A New Resource For Teaching Girls About Modesty!

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When it comes to teaching modesty to our daughters, I haven’t found many resources I like. There was one little booklet that I picked up at a used book sale, but honestly it didn’t fit our family standards at all. I try really hard to not teach my daughters what modesty is based on a list of strict rules. I am also quick to say that these rules are for *our* family – not everyone might say no earrings until you turn a teenager, no shorts, etc.

I have been looking forward to this study being released, because it fills a great need! As mothers, we need to teach our girls about modesty long before they turn a teenager, and this study is for girls ages 8-14!

It’s The Heart, Not The Hemline is a five week unit study. The five weeks address, what is modesty, a modest heart, a modest appearance, modest speech, and a modest behavior.
It's the Heart, Not the Hemline Unit Study on Modesty

What I love about this study is that it directs the girls back to their parents. They are told to go and ask their parents certain questions, as the authors believe the parents hold the authority to lead their daughter in the specifics on what is appropriate to wear, based on your family guidelines.

If you reach your daughter’s heart as a young girl, it will help her stay the course when all the confusing and conflicting voices come. This study will help you reach her heart!

This is so much much more than just a 5 week study, it’s full of scripture cards, memory verse cards, flash cards, quizzes, and lots of activities to do together!

Normally this study is $15.99, but you can save $7.00 with the code: modestmom7 which is only good through September 30th! This is a digital pdf download, so make sure you check your email for the link!

Modesty Unit Study


Kindergarten and Preschool for our 2015-2016 School Year

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What we are using for Kindergarten and Preschool in our home!

I have written before that I try to keep a balanced approach to Pre-K and Kindergarten. I don’t feel like my kindergartener has to be reading in her kindergarten year. If she does, great. If she doesn’t, I know that first grade is rolling around and she will learn it then.

I really try to let the child lead in kindergarten. If they want to learn how to read, we will work on it. If it’s really hard for them, we set it aside for awhile.

As for preschool..I do just a little bit when they are 3 and use the Horizons preschool book in their 4th year. Since Deborah has a December birthday, we might start the Horizons book in January. I’ll share what she is doing for now below.

What we are doing for Kindergarten – age 5 with Olivia

All About Reading Level 1. This is an awesome reading curriculum for Kindergarten age!

Reading – I really wasn’t planning on jumping right in to reading with Olivia at the start of our kindergarten year. Last year was a super difficult year because of a rough pregnancy. I didn’t complete the pre-reading program from All About Reading with her, and thought we might need to do that first. She came to me one day and asked if she could learn how to read, so we pulled out level 1 to try.

To my surprise and relief, she is doing great! I am excited to see how far we get this year in reading.

We love using All About Reading!

If there is one curriculum that makes me want to almost cry with joy over finding it, All About Reading would be it. When I pick it up, I feel relief and joy. Seriously, a year later I still feel happy when I pick up the book. I plan on going through all the levels with each of my girls. We are in the middle of the second level with our second grade daughter.

Math – We started kindergarten math right when she turned 5 in December, and we are about ¾ through book 1 of Horizons K math. We go slow, but she seems to be good at math. She loves patterns, and gets excited when she sees a pattern in toys or in a book. :)

Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting, K. We also use the Handwriting without tears app on the iPad, and that has been fantastic for her! I’ve tried several handwriting apps but that is by far my favorite.


I’m planning on printing out and laminating this free ABC Ringer set to take with us places (like music lessons) for her to keep practicing her handwriting.

She sits and listens in on the book we read as a family. Right now Sean is reading a biography of a man from our church in the evenings, and I’m reading “These Happy Golden Years” from the Little House on the Prairie set in the mornings to them. We try to have devotions and then do our read a loud book right after that, while everyone is still together.

What we are doing for Preschool – age 3 with Deborah 

I mainly do preschool because the younger children see the older ones doing school, and they want to do workbooks as well! When they are 3, my goal is to keep them busy. Why not keep them busy with educational things if they want to do it?!

Right now Deborah’s favorite thing is her ABC Wipe-Clean book from Usborne. I plan on getting a lot more of these Wipe-Clean books, as she just loves them! The quality of the books are really good as well.

Wipe Clean books for Preschool and Kindergarten age from Usborne! She listens in on our read alouds, plays blocks, sings, and colors a lot! Lately her favorite coloring book has been the Weddings color book. Lots of girly stuff to color in that one. 😉 The girls also like building puzzles, and playing legos with the older ones!

The ABC Wipe Clean book from Usborne is a fun Preschool and Kindergarten book!

