My Favorite Christmas Music!

My Favorite Christmas Music!

While I know Thanksgiving has not even come, we’ve started listening to Christmas music! I hold off on decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I love Christmas music and just can’t wait!

We are very conservative in our music choices, so the list below reflects that. Even on this list there might be a few songs within a CD I normally skip.

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar


The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar – I found this at the library and we have all been enjoying how peaceful and beautiful it is! This CD is a good one to play during school time, and will help cheer the children up during unpleasant subjects. Don’t ask me how I know. 😉

Heavenly Christmas Music by Jackie Evancho. I love this Christmas Album!


Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho – I purchased this CD last year and love it! Her voice is amazing for being so young. I’ve shipped many packages for Deborah & Co. during the holidays while I listen to this for some holiday cheer. 🙂

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family – I listened to this for many years before getting married, so whenever I hear it I remember baking days in the kitchen with my mom and decorating our house. It brings back such good memories! This family has an amazing talent of blending their voices and singing for the Lord!

The Piano Guys A Family Christmas


A Family Christmas by the Piano Guys – This is one where I don’t like every song on the CD, and I can’t handle it on during the school time. 🙂 I really enjoy the talent of the Piano Guys, but when I have 5 other children making noise this CD is just too much. I enjoy listening to it at night while I’m blogging, or in the van with the children.

O Come Emmanuel

O Come Emmanuel by David Nevue – This is another nice quiet Christmas album that is full of solo piano music.  This music is turned on often during school days. I really like all the music I have from David Nevue – very soothing for an active household!

Noel by Josh Groan


Noel by Josh Groan – I skip a few songs on this album, but we enjoy most of them. Josh Groban has a beautiful voice!

Bing Crosby I Wish You  A Merry Christmas


I Wish You A Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby – I found this at the library and we have had some fun family time listening to it. We don’t do anything with Santa Claus and it is hard to find a good classic album without a lot of Santa Claus music included. This was a nice change from other CD’s I’ve tried, and we’re having fun singing along.

These are some of my favorite Christmas albums, I would love to know what your family enjoys at Christmas time!

A Gift Guide for the Homemaker

When asked what I want for Christmas this year my answer is something centered around my home. When we moved to our current rental house Sean was still in college and I was in major survival mode to make it through. I didn’t focus on making this house truly like what I wanted. I’m not going to get new furniture, but after 12 years of marriage it is time to replace some household items that are worn out!

Gift Guide For The Homemaker! Plus you can enter to win $500 cash giveaway!

I’ve put together a gift guide for the homemaker, some of them are my favorite items I use and some are things I want myself! 🙂 But before you look through the list, you will want to stop and enter this amazing giveaway!

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A Homemaker Gift Guide 

Bosch mixer is a great Christmas Gift! A Bosch Mixer – I received this as a gift one year and I’m always so grateful for it! I use it every week and love it! If you can only have one mixer this is the one I would suggest! Cookie Dough Scoop    Cookie Dough Scoop – I went several years without a cookie dough scoop and now I wonder how I did! This little tool makes baking cookies go so much faster, plus you get nice, evenly shaped cookies! I also have a larger scoop that I use for muffins.   Pioneer Woman Cookbook Pioneer Woman Cookbook – There are several of these cookbooks published but the first one is still my favorite. I use the mashed potato recipe and her meatball recipe a lot. Actually that sounds good for dinner tonight! 🙂   Flirty Aprons – Like I’ve said before, I don’t like the name of these aprons but I love the prints they offer! You can save 25% off with the code: HOLIDAY25 at the checkout! They also have a Daily Deal page that is always offering a new sale! Daily Planner 300x250   Daily Planner- I’m going to use this planner for the upcoming year and I’m excited to give it a try! It is excellent quality for the price! I love the tear out shopping lists and the size of the planner. Dayspring_Collage   Dayspring – If you are unsure of what to give someone, Dayspring is always an excellent choice! Here are some of my favorite gift ideas they have. 1. Pillow 2. Wooden Caddy 3. Lord Bless This Home Sign  4. Be Thou My Vision Necklace  

Homemaking 101 DVD

 Homemaking 101 – I think every homemaker should have this DVD! If you lack motivation and need encouragement, you will receive it from Jennifer Ross!   Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Say Goodbye to Survival Mode – If you feel like you are barely getting by, this book is a really easy, encouraging read! Crystal Paine shares her story of how she went from barely surviving to living a more intentional life.

Mega Flexi Clip works great for long and thick hair!

Flexi Clips – Busy homemakers like to have their hair out of the way, especially when cooking or on hot days! Give the gift of a flexi clip, it is not only practical but beautiful! Seven different sizes are available, with very easy exchanges available if you order the wrong size!    Those are just some of my gift ideas for the Homemaker! If you would like to check out other gift ideas, visit the blog posts below!      

Gift Guide for Girls Ages 2-10!

A gift guide for girls ages 2-10!

I don’t know about you but I’m thinking about gifts right now. Whether it’s gifts I’m planning on making or gifts I’m going to buy, my goal is to get my shopping done this month so December is free for fun family time.

Here are some gift ideas I like for girls ages 2 to 10. Some are appropriate for a little older, and some are too young for 10 years old, but that is a general age guide.


Paper Dolls


Paper Dolls – My girls are 6 and under, but they love playing with the paper dolls I had as a child! My oldest has been longingly looking at these beautiful historical paper dolls, so this Christmas she will be getting some! I’m thinking about turning them into magnetic paper dolls for her since she is still younger. I know even my boys would like playing with the Titanic paper dolls! (shhh – don’t tell). 🙂

Goldie Doll, a great gift for your daughter that will give you quality time with her!


