Taking A Break From Thanksgiving

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Taking a break from Thanksgiving

This year I made a choice. It was not made out of self pity or despair. Rather it was just made from taking an honest look at my life and knowing what I am capable of.

I’m not doing Thanksgiving this year.


It sounds bad to actually come out and say it, but I can’t tell you the relief I’ve felt over this decision.

Let me clarify what I mean though.

Normally we spend November reading books on pilgrims and the mayflower, I attempt a craft I found on Pinterest (I’m so not crafty) and we might make a fun treat together. Sean has read the same book on Pilgrims out loud to the children for over 5 years now. We have used this fantastic study on Thanksgiving hymns before. It takes a lot of work for me to pull everything together, and I attempt to add all this additional learning on top of our regular school.

Count Your Blessings Ebook

This year I knew I couldn’t keep up. Instead of it being a joyful time together as a family, it would be a huge stress. I would not be giving thanks, instead I would be counting down the days until November was over.

I made this decision based on our season of life. We have an adorable seven month old little girl that is taking all of our energy. I’m trying to stay on top of the math facts and the girls that are learning to read. The laundry often takes over the living room space, and the baskets waiting to be folded just beat me down to discouragement. We are launching Character Badges, and I’m trying to be present in that business for my husband, as well as keeping up with this blog and Deborah & Co.

Life is busy. Life is good.

This year I’m going to help cook our Thanksgiving dinner that we spend with family, and rest knowing that my children have already been trained in the history of Thanksgiving. I’m going to enjoy the times of going around the table sharing what we are thankful about, knowing that I have many things I can share. I will enjoy attending the Thanksgiving dinner at our church.

The one thing I will do is check out some books from the library on Thanksgiving and leave them out for the children to read if they wish. I won’t win any supermom awards because of that, but I’m totally ok with it. :)

My husband already came to me and said we are going to sit down with a calendar soon and plan December out. He loves the family time that December brings, we enjoy caroling and family drives looking at lights, music concerts, etc. We are going to put it all down on the calendar and enjoy the business of December as we celebrate the birth of our savior.

When it comes down to it? I’m most grateful for the gift of Salvation. Without a baby being born in a manger many years ago, I would not be where I am. I’m looking forward to spending the month of December celebrating what eternally matters.

And next year? I’m hoping to enjoy all things Pilgrim.

(Please note, I have nothing against Thanksgiving, I love the holiday and think it can be an amazing month of giving thanks.) :)



Why We Don’t Ever Skip Morning Chores (Plus Free Mrs. Meyers Products!)

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Why We Don't Ever Skip Morning Chores!

Do you ever have those mornings where you wake up late and everyone is frazzled? Lately we have had a lot of those mornings. We have been watching baseball late into the evenings, and when the children go to bed late I have mercy on them and let them sleep in. We live in Kansas City, so baseball is a big deal around here right now. :)

It doesn’t matter what time my children wake up, we don’t skip chores.


Getting started on school is important to me, however I’ve found that we can’t focus on school in a messy house. Especially when it is a smaller house. So we always do our morning chores, even if it puts us late in starting school (you can see our morning chore routine here).

I’ll share with you what our morning routine can look like when we get up late. 

I am often supervising chores, getting little ones dressed, getting dressed myself, checking email or doing some business work in the mornings. Our oldest son does dishes (we always have dishes left over from the night before. It is what it is. Someday I hope to change that!). His chore takes the longest.

While he is doing dishes, the younger two children (ages 10 and 7) alternate days of cleaning the one bathroom we have, and sweeping the dining room/tidying it up. I know those two will get done faster, so after our 10 year old is through with his chore I often send him downstairs to get his math done on the computer (we use Teaching Textbooks). The 7 year old does her handwriting or math if she has time.

Once the kitchen is clean, we have breakfast together, and then we have morning devotions. We often will do our other read aloud books right after our morning devotion, since we are all together.

One other thing that is consistent about our morning chore time is the natural cleaners we use! Mrs. Meyer’s is a favorite in our house. The hand soap is always in the bathroom (we love the different scents!) and the cleaners and dishwashing soap is fantastic. I love knowing that I can hand my child a cleaning product and it’s totally safe for them to use.

The Cranberry Mrs. Meyers scent is fantastic! I love getting all my Mrs. Meyers products from ePantry!

We get our Mrs. Meyer’s products from ePantry, and I’d love to share with you a limited time deal where you can get some Mrs. Meyer’s products for yourself!

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Don’t forget this special offer is only available until November 19th or while stock last. Items are selling out fast, as the Orange Clove multi purpose cleaner is already out of stock! The Cranberry one is a favorite of mine though, and it’s so perfect for the holidays! 




10 Simple Homemade Granola Bar Recipes

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I’m always looking for good snack recipes to make. When we purchase a lot of boxed snacks our food bill gets crazy expensive! Here are 10 simple granola bar recipes to make. You can throw them all together in a container, or wrap them up separately to send along in a lunch bag.

10 Simple Homemade Granola Bar Recipes

10 Simple Homemade Granola Bar Recipes

  1. Homemade Granola Bar No-Bake

Homemade Granola Bar No-Bake

  1. Crunchy Granola Bar Recipe

Crunchy Granola Bar Recipe

  1. Healthy Homemade Granola Bars


Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

  1. Paleo Nut Energy Bars

Paleo Nut Energy Bars

  1. Homemade Granola Bars With Chocolate Cranberries


Homemade Granola Bars With Chocolate Cranberries

  1. M & M’s And Raisins Granola Bars

M & M's And Raisins Granola Bars

  1. Super Easy No Bake Granola Bars

Super Easy No Bake Granola Bars

  1. No-Bake Cherry Almond Pecan Granola Bars


No-Bake Cherry Almond Pecan Granola Bars

  1. Recipe for Granola Bars on the Go


Recipe for Granola Bars on the Go

  1. How To Make The Most Delicious Granola Bars

How To Make The Most Delicious Granola Bars

Yummy! I know what I will be doing this week! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes, my children will love them!


Flash 2 Day Sale of The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

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Homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily for every mom.

That’s why I’m excited that for 2 days only, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is back! If you missed it earlier this year, now is your chance to grab it! This particular bundle will never be offered again, so this is literally your last chance!

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 63 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…86 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $913.88.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

A few of my favorite resources include:

Homemaking From Scratch

If you loved the recent Homemaking Ministries Online Conference, this is the conference from last year! Just this conference alone is the price of the whole Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!


Controlling the Spring Within – An excellent book on organizing!


Simply Dressed – Inspiration to dress for the Everyday Ordinary Days

Here are all the topics presented:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 86 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

 Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@ultimate-bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

    • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
    • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
    • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
    • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
    • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
    • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Don’t be tempted to think homemaking isn’t important enough; that you don’t need to keep educating yourself. It’s vitally important, and not only affects what your house looks like, it affects your marriage, your children, and even how you can minister outside of your home.

Time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is back for just 48 hours, until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 3rd.


Once the flash sale ends, this offer is gone for good!

Act now!

Click here for more info or to buy now.


Just a reminder, this bundle would make an excellent gift!