Top 5 Summer Picks: Lauren Daigle, Christine Caine, Annie F. Downs, Chris Steinke & The Bible

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Summer might be half over for some people, but I still want to post this list of recommendations for CDs and books that I have been blessed by and hope will bless you as well! Lauren Daigle: Look Up Child (plus you can see her at Lollapalooza 2019) Lauren Daigle is the 2019 Billboard Top Christian Artist,... Read more »

5 Tips on How to Become a Freelance Writer

5 Tips on How to Become a Freelance Writer
Inspired by a recent conversation I had with an aspiring journalist, I wanted to jot down the following tips for anyone interested in becoming a freelance writer or journalist. 1. WRITE EVERY DAY!!! The best advice I ever received from a college professor was to write at least one page of a journal entry every single... Read more »

Bridal Boutique By New Name Provides Wedding Dresses to Support Anti-Trafficking Efforts in Chicago

Bridal Boutique By New Name Provides Wedding Dresses to Support Anti-Trafficking Efforts in Chicago
Attention, Chicago brides, brides-to-be, and bridesmaids!! One of my best friends helps run a beautiful bridal boutique in the Western suburbs of Chicago–in Wheaton, Ill., to be exact–that takes gently used wedding dresses donated by brides and donates the proceeds to anti-trafficking efforts in the Chicagoland area. The boutique is called “Bridal Boutique by New... Read more »
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My Whole30 Experience Along with Some Super Helpful Shopping Lists

My Whole30 Experience Along with Some Super Helpful Shopping Lists
I started Whole30 a whopping 48 hours ago. In that two-day span of time, I’ve already “cheated” several times with leftover Christmas cookies, pie, and (gasp!) Cheerios. Every time I have a snack that isn’t Whole30 approved, the Whole30 mission statement runs through my mind: “This is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard.... Read more »

The Three Best Super Bowl Gluten-Free Dip Recipes that Not-Gluten-Free People Can Enjoy, Too

The Three Best Super Bowl Gluten-Free Dip Recipes that Not-Gluten-Free People Can Enjoy, Too
The Super Bowl is coming, NFL playoffs are here, and everyone (especially gluten free people!) need sustenance! I have written about being gluten- and dairy-free before, but have recently re-introduced dairy into my diet (it’s a miracle, hallelujah!) and wanted to share these recipes with the world of gluten free friends. Though, if you aren’t... Read more »

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Tribute to Dr. Nabeel Qureshi

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Of all the events that occurred in 2017, losing Dr. Nabeel Qureshi was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve witnessed in my life. I say witnessed because he was a passionate video blogger and award-winning author that I followed on a regular basis until the week that he died–the last video he posted can still be... Read more »
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How to Help Refugees in DuPage County (and beyond)

How to Help Refugees in DuPage County (and beyond)
My husband and I attempted to attend World Relief DuPage/Aurora’s “Refugee and Immigration Advocacy Night” at Compass Church in Wheaton this evening, but couldn’t find a parking spot. After circling the building for 15 minutes, we decided to turn around and go home knowing we could get the full scoop of the event from Twitter and Bloomingdale Church friends... Read more »

Oh Lord, Grant Me A Second Chance at Lactose (and Gluten) Tolerance

Oh Lord, Grant Me A Second Chance at Lactose (and Gluten) Tolerance
This post has been written as a part of ChicagoNow’s “Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXV.” A flood of posts are going live tonight at 10 p.m. sharp from a number of ChicagoNow bloggers because a “Blogapalooz-Hour” is a blitz to publish a post in 60 minutes or less, so here is my response to the following prompt selected... Read more »

Introducing Strahan: The New Zealand Folk Psalmist You've (Maybe) Never Heard Of

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Strahan is a “Folk Psalmist” from New Zealand that my husband and I had never heard of until friends of ours from church recommended we listen to his music three years ago. We started then and haven’t stopped since–now three years, four album/EPs and one live concert in Minneapolis later, we are hooked! For fans... Read more »
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Sciatica Solutions: Prayer, Chiropractic Care, Foam Rollers, and More

Sciatica Solutions: Prayer, Chiropractic Care, Foam Rollers, and More
Last May, I got married. A week before my wedding, I was struck with crippling pain from my left hip / glute muscle down through my hamstring in my left leg that made it hard to walk, sit, or stand. As an active 20something who works out 2-3x / week and appreciates having the ability... Read more »