Clean Water for You {Win a Royal Berkey}

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My guess is that you are blessed with access to clean running water. We don't really worry about getting parasites or other waterborne diseases when we turn on our tap. But while we are blessed with clean water coming through indoor plumbing, are you aware of some of the environmental contaminants that are frequently found in that water? Traces of heavy metals like mercury and aluminum, pesticide residues, and volatile organic compounds can be found in our drinking water! This is why … [Read more...]

Peace in the Process

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Peace in the Process Kristin

Sweet friends, I want to introduce you to a dear friend of mine today. If you've read Infertility: A Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears, you probably recognize her. It's funny how God works sometimes. I went to college with several of Kristin's friends from high school. Small World! I am honored for her to post on Beauty in the Mess today to share a part of her story and how God gave her peace in the process. Thanks, Kristin! I remember when we started talking about a second … [Read more...]

5 Fall Themed Books {and a Giveaway!}

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5 Fall Themed Books

Fall is my favorite. Crisp air. Crunchy leaves under foot. Beautiful colors painting the trees. Warm jackets. Apple cider. I love it all! What better way to share my favorite season with you than to tell you about 5 great fall themed books AND host a GIVEAWAY!! YAY!! 5 Fall Themed Books 1. The Pumpkin Patch Parable. I love the Parable books by Liz Curtis Higgs. This charming story shows children of all ages how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a beautiful sight. In the same … [Read more...]

Update Your Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

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Update Your Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

While I may not be super fashionable after having four children, and my closet looks like it should be on an episode of What Not to Wear {why isn't that still on?}, I haven't lost all hope. There's a little something called a scarf. It's my secret weapon, and I know how to use it. Scarves help me pull together outfits. Some scarves are large enough to double as a nursing cover. But more times than not, scarves help me hide unsightly stains and spit up.   They also … [Read more...]

Day Out with Thomas and Percy

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Day Out with Thomas and Percy

Thank you, US Family Guide, for sponsoring this post. It happened. I guess it was really just a matter of time. Sure, they knew about Thomas the train. We had watched several of the shows to keep them occupied while I dealt with morning sickness or was trying to juggle babies and meals. When we went to the houses of friends who had train tables, they flocked, but then we came home and it wasn't mentioned again. Until we went to Day Out with Thomas. Actually getting to ride on … [Read more...]

10 Things You Need to Know Today

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10 Things you need to know today

I have no idea what yesterday or last week held for you. I don't know if you went through a life-altering event, a fun-filled week, or if it was mundane and like any other week. I do know that we can't go back and change the past. Yesterday is done. But we can be present today and make changes that will impact the future. I've heard people say that even going through hard times, looking back, they wouldn't change it. They were stretched and grew through the struggle. Although you might not be … [Read more...]