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Have a great day, friends!

Looking for Lemonade Stories

31 Days of Making Lemonade

October is just around the corner, and you know what that means!

No, I’m not referring to pumpkin everything, Annalyn’s birthday, Halloween or the anniversary of my first date with Mark. Those things are coming, but today I’m talking about 31 Days.

Every fall, hundreds of bloggers take the challenge to write (and post) about one topic every day in the month of October. It’s Nester’s idea, and I fully anticipate cursing her “brilliance” by about the third week of this insanity. But not for long, because writing daily on one topic for a full month has benefits that last way longer than 31 days of blogging stress and chaos!

In 2012, I wrote 31 Days of Giving Up on Perfect.
In 2013, I wrote 31 Days of Giving Up on Fairy Tales.
In 2014, I’ll write 31 Days of Making Lemonade.

As in, when life gives you lemons… And I need your help. Do you have a story about a time in your life when life handed you lemons but you turned it around (made lemonade) into a positive situation? I’d love to hear it and possibly share it with everyone here as a guest post.

If you’d like to submit a guest post for my 31 Days series, please email it to me by Friday, September 26.

Will you participate in 31 Days this year?

Weekend Links, 12.21.13

This will be the last Weekend Links post for a while. My very tentative plan is to share something year-end or best-of next weekend and then What I’m Into the following weekend. But from there on out, I’m going to have to take a break.

After all, a baby is coming in just a few weeks! And even though I can barely remember life with a newborn (it WAS six whole years ago!), I suspect I’ll be a bit too busy – or tired – to read and record the very best blog posts in the ‘sphere.

{Can we do that? Shorten “blogosphere” to “sphere”? I don’t know. It felt right, but it could still be wrong…}

Anyway, I didn’t even read many posts this week – and many of these I shared on my Facebook page. I might still do that during my kinda, sorta maternity break – so join us on Facebook, why don’t ya? (Because hello! We talk about all sorts of fun things over there, not just our favorite blog posts!)

Here are my favorite posts from the past several days:

And a couple places I wrote this past week outside this blog:

What are the best posts YOU’ve read and written lately?

Weekend Links, 12.14.13

Considering I just “marked all as read” for about 150 unread blog posts sitting in my Feedly reader, I might NOT be the best person to turn to for the latest and greatest of the blogosphere.

And then there’s the fact that I haven’t shared a links post the past few weekends . . . which means I have a big old long list of bookmarks saved in my Delicious account.

But I’m going to share anyway. Because I know how much I love links posts from other bloggers. I always find something awesome to read, something I missed or never would have found. So just in case you missed these great posts . . . just in case something here can move you, inspire you, comfort you or entertain you . . . I’m going to share.

Some Posts Making Me Think:

To the Mamas of Littles During the Holidays :: Vita Familiae
You have all the reasons in the world (imagine me pointing to those sticky little fingers that even now are exploring your nose while you read) to say “no” right now, even to yourself when you want to do something fun. If it makes you yell, it’s a No. Every time.

The Rhythm of Thanksgiving :: Kayla Aimee at (in)courage
Many thanksgivings have left my lips but none so full of truth than the day that I whispered it over you softly, so as not to overburden your yet unformed ears with the sound. Then they draped a blanket back over your isolette and I couldn’t see you, but I could see your heartbeats on a monitor and I counted every one in thanksgiving to its unsteady rhythm.

What My Mother Taught Me :: Shauna Niequist
Watching my mother while I as a young teenager gave me a front row seat to a hard, messy, important, beautiful transformation. I watched my mother become herself. I watched her come alive. I watched her discover her gifts. I watched her eyes sparkle when she returned from a meeting or a trip. I listened to her bubbling over with passion about what she was reading or learning.

Consumerism, Christmas & #FairTuesday :: Amy J. Bennett
And it’s not just chocolate. It’s our coffee, our clothes, our shoes, our purses—so many things. And y’all, it makes my heart so, so much. My purchases are hurting God’s people. I don’t care if I never look them in the face or know a name. My purchases matter. We hold so much power in our hands as consumers and what is our power doing? Making slaves of others. There is no other way to say it. It’s not being dramatic. It’s not guilt-tripping anyone. That is the truth.

Why Putting Christ in Christmas is Ridiculous :: Loved Like the Church
Celebrating Christmas isn’t a command. Nowhere does God tell us to celebrate Jesus’s birth with a holiday. Nowhere does God say that Jesus is the reason for the season. Actually, if we want to become pedantic, Jesus is the reason for ALL seasons. Perhaps {and this is a super radical thought} rather than harping about celebrating Jesus at Christmas, we could, I don’t know, celebrate Him all the time? Whoa. Mind-blown.

Some Posts Taking Care of Business:

Some Posts Making Me Laugh:

Some Posts Featuring or Written by Yours Truly:

Some Videos You Might Like as Much as I Did:

Danny & Mindy (from The Mindy Project) and Harry & Sally (from, well, you know) – SO CUTE. Almost as adorable as Danny’s gift of dance in the Christmas episode. (What? You missed it? WATCH IT NOW.)

