Who the Heck is Modest Yahoo?

Josh has an interesting taste in music. When we met, Josh and I clashed with our music. Slowly but surely we managed to find middle grounds, and explore new areas of music. One of our favorite artists is Matisyahu. When I heard Josh say his name the first time, I said, “Who the heck is Modest Yahoo? Like Modest Mouse? What the heck?” So little did I know.

Matisyahu is this awesome artist with really inspirational music. He’s Jewish, like full-on Jewish beard and hat, and makes a sort of reggae, funk, hip hop, beat box mix of amazing tunes. I know, it sounds kind of ridiculous, but you just have to listen to understand ūüôā Here’s the video for one of our favorites, One Day, and the lyrics ūüôā

“One Day”

Sometimes I lay
Under the moon
And thank God I’m breathing
Then I pray
Don’t take me soon
Cause I’m here for a reason
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it’ll all turn around
All my live I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we dont wanna fight no more
They’ll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day [x6]
It’s not about
Win or lose
Because we all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood drenched pavement
Keep on moving though the waters stay raging
In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
It might drive you crazy but dont let it faze you no way (no way)
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So my negativity surrounds
I know some day it’ll all turn around
All my live I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we dont wanna fight no more
They’ll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day [x6]
One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down the the hate
One day we’ll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun
Singing songs of freedom like
One day [x2]
All my live I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more
They’ll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day [x6]
See what I mean? He’s amazing. Also, ¬†I REALLY like his beat boxing, so check this out ¬†for your musical pleasure ūüôā
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Humanitarian Clothing

Jedidiah clothing is a great company that sells trendy clothing while giving back. Here’s what they’re all about.


Who We Are

Jedidiah is a humanitarian-based apparel brand aspiring to cultivate change, one garment at a time. Our mission is to use apparel sales as a vehicle to provide care, support and financial resources to those in need.

What We Do

Each season, Jedidiah partners with a distinctive and effective non-profit organization to raise money and awareness for life-changing causes. Every Jedidiah piece is creatively inspired and tied to a cause, all benefiting their non-profit organization.

Why We Do It

We want to give everyone a chance to make a measureable difference in the world. We believe that by artistically connecting apparel to social causes, many people in need can be helped.


They have sweet clothing for both men and women, so you should go check them out ūüôā Currently on their website, they’re working on various causes such as disaster relief, education, health, human trafficking, poverty and water.

Here are two of my favorite pieces.

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Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese

One of my favorite comfort foods is mac’n’cheese, but I always feel guilty when I eat it because there’s nearly NO nutritional value in certain boxes of macaroni and powdered cheesy goodness. Luckily for me, there was a recipe for macaroni and cheese in the ¬†vegetarian cookbook¬†I’m working my way through. I made it one night for myself, then took it to a friend with a new baby another night. The great thing about this recipe is you can add in whatever floats your boat, but it’s way healthy anyways!

Here are the ingredients (all super cheap and mostly on hand)


Chop up your veggies



Saute the veggies while starting the macaroni


While those things are cooking, start melting some butter in a saucepan for the roux


When the butter’s melted, add the flour (the second time I used whole wheat and it was marvelous, I also increased the sauce recipe by a half to make it more cheesy ūüôā )


Then add milk slowly, while stirring, then when thick add the cheese


Once that’s all lovely and cheesy, throw everything into a casserole dish


Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and enjoy your healthy comfort food


Now for the actual recipe!


8 oz. macaroni

1 T oil

1/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced (i like lots of these)

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 T oil for sauteing

1 C bean sprouts (the first time I didn’t have any and the second time I forgot to add these)

2 T butter

2 T flour (i like it with whole wheat)

1 C milk

1/2 t salt

dash cayenne pepper

1 C grated cheese

1 tomato, wedged


1. In a large pot, boil macaroni in water with 1 T oil, until tender. Drain in colander and rinse in cold water.

2. In a small skillet, saute veggies in 2 T oil.

3. In small saucepan, melt 2 T butter. Remove from heat and add flour, stir until it has made a paste. Slowly add milk while stirring. When thick, add cheese and stir until well combined. Season to taste.

