Character Badges Is Here With A $300 Giveaway To Celebrate!

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We did it! Awhile back you heard us talking about Character Badges, and then it went strangely quiet. It’s because we ended our Kickstarter Campaign as a brilliant new idea hit us. We’ve been doing our research and building the website, and today is the official launch day!
Character Badges is a new creative, flexible, and engaging child training program for children ages 5-12! Save 10% off during our pre-launch, and enter to win over $300 in prizes!

We heard nothing but positive feedback throughout our Kickstarter Campaign. But we knew something wasn’t quite right because we weren’t reaching our funding goal. It wasn’t long, though, and we realized it was the price – it was just a bit too high.

We get it. We have six children ourselves and understand homeschooling budgets that are stretched thin trying to purchase all the resources they need.

But we refused to give up. One day as we were brainstorming, a eureka moment hit me. I turned to Sean and said “what about stickers?!” He thought about it for a moment, and a smile hit his face.

Sean is the creator of Character Badges!

The talented and excited creator and designer! :)

What child doesn’t like stickers? What adult doesn’t like stickers for that matter? :) Instead of badges (the largest cost of the whole program), the same design has been put on 2″ round stickers, thus reducing the cost of the complete set almost 40%! Children can wear the stickers all day, put them on a binder and show off their achievements at the end of the month or year….there are so many possibilities! What’s more, the custom designs on each badge are beautiful and memorable!

Character Badges comes with 12 different stickers sheets!

There are 12 different Character Badge sticker designs, and each sheet comes with 12 stickers on it. A complete set of stickers is only $19.99, or separate sticker sheets are $1.99 each. Super affordable! These badges teach 9 different character attributes by referencing scriptural stories or examples from nature.

Character Badges is a fun and flexible child training system for children ages 5-12!

Are you just hearing about Character Badges?

Character Badges is a child training system designed to encourage your child to acquire the habits of good behavior. It consists of a series of colorful charts, playful but meaningful badges, and a flexible reward system. Each part works together seamlessly to incentivize good behavior and discourage poor behavior.

Character Badge complete set

Still want more information? Go to the website to learn more about how it works!

So It’s Available to Order Now?

Yes! Go to Character Badges and look at all the great items we have available there, from complete sets to individual parts of the system. We are now accepting pre-orders and will be shipping all the pre-orders at the end of November/Early December. From now until November 14th you can save 10% off your entire order with the code LAUNCH at the checkout. 

But that’s not all! If you order a set this month, you will receive a free hand drawn scripture print included in your package when it arrives! This offer is only good through October 31st.

Hand drawn scripture art prints.

Bloggers – an affiliate program is being set up this week! If you want to join our affiliate only FB group, just ask to join here

To celebrate the launch of this new product and new website, we have a big giveaway for you!

Enter to win the following: 

Deborah and co.

$50 Gift Certificate to Deborah & Co.

Modest, Feminine Clothing for Women and girls!


$50 worth of products from Lilla Rose 

Beautiful but practical hair clips for all hair types!

Character Badges Logo

A Character Badges Starter Set 

A Creative, Flexible, Engaging Child Training Program

Scripture Talk DVD

Scripture Talk DVD

Making Bible Memory Fun from Family Vision Films!

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook 

The New Cookbook for those who love THM!
Jamberry Nails

A Sheet of Jamberry Wraps (Premium ones excluded)

Beautiful wraps that last a long time!

12 Copyworb Through the Proverbs

12 Charlotte Mason Copywork through the book of Proverbs ebooks

Help your child develop good character through copywork!

Homemaking Conference

Homemaking Ministries Online Conference Ticket 

Be encouraged in your homemaking skills!


4 Unit Studies on nature for your child!

Download and learn through these ebooks.

The Heart of Humility

The Heart of Humility

A Family Study of Philippians 2:1-18 ebook!

Modesty Ebook

It’s The Heart Not The Hemline

A 5 Week Unit study for girls ages 8-14!

