Summer Memories & The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

I cannot believe that summer is nearly over!

Intentioal Memory Making

This summer I have been intentional about making memories with the children. Our bucket list is nearly finished. A couple of things might get left undone, but we have managed to do most of it.
We have read 100 books (over that now, but the goal was 100) for the summer reading program at the library, been to the pool a few times, seen some movies. Had popsicles, S’mores, and ice cream. We went bowling. We watched the stars for a while. Hubby tried camping in the backyard with the bigs.
We still need to make it to the beach, but it is actually nicer to do that once school is back in (in our case it’s in a couple of weeks). We also need to try to go peach picking. We also need to fly a kite.
Do you make seasonal bucket lists? This is the first season that I have actually made a list, but it has been great.

Coming Attractions

I have a few guest posts coming up that I am excited about, as well as a series on the Titus 2 woman. I am slowly writing that one, life has been crazy, as it is wont to do, especially with three children under 5!
Our autumn schedule of storytime and AWANAs is starting soon, so hopefully we’ll get into something of a routine again.
On to the linkup! Since it is going to be a holiday weekend in the US, I am keeping it open until Monday evening, September 4th.

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
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Now, to the link-up!


Eclipse Thoughts and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

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In case you were not in the United States, or you just missed the memo, yesterday there was a complete solar eclipse.
I love that sort of thing. My oldest was slightly interested. I think I scared my girlie with the whole “You never look at the sun with these special glasses or it will hurt your eyes.” speech.
We did not get the full eclipse, but I think it was over 80%, so it was still cool. In case you do not know what exactly a solar eclipse is, it is where the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking out part of the sun’s rays. Even at totality (where the sun is completely covered), you can still see the sun’s rays around the moon.
A friend of mine share something on Facebook for the day, that I loved.
She asked “What is blocking the Son in your life?“.
Eclipse Thoughts @godschicki

What is being allowed to eclipse God in our lives?

You shall have no other gods before Me.

Exodus 20:3 NASB

Kelley Mentor’s study, No Other Gods, is a great book. It tackles the gods we set up for ourselves.
While this is the great over-simplified version, it really boils down to anything that comes between us and God, anything that we give more time, money or attention to.
Money, alcohol, and drugs are often things that can come up between people and God, but there are subtler, less sinister things as well
It is not necessarily a bad thing. Family, health, fitness, romance, or hobbies can all be idols. While these things are bad in and of themselves, if they are taking God’s place, His time, coming between us and Him, if they begin to motivate us, then they are false gods.
Church can even be a god. If I let my service for God get in the way of my relationship with God, my priorities are out of place.  I can busy ourselves with functions or service and neglect to take time at the feet of Jesus.

It is important to take time regularly to ask myself if there is anything coming between myself and God.

It is so easy to let things slip in. What is blocking out the Son in my life? What is motivating me? What am I serving? What have I set my heart on? What do I trust? What do I fear? Where do I turn first in times of turmoil?

Did you catch part of the eclipse? Have you ever asked yourself those questions?

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 On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
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Now, to the link-up!



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The Ultimate Parenting Bundle 2017

This is an affiliate post. I do earn a small commission on each bundle purchased through my link.

There is something going on this week (August 9th-14th) that I am very excited about.
This brand-new bundle includes 35 ebooks, 10 eCourses, 23 printables, 9 workbooks, 2 audios, and 1 membership site. Eighty amazing parenting resources valued at over $1,200 for 98% off.
I have been utilizing The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for a few years now and have never been disappointed.
Parenting is tough. It’s a roller coaster ride of fun and frustration. From special diet needs, to education, to Spiritual instruction, I am always looking for resources to help me train up the kids in the way that they should go. That is why I am excited about the Ultimate Parenting Bundle.
These top-quality resources cover everythingyou need to make parenting feel less stressful (and more fun!)… chore charts, discipline methods and ideas, strategies for tough challenges (for kids and for parents), printable craft ideas, homeschooling helps, and so much more.

Parenting Ultimate Bundle

This year the people over at Ultimate Bundles has put together a bundle of parenting resources to:

  • Become a kinder, more intentional parent
  • Eliminate the “gimmes” and teach them to serve others
  • Uncover the real reasons behind challenging behaviors
  • Help your child cope with powerful emotions
  • Keep yourself calm while managing tantrums, bedtime battles, and backtalk
  • Stop playing referee in sibling battles (and teach them how to work things out)
  • Keep your toddler busy with fun and easy crafts and learning activities
  • Nurture a deeper, stronger relationship with each of your kids
  • Instill gratitude, kindness, and helpfulness in your child
  • Apply step-by-step solutions to common challenges like whining, arguing, homework, and lack of cooperation
  • Gain the confidence to homeschool your teenager or your child with special needs
  • Create precious family memories through roadtrip adventures
  • Navigate the journey of adding to your family through adoption or foster care
  • Discover 10 non-medication secrets to help your child with ADHD succeed in school
  • Throw an awesome birthday party for less than $100!
  • Potty train your child in three days
  • Organize yourself with a back-to-school planner
  • And so much more!

