Day 4: Home for the Holidays – Airline Tickets Giveaway

November 17, 2017

Last year we wanted to think of a way to thank you readers who come to visit IHOD each week. I feel so thankful to share with such a supportive and uplifting community. There really isn’t anything better than getting to be with your loved ones over the holidays, so we decided to give away the gift of time with family and friends! So as our Love in Action week continues, we want to direct it towards you, our loyal friends. We are bringing back the Home for the Holidays giveaway this year as our way of saying thank you for being a part of our lives! No crazy entry hoops you have to jump through to enter…


Love in Action Day 3: The Giving Tree

November 16, 2017


I wanted to tell you a quick story. A few years ago we felt like we should buy an extra tree for someone who might need one, although we didn’t know where it would land. Gabe made a few phone calls, and heard about a family who had just lost the father (and main provider of the family), and was struggling to make ends meet. The holidays can be a time of great sadness and financial strain for many, as it brings about memories of loved ones or the added list of things to fit in the budget. We called this family up, and let them know we happened to have an extra Christmas tree if they wanted it. There was silence on the other end of the phone for a minute, and then an emotional response that this would help them very much. We helped load it up to deliver to very grateful arms. It was the best gift of Christmas for me that year because it reminded me how we are all connected to each other on this earth, and it is up to us to take care of each other.


Keeping it “Clean” Routine

November 15, 2017


*I forgot I had this scheduled to share with you all! We will be back with more love in action ideas tomorrow!

Over the past few years we have begun to use more and more cleaning products that list their ingredients right on the product label. When ingredients are listed right on the label you can know, and most importantly decide!, what to use around your home and family. It makes it so much easier on us when you have companies you trust that are fighting for ingredient disclosure and safe ingredients for families. Seventh Generation is one of those that I have used ever since Rocco was a baby. (The only diapers that my sensitive skinned babies don’t react too!) I always expect back to back sickness when our little ones head to school. If one gets something it seems they all catch it within days. This is the first year however (knock on wood), that we have steered clear of colds and flu thus far! This is a combination of eliminating sugar in our diet, taking probiotics and vitamins on a regular basis, and being consistent with washing hands. We have also started a routine of disinfecting the hard surfaces around our home, especially those that are often touched by little hands, to help kill household germs.


Love in Action Day 2: Feed the Hungry

November 14, 2017


Today’s Love in Action post was our kids’ idea. They really wanted to help “bring food to people who don’t have any dinner.” Local food banks across the country have a shortage this year due to so many natural disasters. As they are preparing to provide Thanksgiving Dinner for as many people as possible, we knew this would be something we could get our whole gang involved with. Food can be a language of love when someone is experiencing difficulty in one form or another. A warm meal and shelter during a holiday can provide a sense of community and support during an otherwise difficult time. It doesn’t have to be difficult to help feed the hungry! Here are a few ideas we came across after calling around to local places in our city: READ MORE

Love in Action Week: Helping new mothers.

November 13, 2017


This was a tough year for so many people around the world. Before all of the noise begins that can come with the holiday season, we wanted to figure out how we could step away from it, and choose a little different route. How can we transmit love and service this year and all year around? I have come up short many years in a row talking about what we want to do a little too late, and allowing every other distraction to rob us of the gift of time. So this year, in lieu of gift guides (maybe I will get to those later, maybe not), I wanted to share with you all some of the things we are doing as a family to put our love in action. I would be honored if you joined us. Also, you won’t want to miss the end of this week! Today I get to share with you a project very near and dear to me.


DIY picture ledge + bookshelf.

November 9, 2017


We’ve been meaning to share with you all how we created these large DIY picture ledge and DIY bookshelves, so Gabe is here today to explain his process for you to try on your own. Easier than you think!


Working with your significant other. An update.

November 7, 2017


We hope to share a few updates this year on what it’s like to work with your significant other. Gabe has always been behind the scenes helping me run the blog, but this is our first year working on it together full time. We officially began in July and haven’t gotten sick of each other yet, so that’s a good sign right? Today we are sharing some FAQ’s on what it’s like working with your spouse.


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