My Word Of The Year For 2017!

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It took me awhile to decide on my word for the year. I had so many different words swirling around in my head for different areas in my life. It wasn’t until I was listening to my husband preach an amazing sermon this past Sunday that the word just hit me.

My word for the year is Focus.

When I think back to 2016, nothing spectacular happened. We didn’t see our big family goal happen, nothing big stands out to me that happened in 2016. Not that every year needs to be big, but I was very ready to see the year end, and for a fresh start.

We sat around the table as a family the other night and used the Best Year Ever Goal Planner that Sean made, and I used the page to rate how I felt 2016 went. I didn’t feel like I had very many successes in 2016 at all, and it was so eye opening to write down my reasons why. I encourage you to sit down and take a good look at the past year as well, because it helps as you go forward into the new year!

This year I want to focus on all the important things. In a way, get back to the basics. Renew my vision for the importance of being a mother and a homemaker. Read to my children again (we did really good with this in the first half of the year, not so much the second half).

I want to focus more on cleaning my house daily instead of letting things pile up. I’m using the Motivated Moms app on my phone this year, and I have hope of this being a huge help. I just need someone else telling me what to do each day with my house. When I look around my house I see all the obvious tasks (dishes need done, laundry needs washed, bathrooms need cleaned), but the little things don’t get done. I like that I can just scroll through the list and assign my children each a small job and we all pitch in together to get the list accomplished for the day.

I want to focus on our businesses more. I want to do a better job of planning out blog posts, and having a better schedule as to when I work. I have a brand new business coming probably the end of this month (more details coming soon!) and I will need a great deal of focus to make it all work.

My spiritual life needs more focus. I need to spend more time in prayer and reading God’s word. Instead of carrying all my burdens around myself, bringing them to God and laying them at His feet! I’m a better wife, mother, friend, and business owner when I make spending time with God first.

I need to focus on giving myself grace. I feel so guilty when I have downtime (which I had a lot more of last year than normal). The truth is, I can only go so long without totally burning out. I went to bed at 8:00 last night, because I was just so exhausted! My husband is quick to give me grace and tell me to take a nap, or go have quiet time, so I need to not feel guilty about this!

I need to focus on fitness. I’m working on eating healthy and actually doing workouts. I started using a DVD from Leslie Sansone that incorporates weights and walking, I really like the challenge! Normally her walking DVD’s alone don’t feel challenging enough, but I woke up sore from doing the leg workout with 5 pound dumbbells. 🙂

I’m excited about using this word for 2017. I’m hopeful for the year ahead, and looking forward to seeing that God has in store for our family!

 

 

 

Best Year Ever Goal Planner For 2017!

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The New Year is the very best time to stop and set goals for our life. It can be life changing, but so many people rush through the Holidays and never take the time to stop and evaluate how the past year went, and what they want to change in the New Year.

I don’t even try to make goals for the New Year until Christmas is over. This is the week to start making your goals, and we created the perfect planner for you to use!

With the Best Year Ever Goal Journal, you can easily sit down and take a good honest look at how this past year went, and set realistic goals for the New Year!

The topics include:

Faith
Family
Financial
Fitness
Habits
Health
Marriage
Social Media

This 25 page PDF download includes pages to rate each of these categories, and then gives you pages for a closer look on each category. What successes and struggles did you have in the past year? What do you hope for the New Year? What is your one word for the New Year?

Best Year Ever Can Change Your Year! 

Don't let another year go by without setting goals for your personal life, marriage, faith, and fitness! Take control of your life through this goal journal, and easily rate how your past year went, and plan the next year! 

Pick one word for your entire year, or pick out a word of the year for each category. Dream big, or dream practical. Either way, you set the course for the following year and actually set goals! Keep this in your planner all year long to remind yourself of what you are working on. You can even print it off multiple times and write new goals if you accomplish them early in the year! 

Get this 25 page planner for just $6.99! 

When I get to the end of the year, I always want to look back and assess how it went. I love making goals for the new year but I always struggle in knowing how to best dissect the previous year. Now I have the perfect tool that walks me through the main categories of my life. I can't wait to use this year after year to process how my year went and set goals as I move into the next best year!

I have been searching for goal setting worksheets like this for months and finally found the perfect solution.

Jami Balmet
Young Wife's Guide Blog

The New Year is the very best time to stop and set goals for our life. It can be life changing, but so many people rush through the Holidays and never take the time to stop and evaluate how the past year went, and what they want to change in the New Year.

I don’t even try to make goals for the New Year until Christmas is over. This is the week to start making your goals, and we created the perfect planner for you to use!

With the Best Year Ever Goal Journal, you can easily sit down and take a good honest look at how this past year went, and set realistic goals for the New Year!

The topics include:

Faith
Family
Financial
Fitness
Habits
Health
Marriage
Social Media

This 25 page PDF download includes pages to rate each of these categories, and then gives you pages for a closer look on each category. What successes and struggles did you have in the past year? What do you hope for the New Year? What is your one word for the New Year?

