Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids!

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12 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Kids!

Father’s Day is coming soon! We always like doing something special for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It’s a nice way for your children to stop and let their parents know they appreciate them! Whether you buy an actual gift, make a card or do a homemade gift, it’s nice to stop and do a little something!

Here are some really sweet ideas for kids to do for their fathers

  1. Hand and Footprint Art – This is especially sweet for small children. You can capture their sweet hand and feet in artwork!
  2. A Book About Dad – Print off a book that your child can color and write in!
  3. Dad Rocks Paperweight – Make a paperweight for his office!
  4. Salt Dough Footprint Heart  – Make a salt dough creation.
  5. Handprint Golfer Father’s Day Card – Do you have a golfer in your family? This is a cute card to make!
  6. Sharpie Mug Design for Dad – If the dad in your family likes using a mug, make a special one to make him smile whenever he uses it!
  7. Father’s Day Printable – See how much your children know about their dad! They can write in this fun questionnaire and give to their dad.
  8. Nuts About Daddy – Does the dad in your family like nuts? Buy him a package and put this cute sign on it!
  9. Dad’s Stache – Make a little treat jar just for him!
  10. Dad, I love S’more Every Day – Have the children help you make brownies and print these tags off.
  11. Personalized Shirt just for Dad – Make a special t-shirt for dad!
  12. Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes – Make a special gift box to put a handwritten letter or gift in!

I hope you have fun making something special! Now I just need to pick one of these things on the list for my children to do! :)

Make Over Your Mornings Group Starts Monday!

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I was so impressed with Crystal Paine’s new Make Over Your Mornings course that I created a Facebook group for anyone that was going through it! We now have almost 800 members (wow!) and the good news is that we start going through the course together this Monday!

If you have not grabbed the new Make Over Your Mornings course yet, there is still time to get it and be prepared to start this Monday. I really enjoy accountability and feedback from others, so I’m excited to get started! I’d love to have you join us!

Once you get the course, just request to be added here and I’ll quickly get you approved! I’m looking forward to getting a better evening and morning routine before we start school back up again in July.

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.” 

-Crystal

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!

Confessions From A Husband About Homemaking

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Confessions From A Husband About Homemaking

You may have heard – the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is here. Even I’m excited about it! And why shouldn’t I be? For the past two years I’ve seen how it encourages my wife with its excellent resources and helpful tips. Homemaking is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and anything that can help keep a spring in my wife’s step deserves my appreciation.

I didn’t always think in this way. My early views on keeping a home were, well, cringe worthy.

As you may have learned by reading this blog, I like to keep things clean. When I was in High School I began keeping my room, my car, and my things meticulously. My first job was at a local grocery store and I relished the challenge of finding efficient ways to fill a grocery sack as the food beeped across the scanner. A few of you out there might relate but at this point most of you are probably pitying Caroline for ever having married me. Read on. : )

Sean and Caroline

Years later Caroline and I met, and for all of the wonderful things about our courtship it failed to disclose just how different she and I were in this area. That’s not to say that Caroline likes a good mess. It’s just that messes don’t speak to her the same way they do me.

Random stuff on the living room floor likes to jaw at me. It laughs at me; calls me names. I have to shut it up. To Caroline its saying, “Here we are, out of our places. No hurry though. We know you’ll pick us up when its convenient for you.”

So, of course she walks by as if it weren’t there. I simply can’t. Or should I say “couldn’t”. Six children does something to you in this regard. The stuff just kind of grins at me now – no words. I think I’m improving – don’t you?

Early marriage, though, was different. I can remember coming home from work and Caroline telling me that she had taken a nap during the day. “A nap?” I thought. Whatever for? I mean, it’s just you here, in this tiny house. You shop for groceries and you clean this house and you need a nap? (Are you cringing yet?)

There were days where she only had energy or time to tidy up one room before I got home. I’d walk through the door, size things up and quietly make my displeasure known, never mind acknowledging the work she did accomplish. This always hurt her a great deal. Ok, now I’m cringing.

“Yes you fool, she needs a nap. And no, she doesn’t need you guilting her into keeping the house clean!” That’s the me of today talking to the me of yesterday, or, at least that’s what I’d say if given the chance.

Starting a home based business really altered my thinking on this. You see, I was home more, and the more I was home the more I was able to see just how difficult, how complex, how thankless, how physically draining, and how mentally taxing homemaking really is.

Simplicity Quote on Motherhood

I quickly began to realize that not only did my wife occasionally need a nap to help her through the burden of the day, she deserved something eminently more important – encouragement. On a daily basis. From me.

I saw so many needs pressing upon her every day. I saw, with my own eyes, how the tasks she performed were critical to the overall wellbeing my home. To the casual onlooker, of course, these are menial, unlovely tasks not worthy of respect. The mother’s role in society is not exactly an exalted one, and my wife had long since come to terms with the way the world views what she does.

But what about the way her husband viewed it? Did she find honor and praise for her work from him? Something a wife simply cannot and should not be expected to endure is disrespect from within the home, particularly from her husband. He is, without a doubt, the best person to provide the encouraging words of appreciation she so desperately needs and legitimately deserves. She can endure the slings and arrows of the world’s harsh judgement if only he will affirm her work and bless her constancy.

I could have spared my wife a lot of hurt feelings if I would have made more of an effort to better acquaint myself with the demands of her work in the home.

Now I’m a true believer. My wife is irreplaceable. Her work is legitimately difficult. Most men couldn’t handle it. I mean it – they couldn’t handle it. It places physical and mental demands on her that I didn’t know even existed until I spent some time by her side.

Joyful Motherhood!

Too many men treat housekeeping like professional sports. The greatest athletes make what they do look easy to the point that in some of our more delusional moments we think we could actually do what they do. It’s just like that with our wives. They make it look easy, and we think, “Homemaking – nothing to it.” What nonsense. If that’s the way we look at housekeeping is it any wonder that they receive so little encouragement from us?

So that’s my little plug for not only the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, but all forms of encouragement we can give our wives. Caroline gets excited about the bundle every year. It helps to keep her spirits up. It motivates and inspires her. I’m all for it. God knows she has a difficult job.

**Caroline here – I have to let you know my husband totally, completely surprised me by writing this. I didn’t ask him to do this, and I was deeply humbled by what he shared here. I love my husband so much, and am thankful for his encouragement!**

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle ends Monday! 

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Be encouraged and blessed by 100 resources, handpicked to strengthen the Christian homemaker. Over $1000 worth of resources for just $29.97!

Today is the last day you can purchase the Bundle and receive this special offer from Deborah & Co.

Cami Offer at Deborah & Co.

Forward your receipt on to Caroline@deborahandco.com and we will send you the coupon code to save $15 off your next $30 cami order!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is an incredible source of information that only comes once a year!