Renewing Your Mind

Renewing one’s mind is an important part of a Christian’s walk. This is especially important when you are a mom. When tough days come, having the right mindset is a big help. When our focus is right, other things seem easier. Still hard, but better. Our peace comes from the Lord. It does not take away the hard, but it does make it bearable.
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Scriptures to Help Us Renew Our Minds

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

When we view service to our families, and others, as a sacrifice of praise to God, it is an act of worship.
As Christ followers we are called to renew our minds. Allowing God to change our minds is important. Getting drunk in the Spirit changes our minds. In Scripture, when the mind is set, the heart follows. Then the outward life follows that. We are called to be a people set apart. Then we will be able to tell the difference between the truth and Satan’s lies.
Remembering what we are called to, especially during tough times:

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Ephesians 5:1-2

As Christians, and as moms, we must remember that Christ gave Himself up for us, offering His life as a fragrant offering. It is not easy to deny self, but when we are renewing our minds, we want to fill it with the mind of Christ.

  Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:1-8

We are called to look out for the interests of others, serving them. Having the attitude of Jesus who died on the cross for those He was called to serve.

  Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;  not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13

When our focus in serving others is right, it makes it much easier to do so, even if we are not getting the recognition we would like.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,  does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,  does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Putting on love is an intentional act. Allowing God to refine us, so that we can be patient, kind, not self-seeking, not score keeping, able to bear all things, hope all things, and endure all things.

 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32

Being tender-hearted toward each other is hard on tough days, but we are still called to it. We need to remember to be tender to our children. Even in the tough times.

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:19-25

Because of the Jesus’s sacrifice, we have access to the Holy of Holies! Drawing near to God is so important in getting our focus right and renewing our minds. Spending time in the word and worship. Being a part of community that can help build us up, and call us out if need be. Having a mentor to spur us on and challenging us to be the Titus 2 woman. Proverbs says that “Iron sharpens iron”. God uses community to refine us and help renew our minds.

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”  Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:5-8

Many of us would not think that we love money, but are we content in knowing that no matter what is going on, Jesus will never leave nor forsake you? Do we confidently say that the Lord is our helper? He is the same everyday.

 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.  And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:15-16

Worship is not always singing pretty songs in church. Many times it is a sacrifice. Dirty dishes or laundry, diapers. But when we look at it as an act of worship (Colossians 3:17, 23-24), it changes things.

 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:20-21

God will give equip us for what He has called us to. He is working in us that which is pleasing in His sight. Refining us.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:13

Being prepared for action is incredibly important. There is an enemy out the who is seeking to devour us.

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:2

Setting our minds on things above is hard, but when that is our focus, it makes walking the path that God had laid out for us easier.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;  bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.  Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankfulLet the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:12-17

We have been chosen. God chose us as the keepers of our homes, and as mothers. He could have given them to anyone, but He chose us!
Putting on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience is hard, and can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit, but through Christ, all things are possible. We just have to be willing to deny ourselves and offer our lives to Him.
Letting the peace of Christ rule our hearts is a daily (and moment by moment) choice.
Being thankful is mind changing! If we are looking for the good, it totally changes our mindset. Seriously, neuroscience has found that being grateful changes your brain.

 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Colossians 4:6

When we are allowing God to refine us, to make us salt, it makes it easier to answer. Having grace filled speech is a huge help when I am overwhelmed and dealing with children needing my attention every two seconds.

  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Philippians 4:4-8

Rejoicing always, even in hard times, is not always easy, but we are instructed to.
Is our gentle spirit known to all? Would our children say that we are gentle? Our husbands?
Instead of turning on the worry, our first response should be to take things to God. Putting them in His hands. When we do “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and mind.”
What we are focusing on, feeding our hearts and minds, is huge as well. If we are focusing on the obstacle instead of the finish line, it seems huge. If we switch our focus, it does not seem as big. Putting on praise and worship music is a way that I turn around a bad day and help refocus.

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

When we are allowing the Holy Spirit free reign of our hearts and lives, He produces the fruit of the Spirit. It is a natural overflow from our walk with Him.

 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

Remembering to not grow weary in doing good, in looking for opportunity to do good, is important. If we are focusing on God, and other, it makes it a lot easier than if we are focused on ourselves.
I hope these Scriptures have encouraged you as they have encouraged me!

What verses have helped you renew your mind/refocus?

Earth Day, Spring Bucket List, and The Aprons & Pearls Update

We survived the week. Touch-and-go at a few points, but we made it. Not as productive as I had hoped, but still fairly productive.
More plans have changed, this time for my postpartum recovery period in June/July.  God is working on me…but at least He is doing it now so that hopefully He will have time to soften my heart and attitude. More reliance on His Grace.  More tough day playlist.
It has been a busy week here on the blog. I am arranging some guest bloggers for after baby comes. If you are interested please let me know. I have what I normally blog about, but there are a lot of things that fit under those umbrellas, and I am open to other ideas as well.
Sunday was Earth Day. I try to do what I can to be a good steward of the earth. No, it is not our home, but God has put us in charge of it, so we should be good stewards. In most cases, doing things more naturally is also better for our bodies, which we are also stewards of as temples of the Holy Spirit. I shared about some plants and ways to clean the air in your home.
I also shared one of my favorite easy beauty recipes, a nice honey sugar scrub.
The spring bucket list is coming along nicely.
We went to a new museum/historic house and learn about cooking and life in the 18th century. The children thought that the outhouse was the greatest thing ever, and our oldest was rather upset that he couldn’t use it….
We have been enjoying the sunshine and picking flowers a lot since the weather has been so nice.
I was hoping to join the ball game that the children had with dad and their cousins this past weekend, but  helping out in the kitchen at a family gathering got in the way. We will try again later.
We have had a few picnics in the backyard, and I hope to take one to a local park one weekend.
The children think hunting for clovers is great. Thankfully our backyard has several plants that put up four leaved ones, and one that puts out five leaved ones.
I am hoping that our raised bed will go in this week so we can get a proper garden going. Unfortunately our seedlings have died…
It has been a rather exciting week on Timeless Mama. I set a new daily views record, and then broke it in the same weekend. That newest record was broken yesterday. Not huge numbers for bloggers in general, but it’s about 16 times my usual “good day” views!
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.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • 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.
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    • 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 through 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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Natural Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home

Indoor air quality is important for our health. It is an important part of our health, and as such, the stewardship of our bodies.

Ways To Clean The Air InYour Home

The EPA says:

“Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands…. (Paints, varnishes and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products)”

According to the EPA, indoor air can contain 2-5 times more pollutants than outdoor air-regardless of if it is an urban or country community.

Here are some small steps that you can take to help clean the air in your home.

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Cut The Conventional Air Fresheners

They contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants, as well as other questionable ingredients, many of which there are no known safe levels for. There are a lot of great ways to make your home smell good naturally.

