Family Life, Home Maintenance

Hiring a House Sitter, Part 1: The Hiring

Summer time is vacation time! (We will be talking about vacation planning for the next several weeks here at "Breakfast with Bethany".) Even if you don't technically get summers off anymore, summer is when lots of families take advantage of the time to travel. My family is no different, but when you transforming into "Mom the… Continue reading Hiring a House Sitter, Part 1: The Hiring

Family Life

10 Graduation Gifts That Aren’t Gift Cards

Is your mailbox filling up with announcements and invitations to graduations? This is the forgotten season of gift-giving, and for high-school seniors it can be like Christmas in May. It can also be difficult to come up with gift ideas that are practical and useful for a college kid that isn't a gift card. (Which… Continue reading 10 Graduation Gifts That Aren’t Gift Cards

Family Life

Spring Fever & Spring Cleaning: Keeping Your Family Motivated Through the End of the Semester

This last haul of the semester following Easter can be really difficult for school aged children from Kindergarten all the way to your kids in college. End of year testing combined with an uptick in social events and for older kids final exams can all add up to a really stressful period for families. Keeping… Continue reading Spring Fever & Spring Cleaning: Keeping Your Family Motivated Through the End of the Semester

Family Life, Recipes

The Empty Tomb: Baking and Reflecting During Holy Week

The Empty Tomb, Luke 24:1-12 "Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. They didn’t… Continue reading The Empty Tomb: Baking and Reflecting During Holy Week

Family Life

It’s Not Dirt On My Forehead: Ash Wednesday

What is Lent? Lent is 40 day fast that some Christians participate in leading up to the celebration of Easter. The 40 days of Lent and the idea of fasting will sound familiar if you've read the gospels; remember when Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days and encountered Satan? Even in the early days… Continue reading It’s Not Dirt On My Forehead: Ash Wednesday

Family Life, Home Organization

4 Tried and True Tips for Cleaning Out When You Feel Overwhelmed

We've all been there-- when all of a sudden the organized chaos of your house turns into genuine, all-out mayhem. The stacks of holiday cards tucked in their envelopes so that you can record the addresses, the piles of presents stacked in the corner waiting to find their proper places, the heaps of clean but… Continue reading 4 Tried and True Tips for Cleaning Out When You Feel Overwhelmed

Family Life, Recipes

Dust Off Your Crockpot! Recipe Inside

Getting back into a good family routine after the Christmas holidays can be a challenge for everyone. One of the biggest hurtles for me as a working mom with three hungry teenagers is planning family dinners that will be ready on a school night schedule and not completely blow any New Year’s health goals I’ve… Continue reading Dust Off Your Crockpot! Recipe Inside