January 2019, Revival

POWER Part 1: Positive Attitude

Nothing can revive you or awaken the Spirit within you like a positive attitude. Despite your best efforts, it can be tough to remain positive. I personally believe you have to work to remain positive. It’s not that you are a negative person. It’s just that a negative attitude tends to come more naturally. When I talk about a negative…

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Guilty Mommy Guide 2 Life

Welcome!

Welcome! I’m Jean Ann Duckworth, founder & director of Simple Joy. We have many exciting things planned for you in 2019, including the launch of our GraceSpace social network for women & our Sisters of Simple Joy small groups. We are working to develop programs & materials for women to access no matter where they live. Features include: Online classes;…

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Decorating, Halloween

Elegant, Gothic Halloween Decorations

I’m always looking for new ways to decorate my home for different Holidays! Sometimes, the traditional colors & styles get to be boring! It’s nice to shake things up once in a while! Family Circle has done just that with these fabulous ideas for an elegant Gothic Halloween. These ideas are simple to replicate & inexpensive. That’s a trick AND a treat…

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Autumn, Recipes

Fabulous Fall Cake Recipes

It may still be hot outside but Autumn is just around the corner. Begin planning for your Fall special events with these FABULOUS  recipes from BHG! YUM! Autumn Cakes

Decorating, Halloween

30 Halloween Decorating Ideas

Time to get ready for all the ghosties & goblins coming to your home on Halloween night! I love decorating for Halloween. Just enough to make it spooky without scaring the little ones away. Midwest Living offers some ideas to help you get your home ready for Halloween! It’s easy to decorate your home, inside & out, without spending a…

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Autumn, Dinner, Recipes

7 Fabulous Fall Menus

One of my favorite things about Autumn are all the comfort foods I can make again. Most require the oven for preparation & it’s just too hot right now for that! This doesn’t mean I’m not preparing for cooler weather by saving recipes for my family to enjoy once Autumn arrives. Midwest Living has given me a week’s worth of…

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Halloween, Recipes

22 Wicked Ways to Use Mason Jars This Halloween

Courtesy of Life Made Simple For years, mason jars sat on shelves in garages, too old-fashioned to use, too good to toss. NOW, we appreciate the usefulness of these incredible jars! So many ways to use them, including these darling Halloween ideas from Country Living. I just LOVE the cakes in the photo! Halloween Jars

Autumn, Home Decorating

Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

When I went to Trader Joe’s last week, I was overwhelmed by their huge display of pumpkins & gourds. Who knew there was such a variety?! There are so many ways you can decorate with these fall classics. Not sure where to begin? BHG does it again with incredible decorations for Autumn made from gourds & pumpkins. Fit into many different…

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Autumn, Home, Home Decorating

Stylish Fall Decorating Ideas

At first glance, the  decorations in the photo may seem difficult for you to make. Look closer! The layering of colors adds depth to the table. The use of cake stands adds height. In fact, this is very simple to recreate in your own home! Add color & interest to your home this Fall with these wonderful ideas! Fall Decorating

Autumn, Autumn, Recipes, Side Dishes

Fall Side Dish Recipes You’ll Love

I always LOVE to cook. However, the hot weather of summer sometimes makes it tough for me to work up any enthusiasm for cooking. Now that the temperatures are dropping to the cool level, my creative juices are charging up again. Midwest Living is ready to help me & YOU get back into the kitchen, whipping up fabulous dishes the…

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