Am I building God’s kingdom or mine?

There is a big emphasis on creating a home that is purposeful and serves our families well these days. It’s a really good sentiment and something I’m thankful to be learning about because I want our home to reflect our values and glorify God as we raise kids here and invite people. I think it’s really important stuff. But do you feel like you are doing all the right things, clearing out clutter, making the space inviting, hygging it up

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Calling all bloggers!

Hi friends!! The holiday season is upon us and for Val Marie Paper, this is when many people are introduced to our journals. I cannot tell you how many people have told me they first got our journal as a gift from Christmas and it changed their life so much that they have started buying for all their friends. Yes, sales are exciting but after years of hearing this response, I know fertile ground is a’coming. People who would have

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Rediscovering myself

This morning in the gym, while I jammed some Needtobreathe, I caught a glimpse of my spontaneous side braid in the mirror and a baseball game scrolling on the TV guide channel. In an instant, I started remembering 22-year-old Valerie. I turn 32 on Sunday and have been reflecting a bit on this year, but as I started to think back on who I was 10 years ago, I got flooded as I rediscovered so many things about myself that

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My Routine: Beauty

One of my big goals over that last year has been to take better care of myself and get a new beauty routine. I have justified not taking better care of my skin and body because I didn’t want to spend the money on things that I didn’t SEE a difference in. I can appreciate eliminating toxins from the foods I eat and am very adamant about teaching it to Vivi, but toxins I put ON my body, I’ve pretty

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6 Tips for a Minimalist Christmas

I’ve been pretty frank about how clutter makes me a bit of a crazy person. I can’t think very well and I feel overwhelmed when our home is filled to the brim. Enter Christmas. A season of stuffing, if you will. With…lots of stuff. Here are a few tips to protect your home, your budget and heart this holiday season. 1. Limit kid’s gifts to 3. Honestly, we are slackers and the last two years we only got Vivi one

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