4. Combine vegetables, macaroni, sprouts in casserole dish. Add cheese sauce and blend together.

5. Bake 45 minutes in 350 degree oven. Add tomato on top and Serve.


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Soft Toys That Save the Children

As we near Christmas, we tend to have the urge to give back, but rarely do we find a way to give back WHILE doing the Christmas shopping. IKEA is helping people do that. The following is an excerpt from their 2011 Yearly Summary.


IKEA Foundation is the charitable arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation and works towards
positive and long-term change in disadvantaged communities. The focus is on children
and four key areas of their lives: a place to call home, a healthy start in life, a quality education and a sustainable family income. Our aim is to give these children a life beyond temporary shelters, handouts, lack of education and healthcare.

The projects are many. Like the IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign. One euro from every soft toy, children’s book or kid’s meal sold during the 9 weeks before Christmas, is donated to UNICEF and Save the Children. In 2011 this campaign raised approx EUR 11.4 million to provide books, classrooms and teachers to nearly 2.8 million children in 20 countries.

Another example is a USD 62 million dollar donation to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The largest private donation to UNHCR ever, it will fund expansion of the Dadaab Kambioos refugee camp in Kenya to provide for 120,000 refugee families. It will also fund a 3-year partnership between UNHCR
and IKEA Foundation to provide refugee children and families with accommodation,
life skills and economic independence. In areas from women’s empowerment and education to disease prevention and disaster relief, IKEA Foundation can be found making a difference to people all around the world.

IKEA co-workers and IKEA Group also help local communities. Like Safe Home Philadelphia which helps homeless families into a new place to live. Local IKEA co-workers help to ensure the kids have everything they need to make a fresh start. IKEA donates beds, sheets, chairs, storage, etc to help them feel at home in their new place.

Following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, local co-workers gave immediate aid with food, water, blankets and toys. Around 7,000 temporary homes were furnished for people made homeless by the tragedy. Other products were donated to a further 15,000 homes. An IKEA store opened in one of the worst affected areas to help the local economy and create new jobs. The co-workers of IKEA Japan have been highly praised, their support and unity being an inspiration to many people. IKEA Foundation, IKEA Group and co-workers continue to be involved with initiatives around the world whose first priority is always the rights and needs of children.  In 2011, approximately EUR 65 million has been donated to fund various projects around the world.

Sweet deal IKEA. The other great thing is that their soft toys are super cute! So if you’re looking for a stuffed toy for a special child in your life, you might as well help save the world too ūüôā

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Custom Holiday Photo Cards for Super Cheap!

Soooo you all know how we’re doing Christmas this year for super cheap? Well after everyone’s presents, I had $12 left for cards. I really wanted to do some cool photo cards, but everywhere I looked was over my budget. Then I ran across this sweet deal from Tiny Prints. Order 10 flat cards, without cut edges or special things, and enter the code HOLIDAYCHEER, and only pay for shipping! I ended up with 10 really awesome, custom photo cards for under $10!

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Thrifty Finds and Projects

One thing I’m super passionate about is saving money. It stems partly out of necessity, sure, but I really do enjoy saving money and being creative. Here’s a couple things I ran across this last week.

1. For your homeschool or kids- Saving Dollars and Sense has a free printable packet with activities for your kids specifically for Veteran’s Day.

2. For your belly РBudget Bytes has a recipe for Sweet Potato Grits that looks divine, and cheap!

3. For Christmas – The Prudent Homemaker¬†is doing a series of making all of her children’s Christmas presents, and one of those is a scrap material scarf. I thought this was such a great idea I’m going to make some for presents for the women in the family ūüôā

4. For you daughters or little girls in your life РThe Prudent Homemaker also showcased a gift to make that you could get really creative with, flower barrettes.

5. For your kids on long car rides or church services РBlessings Overflowing featured how to make fabric marble mazes with various designs to keep you little ones busy!

6. For your baby – The Happy Housewife has a code for a free carseat canopy, you just pay for shipping.

7. For you military folk – Money Saving Mom shared Denny’s press release disclosing that and active, inactive, and retired military personel with military ID card get free all-you-can-eat pancakes!

