Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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Sorry everyone, it’s just a link up today! It’s been a super busy weekend. Our daughter was baptized on Sunday, and it was Sean’s birthday. We had family over all day, and then stayed up late visiting with friends on Sunday evening.

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.


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What We Are Doing For Advent This Year (The Last Minute Version Of Preparing!)

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December 1st always comes before I’m ready. Since we own businesses, Black Friday and Cyber Monday take a lot of our energy, and before I know it, Advent is upon us. I love spending the month of December with my children, doing fun activities like making paper snowflakes for art, reading, baking, and singing Christmas hymns around the piano together!

Advent Resources for the Whole Family!

Advent and all these special memories don’t happen without planning, though. You might be like me and are just now getting it all pulled together. So this post is for all those moms who are scrambling to get ready for December! 🙂

Advent Ideas

The word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming. We spend this time looking forward to the time when we celebrate Christ’s birthday, even though we tell our children that we don’t know when Christ was born. It’s a time to stop and focus on this important part of our Savior’s life. Without His birth, there could be no death. Without His death, there could be no salvation. It all ties in together. We talk about all of this during the month of December.

Churches start the advent season on the last Sunday in November. As a family we just start it on December 1st. Like I said earlier, I have to get through Thanksgiving and Black Friday before I can focus on advent. 🙂

This year I’m really feeling the need to feed myself, and not just my children with the familiar yet powerful story. I want to experience again the fear and then joy that Mary must have felt, the shock that Joseph experienced, and that long journey to Bethlehem which leads them to the stable.

If you are like me, you might be wondering what resources are out there to help you and your family celebrate the birth of Christ. Thankfully I found a few that I’m excited about using!

A Moment Of Christmas Book

I kept hearing online friends talk about this ebook, and when I went to read the sneak peak I knew this was just what I was looking for! Here is the description:

This book is for the woman who craves a less crazed-feeling Christmas, who longs for a season that is intentional and full of joy. Including 25 devotions, each of them guilt-free, inspiring, and able to be read in 10 minutes or less! As you prepare your heart for Christmas by reading through these pages, you’ll be inspired to drop the pursuit of perfection and chase holy.


The great thing about this book is you can just get it to read on your computer or tablet, since time is short on being prepared! 🙂

Along with this, I’m going to be doing the #HeartinHandChallenge with Mackenzie Monroe (Cultivating the Lovely). It’s a free download, I printed it off, laminated it, and I’ll be using it along with a travel notebook.

Heart In Hand Challenge

If you haven’t discovered planners and notebooks and such, Blitsy is an awesome place to look! I’ve gotten planners and stickers from there, and next on my wishlist are some cute Travel Notebooks. They have really good deals – it’s like Zulily for planner people!

Reset Girl Planner and stickers from Carpe Diem

This whole line from Carpe Diem, called the Reset Girl is calling my name! They have stickers that go along with this line. I LOVE it! Ok…totally not Christmas related. Where were we?…

Advent with the children

There are a lot of creative, fun ways to involve your children in Advent! Here are some things I have planned.

The older children will write the scriptures from the #HeartinHandChallenge down with me each day, for copywork.

We are doing a Jesse Tree for real this year! It’s actually happening people. Stop the press! Front news headline!

We always try to start, but life happens and we don’t get our paper ornaments colored and it all falls apart. When I went to our local homeschool convention this year, a 13 year old boy was there with a booth selling all the homemade Jesse Tree ornaments he had made. They were $40, but it also came with a devotional put together with scriptures and hymns to read. I ordered a set and it just came in the mail last week! The children don’t know about it yet and they are going to be SO excited! We’ll put all these ornaments on a small tree.

Jesse Tree

If you are crafty, you could totally make these. It was worth the $40 to me because I would never find the time to put this all together! And I loved supporting a homeschooling student.

I don’t know if he will have any to sell for next year, but here is a Facebook group he has!

Music is very important in our home, and we love singing all the Christmas Carols together. We will be using this ebook and picking some of the activities that goes along with it.

The Stories Behind the Music features 15 Christmas Carols and a lesson to go along with each carol. This is great for family devotions!

Each lesson includes:

  • A story about how the carol was written
  • Lyrics to the carol
  • A scripture reading
  • An explanation of the Bible passage
  • Discussion questions for the family
  • A short prayer
  • Sheet music for each carol
  • A craft that can be completed together as a family (We will not be doing every craft!)

There are a lot of other resources out there, but that’s what we are doing this year! I know better than to plan anything else besides this. 🙂 I’d love to hear what you’re doing this year!







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Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We were actually out of town until Sunday evening, which is crazy because it means we were out of town over our Black Friday sale! Sean and I did live Facebook videos together, and had help from family with the children. You can catch the one we did describing our Character Badges program in detail here.

Denim Stretch Skirt from Deborah & Co. that is an amazing, comfortable skirt!

Here is a more casual outfit for Modest Monday! This was oh so comfortable! The denim skirt is the new Long Denim Stretch Skirt we are selling, and I love it! I wore it 2 different times this weekend, because I just wanted to be comfy on vacation, and it’s perfect for that. Blue Ked shoes went perfectly with the skirt.  Today is the last day of our sale Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale, so don’t miss out on grabbing it!

