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.

http://www.pinterest.com/amyswandering/encouragement-for-real-moms/

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

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FREE Celebrating October Printables

Celebrating October

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

Poems:

  • 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 link for the file 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.

**Please note: Some of you are receiving my posts in your email because you follow my blog through WordPress. This is an option offered by WordPress and is not the same as my email newsletters. If you do not see freebie download buttons at the bottom of your emails, please unsubscribe from the WordPress emails and sign up through my newsletter link.

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}

http://www.pinterest.com/amyswandering/homeschool-fall/

{Homeschool Halloween Pinterest Board}

http://www.pinterest.com/amyswandering/homeschool-halloween/

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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}

http://www.pinterest.com/amyswandering/free-fall-printables/

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FREE Celebrating September Printables

Celebrating September

I am super excited about this set! I recently came across some lovely vintage prints (I <3 vintage!) and knew they were perfect for an idea I’ve had for a new monthly printable freebie. 

My heart beats to the rhythm of the seasons. I love the colors, the scents, the traditions … everything that comes with each new month. God weaves such a beautiful tapestry for us to enjoy. I hope these Celebrating September printables add a seasonal smile to your home. 

The contents:

  • An easy but delicious recipe to make wih your kids
  • September 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)
  • Autumn Countown – ideas: color them, put a sticker on each day, draw a different face on each acorn
  • Bible verse to display in your home

September set 1

Poems:

  • A Fall Song
  • How the Leaves Came Down
  • September
  • Writing pages for copying poems, or creative writing assignments

september set 2

 Vintage prints from old books:

September set 3

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

**Edited to add: Some of you are receiving my posts in your email because you follow my blog through WordPress. This is an option offered by WordPress and is not the same as my email newsletters. If you do not see freebie download buttons at the bottom of your emails, please unsubscribe from the WordPress emails and sign up through my newsletter link.

Would you like to see printable sets for future months? Please leave me a comment so I can gauge interest. 

Autumn Books to enjoy:

{Homeschool Fall Pinterest Board}

http://www.pinterest.com/amyswandering/homeschool-fall/

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Using the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle as Curriculum

Have you purchased your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? Today is the last day!

{See the Complete List of ebooks HERE}

I am having such a good time looking through mine and working out different ways to use it throughout the year. Here are a few of the ideas I’ve come up with so far:

Homemaking Curriculum – These are the titles my dd16 & dd15 will enjoy. I want to send them out of our home and into their own fully prepared. They love to make healthy snacks and desserts, so I think I know which two ebooks will be read first. ;)

MY Curriculum - I am continually learning as well, looking for ways to improve and grow. I can’t wait to dive into these:

That’s around $200 for the ebooks I just listed, which are only about one third of the ebooks in the set. This list doesn’t include the ones I will use with my younger kids, like More Than a Holiday: A 25-Day Christmas Devotional for the Whole Family and More Than Candy: A 25-Day Christmas Countdown that Counts. And it only cost me $29.97!

Don’t forget the gift possibilities! Any ebooks or bonus offers that I don’t want can be given away. I love the idea of loading them onto a pretty USB flash drive necklace for gift-giving.

Act now if you are interested in turning the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle into instant curriculum. The sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST!!

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Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Using your bundle throughout the year:

FREE Spring Cleaning eBooks for Kindle

Free Spring Cleaning eBooks for Kindle

It’s time for our weekly seasonal ebook roundup!

These ebooks were free at the time of posting but that could change at any moment.
As always, check before you click!

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Natural Cleaning Recipes

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Cleaning Clutter: Home Organization or Stress Free Living

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Kitchen Organization Made Easy

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11 Sewing Room Ideas: How to Organize Your Room

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House Cleaning Tips

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Non-Toxic Home Cleaning

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Let’s Organize!

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Natural Green Cleaning

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The 30 Day Organizational Course

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The Art of Housekeeping

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Clean Your Rental and Make $$$$$

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The Book of Household Management

Don’t own a Kindle? You can read Kindle ebooks on your PC for free.

