A Prayer to Begin Your Week

Everlasting God,

in whom we live and move and have our being;

You have made us for yourself,

so that our hearts are restless

until they rest in you.

Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose,

that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will,

no weakness keep us from doing it;

that in your light we may see light clearly,

and in your service find perfect freedom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen

Fun 4th of July Crafts for Kids


Your kids want to be a part of party planning and decorating. These ideas from BH&G give you and your kids ideas for decorations and more this 4th of July.

Porch & Patio Ideas


These outdoor ideas from Country Living make me want to get busy on my porch. Time to spruce things up out there for the warm weather ahead.

Fun Summer Crafts


These projects from Country Living are simple & fun. Take time over the week-end to enjoy making 1, 2 or more!

Festive Fourth of July Desserts


BH&G offers a tasty selection of summer desserts that are perfect for your July 4th party or any summer celebration.

Host a Backyard Party


I started to post this idea from All You on Twitter. However, the photo was so charming & colorful, I just had to share it here! Celebrate summer with a country-themed backyard bbq complete with easy decorations, affordable recipes and party ideas.

Backyard Party

Fresh Ideas for Classic Potato Salad


Give an old classic a new twist with these recipes from BH&G.

How-to: Organize Outdoor Party Food and Drinks


Make transporting outdoor party food & drinks a breeze with these ideas from BH&G.

Outdoor Kitchens for Every Budget


Why spend all summer in a hot kitchen when you can relax in your cool outdoor kitchen. And the great thing is, everyone wants to help cook in this kitchen. BH&G offers designs for every budget. Time to get busy!

The Simple Joy of Summer

Grab your swimsuit & get ready! We are celebrating summer this week on A Life of Simple Joy! I have tips & ideas to make this summer less stressful & more enjoyable for the whole family! Grab a cool beverage, sit back & relax with Simple Joy!

The Simple Joy of Summer