Goldie Doll – This gift is meaningful for so many different reasons! The Goldie Doll Kit is a doll-and-Bible-study kit that teaches young ladies about true, godly beauty. In the style of the traditional “topsy-turvy” doll, 12-inch-tall Goldie has two personalities! Turn her one way and she’s a pretty young lady. Flip her over and she becomes a pig with a gold ring in her nose. You can spend some excellent mother/daughter time as you sew this doll together and go through the study!

Modest, Beautiful Princess Dresses!


Princess Play Dresses – These are beautiful play dresses that will hold up for hours of play! My girls have some of them and love them. Actually, they are each getting a new play dress for Christmas! All the princess play dresses and accessories are on sale today through Saturday! These dresses rarely, if ever go on sale, so now is the time to grab them for gifts!! The matching doll dresses are also on sale! 

Housecleaning Set


Dust, Sweep and Mop Set – My girls love to help dust or mop. This set will give your younger girls the housecleaning tools they need to start learning alongside mom!

Ice Cream Set!


Ice Cream Set – My girls love playing with their ice cream set! The scoops really pick up the ice cream and you can create all sorts of cones. We get to eat their creation. 😉

For Such A Time As This - A beautiful hardback Bible Story book for girls!

For Such A Time As This – A lot of families do the 3 gift idea – a want, a need and a book. This new Bible story book just came out for girls and it is beautiful! I have it tucked away as a gift for my oldest and I can’t wait to start reading it with her!

ABC Say It With Me DVD


ABC Say It With Me – I love giving my children DVD’s that are educational and encourage good character. They are so hard to find though! This is a rare DVD that every family should own! Even my 10 year old will watch this with his sisters. So sweet and wholesome.


Loving Family

Loving Family – My girls have a Loving Family dollhouse, a family, and furniture thanks to their grandparents. 🙂 They love playing with it, and I want to get the above set as a gift since we only have one family and 3 girls. I’ve tried finding these used at children’s consignment sales and it is really hard to find just the family without a dollhouse!

The one doll stroller I can't recommend enough! It has held up for several years with 3 girls using it!


Chicco Doll Stroller – I can’t recommend this doll stroller highly enough! We have had it for several years now, and it has received much (tough) love from three girls. Often, they have the youngest sit in it and push her around and it is still in excellent condition! Before we got this stroller we went through several of the cheaper umbrella type strollers that kept breaking. I’m so thankful this one has lasted!

Lego friendsLego Friends – I was happy when Lego came out with girl sets! My 6 year old is starting to show interest in these sets. I don’t like all the girl characters, but some of them are really nice. Legos are expensive but my boys have played with them for years now, so it’s one thing I will invest in and know it will get used!

These are just some ideas of gifts for girls! I’d love to hear what you are planning on getting your girls for Christmas! We also have 2 December birthdays for our two youngest girls! I have to be creative when it comes to purchasing wisely, as I want to give them things they need and toys that will be a blessing to them, and not just sit around the house.




Introducing Stackapals – DIY Block People!

block_stack1We are so excited to introduce Stackapals! This project has been a long time in coming. Sean actually started designing these in the hopes of having them available last Christmas! Since he was still in college, homework got in the way and he wasn’t able to finish them in time. Well, now they’re done and we finally get to share them with you!


Stackapals are do-it-yourself block people toys that are as simple as they are delightful. Each character has been hand drawn and then imported into the computer for final illustration. Stackapals are designed with expressive faces and adorable clothing that make mixing and matching them bunches of fun.

Making Stackapals is super easy! You only need a few items to make these blocks and then you have an amazing gift! There are twelve characters in all – 6 boys and 6 girls and just about anybody can put a set together. Included in the PDF download are detailed instructions on how to assemble your Stackapals as well as helpful supply list links. With a little time and effort you’ll have a wonderful hand-made toy your children will enjoy for years to come.


Think of the adorable gifts you could give at Christmas time to the young children you know! The nice thing is that Stackapals are very inexpensive to make. And they’re very versatile! Not only can you make block people out of them, but you can also adhere them to magnets to stack on your refrigerator, or even wood or cardboard tiles to lay out flat on the floor or even in the car on trips!   Once you have the PDF file, print off and make as many gifts as you need! (Please note, Stackapals are for personal use only. They are not available to make and sell online or at craft fairs etc.)

Stackapals_girl_collectionStackapals Girl and Boy Set! Buy separately or purchase the bundle set and save!

Stackapals_boy_collectionWe are offering a 2 day special as we release these exciting new products! For every Bundle Set of Stackapals you purchase, you will receive our Little Character Badges program totally free! The Stackapals will be emailed to your inbox right away, and then the Little Character Badges file will be emailed to you in the evening.

Receive Little Character Badges ebook for free!If you have a 3-5 year old child, Little Character Badges is a fun way to motivate and encourage your child towards good behavior, while still keeping them accountable in their incorrect behavior. This offer is available Monday and Tuesday, October 13th and 14th only!

Stackapals make excellent building blocks for children! We hope your children will enjoy Stackapals as much as ours do. It’s not just our youngest that loves them – our 4 and 6 year old girls love mixing and matching the fun characters. (We’ve even caught  our 9 and 11 year old sons sit down with them. 🙂

You can purchase the Stackapals Bundle Set here.