March 11th, 2012

Come have a look at my new blog home…

Lighting Up The Online Space! (Allume Social Trailer!)

February 27th, 2012

Register for Allume Social HERE (tickets go on sale March 1st at midnight, EST).
Do you like the Allume Social trailer? I do too! The man behind the trailer is Dan Miller, a campus missionary with DiscipleMakers. Would you take a minute and check watch this video his wife and him made? You’ll be glad you did-they’re great (it’s not boring…and they’re really funny!)!

(Can’t see the video? Click here!)

Oh my goodness, I love these people so much! If you want to support their ministry with DiscipleMakers, please head on over to or email Dan at millerd (at) (they only need $700 more a month to be fully funded!) If you want to learn more about Dan and Becky, or sign up for their ministry updates (you know, to check them out for awhile) go to their blog here:

I’m Alive

February 21st, 2012

Dance With Me

Just an update…

I am alive.

And I’m not abandoning blogging. I turn in Desperate on March 1st (finally signed my contract with Thomas Nelson-yes, it took that long, but I’m grateful for the opportunity) so of course I’m writing.  I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time soul-searching, figuring out my “calling”, preparing for my next season with writing and blogging. Then there is my first priority, my family and cultivating my home. By the way, my baby is three today. Happy sigh.

I should be back after March 1st, Lord willing. I’m excited about my new blog space, but I have no idea when it’s going to be ready. I’ll be writing here or there or somewhere.

But I will be writing.

Thanks for hanging with me.

P.S. Tickets for Allume Social go on sale March 1st at midnight, EST.

“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Photo Credit: Dance With Me by BrightStarPhoto21

It’s My Birthday and I’ve Got Cupcakes (for you!)

February 8th, 2012

*This giveaway is now closed*

All the winners, you’ll know who you are in about seven days. ;)


(Make sure you read to the bottom-I’ve got something special for YOU!)

Today I turn 32.

And today I’m thinking about real life community.

Real life friends that surprise you with a cake at your door. Real life friends who take you out for a glass of wine and crab dip. Real life friends who host a fake Mary Kay party in order to cover up a surprise birthday party. Real life friends who bring your favorite mousse cake to you with a candle in it just as you’re getting into bed. Real life friends who give you real life hugs so you can feel how special you are.

Sometimes I forget just how much I’m thankful for real life and in real life friends that I can see, and hug, and have deep conversations late into the night and giggle with. My soul is filled when I invest my time with face-to-face friends.

And it’s for that reason that I am super stoked for what (in)courage has planned in April. A girlfriend meet-up all over the world, locally. On April 27-28 women from all over the world are meeting in their communities to spend time together, discover new friendships, eat cupcakes, and watch live webcasts featuring the (in)courage contributors (of which I’m one!). I’ll be attending a local party in my area, and I’m encouraging you to find one as well.


No need for packing, suitcase or travel 
We’re bringing the beach house to YOU!
Local Meetups On A Global Scale 

Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM (ET)

Want to host a meet-up but need some help with how to throw a great party? Check out my friend Mary’s eBook Plan a Fabulous Party {without losing your mind} (she’s also posting about (in)RL tomorrow, so check it out!)

 Q & A About (in)RL

My friend Heather’s post about (in)RL

Register for (in)RL  (it’s only $10 and you get a pretty T-shirt with registration)

Now for the cupcakes!!!!

Okay, so they’re not real cupcakes, but they come on a super cute mug. See:

I’ve got 50 of these cupcake mugs to giveaway!!!!!!

Happy birthday for YOU!

Just leave a comment and you’re entered! WOOT!
Have a beautiful, cupcake kind of day!
*This giveaway is now closed*
Photo credit: Cupcakes

BIG News About Relevant!

February 7th, 2012

BIG news.

Read all about it here! WOOT!

(We’re having a party to celebrate! Join in on Twitter TONIGHT at 9pm EST under hashtag #allume! Someone will win a free conference pass!)

31 Days to Clean is Getting Published!

February 1st, 2012

Me at UPS sending my signed contract to Tyndale

It’s official.

31 Days to Clean is going to print and I’m just a wee bit excited.



I love love love love love the folks at Tyndale. I had the priveledge of meeting them a couple of months ago and they impressed me so much. Just neat people.

We’re hoping to have the book out by Spring 2013 (keyword here is hoping). Thank you all so much for your support of this book-if it weren’t for you, this never would have happened. My deepest thanks.

Also, if you’re excited about 31 Days to Clean going to print, would you take a minute and thank the amazing people at Tyndale? Their Twitter is @TyndaleHouse and their Facebook is

I’m off to do some happy dancing on this glorious pretend Spring day. Have a beautiful one friends!

Loving a Wild One

January 31st, 2012

You have a wild one, a wild child you feel is out of control.

