Dayspring: Early Black Friday Markdown Specials!

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Dayspring Sale! Up to 76% off  Select items!

Dayspring has had some amazing sales, up to 76% off, and they just listed brand new markdown specials that start today! The last round of markdown specials already have items that are sold out, so don’t wait if you really want something! I am loving the purse that is on sale!

Her Children Arose Up and Call Her Blessed

Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed- Bangle 
Regular Price: $44.99
Markdown Price: $19.99 — 56% off!

Redeemed Purse

Redeemed Medium Purse 
Regular Price: $41.99
Markdown Price: $9.99 — 76% off!

Redeemed Bible Cover

Redeemed Bible Cover 
Regular Price: $24.99
Markdown Price: $5.99– 76% off!

Beloved God Chose You

Redeemed- Beloved- Wooden Plaque 
Regular Price: $12.99
Markdown Price: $4.99– 62% off!

Daily Grace Creamer

Daily Grace Creamer 
Regular Price: $15.00
Markdown Price: $5.99– 60% off!

You can save an additional 30% off everything else in the store (excluding the markdown specials listed above) with the code: 30FRIDAY14 at the checkout. This code is good on the clearance page!

This pillow is one of the items found on the clearance page.

Redeemed Pillow

Redeemed- He Has Made Everything Beautiful- Pillow 
Clearance Price: $9.99
with 30% off code: $6.99

 

 

25 Days of Christmas Books for Children

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25 Days of Christmas Reading List!

We’re starting a new tradition in December and I’m really looking forward to it! Our 25 days of Christmas books for children was created out of a desire to slow the month of December down and focus on what is truly important. I want to spend a lot of fun time with the children, building memories and doing meaningful things with them.

Every day in December we are going to read one book together. What makes it super special is that the book will be wrapped up with a number on it, and they get to unwrap the book that goes along with the day. Most of them will be about Jesus and his birth, but others will be on wintertime, or Christmas in general. We don’t do anything with Santa Clause so I don’t have books included with him in them.

I was able to request all of these through my library, so definitely check into that!

Our 25 Days of Christmas Book List

A Christmas Goodnight Book

1. A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck

“On a quiet but wondrous Christmas Eve, the nativity story comes to life, and families everywhere celebrate the miracle of Christmas.”

Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

2. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. Winter was just around the corner, and Laura worked hard to help make the little house ready for the cold days ahead. Soon there was frost on the windows and snow on the ground, but Laura and her folks were warm and cozy in their snug little house in the Big Woods.”

The Big Snow Book

3. The Big Snow by Berta Hadar

“The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. Come Christmastime, the wise owls were the first to see the rainbow around the moon. It was a sure sign that the big snow was on its way.”

Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey

4. Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd

(We are not Catholic so I might edit this book slightly if I need to, I’m not sure yet)

“When Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals, encounters a donkey who is unhappy with his lot in life, Francis tells him a story that heals. True, long ago God punished the mischievous animal by giving him long ears, a loud bray, and heavy burdens to bear. Yet God gave the donkey something wonderful, too. For who was it that carried Mary to Bethlehem across rugged mountains and burning desert sand? And in the stable, who warmed the Baby Jesus with his breath? Whose love and devotion on the trip from Nazareth outshone even the gifts of the wise men?”

This Is the Stable

5. This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten

“Wondrous things are happening in the stable. The animals are gathering. Shepherds and wise men and angels are coming from afar. All of them are flocking to see the Christ child, born this night in Bethlehem.”

6. The Tale of the Three Trees: A Traditional Folklore by Angela Hunt

(While they say it is an Easter book I’m going to use it for Christmas!)

“Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.”

Marlee's Surprise

7. Marmee’s Surprise, A Little Woman story by Monica Kulling

“Each of the four March sisters is special in her own unique way. Meg is a dreamer, Jo is a tomboy, Beth is shy and thoughtful, and Amy is a bundle of energy. But despite their differences, the girls pull together to get through a difficult winter holiday. Based on the first chapter of the enduring classic Little Women, this enchanting retelling will introduce a new generation of “little women” to the works of Louisa May Alcott.  “

Lift the Flap Nativity

8. Usborne Lift the Flap Nativity by Felicity Brooks

(My older ones will have to be patient this night – this is a book best for my 2 and 4 year old)

“This illustrated volume provides a sensitive telling of the nativity story which aims to evoke a sense of wonder and mystery in very young children. The detail of this flap book incorporates details such as mice hiding in the corner of baby Jesus’ manger.”

