Soul Food Blog


What We're Listening To


Lately, our headphones have been a welcome tool to help us refuel. Whether heading out for a walk or cleaning up the kitchen (again!) podcasts and audiobooks give us life!

What We're Eating


A blessing of these weeks has been time to slow down and savor cooking and eating as a family. So here are a few recipes we make again and again:

What We're Reading


Below, we've compiled some of our recent favorite books, several which seem especially pertinent to the current season we're all walking through.

Lent: 40 Days To Cultivate


Happy Ash Wednesday! A day that frequently tends to sneak up on me. Unlike Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s day, or even Groundhog’s day, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter wander around February, March, and April, making it difficult for me to keep up.

Suffer Strong


One of our favorite past speakers, Katherine Wolf, has a brand new book out this month with her husband, Jay: Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything.

Lent... an invitation


Lent, we meet again. My experiences from Lent have included a wide array of sentiments and experiences, from using it merely as a way to shed a few pounds before summer to using it as a season to dig into more of who God is and deepen my relationship with Him.

Rhythms of Renewal


​We absolutely LOVED welcoming Rebekah Lyons to Virginia Beach last fall! We wanted to pop on here to let you know about her podcast that she and her husband, Gabe host called Rhythms for Life.

Soul Food: November 13, 2018


Hi Soul Food Friends! It's been a while! Where do we even begin?!? SO many fabulous things to share with you as we head into the holiday season! Today, we're hitting the high notes and sharing what we absolutely can't get enough of! As in, we're just BURSTING to share these with you!

Soul Food Weekly: September 21st, 2018


We are wild about a classic wedge salad, and we love this recipe.

Rice Cakes are more than just peanut butter; check out these ideas on how to take your rice cake game to the next level!

Soul Food: September 7th, 2018


We're totally on board with the cauliflower trend and try to weave it in anywhere we can. Recently we say this sign and we couldn't agree more!

Soul Food: August 31st, 2018



Need some back-to-school breakfast inspiration? Check out these kid-friendly breakfast ideas!

We are LOVING The New York Times’ recipes these days. Recently, a friend made this tomatillo salsa that was TO DIE for! Make this immediately and put in on everything you eat! Our favorite is to add it on breakfast tacos!

Virginia Beach Fall Bible Studies


​Fall is a GREAT time to jump into a new Bible Study and Changing Seasons Virginia Beach has compiled a robust list of several studies nearby. The churches and many Bible studies are hyperlinked, so be sure to check them out below!

Soul Food: August 17th, 2018


Our favorite Pioneer Woman has two recipes we're eyeing:
No one, and we mean No. One. loves sparkling water more than we do. Loving these recipes of sparkling water "mocktails."
Three words: Chorizo. Breakfast. Tacos. We're in!

20 items you should buy from Costco, and 20 items you shouldn't buy from Costco.

Soul Food: August 10, 2018



Easy way to make salmon.

These 25 No-Cook dinners look delicious!

Soul Food: August 3, 2018



These "Fry Bread Tacos" from The Pioneer Woman look delicious! What's not to love about bread that you fry??

But if you're looking for a healthier option, try this "Cauliflower Rice Vegetable Currie Bowl."

What are the best snacks to carry with you when you travel? Check out these tips from a flight attendant on what to pack for your flights.

Soul Food: July 27th, 2018


This "Easy Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake"is unbelievable. A friend recently made this for us, and it hit the spot on every level. It's a great meal to take to a friend who needs a meal (and really, who doesn't need a meal?!?). Plus, the leftovers will feed you for days!

Recently, we're learning a lot about the importance of staying hydrated, which is why we loved these two posts from Camille Styles:

Soul Food: July 18, 2018



We posted this last week, but the link was broken, so without further ado, here's 5 Reasons to cook on a weeknight (even after a stressful day!)

Make frose from the comfort of your own home.

Simple tips for planning a summer picnic.

Soul Food: July 12, 2018



New favorite summer menu from Dinner A Love Story.

9 Make-Ahead lunches.

5 Reasons to cook on a weeknight (even after a stressful day!)

Need your kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Try Veggie-Gos.

Soul Food: July 5th, 2018



Practical tips on how to love and support a friend on bed rest.

Need your kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Try Veggie-Gos.

Declutter your home with three life-saving words: Best. Favorite. Necessary.

