New Flexi Clip, L’BRI Amazing Special and New Homeschool Ebook!

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There are several amazing new resources I want to tell you about, so make sure you read to the end of this post! I almost titled this post “A little of this, and a little of that!”

First of all, I am really excited to announce that an ebook I contributed to has just been released today!

Big Book of Homeschool Ideas ~ A new Ebook Resource!

 

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is written by 55 different moms, and it is over 500 pages long! We tackle 103 different topics in this ebook, anything from toddler to high school, even tackling some topics of college. I contributed a chapter on working from home while homeschooling, and shared ideas and tips to help women that are trying to do the juggling act like I am.

You can see the table of contents hereThe Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is a digital product in pdf, mobi and epub formats. You get all three formats with one purchase. You can read it on your computer, iPad, tablet, laptop, smart phone, or any device that can read those formats (pdf, mobi and epub).

Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas is available

It’s that time again! The first of the month brings the release of the special flexi clip from Lilla Rose. This month the clip called Anchor’s Away, and it is a nautical themed clip! Seven different sizes and a pair of bobby pins to match!

The New Flexi of the Month for August!

 These monthly clips normally sell out very fast, so don’t put off your order if you want one, or several!

The lovely Flexi Clip goes with everything nautical!

For brand new customers only, if you have never ordered from Lilla Rose here is your chance! Order 3 items and email me what you would like your 4th free item to be! The item must be $16 or under, and you must never have redeem a coupon from Lilla Rose before. Offer only available in the USA. This offer is good through August 2nd, 2014.

Buy 3 Items from Lilla Rose and get the 4th item Free!

Finally, do you want to earn $90 or even $180 in FREE L’BRI products?!! They are offering an amazing special for customers, and I’ve been so excited to share it with you all!

L’BRI Pure N Natural believes that you will see a dramatic difference by using their NEW Neck Firming Cream and Clarifying Clay Masque. They believe you will see such a difference that they are running a very special promotion for the month of August.

Simply purchase one or two of the NEW products – then take a before & after “selfie” and send them in! Automatically earn the following FREE products:

Hand and Body Lotion, Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand soap & Aloe Jelly. Over $90 value!! (details below) If you do both products, you get $180 in free products!

You will also be automatically entered in a contest to earn a $500 Visa gift card!

Receive $90 in free products when you submit a picture of yourself!

 How to qualify for this special:

1. You must purchase the Clay Masque and/or Firming Neck Cream by August 31st to qualify.

2. You must take a before picture and submit it by September 15th.

3.You must use the product for at least 4 weeks before submitting your after picture.

4. After Selfie Picture must be submitted by October 31st, 2014.

5. Email both photos to contest@lbri.com.

The Clay Masque and the Neck Firming Cream are 20% off this month, so it’s a great time to order them! You will have some free items sent to you when you submit the before photo, and other items sent to you when you submit the after photo.

So you might be wondering what the difference is between the facial masque L’BRI already offers, and the clay masque?

The facial masque is perfect for toning and tightening the facial muscles (facelift in a bottle!) and is also great for healing blemishes. The facial masque is for all skin types.

The clarifying clay masque is even better for oily and acne prone skin because it is specifically targeted at healing blemishes, balancing skin tone, and helping troubled skin.  It is not for those with very dry skin. You can even use it to spot treat blemishes. While this is a clay masque, it does not get hard on your face.

You can order from L’BRI here.

If you are interested in becoming a consultant with L’BRI, let me know! I have 4 $100 coupons to giveaway this month! You can redeem them for any product you like when you join as a consultant.

Finally, did you notice the new look on the blog? My husband hand drew me the new header and changed the colors around. I love the flexi clip he drew into the header. :) So blessed to be married to a graphic designer!

 

 

How I Afford To Be A Stay At Home Mom

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How I Afford To Be A Stay At Home Mom In A Two Income Society. | themodestmomblog.com

It’s a common concern. In a day where it is extremely common for both parents to be working full time jobs, the question frequently arises. “How in the world can you afford to be a stay at home mom?”

I never considered working outside the home. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom, and even after we got married I stayed at home instead of getting a job. We knew we wanted a family right away, so three months after getting married we found ourselves expecting our first child! It was an exciting time, but finances were very, very tight our first few years of marriage. During the most difficult times I offered to go get a part time job, but Sean was insistent I stay home with our children.

The answer of how I afford to be a stay at home mom is pretty basic. It’s because we make that choice, and always have. We make sacrifices so I can be a homeschooling mom. We didn’t enter marriage and base our house and car expenses on a two income family, it was always based on getting income from my husband.

Things we choose to do without:

~ We have never had a brand new house. There is nothing wrong with a brand new house, it’s just never been in our budget.

~ We don’t drive brand new cars. We have made the decision to not drive super old cars either though, after realizing we spend a lot of money in repairs.

~ We don’t have cable.

