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Welcome to my weekly post where we take a break from money-related posts and I share about what I’m loving right now and give you a little peek into our life from the past week.
What We’ve Been Watching
Kathrynne and I watched Wonder Woman together. Honestly, I’m not sure what to say about it. I know so many people have raved about it. I kind of felt like it fell flat for me.
Part of me wonders if I watched it again if I’d enjoy it more. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I know it was definitely different than what I thought it would be.
It was also pretty science-fiction-y for me (not my favorite genre) and there were some edge-y parts in it. I’d recommend watching it ahead of time before letting your kids watch it, if you were thinking of having them watch it.
Jesse and I have also (finally!) started watching This Is Us. We weren’t sure what we were going to think of it — especially since we’re pretty careful about what we watch and the opening scene made us concerned that this would be yet another series that we just didn’t feel comfortable watching.
But we stuck with it and we’ve really fallen in love with it. I think there’s something so powerful about the storytelling in this series. It doesn’t sugarcoat things. It’s real, raw, and messy. And yet, it also captures how the little moments in life are so beautiful, as well. I also love how it powerfully portrays how much our past affects our present and how wounds and hurts we’ve never dealt with or healed from can impact us and our relationships for years to come.
What I’ve Been Reading
I also read a pre-release copy of In Bloom by Kayla Aimee. Her book is all about trading restless insecurity for abiding confidence. It was such a great read — and one I could really relate to in my own journey through insecurities and feeling like I’m not good enough.
A Little Peek Into Our Daily Life Around Here
I caught them like this one night before bed this past week. They told me they were working on a “top secret” project.
I’m not sure what it was, but I loved hearing them laugh and giggle from their room as they worked together on it.
Not all moments are beautiful like this… but there are beautiful moments like this in every day, if only I have eyes to notice them.
I came downstairs one morning this past week to see him carefully wiping down every crevice of every single chair — without being asked!
He looked up and said, “I feel like I’m on Flea Market Flip. I bet I could clean this table up and re-sell it.”
Yes, your eyes aren’t mistaking you. I’m letting Silas spray paint furniture. In our garage. And I was helping him and cheering him on.
If you know anything about my personality type and about how messes and paint and craft projects are so.not.my.thing, then you will look at this photo and know that this is a testament to Jesus and His work in my heart.
It’s also a testament to how my Year of Rest changed me. Because I’ve learned that there’s more to life than chasing productivity and checking things off my to do list.
I’ve also learned that stopping to make memories with my child — even if it’s messy — is one of the most important and best uses of my time.
And it only took me 36 years to discover that— surprise, surprise! — spray painting is actually really fun. I never knew this because I was always to busy with my to do lists to be bothered.
Watch out, world. I see many bottles of spray paint in our future! 😉
Kathrynne gave her Second Quarter Project speech this past week and did such a great job! She had to create an Illuminated Manuscript and then write a speech on what passage she chose to write out and why. (You can see her friend holding her manuscript next to her in the picture.)
One of our goals for 2017 was for Jesse and I to go on a trip together. We decided to go on a Marriage Retreat that was put on by some friends of friends of ours.
The Marriage Retreat was held at the Whitestone Country Inn and it was an amazing experience! The sessions were fantastic and we had a number of breakthroughs in how we approach communication our marriage.
Plus, we loved getting to spend so much quality time together, take in the beautiful scenery, enjoy the yummy meals, go on walks together, and just take time to really invest in our marriage and have fun together. It was so good for our marriage — and our souls!
We’re so grateful that my parents were willing to fly up and take care of our kids while we got away. It was such a blessing and a gift to us!
Something I’ve Been Pondering
She did something this past week that I got frustrated by. I didn’t yell at her, but she could sense the frustration in my voice.
She left the room and went to her room. And then I felt the prompting in my heart, “Call her back in. Really listen to her. Make sure she is seen and heard.”
I gently called her back and saw the tears in her eyes.
“Mom, I did that for you. I thought you would be happy about it. I feel like I just can’t seem to do the right thing.”
And my heart broke right in two. To think I had crushed her spirit and hurt her by my hints of frustration over this project she had done — not knowing her heart in it was to do something to make me happy.
I apologized. We talked. I thanked her. And then we worked together to finish the project.
And it was a beautifully bonding moment — as well as such an important reminder that sometimes what it appears like on the surface is often not at all what the intent of someone else is.
