Category Archives: Books

A Merry Little Gift Guide

Having trouble figuring out what to give some of your family and friends? Some of these ideas may help you out! And all of these items can be purchased online if you don’t like fighting the holiday shopping crowds! There’s still a few weeks before Christmas, so you should be able to purchase any of these items!

  1. The Coffee & Chocolates Gift Basket. Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate? This gift basket has a collection of fine chocolates, truffles, cookies, biscotti and more, along with a collection of premium ground coffees. It’s always fun to receive a gift like this in the mail! Have this basket of goodies sent right to your recipients’ home! Mug not included. At GourmetGiftBaskets.com.
  2. Local Hive Honey. Natural, raw, unfiltered honey…created by bees as if “it was from your own backyard.” Give honey from your local area or from your recipient’s local area—choose from 16 different local varieties like Local New England, Local Colorado, Local Florida, Local Texas, and more. Makes a great gift for people who love honey and who love to eat healthy! At LocalHiveHoney.com.
  3. A new Christmas album by pianist and composer Paul Cardall. Simply titled “Christmas,” this soundtrack has a stunning instrumental collection of timeless Christmas classics, such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Joy to the World.” Some selections feature vocalists, including CeCe Winans’ extraordinary performance of “O Holy Night.” A wonderful collection and a great gift…you may want to buy a one for yourself, too! At PaulCardall.com. Also available at Amazon.
  4. An Old-Fashioned Christmas. A holiday gift book filled with a collection of inspirational, humorous, and classic Christmas quotes that celebrate the meaning and spirit of the Yuletide season. Perfect for any book lover—and it makes a great stocking stuffer too! At HatherleighPress.com. Also available at Amazon.
  5. Handcrafted Lip Balms. The perfect gift for the DIY-ers in your life: a great make-your-own lip balm kit that includes 5 lip balm pods, beeswax, easy-release silicone mold, and instruction booklet for making all-natural lip balm. All packaged in a handy kit! At Quarto and Amazon.
  6. (in)courage Devotional Bible. Features 312 devotions by the (in)courage community writers. Includes resources for women to explore the Bible and dive deep into Scripture, with 10 thematic reading plans, stories of courage about 50 women of the Bible, and journaling space for personal reflection. At DaySpring.com and Amazon.

Happy shopping and hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

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Debt-Free Living

Debt-free living ties in with my goal for a simplified, less-cluttered, more stress-free life. Did you realize that being in debt and having lots of bills is a big cause of stress? I want to be wiser about spending and saving, so I’m taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class, which teaches you how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and save more. The teaching is based on Biblical principles for handling money and has helped thousands of people pay off large amounts of debt in a short amount of time.

I’m just now starting the class as part of a small group at my church, so I’m not an expert on debt-free living yet! 🙂  However, I did get a chance to hear Dave Ramsey speak in person and he shared five life/financial tips that can be helpful to anyone—each tip has a Scripture to back it up:

  1. Live on a budget (Luke 14:28)
  2. Get out of debt (Proverbs 22:7)
  3. Foster high-quality relationships (I Corinthians 15:33)
  4. Save money (Proverbs 21:20)
  5. Be outrageously generous (2 Corinthians 9:7)

You can find out more about Dave Ramsey, his books, his radio show, his courses, and live events at DaveRamsey.com. Are you familiar with Dave Ramsey and is debt-free living a goal you want to pursue?

The REAL SIMPLE Method to Organizing Every Room

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THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED-congrats to Marge K on winning the giveaway copy! I’m reviewing this new book on home organizing from the Editors of REAL SIMPLE, and I also am doing a giveaway for one copy of it! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I think I was meant to have this book! From the beginning of this year (actually, even before that), organizing and simplifying have been on my mind a lot. It’s this year, though, that I’ve really become serious about it. So this new book, The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room and How to Keep it that Way is just what I needed! I Continue reading

Giving it Forward

Hello and hope you are having a nice Sunday! Today I wanted to share some excerpts from a book I read a few months ago–Be the Gift by Ann Voskamp. This is a shorter Continue reading

Beautiful Truths

I’m sharing some hand lettering you’ll find in the new She Reads Truth Bible. It’s beautifully designed, with special hand lettered key verses from each of the 66 books of the Bible.

There are also specially designed maps, charts, and timelines for added insights as you read, study, and reflect on God’s Word. I love all the color and hand lettering! You can find out more about it at shereadstruthbible.com.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

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