our top 3 reasons for getting out of debt

Top 3 Reasons to Get Out of Debt – NOW!

 We read Dave Ramsey’s book The Total Money Makeover (which I highly recommend, by the way) and listened to all the teachings from the class when we first got married. We were on board. Debt is dumb, pay cash, blah blah blah. Made perfect sense. Then we took out a BIG loan …

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I didn’t know I was marrying a nerd

Before I was married, I remember people saying “Oh I’m so glad I married my best friend.” I thought that sounded nice. But honestly, and I probably couldn’t have articulated this until recently, I didn’t marry my best friend… at the time. Ben and I met (as in, met-for-the-first-time-hi-nice-to-meet-you) and …

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So, what do you when your toddler is whining? Sometimes I want to shout as loud as I can "STOP WHINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are you being such a.... 2 year old?"

When Your Toddler is Whining

[Side note: I wrote this post on a more-whining-than-usual-day and now the last couple days have been great. Ben was out of town for a few days, and I think the girls feel it when he’s gone. I know I do! He’s the cheese to our macaroni, the cream in …

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Here are a handful of toddler montessori-inspired activities we tried at home. They're pretty easy to set up and very cheap or free. Great for a 2 year old!

Toddler Montessori Work Shelf Update

For the very short period of time that we had only one toddler in our house, we had a toddler-friendly Montessori-inspired work shelf. It was Montessori-inspired in that: Most of the activities could be completed independently. The activities were displayed in a neat and pleasing manner. Our 2 year old …

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Disclosure Policy

Updated July 2019 Dear Reader, Thanks for visiting this blog! I’m glad you’re here. My goal at Rhythms + Grace Blog (and in my weekly newsletter) is to provide practical tips, tools, tutorials, and encouragement to help you create healthy rhythms and receive grace in your every-day life! Running this …

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Why and How I Kinda Sorta Clean My House

Call me crazy, but I used to enjoy cleaning. I found it somewhat therapeutic. Plus there’s the whole instant gratification thing. You put some work into it, and everything sparkles and looks better immediately. With kids, well… that’s just not the case most of the time. Let’s just say, our …

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This is how we vacuum

We live in a big-enough-for us-but-not-that-big ranch with 975-ish square feet. There is a living room, hallway and 3 bedrooms on the first floor that are all carpeted. Plus a kitchen and bathroom that are vinyl and fake wood/ laminate flooring. The basement has indoor/outdoor type carpeting. It doesn’t take …

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So We Had A{nother} Baby…

oh hi there. remember that time I had another baby? Well, here’s the official blog introduction of sweet Emma Catherine. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce. 21 inches long (exactly the same as her big sister). This time around, I decided to use a birth photographer. If it’s …

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Quick & easy pork lettuce wraps make the perfect healthy weeknight dinner

Pork Lettuce Wraps

A friend made these pork lettuce wraps for us once and they were AHHH-mazing. I’ve made them a few times since. Everyone I’ve made these for and shared the recipe with so far has loved them too, so I figured I’d post it on the world wide web. The prep …

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homemade tomato soup + grilled cheese varieties

Homemade Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

This has been my go to lunch for a couple weeks now. Not every day… but almost. It’s so so good. I know it’s a staple and probably doesn’t need any instructions, but here’s how we do grilled cheese and tomato soup around here. HOMEMADE TOMATO SOUP *Get the milk …

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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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Easiest and best pork tenderloin ever!

Pork Tenderloin

This easy pork tenderloin is delicious, healthy, and takes 10 minutes to prep. You can grill it, bake it, or freeze it. It’s one of our family faves! Pork Tenderloin time: 10 minutes prep; 1-8 hours marinate; 45 minutes bake (or 10 minutes grill) Ingredients 2 lb. pork tenderloin 1/2 …

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