What Resources You Get in the Ultimate Parenting Bundle

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Activities & Crafts

  • Crafty Critters: Crafts to Go by Amanda Dion ($9.99)
  • Farm Life Quiet Book by Kristina Manscill ($4.99)
  • Funny Mom Joke Pack: Make Your Kids Laugh Every Day of the Year by Jill Riley ($29.00)
  • Mini Mom & Dad Dates by The Dating Divas ($4.97)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Cards for Kids by Lauren Tamm & Rachel Norman ($5.99)
  • The Ultimate Life Cycle Printables by Kimberly Huff ($9.99)

Chore Charts & Planners

  • Back to School Planner 2017-18 by Laura Rizer ($4.00)
  • Blockies Complete Routine Chart Set by Samantha Jockel ($6.00)
  • Editable Chore Cards for Kids by Sara McClure ($15.00)
  • Fairies Complete Routine Chart Set by Samantha Jockel ($6.00)
  • Student Planner by Jolanthe Erb ($16.00)

Discipline

  • Emotion Coaching: An Essential Part of Your Parenting Toolbox! by Melissa Benaroya ($49.00)
  • Kids Don’t Come With a Manual: The Essential Guide to a Happy Family by Carole and Nadim Saad ($7.49)
  • Parenting with Positive Guidance: Building Discipline from the Inside Out by Amanda Morgan ($17.00)
  • Parenting with Purpose: How to Raise Well-Behaved Kids and Build a Strong Parent-Child Relationship by Nina Garcia ($9.00)
  • TEACH Your Children How to Behave by Brittany Ann ($9.99)

Education

  • 120 Math & Literacy No-Prep Games for K-2 by Anna Geiger ($12.00)
  • 31 Ways to Practice Spelling Words by Terri Thompson ($5.00)
  • Creative Freewriting Adventure: A Journey into Freewriting by Stacy Farrell ($18.95)
  • How to Talk About Art with Kids by Cindy Ingram ($14.00)
  • Nurture Art: How to Develop a Joyful Art Practice With Your Children by Cathy James ($10.00)
  • Training Your Children in Home Economics by Angie Kauffman ($2.50)

Faith

  • A Firm Foundation: A Scripture Memory Workbook For Children by Crystal Brothers ($17.00)
  • Fine Linen and Purple: A Coloring Journal for Teen Girls who Love Jesus by Marcy Crabtree ($9.95)
  • Fruits of the Spirit Printables for Kids by Laura & Clay Prater ($5.00)
  • Growing Faithful Kids Mini-Course by Erika Dawson ($7.99)
  • Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge by Liz Millay ($15.00)
  • It’s Reasonable: Teaching Kids the Answers to Their Common Questions About the Christian Faith by Christi Gee ($39.97)
  • Made To Pray: A 12-Day Prayer Journey for the Whole Family by Christie Thomas ($4.99)
  • Priceless: A 7-Day Praying the Promises Mini Challenge by Arabah Joy ($10.00)
  • The Prayer Mugs: Pray, Trust, Coffee, Repeat by Laura Coppinger ($18.00)
  • Wisdom Talks About Work: Finding God’s Purpose in Our Everyday Lives by Anna Joy Lowell ($19.00)

Food

  • A Mom’s Practical Guide to Baby-Led Weaning by Brittany Dixon ($14.99)
  • Cooking Around the World by Debbie Madson ($27.00)
  • Crunch! Put a Stop to Picky Eating and Help Your Kids to Love Veggies by Dr Orlena Kerek ($15.00)
  • My First Kitchen Binder for Kids by Tauna (Meyer) ($14.99)

Homeschooling

  • Begin Homeschooling with Confidence by Kelly George ($12.95)
  • Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: How to Be Sure You’re Not Missing Anything by Ann Karako ($14.99)
  • Harried Homeschoolers Handbook by Susan K Stewart ($4.99)
  • Homeschool Planner Pack by Kayse Pratt ($5.00)
  • Homeschooling When Learning Isn’t Easy: Helping Your Family Excel With Special Needs by Heather Laurie ($4.99)
  • Homeschooling with ADHD by Selena D. Robinson ($5.00)
  • Schooling at Home While Working at Home by Misty Bailey ($7.99)
  • Unschooling: A Lifestyle of Learning by Sara McGrath ($6.99)

