Monday, February 8, 2016

My Visit to the Antique Store

I remember a time when I liked to visit the antique stores around my area. I would take some of the older girls and we would ooh and ahh over all our neat finds. This past weekend I was able to spend some girl time with my older daughter and we ventured out to several antique stores, a museum, some home decor stores. bakery, and then lunch. What a great day of relaxation and just what the doctor ordered!

Here are some pictures:



These particular antique stores are a hodge podge of old and new---even things you might find at a garage sale. Many of the booths have vintage music playing that add to it's charm. 




They also had homemade arts and crafts items like these hand sewn Valentine's day "cookies".





As a blogger, I love to see old typewriters. As a young girl when I was just nine I would spend hours at the kitchen table typing out new "novels" just for fun. These bring back those sweet memories. 




There is always a quilt rack or two or three that can be found. So much time, hard work, and love goes into making these!





Some of the booths had handmade signs---I like the "Amazing Grace" sign. It just makes you want to start singing!





Gotta love these old mixers--they remind me of Grandma and her kitchen. She was always cooking up something yummy. Such cherished memories especially now that she is gone. 




Oh the books of yesteryear. How I miss them. This was a collection of 12 books. How precious!





There was a booth of baby clothes that were designed by a Christian. My favorite shirt was this one that said "Grace upon grace upon grace...etc." I would love to have one for myself to wear!




And you can't overlook these hand embroidered table runners and doilies. 



They also had a nice section of tea supplies. I always like to stop and linger to see if they have anything new.





The stairwell full of art that leads into a long hallway with nooks and crevices full of more wares. 





An old dresser that remind me again of my grandmother. 
I remember smelling her perfumes and looking at all her makeup thinking how pretty everything was.  





This was a repurposed merry-go-round horse.




I love the old china cabinets. My mother has a one similar but a little bigger that she is trying to ship to me that once belonged to my great grandmother who only spoke Hungarian and not a lick of English. 




Here is an old sewing machine that had be pumped by foot. 





And an old cash register....we've truly come a long way!




And finally an old picture Bible book for children. Some of the things back then were so sweet for children. I truly miss the times when things were more innocent for them. 



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Friday, February 5, 2016

Budget Friendly Homeschool Tools

In our homeschool we have graduated two older daughters and now we have the other seven left. Two are in high school and the rest in in elementary. Bella is too young for school right (she is almost two) but loves doing things side by side with her siblings so I have some toys and "school" items set aside for her to keep her busy while school is in order. I have found that homeschooling through the winter months can be kept fresh by doing new projects, games, challenges, etc. So I have been trying to keep that in mind and having some fun things to do around the house and surprising them.



(The children working on maps while Bella watches over them)

But even though our homeschooling has changed through the years, we still love it when we find good deals. Most homeschoolers we know like to stretch their dollar and get the most for their money. (link) So today I wanted to share some great deals I found that might be of interest!

(This post contains affiliate links)

Right now Zulily is offering a section on Learning Resources and everything is on sale up to 40%off:


This Anatomy Models set contains the brain, heart, body and skeleton. . I know that every time my boys see models like these they go crazy.  If you only need or want one of these models they are also sold separately and can be found here. 





This primary microscope also comes in handy, I have used something similar on my older girls to look at slides and learn about the world around them:


This Shapes Geometry set below was a family favorite for a long time. These are very similar to Tanagrams and brought so much fun to kids. They would sit quietly and play and learn for a long time. That is very helpful if you are trying to teach older children.



Every homeschool should have a play cash register






or some other way for children to play with money and learn how to play store and make change. This Pretend and Play cash wallet is helpful too.


There are also a ton of high quality things for younger children. I really love all the new toys since we have a little toddler in the house again. It is so fun to play with all the amazing new toys that are out now! You can find a wonderful assortment here. 








This great deal lasts for one more day only so don't miss it! 






I hope this blesses your homeschool!







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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11


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The Wise Family: Cultivating a Gospel Culture in the Home




There is much to be said about Christian families living in our modern culture and how so many fall prey to it's demise.

We cannot over emphasize the need to be purposeful in the way we cultivate the atmosphere of home. We need to take the time to invest in our families.  We also cannot over emphasize that this culture must be gospel centered. 

But what does that look like exactly?

While each home is different and no two families are the same, you will want to be sure to follow the wise advice in the Bible versus the foolish wisdom of this world.

This video is very helpful in sharing some of those tips:





I hope this is a blessing to you!








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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Discipleship in the Home



" A wise son makes a glad father, 
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother."

Proverbs 10:1



There are so many distractions for parents today that it is easy to put off important things like discipling your children in the home. Even the parents with the most ardent desire to teach their children still find it a challenge to truly disciple their children in the way they'd like.

I know that sometimes for most families it is hard to be consistent. Sometimes you might be feeling off track and that it is hard to find your way back. To do the things you know you should be doing with your kids but maybe too tired or busy to do so.

We all find ourselves in that boat sometimes and that is why it is so important to get back on track when we can. It is even more of a blessing when you hear something that encourages you to do so.

My husband and I were recently able to hear a sermon that did just that. I hope you will find it encouraging too!








There is a devotional book mentioned in this sermon that we ended up getting that my husband has been using with the younger children. It is called "Sticky Situations" and has been going over well with the children. Here is a description of it:

"Sticky Situations is a devotional book for families with children ages 8 to 12 that offers short readings for each day of the year. Each reading begins with a kid who is facing a moral dilemma and ends with multiple-choice solutions for the family to discuss. Often there is more than one acceptable course of action to take. Parents will find tips in the back of the book that interpret the various choices made by the children and offer follow-up questions for further discussion on each topic. Scripture references are provided to give biblical insight into each situation. Sticky Situations is a great discussion starter that will give parents the chance to share their own values with their children."





You can find it here. And don't let the cover fool you, it is a very helpful tool!

It has been enjoyable so far and doesn't much time to do it and the children like it too!

Remember, no matter what tools you use--he best thing for you children is love, time, patience, God's Word and your unwavering example!




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Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter Slow Cooker Corn Chowder



Are you experiencing a cold and snowy winter?  So far, for our family, we have had a very mild winter. But what better way to pass the time and enjoy the colder weather than with some hearty soups and stews! Today we are sharing this special Winter Slow Cooker Corn Chowder, that you might want to try. It is hearty and chock full of yummy goodness and perfect for a chilly day,


INGREDIENTS

6-8 slices of  cooked bacon
1 cup chopped onion
6-8 cups diced potatoes or tater tots
2 packages frozen organic corn (10 oz. each)
2 16 oz. cream style corn
2 cans green chiles
1 8 oz sour cream
1 tbsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 boxes organic chicken broth
2 cups water (add more if desired)


DIRECTIONS


Dump it all into your slow cooker and cook on high for 6-7 hours.

You can garnish with cheese, sour cream and cilantro.




I hope you enjoy it!










We love using our crockpots and find it saves time and money. It is also a life saver come dinner time if you have been out and about all day!

I have several of the types of cookbooks for inspirations. The one of the left has tons of recipes that are a blessing!


You can find the Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook over at Amazon.









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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11


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Don't forget that today is the LAST DAY for the Lilla Rose sale I shared about yesterday!




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