That’s about all we do for the young ages! We focus mainly on math and reading in the kindergarten and first grade, because once they get those skills down they can accomplish so much!

I recently joined Usborne Books and More as a consultant. Honestly, I joined for the fun of it because my children adore the books so much! My 9 year old loves the history sticker books, both boys devoir the history and science encyclopedias, and our girls love the activity books (doodle art books, fashion drawing and coloring books, and much more!). Plus all the other educational items they offer.

I’m having an Usborne Facebook party this Thursday night at 8:30 PM Central time, I’d love to have you have join as I’m giving away some free stuff! 

I’d love to hear what you do for Kindergarten and Preschool in your home!




How I’ve Made Over My Morning and Created A Routine

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How I've Made Over My Mornings and Created A Routine!

I’m not a person who routine comes naturally to. Schedules tend to make me stand in awe of the moms who pull them off. We do best with routines, and even that gets tweaked a lot.

When I first went through the Make Over Your Morning course, It wasn’t a dramatic change. I didn’t end the two week course and have a totally new morning routine.  I  had a new baby when I went through it and it was a hard time to make change come about.

A few weeks ago however, I realized that a lot of things have changed about my morning, thanks to the course. I finally have a routine! Here is what it looks like.

Wake Up, exercise, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, do devotions with the children, and start school.

Doing everything in this order makes my day go so much better!

Want more details? Here you go. 

1. Wake Up – I wake up between 6-8 AM. Right now I don’t try for any earlier than 6 because I’m up several times a night nursing an almost 5 month old. If I’m up super late, I don’t push myself to get up early and sleep in until 8. I’m trying really hard to get enough sleep though, so I can get up at 6-6:30 every day. My goal is to be in bed by 10:00, but that does not always happen.

2. Exercise – I’m doing an 8 week challenge right now, and part of that includes doing 30 minutes of exercise six days a week. I alternate between doing a Walk Away The Pounds DVD, and doing a harder 15 minute workout from Fit Yummy Mummy. When I do the 15 minute workout I normally go across the street in the evening to the elementary school and walk. The children play on the playground and the baby is in the Tula carrier.

I’ve been looking forward to exercising because I get super encouraged while I do it. Really? Yes it’s true! I’ve been listening to homeschooling podcasts from Read Aloud Revival while I exercise, and it gives me a lot to think through from what I’m hearing. I occasionally listen to business podcasts as well ( a favorite of mine is How They Blog). Fresh encouragement as a homeschooling mom has been awesome. A word of advice? Don’t wait for your once a year homeschool conference to be refreshed. Find a podcast to listen to once in awhile as you do chores. I start my day so excited to jump in and homeschool now that I’m listening to these podcasts!

3. Take A Shower – If for some reason I exercise later in the day I skip the shower. If I am all hot and sweaty I take a shower. Most days. 😉 Sometimes as much as I want to get a shower in it’s just not possible. I wash my face in the shower with the L’BRI Deep Pore Cleanser.

4. Get Dressed – This was an area that taking the course really helped in. It made me realize I needed to have a better wardrobe for this crazy busy time with a new baby, and still needing to lose postpartum baby weight.

I was spending a lot of time picking out an outfit in the morning, and most of the outfits needed ironing. Since the baby sleeps in our room and is normally still asleep when I’m picking out an outfit, I don’t like being in my room long.  I was feeling pretty frustrated with it all and wanted to simplify some things. I went to our local Cato store and they had some maxi skirts on clearance, so I bought three of them. They are wrinkle free and I have several shirts they go with. Plus they fit better than a lot of other clothes right now (not happy about that one…but working on it!).

Maxi Skirts from Cato's for an easy morning routine.

The Make Over Your Mornings course suggests picking out your outfit the night before, but I just haven’t been able to get that in my evening routine. So I appreciate adding some easy outfits.

5. Eat breakfast – This one still needs a lot of work. My poor husband. Does that give you a clue that fixing breakfast is not my strong point? I try to have cold cereal in the house for him, and the children eat a lot of oatmeal, eggs and toast, and yes, cold cereal. I have greek yogurt with fruit and honey mixed in. My goal is to have muffins and waffles made up in the freezer, and just pull them out the night before. I just can’t seem to get that pulled off. I did make a waffle mix and that has been helpful.

