Stop Running On Empty: An Amazing Resource To Help Busy Women!

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Physical and mental exhaustion is something I am far too familiar with. Trying to juggle being a wife, a mom of six children, homeschooling, homemaking, running a business, support my husband as he currently is the pastor at our church, and be a sister and friend as well, can be a bit overwhelming!

Now, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I am so blessed and thankful for my amazing family…but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve had to learn a thing or two these last few years about taking care of myself. 

You see, I stink at it. I don’t often get enough sleep, I struggle to drink enough water, I struggle to get in my exercise routine (even though I know I desperately need it), and tend to just push myself to do more and be more.

Does this sound familiar? 

I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not alone in this. In fact, I’m pretty sure that most women stink at really taking care of themselves and investing in themselves.

But the thing is – it’s vitally important to stop every once in a while, even for 5-15 minutes, to refresh ourselves, fill ourselves up, and maybe even spend a few minutes reading a book or sitting outside in the sun. As women, we have to stop and refuel. To pour back into ourselves so that we have the energy and the JOY to pour back into serving our families and the Lord. 

And that’s why I’m so excited to share with you about this brand new 7 part audio series all about investing in yourself…all for God’s Glory! (Find out how to get it for FREE below)


Taking the time to invest in myself, to care for my body, and invest in my spiritual life are all vital parts of being a homemaker. I need to take a little bit of time each time to invest in myself so that I have the energy and joy to pour back into my family…otherwise I might just face some severe burn out and face my days with a begrudging attitude instead of joy in the Lord!

Do you crave a little more energy, joy, and enthusiasm when facing your day? Do you wish that when you hear the kids stirring after their nap time, that you had the energy and focus to greet that sound with joy and energy to tackle the rest of your day instead of the dreaded 3 o’clock exhaustion?

This all starts with taking just a little bit of time to invest in yourself. I have learned this the hard way after years of running around like a mad woman trying to get everything done…and then hitting a wall of fatigue and despair. I want to greet my day with joy and energy! 

Throughout this 7 part audio series, Jami Balmet (a dear blogging friend!) will be diving into all the aspects of taking care of ourselves (and why this truly matters if we want to have a thriving home and relationship with the Lord). In the series she will talk about:

  • Avoiding burn out and letting go of GUILT when we do invest a little in ourselves
  • Making time for what you love (in 15 minutes a day)
  • Taking care of yourself – exercise and eating well
  • Investing in your Spiritual Life
  • Giving yourself GRACE…especially when life falls apart
  • Wrapping it all together for God’s Glory!


When it officially launches next week, you can purchase it for $25 and get access right away to go through it. BUT when you purchase a premium ticket to this year’s Homemaking Ministries Online Conference through October 20th, you will get FREE access to the audio series! 

The conference officially kicks off next week (October 25th-28th) and when you register by Thursday for a premium ticket not only will you get free access to this audio series but you will also get a full ticket to the conference (you can listen to the sessions anytime…you get to keep them forever!) and a brand new goal setting course (which you get immediate access to).

Find out more & sign up today! >>

This year’s conference is shaping up to be incredible!! We’ve got 17 amazing speakers lined up to deliver 20 conference sessions throughout the four days. The theme for this year is Finding Balance in Your Home and each session addresses various aspects of how to find and achieve balance in your home…all for God’s Glory!

Here’s the incredible line up we’ve got:

