5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home – Part 2

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Last month I started a series that has become one of my most popular: 5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home. As it turns out, there are actually 100s of businesses and jobs that you can do from home in this technological age. Since I want to take time to write about each one, I am breaking the list down and writing about 5 at a time. The goal is to have 50 great ideas for jobs and businesses by the end of the series. Subscribe now if you want to keep up and get all 10 posts.



Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links.

Freelance Writer – Freelance Writing has grown dramatically in the past decade with so many online sites wanting content. Plus, the classic magazine and book market is still there, along with the explosive growth of the eBook market.

If you are a beginner Writer, you may want to start out with what we call a “content mill.” Some people disagree with them, but if you don’t have any writing experience and you aren’t getting told regularly that your writing is great, then these are places to gain some experience and build up a portfolio. Two that I am familiar with are Textbroker and Demand Media Studios. Expect to earn $7 to $15 per hour.

If you are more seasoned in your writing, or if you have spent a couple of months writing for something like a content mill, you then may be ready to start looking for the quality freelance writing jobs. Blogs can pay anywhere from $25 to $100 per post and magazines can pay as high as $500 to $1000 for a large, quality article with a quality magazine. You can find writing jobs for the Christian Market with the Christian Writer’s Market Guide, writing jobs for the Secular Market with the Writer’s Guide, and some good blog / online leads through Rat Race Rebellion.
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Virtual Assistant – Another work from home job that is seeing huge growth is the Virtual Assistant. According to Wikpedia: a Virtual Assistant (VA for short)  is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.

Many large blogs and websites use Virtual Assistants to manage day to day operations, do some writing, or manage their Social Media campaigns. There are a few books on the market to help you get started and a here are a few places to get started marketing your services: eLance, Upwork, and Freelancer. And there is my favorite site, Rat Race Rebellion with job listings (you have to subscribe to their site to get occasional listings in their newsletter)


Website Tester – Google how many websites are created each minute and you will find something like 500. Anyone who really wants to put a quality website out there should have someone else look the site over, give feedback for how usable it is, check for bad links, check spelling, etc… There are now business that hire the average person with some decent observation skills to look over websites and give feedback. Many people are calling this “crowd sourced web testing.Rat Race Rebellion has a list of businesses who hire for this kind of work. It isn’t high pay, maybe $10 per site reviewed (which should take nearly an hour for a good review), but for a little fill in cash here and there, it would be worth it.

Handcrafts / Etsy Shop – Do you make anything? Do you like to create, sew, paint, design, etc? Then one of the best ways to make money working from home is to open your own Etsy shop and start selling your goods. Etsy does not cost anything to setup and only 20 cents per item listed (you can have multiples of that one item type, however, for the same 20 cents). They have great tools to promote your shop, ship your goods, manage your shop, and tips and tricks to get more sales. There are 1000s of success stories on Etsy of people who have created their own, full or part time business from home. If you need a little more help getting started, here is a great book: Etsy Empire: Proven Tactics for Your Etsy Business Success, Including Etsy SEO, Etsy Shop Building, Social Media for Etsy and Etsy Pricing Tips (Almost Free Money).

Here are some great sites to get supplies:
Annies:


Dreamtime Creations:

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Farmer’s Markets – Staying in the same genera as the Etsy shop, if you make something, a Farmer’s Market is a great place to sell it to your local community, especially if it is food related. I have a friend and her two teen girls make a great little side wage every summer selling goodies at the local Farmer’s Market. Our family went in with them a few times and I sold loaves of homemade, Artisan bread. You can also sell handicrafts and art at a Market.

To find a local market, just Google your nearest city and the words Farmer’s Market.

Haven’t seen something that you want to do yet? Subscribe to my blog as I will be publishing more and more of these posts. Also, feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to chat with you and ask you some leading questions to help you find the work from home that is right for you.

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Super Simple Homeschool: Homeschool Planning With My Favorite Homeschool Catalogs

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Super Simple Homeschool Planning Time: My Favorite Homeschool Catalogs.


It is that time of year – homeschool catalogs start appearing in the mail and we all dream of the homeschool we would love to do, have, afford. Then, we get down to reality and start analyzing and comparing and figure out the homeschool that we ACTUALLY can have and afford:-)

This brought me to the idea that I would share with the homeschool community my favorite homeschool catalogs, why they I get them, and how I plan my homeschool year with them.