Pink sweater with long denim skirt

I just found this sweater at JCPenny, it’s soft and so great for everyday. It’s hard for me to find tops that I like, so I have a better selection of skirts than I do tops. I have a feeling this is a struggle for other ladies who dress modestly as well!

North Star Flexi Clip

I’m wearing the new North Star clip that is available in November! It’s a really flexi clip!

Just a few reminders! Our Cyber Monday sale ends today, for Deborah & Co, Lilla Rose and Character Badges!

Black Friday sale at Deborah & Co.

Now is the time to stock up on Halftees, fleece lined leggings, Lace Tanks, Denim skirts, Princess Play dresses for your girls and more at Deborah & Co! Save 20% off everything with the code GIVETHANKS16 at the checkout. It ends Monday night!

Lilla Rose Black Friday Sales! Save 20-60% off everything.

The best sale of the year at Lilla Rose ends tonight! Save 20-60% off everything, plus get free shipping on orders of $75 or more, which even includes international orders!

What I Wore

Skirt – Long Denim Stretch Skirt from Deborah & Co.

Sweater – JCPenny

Shoes – Keds (found on ThredUP)

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural and Younique lip gloss. I have a Younique party open here that I’m hostess for, I ordered some lip stain and concealer already. The concealer is really pretty awesome! It’s honestly the best I’ve ever tried.

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.


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Black Friday Sales Are Here!!!

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It’s here you guys! Black Friday deals are so much fun! I’m going to be over on our Facebook Page three different times on Friday, doing a live unboxing of a package I have from Lilla Rose, showing you  an awesome new denim skirt we just added to Deborah & Co., and Sean and I will be on there together once to chat about Character Badges together!

So…how about you see the deals for today?!

Lilla Rose Black Friday Sales! Save 20-60% off everything.

Lilla Rose – 20-60& off everything, plus free shipping on orders of $75 or more! 

They are releasing 25 new products, new flexi clips, bobby pins, hairbands and more!!

Spend $100 with Lilla Rose and get these free bobby pins and purple pouch!

Every order of $100 or more you receive this free pouch, plus the holiday bobby set!!

My special offer…Become a new customer and order 3 items, and receive 1 item free! This is good for the first 16 new customers during the sale. Here is a secret…I used to be able to offer this for new customers quite a bit, but I only have 16 coupons left and then I can’t offer this deal anymore! So don’t miss out, combine the sale price plus the chance to get a free item of $16 or less. Fine print…USA customers only, item must be $16 or less, one per household, brand new customers only. No switching consultants to receive this deal!

After you order 3 or more items, email me at with the title LILLA ROSE CLIP, and let me know the item number and size of what you want. The free clip arrives separately and will take 2-3 weeks to arrive. 

Black Friday sale at Deborah & Co.

Deborah & Co. – It’s here! Save 20% off site wide with the code: GIVETHANKS16 at the checkout. This includes our Princess Dresses, skirts, cami’s, fleece lined leggings and more!

Every order of $125 or more receives free shipping (USA only), and also will receive a mystery gift!

Long Denim Skirt

We just added this new denim skirt. It’s ah-mazing! It has a stretchy denim fabric that is like jeggings. I’m seriously in love with this skirt and already grabbed one just for me!

Black Friday at Character Badges

Character Badges – Save 20% off everything, plus receive free shipping on orders of $75 or more (US only). This is a great deal! I would totally grab this now, and start using this in January. December can be a crazy month, but January will be the perfect time to start. And you might be like me, the start of a new year means I always have new parenting goals!


Flirty Aprons – Save 50% off everything in the store, Thursday through Sunday with the code SHOP50 at the checkout. These make good gifts! 

Cents Of Style Black Friday Sale

Cents of Style – 5 items on sale for 40% off the already reduced prices w/ the code BACKINBLACK16. These are 5 of their hottest items of the year. Cardigans (lots of pretty colors!), boots, hats, coat and more!

Bulk Herb Store

Bulk Herb Store – 15% Off Almost Entire Store & up to 60% Off Your Bulk Herb Store Favorites with our Black Friday SALE! Shop Now:
Hurry! First 300 orders over $100 get a FREE Bonus gift from Shoshanna! Ends 11/27, while supplies last.

Younique Black Friday Sales

Younique – Keep checking the website each day for the daily Black Friday deal. It posts in the afternoon. I’m hosting a party for a friend, and I hope to get some makeup if a sale pops up on what I’m wanting to get. I use the lip gloss all the time and love it. The color I use is Luscious, but of course everyone is different. The foundation and concealer is pretty amazing.

Emily Ley Black Friday Sale

Emily Ley – If you like a really good planner, the Simplified Planner is a nice one that offers an page for everyday, so you can schedule out a good routine. In this rare sale, save up to 50% off! (If you are curious, the Happy Planner is the other planner I like!).

Whew! Ok I think that’s it for now! Happy Shopping!




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