Soul Food: June 28, 2018


Sometimes moms need to hear that it's okay to let some spinning plates fall in order to hold on to what's important. It's also okay to pause and take time to nourish your self.

Anyone with teens, be sure to show them Chris Pratt's Generation Award speech from the MTV Movie Awards. Anyone without teens, watch anyways and be encouraged!

Soul Food: June 18th, 2018


Two of our very favorites, Emily Ley and Sally Clarkson are over on Sally's podcast for her "Lifegiving Parent" series. Do yourself a favor and listen ASAP!

Two children's books we want to get our hands on:

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

Soul Food: June 6th, 2018


Can Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 soap actually work for 18 different uses? Thrive Market set out to find out!

Great ideas from Jodie Berndt on Unplugging during these summer days.

Soul Food: June 1, 2018


Encouraging and inspiring thoughts from past Changing Seasons' speaker, Jeannie Cunnion: The High Calling of A Mom Set Free.

Sunday Funday on a budget? Yes please!

Soul Food: May 23,2018


Three simple tips that could transform your parenting.

Sometimes, even on a random Wednesday night from the comfort of your own home, you need to #treatyoself with a little cheese and champagne.

Soul Food: May 18th, 2018


Love these tips on taking your home flower arrangements to the next level.

One of our favorite children's stores, Little English is having a 30% off sale for their spring apparel. Stock up now!

Soul Food: May 10th


Photographer Gray Malin has a new children's book, "Be Our Guest," that is darling! All the photos are taken at the Parker Palm Springs.

Summer is coming and we are very particular about our sunscreen. If you haven't tried Supergoop! yet, you are missing out. It goes on so easily, smells fresh, and provides great coverage. It's the best sunscreen we've found that works on both kids and grownups. Right now, we're loving their Sunscreen Power Mousee.

Soul Food: April 27th, 2018


Clear out your spaces with 10 Decluttering Projects You Can Do In Under 15 Minutes.

Simple tutorial on how to pack your beauty products.

Soul Food: April 16, 2018


Barbara Bush's daughter, Dorothy, shares the most important thing her mother did for her as a young child.

Looking to "Spring-ify" your home? Check out these simple tips to refresh your home for Spring.

Soul Food: April 4, 2018


Loving these decorating ideas, Three Things An Interior Designer Swears By In Each Room.

Looking for a thorough Spring Clean? Brighton the Day has you covered with her tips on "Spring Cleaning Your Entire Life."

Soul Food: March 6th, 2018


We're always checking in with Read Aloud Revival and their book recommendations for kids. Here are her ideas for Picture Books for March.

Keep your kids smiling and the earth green with these BPA, biodegradable kid's toothbrushes. Not to mention, we love the way they look!

Soul Food: February 21, 2018


Bethany over at Cloistered Away is talking about the importance of Date Nights with your husband and how to prioritize them.

Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere shares her struggling addiction to her cell phone and helpful steps to break free.

Soul Food: February 16, 2018


Looking to simplify your life? Emily Ley has a free 30-day Simplicity Challenge e-book. Easy, practical ways to simplify your life.

Did y'all know that our favorite, Joanna Gaines, has a new lifestyle magazine? Order the Magnolia Journal here.

Soul Food: December 14, 2017



We've been on a "Meatless Monday" kick lately and have loved these two recipes:

Cozy Butternut, Sweet Potato, And Red Lentil Stew

Spicy Black Bean Soup (we used an immersion blender to give it a thick, hearty texture)

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!


Christmas is coming, friends! So, today, on Cyber Monday (one of our very favorite days of the year, we're sharing some of our best ideas and favorite things!)

First off, the deals:

Soul Food: November 26th, 2017


We're slowing dipping our toe into the Christmas spirit, and over on the Changing Seasons blog, we're sharing some of our favorite Christmas things and our go-to spot for Cyber Monday Sales!

Tired of wrestling your Christmas tree skirt year after year? Try a Tree Collar.(Thanks for the tip, Emily Ley!)

Soul Food: November 11th


You can never go wrong with tortilla soup! Try these two great recipes:
Dinner A Love Story
Pioneer Woman

Soul Food: October 25th, 2017


Camille Styles is sharing two delicious pumpkin recipes over on her blog. We can't wait to make her Pumpkin Chick Pea Curry and and "Healthy-ish Pumpkin Bread."