  1. A Beka – Although I had heard about A Beka for a few years, I feel like I just discovered them this last year. Somehow, I ended up with one of their catalogs, but I don’t remember if I requested it or not. However I received it, I am glad for it. Their homeschool catalog is easy to use and I could see how well a couple of their products, that were affordable to me, would be used in our school. Some of their products are very colorful and at or ahead of state standards.
  2. YWAM  – I love to support missions and YWAM makes is easy by providing great books for sale, with the proceeds going to the missions. Their catalog is a bit easier to read and use than the website (for me) and gives me the entire list of books on missionaries and their history series, along with the available unit study guides. There is also a large set of books for older students and adults. We try to order a set or two per year when we take a break from regular curriculum and do a special missions study.
  3. Christian Light Publishing – Christian Light Publishing is one of two providers of curriculum that we use that comes from the Anabaptists (i.e. Mennonites and Amish). Their catalog is so easy to use, easy to see the Christian influence, and see each grade’s curriculum, along with a few examples and support materials. We use their Bible Curriculum.
  4. Rod and Staff – Although there is now an independent business supplying Rod and Staff curriculum online, their main business comes through their catalogs (they are the other Anabaptist publisher and their business does not use the internet). To order their catalog, find their address online and write to them to order it. Their products are great in their simplicity, purity, and is completely Christian. We love their Kindergarten series.
  5. Queen Publishing – If you have ever been interested in a Charlotte Mason style curriculum, then you should check out Queen Publishing’s catalog. They have curriculum for every subject and lots, and lots of copywork! We use their Language Lessons series.
  6. Sonlight – I want to be transparent here, I didn’t actually get the Sonlight catalog last year because I did not order anything. Sonlight is more of a dream homeschool and unfortunately, out of my budget. I did consider asking Sonlight if I could purchase a catalog from them so I could have the book lists from each grade:-) But to be clear, I don’t want to take from them, so I would offer to pay for it unless I thought I would order at least a couple of books.
  7. Christian Books – The Christian Books Annual Homeschool catalog is like the uber catalog of homeschooling, which is why I get it. They have a lot of the titles from the previous publishers I mentioned, plus many, many more. I love to see all the options before I make my annual homeschool planning decisions. And since I do order through them a few times a year (i.e. if I need on title from one publisher and another title from a different publisher, CBD makes so much sense because I can save on the shipping and only ship from one place) I automatically get the catalog every year.
  8. Timberdoodle – I saved my very favorite for last. Timberdoodle is my dream homeschool. It is the most creative package of homeschool curriculum and resources, and I know my children would stay much busier if it was our homeschool. It is also one of the most expensive homeschool options. Unlike Sonlight, I do order a couple of items every year, mostly supplemental learning toys, to supplement our homeschool and give some more hands on / interactive learning. This is usually a holiday or birthday gift.

Disclosure: Some of these links may be affiliate links. Actually, I wish I had affiliate links for all my favorite providers, but alas, some simply do not do affiliate programs. If you would like to support my blog, you could order your books through Christian Book Distributors, which I do have an affiliation with.
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Amazing Homeschool Deal Of The Day: Pentecost Resources

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As I recently posted in Celebrating Biblical Holidays: Pentecost, Pentecost is May 24th. If you aren’t too familiar with Pentecost, not sure how to observe the day, or would just like to know more so you can incorporate it into your homeschool, I have searched for some resources for you. And of course, these resources are a deal, meaning they are on sale and/or being sold for a discount.

  1. The Bedbug Bible Gang ®: Pentecost Party! DVD
  2. What’s in the Bible? #11: Spreading the Good News! DVD
  3. Feasts & Holidays of the Bible: PowerPoint CD-ROM
  4. Feasts and Holidays of the Bible, Laminated Wall Chart
  5. Fifty Days of Glory: From Easter Morning to the Eve of Pentecost – eBook
  6. Feasts of the Bible DVD Curriculum Kit
  7. Christ in the Feast of Pentecost – eBook

If you try any of these, come back and let us know how useful they were.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

May Meal Planning Challenge! Send Me Your Menus

Send me your menu!
Could you use some free help with your menu / meal planning.

Meal Planning! Love it, hate it, run from it, eventually you will have to deal with it, especially when one of your little ones come up to you and ask: Mom, what’s for lunch? or your husband asks: hun, what’s for dinner?

