A Shift in Focus

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My view while speaking at our YoungLives North Central Texas Girl’s Night Out.

If you are a faithful reader here on Bare Feet on the Dashboard, you’ll know that I’ve been involved with Young Life ministry in many different capacities over the years. I stepped away from a full time role in ministry four years ago, and this blog that was just a hobby became a way to provide for my family and fill in the gap in our income made by leaving my full time job. It was truly a gift from God, and the success of this blog was truly God’s provision for my family. Thank you all for being part of that journey. Every page view and link clicked helps us, and we greatly appreciate you. I never set out to be a career blogger, but I found myself with an accidental full time job here on the blog. Things became overly commercialized, and with every paid advertising post a little bit of the joy was sucked away. This blog became something I never wanted it to be.

Towards the end of last summer, I knew that God was pushing me to shift my focus from working on this blog to working part time for Young Life again. Though I’d had a seasonal part time job with Young Life over the last few years, this new job would require more of my focus and attention year round. While I was sad about setting aside this space I’d worked so hard to build, the ministry of YoungLives (YL’s outreach to teen moms) captured my whole heart and ignited my passion. By December I knew it was time to let go of the blog completely. I walked away completely for three months. I don’t know whether or not my voice here was missed, but I felt like my subscribers and followers deserved an explanation.

I will still post here occasionally, but I promise it will only be when I am truly moved to write by joy, passion, or need. The content on the blog will stay up as long as it makes financial sense to continue to pay hosting fees. We no longer depend on the blog for income, and the freedom that brings is unbelievable. I will still be sharing about our life – mostly on Instagram. Please feel free to follow our adventures there @barefeetonthedashboard.  Thanks for being part of our story.

Easy Gift Giving with Zoës Kitchen

Giving Zoes Kitchen Gifts this Holiday Season

Giving Zoes Kitchen Gifts this Holiday Season

The season of giving can be so joyful, but can also come with the stress of choosing the perfect gift for all the people you care about in your life. When the folks at Zoës Kitchen (my favorite lunch spot) contacted me with opportunity to share their deliciousness with some of my favorite people, I jumped at the chance. They challenged me to find three folks in my life who deserved a special treat this holiday season.  Narrowing it down to three was incredibly difficult, but I decided on three women who serve with me in Young Life and YoungLives. Each of these ladies give so much of their time, energy, and love to this ministry and I wish I could give them so much more. Read on to find out more about them and about how Zoës Kitchen can simplify gift giving in your life.

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Sell Your Old Stuff and Find Deals on the VarageSale App

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In our ongoing quest for simplification and battle against the clutter, we often sell stuff we’re no longer using. We’ve just started using a brand new method to buy and sell our stuff online – the VarageSale app. Former elementary school teacher Tami Zuckerman created VarageSale with her husband with the goal of making a more user friendly option than classified sites or social networks. VarageSale makes it easy to list your unwanted items and simple to search for whatever you’re looking for. I love that we can search specifically in our community, and see the real identities of other members. Our experience has been really positive so far, and I think the app will continue to improve as more members join.

Right now VarageSale is active in 42 states with hundreds of local communities and millions of users. New communities are being added all the time. It is free to use through the app or desktop, and can be found at www.varagesale.com. You can find great deals with stuff being sold for a fraction of retail prices. Declutter your home by selling toys and clothes your children have outgrown, or anything you don’t use any more. You can use the app without worry because every member is approved by a local admin.

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Do you buy and sell stuff online? What platform do you use? Try VarageSale for yourself and let me know what you think.

If you are in the DFW area, click through the link below that matches your location so you can get started on VarageSale today.