Switch to Natural Cleaners

Cleaners are a huge source of toxins in household air. Switching to naturally fragranced, and plant based products can help. Fabric softeners are a big one. There are many cleaners that you can make at home. I hope to make share some more of the ones that I use in the future. I highly recommend The Organically Clean Home by Becky Rapinchuk. I also recommend running ingredient through Ingredio to help make sure that they are safe.

Open Up The Windows

Opening up the house when the weather allows is a great way to get clean air in.

Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamps are good for a lot of things. For their many benefits you can check out this post by Wellness Mama. One of its benefits is to help clean the air.

Moso Bag

“Made of just one incredibly powerful natural ingredient, moso bamboo charcoal, the Moso Bag is continuously working to effectively absorb and remove odors, allergens and harmful pollutants and to clean and freshen the air. “

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles burn very cleanly, releasing negative ions into the air. The negative ions can bond with toxins and allergens like dust and dander and effectively remove them from the air.

Paraffin and soy candles release benzene, toluene, soot and other chemicals into the air.

They are easily made, but I do love these from Quiet Light Candles.

Get Some Houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to clean the air in your home, removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, ammonia, alcohols, carbon monoxide, and acetone, as well as putting more oxygen in the air.

Diffusing Essential Oils

Essential oils such as cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit lemon, clove, tea tree, pine needle, and eucalyptus have been shown effective at killing viruses, fungi, bacteria and even mold. Before using any essential oil, please be sure to check that they are safe to use around children, pets, or pregnant or nursing women if any of those are in your household. Diffusing essential oils is an effective way to use them.

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What do you do to clean the air in your home?

Plants To Clean The Air In Your Home

Is the air in your home clean?

Unfortunately, today, many products that we use (couches, mattresses, drywall, paints, carpets, laminate flooring, cabinetry, cleaning products) in our homes put off quite a bit of toxins.
Clean air is important to a healthy home. Here are some plants that help clean the air. #earthday #cleanair #homemaking #home #greenliving
Getting the toxins out can improve mood and productivity, reduce stress and fatigue, and enhance memory and concentration.
These plants help improve the quality of the air in your home, by cleaning the air, adding humidity, and increasing the oxygen in your home as well.
A lot of them are toxic if ingested, so if you have pets or small children you may want to avoid them or put them out of reach.
Even if you have a black thumb, some of these may work well for you as they are tougher plants that can deal with some neglect.

Palm Plants

Bamboo Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Areca Palm, Lady Palm, and Parlor Palm are all good at removing toxins including formaldehyde, but Bamboo,  and Dwarf Date Palms are the best. Bamboo Palms remove benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde effectively. Dwarf Date Palms remove a lot of toxins, but are especially adept at removing xylene. The Lady Palm is great at removing ammonia.
Some of these can take up quite a bit of room, so that is something to consider, some withstand neglect better than others.

Lilies

Peace Lilies, Flamingo Lilies. Peace lilies are known to clean the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene,  ammonia, alcohols, and acetone. Flamingo Lilies are known to clean  formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene and xylene
It should be mentioned that you need to be careful with these around pets and children as they are poisonous if consumed. They are pretty low maintenance.

Ferns

Boston Fern is great at removing formaldehyde. The Kimberly Queen Fern is lesser known, but highly effective at removing formaldehyde and alcohols, and makes a great natural humidifier since it has a high transpiration rate.
The Boston Fern does not handle vigorous movement, so if you have pets or children you might want to skip it.
 

Weeping Fig (Ficus)

The Ficus is a good filter of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. It is a bigger plant though, and can be temperamental.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a great filter of benzene and formaldehyde. There are a whole list of benefits to growing your own aloe though!

Ivy

Devli’s Ivy is good at removing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene & toluene. English Ivy removes those and trichloroethylene. Oakleaf ivy is also an effective air filter.
Should be avoided if you have pets or children as they are toxic.

Rubber Plant

The rubber plant is an excellent air filter for your home. It is also a very tough plant.
It is toxic, so avoid if you have pets or children.

Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos, also known as a Money Plant, is another remover of indoor toxins in the home. It is especially effective at removing carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air.
It also withstands neglect. Great for people who cannot grow anything.

Dracaena

The draceana is a great indoor air cleaner. It is rated one of the best plants for removing trichloreoethylene. The red-edged dracaena is great at removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. The warneckei is great at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Janet Craigs are a popular variety, as is the cornstalk dracaena, and both are quite effective as air cleaners.
It should be noted that the dracaena is a poisonous plant and should be avoided near animals and children.

Mums

A great flowering plant that removes toxins from the air, including formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.

Spider Plants

The spider plant is pretty one that is great at filtering formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Snake Plant

Also known as the Mother-In-Laws Tongue, it is effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
It is toxic, so again, if you have pets or small children you will want to avoid this one.

Wax Begonia

Great filter of benzene and chemicals produced by toluene.
They are toxic, so avoid if you have pets or children.

Tulips

Tulips are beautiful and are effective at removing formaldehyde, xylene, and ammonia from the air.
Another plant that is toxic for pets, and small children that might eat them.

Chrysanthemum

These pretty blooming plants are good at filtering our benzene.
Toxic if ingested.

Orchids

Dendrobium Orchid removes alcohols, acetone, formaldehyde, and chloroform from the air. The Moth Orchid does help clean the air, but not as effectively as Dendrobium Orchids.

Azaleas

Azaleas are great at cleaning formaldehyde from the air.
While pretty, they are toxic if ingested.
 

Heart Leaf Philodendron

The Heart Leaf Philodendron is a great cleaner of formaldehyde. It is also a tougher plant, making it great if you are not good with plants.
It too is toxic if ingested.

Chinese Evergreen

This plant is good at removing benzene and formaldehyde.
It is toxic if ingested.

Purple Waffle Plants

The purple waffle plant is a great air cleaner. They are especially effective at removing formaldehyde from the air.

Lilyturf

The Lilyturf is effective ate removing ammonia, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde from the air.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera, or Barberton as they are sometimes referred to,  Daisies are good at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Herbs

The herbs rosemary, lavender, jasmine and mint have been found to be excellent air cleaners as well as adding a gentle fragerance to the air.

Do you have house plants?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Honey Sugar Scrub

This is an easy (and cheap) to make scrub that I have use since I was a teen.Honey Sugar Scrub #diy #naturalbeauty #beauty #scrub #spa @godschicki
Honey is great for your skin. An added benefit of using honey in this scrub is that it contains enzymes that help loosen dead skin. Lemon juice helps tone and reduce acne.
It is such an easy and cheap way to pamper yourself.

Honey Scrub

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • enough honey to make a very, very thick paste
  • Optional: 1/2-1 teaspoon lemon juice

Wet face, apply scrub, and let set 3-5 minutes before rubbing in a circular motion. It is kind of gross, but you can feel dead skin begin to roll up.
It is best not stored for long as the sugar begins to settle on the bottom. You can mix it back in, but it is difficult.
I use once a week or every two weeks depending on what my face is feeling like.
Have you ever made a face scrub?
 

