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Monthly Encouragement for REAL Moms {October Edition}

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Monthly Encouragement for REAL Moms

This time of year is always so busy for our family. School is in full swing along with all of the activities that brings, we have several birthdays and our anniversary, then comes Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas. I finally have time to collapse once January rolls around again. 

I get so frustrated with myself when things get crazy because I end up racing through the days from one “Have to” to the next, when I KNOW there is a better way.  Last night I decided to take some time to search for some ways to slow down and be intentional about savoring this life that God has given me. I miss so much of the beauty when I am only focused on my To Do list. I’m guessing that I am not the only one who feels this way, so I am sharing my finds with you. <3

John 10

An abundant life. That is the gift we’ve been given through Christ. I titled this post Encouragement for REAL moms because that’s what we all are. Perfect might work on Pinterest, but not in everyday life. REAL also stands for Refreshing Encouragement for an Abundant Life. I hope these sites encourage you as much as they have me! 

His Mercy is New is sharing 31 Days of Praying the Scriptures for Your Family. There is an October prayer calendar to print, and also some prayer bookmarks. I am excited about her new Advent Prayer Journal for Moms that just came out.

The Purposeful Mom offers 31 Days of Hope for Moms: Biblical Encouragement and Practical Help for Challenging Moments.

Hugs and Punches has created a beautiful memory verse phone lock screen for her subscribers. (I didn’t even know you could do that!)

Worshipful Living put together a Fall Management Binder that includes sermon and quiet time printables.

There are some Monster-themed Lessons at Made 2 B Creative that would be fun to do with your kiddos this time of year. They deal with pride, selfishness, and jealousy.

How long has it been since you colored with your child? Print out this Ecclesiastes coloring page and hang it on the fridge when you are done.

On the practical side, there is a Super Duper Meal Planning Round-Up over at Diamonds in the Rough.

Ephesians 3

All of these links, and more, can be found on my Encouragement for REAL Moms Pinterest Board.

How do YOU slow down and savor the moments God gives you?


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Activities for It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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The Great Pumpkin Activities

Watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a tradition that goes back as far as I can remember. I still view it every year with my family. I’ve gathered up some great resources for a Funschool day, or you could use these ideas to host a Great Pumpkin Party!

great pumpkin game
I bought this It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown board game several years ago, and my kids still look forward to playing it every October.

Movie Worksheets

Comprehension Guide

“It’s The Great Pumpkin” Game for PE


Coloring Pages

The Great Pumpkin Quiz

3 Lesson Plans: Plot Lines, Points of View, WW1 History

The Great Pumpkin Persuasive Essay


great pumpkin app

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown App  Android ~ iTunes

12 fun  facts you didn’t know about “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

Charlie Brown & Snoopy Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin Bowling Game

It's the Great Pumpkin: The Making of a Television Classic

Book - It’s The Great Pumpkin: Making of a Television Classic

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Party Games

Listen to Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (one of my childhood favorites)

Movie Night Dinner Menus

waiting for the great pumpkin
Book - Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

Yummy Food for It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


Some Great Pumpkin Extras:

pumpkin patch pan
Nordic Ware Pumpkin Patch Pan

peanuts great pumpkin mug
Peanuts Great Pumpkin Mug

tote bag
It’s The Great Pumpkin Tote Bag

You can find more fun ideas on these Pinterest boards:

{Homeschool Halloween}


{Halloween Party}

How many years have you been watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?


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Homeschool Freebies and Sales {10/21}

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weekly homeschool freebies and sales

Have fun checking out this week’s Homeschool Freebies and Sales!

FREE Mayflower Preschool Printables

FREE Halloween Printable Pack

pumpkin facts
FREE Pumpkin Facts Printable

FREE through 10/24 – Eat Your Way Through the USA

Zulily is a daily deals site featuring unique products at discounted prices. They are limited-time sales, so act quickly if you see something you want! This week’s featured deal is up to 50% off Critters by Rockabye.

beaver  bird  deer

Amazon has some deeply discounted deals that your family might enjoy:

santa's house

Playmobil Santa’s House  $39.99  $29.82


Fisher-Price Glendragon Castle  $34.99  $16.98

duct tape bangles

Duct Tape Bangles  $16.99  $7.75


TMNT Calling All Turtles Game  $14.99  $6.07

han solo

Han Solo in Carbonite Deluxe Silicon Tray  $17.99  $8.38

(Prices can quickly change, so check before you buy!)

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Beautiful Elizabethan Doll Sale – 2 Days Only

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I came across this beautiful Matilda, Your Tudor Girl doll on Zulily. She is on sale for the next two days for $79.99. I’ve never heard of this line of dolls, so I decided to check them out on Amazon. The regular price really is $135! Matilda’s clothes are also on sale.

Do you own a Girl for All Time doll? What is your opinion of them?