My affiliate links were used in this post. There is no cost to you to download the free ebooks. I appreciate any shopping you might do while visiting Amazon! I have not read most of these ebooks and am not endorsing the contents. Please use your own judgement when choosing reading materials for yourself and your family.

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Add Some Seasonal Fun to Dinnertime + Giveaway

My family loves to put together fun dinners for each holiday! We plan out the menu, decorate with a bit of whimsy, and sometimes invite friends over to join in the celebration.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time on your festive meal. Dollar Tree and Target’s Dollar Spot are great places to pick up table scatter or confetti, paper plates & napkins, and some festive decor like garlands and streamers.

I will use St.Patrick’s Day to give you an idea of what one of our seasonal dinners looks like. Green is the name of the game! It is a minor holiday to some, but Hubby and I lived in Dublin for a year before we got married and we make a big deal out of it.

Here are some ideas to create a festive atmosphere:

We have the same meal every year: Beef in Guinness, Cabbage and Bacon, Boiled Potatoes, and Irish Brown Bread. After dinner, we have tea with imported biscuits (cookies) and sweets (candy) that we buy in the British foods section at the grocery store. We eat these while having a rousing sing-along with our High Kings DVD.

high kings

To start off your St.Patrick’s Day dinner tradition, I would love to give one of you this beautiful Irish Shamrock Table Runner.

Irish table runner giveaway

To enter, just click on that giveaway button below and fill in your name and email. There are additional options if you would like more chances to win. The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends 2/23/14.

shamrock giveaway

Along with other members of the Inspired Bloggers Network, I want to encourage your family to eat together and make dinner fun! Be sure to enter the Inspired Family Dinners Giveaway for a chance to win an $800 All-Clad Cookbook Set and a $5 Dinners Cookbook Basket.

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Free Printable Chore Charts

I am working on new chore lists for Back-to School Boot Camp and wanted to share some of the wonderful FREE chore charts that I found.

If you use any of these, be sure to leave a Thank You for the creator!

~Charts to Print~

Chart Jungle

The Idea Door

Posh Little

Controlling My Chaos

Goal for It!

sew.craft.create

Kawaii Kids

Color Your Own Reward Charts

Microsoft Office Templates

Do Your Chores

Boy & Girl Banners

Boy & Girl Zigzag

Handipoints

Bubble Chart

Weekly Chore Schedule

Chore & Reward Charts

Behavior Charts

Chore Chart Cards

Weekly Jobs

DLTK’s Custom Chore Chart

~Chore Chart Graphics to Make Your Own~

House Chores Picture Sets

Free Clipart Now

Mormon Share

Microsoft Office

do2Learn

Chores Help Kids

Have Fun Teaching

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My Word of the Year

Last year was my first time to name the year.

It was a perfect fit for 2011.

As the new year rolled around, themes started running through my head.

I once again asked God to show me and He was quick to reply.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

Oh how appropriate … and oh how uncomfortable!!

The ideas started tumbling in my head.

I want to STRETCH …

… my FAITH

  • give Christ His rightful position as ruler of my time
  • encourage others with the Word of God
  • banish the fears I still carry around after losing a child

… my BLOG

  • share more of our daily life
  • cheer on homeschooling moms
  • build up community

… my FINANCES

… my HABITS

  • continue our shift towards whole foods
  • 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week
  • force myself into an earlier bedtime

… my HOMEMAKING

  • scatter scripture throughout our home
  • decorate for my family, not for a design mag
  • shop my house and re-purpose what we have

… my CREATIVITY

  • start doodling
  • learn how to quill
  • put my new watercolor pencils to use

… my COMFORT ZONE

  • offer guidance to a group of future homeschoolers
  • teach a Couponing 101 class
  • promote my husband’s business

I hope that posting this long list will hold me accountable (gulp)!!

Did you name your year?

Please leave a link to your post, or tell us in the comments.

I would love to know!!