April 15th seems like a good time to talk about money. Whether you just completed your 1040ez today or you spent your refund two months ago, tax time can stir up a lot of fiscal emotions. It’s a time when we think about the money we have, the money we want, the money we spend, and the money we share. While finances are part of daily life, they remain a sensitive issue. So it’s no surprise that … [Read more...]

Update: Congratulations to Denise Cragg for winning this giveaway! Easter may be over, but spring picnics and barbecues have just begun. Start any outdoor meal off right with deviled eggs. This classic, crowd-pleasing snack can be as simple or fancy as you like. But first things first—you have to start with eggs that are cooked just right. We want no part of that dry, greenish stuff. This method … [Read more...]

This Sunday night, the 85th Academy Awards will bring gowns, glitz, and Oscar gold into our living rooms. Whether you’re hosting a party worthy of a standing ovation or planning a simple night in with your leading man, make a fun night of it. Start by printing off free Oscar Ballots and Oscar Bingo here.  Then whip up a few snacks, including this simple eggplant dip that will be gone faster than … [Read more...]

Is it just me, or are Christians really divided on the whole observing Lent thing? Last week, a Facebook friend of mine posted, “Ash Wednesday is coming. What are you sacrificing for Lent?” I was taken aback, and even a little offended, by some of the replies she got. From people poking fun (“I’ve lent just about all I can afford!”) to the accusatory (“Since when are you Catholic or … [Read more...]

February means football. And football means feeding a crowd. This weekend instead of the expected spread of hot wings, nachos, and dip, how about hosting a Soup-er Bowl? Cook up two soups to represent each team and face off. Or have guests bring bisques, chilis, and chowders and put them up for a vote. Either way, add a little creativity for a menu that will leave the buffet empty before the … [Read more...]

Gift cards and batteries are great, but we can do better than that! Here are my favorite stocking stuffers, all clocking in at $10 or less. You're welcome.  1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic: $7.49 This versatile lip stain is the just right shade and price. The color looks good on everyone, and you don't even need a mirror to apply it! 2. Microplane: $9.95  Zest a … [Read more...]

Single girl traditions look a little different than married-with-kids traditions. I imagine they are a little less structured (because, as Linda pointed out, kids are big on tradition) and a lot more friend-focused. Because, as any single knows, our closest friends often become our family. So here are my top 5 traditions as a single girl (in no particular order)! #1 The Travel Tree  Just … [Read more...]

Have y'all heard of More Living yet? It's a new LifeWay magazine designed specifically for Boomers. More Living was created with these truths in mind: • Boomers can change the world by giving more and being more for God's glory. • The "me" generation can become the "we" generation. • It's time to reawaken passions and embrace possibilities. • The best choice is always Do What Matters. Want more … [Read more...]

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? It's true. President Ronald Reagan said so in 1984. He also designated the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In honor of all that, we ate some ice cream. And we want to give you an ice cream-related gift. After all, it is FREE Friday. Here we are at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Nashville, our favorite spot for a frozen treat … [Read more...]

"Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him." 1 John 1:5 God's feelings stem from the purest motivations and the most perfect intentions. Because God is always good (1 John 1:5), His emotions flow out of the goodness of who He is. Sometimes our emotions are off track because we don't have the right perspective about a … [Read more...]