Session #1: Achieving Balance in Our Lives (A Definition) – Jami Balmet
Session #2: Cultivating the Lovely in the Everyday – MacKenzie Monroe from Bold Turqious
Session #3: How to Create a Lasting & Loving Marriage – Jolene Engle from
Session #4: Balance in Spending Time Online – Mandy Hoffman from
Session #5: Balance in Housekeeping – Hilary Bernstein from No Place Like Home
Session #6: Finding Balance in Spiritual Disciplines (What’s Really Important) – Jami Balmet
Session #7: Balance in Meal Planning (So You Won’t Go Crazy) – Stacy Myers from Humorous Homemaking
Session #8: Finding Balance in Healthy Living (Or, how to be crunchy without being a nut) – Trisha Gilkerson from Intoxicated on Life
Session #9: Balancing Priorities for Greater Joy in Your Home – Jennifer Ross from The Focused Homemaker
Session #10: Balancing Homemaking and Homeschooling – Tauna Meyer from The Proverbial Homemaker
Session #11: Focusing on the Gospel Throughout the Week – Jami Balmet
Session #12: Balance in Motherhood – Christy Fitzwater from
Session #13: Creating Balance for the Working Homemaker – Caroline Allen from The Modest Mom (Me!)
Session #14: Finding Balance in Relationships – Angie Tolpin from Courageous Mom
Session #15: Living a Life of Ministry (Even When You Can’t Leave the House) – Katie Bennett from Embracing a Simpler Life
Session #16: Making Scripture Memory a priority in your day – Carlie Kervechal from Today’s Frugal Mom and Fulfilling Your Vows
Session #17: Balance in Planning – Marlene Griffith from A Diligent Heart
Session #18: Balance in Healthy Eating – Kelly Smith from The Nourishing Home
Session #19: A Startup Guide to Simplifying Your Stuff – Elsie Callendar from Richly Rooted
Session #20: Finding Purpose and Cultivating Joy in Your Home – Jami Balmet


Bonus #2: Goal Setting Course and Workbook

Do you still need another reason to sign up for the conference? When you purchase a premium ticket you also get access to our brand new Goal Setting Course and Workbook all about setting priorities for you day, effectively planning, creating a family mission statement, and more!


Do you need to establish a better routine?

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Is your morning routine less than ideal? I can relate! I’ve found that in order to have a good morning routine, it really starts in the evening before. I’ve written before on how rough the mornings can be around here. Our school year has already started, and I already have quite a few stories on how crazy our days are if we don’t have a good morning.

Create a good routine with the Make Over Your Morning Course!

However what I’ve been focusing on even more is our evening routine. If we go to bed and the house is a mess, it makes our morning routine so much harder. The children all have chores to do each morning, but instead of waking up to a sink full of dirty dinner dishes, it takes far less time to just put away the clean dishes in the dishwasher in the morning, and load up the breakfast dishes.

What gave me a good reminder on the importance of evening routine, was watching the Make Over Your Evening videos that Crystal Paine has put together. It’s so encouraging without pouring guilt on you for where you are at in life!


Some of my evenings goals:

  • Get to bed before midnight! Seriously. Even 11:00 would make me happy right now!
  • Go to bed with a clean bedroom. My husband would adore me for this.
  • Have the children in bed by their bedtime, which is 8:30.
  • Spend 30 minutes with Sean after the children are in bed.
  • Have my clothes picked out the night before!
  • Read my scriptures and say a prayer every night before bed!

I’m looking forward to finishing the Make Over Your Evening course, and I’m going to keep working towards my goals!

If you need help with your morning or evening goals, the Make Over Your Mornings course, or the Make Over Your Evenings course is on sale for just $10 each, regularly $17 each!

Or you can grab both of them for $17! When you check out for one of them, you will be given the option to add the other course to your cart. This is a great deal, and Crystal doesn’t run very many sales on these courses!

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Once you get it, come ask to join the Facebook group I created for those going through these courses!

If you don’t have time to go through these courses right away, you have lifetime access to them!  




Character Badges Back to School Sale Is Here!

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Character Badges Back to School Sale!

It’s the Character Badges Back to School Sale!!

For most of you, the new school year is just around the corner and many of you have already begun! (yay homeschooling!) We’re just as excited as you are, and to celebrate we’re having the biggest sale we’ve ever had!

Academics are the primary focus of any school year, but character training is just as crucial to the future success of your child. We designed Character Badges to help children build habits of sound character and to help parents be more consistent and creative in how they train their children. It’s a fun and effective addition to any school year!

