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Tips for Framing and Hanging Art

The following post is from Lindsey M. Roberts, a design & décor writer: Lesson learned: I need to get it through my head that even if a beautiful print is inexpensive, the framing is not. Recently, I took a big pile of art to the framing store, and $$$ later (even with a 60% discount!)…

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An Important Lesson for Life & Gardening from an Organic Farmer

Yesterday afternoon, the girls and I had a chance to join with a couple other families to learn some gardening basics from a local organic farmer who goes to our church (and teaches our 4-year-old's Sunday school class!). Mr. Rod did an amazing job of teaching both the kids and adults about gardening, and I…

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25 Ways to Choose Joy When You’re Struggling

A couple weeks ago I shared 10 ways to proactively choose joy each morning, but in all honesty, choosing joy in recent days has been more of a white-knuckle experience. Even though I know Sean wants to help, his mobility is still very limited, so I'm still doing most things by myself. On top of…

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Who’s Your Favorite Strong Female Character?

As the mother of four girls, I love that books with strong female characters abound for every age: Nancy Drew and Annie (from the Magic Tree House) set out on adventures to solve mysteries and help those in need. Hermione is unabashedly smart, never pretending to be dumb around boys or other girls, and her…

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Inexpensive Ways to Add Outdoor Lighting

The following post is from Lisa of The Pennington Point: It can get expensive to buy lights that are made for outdoors.  But with some creativity and resourcefulness, you can light up your evenings in style for very little money. If you have a porch area where you can sit and relax, then soft lighting…

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4 Simple Ways to Decorate with Books

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life: Whenever I rearrange the accessories in my home, I usually use books to help change things up. Decorating with books is an easy, inexpensive way to add a punch of texture and color. Finding books at yard sales, second-hand stores or the library used book…

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