Saturday Surprise! Summer Sales

Hey there, and happy Saturday! I didn’t want you to miss a few sales going on right now, so I gathered them up in one post for you! Enjoy your [deeply discounted] shopping!

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DaySpring Customer Appreciation Sale

DaySpring loves its customers, really loves them. Lucky for you, that means everything in the DaySpring store – yes, EVERYTHING – is 25% off. Just use the code THANKYOU to get the discount!

{One way you might use that code, by the way, is with one of the new Be Strong Gift Sets that are a) already on sale for $19.99 and b) perfect for Father’s Day gifts. You can find those gift sets here and here.}

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(in)courage Summer Reads Sale

Now, if you’ve been looking for something new to read, you should know that (in)courage is offering a great deal on its entire library of books. For every two books you buy, you get one FREE. Just use the code INREADS now through the end of the month. Woohoo!

(And, by the way, I just looked at the books on sale and noticed that the (in) library has some new additions. Not only can you find the very recent releases from Dawn Camp, Jessica Turner and Melissa Michaels, but you can now also buy several books from Liz Curtis Higgs!)

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What’s in the Bible New Testament Sale

If you’re looking for a way to entertain your kids this summer – especially when the temps soar and the boredom hits and your commitment to no screens has waned – try What’s in the Bible? It’s actually my plan for our upcoming road trip – hilarious puppets singing songs about God just might keep us all sane while we drive 10 hours in one day. (TEN HOURS. ONE DAY. Hold me!)

For the next week, DVDs 10-13 are on sale. Use the code SUMMER through June 19, and get the four New Testament videos 50% off.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Brushing & Smilestones with Orajel Kids

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Annalyn loves – LOVES – the dentist. For a while I thought maybe she wanted to be a dentist when she grows up, but no, she just loves the dentist. This is a good thing considering her teeth are a hot mess and she’ll be seeing a lot of the dentist over the next few years.

Unfortunately, her love of the dentist (and her love of, ironically considering my dislike, flossing) has not translated into the best tooth brushing habits. Again with the irony, that has not stopped her excitement for teaching her baby sister to brush her teeth!

And so I found myself in the bathroom with my two toothy girls, introducing Adrienne to the joys of dental care. (I had a little help with Orajel™ Kids, who sponsored this post.)

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(Don’t worry. I brushed her tiny teeth before handing over the toothbrush, which she [obviously] calls “M’Elmo.”)

Because my baby girl has had a mouthful of teeth for a while, our pediatrician has been urging me to get on the tooth brushing bandwagon for a few months now. In my horribly cliched, laidback second child approach, however, I’d been putting it off. Thankfully, I received a box full of Orajel™ Kids products just a couple weeks after her most recent check-up!


The funny thing was that after I opened my box of Orajel Kids goodies, I looked in our bathroom cabinet and realized I already had several Orajel products! Adrienne now has a little Thomas Train toothbrush as a back up for her beloved “M’Elmo” brush. And the Orajel™ Bubble Guppies™ Fluoride Toothpaste? Well, Annalyn couldn’t wait to open it up and try it out. Because BUBBLE GUPPIES.

Well played, Orajel. The dentist will be pleased.

As the parent (and tooth brushing enforcer), I love that Orajel Kids products make caring for their teeth more appealing. From the familiar characters on all the products to the sweet toothpaste, it’s almost fun to keep their teeth clean! And there’s something for both my girls, despite their age gap. Whether kids are teething, learning to brush, or brushing on their own, Orajel Kids has you covered during every stage.

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It’s also reassuring that the training toothpaste for Adrienne (and any kiddo ages 3 months to 2 years) is fluoride-free and totally safe. Which is a good thing because she may have treated that toothbrush like a sucker after my initial brushing…

Orajel Kids also offers teething gel for babies four months and older. Adrienne isn’t teething right now, but I’m armed with both Baby Orajel™ Naturals Teething Gel and Baby Orajel™ Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel when it starts again! Both products offer safe and effective pain relief with the soothing power of chamomilla (and the nighttime gel has passionflower to help babies sleep more comfortably – COUNT ME IN).

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Now for the fun part (aside from these ridiculously cute pictures of my girls…). Orajel™ Kids wants to celebrate your child’s smiling milestones – or “Smilestones” – from their birthday celebrations! The Smilestones Birthday Sweepstakes will award one lucky winner an Orajel Kids gift pack plus the chance to win a $2,000 gift card for the ultimate birthday party. Simply share your favorite birthday memory with Orajel to enter. Good luck – and Happy Smilestones!

And after you enter the contest, make sure you download a coupon for any Orajel product here.

Anything that makes keeping my kids’ teeth healthy and clean easier works for me!

How do you encourage your kids to brush?

(Anyone else tempted to sing the “Brusha Brusha” song from Grease to their kids? No? Just me? Right. Moving on…)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel™ Kids. All opinions and adorable children are my own.

Works for Me Wednesday :: Giving Up on Perfect

It’s time for Works for Me Wednesday. I’m looking forward to your tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration! If this is your first time linking up with WFMW here, PLEASE read the guidelines I shared in this post. Highlights include linking your specific post, not the front page of your blog, and making sure to include a link back to this site in your WFMW. Thank you!!

