These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

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From makeup to candles, check out some of my favorite things for May!

Yes that title was inspired from the Sound of Music song being in my head. Our children have a huge obsession love of that song, and I hear it sung over and over again!

You might laugh (because it will seem so obvious), but I’ve come to realize that I really like clothes. And Makeup. Shoes (low on my list for some reason but I still like them). Hair accessories. Earrings (love!).

I used to feel like it was wrong to admit that. I didn’t want to be labeled as the vain girl who is always concerned with her appearance. I really don’t feel that I’m obsessive with it though, because I walk into church on Wednesday evenings looking dead tired and frazzled. I have the “Postpartum New Mom” written all over me, complete with the spit up and burp cloth always nearby. 😉

However the few minutes I do give to clothes and makeup I find super fun. It’s my grown up moment in the midst of being with young children all the time.

Here are a few of my favorite things for May.

Urban Decay Revolutionary Lip Gloss. I love this neutral pink color for summer!

 

 

1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss – I received some samples of this in my monthly Ipsy Bag. It’s the first lipgloss I’ve received from them that I just fell in love with. The Failbait color is a neutral pink that adds the right amount of color. I love creamy lipgloss that has a nice shine to it, and this one totally does!

I’ve had the page open to buy it for several days now but I still haven’t. It’s $22 and I’ve never spent that much on a lipgloss. I can’t decide! It is top on my wish list right now. :)

Flower wedge sandal

2. Flower Wedge Sandals – These I did order while they were on sale. I should have ordered them sooner as I’ve been looking at them online for a month or two now. I wear a 9.5 and they only had a 9 left. Yes I have big feet. :) I’m hoping since it’s a sandal that it will be ok, otherwise I’ll have to take them back. They are so adorable!

3. Dangle Earrings – If I had to pick just one accessory to wear it would be earrings. Especially dangle earrings. I’ve been looking for a dark blue pair of earrings and just ordered these.

Grove Lip balm and soy candle. This candle smells amazing and the lip balm is what I use every night to avoid waking up with chapped dry lips!

4. Grove Lip Balm and Soy Candle – I love this new product line from ePantry! The lip balm is a huge tube of creamy, nourishing lip balm that I put on every night. I keep it in my bathroom and it’s the last thing I do at night before I go to bed. I don’t wake up with dry chapped lips when I use this. It comes in a huge tube!

The soy candle is a wonderful orange smell. LOVE it! Through May 31, you can get $10 credit to ePantry when you sign up as a new customer, plus you will receive one of these soy candles for free ($12.95 value)! I love ePantry and order my Seventh Generation diapers, Mrs. Meyer cleaning products and some fun products like the lip balm from them.

It’s a great time to try them out with the free credit and free candle. Plus after you sign up, share your own referral link with your friends and receive $20 in credit through May 31st!

5. Build Your Bundle – Not makeup or clothes related, but it’s on my favorite things list for May! We were out of town until last night so I haven’t had a chance to really look through what I want to get from this week long sale yet. The Bundle for Boys looks great. What I like about this homeschool curriculum sale is that you can build your own bundle, basically create a curriculum package that you need.

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale Bundle for Boys

Today, May 27th they are having a one day sale! One of the ladies who helped put this all together is having a birthday, so to celebrate they are offering a coupon good for $5 off any bundle!
Let's Celebrate! Save $5 on your bundle order today only!

This discount is not good on previous bundles purchased, and only lasts today! Use the code: BYB527 to save!

How To Overcome Homeschool Burnout

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We have all had the bad homeschool day. The children don’t listen, the house is messy and you feel frazzled.

However sometimes it’s not just one day. It goes on and on, and you begin to experience classic signs of homeschool burnout.

We have all had the bad homeschool day. The children don't listen, the house is messy and you feel frazzled. However sometimes it's not just one day. It goes on and on, and you begin to experience classic signs of homeschool burnout.

Now, in case you don’t know what those signs are, they look something like this.

1. You start looking at a boxed curriculum that you can just hand to your child. You are really tired of stressing over pulling curriculum together and trying to teach it all.

2. Then you start thinking of doing strictly online school. Someone else can teach and grade but the child is still home!

3. Finally, the difficult homeschooling days continue and before you know it, thoughts of private school enter your head. You even start researching different schools in your area.

Have you been there before? I was shocked to find myself having these moments at the end of our school year. After all, I was homeschooled from K-12th myself; homeschooling should be easy for me, right?

I’ve discovered that coming from a homeschooled background helps you be more familiar with curriculum and confident in the fact that homeschooling works. It does not help you get through those heart wrenching, “can mama disappear in the bathroom for an hour” type of days. Being the student versus being the homeschooling mama is totally different!

For our family private or public school is just not an option. Yes, I actually thought about it for just a brief minute, but we feel like the best place for their character and spiritual well being is at home.