Aprons & Pearls Linkup #70, and Updates

This week got off to a rough start yesterday. Well, really the next two weeks…
I had arranged to pick up my sister to come and help me this week so that I can get some stuff done around the house, finish some decluttering and get a bit of a head start on some blogs for when baby comes, and then to pickup my brother next week. Those plans have fallen through. Yesterday had lots of tears and crying out to God. In the end, we make the plans (even the detailed get the house done daily scheduled plans), but God decides our steps. He is in control. His ways are not our ways. More ways to rely on His grace and joy.
So, the next few weeks I am going to try to get through my lists anyway…we will see how it goes. If you feel inclined to pray that the children cooperate and that God will give me the energy and focus to get everything done that would be much appreciated.
This week has brought some more reminders of how the children imitate us. Just little things.
For one, B, when he got frustrated started saying “Jesus help me.” We had a talk about how mama says it as a sincere prayer, and how if that is how he means it, it is okay, but if it is just an exclamation then it is not.
D went around trying to put oils on his toes like I do to the kids before bed.
L prayed for her brothers when they got hurt, like I have shared that we do.
We are in a break period from story and science times, so that is one less thing on the plate.
This past week I shared some Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and some memories from a missions trip.
I have a few posts scheduled for later this week.
If you are interested in guest posting over the summer, I am looking for blog post submissions. Right now I have one, and I would like to get as close to 24 as I can. For more information you can check out my Google form.
The Spring Bucket List is well underway. This week we finally got some sunshine to enjoy. We pressed some flowers and had a picnic. We are planning to go to a new museum later this week. We found some four-leaf clovers (and one five leaf one!). We found a great book at the library to aid in our bug hunt. If you want to follow along, you can check out my Instagram account.
We got some rain this weekend which helped wash away a lot of the pollen. Hopefully that means that my allergies will ease up.
There have been a few weeds popping up. Trying to take care of those right away. Also reminds me of how important community is within the body of Christ.
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.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • 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 through 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.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is coming up. If you are looking for something special for a mother in your life, here are some ideas.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Here are some ideas for gifts.
Need to find the perfect gift for your mom, grandma, sister or friend? These are really good for just about any time of the year! #giftguide #gift #mothersday #gardening #essenitaloil #biblejournaling #journaling #massage #diy

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If your mom could use some pampering here are some great diy goodies that you can make for her:

Not the DIY type? Here are some great natural ideas from Amazon (the coconut and lemon JR Watkins Hand Creams are my favorite!):

You can click on the item’s image for more information.

If mom is always drinking cold coffee or tea, because she does not get to drink it right away, this Contigo Autoseal Mug is for her! It keeps hot beverages hot for hours.


Essential oil diffusing jewelry is an idea for moms that use oils.

This essential oil diffuser is my favorite. It does not use water, so it gives a stronger scent in my opinion.
If your mom is into oils, you can find some more ideas on my Gifts for Essential Oil Users Guide.

This massager (that they have a hard time keeping in stock!) or massage mat and pillow would make a great gift for any mom.

A pretty journal for Bible study.

The best pens ever…trust me…so smooth!
The flexi clip by Lilla Rose is a great hair accessory for a busy mom. A quick, easy way to add a bit of pretty to your hair when you just throw it up.
This affiliate link is not mine, it is my friend, Janet’s, but I cannot tell you how much I love the flexi clip! It makes it so easy to add a bit of pretty to my hair, even when I just through it up! For a bit more on Janet, and her Lilla Rose, you can check out the post Gifts That Give Back.
The Lindy
If you mom likes to cook, or wear aprons while working around the house, check out the aprons from Flirty Home. They are having a huge sale right now, with many aprons at a great discount.  The one pictured above is my favorite (on sale right now!), the Lindy. It is full enough to cover a baby bump, the bust is fuller, and it has a big pocket.

If she likes coloring you can give her a coloring book and pencils.

A guided memory journal is a great gift, and something that can be passed down generations.

One of these might be the perfect thing for mom if she likes gardening, or….

This is pretty much my dream! With the Garden Tower 2 you can grow 50 plants in a small space, and you simply put scraps to compost in the center. It has holes for worms to crawl through as well.

Bible journaling is a great way to hide God’s word in your heart. Both Amazon and Dayspring have a great selection of Bible journaling accessories.
I hope that you have found this helpful and inspiring!
Do you already have a Mother’s Day gift for your mother/grandma/sister/friend?

Every Nation, Every Tribe, Every Tongue

Missions is something that I have always felt strongly about.

A beautiful taste of heaven on the mission field #missions #preach #gospel #tribe #language #jesus

I went with Global Expeditions to Spain in 2005. I would not have chosen Spain, but my mom wanted my sister and I to go together.
It was a great experience. Global Expeditions had partnered with Jesus Revolution, a missions organization based in Europe. So, on top of the team from the US and Canada, there were 11 or 12 other countries represented.
One thing that I will never forget was a prayer service we had not long after arriving in Spain.
After a welcome and some worship, they asked for a representative from each country to come up and pray in their countries language.
It was such a beautiful taste of the promise in the Word:

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;

Revelation 7:9

There were 11 or 12 languages prayed in. What a small fraction of every tribe, tongue, and nation, but so powerful!
These days my mission field is filled more with diapers, laundry, toys, and activities than foreign countries, but it is none the less a mission field!
Have you ever gone on a missions trip? Do you view your home, neighborhood, town, and country as a mission field?

2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is hands down my favorite homemaking resources. It is always filled with great content, even if I do not use it all, there is always more than enough to make it worth it.

This post contains affiliate links. This means that, while the price that you pay does not change, I get a small commission if you purchase the bundle through my link.

my favorite homemaking resource is new! This year I saved over $800 on resources! #homemaking #sale #budget #printables #homeschool #sahm #wahm #motherhood #faith #bible #biblestudy #intentionalling
This year’s bundle goes on sale Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 and is available for 5 days only.
129 products worth $3,687.47 for just $29.97. That is 62 eBooks, 34 printable packs & workbooks, 3 membership sites, 30 eCourses, videos & audios, 441 recipes & 3,100 printables!

The best way to see if it is worth the price for you, simply go through the list of resources and add up the price of the ones that you would use. There are several that make it well worth the $29.97, I highlighted them to show that even if you do not use everything, it can be well worth it even for a few of the resources.

