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5 Things I’m Loving This Week (Bargain flowers, homeschooling on the trampoline, & a figure-skating competition)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. Office Decor That Makes Me Happy

In my office right now and making me so happy… Bargain flowers that I picked up for $1.25 and a canvas from our new line of products.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

2. Homeschool on the Trampoline

It was SUCH a beautiful day one day this week that we did our morning homeschool on the trampoline and the kids thought I was the Best. Mom. Ever. It’s often the simplest things that can make such a difference.

{Also, see that Carry On, Mr. Bowditch book? We are still just loving it! I scoped about it on Friday here.}

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

3. A Box of Goodies From Grandma

My mom sent the kids a box of goodies last week, including these pencils and Pencil Drawing book. They had so much fun drawing during our Read Aloud time during our morning homeschooling.

I love seeing them exercise their creativity in different ways — whether through building with LEGOs, writing stories, singing drawing, crafts, cooking in the kitchen, coloring, hand-lettering, or ice-skating. I love how each child is so unique and different and yet they are each creative in their own way.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

4. Friends Who Make Me Laugh

I love it that my friends are so supportive of me. Brent Hodge is at the top of that list. And this text from him is clear proof of that. 😉

(Tip: Learn to laugh at yourself and then surround yourself with people who will join in with you. It makes life a whole lot more fun!)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

5. Cheering Our Figure Skater On

So proud of this girl! Even though she didn’t place as high as she would have wanted to in three of her four events at the Knoxville Figure Skating Competition this weekend, she went out there and gave it everything she had, congratulated those who placed higher than her, and kept a smile on her face — even when feeling discouraged. (You can watch a clip of her skating program here.)

This makes it worth all the sacrifices and time and $$ we’ve invested. Because the character Kaitlynn is learning through all her practices and, now, through competing is priceless… And will impact her for the rest of her life.

What are YOU loving this week? Tell us in the comments!

5 Things I’m Loving This Week (Doughnuts, a read-aloud we’re loving, + healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies!)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. My New Mug

At dinner one night this week, my husband handed me something all wrapped up in tissue paper. It was this mug he had painted for me at a local ceramics shop while I was in Israel.

It’s my favorite style of mug, painted in my favorite color, painted with my favorite flowers (tulips), made by my favorite person in the world.

Talk about a perfect combination to put a smile on my face and make me happy… And probably one of the most thoughtful gifts he’s ever given me because I know how much love went into it.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

2. Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these week and was really happy with how they turned out, how easy they were to make, and how they tasted.

They had a lot more texture than a typical chocolate chip, but for how healthful the ingredients were, I was really impressed with them! (They are from the Chocolate-Covered Katie cookbook — one of my favorite cookbooks for healthful and yummy desserts!) 

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

3. Amazon Music

Do you have an Amazon Prime account? If so, you must check out Prime Music!! It’s free — and I absolutely love it! You can choose radio stations, find new recommendations based on what you listen to, create playlists, and much more. (And if you use Amazon Music, I’d love to hear what your favorite stations are!)
5 Things I'm Loving This Week

4. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

If you’ve not read this book to your kids, I’d definitely recommend it. All three of the kids are really engaged and attentively listening when I read it and always beg me to read more when I’m done.

I’ve had this book on our shelf for a long time, but honestly, the cover just looked boring so I didn’t pick it up to start reading to the kids. I’m glad it was assigned reading in Sonlight, or we would have missed out on this gem of a book.

Yet another great example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover! (Are you enjoying any read alouds as a family right now? I’d love to know!)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

5. Freshly-Baked Doughnuts

After Silas’ baseball practice this morning, we went to Five Daughters Bakery to get doughnuts. They might be some of the most expensive doughnuts you’ll ever eat, but they are so, so yummy and worth splurging on occasionally!

I got a Chocolate Sea Salt doughnut… I wish I could show you a picture of it, but um, that baby is long gone. 😉 And I savored every bite!

What are YOU loving this week? Tell us in the comments.

5 Things I’m Loving This Week (the I’m finally *home* edition!)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. H-O-M-E

It’s SO good to be H-O-M-E!! After a 10-day trip to Israel and Italy with little sleep, long days, and staying at multiple hotels along the way, I was so excited to arrive back home on Tuesday evening and be able to sleep in my own bed, snuggled next to my husband.

It was SO good to have the opportunity to go on this trip, but it’s also SO good to be HOME with my people. I realized just how much I love our quiet, simple life. This Year of Rest has made me savor life more and savor a slow pace with lots of room to be and breathe. I didn’t get much of that on my trip and oh how I missed it.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

2. A Night of Fun

We celebrated my return home with go-kart racing, arcades, and dinner/s’mores at a really fun restaurant.

I’m so thankful for the sacrifices all of my people made to make this trip a possibility. Jesse not only ran the house, homeschooled the kids, and took the kids to all their activities, but he also spent countless hours on the phone listening to me and encouraging me through the highs and lows of the trip.