The Story of Christmas

9. The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton

“Deeply reverent, richly detailed, and teeming with life, Dalton’s images follow the story of the Nativity from the appearance of the Angel, to the shepherds who came from the fields, and to the three wise men who followed the star to pay respect for their new king. Working in a Pennsylvania-German folk-art tradition, rich with lovingly rendered animals and figures, Pamela Dalton has created a book that takes a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Christmas.”

Room for a Little One

10. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale  by Martin Waddell

“On a cold winter night, Kind Ox invites one visitor after another into the shelter of his stable–Old Dog, Stray Cat, and Small Mouse, who rest together in harmony. When Tired Donkey appears, he brings with him Mary and Joseph, and all of the animals welcome Jesus when He is born.”

Through the Animals Eyes

11. Through the Animal’s Eyes: A Story Of the First Christmas by Christopher Wormell

“From dogs watching over the shepherds’ flocks when angels appear, to a charmed cobra performing in Herod’s court as the king tries to deceive the wise men, Wormell’s trademark animal imagery brings a new perspective to the story of the first Christmas.”

The Legend of the Candy Cane

12. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

(I’m going to get miniature candy canes and let them eat them while I read them the story!)

“One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?”

God Gave Us Christmas

13. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Bergren

“As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…Jesus is the best present of all.”

Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

14. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

“Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.”

The Crippled Lamb

15. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

“In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way.”

Itsy Bitsy Christmas

16. Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado

“Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren’t big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone. “

Tonight you are my baby

17. Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift by Jeannine Norris

“The miracle of Christmas began with a mother holding her child, filled with boundless love. Now the warmth and spirit of the first Christmas come alive in this Nativity retelling, perfect for mothers to share with their own little ones.”

Listen to the Silent Night

18. Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Mackall

“It was not such a silent night when Baby Jesus was born. From the baa, baa, baaof sheep to the flut-flut-flutter of angel wings, it was actually quite noisy! “

One Wintry Night

19. One Wintry Night by Ruth Graham Bell

“A classic Christmas picture book, One Wintry Night tells the story of a mountain boy who is injured in a snowstorm and seeks refuge in a cabin. While he waits out the storm, the woman who lives there tells him the Christmas story. In a magnificent blend of a contemporary setting with the history of God’s redeeming love, Ruth Graham created a wonderful and unique version of the Christmas story.”

One Shining Star

20. One Shining Star: A Christmas Counting Book by Anne Kennedy

“Help your child learn to count using the most beloved story of all—Jesus’ birth! With gentle rhyme and number fun from 1 to 10, this book is full of shepherds, kings angels, animals, a baby, and a shiny star, all waiting to be counted before bedtime.”

The Little Drummer Boy

21. The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Keats

“A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus. The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king. Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child. Within the little drummer boy’s seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas.”

Humphrey's First Christmas

22. Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer

(I’m going to make it clear to my children that the three wise men did not come to baby Jesus in the manger, but when he was a little older.)

“We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them? Here is the story of Humphrey the camel and his long, cold journey to Bethlehem. Humphrey has lost his blanket and schemes to acquire a new one. When the party reaches its destination, Humphrey is so drawn to the love surrounding Baby Jesus that he finds himself selflessly giving his new blanket to the Christ child.”

The Gift Of The Magi

23. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

“In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.”

On This Special Night

24. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman

“On a silent winter’s night, one star burns brighter than all the rest. “That must be a special star,” Mother Cat whispers. When Little Kitten and Mother Cat join the animals journeying toward the starry light, they discover that it is a special star indeed — shining with peace, love, and joy on this very special night.”