Paparazzi necklace and bracelet

Necklace and matching Bracelet by Paparazzi

You can join Jessica’s FB group to learn more about this $5 jewelry!


The Busy Mom’s Guide to Teaching Character

Receive practical advice through this ebook!


Undivided Mom, Finding Christ in the Chaos of Motherhood

An ebook to uplift and encourage your mother heart!


Learning To Speak Life Family Devotion 

A fresh approach to family devotions ebook!

This giveaway is for USA only, although Character Badges will ship worldwide!

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Homemaking – A Work In Progress (Plus an AMAZING Resource for you!)

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Homemaking is a work in progress for this mom of six children!

Two sisters. Same parents. Same type of upbringing. Same goals for their lives.

Totally different personalities.

Having been raised by a mom who was strong in organizing, list making, and delighted in all things homemaking, one sister has followed in her mom’s footsteps while the other one has struggled to keep up with it all.

Just as an example, one sister writes down things on her to do list after she has done it, just so she can get the joy of actually checking it off. The other sister only shakes her head at the thought of doing such a thing.

You might have guessed it. I’m talking about my sister and I. We are the best of friends, but when it comes to housekeeping we are o-so-different.

The other day my sister was lamenting about how messy her house was. I kinda smirked inside and told her I had to see this, so I followed her into her house. Her “mess” was laundry that needed folded in the living room (nothing else was out of place) plus some dirty dishes in the sink. Gasp. 😉 I mean, I’d feel like I was having a Martha Stewart moment if that’s all I the mess I had in my house, lol.

Growing up I always wanted to be just like my sister. When it comes to homemaking, I still wish I had her ability to just instantly jump in and know exactly what to do. I have not accepted defeat though. I continually work and strive to learn how to organize and tend to my home better. I’m determined to conquer this!

I was honored, humbled, and downright scared when I was recently asked to speak for an online homemaking conference.

“Me?!” I thought.

However I quickly grew excited about the subject I was asked to speak on. While I don’t have an amazing checklist system, I do have experience on working from home and keeping up a house at the same time. There’s something to be said for that!

I’m excited to tell you  about this conference! The second annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2015 is designed to encourage you in Gospel-Centered Homemaking and promises to give you the tools you need to thrive in your home. Do you want to learn how to better balance it all? Join us this year for a blend of Biblical and encouraging content mixed with practical and hands-on advice for effectively and efficiently managing your home for God’s Glory!

There are 12 different sessions, which are videos that you can watch or listen to as you are busy doing other things (like the endless pile of laundry that needs folded!).

Homemaking Ministries Conference Topics

  • The Ministry of Homemaking
  • Recovering Biblical Homemaking
  • Homemaking and Working from Home: Is it possible to do both?
  • Homemaking—the juggling act!
  • Saving Time and Money in the Kitchen
  • Having a Plan for Keeping Your Home Clean
  • Prayer in Homemaking: gaining vision, finding time, and praying with our children
  • Finding Joy in Homemaking
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Busy Homemaker
  • Calm Your Chaos
  • Unrealistic Expectations, Communicating your Needs, and Dealing with Differences
  • Bible Memorizations: 5 minutes a day, lifetime benefits for the entire family

Watch the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference anywhere, anytime, on any device! 12 super encouraging talks for the homemaker!

If you order today or tomorrow, you get an extra freebie offer of 5 scripture prints and 2 sets of Bible memory cards that will be mailed to you (yes, physical prints that arrive in the mail!).

Order the Homemaking Conference early and receive these beautiful scripture prints and Bible memory cards!

Some other freebies that come along with this conference can be seen below.

Bonus items!! (Pre-conference ticket sales ONLY)

Encouragement that homemaking is important, and training in how to do that is not easily found. It’s not valued like it should be, therefore the training is often hard to find. This conference would even be excellent for your teenage daughter to watch as she learns about homemaking!

When you purchase before October 27th, you receive these discounts!

Access to a private Facebook group (I’ll be in there chatting, as well as the other speakers!). Ask questions and be encouraged as you fellowship with other women.