Notice I didn’t say academic. That’s because we are not homeschooling for academic reasons, even though that is important to us. I’m sure there are private schools that could give them an amazing education, but we want to be in charge of what goes into their heads.

So what can a homeschooling mom do when she experiences burn out? For me it’s been helpful to take an early summer break. We are taking May and June off school and will start back up again in July. I had a friend tell me she always does this so her children can enjoy the weather before it turns really hot. Since we are not big summer people (as in, we don’t live near a beach or swim all summer long), I knew this would be a good decision for our family. We did this last year and enjoyed it.

Look back over your year and see what made it so difficult. Did you have a new baby, move, go through a difficult church or family experience, suffer through an illness? Or did you possibly choose the wrong curriculum for your children and you struggled through it all year long?

I have realized our year was difficult because of my long and exhausting pregnancy, some of my expectations of how our year should go, and some attitudes that need changed in my children.

The pregnancy is over and I’m feeling better (not perfect but better!). After every pregnancy I struggle getting my hormones all back to normal (thanks to adrenal and thyroid problems) and struggle with being dizzy and overwhelmed when I’m out and about. The solution to that is we stay home a lot, and I work on trying to feel better.

My expectations need to change and I’m working on that. I really do want my children to excel academically. However I’m coming to accept that some of my children will be strong in certain subjects, but math is not one of them. As long as I accept that and plan our math curriculum accordingly, the year will go much better. We use Teaching Textbooks and will continue that, and eventually will get back up to grade level with the child that is behind.

Character Badges are a blessing in our home!

Attitude adjustments…that’s always a work in progress. :) We took a month off of using Character Badges when I had the baby and it was a rough month! The children were all ready to get back to their charts. It really is a blessing in our home and Sean is really involved in using it as well. We continue to press forward, pray for our children and have family meetings once in a while. :) It’s not just the children that need attitude adjustments. There are plenty of days that mama needs one as well!

I’m getting all our curriculum lined out for next year (I’ll share in a different post), and I’m excited over some things we choose. It seems the financial cost of homeschooling goes up every year, but it’s still far less than private school. A friend reminded me that sometimes it is worth it to purchase curriculum that will be a huge blessing to a busy mama. 

I like the curriculum kits from Timberdoodle, but I still love to pick and choose my own things and I can’t afford $800 per child. I’m using their kits as a suggestion guide, especially the hands on items they have included.

Sphere 2.0 Robot

For our sixth grader we just found the Sphero robot on Zulily yesterday and got it for him! It was cheaper there, plus I had some credit to put towards it. That will be a fun, end of the school day item he will love, but will only be used on days he cooperated and got his school done! You can learn some basic programing skills with the two apps that go along with this. Timberoodle includes this in their 6th grade curriculum kit and I know we will all enjoy it.

Our fourth grader loves history, and wants to read a lot. After looking at practically every history curriculum out there, I picked Beautiful Feet History that involved a lot of fun reading in his favorite time periods.

While I can’t make every subject fun for them, I’m trying to get more input from my older boys on what they like and buy according to their strengths and weaknesses, keeping in mind what I can handle teaching.

I’m also excited to choose some curriculum from the Build Your Bundle Curriculum sale that starts next week! You can enter to win 3 bundles here and receive a 10% off coupon to be used when the sale goes live! I can’t tell you what is in the bundles yet, but you might recognize some of these companies.

The Build Your Bundle Sale is coming soon!

 

Make sure you enter the giveaway!

Finally, I’m reminding myself to pray more about our homeschooling days. Instead of getting upset during a difficult day, give that anger over to God and pray more. My flesh can be so weak and I long to be a good example to my children of patience and long suffering. Starting the day out in God’s word is crucial, yet so many times we sleep in late and I tell the children just to start their regular school lessons and let that time with God go by. I want to do better!

I know I’m not the only mom that experiences burn out! What gets you through those difficult days (or years) of homeschooling?

 

The Best Homemaking Resource Of The Year is Here!

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My favorite resource of the year to share with you is here!

Over the years a lot of of different ebook bundle sales have been put together. I truly think the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is the very best one there is.

The wisest people are those who refuse to stop learning. They keep looking for new information, new ways to do things, and are willing to listen to advice from others who are pros at what they do.

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.

I love a clean house but housekeeping does not come easy for me. I’m not a natural at it.  I really struggle getting breakfast on the table in the mornings, keeping up with the laundry, and having dinner ready by 6 PM.

(If you can’t see the above video, click on this link to watch it)

Resources like the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle are always a HUGE pick me up for me. I get excited about homemaking again, the same way I get excited about homeschooling after being at a curriculum fair.

If you can relate to what I just said, then Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you!

It’s a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audio recordings, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is an amazing resource, for one low price!!

I’ll share some of my favorite resources with you below!

