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Jul 22

Two Clicks. Two Posts.

The winner of my book Everyday Confetti is: Kim Stewart. Congrats! My assistant Amy will email you at the address you left when you commented with instructions for claiming your book. Enjoy!


I am busy getting ready to leave for our Proverbs She Speaks Conference but I did have time to post both over at The Better Mom and as part of Time Warp Wife ‘s study of  Courtney Joseph’s book Women Living Well. {Somehow my posts fell on the same day this month!}


Click here for my post on the barefoot days of summer.


Click here for the post on Time Warp Wife’s study of Women Living Well.

Come back tomorrow for a great guest post on Cindy Bultema’s new Bible study Red Hot Faith and a giveaway to help you ignite your faith. Then, on Friday hop back over for a fun, Christmas in July recipe. {And if you want to be sure not to miss any new posts, sign up to have them automatically emailed to you by clicking here.}

I’m off to pack and zip to the airport!

Have a great week!

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Jul 18


Before I share these delicious salad recipes, I have some winning announcements to catch up on first! {It’s been crazy busy around here getting ready for the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference}.

So let’s get caught up and congratulate the following winners. {Drum roll please.}

7 Simple Outreach Ideas: Kathy DeFilippo

Prayer Gifts While You Wait: Leah, Gretchen Scoleri, Rhiannon

Mended Heart: Diane Fetter

5 Ways to Tether Your Heart to God’s Word: Bobbie G

Atlas Girl: Dede, Lori, Connie

WINNRS: You will be getting an email from my assistant Amy soon at the address you left when you commented. It will give instructions for claiming your gift. NOTE: If you see your first name listed above and you think you might be the “Leah” or “Connie” who won, hang tight. If indeed you are the winner, you will get an email from Amy. If you aren’t, you won’t, and it just means that a different person with your same first name won. Thanks for helping keep our email boxes unclogged! :-)



Let’s talk Veggies

Chopped Vegetable Salad

To make this snappy salad, choose your favorite vegetables and chop them into small pieces, including the lettuce.

Mix the vegetables with your family’s favorite dressing and serve!

Here are some suggestions to make it colorful and crunchy.



1  head romaine lettuce

2  stalks celery

2  carrots

1  red bell pepper

1  cucumber

1  summer squash

¼ c.          sweet or red onion

½ c.          broccoli or cauliflower flowerets

½ c.          chopped tomato


This savory salad is sure to hit a home run with the family and taste buds. Another taste-tested favorites of ours.

Layered Cornbread Salad


romaine lettuce, chopped

1 (15 oz.) can      kidney beans, drained

1 c.          tomatoes, chopped

½ c.          sweet or red onion, diced

1 c.          corn, fresh or frozen and thawed

½ c.          red or green bell pepper, diced

1 cup        peppercorn or cucumber ranch dressing

½ cup       shredded cheese

Bake cornbread using your favorite mix or recipe. Allow to cool. Using a trifle dish, layer ingredients in order with cornbread on the bottom. Top with salad dressing and cheese. Serves 6–8.

Everday.Confetti.coverNOTE: For more recipes and fun ideas for celebrating throughout the year, pick up my latest book Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide for Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions.
From holidays to holy days to even those daily days of life, this book is full of creative ways to make memories with those you love, and also to reach out to those you you might not know so well {or at all}!
Click here to buy.  
AND leave a comment telling us your favorite summer salad and you could win a copy of the book! {One winner announced Monday}


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Jul 16

Atlas Girl Giveaway by Emily Wierenga

Today I'm excited to introduce my friend, Emily Wierenga. She is guest posting today about her just released personal memoir Atlas Girl. It's a beautiful and bold journey on finding home in the least expected place. Be sure to leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of 3 giveaway … [Continue reading...]

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Jul 14

5 Ways to Tether Your Heart to God’s Word {and a giveaway to help you do just that!}

I'd love to connect with you! Sign up to get my blog posts automatically, follow me on Pinterest, on Twitter or “Like” my page on Facebook. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you have found your way here after reading my  Proverbs 31 devotion entitled, … [Continue reading...]

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Jul 11

5 Fantabulous Things {to check out this weekend}

Ahhhhhh......another summer weekend. For us this weekend holds the wedding of a young woman who is like a second daughter to us. Our biological daughter Kenna is the Maid of Honor {they met at church camp in early high school}. And then on Sunday, my daughter and I will help put on a bridal … [Continue reading...]

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