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Light Your World

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Moms and dads, welcome to my home! I am intentionally simplifying my décor. I’ve been thinking a lot about how grateful I am for “all things light.” I love candles, lamps, and fireplaces—anything that flickers and casts shadows across the walls of my home. If you come over for a visit—day or night—you will surely find candles burning, and a lamp or two turned on before sundown. There’s something magical about the soft, warming glow that candles project. I love how they seem to magically whisper to our souls,“Relax, take it easy, calm your mind, all is well.” And even if all is not well, at least we can escape our painful, stressful, realities—if only for a moment. Light has a powerful way of recharging our minds and refueling our souls. My best ideas have come to me when...

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New Year, New Royal Mindset

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 1 comment

How is it possible that January is here? There is an undeniable excitement in the air since turning the calendar page to a new year. 2017 holds wonderful possibilities for each of us, and I pray we will each recognize a brand-new sense of purpose in our lives. While decorating our home is important, and a fun thing to do, I think it’s even more important we start the year by decorating our minds. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Our purpose, as parents, is to raise kind, loving, respectable, and responsible little people who will become kind, loving, respectable, responsible big adults someday. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from...

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New Year’s Resolution for Your Home

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I think I must be the odd woman out in this regard, but one of the things I like best about Christmas is taking down the decorations and getting the house back in order. As cozy and homey as the twinkling lights of the tree are, there’s something wonderful about tidying up and getting the house back in order. For me, it’s a time to reflect on the wonderful Christmas we’ve just enjoyed, as well as thinking ahead to the beginning of a brand new year. This year, one of my Christmas gifts was an inspiration for rearranging the kitchen. It’s no secret that I love to rearrange furniture. Of course, most kitchens can’t really be “rearranged,” but when our kids went together to get me a new cherry red KitchenAid stand mixer (the first time I’ve owned such...

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Decorated Memories

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Preparing our homes for Christmas is fun and at times a bit overwhelming. With our long to-do lists and the many details each item demands, it’s easy to forget the true reason for the season. So as we rush to place baby Jesus in the manger: let’s linger, share memories, and relish the precious gift of eternal salvation through Christ’s birth more than 2,000 years ago. What an honor it is to gather around the Nativity and talk about how God’s past decision to send His only Son into the world makes our present joys and our future ones complete. As you gather, ask each family member to share what Christ’s manger means to them. In doing this, you’ll be decorating your home, and the hearts of those who mean most to you, with the sweetest of memories. Memories...

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Celebrating Autumn

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Thanks to some unexpected garage-sale finds, I was able to create a beautiful fall “wreath” for a grand total of $1.75. If you are fortunate to live in the country or somewhere you can gather a handful of nature’s fall bounty, you may be able to do the same for a little bit of nothing. Searching for seed pods and colorful grasses and leaves would be a wonderful treasure hunt for the children in your life. (Just be sure to supervise so no one gathers an armload of poison ivy or poison oak!) My finds—a large, square, woven tobacco basket, a garland of fall leaves, and two packages of dried fall seedpods/grasses/reeds—seemed to be made for each other. The grasses and reeds were crumbling and possibly buggy, but for only a quarter a package, I didn’t mind throwing away...

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The Magic of Mirrors

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

When I was a child, one of my favorite, most fascinating activities was to walk around with a hand mirror held just under my eyes so that the ceiling became the floor, and the rooms in our house were turned upside down. Yes, I bumped into my fair share of furniture and stubbed my toes more than once, but that didn’t stop me from playing “the mirror game.” I loved the way a mirror seemed to turn everything upside down and backwards, and how it could make a room seem twice as big and the light from a window twice as bright. And how if you looked in a mirror at yourself looking in another mirror, it multiplied the image to infinity. It was almost magical! When it comes to decorating, mirrors can still work “magic.” There is no...

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