Disguised Blessings, Autumn Bucket List, Homemaking Bundle, and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

It seems that we have skipped autumn and gone to winter weather.
Our family found a new pumpkin patch this year. The farm that we have been to for the past five years was not doing it this year. After some searching online I found another farm near my mom that had one.
It turned out to be a great find. The hayride was much cheaper, and longer. The farm does not use pesticides or other harmful chemicals. We got to watch the farmer’s wife press cider (and got a gallon of it to try). We picked out smaller pumpkins since they were a bit more than the old farm, but the kids did not mind. They have a peach orchard that we will visit in the summer.
This autumn has been different. There are some church events that we have been participated in for years that we did not do this year. Rather odd feeling, but since we are mainly attending a new church now, it is probably time.
I earned my second stripe in Krav Maga last week. I definitely improved my kicks. Found out a one hour class burns 800-900 calories. Since everyone earned their stripes early in the week our ‘b’ class Thursday was just for fun really. We did a bunch of kicking and stretching. Great fun.
Unfortunately it looks like I will not be able to continue as the teen we found said she was overwhelmed. I thought it was pretty easy since the nearly two year old is in the stroller for the class, the older two entertain themselves, and the littlest is not even mobile yet. The last teen that was watching them (since her parents were in the same class) was much younger and had no issues, so I assumed this young lady would be okay.
It was nice to be able to do something to blow off steam each week. I will miss it. There is one more possibility but it would not be a consistent thing, missing at least one class every other week. I honestly want to cry over it. I do not do much for myself, and this was something that I was enjoying, and benefiting from (both for learning self defense and getting fit).
I am setting up an obstacle course in our backyard for the children. Girlie’s karate class has had them a couple of times lately and it has been an interest of theirs. If I do it outside it will get them fresh air and sunshine on top of the physical/mental workout. I will write a post about it once it is done.
I am excited that there will be a Homemaking Bundle flash sale next week! Rather timely as the 3rd is National Homemakers Day. It is my favorite resource for homemaking. So keep an eye out for it!
One little man is nearly 2! Time is flying by! I feel kind of bad that we are not doing a party like we usually do. Not that it is usually big or anything, just a few close friends and family. We just had a cake at Grandma’s rather last minute this past weekend. Unfortunately cousins were sick so they could not come, so it was a very small affair.
I am gathering the stuff for the goodie bags for trick or treaters Wednesday. I just need to get some glow sticks. The Gospels of John came in, I printed off invites to the family game night Friday. I got some sticky hands, allergen free suckers, and juice boxes. I will try to pop by the dollar store for the glow sticks tomorrow. It just means taking the children through there…I would send hubby after work tomorrow, but we have Krav, so that will not work. We get out of class just as they close.
Hopefully there will be another post later this week. I have a few guest posts that I am excited to share soon.
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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Break Week, Costumes, and The Aprons & Pearls

One of those lovely weeks when story time and science time are on break. This week and next week are a little less crazy. Just a little.
This week I am catching up on stuff around the house, making costumes for costume night at AWANAs, and gathering stuff for goodie bags for the neighborhood children.
I got to go to Hobby Lobby with just O last night. I did well, I did not look at all of the awesome Christmas decor (it is my favorite time of year), and I came out under budget.
School is going well, though work sheets are not a favorite.
This weekend we went to the zoo with a friend to do family photos. It was a lot of fun, for me anyway. Hubby is not into it, but was a trooper and did it for me. My friend got some amazing shots of the children.
Finally got back to church this past week. First D had allergy junk, then we were out of town, then I was sick, then D and O had allergy junk. It was nice to be back.
If you missed it last week, I shared one of my favorite soups. It is called Adrenal Recovery Soup, but it is great any time.
Krav Maga has been intense. It was conditioning week last week, in preparation for stripe testing this week.
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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Taz: Adrenal Recovery Soup

This is a recipe that I found a couple of years ago and love making. It is a wonderful, nourishing soup that provides many of the minerals our bodies need desperately.
Originally from “Balancing body chemistry with nutrition” seminars by Dorthy S Downey.
I have modified the recipe a bit to how I make it.
It is so simple, and tasty as well.
Taz, or Adrenal Recovery Soup is a simple, nourishing soup to give your body what it needs. #soup #adrenalfatigue #nourish #realfood #gourmet #recipe

Taz Soup (Adrenal Recovery Soup)

  • 16 ounces green beans, cut into bite sized bits
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 zucchini*, sliced
  • 1 medium onion*, chopped
  • 1 16 can tomato* diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup spring water (I use filtered water)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound uncured smoked beef sausage, uncured ham chunks, or two chicken breast cut into bite sized bits
  • Pepper to taste

Prepare ingredients. In a large pot, combine ingredients and simmer for about an hour, or until the veggies are tender.
One of my children does not like eating green veggies, but happily ate this and asked for more.
Great for when you are really stressed or sick to help your body get on the mend faster.
*Since this is about getting minerals and helping our bodies recover, these ingredients I highly recommend making sure that you get organic.
 

