what’s in my bag?

since i was a little girl, i’ve loved to see what treasures were hidden inside a lady’s handbag and i suppose my girlish curiosity still exists.  so in case any of you are as nosy curious as me, here’s a glimpse of what’s inside my bag at the moment.

kate spade 'all typed up'

The Benefits of Psalter Groups

We’re reaching the halfway point in our Psalter readings so I thought I’d post an excerpt from some of St. Augustine‘s writings on the benefits of reading the psalms to encourage us along.

keep calm and read a psalm

Lenten Quinoa & Coconut Cream Pudding Recipe

Eating healthy has been a pretty challenging lifestyle change for us.  Sometimes we do really well and other times not so much.  I’m a meat and potatoes kinda gal with a big sweet tooth (as you can probably tell since most of my recipes are desserts, lol), so it takes enormous amounts of willpower for… [Continue Reading]


modern mom challenge: saying goodbye to copycat fashion and designer labels

being a mom is hard. like, really hard sometimes.  and being an Orthodox mom in a modern world makes it that much more difficult.  that’s why i’ve come up with this modern mom challenge.  think of it as a {pre}spring cleaning checklist for our lives.  we’re going to figure out what’s cluttering up our lives [Read On]

never try to be something you're not.

be yourself.

i was cleaning out some of my bookmarks this morning and i ran across this video from a few years ago.  there is inspiration everywhere if only we look! never try to be something you’re not. that one little difference may make all the difference. i think this is an adorable reminder to be yourself [Read On]

Herringbone Cowl

am knitting: the herringbone cowl

it’s only fair that i tell you about my favorite knit of all time.  no, seriously.  i am constantly knitting but it seems like it’s never actually for me.  hats, cowls, scarves, cup cozies, blankets, sweaters, dishcloths, fingerless gloves, and just about everything else are being cast on and off my needles all the time [Read On]


goals, plans & dreams for 2014

I realize I’m a bit late in posting my resolutions for the new year but I took a little internet hiatus and enjoyed it more than I anticipated.  As much as I heart being a blogger, it’s nice to just live without the fuss of having to document every little thing, ya know?  Seriously, if [Read On]


Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

I love cooking up big pots of stew on cold winter days.  Filling your insides with something warm and hearty just feels so good!  Even my pickiest eater fills his tummy without a fuss on those days.  Last night, I cooked up a rich and hearty beef stew. Now, I know there are a million [Read On]


Tune in to The Dr. OZ Show this Friday to watch me make Avgolemono Soup!

Early last month I received an email from one of the producers of the Dr. Oz Show asking if I’d be interested in filming a segment for one of their upcoming episodes.  At first, I thought it was spam, but DH told me to call the number listed at the bottom of the email to [Read On]

Icon of the Magi bringing gifts

The Gifts of the Magi

One of the many things that fascinate me about the Orthodox Faith is the treasure of relics and history we have preserved.  Many people read the Bible and wonder about the things they’ve read about.  Do they still exist?  What did they look like?  Is there special significance behind the story?  But they don’t know [Read On]


Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Wishing you and yours a blessed feast of the Nativity. May the love and peace of our precious newborn Lord fill your hearts this day and always. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! See you next year!

Minivan Express Tickets

All Aboard the Minivan Express! {free ticket download}

Last year, we had so much fun our Minivan Express ride that I am super excited to do it again this year! I strung lights in the van, popped popcorn and poured our thermoses to the top with tea and hot cocoa.  The boys had a blast!  We listened to the Polar Express audiobook and [Read On]

Snowman Christmas Party

Snowman Christmas Party + craft

I love snowmen.  They’re just so cute and fluffy and well, cute.  For the past two years, I’ve had a little snowman party for the boys and some of their cousins.  It’s always so much fun!!

My Favorite Things 2013

A few of my Favorite Things {gift guide}

I’ve been meaning to post a list of some of my favorite things for weeks now but haven’t had the chance until now.  Since today is the 13th of December I’ve chosen thirteen of my very favorite things.   Some I already own and love and others are on my revolving Christmas list.  <3

mint merry soap

Buy Mint Merry Soap and support The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry!

I love supporting companies that contribute their earnings to worthy causes.   That’s why I was really excited to try this Mint Merry Soap  made by the fathers of Hermitage of the Holy Cross monastery.  The soap is scented with mint, rosemary and lavender which makes it smell so wonderful and perfect for not just Christmastime [Read On]