25 Frugal Days of Christmas

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Join Frugal Homeschool Family for the 25 Frugal Days of Christmas

Are you seeking a meaningful Christmas season that doesn’t break the bank?

If so, look no further!

The 25 Frugal Days of Christmas are here!

Join us as 25 top bloggers bring you ideas, tips, and resources to help you make this Christmas full of BIG memories on a tiny budget.

Check back each day through Christmas and you’ll find fun, and frugal traditions, free printables, frugal decorating ideas, yummy recipes, simple DIY craft projects, and more!


Meet the bloggers joining us in the 25 Frugal Days of Christmas:

Heather from Frugal Homeschool Family. ~ Alecia from Learning 2 Walk.~ Carlie from Today’s Frugal Mom.~ Julie from Logger’s Wife. ~ Suzette from The Joy of Homemaking. ~ Meeghan from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. ~ Annette from In All You Do. ~ Bonnie Rose from Write Bonnie Rose. ~ Caroline from The Modest Mom. ~ Sherryl from Simply Sherryl. ~ Tabitha from Meet Penny.~ Monique from Living Life and Learning. ~ Honey from Honey’s Life. ~ Felice from Home for Learning. ~ Sarah from Early Bird Mom. ~ Yvie from Gypsy Road. ~ Davonne from Davonne Parks. ~ Crystal from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures. ~ Tonia from The Sunny Patch. ~ Monica from Happy and Blessed Home. ~ Stephanie from The Multi’ Taskin’ Mom. ~ Janell from Saving You Dinero. ~ Kim from Not Consumed. ~ Kelli from Adventures in Child Rearing. ~ Pam from Keeping Life Creative. ~ Sharla from The Chaos and the Clutter. ~ Alicia from Extreme Christmas Savings. ~ Laurie from Inspiring NH Kids.

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Are You a Real Woman?

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“To me, a lady is not

frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained,

but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving.

You and I have the gift of femininity…

the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified.

Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“To me, a lady is  not frilly, flouncy,  flippant, frivolous and  fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving. You and I have the gift of femininity... the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.”

In today’s society, a feminine woman is not exactly valued. However, a woman who is making her own way in the big wide world, climbing the corporate ladder, whisking through the social scene, knocking out glass ceilings – this is the woman that’s held in high esteem.

While Proverbs 31 mentions a woman who is a business woman (“She considereth a field and buyeth it…”) the majority of Proverbs 31 is talking about what kind of a wife, mother and homemaker she is. I sat and tried to explain this chapter, verse by verse, to my six year old daughter last week. She was amazed about how hard working the Proverbs 31 woman was, and asked in all seriousness if she was a princess.

Sometimes it seems like the Proverbs 31 woman is a dream. Who really accomplishes everything that is written about in that chapter?

The quote above from Elisabeth Elliot gives us a good insight into what we should be striving for as a godly woman. We are to be gentle. That means we shouldn’t yell at our children all day long. You may think that’s quite a challenge, but it can be done!

A godly woman is gracious. That means she is courteous, kind, and pleasant. Again, some days make this feel impossible, but it can be done!

A godly woman is giving. She extends herself to others, but she is always mindful of the needs of her family. Nowhere does it indicate that the Proverbs 31 woman extended herself to others at the expense of her family. She knew how to balance the needs of her family with the needs of others.

While the Proverbs 31 woman may at times seem like an unattainable dream, I believe God placed those verses in his scriptures to call us to vision of godly womanhood for the benefit of others. If we continue faithful in our efforts to live up to her beautiful example, we too will find our families rising up and calling us blessed.

Holiday Sale at Lilla Rose! 10% off when you search the word "Holiday" on the website!

I have some exciting news to share! Thursday and Friday only, any Holiday style found on the Lilla Rose website is 10% off, plus free shipping on orders of $40 and more! 

 Festive Poinsettia Flexi Clip

This lovely festive poinsettia clip will look beautiful all winter long!

To make this sale more exciting, I’m hosting a Lilla Rose mystery hostess party! That means when you order through the party link, you might be chosen to be the hostess and earn up to $150 in free products, plus half price items! I’m working with one of my downline this month to reach a goal, so this is her party link you are ordering though. Only a customer within the USA can host a party, though Lilla Rose ships internationally now.

Lilla Rose 2 Day Sale!

Lilla Rose has released the Joy and Snowflake flexi clip early, in limited supplies!! Please place your order today if you are wanting one of these clips, especially the snowflake! The Flexi of the Month for November is already completely sold out, and it’s only 6 days into the month! The limited, special edition type clips are selling out super fast.

Flexi Clip Sizing Guidelines

If you are not sure of what size you need, use this sizing chart for a guideline. If you order the wrong size, don’t worry about it!

Did you order the wrong size of flexi clip? Returns and exchanges are simple to do!

Lilla Rose X-small Flexi Clip

Flexi clips are feminine, functional and very practical! They hold up for a very long time. I’m still using clips that I bought years ago! They do not break easily, unlike the plastic claws that can easily break.

You can order through the party link here. Don’t miss this fantastic sale!

Do You Sound Like A Fool Online?

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Do you ever stop to think before you type something out online? It can be so easy to just randomly type out our thoughts and hit the publish button without giving any thought as to how it might injure someone.

Facebook seems to be the easiest place to give shoot and drive comments. You know, the ones where you read a blog post, get all stirred up about it and quickly leave a sharp, cutting remark and walk away feeling proud of yourself for standing up for the truth?

But is it really the whole truth?