Outdoors & Travels

  • 1000 Miles of Memories: How To Plan Your First Epic Road Trip & Save Money By Camping by Robyn Robledo ($13.00)
  • The Idea Room Travel Games for Kids by Amy Huntley ($5.99)
  • Thirty Days of Rewilding: Find Your Place in Nature and Watch your Family Bloom by Lucy AitkenRead ($3.34)

Parenthood

  • 7 Key Tips to Save Yourself from a Bad Day (Or Life) by Ruthie Gray ($25.00)
  • A Realistic Action Plan For the Weary Mom: 15 Days of Hope From The Intentional Mom by Jennifer Roskamp (7.99)
  • Creating A Schedule That Works: Your Life, Your Schedule by Marlene Griffith ($10.00)
  • Don’t Panic! A Practical Guide to Twins, Triplets and More by Karen Bleakley ($9.99)
  • If Only They’d Told Me: All The Things You Wish You’d Been Told About Pregnancy, Parenting & Relationships by Natalie Cutler-Welsh ($6.00)
  • Parenting in Tough Times by Luschka van Onselen ($6.75)
  • Peaceful Pauses: Touchstones for Your Mama Soul by Betsy May ($7.99)
  • Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World: Audio Version by Zig Ziglar ($49.97)
  • Self Care for Adoptive and Foster Families by Sharla Kostelyk ($9.99)
  • Simple Ways to Parent without Anger by Adina Soclof ($7.97)
  • The Stop Yelling Handbook by Amanda Rueter ($7.99)
  • Thrive: Ziglar Family Community Membership by Ziglar Family ($75)

Special Needs

  • Autism/ADHD Food & Nutrition Workshop by Julie Matthews ($47.00)
  • Children with ADHD: 10 Non-Medication Options for Success at School and Home! by Misty Martin, Ed.S. ($11.99)
  • How to Teach Your Kids to Crush Anxiety by Natasha Daniels ($127.00)
  • Raising the Blinds on Anxiety: Workbook for Kids by Deborah Kendall ($14.95)
  • Taking Time For Me: A 31 Day Journal to Help Increase Mindfulness and Decrease Anxiety by Karla Archer ($9.00)

Special Occasions

  • 101 Days of Christmas by Mandi Ehman ($3.99)
  • 101 MORE Days of Christmas by Mandi Ehman ($3.99)
  • Cupcakes! 12 Months of Happiness by Liz Latham ($3.99)
  • Editable Christmas Coupon Book for Kids by Ginny Grover ($5.00)
  • How to Throw an Awesome Birthday Party at Home for Less Than $100 by Sharon Rowley ($7.99)
  • The Cake Decorating 101 School by Rebekah Allan ($97.00)

Toddlers & Preschoolers

  • Babes, Tots and Kids: 52 Weeks of Preschool for Children Ages Baby-5 Years by Raegan Disharoon & Valerie Plowman ($19.50)
  • I Can Teach My Child to Read by Jenae Jacobson ($9.99)
  • Play Grow Learn: Big Adventures for Pint-Sized Explorers by Christie Burnett ($6.00)
  • Playing with Purpose: Character Building Made Fun by Chelsea Lee Smith ($6.99)
  • Potty Train in a Weekend by Becky Mansfield ($9.99)
  • Teaching Toddlers at Home by Amanda Stockdale ($67.00)
  • The Toddler Journey: 100 Hands-On Activities for Toddlers by Angela Thayer ($10.00)
  • Tot School Printables A to Z by Carisa Hinson ($12.00)
  • Troubleshooting Toddlerhood by Kara Carrero ($4.99)
  • When Baby Becomes Big Sibling by Paula Rollo ($9.99)

Bonuses

  • FREE 1-month membership from Musik at Home ($30)
  • 10 free audio stories for kids from Around the World Stories ($30)
  • FREE 1-month subscription from Bookroo ($18)
  • FREE All Natural Bug Repellent & Lotion Bars project kit from Detox Project Box ($25)

How can you know if it’s worth it?

Simply go down the list of resources offered and add up the amounts that you would pay for each on their own. If it comes out at or over $30, it’s a great deal.
For me, there are several resource that are each over $30 that interest me, not to mention ones that are $4-25, which adds up quick. To make a point, I was going to mark each thing that I was interested in with a *, but I found myself marking everything.  It is well worth it to me.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and give you joy in your parenting journey!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, August 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.
It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.
As you already know, parenting is amazing and difficult. Enjoying it even on the craziest of days is not impossible.
You don’t need to be a perfect parent to raise great kids, but if you (like me) could use a little help, learn more or get your bundle HERE
(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59 pm Eastern on Monday, August 14th, so don’t wait!)
If you take advantage of the Early-Bird Special, August 9-10th, you get free ereader file upgrades.
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Early~Bird Ends:

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Have you purchased an Ultimate Bundle before? What was your favorite resource that you received?