5 Things I’m Loving This Week

I usually post this on Saturday night, but we were traveling back from Kansas on Saturday, so I didn’t get this posted then. But I figured you wouldn’t mind if I shared it on a Tuesday night instead. :)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. Fun Selfies With My Kids

We had so much fun taking the above picture and laughed so hard doing it. I mean, it’s a shame we have no personality at our house. None whatsoever.

{The short story behind the photo: Jesse encouraged me to start tracking my nutrition since I’ve been kind of dragging recently. By doing so, I realize I need to be eating more good carbs and protein, so I’m working on that.

Jesse suggested I try one of his shakes since “it’s loaded with good carbs,” he told me. It looked good when he gave it to me in the shaker bottle, I thought it was a chocolate shake, and I promptly took a big swig… And quickly discovered it tasted and smelled nothing like I expected. Blech! It smelled like garden veggies and tasted plain wrong!

He came into the room and saw me plugging my nose and trying to down it and just laughed. And then I about gagged when he told me it was a sweet potato shake. Excuse me? Sweet potatoes are what you eat with steak, they do NOT belong in a shake. Trust me on this.}

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

2. Josh Groban’s Album: Stages

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Groban fan. In fact, I may reach Groupie levels.

Yes, I’m the kind of fan that my husband knew even frugal me wouldn’t object to paying for VIP tickets to his concert… and then I felt all excited over the fact that when he came out into the audience, I was just about ten seats away from being able to shake his hand.

TEN SEATS, people. That’s basically like he and I are best buds.

I mean, really, what are a few chairs between us and the fact that he doesn’t know me from Adam and the fact that he’d be completely scared off by my inability to act like a normal non-stalker fan if I actually did, indeed, get close enough to say hello sometime??

Yes, we’re practically close friends. So, of course, I have to support my friends and spend my Swagbucks-earned credit on their albums. Because I don’t want my friends to be starving artists or anything.

Sarcasm aside, I adored almost every song on this album. And it’s been on repeat while I’ve been working online recently. You can listen to clips of all of the songs here.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

3. Creativity

I love how Kaitlynn always sees possibility and potential everywhere she looks. She’s always creating. Whether it’s cards for other people, paintings to hang on the wall, loom band creations for a friend, or some kind of needlework, her hands are never still.

With her skillful eye for beauty, scraps of paper, bits of yarn, or broken crayons are not things to be discarded, but things to transform into art. She sees all of life as her “studio” for expressing new artistic ideas, experimenting with new art forms, and combining various YouTube tutorials into her own variations on a pattern. This week, one of her creations was this baby hat complete with pompom side decor.

Her fierce independence and strong personality has kept me on my knees many a time as a mom and there have been many days when I wanted to throw up my hands in despair, but more and more, I see how her tenacity is going to be one of her greatest gifts to the world. I’m excited to see what God has in store for her future!

She’s taught me so much about being brave and bold, about being true to yourself, and about always looking for the beauty in the middle of the brokenness. Because you might not see it at first, but it is there, just waiting for someone to notice and nurture it.

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4. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App

I feel as if I’m finally transitioning into the 21st century this past year because I’ve actually started using my phone for something other than talking on the phone, texting, and checking email.

Yes, I’ve discovered this new-fangled thing they call “apps”! And while I’m still only using a few of them, the few I use are actually really impacting my life in positive ways.

My recent new favorite app is the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App. This app tracks your sleep and wakes you at the most optimal time in your sleep pattern to be woken up.

Not only am I waking up feeling more rested, but I’m finding that the statistics on how well you slept and how long you slept are really enlightening — and they are encouraging me to figure out different things that really improve my quality of sleep.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

5. Cute New Shirts from Cents of Style

Squee!! Our new t-shirt line with Cents of Style is finally here!

I walked down the stairs yesterday afternoon and asked Jesse if he could snap a few pictures of me modeling the shirts because I wanted to use the pics in a blog post.

Only problem was, I yelled into the kitchen as I was walking down the stairs: “Honey, can you take a picture of me since I have my shirt on!” And then I turned and saw that one of the older neighbor boys was standing right there off to the side of the bottom of the stairs.

I pretended like it was no big deal, but inside I was dying from embarrassment and laughter thinking what that request must have sounded like to him!!

And then of course, I didn’t know Jesse was actually taking pictures when I was trying to tell him to take a few shots just getting the text section of the shirt. This photo looked so ridiculous that I had to share.

{The shirts have some of my favorite phrases on them that have served to transform my perspective on life: Choose Love, Choose Gratitude, Choose Joy, and Choose Courage! You can get one for yourself for just $14.95 shipped this week only when you use coupon code CHOOSE at checkout. See all the designs here.}

What have you been loving recently? Tell us in the comments!

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12 Goals for 2015: June Update (and a recap of our very full month!)

Whew! What a month June was! I had fun reviewing everything that happened and also wondering how it all happened in just 4 weeks. God’s grace was so evident to carry us through all of this… and there’s probably a good reason why I’m tired this week. :)

Here are some of the highlights from June:

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We started out the month with a bang by launching my brand-new 14-day online course: Make Over Your Mornings. To date, we have sold over 14,000 courses and fully funded a really cool project in South Africa.

I’m humbly grateful and overwhelmed by you all and your incredible response to this resource. Thank you for the constant stream of emails you’ve been sending me about how it’s impacting your life.

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We also launched something I’ve been wanting to launch for a long time — a weekly email newsletter from me personally. This email newsletter is filled with some behind-the-scenes stories and tidbits that you won’t read on the blog, some personal encouragement from me, plus helpful links and resources.

