3 Things I Am LOVING This Week: December 28

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Our family is down to just over one week before we leave on our BIG RV trip.  I want to live the adventure and not just be along for the ride so until July 2017 things are going to look a little different around here.

A Blog Announcement

Starting next week I will be replacing “3 Things I Am LOVING Lately” with a Monday post that will be similar in layout to 3 Things… but centered around our RV trip. I want to let you see what we have been seeing on the road.

Most weeks there won’t be a post on Wednesday’s and Friday’s are going to change too.

Friday’s on the blog while we are on the road will look like this…

1st Friday: Saving Money Tips

2nd Friday: Houskeeping/Decluttering

3rd Friday: Earning Money From Home Tips

4th Friday: Other topics (reading, time management, cooking, fitness etc)

5th Friday: Round up post (10 books I love, my top 10 posts on money saving, etc)

This revised schedule will significantly cut down my work week allowing me to spend more time soaking up the trip but still give you, my readers, your favorite topics each month. The new schedule will also allow those of you who have been telling me you want to follow along on our trip to do just that.

In July when we are all settled back into daily routine I will re-evaluate how the new schedule is doing and decide whether to go back up to 3 posts a week or keep it at 2.

 

First Thing I Am LOVING Lately…

A family evening at the Indy Zoo Holiday  light show.

My eldest son has been volunteering at the Indy zoo for over a year now. One of his volunteer perks is a free guest ticket for so many hours of volunteering. A few months ago he came home with 4 free tickets and we decided we would save them for the holiday light show the zoo puts on every year.

The show had a very magical feel for it and if you live in the Indy area I would say you need to go and see it at least once.

Second Thing I Am LOVING Lately…

Our new Christmas Eve tradition

Last year at the start of the Christmas season I sat every one down to discuss Christmas traditions. It was painfully obvious the year before that several of our traditions from previous years had been outgrown by our children.

One thing we decide to switch up was when we opened our gifts. We switched it from Christmas morning to Christmas eve. The reason being that “morning” was becoming a flexible term with our teenagers. It seemed like the same kids that could sleep to noon if we let them magically became crack of dawn risers on Christmas morning.

So we decided that after Christmas eve church service we would come home to a finger food feast and then open up our gifts. It is a great family evening spent together and Christmas day has switched focus from gifts to reflection, relaxation, and family time.

Third Thing I Am LOVING Lately…

A new year with a new set of goals

Last week I shared a little about my 3 words for 2017Soak, Create, Share.

This week I wanted to share my goals. They are few in number this year since I want to soak up the trip.

I shared about them in more detail in this Facebook post.

Psst… I would love to get to know you better. Hang out with me in either my Facebook group for people desiring to declutter their homes or on my Facebook group for those who love my thrifty posts & hot deals.

3 Deals That Will Help You Reach Your Goals In 2017

1. 15 Days To A Healthier Your Program


Crystal Paine’s new course 15 Days to a Healthier You is available for $15 but only until January 3rd

When you sign up for 15 Days to a Healthier You, you’ll get access to:

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  • Bonus links and resources for additional inspiration!
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 2. Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle  Flash Sale

If one of your goals is to live a healthier lifestyle but you only have a vague idea of how to go about it the healthy living bundle is for you. The package includes 83 digital products on topics like real food recipes, paleo eating, fitness & weight loss and much more.

All together, it’s worth over $2,400! But for today and tomorrow only you can get all those resources for one bundle price of  $29.97.

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3. Herbs & Essential Oils Bundle

Ultimate bundles is also running a flash sale on this year’s  Herb & Essential Oils Bundle . This bundle has 21 eBooks, eCourses, and printable cheat sheets, many of which are written by certified herbalists, aromatherapists, health researchers, educators and more, and are extremely practical and user-friendly. If you have been wanting to learn how to incorporate essential oils into your healthy life style this bundle its for you. This bundle is also just $29.97 Wednesday and Thursday only.


Go here to check out the details and grab your copy

How To Sweeten The Last Two Deals

Put the first bundle in your cart and after checkout you will be offered the second for just $15.

This is the last time these versions of either of these bundles will be offered.

Don’t forget to check out my Hot Deals page for more great deals, such as high value coupons, and free sample listings.

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3 Things I am LOVING Lately: December 21

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With just a few short days until Christmas I have moved on from shopping and wrapping to planning the Christmas Eve snack feast and the Christmas day mid-day meal.

First Thing I am LOVING Lately

I won  free books from Tyndale Rewards.

For the second year in a row I have my readers to thank for helping me win the top referrer contest through Tyndale Rewards in November. Thanks to those of you who signed up for Tyndale Rewards in the month of November I got to pick out $25 in free books!

I think the title I am most excited about is All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas. Since it arrived just last week I put it away to do next year starting December 1st. I love doing a different Christmas devotional every December.

