How I’m Finding Balance In My Life

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Sometimes you just have to do something drastic in your life. That’s the point I came to this year, and it honestly wasn’t even very drastic. But I desperately needed some balance, because (insert surprised look here) there really is only 24 hours to a day!

I felt like I was attempting everything and achieving nothing. I gave an ounce of energy to homemaking, or to homeschooling, or to my marriage, but it never felt like enough. This blog has really not been kept up like it should, simply because I didn’t feel like I had the emotional or physical energy to write (thank you dear reader, for hanging in there and being patient!).

How I'm finding balance in my life. As a busy homeschooling mom, I needed some things to change! Here is what I did.

So what did I do that changed everything?

I put my children in a one day a week homeschool co-op, where they attend by themselves.

That translates into me being home for 6 hours without my 3 older children. 6 hours a week people. It’s not that much, but it has been an enormous help.

Before this I was at the point that I was literally crying everyday. I just felt like I could never keep up, and homeschooling was the most difficult thing. I love homeschooling, but there was a lot of stress surrounding it for several different reasons. It’s always a challenging year when you have an active toddler, and Sophia is by far our most active toddler!

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(Minutes after this picture was taken, she was trying to eat the Loving Family people!)

Now I have this six hours a week to focus on working while they are gone, and doing some school with my first grader alone. It’s amazing. I work as hard as I can, making a to do list and working through it while they are gone.

I’m finding that I’m more focused on the other days, because I know I have that one day a week set aside now for these other tasks, so I don’t have to worry about trying to cram them in. My older children will get the fun science experiments, my oldest will receive help in math that he needs, my middle two children are learning how to use a computer in ways that I never would have thought to teach them (does anyone else think to teach a 10 year old how to make a slideshow and set up a Google Document?).

Yesterday I throughly enjoyed homeschooling. At the end of the day I was tired, but happy with what we got done.

Are you struggling in finding balance in life? What could be changed about your life to slow things down?

Struggling with fixing meals? How about creating a very simple 7 day meal plan that you use over and over again. Stop trying to think through what you are going to make each night, and just keep it some basic, favorite meals that your family likes!

Is it hard to keep your house clean? Box up extra toys, and just put them away for awhile if you don’t want to actually get rid of them. Leave out only a few toys and see if the house stays cleaner.

Are your children fighting all the time? Stop and pray with them, talk to them about how God wants them to love each other, and consider getting a set of Character Badges to encourage them in good behavior!

Character Badges is a creative child training program

Does your marriage need a pick me up? Don’t merely survive for years on end, make it a priority to get away for a weekend if at all possible. Even though Sean and I went to California recently for a business trip and not a marriage getaway, it was the best thing every for our marriage! Just a few days away where we could actually talk without getting interrupted, and plan out where we were going with our business and family.

Are you struggling through that first year with the baby, feeling like you can’t get up one more night with the baby? There isn’t an easy solution to this one, besides letting go of a lot of expectations. Make it a priority to get an afternoon nap in, something easier said than done with a larger family! I always give myself more grace that first year, to let them watch a DVD while if I desperately need a nap.

Do you feel like you have nothing to wear that you like? Create a simple wardrobe (use this Modest Clothing Checklist post for ideas) and have a few core pieces that you like. Save up to purchase some basic items that you will use over and over again, and hit the thrift store as well!

Or maybe you just need a boost of encouragement? The 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference is offering a flash sale for tickets for 5 days only, and they have some pretty awesome bonus offers! I’m really looking forward to hearing these ladies talk about finding balance in your home! I’ll be speaking on finding balance as a work at home homemaker!

If you grab an early bird ticket, here is what you receive.

    • Full access to the conference (Normally $29.95)
    • A bonus course on Goal Setting (has 6 video sessions that are PACKED with info) – by Jami
    • A bonus “Goal Setting Workbook For Greater Balance & Purpose in Your Home” which includes 19 pages to walk them through making and creating smart goals.
    • A bonus pack of items including: laminated bookmarks, a lamented to do list, several Scripture art prints, goal planning sheets, etc.
    • Digital: they will receive access to the conference in October (which includes the private FB group), the bonus video course which they can access immediately, digital versions of the workbook and bonus items to print again and again!

  • Physical: You will physically be mailed an amazing pack of resources including: A Christian tote bag, printed and spiral bound conference notebook with bonus articles, the workbook printed out on premium cardstock in a binder, and the bonus items printed and lamented.
  • These bonus packages are set to ship out the first week in October so that all attendees will have the pack in hand by the conference. 

 

 

Join our new October Fashion Challenge!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to October and fall weather! We always have a really busy October, between our boys birthdays, my twin nephews birthday, my brother in law’s birthday, and our anniversary (it will be 14 years, which is crazy!). Super fun, and it means I get to pull out my cardigans and have evenings of sipping on apple cider!

I have some fun fall fashion posts I want to write, but first I wanted to invite you all to join me for an October fashion challenge! These are always super fun!

Not sure what this entails? Follow me on Instagram where I will be posting these outfits. Everyone will use the same hashtag, #TMMOctoberFashion. You will be able to click through and see other outfits from ladies that participate!

Join this fun October Modest Fashion Challenge! Have fun looking in your wardrobe and putting together outfits that go with each daily theme, and share them on Instagram!

If you are not on Instagram at all, I’m sure there will be some ladies that do this challenge in our private Facebook group for this blog. If you are not in that group, it’s super fun! Just subscribe to the blog below and you will receive the link to join (plus I just set up a 7 day dressing modestly series for new subscribers, so you will receive that as well!).

Feel free to share this post with your friends, so they can join in on this as well! I can’t wait to see all the different outfits!

