the world needs more love letters

last spring, i ran across a movement that instantly had me captivated.  i was googling stationary and fountain pens when an image of a plain white envelope with beautiful calligraphy scrawled across the front popped up. it wasn’t the image itself that caught my attention though, it was what was actually written on the envelope… [Continue Reading]

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Apostles Craft: Fishers of Men

Altoids tins are the coolest, aren’t they?  I use one for my prayer rope supplies, one as a travel sewing kit and we even carry some lego guys and pieces in another one.  They’re just the perfect size for your purse, backpack or glove compartment.  That’s why when I saw this adorable idea for a… [Continue Reading]

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WANTED: Orthodox Mom Team Members!!

LOOKING FOR ORTHODOXMOM.COM TEAM MEMBERS! I’ll be working hard this summer to relaunch two very popular programs but I need some dedicated volunteers to help me! If you’re interested in working with me on the Orthodox Book Club or Kid’s Pen Pal Program please private message me on Facebook or email sylvia@orthodoxmom.com.  Neither position are… [Continue Reading]

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stillness.

  it’s that time of year again.  time for watermelon and lemonade.  time to unplug and let my heart be filled with all the wonderfulness of a summer spent with three little boys and one incredible hubby.  i can hardly wait.  as busy as the days are certain to be there is a certain stillness [Read On]

Banana Mocha Paleo Smoothie

Banana Mocha Smoothie {Paleo approved!}

So for the past month I have been on the infamous Paleo diet.  Now you know I avoid diets like the plague because I just loathe them.  I love to cook and even though I don’t eat a lot, I really really enjoy good food.  So diets are take a lot of will power for [Read On]

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Top Ten Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Did you know the number one way to prevent summer slide is for your child to read every single day during the summer? Below are my Top 10 Summer Reading Programs to keep your kids from slipping down the summer slide.  All of the programs offer terrific incentives to keep them reading all summer long!  

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Chia Seeds Egg Replacer

Did you know you could use Chia Seeds as an egg replacer? In the past I’ve used things like bananas or applesauce but you always end up with a little of that flavor in whatever you’re making. That’s ok for some things but sometimes I don’t want any additional flavors so I recently started using [Read On]

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Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemesou (Cyprus) on visit from the Pope

This article was originally posted here. Met. Athanasios of Lemesou (Cyprus) Speaks Out of Upcoming Visit of Pope to Cyprus In an interview published today, May 23, 2010 in the Cypriot Newspaper “Phileleftheros” the Metropolitan distances himself from the Archbishop’s decision to host the Pope in Cyprus. The following are excerpts from the interview: “For [Read On]

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Elder Paisios on Starting a Family

The following was taken from Elder Paisios’ Spiritual Counsels series, Volume IV Family Life.  I’ve mentioned this series here, it is one of my absolute favorites.  There is just so much practical advice from this soon-to-be saint of our times.  {did you know he is being canonized this fall?  Yay!! Glory to God!  I’m sooo [Read On]

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against false union

  “These people admit with the Latins that the Holy Spirit proceeds and derives His existence from the Son. Yet, with us, they say the Spirit proceeds from the Father. The Latins imagine that this addition to the Creed is lawful and just, but we will not so much as pronounce it. They state that [Read On]

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Red Balloons for Ryan

Most of you have probably seen photos of that precious little redhead Ryan Saldana and the hashtag #redballoonsforryan flooding the social media feeds over the past week.  People all over the country are #wearingredforryan today.  Including all of us. Ryan was tragically hit by a truck while chasing a frisbee last Friday night.  His mom [Read On]

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Prayer Request

Χριστός Ανέστη! I just wanted to ask for all of your prayers on behalf of some friends of ours who gave birth to their baby boy 8 weeks early. Please pray that the Lord continue to strengthen baby Petro and to “sanctify his body, mind, heart and vitals“. Thank you to those of you who [Read On]

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New Book for Orthodox Tweens/Teens: Voyage to the Rock {giveaway}

Xristos Anesti! Christ is Risen! One of the most difficult thing as a parent to a tween boy that loves to read is finding books that are on his reading level yet still has appropriate content.  I feel like we’ve gone through most of the good series that are out there and we recently began [Read On]

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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.

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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.