Excellent! So go out there and save some money. Do you know about any deals or ways to save money?

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Update: Making Your Home a Haven

The other day, we posted about Women Living Well’s¬† 31 Day Challenge: Making Your Home a Haven, and today we’re going to update how exactly that is going!

Well, the challenge started on November 5th and involved lighting a candle in your home. Every time you see the candle, you say about of peace for your family. Having done that, I decided I’m going to change a few things.

1) The candle – I used both a candle and a Scentsy, and decided to use an unscented candle in the future. Sure it’s nice to have your house smelling nice, but I have a 6 month old, so I don’t want his little senses to be¬†assaulted¬†(we have a pretty small house so the scent travels fast). Also, my allergies have started being crazy with the falling leaves outside so the scent was REALLY irritating my nose.

2) The prayers – I began by praying for peace, but after the first 10 times I started praying about other things. But later on I decided to stop praying FOR things, because it seemed like I was asking for too much. Instead, I find it better to thank Heavenly Father for something, so that throughout the day, your gratitude and humility grow, which would increase the peace in the home.

Those are just my suggestions. How are you doing the challenge? Stay tuned for the next step in the challenge on Nov. 12th!

And don’t forget to check out Women Living Well!

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Simplicity: Family

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Shoes That Make a Difference

We recently came across a shoe brand at a local ski movie and coat drive event that is pretty awesome, so we decided to share! We LOVE featuring companies that give back to the community, but the even cooler thing about this company is that you can CHOOSE where you want them to donate. Awesome right? It’s KURU footwear, and this is what they have to say.


This is Your World, Your Future, and Your Cause

Imagine if you had the ability to control how the companies you patronize give back. Our Consumer Empowered Sustainability‚ĄĘ program does just that. It’s simple: You choose where KURU donates a portion of its profits from your purchase.

We’ve hand-selected causes that focus on The Four Pillars of Sustainability and Social Responsibility‚ĄĘ:

  • Education¬†– educating our children towards a brighter future
  • Economic Development –¬†lifting people out of abject poverty
  • Health¬†– solving health and disease to help people live longer, happier and better
  • Environmental Impact¬†–¬†addressing our environmental impact so all can have a beautiful earth to enjoy

We view sustainability as a lifestyle, a change of attitude. It’s about improving the world around us; creating opportunities; and leaving a legacy for our children. All of us have the power to effect social and environmental change. With our revolutionary Consumer Empowered Sustainability‚ĄĘ program, you can help make a difference.

Join us as we make a difference. Simply register your purchase and select your charity of choice.



Isn’t that great? And yes, ladies and gentlemen, it does still get better. Their shoes look awesome and are supposed to be amazingly comfortable and durable. We really love what they’re doing. You should check out their website and see the things they’re up to!

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Keep it on your mind, write it down!

Around this time of year we all start to try and think what we‚Äôre thankful for. Each year we say to ourselves that we should be this thankful all year ‚Äėround. We also need to instill in our children their our gratitude, so they realize how blessed they are. So this Gratituesday, here are some FREE printable Gratitude Journals that can help you and your family maintain a thankful perspective through this season. I got this idea from a great blog I follow, Are We There Yet?

#1 Motherhood on a Dime

#2 Happy Serendipidy

#3 Family Your Way

#4 School Express (weekly sheets)

I decided that I really want to do this year ‚Äėround, so I went to the Dollar Tree and picked up a little notebook to keep with me.

I know my little journal isn’t as cute as the other ones, but I wanted a lot of room to write. I remember one time at church a girl was talking about keeping a Gratitude Journal, and she never wrote the same thing twice. I thought that was a pretty great idea because it makes you really ponder about what you’re grateful for. So I’m going to try to do that, and we’ll see how far I get before I start having trouble haha. Remember to go check out Heavenly Homemaker’s Gratituesday, they’re the ones who started this great series. So go check out these ladies’ blogs, print some things out, or grab a $1 journal and start realizing all the great things you’ve been blessed with!

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

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