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Displaying Thankfulness with a Pumpkin

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. This month, our focus shifts to people and things we’re thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 23rd.  Today, we’ll create a simple but meaningful centerpiece for our holiday table that’s sure to be a hit with friends and family who are gathered around our table. What you’ll need: One or more pumpkins (try to find ones with a smooth skin) Two Sharpies, medium point Bible Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands...

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Decorate Me Thankful

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner and I’m feeling sentimental. Feeling all the thankful feels of this holiday season. Thanksgiving, above all other holidays, gently reminds us to count our blessings. And, so…I write on chalk boards, on plates propped on easels or on dry erase boards angled in corners of rooms. I write words like:   Blessed! Thankful! Welcome, Thankful Hearts! Thankfulness Welcomed Here! Be Thankful! Give Thanks! My Top 2017 Thanksgiving Creative Ideas Are: Pretty Thanksgiving table runners. Scatter small picture frames along your table with pictures of those you are thankful for this year. This is also a great way to remember those who cannot be with you for some reason or another—military duty, death, etc…. Scatter colorful leaves all about and votive candles, too. Print Scripture verses about being thankful in all things and...

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A Mother’s Legacy

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

Ding! A new text message lit up the screen of my iPhone. I opened it to find a long note from my mom containing a list she’s compiled of over 350 names and attributes of God. The day before she and I had chatted about my fascination with learning God’s names as a means to knowing Him better. She mentioned that she thinks through the alphabet and corresponding names of God as she falls asleep at night. I had asked her to send me the list she’s put together. When I received the text message the next day, I smiled at this glimpse into her walk with the Lord and realized what a priceless gift she’s given me through her own quietly cultivated heart for Christ. I’ve experienced the impact of her love for Him – both as a...

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A Spectacle in Rome

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Most people have heard about what happened in the Roman Colosseum, where Christians, criminals, slaves, and other “undesirables” were hauled into an arena and executed. Some say that most Christian martyrs were slaughtered in the Circus Maximus, not the Colosseum, but wherever it took place, this was entertainment to the bloodthirsty Roman crowd. People love a spectacle. Always have. Always will. But did you know that the Romans also held full-scale naval battles as entertainment? In 46 B.C., to celebrate the victories of Julius Caesar, the Romans created a man-made lake where they staged a battle between two fleets of ships. These were full-scale ships, featuring as many as 6,000 fighters. What’s more, these were real battles, where real blood flowed and real people died or were badly injured, writes a recent article in National Geographic History magazine. Today,...

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Taste and See for Yourself that God is Good!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. October is the month filled with hayrides, freshly fried apple pies, pumpkin carvings, and of course, candy corn. The mention of two desserts is no coincidence because October 14th was National Dessert Day! Even the Bible has something to say about the joy of tasting.  Today’s {yummy} autumn activity offers a choice—you can either buy or bake, depending on your time constraints. Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy either picking out...

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It’s Fall, Y’all!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I love fall. Love how the leaves gradually turn from green to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and crimson red. Love the chill in the air and the warmth a good cup of java provides. Fall reminds me to enjoy beauty all around, because life should be so much more than stressful days full of getting it done, carpool lines, or staying on the run. It’s fall, y’all! Change is in the air and I’m loving it! Currently, I have a cinnamon apple candle in my kitchen and the fragrance is delectable! I love how a single whiff draws me in, encouraging me to stop for a moment, to embrace this small, fragrant gift of fall and all it has to offer. My summer hydrangeas are dried up, but, outside my home you’ll find multi-sized orange pumpkins clustered together,...

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