I used to avoid meal planning, but after a couple of years of winging it with 2 (and now 3) children, I decided I had to start learning and trying. Fast forward a few years, and I now have a pretty easy time putting together a menu.

One thing that helped me was to develop a philosophy of eating: Simple, Healthy, Cheap. This guides me as I pick recipes and plan for each week. Also, we have occasional themed weeks, in which I stick to a budget, like $50 or $60. I have written about a couple of these menus and plan to write a couple more:

Feed A Family Of 5 For $50: Caribbean Week – guest post on MeetPenny.com

Feed A Family For Less Than $60 A Week: Asian Week

How To Feed A Family Of 5 For One Week With $25

The Challenge

My challenge this month is for you to send me a weekly meal plan / weekly menu. I will then select a few menus per week to post on my blog and I will make suggestions on how to:

  1. Make some changes to save money
  2. Make some changes to improve the healthiness of the menu
  3. Make some changes to simplify the menu

Send me your menus / plans through FB or contact me with the form below and I will write you back with my email address (please no spam). Follow my blog so that you can see each weeks menus and suggestions. I even plan on learning a thing or two!

Please enter your contact details and a short message below and I will try to answer your query as soon as possible.

Saving Money On Travel: Costco vs. Expedia vs. BookingBuddy

Want to learn a tip that can save you $100s on your travel?
Want to learn a tip that can save you $100s on your travel?

There are many ways to save money on travel. One way I have discovered can make the different of $100s is to compare the same trip or components of a trip between different travel providers. One may have negotiated a better deal here, but another has a better deal there.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

If you haven’t done much in the way of travel comparison, consider this a hands on lesson in how to compare travel across a couple of different providers. The providers I choose today are:

The three trips we are going to compare are:

  • Walt Disney World, including airfare, park tickets, and a non Disney hotel property for 8 days, 7 nights traveling from Seattle, WA.
  • Hawaii, including airfare, hotel, and car on the big island for 6 days, 5 nights traveling from Seattle, WA.
  • Cabo San Lucas, including airfare, airport to hotel transfer, and all-inclusive hotel (and food and drinks) for 5 days, and 4 nights) traveling from Seattle, WA.

We will make sure we are comparing apples to apples. That means it will be the same airline and the same hotel across each travel provider, so we get a clear picture of savings. Next blog post, I will compare apples to oranges, meaning I will look for the best hotel (same star rating / same basic services) in the same class and best flight in the same class from each provider and see who comes out on top.

Trip 1: Walt Disney World: Departing September 9th and returning September 16th from Seattle, WA, for a family of 4. Hotel: Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Air Carrier: Alaska Air, Tickets: WDW 5 day park hopper tickets.

  • Costco Travel Vacation Package (note: includes daily breakfast): $4418
  • Expedia Vacation Package (note: does not include daily breakfast, the resort fee is not included): $4309
  • BookingBuddy Vacation Package (note: no breakfast, resort fee not included): $4720

The Costco deal is the best.

Trip 2: Hawaii:  Departing September 9th and returning September 15th from Seattle, WA, for a family of 4. Hotel: Royal Kona Resort  Air: Alaska Car: Alamo

Expedia won this round.

Trip 3: Cabo San Lucas: Departing September 9th and returning September 13th from Seattle, WA for 2 adults. Hotel: Royal Solaris Air: Alaska

Costco wins again, but BookingBuddy beat Expedia this time.

As we can see, there is a $300 difference just between travel providers. It will be interesting to see next time the $$$ difference when we compare best of class for each provider.


Celebrating Biblical Holidays: Pentecost

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Pentecost is May 24th. What will God do in your life this season?

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” 

This text from Acts 2 is all many Christians know about the day of Pentecost. But Pentecost is actually 3500 or so years old!

Yes, the original day of Pentecost was when God gave the Torah to the Israelites at Mt, Sinai. It has then been celebrated over the 1500 years as a one day festival remembering God giving His Word to his people. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, it became a day of remembering of the giving His Spirit to his people.

How Our Community Will Celebrate Pentecost This Year

Our community will gather Saturday night, May 23rd for a time of worship, prayer and ministry. We will also have a baptismal setup. Since Passover, Our community has been praying for the salvation and baptism of our friends and family that need Jesus.

We have also been praying for:

  • That we will receive the Spirit or more of the Spirit in our lives.
  • That there will be healings – not just physical, but mental, emotional, heart, etc… We are especially focused on healing hearts and families this year.
  • That the Lord would give us visions for our lives, what He wills for us and our families for the coming year.