Budgeting & Finances (11 products worth $221.92)

  • 2018 Budget Binder by Kaitlin Stearns ($7.00)
    The 2018 Budget Binder is a comprehensive set of printables that will help you build your savings, pay down debt, and plan for the future all while giving yourself permission to spend. 
  • Financial Foundations: Everything You Need to Build a Strong Financial Foundation by Jennifer Roskamp ($37.00)
    Learn how to transform your finances with money-saving secrets and printable worksheets to start planning your financial future, starting today. 
  • Finding Your Greatest Worth: A Starter Kit by Nicole Rule ($49.00)
    Start your journey towards finding beauty in your finances & finding YOUR greatest worth as well as the key to creating a budget you’ll actually stick to!
  • Growing Up Centsible: A No Nonsense Guide to Helping Kids Become Financially Responsible by Marnie Craycroft ($9.99)
    This guide includes parenting ideas and kid activities with one goal in mind: teaching kids about to be financially smart.
  • How to Make a Budget Work For You: A 31 Day Guide to Creating a Personal Budget that Fits Your Lifestyle by Heather Schisler ($9.99)  How to Make A Budget Work For You is a comprehensive guide to creating a personalized budget for your family based on your finances and your lifestyle. 
  • Merry Debt-Free Christmas: Holiday Solutions For The Financially Stressed! by Joyce Zahariadis ($17.99)
    This step-by-step eBook will help you plan and enjoy a debt-free Christmas by getting started early and planning out the details. 
  • Real Food Savings: How to Save Big on Produce, Dairy, Meat & Grains by Angela Davis ($4.99)
    Learn how to save big money on buying your “real food”—the food that your great-grandparents would recognize—like grains, dairy, meat, and produce.
  • Real Life on a Budget Planner by Jessi Fearon ($19.97)
    Keep your finances organized in an easy-to-use printable that will help you create, stick to, and manage your real life on a budget. 
  • The 90 Day Budget Bootcamp Workbook by Rosemarie Groner ($7.00)
    The 90-day Budget Bootcamp can transform your finances and FINALLY get you to the place where setting and sticking to a budget is easy.
  • The Complete Grocery Budget Solution by Elise New ($49.00)
    With this course, you will learn how to save massive amounts of money on your groceries by shopping smarter, and making your meal plan work for you!
  • You Can Be A Stay At Home Mom on One Income by Becky Mansfield ($9.99)
    Learn how to save money by cutting costs you didn’t realize you could cut and earn more with work-from-home ideas that can bring in extra income, all while being home with your family. 

Faith (17 products worth $281.82)

  • Choose Rest: Biblical Self-Care Practices by Gina Poirier ($37.00)
    With in-depth video lessons and corresponding worksheets, explore the biblical truths behind rest and then dig into the practical application of self-care physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually. This resource alone makes this bundle worth it for me! 
  • Christ-Centered Holiday Bundle by Hal and Melanie Young ($15.00)
    This collection will help you make these times of year more memorable, more fun, and less stressful, while making our Savior the center of it all. 
  • Come to the Well: How to Connect with God through Journaling by LaToya Edwards ($15.00)
    Through personal stories and biblical truth, this book will equip Christian moms to make real and lasting changes to their relationship with God. 
  • Faithful Moms Summer Planner by Erika Dawson ($17.00)
    The Faithful Moms Summer Planner will help you live a purposeful, faithful summer. With a focus on connecting with God, connecting with your kids, and helping your kids connect with God, use this weekly planner to remain intentional all summer long. Faith at home is important to us, I am so excited about this Planner. 
  • From Chaos to Calm by Melissa Ringstaff ($8.00)
    Are you ready for some peace in your heart and peace in your home?
  • Giving God the Worst of Me by Dana White ($12.00)
    Listen as Dana K White shares the lesson God taught her as she blogged about her most shameful secret: God doesn’t want only the pretty and perfect parts of us, He wants all of us. Even the very worst parts.
  • Goal Setting for Greater Purpose & Balance at Home: Gospel Centered. Grace Filled. Goal Oriented. by Jami Balmet ($29.95)
    Find greater balance and purpose in your home with this 5-part video series + workbook.
  • Planting Seeds: How to Cultivate a Love of Scripture in Your Child’s Heart by Crystal Brothers ($7.99)
    Planting seeds is filled with practical tips and ideas, along with activities and games that will help you teach the Bible to your children. Hiding God’s Word in our children’s hearts is so important!
  • Revival: 6 Steps to Reviving Your Heart and Rebuilding Your Prayer Life by Christi Gee ($11.99)
    Following a construction analogy, this book will lead you through steps of rebuilding your prayer life; if you need revival, this prayer journey is for you. 

Bible Studies & Devotionals

  • Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days by Arabah Joy ($15.00)
    This 7-day crash course will introduce you to 7 different ways to study the Bible so that you’re not relying on ready-made Bible studies to help you dig into God’s Word.
  • Four Ways to Study the Bible by Sarah E. Frazer ($18.00)
    In this workbook, you will receive four separate ways to study the Bible, prayer resources, reading plans, writing scripture challenges, and five steps to start your Bible study habit!
  • Girls Created To Shine by Lee Felix ($27.95)
    Girls Created to Shine is a 12-week eCourse that will help you address the real-life struggles and questions tween girls face today.
  • Godly Character Traits: A Training Guide for Families by Bonni Greiner ($9.95)
    The Godly Character Traits Guide includes tools to equip you as you instill fifteen godly character traits in your children.
  • Persimmons & Provision 30-Day Gratitude Journal by Erin Odom ($10.00)
    30-Day Gratitude Journal to help you focus on what truly matters in life and reflect on your blessings.
  • Simplifying Prayer: A Practical Prayer Guide and Workbook by Tega Edwin ($17.00)
    Simplifying prayer is a practical prayer guide and workbook designed to help you feel more confident in your prayer life. Discover practical steps, suggestions and tools to demystify prayer and help you deepen your relationship with God. 
  • Wives of the Bible: 25 Easy Lesson You Can Learn from These Imperfect Women to Radically Transform Your Marriage by Jolene Engle ($8.99)
    Discover 25 biblical and relatable lessons from wives in the Bible to help you transform your marriage.
  • Write Through the Word: Simple Scripture Writing for Busy Women by Jennifer Thorson ($21.00)
    Write Through the Word is a simple, effective Scripture study and journaling method designed to help you hide God’s Word in your heart in a way that sticks, even if you don’t have a lot of time for a Bible study each day. I have shared before how I love writing the Word, so this one is especially exciting to me.

Family (11 products worth $210.93)

Marriage

  • 15-Minute Marriage Makeover: Refresh Your Relationship, Add Sizzle to Your Sex Life & Be Happier in Just Minutes a Day by Dustin B. Riechmann ($14.00)
    It’s time to refresh your marriage and enjoy each other the way you did before your busy life got in the way… and you can do it in just 15 minutes a day using this powerful and practical guide!
  • Date Night Kits. A Date-In-An-Envelope for an entire year! by The Dating Divas ($8.97)
    Use these printables to create a WHOLE year of dates! This kit will help you create a romantic and meaningful gift for your spouse. Now putting together 12 date nights is a breeze!
  • Five Foundations for Intimacy in Marriage by Keelie Reason ($49.00)
    Discover weak areas in your marriage and work with your spouse to develop a more intimate relationship. Even if I just got wanted the bundle for this resource alone, I would be saving $20!
  • The Marriage Builder Collection by Kayse Pratt ($17.00)
    The Marriage Builder Collection is a curated collection of resources designed to equip wives and build marriages. It’s everything you need to start changing your marriage, for the better.


