No Clutter Gift Idea (Magazine Subscriptions As Low As $0.99)


One of my very favorite “no clutter” gift ideas is a magazine subscription.  Of course, if you hoard the magazines or save them all, it’s definitely not clutter-free–but if you can simply enjoy the magazine and pass it on or recycle it, it is a great gift idea.

I personally like to give magazines to the girls.  It encourages them to read and gain new knowledge.  It’s also so much fun for them to get something in the mail each month!  They look forward to it…and then, we just pass them on.

This weekend, Discount Mags is having an amazing sale on magazines with subscriptions as low as $0.99.  You don’t even need a code.  If you do want a magazine that isn’t on sale, you can use the code MOTHERHOOD to save an extra 20% on any subscription.  Here are a few of the sales through tomorrow (Sunday 11/29).

Easy Nutella Cookie Recipe (4 Ingredients)

If you have any events coming up and need a simple cookie recipe, be sure to try these 3 (or 4) ingredient Nutella cookies.  While maybe these don’t classify as the healthiest (are any delicious cookies healthy?!!), they are so easy and super yummy!  My girls also love to help make these, and they are a great project to cook with kids.

Easy Nutella Cookie Recipe

A few years ago, I asked on Facebook for some quick cookie recipes, and a friend shared this pin from Pinterest, so I adapted it and made gluten-free Nutella Cookies.  I also added chocolate chips because….well, because everything is better with chocolate chips in my opinion!

Made with just three ingredients (or four ingredients if you add the chocolate chips), you can’t get much easier.  I will say the dough is pretty dry when you first mix it, so I just picked it up and kneaded it a little bit to get it moistened.  Sometimes you just have to get your hands dirty…

Easy (Gluten Free) Nutella Cookies (4 Ingredients)

Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  6 mins
Total time:  16 mins

Serves: 18-20 cookies


  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup flour (I used a gluten-free mix)
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (if desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  4. Place on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with fork.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack or plate.


If you try this easy Nutella cookie recipe, let me know what you think!

In the Company of Friends: A Live Christmas Worship Album (+ FREE Song Download)

In the Company of Friends

What Child is This – FREE Song Download

Back in the day, I used to sing.  In fact, I harbored high hopes that I would have my own album someday…but that’s a topic for another day.  Anyway, I sang with multiple groups in high school and college, and some of my best memories were with worship outreach teams at Southwestern College.  This summer, there was a reunion of sorts with all kinds of worship team alumni getting together and singing at a live event.  Although I didn’t get to sing (ahem, Martin!), I was able to attend the concert recording, and it was amazing.

After the concert, they took the live recording and turned it into a Christmas album called In the Company of Friends: A Live Christmas Worship Album.  Many times, Christmas albums sound the same, so I love how the musicians took traditional Christmas music and arranged it in unique ways to give it a completely different sound.  There are also some original tunes written by a few of my friends.  My current favorite song is track 7!

I have a tradition that I purchase one new Christmas CD each year, and this was the one I bought for 2015.  It’s well-done and the proceeds go back to help out the student ministry teams at the college.  I hope you’ll consider purchasing and supporting them, too!  The MP3 album (on Amazon here or iTunes here) is, of course, less expensive than the CD; however, if you want to give it as a gift or have it for your collection, you can either order it on Amazon or go to


Worship Outreach

I’m excited that and Worship Outreach have made one song free for all of you to download!  You can download What Child is This here.



Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less??

I’ve been saying for months (ack!) that I need to have a big freezer cooking session, but the truth is, I’ve been living in survival mode.  I’m moving out of it, but it’s rather slow since we still have so much left to do on our new (foreclosure) house and since I took a new part-time job as Director of Children’s Ministry at our church.

Good cheap eats cookbook review

Anyway, even when you’re operating in survival mode, you still have to get meals on the table.  That’s why I was happy to be given a copy of Jessica Fisher’s new cookbook Good Cheap Eats:  Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less.  Who doesn’t want to get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, right?!!

I’ve already cooked five recipes from the cookbook, and we have loved them…and yes, they have been easy to prepare.  That makes me so happy!!

Good cheap eats review

One of my very favorite things about the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is the “allergen key” at the top of each recipe.  With our various food allergies, it’s helpful to know right away what is gluten-free or dairy-free, etc.

I also love that she pairs each main dish with a side dish.  I always sometimes get tired of trying to come up with side dishes, so having them paired already is a great plus.

More info about the cookbook:

In over 200 recipes, Jessica Fisher shows time-pressed cooks how they can eat remarkably well without breaking the bank. Good Cheap Eats serves up 65 two-course dinners, consisting of a main dish and a substantial side, salad, or soup, all of which take 30 minutes or less to prepare. And as a mother of six and a busy parent, she shows home cooks how to get dinner on the table quickly and inexpensively without relying on heavily processed shortcuts or artificial ingredients. Great for time-pressed couples, families with picky eaters, or singles that need a quick solution to dinner tonight, Jessica’s two-course pairings are artfully conceived and perfectly complementary.

Good Cheap Eats

Jessica has a ton of great resources to go along with the cookbook.  You can download a FREE freezer cooking plan.  Plus, you can find a monthly meal plan.  There is also a free sample if you want to see what the book is like.

How’s your menu planning going?!!