Our wonderful friend, Brian, who is not only on our team but also one of our dearest friends, took over many of my business responsibilities so I could mostly be unplugged, babysat our kids multiple times so Jesse could get a break, and kept me encouraged and laughing with his text messages throughout each day.

I’m so humbly grateful to get to do life with these people. Also, I may be a speed demon on a go-kart. 😉

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

3. Presence by Amy Cuddy

I’m quite confident that this book will be in my top 10 books read in 2016 list this year because it is just THAT good.

I hadn’t heard of Amy Cuddy or seen her TED talk before reading this book… I just happened to randomly pick it up because the title intrigued me. And I’m SO glad that I did — because it messed with me in such a profound way.

I shared on this scope how it changed the way that I approached engaging and interacting with people on my Israel/Italy trip and how it made such a difference for me. I’ll probably share a post with more in-depth takeaways in the near future.

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4. Remembering Back to the Early Years of Marriage

A friend sent this picture to me this week of when our second daughter was a baby and Jesse sort of looked like he hadn’t even gone through puberty yet. 😉

When I first saw this picture, it took me a few seconds to even realize that was Jesse! He was fresh out of law school, we had just moved to Kansas City for job that only lasted for a short while, finances were tighter than tight, and we were both trying to figure out anything we could do to keep our bills paid and stay out of debt.

This was also right around the time when I started as a little side project to try to help supplement our income. Little did we know that that little side project would change the trajectory of our lives!

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5. Breaking Out of Ruts and Discovering New Things I Love

While I’m SO happy to be home, I’m missing much of what I experienced in Israel — especially the amazing authentic food.

I’ve never been one who is much of a foodie, but after days and days of eating incredible 6-course meals and hot-off-the-brick-oven food and experiencing so many delicious combinations and varieties and colors, I realize that I’ve become more adventuresome when it comes to food.

I may also: have woken up the past few mornings craving croissants and fancy coffee, want to put a brick oven in our backyard, wish I could figure out how to make really authentic hummus, be looking for a recipe for Israeli pitas, want to try new and unique local restaurants, and feel a little bit let down when there’s only one or two courses at a restaurant.

Either I’m more of a foodie than I thought, or I may have just discovered that there’s a whole lot of flavor and richness to be had when you break out of your ruts of always doing and eating the same things!

What are YOU loving this week? Tell us in the comments.

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5 Things I’m Loving This Week

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. Periscoping With My 6-Year-Old Sidekick

This little guy loves to show up to my daily #MorningMotivation LIVE show on Periscope and it’s become a fun thing for the two of us to do together.

He usually just pops in for a few minutes every day to say “hi!” and share a tidbit from his life. Periscope is real-time and non-staged and non-edited, so I love that it allows me to share a little real-life peek into our home!

{If you’re not already joining us, I’d love to invite you to tune in — download the Periscope app and then follow @MoneySavingMom. I usually go live sometime between 8:15 and 9:15 am CT. (I know, that’s a big range, but I’m staying very flexible and giving myself grace during #TheYearofRest!) You can have Periscope notify you when I’m live so you can watch and interact/ask questions in the comments. Or, you can watch the replays on the app or at}


5 Things I'm Loving This Week

2. My Husband

I absolutely adore this shot from our filming this week. I love this man so much.

He has stood by my side through thick and thin. We’ve walked through some deep waters over the last year and he has carried me, prayed with me, loved me, listened to me, encouraged me, and been a safe place for me to fall apart.

We struggle. We argue. We snap at each other. But we fight through and fight for our marriage.
Because we know it’s worth fighting for… even on the rough days.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

3. A To Do List That Made Me Laugh

I found this to-do list somewhere online awhile back and I came across it again this week and it made me laugh! 🙂

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4. My Current Book Stack

What are you reading right now? My current reads are: A Broken Kind of Beautiful, Four Seasons in Rome, & Roots & Sky.

I’m reading more stories and “quieter” books during #TheYearofRest — fewer books telling me what I should do as a person or business owner or parent or homeschooler and more books that just give my soul space to exhale.

There’s nothing wrong with non-fiction or so-called “self-help” books (I wrote some myself, after all!), but I’ve just felt that spending time getting caught up in good stories has been so restorative and relaxing for me.

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5. TOMS Shoes

After years and years of hearing how amazing these shoes were, I finally ordered my very first pair of TOMs when Zulily had a sale recently. And I am in LOVE! Totally smitten!

I think these are going to be absolutely perfect for travel and everyday wear and I love that I can dress them up and dress them down — and that they are crazy comfortable!

I’m usually not someone who follows trends, but this is one “trend” I wish I would have jumped on earlier!

What are YOU loving this week?