HUGE Sale on What’s in the Bible Series

Hey, guys! I didn’t want you to miss this sale. Until April 27 (that’s Monday), you can get the entire series of What’s in the Bible for just $99. That’s 13 videos total, and they are seriously awesome. I learn just as much as my daughter when we watch our DVDs!

And we watch them all the time! Also? I’m not going to lie…I might listen to the soundtrack even when I’m alone in the car, because the songs are just that catchy.

If you are looking for a great way to teach your kids about the Bible – and even to learn with them, What’s in the Bible is the way to go! So go check it out, and remember this sale only lasts until the 27th!

Click here to visit What’s in the Bible now.

It’s a Blog Birthday – and a Big Giveaway!

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On second thought maybe it wasn’t a great idea to search for birthday cake photos on Day 5 of my return to Weight Watchers…


A little over seven years ago I decided to start a blog. And after choosing to follow Jesus and agreeing to marry my husband, it is the decision that has made the largest impact on my life. I had no idea what I was doing back then, no idea the difference that one little choice would make! {Special thanks to Chelley for inspiring me with her blog and being the reason I thought about starting mine in the first place!}

But I don’t want to talk about me, me, me today. I’m a blogger because of YOU. I’ve heard some people say that they love to write so much they’d write even if nobody read it. That’s not me. I am here because you are here. I write because you read and because you respond. Our community is what keeps me going.

So thank you. THANK YOU. Thank you for visiting or subscribing, for giving me permission to share my deepest desires and fears, my biggest and highest dreams, and my shallowest thoughts and tendencies with you. Thank you for commenting and liking and retweeting and sharing. Thank you for coming back when I take on too many sponsored posts or ramble on about something boring or say something you just don’t agree with. Thank you for being my friends.

To celebrate you, I’m holding a Big Blog Birthday Giveaway! Woohoo!!

You can enter for a chance to win by leaving a comment, following me on Twitter or visiting my Facebook page (I’d love you to follow it, but *SIGH* legally I can’t make you.). I’m using Rafflecopter, so winners will be selected randomly by the computer when the giveaway closes next Sunday. We’ll have three winners, and here’s what those lucky readers will win:

Third prize = $25 gift card to Amazon
Second prize = 5 books from DaySpring: Surprised by Motherhood, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, Love Idol, The Best Yes, and Let’s All Be Brave

{drum roll…}

Grand prize = Kindle Fire HD (6″, 8GB)

Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. Winners were selected randomly and contacted via email.

Are you as excited about this as I am?!? (Okay, maybe not. But I love my Kindle and, well, books in general, and I am so excited to share that with some of you!)

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Crafts & DIY the Giving Up on Perfect Way


Last night I saw a cute Easter craft that I knew a friend of mine would like. Unfortunately, she’s even less craft-inclined than I am, but when I posted it to her Facebook page, I said that it just might be cute enough to warrant a craft day.

Not all of us are crafty. Not everyone likes renovating and refinishing and repurposing and re-anything. [Unlike my daughter, whose favorite channel is the DIY Network and is never happier than when she finds a new episode of Kitchen Crashers to watch.]

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But some circumstances seem to beg for a craft project or a little do-it-yourself action. For my friend, it might be Minion Easter eggs. For you, it might be salvaging that dining room chair you got from your grandma. For me, most recently, it was saving a million dollars at Christmas.

Okay, fine. I didn’t save a million dollars. But I did save SOME money when it came time to show my girls’ Sunday school teachers a little appreciation and love at Christmastime. Because of where I serve on Sunday mornings, my girls attend both services. So, between the two of them, they have 12 church teachers. TWELVE. Even a $5 Starbucks card would have been a little more than I wanted to spend – plus I would have had to come up with a cute card or something to put it in.

Luckily, I’d bought an Ultimate Bundle a couple years ago and had more than one ebook full of handmade gift ideas. Sure, some of them (fine. LOTS of them.) required more time, energy, money or skill than I had or was willing to give. But one of them had the perfect idea for me.

I made up a big batch of hot chocolate mix, spooned it into jelly jars I already had, wrapped some ribbon around the top, and stuck a store-bought tag on each one. Easy peasy! In literally minutes (and just a few dollars), I had 12 great gifts for the kids’ teachers.


You all know me. I’m not the most crafty girl. (Even when I worked at a scrapbooking store, my scrapbooks were – at best – examples of “simple” scrapping.) And since our [failed] attempts to fix up our house enough to sell it over the past two years, we’ve retired our home improvement hammers for a while.

But I’m still excited about the Ultimate DIY Bundle.

The Ultimate DIY Bundle is a collection of 69 ebooks and e-courses that are all about crafting, scrapbooking, decorating and more. But you know what else? The bundle includes several books and courses about photography and writing – and I LOVE those things!

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The Ultimate DIY Bundle costs $34.95, and it’s only available for 48 hours this week. That’s an amazing deal, even if all the books don’t apply to you! The entire bundle is a more than $1,000 value – which is CRAZY when you can get it for less than $35. But, seriously, even if I never crack open the craft or decorating books (which, let’s be honest, I will open a few come December, for sure!), I’m saving a ton of money on the writing and photography books and courses.

If any of this appeals to you, don’t wait. Like I said, the bundle is only available today and tomorrow. The sale is gone forever (insert dramatic music) after that. You can go here to see every book in the bundle and to order yours today!