Building a Blessings Budget

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Last week, we attended family camp at Fort Wilderness.  Our speaker for the week was Pastor Brian Kluth, speaker and writer on generosity, God’s provision, and legacy living.  He spoke on many topics during the week that resonated with and challenged me, but there is one takeaway that I am especially excited[Read more]

Minimalism and the Mindful Shopper

Yesterday, I went shopping.  I didn’t want to go, but my new little soccer players needed shin guards for their first games today.  Kohl’s department store loomed across the parking lot from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  I brought the 30% off coupon that arrived in the mail, just in case.   That coupon nearly burned a hole in my pocket until I could resist no longer. The thing is, I detest Kohl’s (rather, I detest myself in Kohl’s).  They lure you[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Fun, Frugal Birthday Party and Our Summer Theme Verse

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s what has been going on in my world this week. Is it really the end of June?  I feel like I’m just starting to get my bearings with the summer schedule, and one-third of summer has already passed!  I am realizing that I can’t put off summer until I get this or that out of the way.  Busy weeks with camps and birthday parties and work coming due are all part of[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 4

This is the last in a four-part series on making money from home.  If you are just joining us, please head back and read parts one, two, and three.  Today, we are deviating a bit from work “at home” to work outside the home that may accommodate the family schedule. 7.  Some jobs are kid-friendly, meaning you can do them with your children in tow.  Options like newspaper delivery, school bus driver, and mystery shopper all come to mind.  I[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 3

Welcome back to our four-part series on how to make money from home.  In week one, we explored the idea of time as a commodity and different online sales opportunities.  Last week, we took a look at rummage sales and online survey sites.  Today, we will delve into the myriad services one can provide from the comfort of one’s home and the pros and cons of home sales shows (through companies like Pampered Chef). 5.  Sell a service.  Immediately, I[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s some of what’s been going on in my world this week: School’s Out  It was the first, full week off school for my two boys.  Since public schools in our area only got out today, I let this be a freebie week.  I have a summer schedule written down, but I set it aside so we could putz around, go to Goodwill, play at the park, and enjoy the warm weather, which[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 2

This is the second in a four-part series running each Thursday in June.   Last Thursday, we looked at using our time wisely to conserve and generate income, as well as selling items on-line.  Today, we are exploring the pros and cons of rummage sales and on-line survey sites. 3.  Holding a rummage sale.  Ahhh, rummage sales.  I love going to them, and I love the idea of having them.  But, in reality, neither ultimately does me much good.  Oh[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 1

For those of us that are not in a position to make money outside of the home, I have compiled a list- by no means comprehensive- to add a little extra income to the budget by working from home.  Each Thursday in June, I will cover two of the eight ideas.  Today, we will talk about time as a commodity and on-line sales. 1.  “Time is money.” Sometimes, making money is an abstract concept.  My husband says I am making[Read more]

Finding My Way With Writing

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Recently, I have jumped into the world of professional writing.  Instead of writing for myself, I registered on Upwork (formerly oDesk) and have taken on a few, diverse jobs this past month. I’ve found it to be a positive experience because 1) it pays and 2) it is revealing my strengths and passions as a writer. The first job I got hired for was a dream.  For $50, I read someone’s manuscript and offered feedback.  I took sections and rewrote[Read more]