You’re at your wits about what to do. You don’t want her to become a wild out-of-control teenager, but discipline is not working, in fact, she laughs in the face of discipline. Oh friends, how I understand! I have a nearly 3 -year-old little spit-fire, beautiful, crazy girl, who I love desperately, but who drives me mad sometimes. Mad. As in crazy coo-coo. Just send me to the place with the white walls ’cause mama has lost it.

I mean, what do you do with a child like that? Well, I’ll tell you what I’m learning.

Read the rest at (in)courage today.

My new blog space should be ready in a week or two…I can’t wait to show it to you! You can subscribe here and the move will be flawless (hopefully!).

Like a Warm Cup of Coffee is Going to the Vault

January 26th, 2012


I’ve decided to lock-up Like a Warm Cup of Coffee.

It doesn’t fit me anymore.

Very soon you’ll see a re-direct where I’ll be settling into a new blog home. All of you who are subscribed readers won’t miss a thing, as I’m just transferring the feed.

I’ll explain more once I stretch out into my new, wide-open space. Don’t worry, there will still be coffee (some things never change).

Photo Credit: Locked By Aunt Owwee



An Over-Reaching Government

January 18th, 2012

Pay attention to the end…

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Homeschool Wisdom (worth interrupting the blog break)

January 7th, 2012

I was talking with my friend and mentor Sally about homeschooling this morning and what my days look like. I told her that I recently realized I have been overwhelming my six year old, and we aren’t even doing that much. When I explained that we just do some reading and math and tidbits here and there, but that Ella always seemed to be complaining about it, my friend said, “No! Little ones should not be sitting and learning, you should be reading to them and creating beauty and letting them explore. Make their souls alive! If you make them sit and do work now and they are miserable, they will hate it later. Make your home inviting, give them rewards at the end of the week for reading time each day (you reading to them), cuddle, make it fun. No book work.”

How is it possible that Sally is my mentor and friend, I have read her books, and I still didn’t get it?! I’ll tell you the biggest reason, I was reading other homeschooling posts and comparing my kids to their kids. I read about four year olds being able to read, and two hours of school a day, etc, and I think, “I’m supposed to be doing that, I’m behind, and I’m failing my kids.”

Fortunately, I not only have an experienced mentor, I also have a good friend who homeschools and she has given me some wonderful practical advice. For example, she explained that with Ella complaining everytime we went to do school work, I needed to figure out if it was an attitude problem or if she was just overwhelmed. Here’s what I did (based on her suggestion):

I set a timer for 20 minutes and gave her something focused to do that she enjoyed-mazes, drawing, whatever. When 20 minutes was up, we were done. We did this for one week with no other work, and there was no complaining!

This coming week my friend encouraged me to set the timer for 10 minutes of fun work, and 10 minutes of school work and see how Ella reacts, so that’s the plan. Her school work should not be frustrating or hard at this age or it will just discourage her. There will be a time when she’s ready for more, and I’ll know when that is.

Here is some of Sally’s practical advice:

“I started teaching my children to read when they seemed interested and ready and it differed a little with each one, but I didn’t require them to do any work alone reading and struggling with words until they were seven. I read their work right by their sides and mostly read out loud and didn’t require them to even begin text books or curriculum until they were seven and they had some time to practice their reading skills well. I cooperated with their little hearts and personalities, but I was engaged in their little lives pretty much all day long.”

More advice:

Set a timer for 15 minutes to read to your children everyday. Let them know that if we do our reading everyday, at the end of the week they get a reward (a dollar store toy or something). The goal is to build to 30 minutes to an hour and a half of reading a day by the elementary years. For her children that could read, she made them each reading baskets with new and exciting books or picture books for quiet times, and if they they read each day, they would get a star and a certain amount of stars could then could earn them something they’ve wanted.

Also, if you’re kids are miserable learning to read, they’re not ready. One veteran homeschool mama didn’t teach her son to read until he was eight, and now he is a double major in college and bright young man. Sally says that reading to her children everyday at a young age is what made her now grown children brilliant. :)

I’m taking Sally and my friends advice! My focus is going to be on creating beauty in my home, making it inviting, and setting up exploratory areas for the babes.

One more thing I want to mention. I now view T.V./movies and video/computer games as something like a Pandora’s box-once opened, it is very difficult to put back. If you have not yet begun letting your babes watch animated T.V. or play video/computer games, consider keeping that box closed. I wish I would have done that; letting my children watch too much cartoonish twaddle (as Sally calls it) dulled their desire for reading. The good news is that my babes are still young enough that I think I can stuff some back in. If I could go back, I would only let them watch real movies or educational ones, like Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables, Lassie (original), Curious George, etc., and those for special times.

For more encouragement, read Sally’s blog, I Take Joy. She’s beautiful and encouraging and is a gift to us young mamas.

See you in a month (unless I interrupt again)!


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    I'm Sarah Mae. I'm figuring out how to fit perfect into fallen skin. Stick around for the stretching...your soul is welcome here.

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