Best Year Ever Can Change Your Year! 

Don’t let another year go by without setting goals for your personal life, marriage, faith, and fitness! Take control of your life through this goal journal, and easily rate how your past year went, and plan the next year!

Pick one word for your entire year, or pick out a word of the year for each category. Dream big, or dream practical. Either way, you set the course for the following year and actually set goals! Keep this in your planner all year long to remind yourself of what you are working on. You can even print it off multiple times and write new goals if you accomplish them early in the year!

Get this 25 page planner for just $6.99! 

A Gift Guide For Fashion Loving Ladies!

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You might be all done Christmas shopping by now, but chances are, you still are looking for some gifts. You might even have your husband still asking you what you want for Christmas, and you haven’t given him a list!

Time is ticking, but here are some gift ideas for ladies who love fashion! 

Fabric rose headband

Rose Headbands – Online you just don’t get a sense of how cute these are. When we went to conventions this last spring, these headbands seemed to draw all the ladies over! They are super cute, and so easy to wear. You just tie them under your head, and mine stay on all day. We have them available in different colors at Deborah & Co. and we are still shipping out holiday packages!

Here are the colors we have available:

Baby Blue Polkadot

Blue Floral Rose Headband (pictured above)

Country Club Blue Rose

Modern Millie

Pink PolkaDot Gray 

Plum Polkadot Lace

Sweetheart Rose

Milk Chocolate

modest outfit leggings

Fleece Lined Leggings – Every woman who loves modest fashion needs a pair of these! Unless you live in Florida that is. 🙂 Everyone who has a pair raves about how much they love them, and how warm they stay in them. My sister does not even wear these unless it’s freezing cold out, because she gets so warm in them! I’m the complete opposite, I wear them almost every day, all winter long under my skirts! They are adorable with a knee length skirt and boots, but also work great under maxi skirts!

A customer review

“Cozy and warm and makes me not hate winter! I was skeptical that leggings could be fleece lined and warm without looking lumpy and awkward. But these aren’t at all. And they are so soft. I’ve worn these almost every day this week, perfect for turning a knee length skirt into a year round item. I bought the black but have already decided I need the charcoal as well.”

Available in black, brown and charcoal color!

Receive free shipping on any USA order of $25 or more at Deborah & Co, through Monday, December 12th! Use the code: CHRISTMASGIFT to save!

This blue Pink Blush maxi dress is so comfortable and looks great with a short sleeve halftee under it! I'm styling it with a dangle necklace from JCPenny.

Halftee – These make easy gifts, because you just order them in whatever t-shirt size the person wears! The perfect layering option for all year round, wear the short sleeve under a maxi dress or sleeveless shirt, or use the tank for under low cut sweaters, dresses, shirts…you get the picture! The neckline has a high or low option, I’m wearing the higher option in the picture above. We even offer a full length Halftee to wear under cardigans.

Use the code CHRISTMASGIFT to get free shipping in the US on any $25 or more order!

Long Denim Skirt that is stretchy like jeggings!

A new denim skirt – This skirt is so comfortable, it’s ridiculous! It’s like you are wearing jeggings, in a skirt! All sizes are available and shipping out quickly (sizes 4-20). This is something you would love to open under the tree on Christmas morning!

Don’t forget, use the code CHRISTMASGIFT to get free shipping in the US!

The Dressing Your Truth program will totally change your wardrobe, and help you have a closet full of clothes you adore and that look good on you!

Dressing Your Truth – How about a whole new perspective on what color clothes you should be wearing, textures, styles, and more? This could be such an inspiration as you enter a new year! Find out more about the Dressing Your Truth program here.

My very first Stitch Fix arrived! I'm super excited to be trying this new service out!

Stitch Fix – Last year my husband totally and completely surprised me by giving me a gift card to Stitch Fix!  I had not asked for this, but he had heard me talk about how neat it would be try to this service out, and blessed me with $100 to do so. I was in tears, and in shock that he thought of it! It’s been the best gift ever, because it keeps going on! If you get a gift card and like the items, you can share on your social media accounts and earn $25 credit to Stitch Fix when someone signs up through your link. So your gift could keep stretching on past that one time!

You can read more about Stitch Fix and see what I’ve received here, here, and here. I’m getting another box in the mail next week!

Cents of Style Bracelet

Cents of Style – You can get the Tribe bracelets and necklaces for just $9.99-$11.99 each, which includes shipping! It’s a special sale through Sunday. I don’t like all the sayings, but some of them I really do like.

Expect Miracles

Be Kind

Be Still

Believe

Grateful

The Struggle Is Part Of The Story

(Ok, I really need this one! One day we are going to have an amazing story to tell about how we found a house to buy. Right now? The struggle is real to be patient and wait on the Lord!).