25. The Christmas Story from the gospel of Luke in the Bible!

I can’t wait for December 1st to start this! So much fun and good memories will be taking place! :)

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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This weekend was the start of our four Thanksgiving Dinners! We had a church dinner Saturday night, and a family lunch on Sunday. I wore this outfit to our church dinner. I was quite amused when I asked Sean what he thought about the outfit. It was the first time I had paired this all together. He hesitated for a minute, and told me for some reason he kept thinking of a turkey when he looked at me! Haha! I gave him a hard time about it, and told him turkey’s don’t wear pink! :) He told me later that he thinks it is because the pattern on my shirt reminded him of feathers. Hmm…. :)
Corduroy Fall Maternity Outfit for the Second Trimester! I love the geometric print on this top, and how the whole outfit went well with my brown boots. The skirt is a corduroy skirt that I made with my last pregnancy..or maybe the one before that? :)

Second Trimester Pregnancy Pictures! I’m trying to get creative on how to style my hair as my bangs grow out. Bobby pins are my friends right now. :)

There is a lot going on this week! Lots of Black Friday sales to announce…I can’t wait to dive in and start sharing with you all! :)

What I Wore

Skirt – Homemade Corduroy Maternity Skirt

Knit Top – Mimi Maternity (I used credit from ThredUP, a gently used clothing site)

Sleeveless Top – Gap Maternity – (Again it is from ThredUP, a gently used clothing site)

If you are a new customer to ThredUP, you can use this code: UCJQXM5D to save 30% off your whole order!

Boots – Lollipop Shoes brand from Zulily

(Zulily is a daily deals site, a great place to shop for Christmas gifts and clothing!)

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural

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Cold Weather Outfit Ideas For The Feminine Woman

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Cold Weather Outfits for the Feminine Woman!

Are you needing some inspiration for feminine outfits that work during the cold weather? Here are some lovely ideas. I need a boost myself…I haven’t been as thoughtful on looking put together lately, and I really want to work harder at it. When I go out I think I’m ok, but during the day I would really like to take the time to put my makeup on, or slip some earrings on.

A cute Fall Fashion outfit with adorable accessories, including Lilla Rose Hairsticks!

 

I’m not a leopard print person but I see some people pull it off and look great. I am loving splashes of yellow, and the hairsticks from Lilla Rose are really cute with this.

Dress with leggings and my favorite bobby pins!

I like leggings under dresses if they come to my knee or longer. I love the colors of this dress and the bobby pins are some of my favorite. I wear a lot of blue and these bobbies work great while I’m growing out my bangs. Seeing the nail polish makes me want to stop and take the time to paint my nails. I don’t take the time during the winter months to paint my toenails, but it would be a simple thing to do. While I can still reach my toes, that is. :) Another few months and I won’t be able to bend over with my pregnant tummy!

A beautiful outfit for winter! I love the denim jean jacket with the scarf and striped maxi skirt!

This is one of my favorite outfits! I want to put together an outfit just like this with what I have in my closet. I love striped maxi skirts and I really like denim jackets when paired with a feminine looking outfit. And once again my favorite bobby pins are in this picture!

Mommy and Me matching outfits!

This is such a cute outfit for a mother and daughter! I think I would need a longer dress but this would probably be ok for a petite woman. The flexi clip in this picture was what made me fall in love with Lilla Rose and decide to become a consultant. I love that boots help keep you warm while wearing a dress.

I love the deep rich colors in this outfit!

I love the deep rich fall colors in this outfit. The skirt looks nice and warm, so that is a huge plus! The bows in this outfit add an adorable touch.

Doe Eyed

Doe Eyed by audge999 featuring teal hair accessories

This outfit proves that accessories can totally change the look of an outfit! It would look a little simple without all the cute extra touches!

Love this maxi dress with a sweater and belt!

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You don’t have to pack your summer maxi dresses away! Put a cardigan and a scarf with it and some winter boots and you can wear it all winter long!

It can be easy to look through outfits that are perfectly styled and feel discontent. Try to just be encouraged by the ideas and go get creative with your closet! When buying something new make sure it is something you will wear often!