If you didn't save up for Christmas AND don't want to spend money you don't have on a credit card, try cash flowing Christmas! Here's how!

Cash Flowing Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, and I’m already hearing people joke about putting Christmas on their credit card. In the past, I’ve written about saving up little by little over the course of a year for Christmas spending. If you’re reading this in December, it’s too late for that (for this year). …

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How to Do a Simple Jesse Tree With Kids

Have you ever heard of a Jesse Tree?  “Using a Jesse Tree at Advent involves a series of 25 daily scriptures, devotional readings, and symbolic ornaments. Each day’s theme teaches a piece of redemption history, beginning with creation and culminating with the birth of Jesus. It is visual, interactive, and …

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Do you want to simplify but still give generously this Christmas!?

Operation Simplify Christmas

I’ve kind of accidentally become a quasi-minimalist over the past couple years. I’m sure I’m not a “real” minimalist because, let’s be honest, sometimes often almost always, my house looks like this. And if I search google images for minimalist home, I get this: So yeah. I guess I’m minimalist …

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Reflecting on Advent: Hope

Every December, our church, presumably like many of yours, spends 4 weeks on the commonly celebrated themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. And each year, I’m more aware of how I and those around me so desperately long for those 4 things – hope, peace, love, joy. How …

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Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange: A simple, meaningful advent tradition for the whole family.

Host A Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange

A few years ago, our family started a really simple Jesse Tree tradition during Advent, and I loved it! A friend and I threw together a Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange as an inexpensive and relatively quick way to get a bunch of hand-made Jesse Tree ornaments for Advent. Here’s How It Works We …

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Do you want to simplify but still give generously this Christmas!?

Simplify Christmas and Give Generously

This year, Ben and I have discussing how to give more generously and simultaneously cut back on excessive spending. The thing is… We love to give gifts. I love to shop for people and think – she will love that, or he really needs this or… whatever. And I think gift giving …

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