• 10 New Designs Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

    Chaos By Design Logo

    Have you started your holiday shopping? I have not, but instead have been busy putting the final touches on our new product lines at Chaos By Design. The girls and I create T-shirts for all ages, as well as home decor items like mugs and wall art. The designs are a combination of digital art created by the teenager, graphic design put together by the 8 year old, and I do some graphic design and all the final formatting. We use a drop ship company named Printify for production and shipping, so our inventory is always created on demand. Check…

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    One Year Later – Grief Is an Ocean Not a Ladder

    Today marks one year since we said goodbye to my amazing mother. One Year! Without hesitation, I say it feels closer to 12 weeks than 12 months since the day that changed everything. It is funny how much time slows…

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    How to Perfect the Art of Being OKAY

    Please define a “good” day. A good day should have sunshine and rainbows, a completed to-do list, a clean house, happy children, a happy spouse, and a healthy, home cooked meal on the table. Did I miss anything? Wait did…

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    To My Daughter on Your First Communion

    October 17th, 2020 my dear, sweet daughter took a giant step in growing her faith. On this day she received her First Communion, a huge rite of passage for those in the Roman Catholic church community. It was an emotional…

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    How to Find God in the Words of the Our Father

    Do you have a favorite prayer? The one that spills out whenever you have no words. For me that is the Our Father. When I am at a loss for clear thoughts, I fall into the rhythm of the Our…

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    Simple Home-Grown Tomato Sauce

    Did you plant tomato plants this year? How are your plants producing? My plants are producing a ton of tomatoes this year, many more than we can eat on sandwiches or in salads. What do I do with the rest?…

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    Tales from the Adventure of Virtual Kindergarten

    Never did I ever want to home school my children. Never did I ever want my children to attend virtual school at home. Yet 2020 with it’s global pandemic, catapults us into a virtual school journey, like it or not.…

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    Momma’s Deer Hunting Diaries Volume One

    The one thing I’ve learned since meeting my husband is to never say the word never. Anyone who has known me for any length of time would not peg me as a deer hunter. Until ten short years ago, I…

  • 7 Things I Wish I Knew about Freelancing When I Started

    When I first started freelancing, all I had was my laptop and a love of writing. I had recently graduated, and my mind was not focused on entrepreneurship. I did not see myself as an entrepreneur or even as a…

  • My Prayer for the New School Year

    The 20-21 School Year approaches and tension runs high. We are faced with loads of questions and very few answers. Parents, students, teachers, administrators all face new uncharted waters. We are going to need grace, empathy, and resilience to help…

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    How to Provide Freedom and Still Enforce Limits

    We have a teenager in our house. The expression “It’s MY room” comes out often in daily conversation. To which I often reply, “It is MY house!” That being said, I want her to have a space that is hers,…