“Lord, help me to really see my kids as You see them. Give me grace to parent from Your love. Help me to take the extra time to find the good and praise it. Let me listen carefully, love abundantly, and show your grace lavishly — just as you have done for me. Help my kids to feel seen, heard, and valued by me… so that ultimately they will know how much they are seen, heard, and valued by You.”
Links You Should Check Out:
- Looking for frugal gift ideas for Christmas? We’ve got all sorts of ideas and links for you right here.
- Curious as to why we’re currently renting our house in TN? I share all about it in this really honest post.
- I’ve been mulling over this quote all week long.
- My kids are SO excited about what we’re doing for Advent this year. Get all the details here.
1 pkg Frozen Raspberries – $1.85
1 3-ct pkg Multi-Colored Peppers – $2.59
1 Pineapple – $0.89
1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.69
4 1-lb bags Fresh Green Beans – $2.76 (great price!)
1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $1.69
1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.59
4 2-lb bags Honey Crisp Apples – $3.96 (They must be discontinuing these for the season – what a fantastic deal on one of my favorite kinds of apple!)
1 Pomegranate – $0.95
1 bunch Bananas (2.95lbs @ $0.36/lb) – $1.06
1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.59
1 bag Radishes – $0.95
1 8-oz pkg Cream Cheese – $0.65
2 loaves Sandwich Bread – $1.30
1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust – $1.89
1 box Honey Crunch Oats – $1.45
1 box Raisin Bran – $1.65
2 pkgs String Cheese (one reduced fat and one regular) – $3.98
1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.75
1 pkg Deli Meat – $2.55
1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.19
2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.18
1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.57
1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55
1 64-oz carton Half and Half – $3.49
5 dozen Eggs – $1.70 (AWESOME price!)
1 5-lb bag Jasmine Rice – $2.85
1 box Refrigerated Pie Crust – $1.39
1 jar Almond Extract – $1.99
1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89
1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65
1 1-lb pkg Butter Quarters – $1.99
1 jar Cheese Dip – $1.99
Grocery Total for the Week: $64.22
Weekly Menu Plan
Eggs, Bacon, Apple Strudel Muffins x 2
Cold Cereal, Fruit, Toast x 3
Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs
Build-Your-Own-Tossed-Salad Bar x 2
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Bananas, Raw Veggies x 2
Thanksgiving Potluck at Church – I’m bringing a large crockpot full of homemade Macaroni and Cheese (Does anyone have a good recipe?) and Make-Ahead Butterhorns
Leftovers x 2
Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwiches, Fruit Salad, Roasted Green Beans
Taco Salad, Spanish Rice
Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Tossed Salad, Homemade Applesauce, Biscuits
Thanksgiving – Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Make-Ahead Butterhorns, Almond Ring Bread, Broccoli Rice Casserole, Pumpkin Pie, Upside-Down Praline Apple Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Pie, and Turkey Cookie Treats. I am hosting, but I am NOT making all of the above by myself. 🙂
Leftovers x 2
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Do you love to craft? If so, be sure to enter this Crafting Supplies Giveaway for your chance to win one of 20 prizes!
There are four different categories to pick from, and each category has five different winners:
- Sullivans Heirloom Embroidery Accessories in Keepsake Box ($53)
- Adjustable Oak Lap Frame ($85)
- OttLite K94CP3 3-in-1 Adjustable-Height Craft Floor Lamp with Magnifier and Clip, Champagne ($107)
- ThreadNanny 165 CONES Polyester Machine Embroidery Threads 40wt + RACK + BACKING + BOBBIN THREAD ($200)
- Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine with Included Rolling Carrying Case ($390)
- Fiskars 3 Piece Rotary Cutting Set ($40)
- Sizzix Big Shot Fabric Series Starter ($120)
- Artisan Half Yard Bundle (Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics) ($200)
- SINGER 7469Q Confidence Quilter Computerized Electronic Portable Sewing & Quilting Machine with Quilting Accessories ($280)
- Cricut Maker™ Machine ($400)
- Amour Crochet Hook Gift Set ($50)
- Addi Click Turbo Interchangeable Needle Set ($175)
- Signature Series Ball Winder & S&ift ($200)
- Crazy Sexy Wool 10 Balls (any color) ($240)
- Ablet Knitting Abacus Bracelet – Sterling Silver ($300)
- ArtBin Tote Express, Black/Gray Rolling Art Craft Storage Bag,6922SA ($115)
- Stella Lighting Stella Edge Clamp Light, White ($150)
- Natural Dye Extract Kit – Color Collection ($170)
- Weaving Bench – Adjustable ($200)
- Cricut Maker™ Machine ($400)
NOTE: These limited time sale prices have been extended through the weekend, so be sure to take advantage of these before the prices go back up! (And all of the links and prices are fixed now!)