And speaking of pumpkin, we just love all these ideas for using the leftover pumpkin puree.

Soul Food: October 18th, 2017


This Chicken, Broccoli and Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinneris delicious and easy, all the way around. Thanks to Emily Ley for the link!

We know cold weather is here, but over the weekend, we tasted our first "Frose" (that's a frozen rose if you didn't know), and we may never go back. Make your own Frose here. So fun, beautiful, and delicious!

Soul Food: October 13, 2017


Fall is the perfect time to dust off the crock pot--check out these delicious slow cooker recipes.

This weekend, we've got our eyes on this Cucumber Basil Margarita.

Soul Food: October 4th, 2017


7 ways to cut down on sugar.

How easy is that?!? A few ideas for those of you looking to reduce the insanity that can be family mealtime.

Loving these five bright ideas from Dinner, A Love Story.

A Fresh Start


As a young girl, I always looked forward to the first day of school with great anticipation. I'm not one for change, but a new school year meant new teachers, new classmates, new school supplies, and most importantly, new school clothes! Not to mention, each year, you returned older and wiser--each new year, you moved up one more notch on the the food chain.

Soul Food: September 20th, 2017


We recently stumbled upon one of the best food websites we've found in a long time. Created by a woman looking to slow things down and bring back meal times spent with good food and good people, gathered around the table. If you're looking for all the gourmet, without the hassle, this is for you. She also has pantry staples, kitchen supplies, and weekly meal plans--including shopping lists!! Hop over to Working Woman's Food ASAP!

Soul Food: September 11th



This woman didn't eat out for five weeks and here's what happened.


Want to be happy? A new study suggests the key might be found in Ordering takeout and hiring a maid! Who are we to argue with science?!?

Fall Reading!


Happy Fall, Y'all!! Ready for "pumpkin everything," crisp air, and cozying up with a good book! We know just the thing!

This fall, two of our favorite past Changing Seasons speakers, Jeannie Cunnion and Sara Hagerty each released new books that you MUST check out. Seriously, they're a must!

Virginia Beach Fall Bible Studies!


Fall is a GREAT time to jump into a new Bible Study and Changing Seasons Virginia Beach has compiled a robust list of several studies nearby. The churches and many Bible studies are hyperlinked, so be sure to check them out below!

Soul Food: August 25th, 2017


Quick, easy, and just ONE pot from Camille Styles--one pot summertime pasta.

Camille also shares great tips on cooking a weekend's worth of meals in a vacation rental--shopping list included!

Soul Food: August 11, 2017


Grab this recipe for a simple summer salad--avocado, onion, tomato, peppers, cilantro, and lime--delicious!

Throw a dinner party like a relaxed Parisian. Mais oui!

Soul Food: August 4th, 2017


We are firm believers that Ina Garten can do no wrong, and she does not disappoint with her Szechuan noodle recipe. Here's why we love it: it's easy to make-ahead of time if you're having guests over, it can be served warm or cold, and best of all, most of the ingredients can be pulled out of your pantry, so it's a great last-minute dish! Did we mention it's delicious?!? This is the Barefoot Contessa we're talking about!

Soul Food: July 28th, 2017


Last week, we had a broken link (gasp!) Thanks to our kind reader who pointed it out. And now, for those of you who have been waiting on pins and needles, dying to know how to make "11 Healthy Breakfasts in under 15 minutes," click here!

Virginia Beach friends, basically all pork is on sale at Harris Teeter right now. We stockpiled on Wednesday and plan to make these carnitas.

Soul Food: July 19, 2017


11 Healthy Breakfasts in under 15 minutes.

Some nights just call for a good, old, comfy meatloaf. This recipe is perfect with either beef or turkey, plus, it's gluten free!

Soul Food: June 15th, 2017



Simple way to make the most of those summer veggies.

13 Genius Ways to Use Your Summer Herbs.

Soul Food: May 26th, 2017



Moms with young children, read. this. now.

A Weary, Dreary Week


​I’m not sure what the weather’s like in your corner of the world, but in our little corner of Virginia Beach, we've had a string of dreary, weary, rainy days.

The kind that makes you want to crawl back into bed and sleep for the rest of the day, because it’s so dark, you can’t even differentiate the difference between day and night.

The kind that make you yawn just by looking out the window.

