’t have that icky aftertaste that the store-bought stuff has. Win!

What You’ll Need Dehydrated Cane Juice, also called “Rapadura” (enter to win some, here!) or another unprocessed sugar, but I think that’s the best. A blender or clean spice grinder What To Do

Grind it up!! No, I’m serious. Just put it in the blender (or spice/coffee grinder) and let ‘er rip! If you want it extra-fine, just let it go longer or adjust the coarseness setting. [...]

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Toys to Inspire Creativity and Learning

Toys for Creativity and Learning~ Creative Christian Mama

Instead of more movies, video games, computer games and cell phones, how about some presents that get those creative juices flowing and maybe even teach our little kiddos something?! Whether you’re shopping for your own child or not, these will be a big hit. I’m sharing some old favorites from my childhood, along with some new favorites that our own girls enjoy. This post is specifically about indoor toys, so keep an eye out for our favorite outdoor toys, later!


I can’t begin to calculate how many hours I spent playing with my spirograph, as a child. I’m pretty sure that when we get one for our girls, I’ll enjoy it just as much as they will!

Marble Run/Race Sets

My baby brother and I spent a ton of time building intricate tracks with his marble run! With [...]

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Gluten-Free Baking Package Review, Giveaway and Coupon Code!

Gluten-free Baking Kit Giveaway

Whether you’re gluten-free or not, you’re going to love this baking kit from More Than Alive!!! Especially with all the holiday baking, it’s so important to choose nutrient-dense ingredients! There is a world of difference between, say, chocolate chip cookies from the refrigerated section and chocolate chip cookies from nourishing ingredients like these. Not only are they full of nutrients, but they taste 100 times better!

I’ll be highlighting several of these ingredients in recipes during the giveaway, but let me share a few things that I love about each of them, now.

Almond Flour (1 pound $12): This almond flour has been blanched (the skins have been removed) and it’s high in protein and low in carbs. Almonds are wonderful sources of magnesium, calcium and potassium, as well as vitamin E. Organic Coconut Flour (1 pound $7): I love all things coconut and this is [...]

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Goodies, Holidays and Other People’s Kiddos


Every single year, I hear the same story around the holidays. Otherwise peaceful and happy relationships are under attack from a very unlikely source: children’s diets. Friends, family and even strangers try to generously share foods with other people’s children. Tempers flare and the kiddos are caught in the middle.

There are a few things that I’d like for all of us to remember, myself included.

Sharers (Usually) Mean Well

If you’re a parent who is at the end of your rope because of all the things that people are trying to feed your kids, remember that they usually mean well. They aren’t trying to ruin the child’s health. They want to make the child happy and they really believe that this particular food is necessary in order to do that.

Maybe your child needs to be gluten-free and your neighbor keeps trying to sneak cookies [...]

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