You can listen to the conference live, and chat with the speaker right after her live talk on the Facebook group!

Save $5 off your ticket price.

Lifelong access to the videos, to watch anywhere and on any device that you want!

Receive $75 in bonus products, including a beautiful home management binder for you to use! I’m really excited to use this, because my husband was the designer. 😉
Home Management Binder

I hope to see you in the Facebook group soon! This is going to be a fantastic conference.

Get Your Homemaking Conference Ticket Now!




Usborne Gift Guide For Children

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It’s getting to be that time. I’m getting a good start on Christmas gifts, and I’m so excited to be tucking packages away! We have 2 birthdays in October and 3 in December, so I have to make sure I don’t wait until December to purchase all the gifts needed for that month!

I will be sharing different guides for you over the next few months, but I thought I would start by sharing a gift guide with items from Usborne Books and More. They have so many awesome products for children! Here are some of my favorite ones.

Slot-Together Castle

Slot Together Castle from Usborne Books!

This castle is SO awesome! My 10 year old son just received this for his birthday and has put it together. It’s even better quality than I had thought it would be, and it will hold up for hours of play! He was able to put it together himself, which he really enjoyed! The thought of paper thin castles that need folded and glued together makes me want to cry at the thought of it. I don’t like projects like that, so I appreciated how easy this castle was to assemble!

Usborne Slot Together Castle

The castle fully assembled! It also comes with two armies, and of course the King and Queen. :)

Slot-Together Victorian Dollhouse 

Slot Together Victorian Dollhouse! Create your very own detailed model dollhouse, complete with furniture, home accessories and a family of dolls. Simply press out the sturdy, foamboard pieces, slot together and you're ready to play. Comes with a book about dollhouses that contains ideas for games you can play with the house and the dolls.

This is a brand new Slot-Together dollhouse and I think it is so sweet! You can create your very own detailed model dollhouse, complete with furniture, home accessories and a family of dolls. My girls are going to love getting this for Christmas!

Coloring and Doodling Books For Girls!

Usborne Fashion coloring and drawing books are such fun! Plus they work great for art with homeschooling!

Here are some of my favorite doodling and coloring books for girls from Usborne:

Doodling and Coloring Fashion– Perfect for ages 6 and up! Finish out dresses, create hairstyles, doodle accessories. For girls who love to draw and love fashion, this is the perfect gift!

Pocket Fashion Drawing Book – A miniature version of the Fashion Doodle book, this is great for on the go!

Favorite Coloring Books

The Vintage Fashion Coloring Book – A lovely coloring book with fashion styles of many different time periods to color!

Wildflowers to Color, Nature to Color, Undersea Life to Color, Forest Life to Color – This is a great series. If your child likes to see a finished picture for ideas of how to color a detailed picture, these are the coloring books they need! My 7 year old loves the flower one.

Clothes and Fashion to Color

Clothes and Fashion to Color – This has lovely clothes and accessories to color!

Illustrated Classics to Read 

Do you have a reader in your home? Here are some Illustrated Original classics that are beautifully done! Little Women was recently released, which will delight many young girls. These are the original, unabridged books.

Illustrated Usborne Classic Books

Sticker Dressing Books

My children love these sticker books!

Sticker Wartime Fashion Book

Wartime Fashion from War World 2

First Sticker Book of Trains

First Sticker Book of Trains

Victorian Fashion Coloring Book

Victorian Fashion Book

Sticker Dressing Emergency Services

Emergency Services

These are just a few, you can browse through all the sticker books here!

I recently joined Usborne as a consultant and I want to offer this special deal for you! When you purchase $100 at Usborne (before tax and shipping), I will send you a refund on your shipping cost through Paypal! This offer is good through the end of October. Just email me after placing your order at and let me know where to send the refund!

Receive free shipping when you buy $100 in books!

I hope this gives you some ideas for gifts! There are so many other items for all ages (starting at baby books!), so make sure and browse through the actual website for your child’s interest!





My Book Reading List For Fall!

