My Very First Podcast! (EEK!)

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I’m nervous to share this here, but Sean and I did our very first podcast! Public speaking is not my thing, but we really wanted to do this together. We talked about child training, and our grace based approach.

A Grace Filled Approach To Child Training

Click here to go over and listen to it!

In other news, here is an update to our Character Badge Kickstarter Campaign. I’ll be honest, it’s not looking very good. But in all reality, it’s still totally doable! Here is what we still need.

We only need 143 more backers for Character Badges!

That’s how close we are…By far the most popular reward we’re offering on our Kickstarter Campaign is the Character Badges complete set for up to 2 children. The early bird price for this set is $70 ($20 off retail) and if we could find just 143 more people to pre-order this set, we’d be able to go to production.

Does 143 x $76 (the extra $6 is for shipping) equal our funding goal of $15,000? No. But here’s the thing – someone has committed to funding the rest of the money – up to $2,000 – if we make it to $13,000 by our deadline!

So here’s the math…

Current amount pledged = $2127 + $10,868 (or 143 x $76) + $2,000 bonus pledge = $14,995 (we’re sure we can find the extra $5 somewhere : )

Our Production Costs

If you’re wondering about our funding goal of $15,000, you might take a look at the graphic below for a breakdown of how much of the $15,000 goes towards manufacturing each component.

Breakdown of what is needed to still fund Character Badges


We know what it’s like to purchase poorly designed products to educate and train our children. Character Badges isn’t like that.

We wish we could send you a sample so you could see what we’re talking about but we’ve poured a ton of care into this product. Why? Because we made it to be something we would want to use, day in and day out.

That said, manufacturing something like this (or manufacturing just about anything) is not cheap. The badges alone are almost exactly half of our production costs. Then there’s charts and print materials and packaging etc. We ran and re-ran the numbers and did the best we could to get the amount of money we needed to fund this project down to a minimum. The number we arrived at was $15,000.

Character Badge Complete Set!

So, here we are. We’re so close to offering Character Badges to families all over the world. There’s really nothing like it on the market today. From its bright and modern design to it’s flexibility to its quality to its effectiveness, Character Badges is a truly unique product. We need your help to bring this creative child training program into your home and the homes of many others. Will you be one of the 143?


Introducing our *Exclusive* Facebook Group – Modesty For The Modern Mom!

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I’ve been throwing around this idea for awhile, and I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and just do it!

As of today, we have an exclusive subscriber only Facebook group! I’m SO excited. It will be called Modesty For The Modern Mom, but don’t let the mom in the word scare you away if you are single! Anyone age 16 and older is welcome!

Join our *exclusive* subscriber only Facebook group! Modesty for the Modern Mom will a source of encouragement for those who have a passion for modest dress!

This Facebook group will be a place to share pictures and ideas about outfits, hair, jewelry, makeup; basically anything for the feminine Christian woman. There will be some rules, but it will not be a place for legalism and debating about what exactly makes an outfit modest. There are many different standards and I want it to be a place that will encourage lots of different women!

I hope you will feel free to jump right now and start posting pictures of daily outfits you wear, asking questions, leaving comments, or helping someone out. Please don’t feel like you need to post your Sunday best. We want to see daily outfits – real life looks! 

This is a subscriber only group, meaning you must be a subscriber to this blog to be able to join. If you are already a subscriber, look at the bottom of your email for the image, click on it and it will take you to the FB group. Just request to join and I’ll get you added.

If you are NOT a subscriber yet, please join here, open the email confirming it and you will have the link in that email to join the FB group. 

Let’s make this a super awesome support group, full of encouragement and love and charity! I’ve been blessed by so many different groups on Facebook and I hope this will be one of them!

What’s so wrong with the “S” Word?

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What is so wrong with the S Word? As parents, we need to take a firm stand on this and being willing to shelter our children!

As a second generation homeschooler I’ve heard the “s” word my whole life.

“Those poor children are going to be so sheltered they won’t be able to adjust to normal life.”

The other big “s” word? Socialization. These two words have a way of following each other around. “Oh my, their children are so sheltered they won’t know the first thing about socialization. I mean, how will they cope when they get out into the real world?”