If you purchased a copy of Make Over Your Mornings, it should land in your inbox every Saturday morning. I’m having so much fun putting it together — and am loving getting to interact with a group of you on a more personal level (well, as personal as email can be!)

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Silas went with me to San Francisco. It was a whirlwind trip, but we had so much fun getting to see new things — like the Golden Gate Bridge!

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I spoke at a homeschool conference in Virginia.

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Our kids went to Pine Cove’s Camp in the City at our church.

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Kaitlynn and I got to see our beloved Jackie Evancho in concert with the Nashville Symphony.

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Jesse and I got to enjoy quite a bit of one-on-one time while our kids were at camp during the day.

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Kathrynne got to go with me to the Atlanta Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Event — and thought the spread in the green room they had for us was pretty amazing (so did I!)

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We celebrated this beautiful girl’s eighth birthday with shopping and more fun one-on-one time fun together.

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I faced some fear gremlins and flew to NYC (by myself!) and recorded a segment on John Stossel’s show on Fox Business.

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We met up with my sister and her family in Atlanta for a few days of fun.

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And then we came home and vegged for a few days before leaving again for a few days in Kansas for the 4th of July.

My 12 Goals for 2015

Marriage

Motherhood

Myself

  • Complete all She Reads Truth 2015 Bible Studies + memory work.
    • Done in January — I absolutely loved the John study.
    • Done in February — I really enjoyed the Esther study.
    • Done in March — The Lent study was so, so good!
    • Done in April — I loved the Timothy study!
    • Done in May — I’m so enjoying the Women in the Word study.
    • Done in June — I’m continuing to enjoy the Women in the Word study!
  • Read 1 fiction book per month.

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  • Hire a local personal assistant.
    • Done! And I’m so grateful! My new assistant, Ashley, is amazing!
  • Launch 2 courses.
    • Woot! Woot! We launched Make Over Your Mornings in May!
    • We’re working hard on a free 5-day video course we’ll be launching with my new book, Money-Making Mom.
  • Launch our new product line (slated to soft launch later this year).
  • Release my third book (slated to come out November 2015).
    • We’re in the middle of gearing up for marketing and publicity and are in the midst of the final edits. Can’t wait to tell you more about this book in the coming months!

Money

  • Increase last year’s overall giving totals by 10% in 2015.
    • Part of my going to South Africa was to investigate the possibility of our family personally supporting the work of Take Action. After coming home, we both felt this was the direction we were supposed to take and our partnership with them will allow us to meet this goal. We’re so thrilled with what God is doing there in South Africa and, for those who have joined us in this through the #TenDollarTribe.
  • Finish funding our Rental House #3 Savings Account.
      • We’re at 75%. We’re starting to look at houses in earnest and getting excited about the possibility of buying another rental again.

    How are you doing on YOUR goals for 2015?

    If you set goals for this year, I’d love to hear how you are doing on them! Leave a comment telling us about your progress on them or leave the link to your blog post about them. Here’s to a year of living with purpose, intentional, impact, and meaning!

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48-Hour Giveaway: 1-Year Adopt-an-Olive-Tree Subscription (1 Winner)

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This is SUCH a unique giveaway and I can’t wait to see who wins!

Pomora’s Adopt an Olive Tree program allows anyone in the UK or US to adopt an olive tree from Italy and enjoy delicious olive oil delivered direct to your door throughout the year. What could be better than olive oil from your very own adopted tree?

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Pomora works with two small, independent growers – Antonio and Carmelo – whose families have grown olives for generations.  They continue to use the traditional production methods which both respect the earth and produce the finest, award-winning olive oils.

Their growers look after your tree throughout the year and harvest and press your olives in autumn. And then they ship your oil direct to your door – no middle men, no messing – just fresh and delicious olive oil.  Yum!

Whether you drizzle it on bruschetta, use it as a base for a fresh salad dressing, or simply as a dip for bread, it will bring a ray of Italian sunshine to your table every day.

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Would you like to win a one-year subscription to Pomora’s Adopt an Olive Tree Program? Click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address.

One winner will be chosen and posted next week. This giveaway ends Friday, July 10, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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Sign up for the Self-Publishing Success Summit for FREE!

Sign up for the Self-Publishing Success Summit for FREE!

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, you’ll want to sign up for the FREE Self-Publishing Success Online Summit being held July 12-23.

This Summit features interviews from 37 different authors and entrepreneurs and will give you lots of valuable information to help you write, market, and publish your book.

Here are the three main topics this online event covers:

Step 1 – Writing You Book – You’ll learn how to easily & effortlessly write your first book and how to overcome the doubts and fears that keep you from writing.

Step 2 – Marketing & Publishing – Learn how to successfully launch your book once it’s written…including revolutionary “outside of the box” tactics today’s top authors are using to sell more books.

Step 3 – Monetizing (Making Money) – Take your book to the bank. Speakers share their top strategies to build passive income, even a business, from your first book… including how to use a book to drive 1,000’s of leads & customers.

Sign up for this event for FREE here.

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Sonic: 1/2 Priced Cones all day long on July 9, 2015

Sonic: Half Price Cones at Sonic on July 9, 2015

On July 9, 2015, Sonic is reportedly offering half priced cones all day long at all locations.

Note: This deal has been advertised with signage at various Sonic locations across the country. However, I cannot find any official mention of it online from Sonic. (If you find one, let me know!) So I’d recommend calling your store ahead of time to verify that they are participating.

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!

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