Soul Food: May 17th, 2017


A fabulous list of picture books you and your children/grandchildren can enjoy again and again.

Great post from past Changing Seasons speaker, Melanie Shankle, on debunking the myth of the perfect mother.

Soul Food: April 28th, 2017


Brighten up your home and change things up with these Five Quick & Easy Ways to "Springify" your Home.

Love this perspective on finding the right rhythm for working from home.

See Lincee Ray!


Feeling tired? Overwhelmed? In need of a break? Anybody feeling a little spontaneous?? We've got just the thing!

One of our most well-loved Changing Seasons speakers, Lincee Ray, is heading to Kitty Hawk THIS weekend, for the Galilee Women's Retreat! Grab some friends for a last-minute getaway and be encouraged by Lincee's insights on what it looks like to truly desire God.

Soul Food: April 21st, 2017


Great advice for moms juggling to balance motherhood and career.

Feeling inundated by your social media world? Try these six ideas for a "social media diet."

Bring order to your kitchen and regain control of your unruly pantry.

Soul Food: April 12th, 2017


Looking to declutter and pare down? Here are five tips to help you find joy with less. Our favorite? "Less stuff, more clarity." Or as Emily Ley likes to say, "Physical clutter=mental clutter." Preach!!

Soul Food: March 29th, 2017


Spring clean your house in 48 hours.

Planning a party? Keep everything together with these 7 things to do 24 hours before the party.

Soul Food: March 17th, 2017


When it comes to our homes we subscribe to the "W.W.M.D." philosophy (What Would Martha Do?) Here are Martha's tips for "Dishwasher Dos and Don'ts."

Jodie Berndt Comes Back to Richmond!


​Great news, Changing Seasons Richmond: Jodie Berndt is coming back! On April 20th, you can hear Jodie speak again as part of the Veritas School Series. Check out all the details below:

Soul Food: March 8, 2017


​Make your bedroom a haven and clear out the clutter. Here are "10 Things to Throw Out of Your Bedroom Immediately."

Who doesn't love a good thank you note?!? These tips are worth noting. (See what we did there?!?)

Soul Food: March 1st


3 habits for cultivating a bedtime routine and your best night’s sleep.

Soul Food: February 10th, 2017


4 simple tips on keeping your refrigerator organized.

Changing Seasons Virginia Beach: February 23rd!


Our winter Changing Seasons event is quickly approaching. We can't wait to welcome Vicki Rose! See below for the invite and make plans to join us!

Soul Food: January 25th, 2017


Welcome back to Soul Food, ladies! We apologize for disappearing without so much as even leaving a note. On October 18th, these little bundles surprised us all and joined the Changing Seasons Family early. Ladies, meet Abigail and Mary Churchill Williams:

Watch: Katherine Wolf


Last fall, we had the privilege and JOY of welcoming Katherine Wolf to Virginia Beach for our fall luncheon. In case you missed it, be sure to check it out!



“You crown the year with Your good blessings, and You leave abundance in Your wake.”
Psalm 65:11 (NET)

Must Read: Grace Not Perfection


One of our very favorites, Emily Ley, released her first book this week. We have been waiting to get our hands on these pages and so far, Grace Not Perfection does not disappoint! Not only is it rich in content, this little hot pink baby is seriously one of the most beautiful books we've ever thumbed through. How precious is this cover?!?

Soul Food: October 14, 2016


Durable rug that withstands anything.

Great alternative to a typical diaper bag.

Soul Food: October 6, 2016


Moms with young children, you will appreciate this post, 6 Ways Parents Grow Up While Their Kids While Their Kids Do.

Does your front door need a fall makeover? You'll love these nine classic fall wreaths.

Soul Food: September 28, 2016


Work from home? You'll love these ideas on creating a stylish and functional workspace.

5 Sensory Activities for Toddlers from Emily Ley.

Martha, Martha, Martha


By Lincee Ray​

There is a story in the Bible that showcases the attributes of two sisters. It consists of only five verses, yet so much is packed into this particular moment in history. In fact, these verses are so notorious that their content still makes some women fired up today. It’s the story of Martha and Mary.

Soul Food: September 22, 2016



How cute are these precious "pocket verses" for boys and girls?!

Nancy Meyers is pretty much our favorite director of all time. Hello, Father of the Bride, The Holiday,

Soul Food: September 14, 2016



5 quick ways to dress up your dining room.