Gift Guide: Jord Watch Review

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My husband is notoriously hard to buy gifts for, and it frustrates me every time. I remember one year he returned or exchanged every gift I bought him, even the one he picked out himself. Don’t get me wrong, he is awesome and I love him dearly. He is just a bit picky when it comes to gifts, and I’ve never excelled at gift giving. Do you know those people who always choose the perfect thoughtful gift for everyone they know? Yeah, I’m not one of those. I was thrilled for us to have the opportunity to review a wood watch from Jord Watch, because I knew my husband wanted one. The ordering process was so easy, and he loves his watch. Read on to find out more about Jord Watches and exactly what we think about them.
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10 Gifts for a Christ Centered Christmas with Your Kids

10 Gifts for a Christ Centered Christmas with Your Kids

10 Gifts for a Christ Centered Christmas with Your KidsEvery year it is the same struggle. Will I let the busyness of the season overwhelm me or will I focus on the real gift of Christmas – the birth of Christ? Gift giving can me stressful and expensive, and as I watch my kids’ wish lists expand as quickly as my own I worry that we are drowning the joy of Christmas with our wants and desires. Gift giving is an important part of how we celebrate the holiday, so today I’m sharing ten gift ideas to help your family have a Christ centered Christmas. As a bonus, the generous folks at Zonderkidz are giving away five of the books I’m featuring to one lucky reader. Read on find out more, enter the giveaway, and then hop over here to find 75+ Gift Guides and Holiday Ideas for Kids from my favorite Kid Blogger Network friends.

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Challenge Your Child’s Imagination Building with Bunchems

Building Anything You Can Imagine with Bunchems


Building Anything You Can Imagine with Bunchems

Encouraging creative play can help your kids to learn and grow as they expand their imaginations and their skills. My little Bear is a builder at heart, and we are always looking for new ways to challenge him. When I received a set of Bunchems to try with the kids, I simply opened the box, set up a baking sheet to build on, and let them go for it. The potential for building with Bunchems is limited only by the imagination of the builder. Read on to find out more about these colorful little balls that will change the way your kids play.

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Olive Mae Clothing Review ~ Sweet Handmade Designs for Girls

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In the name of Christmas card photos, I coerced my family out in to a field at our favorite hiking spot dressed in coordinating clothing while I snapped 1,276 frames trying to get a few usable ones for our cards. My precious Pearl Girl is wearing the most darling little dress from my new favorite local shop. I am in love with Olive Mae Clothing, a Plano based store featuring gorgeous handmade clothes for little girls designed and sewn in the back of the shop and sold in the store and online here.

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Fall Green Scene Mom Awards Giveaway ~ Win the Best in Eco-Friendly Baby Gear

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Once again we’ve partnered with the folks at Green Scene Mom to bring you an awesome giveaway featuring the best in eco-friendly baby gear. Check out this season’s award winners below and enter to win them for your family. We are very excited to help announce the 2015 Fall Green Scene Mom Award Winners, celebrating Eco-friendly product design and creative innovation, and bring you an awesome giveaway featuring some of the award-winning products.

 

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Ten Tips for a Joy Filled and Stress Free Holiday with Your Family

Ten Tips for a Joy Filled and Stress Free Holiday with Your Family

The holiday season can be a hectic and stressful time, so much so that joy and excitement and love can get shoved aside while anxiety and busyness and even depression take their place. We build up our favorite holidays and dream they’ll be Pinterest perfect, and when our to do list doesn’t get done or our perfect tree is lopsided or our family member makes a scene it can be a crushing blow. Today I’m sharing ten simple tips for a joy filled and stress free holiday with your family. At the bottom of this post you’ll also find holiday themed posts from some of my favorite bloggers, as well the amazing Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway featuring a prize package worth over $1500 that contains gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Ten Tips for a Joy Filled and Stress Free Holiday with Your Family

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Find the Perfect Holiday Card at Minted + Learn How to Find Minted Discounts & Coupons

Find the Perfect Holiday Card at Minted and Learn How to Find Minted Discounts and Coupons

Find the Perfect Holiday Card at Minted and Learn How to Find Minted Discounts and CouponsFor the third year in a row, we are choosing Minted for our holiday cards. They are my go to destination for cards, stationary, and photo gifts because they offer the highest quality materials paired with the most beautiful designs and support the work of independent artists from around the world. Whether you prefer a simple pre-printed postcard or an elaborate mini-book style card, Minted has it. They offer HUGE discounts all the time, so you can almost always find a deal. Minted is also sponsoring this year’s Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway, so read on to find out how you can enter to win a $100 Minted gift card and find the best Minted discounts and coupons.

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