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Come see what I'm reading for my fall list! Homeschooling, Motherhood, and Marriage books are all here!

I’ve been trying to get some reading time in lately and I’ve really enjoyed it! There is nothing like being encouraged by a good book, and feeling refreshed in that area you need a boost in!

You might notice a lot of these are from the library. I tend to only buy books for myself that I know I will read over and over again. Since we are blessed with a really good library system I can find a lot of books there!


Sparkly Green Earrings - A great book on mothering if you are in the young baby stage!

Sparkly Green Earrings – I found this book in the Christian book store and requested it because the Pioneer Woman endorsed it. I almost didn’t start reading it, but I’m so glad I did! If you are in the heart and soul moment of mothering a baby, this is a book for you. I literally laughed and cried for 2 hours while I read this book on a trip. My children kept asking what was wrong with me. :)

The book is a little more sarcastic and up to date on modern life (like tv shows that I don’t know about), but I could so relate to her story of pregnancy and birth, and tending to her little baby. As a mother of a fussy baby I appreciated the first half of the book. She puts her daughter in preschool at 2, and is not a homeschooling mother, so while I am close to finishing the book it was really the first half that spoke to me.

Mama Needs A Do-Over, Simple Steps to Turning  A Hard Day Around I have enjoyed reading Lisa Pennington’s blog, so I’m looking forward to this book! It looks like an easy yet really encouraging book from a mom who understands hard days.

Self Help

Nourished, A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night's Sleep

Nourished, A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night’s Sleep – I might be crazy to read this right now. A full night’s sleep is high on my list of what I really need, but low on the list of what I’ll actually get. I’ve got a cute baby who loves to be up at night to eat, multiple times a night! However there is a lot more than just getting a good night sleep in this book.

It tackles the “Top 10 Stressors” such as cluttered surroundings, crowded schedules, negative body images, etc. Crystal from Money Saving Mom recommended it, so I added it to my book list.


Teaching From Rest, a MUST HAVE book for Homeschooling Moms!

Teaching From Rest – This is high on my “every homeschooling mama must own” list. It’s the only one in this stack that I actually own. If you need hot chocolate for your weary soul, this is the book. :) Reading her book and blog has helped me relax and fall back on all the principles I’m very familiar with. Having been homeschooled K-12th grade I know all about days that fall apart, but I remember how well my mom would pull those crumbing days together.

Homeschool Made Simple – This is not a book, rather a DVD set that Carole Joy Seid made. She is a veteran homeschooling mom, and it was like sitting there listening to my mom. Once again, this is an absolute must have if you want to homeschool with a literature approach. I’ve really enjoyed watching this while I fold laundry, or late at night while I’m up with Sophia (I’ve discovered that she enjoys watching videos, the little stinker! She can be screaming and instantly stop if I turn something on).

Deconstructing Penguins – I’m probably going to just skim through this book and get the main points. :) I’ve heard the author of Teaching From Rest recommend it. It’s supposed to help a parent create a bond of reading with their child, and learn how to ask the proper questions about a book. While I have a good bond with my boys already when it comes to reading, this book is written in a totally new approach to me.


The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages – I’ve read a few of Shaunti Feldhahn books before. Out of all the marriage books out there, I think I appreciate her books the most. A well balanced approach to marriage.

I’ve found marriage books are very healthy for me to read. They keep you focused on what is important and help keep the spark there!


Love The Home You Have

Love The Home You Have – Love, love love! This book was one I read on a trip alone with Sean and it was so refreshing! I don’t love the house we live in (small for our large family), but this book helps you focus on how important it is to truly take care of your home, and all the little things you can do. Very good read!

The Perfectly Imperfect Home, How to Decorate & Live Well – This is a coffee table type book, I want to get some ideas from the pictures.


Money Making Mom – This book is only available for pre-order right now, but it’s a new book written by Crystal Paine on moms working (I assume from home since she does). I can’t wait to read it!

Fall Book List for Mom! Good suggestions for books on homeschooling, motherhood, marriage, homemaking and more!