01
Aug

2 Months of NO blogging — I miss you!!!

Posted by in Blogging & Blog Design | 3 comments

Ah, the internet… I haven’t had it for two months and it’s really hard to be a blogger without it. I’m currently typing this post using one finger on my cell phone. Getting a little cramp, just a small one. I had to write to say I miss you and am praying I have internet sooooooon! Question for YOU: on my no-internet-blog-fast I’ve really been thinking about *why* I blog. I do it for me because I love to write and as a creative outlet. However, I want to also blog for YOU — but I can only do that if my blog...

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30
Jun

FREE Fourth of July Menu from eMeals!

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FREE Fourth of July Menu from eMeals!

I am SO excited about July 4th! Are you ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu!  This menu includes: Easy Baby Back Ribs Bacon Potato Salad Marinated Slaw Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole Watermelon Salad Berry-Topped Thunder Cake It is FREE with any eMeals subscription purchase, so check out 1 of their 60 meal plans on their website today to help you get dinner on the table in a snap every night. Now, onto the sneak peek recipe for Bacon Potato Salad from the July 4th menu!...

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01
Jun

DETAILS for the “Secret Sister Encouragement Brigade”!

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      #107908817 / gettyimages.com WOW! God is doing a great work here, and I am so happy that we get to be included in HIS plan!!! THANK YOU to the approximately 250 of you who signed up to encourage other “secret sisters” — either through email or hand-written cards. I’m so excited to announce that we are in 46 U.S. states, England, Canada, and Australia!!! Please note — If you haven’t heard from me by the end of this week, please drop me an email to make sure I have you signed up. It is...

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28
May

ONLINE Secret Sisters { and we need YOU! }

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ONLINE Secret Sisters { and we need YOU! }

  So…. I had this crazy idea after reading some wonderful and fun suggestions on my Facebook page. I’m hoping YOU will join me because we need YOU! How many of you ladies would be wiling to anonymously send a secret sister (a total stranger!) a hand-written note with a simple, short word of encouragement? I don’t know about you, but getting a hand-written card is such a rarity. I don’t even remember the last time I received a hand-written card that was not a Christmas card or a reminder to make a dental exam. SO...

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25
May

Signed, Sealed, Delivered {TV with a Bible Study!}

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It is very rare for me to find a nice, clean, wholesome, non-cheesy TV show — and I am SO excited to have finally found one! “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a new Hallmark Channel original series that is enjoyable for the whole family. I can’t wait to share something really extra special about this series, but first, let me tell you a little bit about the series itself. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is created and Executive Produced by Martha Williamson, who also created Touched By An Angel — how many of...

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17
May

Christian Working Moms Should Stop Apologizing

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Christian Working Moms Should Stop Apologizing

Hi, I’m Melanie, and I’m a Christian, working mom… and I think it’s about time I stop apologizing for it. For many years, I’ve felt the need to somehow justify my 9-to-5, especially within the Christian community. When asked what I do, I often responded with “I’m a software developer.” But instead of leaving my answer at that, I’ve felt the need to somehow apologize it away — with a list of reasons I need to work, financial information, need for health insurance, my husband lost his...

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17
May

Love At Last Sight {book review}

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Next week is my 14th wedding anniversary, and it has me thinking about the past several years and how different marriage can sometimes be than we expect it to be. I have to say that I LOVE my marriage now more than I did when we were newlyweds. I appreciate my husband more, we have more history together, and I have personally matured so much since we were first married. Our society tends to value the romantic notion of “love at first sight”… but I think it’s more important that we continue to grow that mutual love and...

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13
May

5 Things I Would Love to Learn

Posted by in Just for Fun | 9 comments

School is wrapping up soon, and it has me thinking back to school years. I can definitely remember planning my life around school semesters. To be honest, I’m getting a bit nostalgic about school (and conveniently forgetting the all-night studying, finals week, exhaustion, etc). I love to learn, and I miss it! Ever think about new things you would like to learn just for fun? Here are the five things I would love to learn how to do! 1. Swim Laps I am not a great swimmer. I can probably stay afloat (maybe, but maybe not), but I have never...

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08
May

The One (Beautiful) Thing No One Tells You About Motherhood

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The One (Beautiful) Thing No One Tells You About Motherhood

Sleep when the baby sleeps… Enjoy each moment because they pass quickly… Teach your children the value of hard work… These are all great pieces of advice that I received as a new mommy. Even before I held my sons for the first time, I had tucked away little nuggets of gold — mothering advice from those who have walked this trail before me. I watched them, learned from them, and emulated these mothers. But there was one important thing no one ever told me about mothering that I have come to know in the bottom of my soul...

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05
May

Goodbye Blog Design — choosing the most valuable!

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When we say “yes” to one option, we are essentially saying “no” to another option… A few years ago, I started “Elegant Custom Blogs” because I really enjoyed doing blog design in the evenings after my kids went to bed. Over time, the hobby grew to take on more and more clients and even working with another design company. I have loved meeting so many bloggers, getting to know them as friends, working on their designs, and yeah… making a little spending money on the side. However, we each have...

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