The Healthy Breakfast ebook is amazing. I need easy, healthy, but yummy tasting recipes for breakfast. I’m really thankful for this new resource, as breakfast has been one big glob of oatmeal day after day. (No, I’m not a fan of oatmeal, I’m so thankful my children like it!). This 154 page ebook is $9.95 normally, but you get it along with 99 other resources for just $29.97!

I can’t just list one favorite resource from this collection. I love the Write Through the Bible curriculum, we have used them and enjoy it.

Large Family Homeschooling is written by Amy from Raising Arrows (one of my favorite bloggers!), and should be read by every homeschooling mom. The information in there is valuable and very well thought out.

Wordmarbles is a resource that my husband created! It is a fun way to encourage kind speech in your children.

Controlling the Spin Within is written by a new favorite resource –  Holly Dvorak. She did the free videos that hopefully you all watched on homemaking last week. I went through an 8 week live online course with her, and it was incredibly encouraging!

I really like the Build A Budget That Works Ebook. If you are attempting to create a budget, it gives planning sheets and clear instructions on how to set one up. It’s a great resource!

There are so many more categories and ebooks I haven’t even shared! Go see all of them here.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Complete collection of ebooks in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Here they are:

  • 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 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Don’t stress about all the books included. I’ll let you in on a secret.

I never use all the resources included! I just pick and choose what is important to me and ignore the rest. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed!

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

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

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

…99 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 $984.74.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

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…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

Bonuses you can redeem through the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

  • 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 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value) Plus, get a coupon good towards $25 off $75 order at Deborah & Co. 
  • 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)

I have one more exciting bonus offer for you that is only available when you purchase the Homemaking Bundle through The Modest Mom! I know a lot of you enjoy the Cowgirl Dirt all natural cosmetics, so you will be thrilled with this bonus offer!

Cowgirl Dirt is giving away $10 off $25 coupons when you order the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through The Modest Mom Blog!

Cowgirl Dirt is giving away coupons good for $10 off your next $25 order! I’ve never seen them offer anything like this before, so I’m super thrilled they agreed to do this bonus offer for you all!

In order to redeem your bonus offer, please forward me your email with your receipt to verify you purchased a bundle. Send it to: Caroline@deborahandco.com 

 Time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

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After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Act now!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Disclaimer – Yes I’m an affiliate for the Homemaking Bundle, and earn a commission when you purchase the bundle though these links. Which is a win/win for both of us, I get to offer you an outstanding bundle deal, and we get to keep saving up money to purchase a house. :) Thank you for your support! 

 

Teaching Your Young Children God’s Word

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I like finding as many creative ways as I can to get God’s word in my children’s hearts throughout the day.

The problem is that I’m not always very creative. My brain gets overloaded with trying to keep up with five different children’s school levels and what they need. So when I find resources to help build good character I’m all over them!

I’ve used some of the Write Through The Bible pages before with good results. The books for the older children are good copywork resources. So I was happy to hear they have come out with a brand new Write Through The Bible for Junior ages!

Write Through The Bible Junior Edition!

Olivia, our 5 year old was so excited when I showed her the new book. The curriculum, geared towards 4-6 year olds, is a full-year curriculum. The first lesson she worked through the letter A, with handwriting work, coloring pages, and a Bible lesson.

Write Through The Bible Junior Wordbook!

This program was designed to incorporate several subjects in one. Below are a few things your child will learn as they work through this book:

  • Improve fine motor coordination
  • Learn letter sounds
  • Learn how to form letter
  • Memorize Philippians 2:1-18
  • Learn new vocabulary words
  • Study Philippians 2:1-18 and learn what it means to have a heart of humility.

In addition, this full-year program is very affordable costing just $17 for the digital download or $27 for the softcover book (that price fluctuates based on Amazon). It has over 400 pages, so I would think through which version you want, based on how many pages there are!

It is available in three different handwriting styles.

  • Ball-and-Stick Manuscript
  • D’Nealian Manuscript
  • Cursive

Purchase Now: Receive Over $48 in Bonuses!

Write Through The Bible Junior Edition

During the launch of Write Through the Bible, Junior you can take advantage of these exciting offers! These are good for 10 days only, so don’t delay. This special ends on March 27, 11:59 PM.

Worth over $48, this is the perfect time to purchase your workbook. Be sure to fill out this form after purchasing, so you can receive your bonus offers.

• Coupon book with fantastic offers from popular homeschool publishers (including a coupon code to use at Deborah & Co.).

• 7 bonus books worth over $48 to use with your child!

You’ll receive all of these bonuses after purchasing the digital download for just $17 or the softcover book for only $27.

After purchasing your digital download or softcover book on Amazon, please fill out this short form where you will then be redirected to a page where you can download your bonus offers. 

*Disclaimer – I did receive a free workbook to review, but all thoughts are my own and I was not paid to write this review. Affiliate links have been included.*