I can attest that there is at least one person on the planet who was sheltered as a youth and who, now in her 30’s, makes her way in the world quite well. That person is me. Actually, believe it or not, there are others like me. Many others. You might not know it though because, well, we’re just so adept at socializing. 😉

Sarcasm aside, I’m sincerely not the least bit resentful that I didn’t experience more of the world as I was growing up. My parents carefully controlled the environment in my home and I’m grateful for it. That’s not to say we lived in a cave. My mother was very wise in the way she sheltered me yet made sure I was equipped and prepared to enter the world.

As a sheltered homeschooled child I grew into an adult that was married at 19 and became a mother at 20 (gasp, yes I was one of those young brides who went through courtship). I am currently a pastor’s wife, a business owner, a blogger, and I hope a “normal” human being that tries to conduct her life in a way that would please God.

What did my sheltered life consist of? (Cue the melancholy music.)

1. I wasn’t familiar with many of the popular movie stars, as I didn’t watch many of the popular movies. If an actress was in a Jane Austen movie then I knew about them. :) It’s still that way today. Watching PG-13 and R rated movies just didn’t happen (I think I’ve seen two PG-13 movies. Or maybe I should say I’ve seen about a ⅓ of two historical PG-13 movies. We fast forwarded through most of them).

2. We listened to classical and some Christian music growing up. Actually I listened to more Contemporary Christian music when I was younger than I do now. I was a teenager when my brother introduced me to the famous Bye-Bye Ms. American Pie song (and don’t ask me the band responsible for the song, lol). I knew what songs were popular from being out shopping. I suppose you could say I grew up listening to the Wal-Mart top 40. : )

3. Cursing was absolutely not allowed in our home. Slang words were considered just as bad as curse words. Some of you might be shocked, but I was well into my 20’s before I even knew what most bad words were and I still don’t think I know all of them. If I had been around situations where curse words were commonly used, my parents would have educated me more. I just didn’t need to know!

4. The TV was never background noise. It was only on if we were all watching something together, and many years we never even had TV reception.

5. My parents never taught us to believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Clause. Actually my Grandpa was the town’s Santa Clause one time (it was a big deal; he rode in a float with the mayor, picture in the paper and everything). We went to see him with our younger cousin who did believe in Santa Clause and we were given strict instructions to not say a word about it being our Grandpa! We celebrated holidays for the religious reasons behind them, not the secular.

6. I’ve never been to a lock-in at a church or school and I only went to one big overnight birthday party when I was little.

7. I never went on a date until I was courting the man I married. Please know I don’t believe that just because you are in a courtship means you will automatically marry that person, but I do not believe in dating around for fun. We had our first kiss on our wedding day.

My parents came from rough upbringings, and they regretted a lot of things they went through. They didn’t want their children making the same mistakes so they sheltered them from influences that they didn’t consider godly.

However, don’t let this list fool you. I’m not a naive 30 year old mama. I’ve had my fair share of real life, hard, and very unsheltered situations.

As soon as we were old enough to drive we were added to our parents checking accounts. My mom had Lupus since I was 11 and we were responsible for grocery shopping and running errands when she was sick.

I was one of the primary caregivers of my great-grandfather when I was 16. He was living in our home on hospice for a month or so before he passed away of cancer. My older sister was in charge of all the financial/legal paperwork and I worked with the hospice nurses on how to take care of him.

I’ve learned far more about homosexuality and it’s lifestyle than I ever dreamed I would have, because of family members who have chosen to walk in that path. I’ve been in many counseling situations, churches of all different faiths, and opened our home to many different types of people.

I’ve walked through family member’s divorces, separations, terminal illness, heartaches, victory and failures.

Being sheltered does not mean you don’t experience real life and all that it brings. It simply means you limit your understanding concerning the ungodly things as much as you can. Why? So you can deal with real life.

The only time I’m super aware of my limited knowledge of movies or movie stars, popular people (like famous people in sports), etc. is when my husband makes a joke or tries to tell me some passing tidbit of news, and I have no clue what he is talking about. :) We come from different backgrounds, but he always tells me it’s better not to know!