6. Have devotions with the children – We do different things for devotions, right now we are reading through a scripture story book, other times we read through Proverb for the day, or use an actual study (like something from Character Concepts) and work through it. I need to work on adding in my own devotion time in the morning, but so far I just use this time for myself as well. Being honest here…I know others have created this amazing morning routine with journals and highlighters and printables for what to pray over your family. One day I hope to be there. I will say I pray in the shower a lot. :)

That’s a look at my morning! If you are needing a morning makeover, I have good news for you! Today only, the Make Over Your Morning course is on sale for only $10! This is the cheapest it will be for the rest of the year (in fact it’s not supposed to be on sale the rest of the year). It’s totally worth the cost of the course, and I have been so grateful I went through it.

Whether you are a homeschooling mom, or a mom that works out of the home, I think this course would be a blessing to you! It’s not about getting up at a certain time, but more about creating routines and schedules that work for you! Lots of resources are included in the study guide!

If you purchase the group, please ask to join the Make Over Your Mornings Facebook Group that I started a few months ago! There are over 1000 members there with lots of helpful ideas!

In Case You Were Wondering…

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Wondering about how backing Character Badges on Kickstarter really works? Here are the answers!


We’ve received a number of questions from people who are interested in backing Character Badges on Kickstarter, but are not quite sure how it works or what we’re offering. So, we thought we would publish our answers here for everyone to see. Here goes…

Q: Are you asking us to fund your company? Like, a charity or something?

A: No. And yes. (Is that clear? :) Kickstarter works like this – we offer you (our backers) a product we’ve developed but not yet manufactured. Your pledges are essentially a pre-order for the eventual product. We’re definitely not asking for money without offering something in return (though we certainly wouldn’t refuse donations!) But here’s the thing – we will not be able to produce Character Badges unless we reach our funding goal. So yes, we’re asking for your help to get Character Badges off the ground but not without offering you some really great products in return for your pledges.

Q: If I pledge money to preorder something, does the money instantly come out of my account?

A: No, absolutely not. Again, we don’t receive a penny until the end of the campaign and only if we reach our funding goal. The reason for this is that we’ve worked really hard to determine the minimum amount of money we need to manufacture Character Badges. Reaching anything less than the full amount wouldn’t help us and taking anything less would be unfair to you, so again, no money changes hands unless the funding goal is reached and the campaign ends.

Receiving the cheerfulness badge from our Character Badge program!

Q: Why are you on Kickstarter? Why don’t you just start selling your product?

A: The short of it? We just don’t have $15,000 lying around to part with. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site – that is, you pledge an amount of money in exchange for the product we’re offering. If enough people “pre-order”, we can produce Character Badges. Kickstarter is a great way for people to back projects they believe in but that wouldn’t otherwise exist without their support.

Q: What do I get in exchange for my pledge?

A: See below for a list of things we’re offering and for a more complete list, stop by our Kickstarter page and look on the right side of the page. Everything is all right there.


We want to be able to offer Character Badges to you and others as a ready to go system right out of the box. Take a quick look at a few of the things we’re offering through our Kickstarter campaign. Most of our sets are heavily discounted over the eventual retail price should we be so fortunate to go to production.

Badges are a fun aspect of Character Badges that children look forward to earning!

BADGES – $35 (Early Bird price) or $40 – $5 – $10 off retail!
A set of 12 colorful, durable, and flexible Character Badges that you can award to your child for exhibiting good behavior. Each badge draws upon a scriptural story or an example from nature to illustrate a particular character quality.

Character Badge Starter Set!

CHARACTER BADGES STARTER SET – $60 – $10 off retail!
The starter set works for up to 2 children. It includes 2 obedience charts, 2 disobedience charts, a consequence chart, a set of 12 Character Badges, a dry-erase marker, and a 24 pg. full color manual.

Character Badge Complete Set!

CHARACTER BADGES COMPLETE SET – $70 (Early Bird Price) or $80 – $10 – $20 off retail!
The complete set works for up to 2 children. It includes 2 obedience charts, 2 disobedience charts, a consequence chart, a rewards chart, a set of 12 Character Badges, a 17″ x 22″ reference poster (Do’s and Don’ts Chart) a set of 12 Character Coins, 2 Character Coin Banks, a dry-erase marker, and a 24 pg. full color manual.

Our plan is for Sean to produce more items for families. For example, we hope to put out a Proverbs 31 set for girls, but we have to fund this and get it off the ground first. We hit submit on the campaign with a prayer that the Lord’s will be done in this, as many things rest on getting this funded.

Click here to see the Kickstarter Campaign

Don’t forget to watch the video until the end, there are some funny bloopers. 😉

Have questions? Just leave a comment and we will get back with you!