As I mentioned, most of the community has been praying (and some even fasting in some way or for a part of the days) since Passover for the Spirit to move in our community and beyond. Pentecost is the culmination of that time. We will then rest and celebrate together on the 24th with a community picnic for the afternoon / evening.

Every year we look forward to what God will do during Pentecost!

Learn More About the Biblical Holidays

If you and your family would like to explore the Biblical Holidays together, I recommend A Family Guide To the Biblical Holidays. It includes recipes, stories, printables and much more.

Amazon: A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays

Christian Books:

181604: A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays: with Activities for All Ages A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays: with Activities for All AgesBy Robin Sampson & Linda Pierce / Heart of Wisdom PublishingThis guide to celebrating Old Testament Biblical holidays includes historical/biblical background on the feast days, as well as activities and crafts, recipes, suggestions for celebrations, timeline charts, puzzles and games, Jewish customs today, readings, coloring pages and even a special homeschooler’s unit study designed to expand this book into other subjects. Information for planning, co-ops, resources and ideas to read & discuss; memorize; study; dramatize; video recommendations; investigate; displays; songs and more are included. Holidays are divided by season, and include the well-known feasts such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as feasts such as Yom Habikkurim and Sukkoth. A chapter on the Sabbath is also included. 582 pages; noted pages are reproducible for family use only. Softcover.

There is also: A Complete Guide to Celebrating Our Messiah In The Festivals.

Amazon: A Complete Guide to Celebrating Our messiah in the Festivals

Christian Books:

292590: A Complete Guide to Celebrating Our Messiah in the Festivals A Complete Guide to Celebrating Our Messiah in the FestivalsBy Susan Mortimer / Eagle’s Wings EducationalThis large manual provides everything you need to know about celebrating Messianic Jewish traditions. Examining the Old Testament festivals through the lens of the New Testament, the author lines up the seasonal parallels, New Testament parallels, and current/future parallels in the Old Testament feasts. Worksheets, readings, games, songs, stories, crafts, prayers, plays, recipes, lessons, banners, and illustrated charts are included for Sabbath, New Moon, Passover, Pentecost, New Year, the Day of Atonement, Festival of tabernacles, Hanukkah, and Purim. Combining traditional activities with those the author created, this is a unique guide perfect for families with children. Both English and English transliterations of Hebrew words are provided for festivals and biblical words. 681 pages, softcover, with glossary and index.


Encouraging Children To Be Productive: How I Teach My Children To Sew At A Young Age

Encourage Your Children To Sew - Here is How!
Encourage Your Children To Sew – Here is How!


The photo above is my 4 year old daughter holding her first sewing / embroidery project. This post is about how I got her and her sisters started sewing, now my 8 year old has an Etsy shop, and her soon to be 7 year old sister is now joining her in sewing for it.

I had already started sewing with my oldest daughter (age 7 at that time) and I wanted to engage my just turned 6 year old and my almost 4 year old. They were ready to try, as they had both spent the past year watching sister sew and had been using sewing / lacing cards similar to these:
Stephen Joseph Lacing Cards-Garden
Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Pets
Lacing Shapes

Tali loves her pillows that SHE made.
My 6 year old loves her pillows that SHE made.

You can also make your own lacing cards:

  1. Get a medium thickness piece of cardboard.
  2. Glue a large, fun picture on the cardboard (we used kitties from an old kitty calendar).
  3. Cut out around the picture.
  4. Using a hole punch, punch holes about 1 inch apart around the edge of the picture / cardboard. Be careful not to do the holes too close to the edge of the cardboard or they will rip with a little tugging.
  5. Attach a piece of yarn to one of the holes. Make sure it is long enough to go around the card a little more than one time.
  6. Put a piece of tape around the end of the yarn at least 3 times.
  7. Cut the tape into a point.
  8. Show the child how to sew!

Children’s Beginning Embroidery

I came across some really basic embroidery kits in a catalog and realized that would be the best way to get them started and give them their first taste of real sewing. This is the kit we used: Stamped Embroidery Kit Beginner Samplers 6″X8″ 3/Pkg-Huggable Animals

Here is a very similar kit on Amazon that looks super cute – I just added it to our wish list: Jack Dempsey Stamped Embroidery Kit Beginner Samplers, 6 by 8-Inch 3-Pack-Outside Fun.

