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What Hospitality Is Not: Comparison

What Hospitality Is Not: Comparison

Comparison: the act of looking at things to see how they are similar or different.   Comparison is such a simple word with a simple definition. But misused, it can lead to a great deal of pain and sorrow. When we make comparison our personal companion, we begin to look at the world around us […]

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Running For Beginners

Running For Beginners

If you have been wanting to work out, and you don’t know where to start, running is a great way to begin!  It is free, simple and builds endurance in your body.  It’s a great way to explore your neighborhood, get fit and even lose weight.  Today, my friend Corey Martin, who is a personal […]

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Interview Wednesday: Tiffany Brooks, Co-Owner of Brave&Wild, Children's Wear With Attitude!

Interview Wednesday: Tiffany Brooks, Co-Owner of Brave&Wild, Children’s Wear With Attitude!

Tiffany Brooks and I met almost 10 years ago, while we were both dating the men we later married. Tiff is one of the ladies in my circle that I really look up to. She’s a mamma to three little ones and really truly lives out each day in grace and gratitude. We’ve been near […]

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What Makes You Feel Beautiful - Live From New York Fashion Week!

What Makes You Feel Beautiful – Live From New York Fashion Week!

From the day I was born, fashion has been my first love. Seven years ago I gave a simple yes to the Lord to join with ‘Models for Christ’ and serve at New York Fashion Week. What began as a small open doors has grown into a thriving twice a year outreach, with women flying […]

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Am I Doing Too Much?

Am I Doing Too Much?

 by Melody Haldeman (Photo credit:Shutterstock) Natalie asked me to continue on the topic of self care this month.  I’m happy to share a few more thoughts on this topic as I believe it’s a foundational issue at the basis of our effectiveness in our family, the world and our relationship with God.   The heart […]

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Stressed out soccer moms...?!

Stressed out soccer moms…?!

While we are on the subject of liking ourselves, taking care of ourselves, and general well being… we should really talk about stress. For many of us with kiddo’s, SCHOOL started this week. It’s ugly to admit, but many of us live under a cloud of stress and striving named “making sure my kids come […]

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Convenient Centerpieces-guest post by Kirsten Graves

Convenient Centerpieces-guest post by Kirsten Graves

Taking care of ourselves often means making our spaces pretty, and I  love a woman that exercises her artistic muscles to make things around her pretty! I had the privelidge of sharing a year in South Africa with Kirsten. She lived with us, loved us, and we walked through thick and thin together! Her creativity […]

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I like you.

I like you.

I’ve been thinking about something since reading Melody’s words on keeping our souls fresh: As a younger woman the term ‘self care’ felt selfish and maybe even vain. Wasn’t life supposed to be all about dying to self and serving others? I tried that for the first chunk of my life. Turns out that without keeping my […]

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How to Keep Your Soul Fresh in a World of Constant Demands

How to Keep Your Soul Fresh in a World of Constant Demands

by Melody Haldeman     What kind of host are you? Do you find yourself welcoming family and friends with joy or dreading their arrival with stress and half-heartedness?Friends, there is NO judgement here. I have found myself in the latter category countless times. A while back I sold my husband on the idea of […]

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Table Centerpieces- guest post by Nicole Gilmore

Table Centerpieces- guest post by Nicole Gilmore

By Nicole Gilmore a Word from CommunityEats: In the next months we want to bring you an array of creative ways to bring beauty into your home. Having a pretty centerpiece makes the table feel special and reminds you that it’s time to relax, that work is over. Nicole has a very special knack for […]

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