Common Religious Beliefs that Fuel Purity Culture

Christian religions, most often conservative and evangelical Christians, believe that purity is necessary to live a righteous, moral, and Godly lifestyle. Purity is not just sexual purity but being free from sin in its entirety. Guidelines given to Christians that are a must in order to live a pure life include: Chastity is essential. No …

Purity Culture Series: An In-Depth Look at Toxic Purity!

I was raised in a Lutheran church until I was in Jr. High. My parents were never strict religiously. They had their beliefs, but what I remember was a very open home to differences in cultures and beliefs. That’s what I remember, as an adult I have found I had a bit of a jaded …

Self Care During Cold Winter Months

During the Winter and around the holidays it is easy to let stress and weather bring us down. The lack of sunlight alone in the cold, cloudy, and snowy months can cause emotional and physical slumps. Then there’s the holidays, the excess in food, and lack of exercise during the cold it can be hard …

22 Lessons I Want My Children to Learn About Christmas!

Christmas has become many things. Christmas is commercial, Christmas is religious, Christmas is contradiction after contradiction and often Christmas is hypocritical. I am a Christian and I cannot deny these things. So how do I teach my children about something that is all these things? How do I teach my children the good and the bad? Or do I? Do I sugar coat the holiday? Do I just give them the Bible? Do I just repeat what preacher after preacher might tell us?

28 Best Christmas Movies

One of my absolutely favorite parts of the Christmas holidays is snuggling on the couch in warm blankets with some hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. With my family or even just on my own to relax at the end of a long day. These are some of my favorite Christmas movies. What movie did …

How to Separate Birthday Festivities from Christmas

My daughter’s birthday is December 21st. She was actually due December 26th. I’m very glad she came a few days early. Anyway, so far she doesn’t really understand Christmas a ton. She’s going to be five this year and we haven’t made a huge deal over Christmas at home over the last couple years since …

6 Fun Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

I love finding fun craft ideas for my kids especially around the holidays. As Thanksgiving is getting closer I found some great craft ideas. I hope they’re just as fun for you and your kids. Make a Thankful Tree with Your Child This Thanksgiving I love Thanksgiving for the opportunity to teach our children about …

Hosting Thanksgiving To Do List

Hosting Thanksgiving can definitely be a daunting task. How you want the meal and family time is totally up to you. It can be a big elaborate affair or a small, intimate, and simple meal, either way it’s good to be prepared and start those preparations early. In order to plan here’s a breakdown of …

11 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I give you the history of the holiday is not really something to celebrate. Really there are several holidays that are like this. What I like, however, is the excuse to get family together and eat. As I’ve grown, married and built my own family I’ve found excuses …