These kits come with a large needle (that isn’t too sharp), the embroidery thread, the design all laid out on the cloth, a hoop, and instructions. The designs are simple and something they really like.

I would sit with them and show them how to make the first stitches, then hold their hands for awhile while they tried it. They usually weren’t ready to go it on their own the first time, but after a couple of sewing sessions, they were ready to try their first solo stitch.

When they were done with the project, we ended up cutting out a piece of felt to match, turned them wrong side together, sewed the edges, turned them right side, stuffed them, and turned the embroidery project into little pillows. The pillows are still one of their favorite things!

Basic Things Children Can Sew By Hand

Once the children learned how to stitch with their embroidery kit, we moved on to a couple of sewing projects. We got the following book from the library, but I would recommend purchasing it because it comes with patterns: Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make .

Some things we made include:

  • Garden apron
  • Pin cushion
  • Stuffies
  • Cell phone holder
  • Pillows
My oldest with her best creation yet.
My oldest with her best creation yet.

Once my oldest daughter had learned to sew through a handful of the projects in this book, we then started her making little velvet pillows and opened an Etsy shop. We have just sold a couple of them, but it has encouraged her to keep wanting to sew, keep her productive, and show one of many ways she can earn money in the coming years. We are now adding larger, throw pillows and fun, drawstring bags to her shop over the next couple of months! Like or favorite her shop so you can be informed when she adds the products.

The Evolution of Mom

5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home

5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home

Yes, you really can make money working from home. There are 1000’s of great online jobs, businesses and opportunities. Unfortunately, there are just as many scams and cons out there.

I started this series after spending time on some Work At Home Mom FB groups, seeing how much junk and scams there were, and wanted to provide a resource to give people looking for a job or a business from home, good, legitimate resources.

Subscribe to follow the series – I will be writing about 5 jobs and/or businesses per post for a total of 50. Or you can keep an eye on the landing page: Work At Home Mom.




Blogging – Yes, there are lots of people making money blogging. However, there are lots of people not making money blogging. It takes time, continual learning, and hard work to make it as a blogger. There are also a lot of flooded niches, so you need to find what is “you” and hasn’t been done 100s of times.

Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links.

If you really want to start blogging, don’t fall for the “get rich quick” blogging schemes out there. Take the time to really think about what you want to blog about and why. Get practice writing your first few posts and having friends and family critique them. Then start learning what it takes to grow your blog, gain followers, and make money from it. Two great starter books are: How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul & ProBlogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. I have also written two posts about blogging:

How To Start Blogging

What I Wish I Had Known When I Started Blogging and What You Can Learn From My Mistakes

 

iBlog Magazine for Professional Women Bloggers

Customer Service – While Blogging is a business, doing Customer Service is a job. You should NEVER have to pay to find the jobs, get the jobs, and get paid by the jobs. There are many companies that now hire virtual Customer Service Reps and most of these are reputable companies with real, paid by the hour, jobs. I even saw a post once from American Express Travel  – they were paying $16.00 an hour for virtual travel agents!

Your two best bets for finding these jobs are doing a Google search like: remote customer service jobs (but beware, this will also bring up some scam sites) or using Rat Race Rebellion’s comprehensive list of Customer Service companies that hire remote / virtual reps.

Direct Sales – You may have also heard these called MLM (Multi-level Marketing) Businesses. Businesses, instead of selling through a retail store like Walmart or Amazon, sell their products through individuals, like you or I.

When you start an MLM, you are starting your own business. And just like Blogging, you can make a lot of money or you can make very little or no money. It depends on hard work and learning from other people how to build your business. Usually you sign up for such a business under someone else and they teach you how. However, there are 100’s of sites, books, etc… out there on how to grow and build your business also.

Some companies include: Avon, Aribonne,  It Works, Scentsy, Posh, Thrive, Plexus, Young Living, Useborne Books, and MANY more. If you know of a business that you have been considering or would like to know more about, I probably know someone who is working that business. Contact me and I will connect you.

I run one MLM businesses: Gifts With A Cause – Fair Trade accessories and home decor . I only do it because it is also a charity and it helps to lift women out of poverty in 2nd and 3rd World Countries.

Online Tutoring – In college, part of my work-study funds came from tutoring students who were struggling in math, especially Algebra and 1st quarter Calculus. Today, millions of students from elementary through college can find a Tutor online, and therefore, you can find a job Tutoring online.

