Spring {Ebook} Sales – Ending TODAY


All week long, I’ve been meaning to tell you all about two ebook sales going on. And all week long, I forgot. Gah. Baby brain!!

ANYWAY. Two of my favorite friends and bloggers and ebook authors are offering sales on their books – and the sales end today. So don’t dilly dally (or, “chop chop!!” as I tell Annalyn when she moves SLOWER THAN SLOW when getting out of the car) if you want either one of these books.

{And why wouldn’t you?!}

A Sense of the Resurrection

A Sense of the Resurrection is an Easter experience for families, and it’s a great way to create traditions and bring more meaning to your Easter celebration. It includes printables, Scriptures and specific conversation and starting points so you and your kids can really experience the resurrection. Parents and children will make memories as they use their five senses to discover the real story celebrated on Easter.

And through today only, you can get 20% off with the code OHEASTER. (The book is regularly $7.99, so that makes today’s sale price about $6.00.)

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Spring cleaning? Renewing your earlier resolutions to stay on top of the laundry and dishes? Buy these two books, stat! I know it seems counterintuitive, seeing as how I DETEST cleaning and anything related to cleaning. But Dana’s books are two of my very favorites and have been the most helpful, real-life-applicable books I’ve read.

The two-book set of 28 Days to Hope for Your Home and Drowning in Clutter? is $5 with the code SPRING14. (Regular price is $5 per book, so this is a great deal!)

So, there you have it. Easter and cleaning – what says spring more than that? Happy Sunday – and happy shopping and reading!

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The Final Countdown & Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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Wait, what? TWELVE DAYS? As in, less than two weeks?!?

Right. I mean, I KNEW THAT. I’m totally chill…ready for the holidays…all Advent-ed up. Yeah, that sounds right. I’m okay now.

Of course, I’m a liar, too. So there’s that.


Look. I could give you my list of excuses, but no matter the reason, it all boils down to this: I have barely done a single Christmas-y thing. My tree is only up because my brother helped me. Annalyn has only watched The Grinch because it’s too cold for recess and apparently that was chosen as indoor recess appropriate. And last week’s trip to see The Nutcracker Suite? Completely to my mom’s credit. My only responsibility for that date – which I barely managed – was to buy my child new tights.

Looking so grown-up at the ballet. Gah. Make the time STOP!

Looking so grown-up at the ballet. Gah. Make the time STOP!

We haven’t done anything to celebrate Advent other than the occasional reading from The Jesus Storybook Bible. Just when I thought THIS would be the year we’d finally start AND FINISH Truth in the Tinsel. *sigh*

Aside from my DaySpring shopping sprees throughout the year, I haven’t done a single bit of Christmas shopping. I’ve told you my sad story about not watching Hallmark movies. And though my Christmas cards are printed, they are sitting – in a haphazard pile that hasn’t moved since they were delivered (and then knocked over) four days ago – on my dining room table. Unaddressed because, grrrrr!, the free addressing service doesn’t work for postcards.

And apparently I picked out postcards. Without realizing it. I mean, to save paper and the environment. Yeah.

Am I alone here? Are you all so together and organized and awesome that you CANNOT BELIEVE my holiday slacker-ness? If so, please, email me. Because you are so welcome to come to my house and bake, wrap and decorate up a storm!

For those of you who are a like me this year, I’ve got some ideas and tips for you. Also? For the love of all that’s silent and holy, quit feeling guilty about what you have and have not done this holiday season. Despite what Pinterest and Facebook and that stupid elf will tell you, Christmas is not a competition and you aren’t failing if you don’t build elaborate gingerbread houses and wrap all your presents in coordinating paper.

*steps off imperfect soapbox*

Enough of that. Moving on…to shopping!

For the shopping I have left, I’m dividing it between an afternoon going to one – MAYBE two – stores and a couple hours online. I’m no longer an Amazon affiliate (thank you SO much, state of Missouri and your fight against the man, I mean, Amazon), but you really can find most everything on there. And if you toss on a trial month of free shipping wit Amazon Prime, well, why would you go anywhere else?

I’m also planning on a few SIMPLE, I SWEAR crafty gifts. I’ll probably make one more of these no-sew fabric wreaths, plus a batch of salsa and a bunch of taco seasoning to stick in jars for the assortment of friends and neighbors who inevitably show up at my father-in-law’s for Christmas dinner. (And, HELLO!, to have on hand for after the baby’s born. Win-win!)

Seriously, you guys, don't miss this deal!

Seriously, you guys, don’t miss this deal!

Last but not least, I’m now the happy owner of several Redeemed scarves from DaySpring – an inexpensive gift that looks expensive for pretty much all the women on my list. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, don’t wait, okay? My 65% off discount is only good through Sunday the 15th.

P.S. DaySpring is offering FREE shipping on ANY order next Monday, December 16. Just use the code FREESHIP, and your gifts will arrive by Christmas! (My new favorite thing there, by the way? [I know you were wondering...] The entire Lyrics for Life line. I love these word art canvases filled with bits of my favorite hymns and worship songs!)

