Teaching Science With the Olympics!

Teaching Science With the Olympics!

It’s almost here, folks! It’s time for the Winter Olympics! I love sports in general. But during the Olympics, I love the stories that fill the “gaps” in between the competitions. I cannot get enough of the history of these games and the world cultures that we get to experience through our living room screens. But perhaps the least noticed benefit of watching the Olympics is experiencing the science behind the games.  [Nerd alert!]     As a teacher of 10-12-year-olds, I…

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Planting In Faith – What To Do When Doubt Creeps In

Planting In Faith – What To Do When Doubt Creeps In

Faith is a funny thing. We base our life choices on faith, yet it is so very mysterious. For the very concrete and practical, faith can seem whimsical or silly. For the devout, it can lead to dangerous self-righteousness or a humble pursuit of deeper understanding. By its very definition, faith involves invisible things. It is a knowledge that even though I cannot physically see what I put my faith in, I know without a doubt that it is present….

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7 Easy Meal Ideas to Serve at Your Next Gathering

7 Easy Meal Ideas to Serve at Your Next Gathering

What’s the first thing you do when planning a gathering at your house? The first big question out of my mouth is usually, “What are we going to eat?” It’s important for me to have something yummy to feed my friends and family. But I am also always looking for some easy meal ideas. So I thought it would be helpful to have a go-to list of great crowd pleaser meals. I am not a fancy person to say the…

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5 Ways to Have a Confident and Expectant Faith in God

5 Ways to Have a Confident and Expectant Faith in God

Don’t you love to be around someone who is confident? I do. I’m not talking about arrogant people who have more confidence than action. They just annoy. I’m talking about the people who know what they want or know where they are going in life. These people are the ones that attract others to them. They are the entrepreneurs that seem to make incredible business decisions so that things fall into place for them. Or the moms whose kids seem…

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Making the Most of Every Opportunity

Making the Most of Every Opportunity

Opportunity. I love that word. It screams optimism and hope. At this time of year, it is my favorite word. There are very few times of the year quite like a brand spanking new year. The months ahead are a wide-open canvas of options and opportunity. It seems that there is nothing that can’t be accomplished given the time and the optimism a clean slate and a new year brings. I remember as a kid how I loved a new…

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Favorite Christmas Gifts to Give and Get

Favorite Christmas Gifts to Give and Get

This post may contain affiliate links. Please click here for more details. I don’t know about you, but I love the convenience of Christmas shopping online. Don’t get me wrong. I also LOVE to touch and feel the merchandise in my local stores, like Dodie’s Closet and Dear Heart Designs. (By the way, both of these ladies will ship items to you!) I love to shop local and shop small. Some of my favorite Christmas gifts given through the years have been purchased…

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The Best Way To Quiet the Stress of the Christmas Season

The Best Way To Quiet the Stress of the Christmas Season

We did it, y’all! We successfully navigated the family time, the pumpkin pie, and the relentless advertisements that call us to “buy more so we can save more” (does this seem strange to anyone but me?) during the Thanksgiving holiday. Now we are ready to enjoy the next few weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays. But who are we kidding? We are in for three weeks of extra work, more spending, and the pressure to “put on” a great…

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How to Create and Stick to a Christmas Budget

How to Create and Stick to a Christmas Budget

Hey, guess what! Christmas is just around the corner, and if you haven’t noticed, everyone is grabbing for a swipe of your debit card. There’s nothing worse than spending the Christmas season worrying about money, so why not make a plan (aka a Christmas budget) and stick to it this year? The first step in making a Christmas budget is to make a couple of lists. First, write down everyone who you would like to bless with a gift this…

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3 Ways to Create a Culture of Thankfulness

3 Ways to Create a Culture of Thankfulness

During this season, thankfulness is on the minds of most people. No matter where we find ourselves in life — leading a corporation, a classroom or a couple of toddlers — we have influence over the culture of our surroundings. So why not use that influence to create a culture of thankfulness? It may be easier than you think. In fact, your influence may just be the spark that will turn the tide on the negative forces that drag your…

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What’s So Great About the Empty Nest?

What’s So Great About the Empty Nest?

The empty nest is one of the most talked about stages in an adult’s life. Some will even label it a “syndrome” like it’s some disease! While others call it an all-out celebration. Young parents may dream of a day without diapers. A time of life where they might possibly get to use the bathroom without company. Parents of teens may try to put the brakes on the calendar in hopes that they can have one last opportunity with their…

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