A List Of The Best Summer Break Essentials And Tips

**This post contains affiliate links see the disclosure on the sidebar of this website.** Summer break is finally here! Last year, we went on five separate trips to six different locations. We spent time in the mountains of Colorado, dipped our toes into the sandy, Bahama beaches, and spent time visiting great friends scattered across the U.S. So naturally, the travel bug has bitten us again this summer! We haven’t totally narrowed down where we plan to go this year as we are a last-minute family. But I am working toward planning how to make our next summer vacation go as smoothly as possible, and I wanted to be sure to pass along some simple tips! Maybe it was months ago when you booked a week or two weeks off work, but all that eager waiting and anticipation has finally paid off. Now you’re left wondering… do I have everything I need? The answer is usually “no,” and we’ve all entered that blind panic as we rush around trying to prepare all the things we need for a vacation. You had months to prepare, and you end up doing everything the night before. The key is to take a deep breath, […]

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6 Purchases That Will Support The Fight Against Human Trafficking

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” –Anna Lappe The human heart is created with the desire to be loved and to love others. The lack of connection between the desire to make a difference and actually doing something is often difficult to overcome in our modern world with its competing voices, packed schedules and a general feeling of overwhelm. How do we make it easy to fight trafficking for the average person who isn’t able to spend her day campaigning for change or traveling to difficult places to minister to women? As a busy mom, I have often felt that it’s difficult to get involved in the fight against trafficking — caught up in life’s commitments, taking care of my children, working and grocery shopping. It took me a long time to realize that there is so much we can do to be a part of the movement, even from home, and that it begins with our purchases. There is a rise in sustainable, organic and ethical products for sale, but even beyond this, there is a growth in social enterprises today. This type of business has as one of […]

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The Benefits Of Last Minute Trips

Have you ever thought about going on a last minute trip? Not many people do. They don’t think they can make it work with their schedules, and they’d rather play it safe than do something wildly spontaneous. However, there are many notable benefits of going on a last minute trip. You may have heard of Cheryl Strayed, the author of the novel ‘Wild.’  “With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” Not only does this show the power of spontaneity, but that there are always lessons to be learned in every situation. I’ve done planned trips like the Bahamas trip my husband and I took for our five year anniversary. We had everything planned in February for a trip in August! But then there have been other times where we threw our tent […]

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5 Confidence Boosters For The Hard Days

We all look for confidence boosters on the hard days! Do you often compare yourself to others? Do you ignore your accomplishments and tend to focus more on the negatives? When you receive compliments, do you refuse them? Would you rather talk negatively about yourself? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you need to think again. These are signs that your confidence is low. Feeling and thinking positive all the time, your whole life might seem impossible. There will always be a point in your life when you feel down. And feeling down once in a while is a totally normal thing. However, feeling down most of the time is another. It indicates having a low level of confidence that could negatively impact your life. But how can you be so confident in accomplishing your tasks when you are feeling down? Hard days do not only affect our relationship with others; it also affects the way we feel about things and the way we act and respond. Being confident is not constant. Confidence levels change, particularly during those times when all of the things you want to achieve are moving in the wrong direction. We all have […]

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90-Day Bible Reading Plan With Sacred Holidays

During Advent last year, I was honored to write for a Sacred Holiday’s devotional. Since then, I have loved following their impact on the Kingdom of God! Recently, they announced a plan to read the Bible in 90 days. I have never read the entire Bible or been able to keep up with reading plans in the past, I wanted to give this a try! If you want to join me, read Sacred Holiday’s original post below: You are a rockstar. Truly, you are insane and in the best possible way. Choosing the read the entire Bible in the next 90 days is not an easy thing to even approach, much less complete. We will do this with you. We know it won’t be easy. So let us partner up with you and support you through this.  Our whole heart and hope at Sacred Holidays is that we can come alongside you during holidays and help you get closer to God and others. We know that holidays are typically the time of year we take a break from time with the Lord or get caught up in other things. How about let’s do something different this year. How about we […]

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