Do I think you can shelter your children too much? Absolutely. But that’s a topic for another post. For the purposes of this post I just want to say that this lady who is married to a real husband and who went through 6 real labors which brought 6 real children into the world, and who has seen her share of real sorrow and suffering among those she loves most, is truly grateful for being sheltered when she was young so she could joyfully weather this bittersweet thing people call socialization.

Make Over Your Mornings – A Boost For the Worn Out Mom

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Have you ever gone into the bathroom just to cry?

Has your day as a mother ever been so difficult that it’s hard to put a smile on your face?

Do you feel so burdened by your to do list, that you never get any of it done because you don’t know where to start?

I’m writing this because I’ve had those days. Actually, I just did the cry in the bathroom thing today. Life as a mother is immensely rewarding, but don’t let anyone try to tell you that it’s never hard!

I’m going to propose to you that how we start our mornings is crucial to the success of our entire day. We can start feeling encouraged as we wake up, having clear direction on what we are going to accomplish in our day. Or we can wake up and float throughout our day, trying to accomplish a great deal of things without purpose.

More often than not I float. I want clear direction. The thought of creating a plan that would actually work sounded so overwhelming until I came across the brand new Make Over Your Mornings course.

Mornings can be really rough here. As in I can be the ultimate grouchy mom yelling at my children to hurry up, get their chores done and the whole morning ends in disaster.

What a lovely way to start the day.

Turn your mornings into something beautiful with the Make Over Your Mornings Course!

We ended our school year a few weeks ago and are on Summer break until July. I stopped school determined to get a better grasp on our mornings, which we have been working on. The Make Over Your Mornings course couldn’t have come at a better time!

Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom put this course together. I’ve been seeing hints of it on her blog for a few months now, and have been eagerly waiting to see it! I was able to get an early look at it, and I was not disappointed.

“This 14-day course is designed to help you revolutionize your productivity, streamline your routines, invest your time in things that truly matter, and find more joy and peace in the process.” 


Make Over Your Mornings Course will transform your whole life!

Have you yearned to get into a morning routine that begins with time to fill your soul before the rest of the household needs you?  This 14-day Make Over Your Mornings course walks you, step-by-step, through a process that creates a routine that will:

  • Prioritize nourishing your soul before launching your day
  • Streamline your mornings (and your whole day)
  • Create a to-do list that serves (not strangles)
  • Establish accountability
  • Set short- and long-term goals, and SO MUCH MORE!

In this course you will receive 14 videos to watch daily and a workbook to follow along with. These videos are high quality and give you a sneak peak into Crystal’s everyday life, how she interacts with her family and how she is able to keep up a hugely successful blog and homeschool! 

**Update** I just created a Facebook Group to go through this course together! You can join here. We will start this course on Monday, June 6th!

If you are not an early riser, don’t worry. This course doesn’t tell you what time you need to get up. Rather it helps you establish for that time when you do rise out of bed. Actually the routine starts the night before!

Make Over Your Mornings Course from Money Saving Mom

Watching the Make Over Your Mornings Course on my laptop.

I’m really passionate about sharing this course with you all because it’s an area I struggle with and I know I’m not alone!

This isn’t another ebook to read and forget about it. The videos are engaging and very encouraging, and the workbook is concise and to the point. You won’t waste your time. I’ve found that 15 minutes a day working on a new habit (like exercising) can create a dramatic difference in my life.

This course retails for $17 (which is super affordable full price!).

There have been so many sales going on lately that I could share with you all. The Build Your Bundle Sale ends today (they decided to extend it one more day!) but I hardly shared about it.

Honestly….I’m tired right now.

I want life to slow down.  And I know a lot of you might be feeling the same way. I wouldn’t be sharing this huge blog post if I didn’t believe that it could bless so many mamas like myself.

Join me in this course and follow along as I share how my mornings are being transformed! I’m already seeing a difference after a few days of putting her suggestions into practice! I’ll try to start using my Instagram account again, and share some fun photos over there!