Motherhood

  • ADHD Parent Manual by Elaine Taylor-Klaus ($27.00)
    In this 25 minute video you’ll learn a simple Parent Management system, a clear process to tackle any challenging situation — one issue at a time. 
  • Create Coping Skills Champions at Home by Janine Halloran ($49.00) Create Coping Skills Champions at Home gives you the skills to teach your child healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety, and anger. 
  • Family Culture: Building A Strong Family Identity by Rachel Norman ($12.99)
    The Family Culture Pack is the only printable product to help mothers build strong tight knit families through crafting family culture. 
  • Learning Circles: Powerful Monthly Gatherings for Moms by Saren Loosli ($42.00)
    The Learning Circle materials include instructions for setting up a great group of moms and excellent articles, discussion questions, and assignments to help you enjoy powerful and fun monthly conversations. Connecting with other moms is so important, and yet incredibly hard for moms of littles.
  • So Many Littles, So Little Time: Worn Out Mom’s Guide to Mothering Little Ones by Amy H. Roberts ($7.99)
    This eBook is your guide to navigating a busy household full of little ones with practical ideas to find more margin in your day, more energy in your parenting, and more joy in the journey of raising these precious little ones. 
  • The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide: Joyful Motherhood on Your Own Terms by Jamie C. Martin ($2.99)
    A guide to feeling more comfortable in your skin, playing to your strengths, and reveling in your own style of mothering—whatever that may be! 
  • Unplug + Unlock: The Step by Step Guide to Conquer Screen Time Battles for Good by Julie McCorkle ($16.00)
    Learn how to conquer screen-time struggles and boost your child’s imagination with mom-friendly, toddler-approved strategies!
  • You’re a Good Mom: 31 Days of Printable Affirmations to Inspire and Encourage by Lauren Tamm & Rachel Norman ($5.99)
    31 gorgeous printable positive affirmations for moms that will inspire and encourage you on your motherhood journey. 

Home Management (14 products worth $260.54)

  • Instant Hospitality, Just Add Guests: The Go-To Guide for Last-Minute Gatherings by Mauri Jane King ($15.00)
    Complete with tips and ideas for food, drinks, and essentials for company and simple celebrations, this ebook is the go-to guide to help women prepare for last-minute gatherings.

Chores

    • 12 Months of Simplified Living: Printable Calendar Subscription by Stephanie O’Dea ($47.00)
      Get and Stay Organized, Forever! These printable calendar pages are for busy households — which means they are definitely for you! All daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and quarterly chores for the house and family are included — no more guessing! Another savings of nearly $20!
    • 31 Days to an Everyday Clean Home: One Month to Calm the Chaos and Simplify Your Life by Amy Scheren ($8.99)
      Discover a full month of honest encouragement, real-life tips, and practical checklists to help you finally get rid of clutter and create a home your family will love to live in.
    • Housekeeping Chore Box by Kemi Quinn ($9.00)
      The Housekeeping Chore Box system will help you to keep track of the chores in the home. 
  • How ADHD Affects Home Organization: Understanding the 8 Key Executive Functions of the Mind by Lisa Woodruff ($7.99)
    Learn to overcome the struggles of organizing with ADHD by working with your brain instead of against it.
  • Living With Less by Stacey Ogden ($10.00)
    In Living With Less, Stacey walks you through each room in your house, and known hot spots (I’m lookin’ at you, junk drawer), making it easy to let go of things that are clogging up your home, heart, and mind.
  • Motivated: Caring For Your Home When You Don’t Feel Like It by Hilary Bernstein ($9.99)
    Learn 16 different motivations for accomplishing work around your home, as well as the science behind motivation and discover YOUR motivation for caring for your home … even when you don’t feel like it. 
  • The LWSL Ultimate Cleaning Guide by Ruth Soukup ($20.00)
    The LWSL Ultimate Cleaning Guide will show you, step-by-step, exactly how to clean every surface in your home. 
  • The Peaceful Press Chore Pack by Jennifer Pepito ($5.00)
    The Peaceful Press Chore Pack is the perfect resource to train your children, and you, to make healthy habits a priority. 

Decluttering

  • Clutter: Sorted: Take Your Home From Chaos to Calm, Step by Step by Chrissy Halton ($83.41)
    Clutter: Sorted – the amazing eCourse that helps you to declutter your home and take it from chaos to calm in a simple and step by step way.
  • Clutterfree: Declutter Your Home to Create Space for Joy by Christina Tiplea ($49.00)
    A step-by-step course to help you develop a clutter-free mindset, declutter your entire home, and create habits & strategies that will help you stay clutter-free forever.
  • The Clutter Handbook by Clean Mama ($10.00)
    Becky of Clean Mama simplifies the process of decluttering to a step-by-step method that anyone can follow to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home. 


Home Decor

  • Home in Progress: The Ultimate Home Decorator’s Guide by Jenna Shaughnessy ($20.00)
    Home in Progress is the decorating guide that will help you achieve the home you always knew your house could be! 
  • Home Wall Art by The Dating Divas ($9.97)
    Pull out your picture frames because you’re going to need them! Decorate your whole house cohesively, simply, and beautifully with one printable art pack. 

Homeschooling (9 products worth $115.71)

  • A Montessori Inspired Life : An Age-Appropriate Guide to Montessori with Your Young Toddler by Holly Daniel ($16.00)
    A Montessori Inspired Life is an age appropriate guide to help your toddler grow a lifelong love of learning, become more independent, and develop confidence that will stay with them throughout their lives. 
  • My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool by Jennifer Bly ($9.00)
    Whether you’re new to homeschooling or a veteran homeschooler, this ebook is packed with inspiration for your homeschool journey. 
  • Organize Your Homeschool in 20(ish) Days by Lisa Marie Fletcher ($4.75)
    Get your homeschool stuff organized in 20ish days with this step-by-step plan. 
  • The Organized Homeschool Planner™ by Carlie Kercheval ($20.00)
    The Organized Homeschool Planner™ is a streamlined, no-fluff, digital planning system to help you plan and accomplish your family’s unique homeschooling goals. 