Character Badges is a creative child training program

That said, there’s never been a better time to incorporate Character Badges into your classroom. Our back to school sale only comes once a year, and this year the entire store is 30% off!! Charts, stickers, coins, even complete sets – its all 30% off. Just use the offer code BKTOSCHOOL at time of checkout and enjoy some great savings!

This sale runs from today (7-20) through Saturday (7-23) at midnight, so hurry to take advantage of the biggest discount we’ve ever offered! Character Badge complete set


Working from Home as a Stay at Home Mom

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Are you a stay at home mom who is discouraged, thinking you could never earn any sort of income while staying home with your children? This series is for you! I have a heart for women who desperately want to earn some sort of income, while still being a homemaker, and even a homeschooling mom! It’s not easy, but thanks to the internet, we live in a generation where it is possible!

Is it possible to stay at home and earn an income, while also being a busy mom? This four part series will go over how you can earn money from home!

This series is going to be broken up into 4 parts: 

Should I Work From Home?

Blogging For An Income

Direct Sales for the Stay At Home Mom

Owning Your Own Business

Let’s dive in and get started with the first topic! So…should you work from home?

Some questions to ask yourself…

Do you have your husband’s blessing? Trust me, this isn’t optional. It’s a necessity. You must, absolutely must have your husband’s support and blessing before you start working from home. When dinner is running late, or you are up burning the midnight oil, you need to know that your husband understands, and is supportive of you.

Is your health strong enough to handle working from home? Be honest with yourself. The first five years of our marriage, my health could never have handled me working like I do now. If you barely have any energy to take care of your home, children, and husband, unless your family is on financial disaster, don’t take on another job!

Are you wanting a job only to prove your worth to people? Being a stay at home mom can be hard. Sometimes it’s a job that people make fun of, because they don’t see the worth of you being home. Don’t start working from home only to show others that you can be a supermom.

Why should you work from home?

There are numerous reasons why a mom should work from home. You want to stay home with your children, you want to homeschool them, or be there for them when they get home from school, you don’t want to put them in daycare, or maybe you just like the idea of being a homemaker!

Financial reasons play a huge part in why you might want to work from home. Your family could be in money troubles, or you might just want some extra spending money. The reasons behind why you need to earn money will greatly affect what type of work you do, and what effort you put into it.

Think Through Your Interests and Passions

This is the fun part. At least to me it is! Sit down and brainstorm about what you might be interested in doing. When you work from home, you need to have a huge passion for what you are doing! If you are self employed and working from home, it takes more energy out of you than just showing up at work and doing whatever you are told. Having an interest in what you do is another absolute must!

Write down on a piece of paper

What you can talk about over and over again, without getting tired of it?

What do you think about during your spare moments?

What gets you excited?

What do you believe in? Are you a firm believer in helping others, or teaching children to read, do you love fashion, or herbs? Would you love to be a doula, or do you love accounting type work? Everyone has a type of work they strongly believe in, and you need to find what that something is for you!

You might end up with more than one thing. For example, I love homeschooling, books, Jane Austen, music, and modest fashion. I also love flowers and pretty houses.

Even though I like all of those things, I’m not a good fit to have a business in each of those interests. For example, I love flowers, but I don’t do a good job of growing flowers and vegetables. Having a greenhouse and selling flowers wouldn’t be a good fit for me.

I also love pretty houses, but organizing and even decorating sometimes doesn’t always come easily for me. Just because you love something doesn’t always mean you have a talent in that area.

Once you have it narrowed down to a few interests, then stop and think through how popular those interests are. A niche is a good thing, but if it’s a really small niche, you won’t have a large audience to market a business to.

Finally, look at how feasible it is to grow a business from home with the interests you have left. Is it something you can do from home? Ask yourself all of these questions before you jump into working from home.

Once you have all these things done, stop and pray about the decisions ahead of you! Ask God to give you peace and clarity about working, and if this is something that He would bless you in!

Part two coming tomorrow….




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