Are you looking for non-toy gift ideas this year for Christmas? One non-toy gift I love giving my kids is magazine subscriptions!
My kids LOVE getting magazines as gifts because it means they’ll get fun mail every month all year long! Then you can recycle them or pass them on when you’re through with them.
Here are 13 suggestions for fun magazine subscriptions for kids that our family has loved and my readers also highly recommended:
I am SO excited that for a limited time only, we are able to offer exclusive savings on all of the magazines listed below (thanks to DiscountMags working hard to get these LOW prices for us)! When you click over for each magazine, you’ll see the sale price listed. No coupon code is required! These prices are valid through Friday, November 17, 2017.
1. Highlights Magazine — This is a top children’s magazine that makes learning fun and adventurous through the use of hidden pictures, games, puzzles, and other interactive activities. Choose from Highlights for Children (ages 6-12), Highlights High Five (ages 2-6), or Highlights Hello (for ages 0-2).
2. American Girl Magazine — A great alternative to more traditional teen magazines, each issue of this magazine includes craft ideas, puzzles, contests, advice, games, and other fun activities and articles. Each issue celebrates girls’ creativity, confidence, and independence. It is perfect for girls ages 8 and up.
3. Thomas & Friends Magazine — For ages 2-7, each issue of this hugely popular magazine is filled with stories your children will love, a collectible poster you can hang on your wall, and a pull out workbook filled with activities like counting, matching, and reading.
4. Peppa Pig Magazine — Perfect for young Peppa fans ages 2-7, this highly-rated magazine is packed full of games, puzzles, stories, crafts, posters, and more.
5. Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine — This magazine is not only a fun and entertaining way to promote reading, but also serves as a wonderful and wholesome source of inspiration for young kids who love the world of sports. Edited for children 8 years and up, the magazine features great news articles, player profiles, and much more.
6. National Geographic Kids Magazine — This award winning magazine features a combination of facts, photos, and fun for kids. The articles are designed to inspire children to learn about their world around them and consist of incredible information about science, technology, animals, geography, archaeology, and pop culture. Each issue also comes with jokes, fun games, and activities. Choose from the Kids version for ages 6 & up or the Little Kids version for ages 3-6.
7. Sparkle World Magazine — This magazine features Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Angelina Ballerina, and more. Each issue is packed with these popular characters, activities, games, posters, stickers and more. It is suited for younger girls ages 3 and up.
8. Disney Princess Magazine — This magazine is for girls ages 4-9 and is filled with magical stories, fun projects, games, activities, and more. It is narrated by Disney’s leading ladies like Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White and every issue features a pull out poster your child can hang on her wall.
9. Babybug Magazine — This magazine is for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old. It’s a unique magazine, because it’s one that parents and their babies can enjoy together. It’s filled with colorful pictures and simple rhymes and stories that can be read together.
10. Zoobooks Magazine — This is the kid’s magazine for animal lovers. It brings the excitement of the zoo right into your home. Each issue features breath-taking photography, fascinating articles, facts, and diagrams that brings the animal world alive.
11. Jack & Jill Magazine — This magazine teaches young readers ages 7-10 about health, self-confidence, and better living through humor and adventurous stories. It also features regular publication of reader’s stories, poems, photos, and artwork.
12. Ranger Rick Magazine — Published by the National Wildlife Federation, this magazine is designed for boys and girls ages 7-12 who love the outdoors. Each issue is packed with full-color photos of animals and stories of adventure. It focuses on teaching young kids about wildlife, nature, and conservation.
13. LEGO Life Magazine — This is one of my kids’ favorite magazines, and the best part is that a two-year subscription is totally FREE! This magazine is the ultimate print experience for young LEGO fans, and it is filled with stuff like comics, fun activities, challenging competitions, and interviews. Readers can keep up with their favorite characters and themes, and discover what other LEGO builders are creating.
Don’t forget to grab these titles while they’re on HUGE discount — valid through Monday, November 20, 2017!
BONUS magazine we love: Clubhouse Magazine — You know how our family is HUGE fans of Adventures in Odyssey! So it’s only natural that my kids LOVE Clubhouse magazine! This Christian kids’ magazine for ages 8-12 reinforces family closeness with hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and exciting stories. (Discount Magazines doesn’t offer this magazine, so I don’t have a discounted price to offer you, unfortunately.)