• Contentment Challenge

    I mentioned in my 2014 goals that I’m going on a spending fast for three months — today I’m going to share a little more on why and what it’s going to entail. Actually, as a sidenote, if you look at my monthly goals, this year is starting off pretty LAME-O. I started a Paleo diet on

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  • Amazon Smile

    How many of you shop at Amazon? Okay, all of you. A week or so ago Amazon announced a new site: Amazon Smile — the exact same site you know and love, except every time you buy something Amazon will donate 0.5% of every sale to a charity of your choice. (With a few exceptions

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  • Hospitality Journal

    “Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 “The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved.  It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment. Part of that, then, is honoring the way God made our bodies, and feeding them in ways they need to

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  • My Christmas Budget

    I find it humorous how every year I am surprised when the holidays roll around. Once the stores start decorating for Christmas we’re all like What?? Christmas ALREADY?? as if it isn’t the exact same day year after year. It’s so easy to get out of control and spend more than you intend to at

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  • My Friday Night Broken Heart

    Last Friday our church had a documentary screening on human-trafficking. It wasn’t our typical relax-over-homemade-pizza-and-TV Friday activity, but we decided to go anyway, reluctant as we were. The video was about 90 minutes long, and afterwards there was a panel of church leaders and members who shared how they were helping in the area and

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  • Sunday is Coming

    Good Friday was the arguably the worst day in the history of mankind. Jesus — a man who controlled the weather, healed the sick, comforted the brokenhearted, fought for social justice, and sought to bring a kingdom of peace in the midst of an oppressive Roman government — was crucified. His closest friends, the men

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  • Growing the Good: Would you like to partner with me?

    After a lot of thought, I have decided to add sponsorships to My Pretty Pennies. If every unit is purchased each month, the income generated will total $210 a month. Y’all. I’d love to have $210 more a month. I could put that towards our savings! I could buy more clothes! We could eat out more! We

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  • Our 2012 Tax Refund

    Guess what time it is, y’all: Tax refund time! (Well, for those who are getting a refund. Sorry, this gif may not be very nice to those who have to pay….) Each year we try to fill out our W2s in a matter that will always give us back a little bit each year. Other

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  • Reading the Bible Cover to Cover

    I have always wanted to read the Bible in its entirety. This has been a new year’s resolution for probably 10 years now, but I never could do it. I always found myself in February drowning in Levticus and calling it quits. And then I realized maybe it wasn’t reading the whole Bible that I

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