Thrift Store Bargains

I love to recycle. In fact, I recycle everything I can—cardboard boxes, newspapers, bottles, plastics, and cans. I guess it’s a good thing that the recycle container from my city holds sixty-five gallons of my empties. But I want to talk about a different kind of recycling—thrift store shopping. To me this is the ultimate […]

From Rags to Riches: Stories from a Mennonite Childhood

My great-grandmother Snyder seldom threw anything away. For her, turning one item into another had all the energy of the resurrection itself. So, it’s fitting in this Easter season to remember Great-grandma and her skill of transformation using needle and thread. She darned socks, turned frayed collars from one side to another, sewed patches on […]

DIY Projects for Your Family This Spring | Tina Hamilton

Springtime is all about “out with the old and in with the new.” Many of us use the inspiration of new spring blossoms and the return of singing birds to make some changes on our own lives. Some try to restart their New Year’s Resolutions or finally clean out that closet that has been neglected […]

Repurposing Old Items To Save Money | Guest Post by Tony Standin

As we go throughout our daily lives, we tend to acquire things. A few new outfits here, new electronic devices, maybe even some new furniture and these things clutter up our homes and cause us to spend too much money. One good way to simplify your life and keep yourself from getting into debt is […]

Live Like You’re Moving

Last Sunday my son and I went to help a friend move out of her house. Mostly I just kept moving around trying to look busy because I’m really bad at packing. (How is it that some people have this gift for sweeping into a room and quickly doing what needs to be done? I’m […]

How to Keep Your Jewelry from Tarnishing

You buy a cute ring (on sale, no less), only to find out after a day of wearing it that it’s turned your finger green and the metal coating has begun to tarnish. To prevent this from happening, all you need is some clear nail polish. Simply paint it on the inside of the ring […]

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