Activities for Kids

  • 101 Independent Activities for Kids by MaryEllen Bream ($9.99)
    Keep your children’s brains engaged while keeping them occupied with activities they can do alone. 
  • Super Sensory Invitations to Play by Cathy James ($14.99)
    Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials.
  • Teach Me To Serve: 99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn to Serve and Bless Others by Kristen Tiber ($3.99)
    Discover 99 practical tasks in which your preschooler can learn to serve in their home, neighborhood, community, church and even the world. Another important part of passing along our faith.
  • Tiny Signs Jumpstart: Start Signing With Your Baby in Less than 30 Minutes by Lane Rebelo ($27.00)
    An online mini-course to get you started signing with your baby in less than 30 minutes!
  • What Every Parent Must Know Before Sending A Child to Kindergarten by Amy Mascott ($9.99)
    Designed for busy families, this eBook contains over 100 pages of printables you can use with your child today to help build a foundation of learning that will pave the way for success in school tomorrow. 

In the Kitchen (21 products worth $321.70)

  • 26 Ingredients: Make Over 100 Delicious, Frugal Recipes From a Pantry of 26 Ingredients by Kylie Travers ($4.95)
    Learn how to make more than 100 recipes—from gourmet breakfasts to delicious desserts—from just 26 pantry ingredients so you can save money in the kitchen! 
  • Bread and Roll Making Basics for Beginners by Rachel Paxton ($49.00)
    Learn to bake homemade cinnamon rolls, Hawaiian sweet rolls, one hour dinner rolls, no knead dinner rolls, pretzel rolls, and more with downloadable recipes and step-by-step videos.
  • Canning Jump Start Guide: 4 Easy Recipes & Equipment Checklist to Get you Started Canning! by Jennifer Gomes ($5.00)
    The Canning Jump Start Guide is a beautiful, printable PDF of 4 delicious, easy recipes, a no-frills equipment checklist, a stove top guide, season planner, and elevation adjustment guide all designed to help you start canning in your busy, modern life!
  • Cooking Camp for Kids by Rebekah Sayler ($8.00)
    With Cooking Camp, you will have everything you need to coach and train your kids to become “experts of their meal” one skill at a time. We have started teaching the children simple kitchen skills, so this was a great find!
  • Freezer Meal Club Guide & Success Course: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run a Successful Freezer Meal Club by Amylee Udell ($49.99)
    The Freezer Meal Club Guide and Course provides guidance in the form of a guidebook, video series, worksheets and more to show you how to cut your cooking time in half and save money with your own freezer meal club. 
  • Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal Plan 3 Month Subscription by Sarah Robinson ($29.99)
    The Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal Plan Subscription helps you get dinner on the table every night by giving you a new menu each week in your inbox. 
  • Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids by Erin Myers ($2.99) With some smart shopping, organizing tips, and help from your kids you can have healthy lunches ready to send out to school everyday. This eBook shows you how!
  • Homemade and Healthy to Go: Packing Healthy Lunches on a Budget by Angela Coffman ($7.00)
    This ebook will guide you through packing healthy lunches for your family on a budget, including kid-approved recipes and ways to safely pack hot lunches.
  • How to Organize All Your Recipes (For Easy Meal Planning) by Laura Smith ($39.00)
    This course shows you step by step how to organize all of your recipes (both physical and digital) so that they are easy to find and meal planning is a breeze.
  • Let’s Make Meal Planning Simple: Complete Meal Planning Guide + 1 Week Pre-Made Meal Plan by Christine White ($12.00)
    In this complete meal planning guide, you will get step-by-step instructions, expert tips, and all of the worksheets you need to finally conquer meal planning so that you can save time and money.
  • Perpetually Prepped Kitchen: The Simple Method for Meals in Minutes by Jennifer Mason ($13.99)
    Skip the fast food and eat healthy at home with 37 ideas for meals in minutes, 18 original recipes, and 28 printable worksheets. 
  • Preservation Planner by Lisa Barthuly ($9.95)
    Keeping a handle on pantry inventory, food storage and supplies takes organization, and the Preservation Planner is the tool to help you get organized and more.
  • Printable Pantry Labels by Lauren Fowler ($8.95)
    These labels are perfect for adding stylish organization to any pantry!
  • Sit Down & Eat: Fun Ideas for Making Mealtimes Memorable by Jennifer Flanders ($9.95)
    Reclaim family hours with tips for organizing your kitchen, involving kids with meal preparation, cultivating great dinner table discussions, preparing home-cooked dishes, celebrating special occasions, and making ordinary days more memorable.
    Intentional family dinners are something important to us.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Once a Month Grocery Shopping: Save Time and Money with Less Trips to the Grocery Store by Joanie Boeckman ($7.99) This guide will help you develop a plan to change the way you shop for groceries and save you money as you learn how to make a master grocery list, inventory your pantry and freezer, and make a monthly grocery list to get almost all of your groceries in one trip. 
  • The Ultimate Kitchen Printable Pack by Megan Duesterhaus ($22.00)
    The Ultimate Kitchen Printable Pack contains 200+ pages to help you organize your kitchen, streamline your meal planning and grocery shopping, and ultimately create a prettier, more organized, and better functioning kitchen! 
  • The Weeknight Dinner Survival Guide: 5 Step Dinnertime Game Plan for Busy Parents by Ruthy Kirwan ($9.99)
    This step-by-step, no-nonsense game plan helps working parents design a system to help get their kitchens organized, meals planned, and a homemade dinner on the table every weeknight—without hassle and stress.


Recipes & Meal Plans

  • 25 Crock Pot Soup Recipes: Family Approved Easy Slow Cooker Recipes by Arlene Mobley ($4.99)
    The 25 Crock Pot Soup recipe eBook is packed full of easy to make crock pot soup recipes that your family will love and that can be prepared and frozen ahead of time. 
  • Easy Dinners for Busy Moms: Slow Cook Once, Eat Twice by Andrea Green ($4.99)
    Using the Easy Dinners for Busy Moms cookbook, you’ll slow cook one night then transform the recipes into a completely different meal the second night. 
  • Healthy & Happy Fan Favorites: A 4-Week Meal Planner and eCookbook by Alisha Hughes ($14.99)
    With organized meal plans, delicious recipes, and practical, user-friendly grocery lists, you will have everything you need to successfully pull off dinner for 4 full weeks. 
  • Healthy Fats by Desiree Ward ($39.99)
    Our bodies need fat — great, healthy fat. This ebook outlines the best fats, the fats that should be avoided, and the fats that are the worst for you and your body.

Intentional Living (11 products worth $237.92)

  • Simply Happy Living by Brianna Pool ($17.00)
    Learn to structure your time to make room for self care, create realistic goals, let go of negativity, and focus more on happiness.
  • The Essentials: 7 Projects to Sane-ify Your Life by Tsh Oxenreider ($37.00)
    The Essentials is a short, actionable course to help you take care of 7 life foundations—if you feel like the chaos outweighs the calm in your life, the course helps you first take care of the basics.