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I had an amazing week! Sean and I went to San Diego, California for a business trip. I never, ever thought I would be in California, and I fell in love with the area we were at! The weather was beautiful, even if it did rain the first two days we were there, and it hadn’t rained since March!

After the convention was over we rented a mustang convertible for a day and drove about two hours away to see the Lilla Rose headquarters. It was so awesome to see where all the fantastic flexi clips are actually shipped from, and visit with the owner and meet all the workers! You can see a picture on Instagram where I’m wearing some new purple sunglasses from Lilla Rose in the mustang! 🙂

We attended a conference for bloggers, and it was my first time to attend a convention like this. It was really nice to be with 100 other people who just get this lifestyle, and don’t look at us like we are crazy because we both work from home. 🙂 Sean and I both came home recharged, full of new ideas and new visions. My to do list is a mile long!

This blue Pink Blush maxi dress is so comfortable and looks great with a short sleeve halftee under it! I'm styling it with a dangle necklace from JCPenny.

I’m wearing a new maxi dress from Pink Blush. They sent me three different dresses to review, and this is my favorite one! It’s the Royal Blue Basic Maxi, and I think it’s a flattering style for postpartum moms. Since my youngest is now 18 months (where has the time gone??) I’m not postpartum, just really struggling to lose the weight from her difficult pregnancy. It’s been a challenge to find clothes that look right, especially since I haven’t wanted to invest in a lot of clothes that are a size bigger.

This blue Pink Blush maxi dress is so comfortable and looks great with a short sleeve halftee under it! I'm styling it with a dangle necklace from JCPenny.

The wind was blowing out in the country, so it’s was hard to get a good full length picture of the dress! It’s a really soft fabric, but definitely does need a slip under it.

This dress is really long, so plan on hemming it if you are a petite length. I’m 5’5″ and the only way I can wear this dress is with sandals on that have a chunky heel. I really should hem it, but I just haven’t taken the time yet.

Pink Blush offers a lot of maternity clothes, but has a decent collection of women’s clothes as well. I’ve had a few of their maternity clothes as well, and always found them comfortable, the material is just on the thinner side for knit.

This blue Pink Blush maxi dress is so comfortable and looks great with a short sleeve halftee under it! I'm styling it with a dangle necklace from JCPenny.

Wearing a short sleeve halftee under the dress works great. I love this fairly new necklace from JCPenny! My husband said he should start calling me a blueberry, since blue is apparently my color. 🙂

A classic french braid can be enhanced by a Lilla Rose flexi clip! Just twist the braid under and secure it with a flexi clip.

A classic french braid can be enhanced by a Lilla Rose flexi clip! Just twist the braid under and secure it with a flexi clip. My layers are definitely slipping out of the braid by the end of the day, I needed more bobby pins! If you don’t have layers it works even better. 🙂

Polka Dot Purse from ThredUP with a cute bow on it!

My new purse from ThredUP! I love the bright cheery polka dot colors!

Polka Dot Purse from ThredUP for a bright cheery look! Nine & Co. brand.

The colors work good for spring, summer, and even fall with the deeper burgundy colors in it! This is the second purse I’ve ordered off of ThredUP, and I have yet to be disappointed!

**Don’t forget that today is the last day for the pre-order special of the four new styles of Princess play dresses from Deborah & Co. Here is a sneak peak at one of them, my personal favorite. 🙂

This Elegant Princess Ballgown dress is adorable for girls ages 1-9. It's machine washable, and made with good quality fabric that holds up through hours of playtime!

It’s also the very last day you can grab the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle! I’ve been enjoying a lot of resources found in this bundle, and the physical bonus offers are worth getting the bundle for alone! I know you are probably hearing about this bundle online a lot right now, so this is the last mention today you will hear of it from me. 😉

What I Wore

Dress – Royal Blue Basic Maxi from Pink Blush

Halftee – Short Sleeve Halftee from Deborah & Co. 

Sandals – Kohls

Purse – ThredUP Nine & Co. brand

Earrings – Kohls

Necklace – JCPenny

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural foundation &

 Smashbox eye shadow and blush (not the exact set I have but pretty close)

Link Up Time!

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New Princess Dresses Available For Pre-Order, At Special Price!

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There are new Princess dresses now available at Deborah & Co. and it’s just in time for the Holidays coming! Yes, I’ve already started buying Christmas gifts!

We are doing a Pre-Order special on these dresses, and through Monday, September 26th only, USA orders of $25 or more can receive free shipping on the Pre-Order items only. Use the code: PREORDERSPECIAL to save on shipping at the checkout!

Follow the links below to place your pre-order. These will be shipping the first week of October.

 

This Amulet Princess dress is adorable for girls ages 1-9. It's machine washable, and made with good quality fabric that holds up through hours of playtime!

Amulet Princess dress for girls 

Amulet Princess dress for dolls 

This Elegant Princess Ballgown dress is adorable for girls ages 1-9. It's machine washable, and made with good quality fabric that holds up through hours of playtime!

This is my personal favorite!

Elegant Ballgown for Girls 

Elegant Ballgown for dolls 

This Ice Queen Coronation Dress is adorable for girls ages 1-9. It's machine washable, and made with good quality fabric that holds up through hours of playtime!

Ice Queen Coronation Dress for Girls 

Ice Queen Coronation Dress for Dolls

This Coronation Dress is adorable for girls ages 1-9. It's machine washable, and made with good quality fabric that holds up through hours of playtime!

Scandinavian Coronation Dress for Girls

Scandinavian Coronation Dress for Dolls

These dresses are all machine washable, and hold up much better than the cheap costumes you can find in the store!

 

 

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