I’m Making Over My Mornings

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I am NOT a morning person. Over the years I have managed to get up at a somewhat-early hour, but my mornings are not productive. Too often I just sit and enjoy the silence because my brain is not ready to engage. I do have my Bible reading time each morning, but no set plan after that.

I am determined to learn how to use my morning time effectively this summer. It is a shame to waste the only part of my day that is wide open to whatever I want to accomplish. My first step to productive mornings is Crystal Paine’s new Make Over Your Mornings course.

Most of you probably know Crystal from her Money Saving Mom site. I have been reading her blog for YEARS and love her Godly wisdom.

I just started her new 14-day course. (My first assignment is to let someone know I am committed to the course, so there ya go!) There is a short (15 min or less) video each day and some worksheets to go with each one.

My notes from the first day:

  • It is not a series about getting up early, but about using the first hours of your day wisely.
  • Using your mornings effectively adds up to a life well lived.
  • Start your day with peace, purpose, and order so you can bless those around you.

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 2nd, is launch day for the Makeover Your Mornings Course. It is being celebrated with ridiculously low prices!

The Crazy-Can’t-Miss-Low-Low-Low Launch Sale Prices:

  • 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET on June 2, 2015 – just $5!!!
    {This is worth getting up early for!}
  • 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. – just $7!
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – only $10!
  • 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. – only $13!

Will you be participating in Make Over your Mornings? Leave a comment below and we can help keep each other accountable!

I received a free course as a member of the launch team. No other compensation was given. As always, I only share my honest opinion.

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?


FREE Celebrating October Printables

Celebrating October

Update 9/28/15: The Celebrating October set is available once again on the subscriber freebie page. Check the bottom of your emails for log in information.

Oh it thrills my heart to know that so many of you enjoyed last month’s new freebie idea! I had fun putting together this Celebrating October set, and I hope it is a blessing to your family.

The contents:

  • An easy but delicious recipe to make wih your kids
  • October Nature Observation Calendar – write or draw observations each day & keep as a record to compare with next year (this can also be used for a regular calendar)
  • Halloween & Reformation Day Countowns – color them, put a sticker on each day
  • Bible verse to display in your home
  • October Gave a Party poem

October set 1


  • When the Frost is on the Punkin
  • Gathering Leaves
  • Merry Autumn
  • Writing pages for copying poems, or creative writing assignments

October Set 2

 Nursery Rhymes & Stories:

October Set 4

Vintage prints from old books:

October Set 3

The Celebrating October set is free for my email newsletter subscribers. The subscriber freebie info will be at the bottom of every post update email. Not a subscriber? Sign up today! For best results, make sure your printer is set to borderless or whole page. I recommend printing on cardstock.

Edited to add: I mistakenly listed October Gave a Party as October Threw a Party on the contents page.

Autumn Books to enjoy:

{Homeschool Fall Pinterest Board}


{Homeschool Halloween Pinterest Board}



FREE Fall Printable Art for Your Home

 Free Fall Art Printables

Enjoy decorating your home with these beautiful free Autumn printables. Be sure to leave a thank you note for the generous creators! Feel free to Pin this post using the graphic above, but please pin individual art prints from the original sites.

Don’t forget to grab my Free Celebrating September Set:

Celebrating September

Want more printables? Free Autumn Subway Art:

autumn subway art

{Free Fall Printables Pinterest Board}

Follow Amy T @ Are We There Yet?’s board Free Fall Printables on Pinterest.