What is Going on and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

On the mend. Finally. Mastitis had two days of last week, then the sinus infection that I had been fighting finally hit hard. By the way, I have dismissed gargling with salt water way too long. It is amazing!
Not much at all got done, and I didn’t go out much. Ollie had a weight check (he’s gaining more than our goal of 5oz a week now), and our follow up with the lactation consultant (who said I still need to do some stretches after the five week mark, boo).
My mom and hubby took the children to karate. Storytime and science time did not happen last week, and it still bugs me, but I can’t do it all. I skipped krav as well since it is pretty intense.
This past weekend I started tackling the living/play room. Downsized dress up stuff and the toy box both by about half. Small steps. Kids toys are hard for me to get rid of.
Hubby replaced the garbage disposal. I am very thankful that he is so handy.
I am hoping that life gets back to “normal” this week!
 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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What is Going on and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

On the mend. Finally. Mastitis had two days of last week, then the sinus infection that I had been fighting finally hit hard. By the way, I have dismissed gargling with salt water way too long. It is amazing!
Not much at all got done, and I didn’t go out much. Ollie had a weight check (he’s gaining more than our goal of 5oz a week now), and our follow up with the lactation consultant (who said I still need to do some stretches after the five week mark, boo).
My mom and hubby took the children to karate. Storytime and science time did not happen last week, and it still bugs me, but I can’t do it all. I skipped krav as well since it is pretty intense.
This past weekend I started tackling the living/play room. Downsized dress up stuff and the toy box both by about half. Small steps. Kids toys are hard for me to get rid of.
Hubby replaced the garbage disposal. I am very thankful that he is so handy.
I am hoping that life gets back to “normal” this week!
 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!


Aprons and Pearls linkup

I am dealing with mastitis as I write this. It is like a horrible flu. Thankfully hubby could come home early and my mom came up to help with the kids tomorrow (Tuesday).
I have dealt with it before, but had not caught it before I needed an antibiotic.
This time I was prepared. Well, as prepared as you can be!
A stressful week+dehydration+little sleep is a recipe for mastitis!
A reminder to be still more.
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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Halloween Ministry

There is much debate as to if Christians should participate in Trick or Treating on Halloween.
What we do for the neighborhood children at Halloween. #ministry #halloween #allhallowseve #neighborhood #trickortreat @godschicki
It is a tough decision to make, and ultimately one of the rib issues in Christianity.
I am just going to share how we minister to the neighborhood kids on Halloween.
We put together goodie bags. Each year we hand them out, and the kids get so excited about it.
What we do for the neighborhood children at Halloween. #ministry #halloween #allhallowseve #neighborhood #trickortreat @godschicki
We include:

This year we may include an organic juice box instead of candy. Last year we did snap bracelets.
I would love to include some fresh fruit, but sadly I do not think that it would be seen as safe.
We will also include a prayer card from church as well as a flyer for our monthly family game night (which happens to be the Friday after Halloween).
We have bags that are for the Teal Pumpkin project.
The reason that I am sharing so early in October is that if you do want to include Gospels of John from TPTL it can take 2-4 weeks to get them.
You can either purchase the Gospels (30 of them for $20), or ask someone to sponsor you if you cannot afford to purchase them.
We pray over the baggies. That God would prepare the hearts of those who end up with them. That they would be open to His word and either come to know Him in a real and powerful way or draw even closer to Him and pass along the Gospel.
I hope that you take this opportunity to reach out to those in your community. What other time do you have people knocking on your door all night? We as Christians can choose to shut ourselves up, or be a light in the darkness.
How do you reach out at Halloween?

Aprons and Pearls linkup

Autumn is here! Not my very favorite season, but it is a lovely one. My favorite things about it are the lovely colored leaves and pumpkin everything!
Things have been very busy around here, and we are still finding our groove with school. I plan to write more about that in the future. We are enjoying it very much. I love seeing things click with the kids.
Our littlest had his oral ties revised last week and he is doing well. I have to stretch his sore little mouth five times a day for five weeks, but he is already getting nice rolls on his arms and is a lot more energetic. Nursing is much easier and he is much more efficient as well.
I made out our autumn bucket list and shared that yesterday. As I mentioned, it is pumpkin season.
I love everything pumpkin. Hubby not so much, so I really try to keep it to September-December.
The oldest two children earned their yellow belts in their kids karate classes. Our third little one wishes he could be in class and tries to do karate on his older siblings…
I have started simmering delicious things to make the house smell autumny. Our youngest is a bit too young to use most of the essential oils that I have diffused in autumn in the past, so I am sticking to the simmer pot.
I might make up a pot of wassail for the ladies Bible study on Wednesday night. And perhaps something pumpkiny?
In the month of October I am hosting a Thanksgiving Challenge. Please join me on Instagram, or Facebook to take part in it!
Tomorrow I will share about our family’s Halloween Ministry to the neighborhood children.
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!


Autumn Family Fun Bucket List 2018 With Printable

Autumn is here! Not my very favorite season, but it is a lovely one. My favorite things about it are the lovely colored leaves and pumpkin everything!
Our goals for intentional memory making this autumn #autumn #familytime #fall #pumpkin #bucketlist @godschicki
Making memories is important to our family. Here are some of the goals that we have set for the autumn. We may not get through the whole list, but it gives us something to aim at.

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Do you have any plans for intentional memory making this Autumn? You can get my printable list to make your family fun bucket list by clicking here.