As Christian women, do we really have to appear so hardened and free to give whatever cutting remark we want to, in the name of defending the truth? I recently read this Proverbs to my children:

“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” Proverbs 29:11

Ouch. I can tell you that I’ve both read and been on the receiving end of comments where it seemed like the individual making them held absolutely nothing back. They made an extra effort to ensure their words were as cutting as they could be. I wonder if these individuals ever stopped to think and pray about their comments before hitting the send button? Did they ever consider how speaking their whole mind to another person that they hardly know could make them look foolish or even un-Christian?

As a blogger, I can be the first to tell you that comments can hurt. It’s not necessarily the ones where someone might say they don’t like a certain color or hairstyle on you. Rather it’s the comments that are written with a contentious spirit. You can feel the intent of the comment as soon as you start to read it. It’s meant to be divisive, contrary, and hurtful.

“He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife…” Proverbs 28:25

Do you like causing strife? Are you known for your strong opinions, your quick tongue, and the way you can so freely express yourself with little to no filter?

Do You Sound Like A Fool Online? Are you quick to be contentious online?

We read aloud Proverbs 31 a few days ago, and my daughter asked if that chapter was talking about a princess. :) It does seem that way sometimes – there is a lot to live up to in that chapter!

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26

She might have wisdom she wants to bring forth, but she does it in a kind and charitable way. Trying to sway someone to think another way rarely ever happens during a Facebook exchange. How many back and forth arguments on a blog do you think ever successfully changed someone’s mind? Sometimes online arguing is only successful at flaring up tempers and raising blood pressure. Feelings get hurt, the blogger gets immensely discouraged, and the readers involved in the discussion never come back. In the end, it doesn’t benefit anyone, and it certainly isn’t promoting Christian love and charity.

I’m not suggesting that you can’t ever speak up in opposition to someone online. There might be a time where you truly do need to say something. However, I’ve found that for as much time as I spend online, I rarely leave opposing comments. I easily could, as I have read quite a few things over the years that I disagree with. But I have more important things to do than to spend my time and energy trying to change someone’s mind on Facebook or through a blog comment. I have children in the background who need me to get off the computer. I have dinner that needs cooked, a husband to love on. That husband definitely doesn’t need to hear me rant all evening long about a discussion I’m in the middle of and how wrong the other person is.

Whether you agree or disagree with the subject of doctrine, vaccinations, head coverings, submission in marriage, homeschooling/public school, or how to raise children, please don’t let it consume you to the point that all you are doing online is defending your stance on these things. Some people love controversy and debates. They can’t get enough of them. If you read through the New Testament, you will find the arguments that the disciples used were simple and to the point. Many times when questioned by the leaders of the land they said very little, or nothing at all. We could stand to learn something from these godly men of old as we navigate the web.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father/ Daughter Date Night Activities {and Free Printable!}

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The bond between a father and a daughter can be pretty special. When I married Sean I knew he would make an excellent father.  After seeing him with our children he is even better then I imagined. :)

I saw a really sweet video on Facebook and showed Sean. It is a really adorable first father and daughter date, and gave Sean a lot of ideas on taking his girls on some father and daughter activities! If you haven’t seen it, you really need to watch it! Grab the tissues first!

Sean decided to take our oldest daughter alone on a date first. She was so excited when she got this special invitation in the mail that he designed, asking her to go on a date with him later that night.

Date Night Invitation for Father/Daughter Date! Free Printable at www.themodestmomblog.com

**You can download this free invitation for your daughter that Sean designed, and you can personalize it! Simply enter your email address below and then click on the link for the printable. It comes with instructions!**

Father/Daughter Date Night! | themodestmomblog.comI made a big deal out of it, and tried to help her feel really special that she was going on a date alone with her father!

We curled her hair, using my favorite wrap and snap curlers in her hair.

Curling her hair for a special Father/daughter date night! I even painted her fingernails a really light pink color and let her put a tiny bit of lip gloss on! This is a huge deal in our house, it was a first (and a last for a long time!) as we tell our girls they have to be older for makeup. I wanted to let her know this was a super big deal though, and you could tell she took the date very seriously!

Dressing up for a Father/Daughter Date Night! | themodestmomblog.comAfter the hours slowly going by for her, she was finally ready to go! By this time she was a little nervous and wanted to bring her favorite doll along. :)

Sean pulled the car around up front, knocked on the door and escorted Carrianna to the car, opening the door for her to get in.

Father Daughter Date Night! | themodestmomblog.comAnd they were off! For those of you who are worried that Carrianna is in the front seat, the airbag in our car turns off when a child sits in the passenger side. :)

They went to Cracker Barrel for dinner, and then he took her shopping at Claire’s. She had never been there, and I suggested Sean could get her some hair stuff there. He ended up texting me saying he found her a little heart necklace that said “Daddy’s Little Girl” on it. So she came home with her first necklace. :) I have it in my jewelry box and she wears it for nice occasions.

Sean plans on taking the other two girls on a date. Our 4 year old asked to have the 2 year old go with her, which we thought was sweet! Every date night will look different.

Father and Daughter Activities for Date Night!

1. Have a slumber party together.

2. Go to the park together and get ice cream on the way home.

3. Blow bubbles together.

4. Play a board game.

5. Jump on the trampoline and bring a blanket to look at the stars together.

6. Go on a picnic.

7. Bake cookies together!

8. Have a tea party together (be prepared for major girl talk!)

9. Watch a movie and eat popcorn together at home.

10. Go to the zoo or children’s museum together.

I think father/daughter date nights are a great way for a dad to bond with his daughters, and help build that special relationship!