Goal Setting

  • 2018 Joyful Life Quarterly Planner by Kimberlee Stokes ($22.00)
    With it’s creative design and delightful goal achievement system, the 2018 Joyful Life Quarterly Planner is the genius organizing tool you need to calm the chaos and live a life you love.
  • Dreams by Design 2018 Planner by Karen Schravemade ($19.00) Dreams by Design is a unique printable planner that will help you organize your life, simplify your schedule and smash your goals. 
  • Fresh Start Planning Kit by Jessica Fisher ($12.00)
    The Fresh Start Planning Kit is your ticket to organizing your thoughts, setting goals, and articulating on paper the things that you’ll achieve this year, starting with the most important things for YOUR life.
  • The One Focus Method: A Step-by-Step Guide to Transform Yourself From Overwhelmed to Accomplished by Julie Hage ($3.99)
    Developed specifically for overwhelmed overthinkers, this method was written to help you clarify your priority goals and actually accomplish something by working through a realistic two-week written plan—all while still living your life.


Printables & Planners

  • Medical Binder Printables by Jayleen Zotti ($7.00)
    Organize your Medical Life once and for all with 19 Medical Binder Printables to record your pertinent medical information. 
  • Organized Motherhood Planner by Alison F. Lange ($17.00)
    Conquer your daily to-do list with the Organized Motherhood Planner
  • Simplify: 35+ Printables to Help You Organize Your Life by Abby Lawson ($14.00)
    Simplify is a collection of more than 35 types of printables to help you get organized, totaling over 100 printable pages.
  • The Purposeful Life Planner by Helena Alkhas ($47.00) Finally a planner that becomes your central station for all things family, home and life.
  • The Ultimate Busy Mom Planner by Jennifer Slavich ($19.95)
    The Ultimate Busy Mom Planner is a 168-page planner and the only planner you’ll need to organize any busy mom’s crazy hectic life. 
  • Travel Planner Printables: Plan, Organize, and Journal your Next Trip by Emily Bredeson ($2.00)
    Plan, organize, and journal your next trip with this set of Travel Planner Printables.
  • Ultimate Daily Visual Cards by Kimberly Huff ($4.99)
    180+ Daily Visual Cards for Kids to Set up healthy habits with daily routines, responsibilities, and schedules.
  • Year Round Holiday Planner: The Ultimate Tool for a Year of Memorable Celebrations by Laura Rizer ($14.99)
    An all in one organizer for all your holiday celebrations, including planning tools and kids activities for 8 holidays throughout the year. 

Self Care (15 products worth $502.91)

  • Better Days by Janica Khemlani ($17.00)
    Better Days is a practical guide to living brave in the noisy world. Perfect for those people who feel stuck in life and don’t have any idea on how to break free. 
  • Mental Health Masterclass by Faith Hawks ($29.00)
    In the Mental Health Masterclass you will create a DIY treatment plan to help you manage your mental health and take your life to the next level. 
  • My Yearly Self Care Planner by Betsy Kay ($9.99)
    Your Daily Self Care Planner adapts to whatever season of life you’re in, to help you remember to take care of yourself and develop daily practices that will nourish and sustain you. 
  • The Literary Medicine Cabinet: How to Nourish Your Soul with Good Books by Haley Stewart ($7.99)
    The Literary Medicine Cabinet ebook and printables will walk you through each step of creating the perfect list of comfort reads for your self-care.


Creativity

  • 1 Hour to a Better #bookstagram by Anne Bogel ($15.00)
    Discover how you can use Instagram to find great reads, connect with like-minded readers, spread the book love, and get the most out of the #bookstagram community—and more out of your reading life. 
  • 100 Coloring Pages: For Every Occasion & Every Age! by Lindsay Bartelt ($20.00)
    A digital coloring book including 100 coloring pages that can be printed and colored again and again! Perfect for any age, this book provides lifetime access to coloring resources for every month, season, and most major holidays! 
  • Be Your Own Inspiration Online Workshop by Allyson Bright ($99.00)
    In Be Your Own Inspiration, discover and harness your personal strength as you create art journal and scrapbooking projects designed to help you move your life forward.
  • Comprehensive Brush Letter Practice Guide by Olivia from RandomOlive ($32.00)
    Printable traceable practice pages give the space and structure to create beautiful brush lettering.
  • Creative Reflections: 365 Days of Journaling Coloring Pages by Gina Kleinworth ($8.99)
    365 coloring journal pages to spark creativity & inspiration.

Fashion

  • The Big Book of Outfit Formulas by Alison Lumbatis ($49.00)
    Over 300 classic mix and match outfit ideas to create year-round easy style. Get all the tools you need to look stylish and feel great every day for all four seasons PLUS work wear.
  • Full Year Wardrobe Plan for Moms: The Complete Guide by Corina Holden ($29.99)
    This thorough wardrobe plan for moms is the style savior you’ve been looking for. You’ll get visuals of what should go in a chic but comfy closet plus 239 outfit ideas that span the four seasons. Get ready to ask: “where was this my entire mom life?”
  • Outfit Mastery: Walk Into the Room and Know You Look Good by JoAnn Crohn ($97.00)
    The step-by-step video e-course that will help you conquer your wardrobe, define your own style and never agonize over “what to wear” again. 

Weight Loss & Fitness

  • Balance Virtual Bootcamp by Karen Shopoff Rooff ($47.00)
    Balance Virtual Bootcamp is an in-home exercise program designed by an experienced certified personal trainer that delivers three efficient, effective workouts per week for six weeks right to your email in box. 
  • 28-Day Smart Start Weight Loss Challenge by Martha McKinnon ($27.99) Making lasting changes is hard. This 28-Day Smart Start Weight Loss Challenge will help you beat the odds by getting off on the right foot! 
  • Healthy Moving Focus Class Bundle by Jen Hoffman (49.97)
    The movement classes in this bundle are focused on cultivating focus, clarity and concentration through fun exercises and flows. 
  • Suzanne Bowen Fitness 3 Month Subscription by Suzanne Bowen ($39.99) On-demand streaming workouts without the dread factor that not only give you great results but give you a healthy view of yourself. 

