All That Glitters is Never Going Away

by Rhonda Rhea in Leading Hearts magazine

HAS IT HAPPENED TO YOU? YOU GET THAT ONE GREETING CARD WITH GLITTER ON IT — that one card — and next thing you know, your entire living room is a sparkle-palooza.

Granted, I’m the kind of person who enjoys a good sparkle.

Shiny makes me happy. But when I got one of those sparkly cards the other day, there was a sudden, panicked realization that there was more glitter in my living room than was ever on that card.

I tried to brush it off, but it refused to be brushed.

I vacuumed it. Then vacuumed some more. Still … glitter. There’s a fear when dealing with glitter — the fear that you will never escape it. Ever.

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Giving Up My Buts

by Amber Weigand-Buckley in Leading Hearts magazine

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to believing God for the Impossible, I have two big BUT problems.

The first is the big BUT of DOUBT. It diminishes God’s ability within the framework of God’s request. It can keep you from moving in any direction. 

The worst, though, is the BUT of “I’VE GOTTA FIGURE THIS OUT.”

That can really get me butting heads with God. Why? Because I’m always trying to help God out.

“I can take the guesswork out of your miracle, God, by troubleshooting the solution.” 

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Reclaim Your Happy Space

by Beth Duewel and Rhonda Rhea in Leading Hearts Magazine

Does your happy ever need a reno?

All of us can sometimes put our happy spaces in weird places. People get caught up, for instance, in the thread count of their sheets. Thread count. If it’s not Egyptian cotton in a thread count impressive enough to require a greater number of stacks of cash in the bank than the count of the threads in the sheets, suddenly that bed is just not a happy place. It’s all about the thread count. The math is not uncomplicated.

The two of us, Beth and Rhonda, maintain that everyone is getting a little too caught up in the thread count, when shouldn’t the crumb count be a bigger deal? We were talking about it the other day and discovered that we don’t really like the idea of snacking in bed—mostly because we don’t like the idea of sheets that are too…how can we put it…exfoliat-ey. But then later we decided the fact that we’re not bed-snackers might actually be more about the other fact that neither of our husbands are big into exfoliation either.

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Rhonda Rhea Minus Eyeliner Plus Bonus Got Lemons? Bundt Cake Recipe

by Rhonda Rhea in Leading Hearts magazine

I’ve pretty much always been a girlie-girl. When I was little, while the other kids were singing, “Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,” I was singing something more like, “Head, new hairdo, purse and shoes, purse and shoes.”

Froo-froo is part of my make-up. Even my makeup is part of my make-up. I was in a hurry and ran out of the house without eyeliner the other day.

People are definitely not used to seeing me liner-less, but even I underestimated their consternation. All day long they kept asking if I was feeling okay. “Have you been under the weather?” “Do you need to go home?”

Because, yeah, everyone knows the first sign of an illness is the loss of dark lines around the eyes.

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Relative Insanity by Torry Martin Plus Recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

by Torry Martin @torry_martin in Leading Hearts Magazine

CHRISTMAS, A TIME WHEN MOST PEOPLE EAGERLY SHOP EARLY AND JOYOUSLY WRAP THEIR PRESENTS WITH CARE.

I, however, am not most people. I prefer to do my shopping on Christmas Eve. I know that sounds very last minute of me, but why shop early when I know there’s a convenient truck stop on the way to my parents’ house where I can purchase all my gifts at once and for under $20?

It’s the only place I know where I can buy bobble-heads in bulk. The helpful truck stop store clerk will even have them bagged, I mean, “wrapped” separately while I’m waiting for my car to refuel.

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Don’t Cry if You’ve Just Spilled Your Hair Dye


by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea in Leading Hearts Magazine

I doubt it’s any surprise that I’ve never been known for being low maintenance. Recently, though, I did at least shoot for being a little less of a budget drain. Like maybe a bit more “DIY” in a few areas. I confess, “do-it-yourself” is rather out of my wheelhouse. I’m a lot more comfortable as a “do-it-for-me” kind of gal. But I was willing to try. I decided to focus on the hair budget. No, not giving up the color. I’d dye first (pa-dum-ching).

I don’t think I’ll ever be so low maintenance that I’ll go colorless. But I thought, surely I could color it myself. What could go wrong?

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