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#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 3: Jesus Helped Others to See and So Can You

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I am so excited about the Christmas 2017 #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign. I joined and will be given 25 ways/ideas over the course of the next 25 days to try to be more like Jesus Christ.  Each day there is a challenge to do something that Christ did in his life: feed the hungry, visit the sick, honor parents, etc. It

An Innovative New Way to Purchase Items Online & Build Credit Without Using a Credit Card

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Affirm, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. With credit card debt reaching historical high’s some debt experts are encouraging consumers to ditch the credit cards and just use cash. Credit card debt can be a vicious thing. Interest rates often run very high and

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Activities

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I love Christmas! It is such an amazing time of year. I mainly love it because of the fun traditions, the spirit of remembering and celebrating Jesus Christ, and the time I get to spend with loved ones. Almost all of my favorite Christmas memories and traditions have to do with celebrating Christ. Here are

Quick and Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts for Christmas

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Neighbor Gifts are always nice to give and receive. The past few years I’ve really enjoyed giving gifts to those people who mean a lot to my family. Although I love gift giving, for budgeting and time purposes I have to be sure that I’m giving out inexpensive and quick neighbor gifts. Here are some ideas I liked that I thought

How to Make Grape Jelly out of Grape Juice

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  My mom grows concord grapes in her backyard. Growing up we would juice them together each year. She would then make a few dozen batches of delicious grape jelly from her homemade grape juice (post here). This is my favorite jelly! It is so flavorful, sweet, and delicious! It is easy and quick to make especially considering

How to Make a Table Taller

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I have a small table that I bought 5 years ago on the local classifieds for about $25.00. It has been in my living room until a recent remodel and I moved it into the kitchen/dining area. Even though it is a bit small, it fits my little family (single mom of two toddlers) perfectly. And because of

How to Cook Butternut Squash—the Easy Way

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My parents are big fans of butternut squash and cook it all the time. It is very high in fiber and vitamin A—which is good for your eyes. I’ve grown up eating butternut squash regularly and have enjoyed it with a variety of toppings (many are mentioned below). I invited my parents over to my house

Top 9 Tips for Saving Money at Disney World

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A lot of families consider traveling to be too expensive for them – mention the words Disney World and most scoff at the idea of ever being able to take their family there. It isn’t going to be cheap, but planning and budgeting for such a vacation can make it attainable! Besides booking with my friends

Gift Guide for Different ‘Types’ of People on Your List

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This is the time of year that my family starts divvying out names for gifts that we are going to buy for our siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. We draw names for my immediate and extended family. Instead of getting hundreds of gifts each year, we only give a few. By dividing names out, we save a

How To Tackle ‘Debt Stress’: 5 Top Tips

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Having debt that is out of control or that is threatening to get out of control is a source of major stress and worry for many. Debt can start small and manageable, but often continues to escalate if not handled properly. When stress through owing money builds, it is very important to deal with it effectively. Try the

A Must-Have Item for Parents of Babies. Our Story & Review of the Owlet Baby Monitor

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My cousin, Kerby, and his wife, Aubree, have been so kind to share their personal experience using the innovative Owlet Baby Monitor with you. Welcome Aubree… Hi! Thanks for having me. First, I’ll describe what the Owlet Baby Monitor is/does and then I’ll share our story which can be found in the ‘Our Story’ section

9 Delicious and Quick Canned Chicken Recipes

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I was organizing my canned food the other day and found that I have A LOT of canned chicken. I realized that I need to make more meals with it—especially since it is a convenient and inexpensive way to add protein to a meal. I get a lot of my canned chicken at grocery stores but its also

How You Can Enrich the Lives of Refugee Children in Greece

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There are over 60 million refugees worldwide. Half are children! Those of us who can help should seek to make a difference in these kids’ lives whose circumstances are very traumatic and bleak. My younger sister, Mandi is a composer who lives in LA. She and a friend, Tiffany Hilliard went to Greece (paying their own

Homemade Concord Grape Juice

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My mom has been an avid concord Grape grower for 30 or so years. She has many beautiful vines that produce a lot of grapes each fall. I guess playing classical music to them on occasion does work! And yes she really has tried that. Each October we pick the grapes and juice them. Then, throughout the

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