With much excitement the final 2013 Agenda is now ready! Download the Agenda and start planning your sessions!
With three main focuses for the weekend, Becoming Creative, Purposeful, and Frugal, we have broken these into three tracks. You can mix and match at will, choosing what you desire to learn about the most. Each speaker is an expert in their field, and eager to share their passion with you. Don’t worry, some of the topics will be repeated, ensuring you can hit on your top choices.
Remember, you do not have to sign up for session at any time. So feel free to change your mind up to the last second!
We all need to save more money, and there are lots of ways to do it. You can be a local coupon queen or just live a frugal life. We will cover beginning and advanced ways to save, budget and focus on being a good steward on all things we’ve been given.
Sessions will be offered by Jen and Jenny in this track: Session descriptions to come.
Many of us fly through each day with lists to get done that we never complete. It’s time to live with intention and purpose. Remember what you started all this for, and refocus on creating organization in a very unorganized world.
Whether you have one child or a house full, understanding your long term vision of mothering is key. These days seem long, yet the years are short, so be blessed by the wisdom of a mother who has maneuvered these waters for decades.
HGTV has revolutionized the way many of us think about decorating, but how can we bring that creativity to our own homes? Be inspired and encouraged with the notion that “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” From experts in both home decor and furniture re-purposing, you will learn how to cast a vision for your own home. The best part is that all this can be done with just pennies on the dollar.
Friday 1 – 4: This year, five additional Pre-Conference Workshops are being offered for that that want a hands-on learning experience. (Additional costs do apply.) See all the optional workshops here.
Saturday Morning keynote:
Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever!
- Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the “stuff” in your life?
- Do you find that clutter is putting a strain on relationships you care about?
- Do you waste time looking for your keys or papers you had in your hand a minute ago?
- Do you resist inviting people to your home because they will see the way you live?
- Escape the Clutter Trap
- Turn chaos into calm
- Reduce stress and distractions
- Claim the freedom and focus you deserve
- Create and sustain a “Productive Environment” you love
- Enjoy living clutter-free forever!
Friday & Saturday Session Topics:
Family Supper EVERY Night is possible: Christy Jordan of The Southern Plate
No more excuses, no more guilt. Christy will share tip, tricks, and recipes to help you put supper on the table no matter how hectic your day becomes!
Ruth and Edie: Hospitality and Entertaining on a Budget
What’s the secret to the perfect party? If you’ve ever longingly scrolled through Pinterest wishing you could afford to host such a picture-perfect soiree, the answer may surprise you! (Hint: It has nothing to do with how much you spend!)
Join Edie Wadworth, of Life in Grace, and Ruth Soukup, of Living Well Spending Les,s for an inspiring and insightful look at hospitality & party planning on a budget. You’ll discover not only what true hospitality is really about, but also come away with lots of fun, creative, & practical budget-friendly party ideas, as well as a few fun surprises.
Loving the 80% off Lifestyle: How living debt free can be your reality: Jen Schmidt of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
With five children, Jen can make a dollar stretch with the best of them. Learn her top ten tips on how you can enjoy a full-priced life on a half-priced budget. Jen will share the lessons learned while their family survived a year of unemployment. She will touch on thrifting as a lifestyle, pro tips on trash to treasure discoveries, holiday shopping, teaching children about finances, as well as putting together a designer wardrobe for pennies on the dollar; Frugal Fashionista style. If you’ve ever wanted ideas for living on less, this workshop is for you.
How to Cut Your Grocery Budget in Half: Jenny Martin – Southern Savers
What would you do with an extra $300 in the budget each month? Learn how to save 50% of more off your grocery and household purchases. Grab pasta for 10¢, cereal for 75¢ and toothpaste for FREE! Did you know that you can save a ton and not even cut a coupon? Yep! We’ll discuss many ways to eat everything you want, sacrificing nothing, and still save.
Becoming a Pro at Online Shopping: Jenny Martin – Southern Savers
In today’s world you can buy almost anything you need online! With the cost of gas, you might as well stay home and let the deals come to you (with free shipping, of course). From gadgets to clothing and groceries, learn a number of ways to get a deal on necessities online. We’ll cover online coupons, cash back, rebates, reward programs, and much more. If there’s a deal out there, let’s find it!
Despite all our technology, paper is still the No. 1 organizing challenge in the American household. It covers desks and counters, gets stuffed into the file drawers and closets, and now, saved in electronic form. Computers and smartphones have just added another realm of disorganization. Your ability to be productive is directly related to you ability to find what you need when you need it! From the kitchen counter to the home office, this a practical and proven step-by-step solution to purging, sorting and taming that paper (and digital!) tiger.
Home is what you make of it: (How to DIY your way to a home you love.): Marian Parsons – Miss Mustard Seed
Forget the idea that good design is expensive, must be carried out by a professional and can only be bought in a fancy store. A great look is affordable and attainable to anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and dive in. So, get ready to be inspired as Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed) shares all of the secrets she’s picked up while sewing, painting, making, building and shopping as a DIY blogger, antiques dealer and home décor enthusiast.
Your home’s potential is just waiting to be realized and you’re the one who’s going to discover it.
Everything you want to know about Painting Furniture and Walls: Annie Omar
Learn the secrets of the professional decorative painter! Join Annie Omar of Maison Blanch Paint Company, a renowned decorative painter who has run a successful paint contracting business and decorative paint training center in the Dallas area for many years, as she gives an instructional “watch and learn” demo of several faux finishing techniques that will teach you to easily transform your walls and furniture.
Annie will cover topics such as: different types of paint and what works best for different situations, proper prep for painting like a pro, several designer glazing techniques, sprucing up orange peal and other wall textures, and raised stenciling. Anyone can paint like a pro with the proper instructions and product knowledge!
Creative Inspiration and Easy Trash to Treasure Projects: Angela
Find creative inspiration in your everyday routine. Explore areas in your life that get the creative juices flowing. Help the environment by turning trash into treasure with easy craft and beautiful home decor projects. Also see how ordinary objects that usually end up in a land fill can become charming pieces of art. *encore presentation from 2012
The “Youniqueness” of You: Doing the Best You Can with the Person You Were Made to Be: Rachel Van Eerden
Sometimes we can be overwhelmed by the things we can’t do, and we need a reminder that we all have been given unique gifts to do unique work in the world. Join in on a heart-felt, laugh-filled session with this mother of 11 and be encouraged as you head into a new week, a new school year – and life ahead!
You Like What You Know: Pursuing Truth, Beauty and Goodness – Nancy Campbell
Appreciating and impacting true richness in life is an art, a gift… and attainable! Learn to develop the eyes, minds and hearts of those in your home into conduits of what is truly beautiful.
Using Photography to Transform Your Family’s Moments into Memories: Dawn Camp
Embrace your role as your family’s primary photographer and memory keeper! This session will equip you as we discuss composition tips; candid shots; family photos; basic photo editing; and more. Preserve your family’s memories—both big and small—and turn them into meaningful art making the most of the equipment you have, including your camera phone.
Accessorizing Your Style, Your Body, and Your Life: Courtney Brown and Brennan Lau – Cents of Style
When you look good, you feel good and can then radiate that goodness to others. Come learn how to put your best self forward through what you wear. Learn how to simply and affordably be fashionable through accessorizing, clothing choices and dressing your body type.