You Shall Not Pass, Dog. And this is why I feel so safe at night. I have not just one, but two, fierce guard cats. (What’s that, real-life friends? You want to talk about the other night when I freaked out because my cats heard something – or SOMEONE – making noise in the backyard? HUSH. Just…hush. Go watch the kitty video.)

I get it. Some of you weirdos might not love cats or FOX sitcoms as much as I do. So tell me what videos…or posts…you’re loving right now! Share your favorites in the comments!

Weekend Links, Updates & Deals, 11.23.13

Thank you so much for your kind words after my [lengthy] update last weekend! We’re headed on a one-day road trip to visit some friends today (and trying not to freeze in this WINTER weather!!), but first I have a few more updates, some great posts and all the deals I can find in my inbox!

Updates to my updates:

  1. I do not have gestational diabetes. Thank God, I passed my second glucose test. I’m not going to say I passed with flying colors, because, well, the nurse didn’t say that when she called and I’m well aware that’s probably not the case. [See: obsession with oatmeal cream pies] But I’ll take it!
  2. We talked to our realtor about taking our house off the market. She sent us the form to fill out. I procrastinated like I do. And now we have a showing on Sunday. I HAVE NO WORDS.
  3. How FUN was Giveaway Day?! Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to Mary Borgman, the lucky winner!!
  4. You only have about one more week to get my ebook, Plan a Fabulous Party {without losing your mind} for FREE! Simply join the Giving Up on Perfect community on Facebook, and it’s all yours!

Seriously great posts to read:

Also, in case you missed it, this post of mine seems to be resonating with many: When the Holidays Make You Sad.

Deals you don’t want to miss:

If I were a better blogger, I might make this a separate post. With fancy, pinnable photos and flashing lights. But you guys don’t come here for deals, I know that. However, I’ve heard about too many great deals and sales this week, and I just can’t keep all these things to myself. Here are some outstanding sales that will save you money and time. Who can argue with that?!

DaySpring - Of course you know I’m going to tell you about DaySpring’s big sales! Since I wrote about the first eight super deals, they’ve added 16 more. So you can save two ways – with the Super Deals (seriously deep discounts on the store’s most popular items!) and with the 30% off discount on everything else. I’ll probably write about this again next week with more details, but for now, I wanted to make sure you knew about the 30% discount. {What’s better than a Black Friday deal? Oh, I know – one that starts a week early!}

What’s in the Bible - So I don’t mean to be super vague, but I do know What’s in the Bible is offering a GREAT deal on Black Friday. Until THEN, though…the entire DVD series of musical puppet Bible stories (I know what it sounds like, but you guys? My daughter ADORES these videos!!) is 15% off. Normally $179.88, the collection of volumes 1-12 (covering Genesis through Philemon) is now only $155.99.

And shipping is always free on orders over $25. So…if you ordered two copies of Why Do We Call It Christmas (one for you, one for a friend), you can get them shipped right to your door without an extra charge!

Save 30% with code Cyber

eMeals – If ever there was a time to get a little help organizing your meals, it would be now, the holiday season! eMeals offers every kind of meal plan you could ask for – lowfat, small family or big family, paleo, classic meals, slow cooker, gluten-free and MORE. It’s also Dave Ramsey endorsed (if that matters to you), and costs as little as $5.00 a month.

The way it works is that you choose a meal plan based on your eating style, family size and favorite grocery store. Then, each week, you receive an email with seven simple, family-friendly recipes and a detailed grocery list.

And until December 2, you can get 30% off your subscription with the code CYBER. Meal planning made simple – and super affordable? Count me IN. (For real. I’m in and love getting my eMeals menu every week!)


Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands – You can still get 20% off this incredible Advent experience for your family with the code GIVINGUP. And remember, if you’re not so crafty or anticipate too many busy days to complete an actual handmade ornament with your kids each day, Amanda has super simple printable ornaments for you! Just read the devotion, print, cut and color – and hang on your tree! No matter how much or how little you do, your kids – and you! – will undoubtedly find new meaning for Christmas with Truth in the Tinsel.

Lisa Leonard DesignsDon’t forget you can take 15% off your purchase at Lisa Leonard Designs with the code VERYMERRY15 until December 25. That means you can order the new adorable personalized ornaments for just about anyone on your list!

Better Than a Box

Kitchen Stewardship – If you’re trying to eat more whole foods and wondering how to do that for Thanksgiving (also known as the Holiday of Cream of Something Soup Casseroles), Better than a Box can help. Katie’s ebook includes lots of resources for a real food Thanksgiving meal: some gluten-free stuffing recipes, plenty of casseroles, an awesome party appetizer and the free download “Stovetop Stuffing Chicken w/no Stovetop.”

Today through Thanksgiving, use the code TDAY50 for 50% off Better Than a Box and enjoy your real, guilt-free dinner!

Okay, that’s it for now. I’m all out of updates, posts and deals! Tell me what’s up in your world – share an update or the best post you’ve read or written recently!!