You will either be paid by the client or by the hour. Usually the Tutoring company is the one providing you clients, but you may get bonuses for bringing in your own clients. Your best bet is to Google online tutoring companies or look in your local phonebook.

Surveys, feedback, samples – If you are not specifically looking to make a full living working from home, but just need a little spending money, Swagbucks might be for you. You can earn Swagbucks for registering, taking surveys, shopping online, printing coupons, watching videos, and playing games. Redeem the Swagbucks for giftcards from most major retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Target and many more). There is currently a $5 bonus for signing up. Although folks used to make serious money from these sites, these days you will only be likely to make $25 or $50 per month.

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A Simple Truth: Why Do We Keep Doing What Doesn’t Work?

A_Simple_Truth_Why_Do_Keep_Doing.jpgThey say the the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So why are you still doing it?

During a session with our counselors, my husband was told the above quote to something he is working through. Of course, my first response was, yea, why aren’t you making the changes that need to be made. However, the correct response that I needed to make was to look at my own life and see what things I was continuing to do that weren’t working, and figure out what needed to change.

The first thing I realized was I needed to change some things with my interaction with my children, They have a routine they are supposed to do every morning – yet they don’t do it w/o me reminding them to do so – every morning! So what do I need to do, to change this?

1) I need to get up when they get up. I have used my pregnancy as an excuse to sleep in, in the morning. If I get up when they do and I tell them to do their routine, it will be done before breakfast, not after.

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2) I need to tell them today, that from now on, they are to do the routine every morning after they get up, whether or not I am up, and that they will be disciplined if they do not. The consequence should be that they miss out on something “fun” that day.

The next thing I realized was that I was not spending enough time / days in devotionals. Maybe one or two days per week. I don’t do well in the morning, usually falling back asleep, so I have to do them later in the day. What do I need to change so I can do daily or near daily devotionals?

1) I need to make devotionals a priority before I work on my blog or do afternoon projects. I am not allowed (with rare exception) to start working on my blog business or project until after I have spent time seeking what the Lord wants for me. And if He wants something different that day than my plan, then I need to be prepared to do it.

One more thing that I was seeing is that some interactions with my husband were getting strained and that I was trying to “get” from him instead of give.

1) To change this, I needed to change how I was dealing with him daily. When he gets home at night, no matter what I have been doing or how I feel (did I mention I was pregnant:-)), I choose to greet him as he comes in, ask what I can do to help him settle in for the evening, and what he would like to do tonight.

2) Anytime I feel I want something from him, I take it to the Lord instead. If what I need really is something I need and is good, the Lord will work through him or someone else to provide it, whether it is changing a faucet or just needing some affirmation.

I hope these examples will help you stop what you are doing today and examine what you are doing over and over again and are getting results you don’t like / want / need. See what you could do differently instead. I would love to hear your stories!

Blessings!

Amazing Homeschool Deal Of The Day: 10 Spring Related Educational Toys

Amazing_Deals_Spring,jpgThis weeks theme of ASimpleLifeToo’s Amazing Homeschool Deal Of The Day is Spring. What do you think about when you think Spring? Getting outdoors to play? Exploring the backyard, gardening, exploring the world of critters that are awakening, spring cleaning, the end of school, outdoor sports? These were a few things that I thought of and I found 10 great deals on spring related, educational toys that would be great for homeschoolers.

  1. Little Helper Broom Set – My children all learned to clean with this set! 33% Off
  2. Big Backyard Rope Swing – Add this to any outdoor playset or see if it can attach to a tree. 54% Off
  3. Learning Resources Camp Set – Play at camping. 50% Off
  4. Radio Flyer Classic Tiny Trike – Outdoor play time! 61% Off
  5. Toy State Style 1 Road Rippers Street Beatz Vehicle  – Toy cars, outdoors, boys = Win! 78% Off
  6. Backyard Safari Magnetic Bug Habitat – Spring and watching bugs! 43% Off
  7. World Animals Tom Adventure Baby Dinosaur Box Set – We love dinosaurs. 30% Off
  8. Toyops Triops Space Age Tank – Raise 100 prehistoric creatures in a tank. 32% Off
  9. Crayola 144 Art Chalk Sticks Assorted Colors Lift Lid Box – We love when the weather allows us to draw on the sidewalk with chalk. 77% Off
  10. Crystal Caves: 2 Citrine Geodes – watch sparkling crystals form before your eyes. 40% Off

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links.