06062016-cents-of-style-new-tribe-circle-pendant-necklaces_web04_1024x1024There are many other ones! These would make great gifts! Find them all here, and use the code TRIBEGIFT16 to get the sale price and free shipping.

Romantic Scarf Scarf – This is such a romantic, beautiful looking scarf! It’s on Amazon Prime with 13 different colors, for a really good price! A scarf normally makes a safe gift for anyone, so this could be a teacher’s gift, friend, co-worker…or a family member!

I hope these gave you some ideas as you finish up your Christmas shopping! I’ve done a lot of my shopping online this year, which has been so helpful!

 

 

 

What We Are Doing For Advent This Year (The Last Minute Version Of Preparing!)

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December 1st always comes before I’m ready. Since we own businesses, Black Friday and Cyber Monday take a lot of our energy, and before I know it, Advent is upon us. I love spending the month of December with my children, doing fun activities like making paper snowflakes for art, reading, baking, and singing Christmas hymns around the piano together!

Advent Resources for the Whole Family!

Advent and all these special memories don’t happen without planning, though. You might be like me and are just now getting it all pulled together. So this post is for all those moms who are scrambling to get ready for December! 🙂

Advent Ideas

The word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming. We spend this time looking forward to the time when we celebrate Christ’s birthday, even though we tell our children that we don’t know when Christ was born. It’s a time to stop and focus on this important part of our Savior’s life. Without His birth, there could be no death. Without His death, there could be no salvation. It all ties in together. We talk about all of this during the month of December.

Churches start the advent season on the last Sunday in November. As a family we just start it on December 1st. Like I said earlier, I have to get through Thanksgiving and Black Friday before I can focus on advent. 🙂

This year I’m really feeling the need to feed myself, and not just my children with the familiar yet powerful story. I want to experience again the fear and then joy that Mary must have felt, the shock that Joseph experienced, and that long journey to Bethlehem which leads them to the stable.

If you are like me, you might be wondering what resources are out there to help you and your family celebrate the birth of Christ. Thankfully I found a few that I’m excited about using!

A Moment Of Christmas Book

I kept hearing online friends talk about this ebook, and when I went to read the sneak peak I knew this was just what I was looking for! Here is the description:

This book is for the woman who craves a less crazed-feeling Christmas, who longs for a season that is intentional and full of joy. Including 25 devotions, each of them guilt-free, inspiring, and able to be read in 10 minutes or less! As you prepare your heart for Christmas by reading through these pages, you’ll be inspired to drop the pursuit of perfection and chase holy.

 

The great thing about this book is you can just get it to read on your computer or tablet, since time is short on being prepared! 🙂

Along with this, I’m going to be doing the #HeartinHandChallenge with Mackenzie Monroe (Cultivating the Lovely). It’s a free download, I printed it off, laminated it, and I’ll be using it along with a travel notebook.

Heart In Hand Challenge

If you haven’t discovered planners and notebooks and such, Blitsy is an awesome place to look! I’ve gotten planners and stickers from there, and next on my wishlist are some cute Travel Notebooks. They have really good deals – it’s like Zulily for planner people!

Reset Girl Planner and stickers from Carpe Diem

This whole line from Carpe Diem, called the Reset Girl is calling my name! They have stickers that go along with this line. I LOVE it! Ok…totally not Christmas related. Where were we?…

Advent with the children

There are a lot of creative, fun ways to involve your children in Advent! Here are some things I have planned.

The older children will write the scriptures from the #HeartinHandChallenge down with me each day, for copywork.

We are doing a Jesse Tree for real this year! It’s actually happening people. Stop the press! Front news headline!

We always try to start, but life happens and we don’t get our paper ornaments colored and it all falls apart. When I went to our local homeschool convention this year, a 13 year old boy was there with a booth selling all the homemade Jesse Tree ornaments he had made. They were $40, but it also came with a devotional put together with scriptures and hymns to read. I ordered a set and it just came in the mail last week! The children don’t know about it yet and they are going to be SO excited! We’ll put all these ornaments on a small tree.

Jesse Tree

If you are crafty, you could totally make these. It was worth the $40 to me because I would never find the time to put this all together! And I loved supporting a homeschooling student.

I don’t know if he will have any to sell for next year, but here is a Facebook group he has!

Music is very important in our home, and we love singing all the Christmas Carols together. We will be using this ebook and picking some of the activities that goes along with it.

The Stories Behind the Music features 15 Christmas Carols and a lesson to go along with each carol. This is great for family devotions!

Each lesson includes:

  • A story about how the carol was written
  • Lyrics to the carol
  • A scripture reading
  • An explanation of the Bible passage
  • Discussion questions for the family
  • A short prayer
  • Sheet music for each carol
  • A craft that can be completed together as a family (We will not be doing every craft!)

There are a lot of other resources out there, but that’s what we are doing this year! I know better than to plan anything else besides this. 🙂 I’d love to hear what you’re doing this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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