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Sep 30

Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge {& a candle giveaway}

Making-Your-Home-a-Haven-5-680x1024So, yesterday I told you about my friend Clare’s 5 week Living and Active challenge for body and soul.

Today, I want to inform you of another great challenge going on over at another friend’s blog. This one is for your home and soul.

Courtney at Women Living Well is holding her 5th annual Making Your Home a Haven challenge.

In her practical and inspirational book she writes:

“There’s simply no place like home.  Whether you have a one-bedroom apartment or a large farmhouse, home is where we rest, refuel, and build strong relationships with our loved ones.  No two homes are alike.  Home is a place where we express our individuality in the kitchen and on the walls.  

Whether you are a full-time homemaker or work full-time outside the home, we all have in common the desire to make our homes a haven.  Together let’s pursue peace and harmony.” ~ excerpt from the book, Women Living Well

pBBW1-19118854v850To find out all the details of this fun and creative challenge (the first thing you get to do is purchase a fall-scented candle to light in your home throughout the challenge!)

And, just to help a few or you out with the candle purchasing thing, leave a comment here on your favorite aspect of fall.

Two winners will be randomly chosen to receive a $15 gift card to Bath & Body Works to go buy yourself a candle.

They have tons of fall scents including my favorite: Leaves.

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Sep 29

The 5 Week Living & Active Challenge

Congrats to the winners of the book Growing Up Social by Arlene Pellicane and Dr. Gary Chapman. They are: Kristen@a Mind Full Mom and Donna W. My assistant Amy will be contacting you at the email address you left when you commented to get your mailing address. Enjoy!


LASoulFoodWk1.001I have struggled with my weight going up and down ever since I was in middle school. As an adult, my closet has sported everything from a size 24 when I was my heaviest to a size 5 when at my thinnest (between babies # 2 and 3).

For me, I know one HUGE factor in seeing success in keeping my weight down (or making it go down when it is way up) is exercise. And so, my friend Clare’s annual Living and Active Challenge {over at Peak313 Fitness) couldn’t come at a better time.

But it isn’t just about motivation, ideas, and support for exercise. Clare is a package deal. She has been such a mentor to me in the areas of eating well and the whole spiritual connection with our health.

This challenge includes both the physical and spiritual side of wellness with plenty of accountability online and through social media.

I encourage you to check out this 5 week challenge by clicking here for the details and then joining up with week one, which starts today, by clicking here.  I will be there along with nearly 700 others. Join us!

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Sep 24

Growing up Social Giveaway with Arelene Pellicane

I'm so excited to have my friend, Arlene Pellicane back doing a guest blog post. She is sharing about her new book, Growing up Social: raising relational kids in a screen-driven world, that she co-wrote with Dr. Gary Chapman.  Be sure to leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of two … [Continue reading...]

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Sep 23

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day

John Chapman, often called Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts. His father, Nathaniel Chapman, was a farmer and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Sadly, John’s mother died of tuberculosis during the war. His father apprenticed him to a local apple … [Continue reading...]

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Sep 19

Messy Beautiful Love Giveaway with Darlene Schacht…aka Time Warp Wife

NOTE: Winners to announce!!! Rebecca D. won Lynn Cowell's book Magnetic. Julia R.  won Shari Braendel's book Help Me Jesus, I've Got Nothing to Wear and Katherine won the color swatches. Congrats to all three of you. You will be getting an email from us at the address you left when you commented … [Continue reading...]

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