~ We don’t eat out very often. When we do go out as a family it is normally to Chick-Fil-A. Our oldest child has been somewhere like Olive Garden 2-3 times in their life. The food court at Costco is a favorite (wow, that sounds really uptown doesn’t it?) :)

~ We don’t have nice furniture. Seriously. Right now our couch is falling apart (like, one of the cushions has a hole in it and every time you sit back it shoots batting into the air!), our fake leather chair (“pleather” they call it) is literally shedding itself all over our living room floor (a toddler stuck a fork in it and things unraveled from there), and our dining room table is a mix-match of wood and painted chairs that are really sad looking. We hope to get newer furniture when we move, but for now we just are trying to be content.

~ We don’t go shopping all the time. My husband is hard to find clothes for in his size, so we buy all of his clothes brand new. I like to get my clothes from Deborah & Co., thrift stores, ThredUP and department store clearance and sales racks. The children’s clothes come from local Kid’s Closet Consignment sales and ThredUP.

~ We don’t go to the movies. If we actually want to see a movie that has come out (which is rare to find a decent one), we wait until it is on DVD and get it from RedBox or the library.

~ We don’t have expensive hobbies. We keep our hobbies on a cheaper scale. For example, I’d love for my boys to take bow and arrow classes, but weekly classes and investing in a bow is not cheap.

However that doesn’t mean we don’t spend any money at all. We just carefully think through if it is a good investment for our family.

Enjoying a Princess party with my daughterEnjoying a special Princess party with my daughter.

Things We Do Spend Money On:

Music Lessons – We have our daughter in violin lessons. I feel this is a good skill for her to learn, and she seems to be learning it fairly well. This is an investment in her life, as she could possibly teach lessons when she is older.

Good computers – When we first were married we didn’t even have a computer for a year or two. Now with my husband in graphic design, the only computer he will buy is a Mac. They are not cheap, but they have held up extremely well.

Homeschool books – I know some people don’t spend much money at all on homeschool materials. You can’t spend it if you just don’t have it. There are ways around buying curriculum, but I make it a point to find the money for the curriculum I want. I don’t spend $1000 a year on materials, but I know I spend around $400-$500 a year on curriculum. I love to use Heart of Dakota with my boys, and while I find it used it still isn’t cheap. Then I have new math workbooks, etc. and it all adds up. I look at places like Ebay, HomeschoolClassifieds.com and local used book sales.

Food – Ok I know everyone spends money on this! We are not purists, but I try to buy healthy food for my family. We shop at Aldi’s and Costco a lot. I avoid the processed food at Aldi’s (besides cold cereal), and I get fruit, veggies, and dairy products there. I also get my canned food like beans, tomato sauces, and pasta there. I get my lettuce and organic carrots and spinach from Costco, and get greek yogurt and organic hamburger at Costco as well. I’m not an all organic shopper (we just don’t have the budget for it) but I pick and choose what is most important to me.

There are times that no matter how badly you want to be a stay at home mom, it’s just not possible. Your husband might be ill, you might be a single mom, or your husband lost his job and you have to work. Those are valid reasons, and this post is not meant to discourage you.

However there are many other families who say they could never afford to let the wife stay at home, yet they have brand new houses, drive brand new cars, and want the very best of everything. If you want to be a stay at home mom, you have to sacrifice something!

I’ve been blessed to stay home, homeschool my children, and still be able to earn some money to help our family out. Besides Deborah & Co., Lilla Rose has been an amazing blessing to our family! If you are needing to earn some money from home, don’t miss out in this chance to join a very unique company and earn up to 45% each month. The only requirement is to sell or purchase $29 a year. There are no monthly party requirements or inventory that you are required to purchase. I love this company, and love the owners and people that work for them! The free shipping special ends July 31st, so don’t delay!

Join Lilla Rose during the free shipping enrollment special!

I’d love to hear how what sacrifices your family makes so you can be a stay at home mom! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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Maxi Skirt with ScarfI haven’t been wearing scarfs lately but this one is lightweight, so I can handle it in the summer months. I like how it adds an extra touch of color. And yes, I totally did go to Pinterest to remember how to knot my scarf this morning. :) I don’t wear scarfs all the time, so I always seem to forget.

Modest Monday Outfit My hair is so heavy, it normally is just flat as can be. I teased the top part of my hair after blow drying it, so there would be at least a little bit of volume! I pulled back just a little bit, so I used a mini flexi clip to hold it.

What I Wore

Skirt – Teal Maxi Skirt from Deborah & Co.

Coral top – Merona brand from ThredUP

Scarf – ThredUP

Sandals – Ross

Makeup – L’BRI pure and natural makeup

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose Mini Dangle Clip (the free shipping on enrollment kits is still going on!)

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.

Please grab the button below and share on your blog post so others can come and join in the link up as well!

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New Princess Items at Deborah & Co!

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Royal Pink Princess Dress!

 

We have new princess items at Deborah & Co. I’ve received nothing but good feedback on the play dresses we currently sell. We now offer this Royal Pink Princess dress for girls ages 1-9.

We also offer a matching doll dress!

Royal Pink Princess Doll Dress

This sweet dress will fit a 16″-20″ doll or stuffed animal.

No princess is complete without a crown!

A pink princess crown for a sweet little girl!

My girls went crazy in excitement when they saw this new princess crown! They are just stunning and any little girl will feel so special when they are wearing one of these!

They are perfect for dress up play, and birthday parties.

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