In case you don’t know what Tyndale Rewards is, it is a rewards program where you earn points that you can cash in for 100% free hold in your hand books. It doesn’t take long to earn a book either, in fact I think many bookworms could earn a free book a month.

Second Thing I am LOVING Lately

A book that is like sweet honey to my creative mom side.

Sunday morning our family stayed home from church due to bad winter road conditions. I had gotten up early like usual though so I spent that time diving into the pages of Life Creative: Inspiration For Today’s Renaissance Mom.

It has been quite a while since I have read a book that so touched my heart. It is speaking to me in so many ways. If you are a creative mom trying to find time to create your art in the midst of motherhood, Life Creative will both encourage and grow you.

The picture above is just one of many areas of the book I have highlighted so far.

 

Third Thing I am LOVING Lately

I am beginning to make progress with my goals for the new year.

I am finding making goals for 2017  a bit challenging. You see I want to set realistic goals, but realistically I am going to be spending almost half the year on the road with my family. Realistically when we get back the summertime rush will be in full swing and before that is done my son’s senior soccer season begins.

Truly I have from mid October 2017 to the end of the year available to reach big goals. Until then I can make a tiny step towards a goal here and a tiny step there.

After much thought, I settled on the word “soak” for 2017–as in I want to soak it all up. I want to soak up the moments of our family road trip, soak up the summer fun, and soak up all the soccer games of my son’s final year in high school.

With “soak” in my mind I read the pages of Life Creative when it came to me that out of the soaking will come creating and from the creating will come sharing. So for 2017 I am embracing 3 words instead of one “Soak, Create, Share”.

I am not sure what this will look like exactly yet–but I am pretty sure it will change my focus here on the blog for a while, as I share our trip with you.

Psst… I would love to get to know you better. Hang out with me in either my Facebook group for people desiring to declutter their homes or on my Facebook group for those who love my thrifty posts & hot deals.

3 Deals So Good I Had to Share

1. Revlon Nail Polish Just $2 A Bottle At Hollar

Enter Revlon into the search box over at Hollar and you will find they have added new stock for just $2 a bottle!

Shipping is free with your first order of $10 or more

2. Kindle Deals $2.99 each

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are $2.99

If you want to grow in gratitude One Thousand Gifts is a must read!

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

I bought this last time it went on sale and have been saving it for our trip. “Bread and Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table”. That part of the the book description sold me on it.

3. Mom Life Tees | 11 Sayings | S-2XL $13.99 plus $1.99 shipping

These mom saying t-shirts are 100% cotton and come in 11 different sayings. I think my favorite is “Last Clean Shirt” –oh how I can relate to that. You get to pick the color and the saying.  Go here at Jane.com to check out the selection

Don’t forget to check out my Hot Deals page for more great deals, such as high value coupons, and free sample listings.

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3 Things I am LOVING Lately: December 14th

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3 Things I Am Loving Lately What about you

Presents are bought and wrapped (well 95% of them), Christmas cards are sent, and cookies have been made and eaten. I am ready for Christmas.

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First thing I am LOVING lately….

The trip is now less than a month away!

As of last Saturday our 5 month RV trip is now less than a month away. If you want to follow along in real time make sure you are following me on Instagram.

I plan on writing about our trip here on the blog. All links to all those posts will be found on the RV Trip page.

pizza

Second thing I am LOVING lately…

My daughter’s creativity.

Sunday afternoon my children made their own pizzas for lunch. When I went into the kitchen this cat pizza was cooling on the counter.

Oh and if you want a quick, simple and great tasting recipe for pizza dough I highly recommend this one found over at Crystal’s blog Money Saving Mom.

fingerless-gloves

Third thing I am LOVING lately…

Sunday afternoons full of knitting and Netflix.

For the past three Sundays I have become a knitting machine. After I get home from Church I grab my knitting supplies and get cozy on the couch and start knitting and Netflix watching.

This past Sunday I finished 4 pairs of fingerless gloves using my simple pattern for them. I am not even sure what I am going to do with 4 pairs but I am sure they will find a home as a gift to someone over the Christmas season.

I must say I have missed expressing my creativity over the past few years while getting this blog running has taken priority over creating crafts. I have decided I need to carve out more time to create  than I have been.

Psst… I would love to get to know you better. Hang out with me in either my Facebook page for people desiring to declutter their homes or on my Facebook page for those who love my thrifty posts & hot deals.

  2 Great Kindle Deals!

 

1. The MoneySmart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age just .99 cents in Kindle format.  I have read several of Steve & Annette Economides other titles and found them to be very helpful and informative. If you are looking for help to teach money smarts to your kids this book might be just the help you need.

2.Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World just $1.99 in Kindle format. I read this book when it first came out and found it to be very helpful to me in building my blog. If you want to grow your online presence this book can help.

Don’t forget to check out my Hot Deals page for more great deals, such as high value coupons, and free sample listings.

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