As we ease into fall, you'll love these 3 simple ways to ease your home into the new season.

A heartwarming post on keeping childhood simple.

Soul Food: September 7, 2016


Loving this advice from Mary Elizabeth Stone on taking your children to the doctor.

Simple guide on how to pick the perfect house plant.

Two words to never say to guests in your home.

Soul Food: August 31, 2016



15 great board game ideas for toddlers.

A chilling video on the dangers of using your cellphone while driving--a great reminder for all of us, but especially for those with children on the road.

Soul Food: August 17, 2016


An inspiring read for anyone who feels like they're losing their teenager, "The best thing my parents did during my worst time? They pulled me close."

Soul Food: August 10, 2016


Yesterday was a huge book release day! Both Lysa Terkerust and Shauna Niequist released new books!
Watch Lysa's "Uninvited" webcast here and get your own copy of "Uninvited" here.
Hear from Shauna over on Relevant's Podcast and purchase "Present Over Perfect" here.

Soul Food: August 3, 2016


These slow cooker curried red lentils are a cheap and easy dinner to throw together in the middle of the day. We were SHOCKED how delicious they were! A few notes: we omitted the chiles, used coconut milk, and DID add the butter.

Soul Food: July 27, 2016


Looking to slow down a little? You'll love these tips on how to unplug. In the midst of the daily demands of life, it can be hard to find time to teach your children Biblical virtues.

Top Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!


This Friday is a BIG day--it's the beginning of Nordstom's annual Anniversary Sale! Card members can get early access today, but for the rest of us, mark your calendar for tomorrow to stock up on some great bargains! So what do we have our eye on?? We're so glad you asked!

Must-Make Summer Recipes!


Summer is in full swing and if there's one thing we love, it's summer recipes! Below are a few of our recent favorites that you simply MUST try! This broccoli salad is the perfect side dish for a summer barbecue!

3 Time-Saving Shopping Sites You Need to Know About


We are all about finding ways to simplify our life to make time for what matters most. With that in mind, here are three online sites that will Change. Your. Life...we're serious!

Unforced Rhythms of Grace


Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.

Meal Planning 101


It’s no secret, those who know me well, know that I’m not exactly a planner. However, I’m beginning to see that when I actually take the time to plan things out, it saves me time, money, and unnecessary stress.

Spiritual Snacks


For busy, on-the-go women (which, let's be honest, is pretty much all of us), it can be hard to find time to sit down and actually open up the Bible. Ironically, when life is at its craziest, busiest time, that's when we need God the most.

You Are Loved.


We've got Valentine's Day on our minds and we wanted to share a few of our favorite Bible verses that underscore the depth of God's love. Truly, there is no amount of candy, cards, roses or chick flicks that will ever compare to the unfailing love of God.

It Never Hurts To Ask


Several years ago, I was on the hunt for the perfect dress to wear to my brother's wedding. Never mind the bride, what in the world was the S.O.G. going to wear?! (sister of the groom)

To Choose Him


On many days, being a mom can be tiring. It simply comes with the territory.

10 Simple New Year's Resolutions from the Changing Seasons Team!


As we slowly dip our toe into the New Year, here at Changing Seasons, we've been brainstorming up some simple, fun, and, best of all, doable resolutions to propel us into 2016! It kind of goes without saying that we just LOVE a new season, don't you?!

Do Something.


I don't know about you, but for me, I have such a hard time scheduling out everything in my life that needs to be done. In the world of never ending to-do lists, there are areas in my life where I've convinced myself that I need at least 1-2 hours to actually make it worth while: cleaning my house, exercising, spending time with God, writing thank you notes….the list could go on and on.

Christmas Gift Guide


So we know that Christmas is NOT all about presents. But let's face it, this month, most of us will purchase a gift, or two, or fifty.

Yum-O Pumpkin-Gingersnap Cheesecake


There is something about this festive time of year that makes me want to try new things in the kitchen! It may be because I am still at the age and stage where I am not hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Guest Post: Good Morning Virginia Beach!


This morning, we have the treat of having guest blogger, Tessa Duquette share her perfect day in Virginia Beach with us. Tessa blogs and posts via Instagram through VB Basics and we are so pleased to have her blogging for us today! Take it away, Tessa!