Is Homemade Chapstick Really Necessary?

homemade chapstick

Recently, I saw a recipe for homemade Chapstick. A question that popped into my head was "Why?" Why go to the trouble to make something that is so easy and convenient to just buy? And it's not like Chapstick is really that expensive in the first place! First off, the recipe says you can make it in 10 minutes. I can tell from looking at this, there's NO way I could round up all those ingredients and have this accomplished in 10 minutes. Secondly, by the time you purchase empty chap stick tubes, essential oils, beeswax, cocoa butter wafers, coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E oil, ... [ Read More ]

Being “Pre-prepared” for Hospitality


When considering how to be "pre-prepared" there are several things to take into consideration.  Hospitality can either be an enjoyable experience or a disaster.  By having a checklist completed, stress can be eliminated. Guests are allowed to feel completely at home, and you are a calm relaxed host. 1) Do I have a meal to serve? Freezer meals make this dilemma vanish!  These easy meatballs are perfect for a last minute meal. Have some frozen cookie dough balls ready, and a freshly baked treat can be ready in a snap. 2) Are sleeping options available? In a small apartment setting this ... [ Read More ]

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

stop asking Jesus into your heart

I was pretty excited when I heard about Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by J.D. Greear. I struggled with assurance of salvation a lot while I was in high school, and remember looking for books on the topic. However, I never found any book that addressed the thoughts going through my mind. Overview Here are the chapter titles, along with a few comments from me in parentheses. :) 1. Baptized Four Times (The author discusses how he kept making professions of faith and getting baptized after each one!) 2. Does God Even Want Us to Have Assurance? ... [ Read More ]

Inexpensive Christmas Wreath

Burlap Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Well, the last time I posted my apartment was a big mess from our recent move. It's getting better, but it's still not totally put together yet. Jacob has to assemble some more IKEA furniture before all the unpacking can be completed. In the meantime, while I wait to finish the last bit of organizing, I decided to make a wreath. Recently, I've decided that wreaths are super cute and inviting. Since we don't have tons of storage for Christmas decor, I decided a fun Christmas wreath would be a great way to add some holiday cheer to our apartment. I'm not naturally a super crafty ... [ Read More ]

Simple Hospitality


With the holidays quickly approaching, plans are beginning to take shape.  A topic I have been researching recently is that of hospitality.  The subject of hospitality and the idea of opening your home to guests is somewhat of a dying act.  And so my conclusions are these: 1) What can I do to make my guests feel more at home and comfortable? 2) I can't possibly entertain or house guests because I do not have the right space or decor. The battle of the options shall commence. God has graciously included several passages in Scripture regarding hospitality. The wedding at Cana, ... [ Read More ]

My Apartment is a Mess!


We officially moved into our new apartment on Friday. I love it! It's SO big compared to the little apartment we used to be in. I can't wait to show you pictures of my new, neat, clean, organized apartment. However, I can't show you those pictures yet, because they don't exist! My apartment is currently a mess. There's a lovely pile of clothes that can't be put away until the dressers from IKEA get built. (We have way too many clothes, by the way, which is another issue). And there's the partially built dresser consuming the majority of the living room. And in the second ... [ Read More ]