Time Management (9 products worth $254.00)

  • 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life by Crystal Paine ($17.00)
    A 4-week self-paced accountability program designed to help you stop spinning your wheels so you can start doing less while getting more done. 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life isn’t about great ideas; it’s about taking action! 
  • Be the Boss of Your Time: A Step-By-Step Guide by Brianna Berner ($37.00)
    In Be the Boss of your time, you will learn how to take stock of what you do every day and rearrange it so that the important stuff gets the time it deserves. 
  • Brainbook: Bullet Journaling Your Way to a More Organized Life (Starter Package) by Kalyn Brooke ($27.00)
    With gentle instruction, encouragement, and down-to-earth advice, Brainbook serves as your go-to bullet journaling guide so you can confidently create a planner that organizes your calendar, lists, notes, ideas, and long-term goals in one place.
  • Crush Your Week: The Complete Guide To Designing An Intentional Weekly Routine by Emily Counts ($15.00)
    Say goodbye to chaos and take control of your time with this ebook, which is packed with actionable strategies and worksheets to help you create a thriving life and home.
  • Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman by Cara Harvey ($27.00)
    Discover a step-by-step system for fitting all the things you NEED and WANT to get done in your schedule, feel more balanced, and start to design a life you LOVE!
  • Do Your Thing: How to Make Time for All the Things You Were Made to Do by Melissa Camara Wilkins ($5.00)
    Do Your Thing will show you how to spend less time doing the same things as everyone else, and more time on the things that make you, YOU. 
  • Finding Time: Home & Children by Sarah Phillips ($97.00)
    Whether you are just wanting your house to be more organized or are homeschooling thirteen kids, Finding Time: Home and Children can show you how to make your home more than just a dumping ground that overwhelms you to think about. A savings of nearly $70.
  • Smart Mom Smart Mornings: A 30-Day Plan to Transform Your Mornings from Chaos to Calm by Rachel Newcomb ($10.00)
    Transform your morning chaos to calm with the tips and strategies in this eBook. https://smartmomsmartideas.com/smart-mom-smart-mornings/
  • Your Life Made Easy: The Ultimate Parent’s Guide to an Organized Work Week by Brittany Wise ($19.00)
    Through printable worksheets and real life planning, Your Life Made Easy will provide you the ability to plan your work week without worrying about missing a dinner or becoming overwhelmed with household chores.

Work at Home (10 products worth $1,302.99)

  • Balancing Diapers and Deadlines: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Minimizing Decisions, Integrating Kids, and Getting More Done by Lisa Tanner ($47.00)
    Discover how to free up brain power by minimizing your decisions, find efficiencies to improve your productivity, and integrate your kids into your business.
  • Blog Boss! Profitable Blog From The Start by Chelsea Clarke ($145.00)
    Blog Boss! Profitable Blog From The Start is the complete blogging business roadmap. It’s everything you need to know to confidently create, launch, run, market and monetize an income-earning blog!
  • Blog by Number by Suzi Whitford ($18.00)
    The Blog by Number ebook is tailored for moms, to help them start a blog and begin growing their audience right away.
  • Building Your Business by Jeanine Lett ($238.00)
    A comprehensive course that takes you step-by-step through building, launching, and growing a profitable business.
  • Get Started: Gaining MOMentum by Gabriella Ribeiro ($397.00)
    This course is designed to help moms launch their own businesses, addressing everything from branding and sales, to marketing, to assuaging mom guilt.
  • Jumpstart Your Virtual Assistant Career by Gina Horkey ($29.00)
    This 21-page workbook contains five lessons that will give you a step-by-step jumpstart towards starting a new virtual assistance business from scratch. 
  • Mom Boss on a Budget by Holly Chubb ($79.00)
    Learn how to keep a strict budget for your business. 
  • Social Side Hustle: 21 Days to Becoming a Social Media Manager by Heather Montgomery ($197.00)
    Social Side Hustle will teach you how to work from home part or full time as a social media manager. 
  • The Complete Digital Cake Business Startup Kit by Rebekah Allan ($149.00) Get everything you need to become a cake business owner (worth over $1000!)
  • The Secret Sauce to Freelance Writing on the Side by Jodee Redmond ($3.99)
    This book will teach you how to plan your business, how to get funding if necessary, and how to land clients. 

Bonuses

  • FREE 3-month subscription from Scribd, $26.97 value
    **New customers only, subscription automatically renews after 3rd month
  • FREE 1-month subscription from BookRoo, $18 value (U.S. shipping: $5, Canadian shipping: $16 CA)
    **FREE download of 3 minimalist Bookroo posters for existing customer
  • FREE printables collection (coloring calendar, note cards & stickers) from Hope Ink, $52 value
  • FREE Natural Eye Shadow Kit from Orglamix, $15 value (shipping starting at $6.99, calculated at checkout, international shipping available)
  • $15 gift certificate from Cultivate What Matters, $15 value (shipping starting at $3.95, calculated at checkout, international shipping available)
  • FREE 1-month subscription from Kiwi Crate, $19.95 value (U.S. shipping: $4.95, international shipping: $9.95)**$15 off $50 shop purchase for existing customers
  • FREE SPOT -or- $15 off any product from Bloom Naturals, $19 value (continental U.S. shipping: $6.99, Alaska & Hawaii: $9.99, Canadian shipping: calculated at checkout)** excludes 32 oz. refills
  • $15 gift certificate from Strawesome, $15 value (shipping starting at $6, calculated at checkout, international shipping available) This is where we got our glass straws for our glass Camelbaks.

In case you weren’t adding things up, I would have paid $841.75 for just the resources that I would use. The bonuses alone that I would use would be $82!

Or

Which of these great resources are you most excited about?

Chivalry, Homemaking, Guest Posts, and the Aprons & Pearls Linkup

I am pretty excited about goings on here on the blog. Traffic has been way up, a few new posts, and a lot of planned posts.
Friday, Tiffany Montgomery shared How to Awaken Chivalry in a Biblical Marriage as a guest post here.
Yesterday I shared why Christians should care about the environment, and my favorite green products.
I also set up a guest post form. I am looking for guest posts to help fill in June/July/August since I will likely be a little too busy with our newest edition to blog, so if you are interested, please check that out! I would like to have everything in by the end of May, I will firm up a date a little later.
Tomorrow is the launch of the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. It is by far my favorite homemaking resource. This year they are doing some free webinars leading up to the launch.
If you have been around here very long, you have probably heard me say that you cannot pour from an empty cup. Making time for God is so important. This afternoon-Tuesday April 11th- at 4pm EST Jami Balmet of Young Wife’s Guide is sharing on creative ways to grow in your faith.

The park behind the library that we usually play at before and after story and science times is closed, and slated to be torn down soon, so that was a sad discovery. A new, smaller (not sure how much smaller, the current one is not huge) one is set to go in further back, past a parking lot that is going in, so it will be a bit less convenient.. Should be done in time for the weather to turn colder this autumn…womp womp…a long summer is ahead!
Dropped the ball a bit on the spring bucket list this past week. Did some fun things, but nothing off of the list other than smelling flowers and picking more! The weather is supposed to be much nicer later this week (today’s high was 48!), so I am hoping to have some outdoor fun. We have a visit to a new museum planned for next week since this is our last week of story and science times for this session.I am also hoping to get the raised beds in for the garden this weekend. I did find this awesome Nature Scripture Scavenger Hunt printable from Amy Tol over at More Like Grace. I had planned to use nature to try to teach the kids more about God, and this makes it a bit easier on the pregnancy-brained mama!
Sunday night brought a great chance to talk to the children about being born again. Our oldest, B, had asked about it on the way home from church, so after supper we read the story of Nicodemus and Jesus to them. Still a bit over their heads, they are starting to grasp it, but praying that seeds have been planted.
I have a few more posts planned for this week, so please check back!
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.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • 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 through 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.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!

     
     

 

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