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5 Things I’m Loving This Week (+ some thoughts on hard parenting moments)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. Taking More Time for Quiet

During this Year of Rest, I’ve been working on being a lot more intentional about making space for winding down and quiet in my life. Multiple times before bed this past week, I got everything done before dinner, and then had an hour and a half to wind down, take a bath, and read a book before bed.

Even though last week was very full and we had multiple activities every day and friends over at our house every day, it was such a productive and calm week — and I know it was because I was intentional about building in these spaces for quiet.

I’ve also been intentional about making time for Sabbath in my week — taking a day to refresh my soul, recharge my batteries, and re-energize my body for another week. A day to shut out the noise and soak up the quiet. A day with few responsibilities and commitments. A day to just let my soul inhale and exhale.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

2. Finding Spiritual Whitespace

I finished this book this week and it was one of my favorites this year, so far.

Finding Spiritual Whitespace wasn’t anything like I expected it to be, but it was everything that I need to read right now in this season of life.

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3. Seeing My Kids Learn New Skills

We make homemade Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls again this week. Only this time, Silas wanted to made the dough almost entirely by himself and then I taught him how to roll it out, roll it up, and cut it up!

He ended up doing almost all of the Cinnamon Rolls by himself… and I think with a few more practice tries, he’ll be able to make them without any help from me at all!

Folks, this is how I work myself out of a job! 🙂

{Note: Notice his hair cut? This is why.}

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4. Prepping for the Business Boutique Events

I’ve said no to almost every opportunity this year as part of my Year of Rest, but one of the few opportunities I said yes to was speaking at the Business Boutique events — a new event for women who are in business or who want to start a business from the Dave Ramsey team.

The events will be held in Dallas and Phoenix in May and Early Bird tickets are almost sold out! The speaker lineup is incredible and the price for the two-day event is really fantastic!

If you want to hear more about the event and about what I’m speaking about, watch this scope I did while I was meeting with the folks from Dave Ramsey’s team this week.

{If you are interested in attending, go to for more details on the dates and price. Psst! You can use coupon code BBPAINE to get $10 off the price of any one ticket! That makes the Early Bird Tickets just $149!!}

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5. Seeing the Love Our Kids Have for Each Other

It was a rough day yesterday. Kaitlynn competed in her first away competition (in Cincy) and got 4th place — which devastated her.

She had been dead set on getting first place (unbeknownst to us!) and was very disappointed in herself that nerves had gotten to her and she hadn’t performed like she knew she was able.

It literally took an hour of talking and hugging and working through it for her even be somewhat consolable. Seeing her older sister and younger brother love and encourage her when she was so upset was a beautiful thing. And it warmed my heart in the middle of a hard parenting moment.

As parents, while we’re so proud of our kids and are their biggest cheerleaders, we are grateful for times when they get to learn life lessons… Even though it breaks our hearts to see them struggle through loss and failure. Ultimately, though, it’s opportunities like this that will shape and mold their futures.

{And I’m so happy that Kaitlynn is now ready to press forward and is talking about what she’s going to do differently at the next competition!}

(Posted with Kaitlynn’s permission.)

What are YOU loving right now?

5 Things I’m Loving This Week (+ some thoughts on why I stopped hustling)

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Silas helped me whip up a batch of our favorite Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls this week. Yum!
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2. Our New Kid’s Gratitude Journals

We’re SO excited to be launching a Kid’s Gratitude journal — after many requests from many moms! I got the first samples of them this week and I LOVE them!

This journal is a fun way for kids to be reminded to focus on the good and to count their blessings every day. Look for more details and a special sale coming soon!

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3. A Fun Money-Making Mom Webinar

I loved getting to host an online webinar with Nick Stephenson for my Money-Making Mom readers. We talked about writing and uploading an ebook to Amazon, how to creatively get your first 10,000 readers, and how to effectively market your products using an email list.

I love that part of my day gets to be invested in inspiring entrepreneurs in ways that they can build their businesses and make an impact on the world. I also love that because I’ve said “no” to almost everything this year, it’s allowed me to say “yes” to just a handful of opportunities that I’m incredibly excited about.

(If you need some encouragement in this regard, I did a scope this morning on Why I Stopped Hustling and Why I Wish I Had Sooner where I share some really honest thoughts on this.)

If you’re interested, you can watch the replay of the webinar here.
5 Things I'm Loving This Week

4. My Jawbone UP

I totally splurged and bought a Jawbone UP for myself for my Year of Rest and it has been incredibly enlightening. I’ve realized that I’m not getting near the steps and movement and activity I thought I was and that I’m also getting a LOT less sleep than I thought I was.

It’s helped me make some very good adjustments in my day and life so that I’m making my health more of a priority. I think the accountability is going to make such a difference! I was also really excited to have one night this week where I significantly BEAT my sleep goals!

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5. A Cartoon That Made Me Laugh

If you think “decaf coffee” is an oxymoron, than you’ll probably find this quote funny, too! 🙂

What are YOU loving this week?

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