Obviously I realize your gift needs might not be covered by Amazon, DaySpring and easy-peasy crafts. So I’ve got a list of great gift guides and ideas for you. I cannot even tell you how much I wish I could rewind to October and start my shopping over with these guides in hand. I’ve bookmarked them all for next year – and hopefully it’s not too late for them to give you some great ideas!

All right, folks. Shoot straight with me. What is one thing you’re simply NOT DOING in the next 12 days? (And where do you do the bulk of your shopping?)

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NEW Exclusive Discount from DaySpring

redeeemed scarf on sale

You guys!! You loved the red platter from DaySpring as much as I do – and bought so many in just two days that DaySpring ran out!

So that’s the bad news. But the good news is that, since our exclusive discount was supposed to last another week, they’re offering ANOTHER discount.

The Redeemed Scarf is one of my very favorite DaySpring items. I love wearing it and giving it as a gift. And even though I’m the least fashionable person on earth, I can vouch for this scarf with no reservations. You know why? Because I have been complimented LOTS on this scarf. No joke. I’m talking – stopped on my way out of the library complimented.

Here. You can see me wearing it here in a rare but super-posed and well-filtered self-portrait. (I’ve been trying out the word “selfie,” but I Just Can’t.)

wearing redeemed scarf

All right, enough of that. What I’m saying here is if you don’t have one of these scarves, you probably want one. And then you probably want to buy a few for Christmas gifts.

And lucky for you and for me (because I need to buy a few myself!), DaySpring is offering us a 65% discount. Regularly $29.99, the Redeemed Scarf is $9.99 for Giving Up on Perfect readers until December 15. Just use the code REDEEMEDSCARF.

Happy shopping!

This post does include affiliate links. So when you click and make a purchase, I make a small commission. Considering your purchase is this pretty scarf WAY on sale, I’d call that win-win!

Exclusive Discount on Red Serving Platter

Jesus is the Gift - Red Platter

Every year I make a list and check it twice. I write down names of all the people I plan to buy Christmas presents for, followed by ideas and approximate budgets.

And inevitably, after I’ve done my shopping and maxed out my budget, I end up adding at least half a dozen more names!

Teachers, party hosts, new friends who weren’t on last year’s list, old friends I wasn’t expecting to see, small group leaders, neighbors who shovel our snow, in-laws who decided to exchange gifts after all (at the last minute, thanks so much) – THEY ALL NEED GIFTS.

That’s one of the reasons I love this Jesus is the Gift platter from DaySpringespecially when it’s more than 70% off the original price! It makes a perfect gift by itself or covered in goodies. And this week DaySpring is offering an exclusive discount on this beautiful platter to Giving Up on Perfect readers! Woohoo!!

great gift idea

The Jesus is the Gift plate is a beautiful deep red ceramic platter great for serving holiday treats of any kind. It’s 13.5 inches round, microwave safe, and features raised lettering and a raised swirl pattern that add elegance to the red glaze. The middle of the plate says, “Jesus is the Gift,” while the outer edge shares John 3:16.

Though it’s regularly $24.99, this platter is yours for only $6.99 until December 15. WOW!!!

I’ve used my platter to serve cookies, cupcakes, veggies and fruit. (I’ll be honest. It’s more fun to use it for the cookies or cupcakes!) The red color and “gift” message make it a great holiday plate, but it really works well as a serving piece any time of the year.

Here’s a picture of the whole, uncovered plate:

jesus is the gift platter

Let’s face it: Last-minute and unexpected gifts happen. With a couple of these gorgeous plates on hand, you’ll be prepared – and for less money than a gift card to the bookstore, less time and effort than an “easy” Pinterest craft, and way more meaning than a blue light sale item from the craft store or *shudder* drug store on the way to the party.

Get your Jesus is the Gift platter today for just $6.99! Use the code JITGPLATTER until December 15 for this great deal!

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The DaySpring Deals I Snagged (& More)

DaySpring Deals

I’m not doing any shopping on Black Friday this year…because I’ve already done my Big Sale Shopping! (And haven’t decided what to buy for the people I have left to shop for!) I’m sure you aren’t surprised to hear that my favorite place to shop – for Christmas and pretty much every other holiday – is DaySpring. With deals like this, how could it not be?

Remember, everything at DaySpring.com is 30% off with the coupon 30SPECIAL!! That doesn’t include the Super Deals, but it covers everything else. And in case you’re wondering which deals I snagged (I know. Of COURSE you’re wondering!), here’s my haul:

Black Friday Deals

If you’re looking for other deals, here are my favorites:

  • eMeals - Take 30% off any meal plan with the code CYBER. Choose your family size, your meal type (classic, low-fat, paleo, gluten-free, slow cooker, etc.) and even your favorite grocery store – and get a detailed menu plan and grocery list for each week!
  • Kitchen Stewardship Cookbooks – Get any of these whole food cookbooks for 50% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY.
  • What’s in the Bible – Take 20% off any order over $30 at whatsinthebible.com using the code ABF20. You’ll also get free shipping. (Perfect time to get your copy of the Christmas video!)
  • Truth in the Tinsel – Take 20% off your Advent ebook with the code GIVINGUP. (I know we barely finished Thanksgiving, but Advent begins on Sunday!!)

Happy shopping!!

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