Friday, January 19, 2018

Feminine Favorites: Floral Dresses & More!

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About once a month we try to share some of our favorite feminine picks online and today our theme is floral, floral, floral! We love them and thought you might too!

The Short Sleeve Floral Dress pictured above is so pretty! It comes in blue, purple, white and blue!

(*This deal has since expired but you can find similar dresses HERE.)







I really like this color too--there is just something about winter that makes me want spring to be here! These colors are full of hope of what is to come. This is The Ashley dress and can be found HERE. 




(The Ashley Dress in green)




This Luxe Floral Cardigan will keep you warm--it comes black, mustard, blue and burgundy and is on clearance right now!

(*This deal has recently expired but you can find similar pretty floral cardigans HERE.)






I know these two pictures above are not floral but wanted to add them in case anyone is looking for great prices on maxi skirts--they are only $14.99 right now!

(*This deal has recently expired but you can find similar maxi dresses HERE.)



And sometimes you just need a cute top to match--this one with the ruffle is fun! 



Okay---I couldn't help but add this in even though it is for babies! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Large Swaddle Blanket with matching headband and wish little Isabella was small enough again to put her in this! But since my little one is too big now maybe one of you can enjoy it with your new little precious blessing. It comes in different colors and styles and you can find it HERE.

Everything pictured is on sale right now!

And remember that they are available for a limited time you don't delay, they go SUPER fast!

You can find them all at Jane!

(Note: If the deal has expired, I will post updated links to similar dresses above)





I hope they are a blessing to you!




Psssst! Another favorite feminine pick--Lilla Rose hair accessories! There is less than two weeks to get Penelope the January Flexi of the Month.  And FREE Lilla Rose U- pin for orders $50+!







15 Ways to Spice Up Macaroni & Cheese

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If you are a fan of macaroni and cheese  (the boxed kind, homemade or gluten free) you might want to try spicing it up a few different ways!

The children probably won't ever get tired of eating it plain the same way they have been eating it for years, but parents do like to liven things up every now and then. If you are looking for fresh ways to give new life to this favorite traditional dish then you are in the right place!

Here is what you can add:

1. Chorizo and salsa

2. Chicken and cream of mushroom

3. Hamburger and hot sauce

4. Sausage, diced tomatoes, & veggies

5. Tuna & broccoli florets

6. Taco meat, sour cream, and crushed chili cheese corn chips

7. Ham and peas

8. Bacon, Monterey and Jack cheese, sour cream, green onions



9. Tuna, mushroom soup & peas

10. Hamburger, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, peas and carrots

11. Beef & can of chili (or sloppy joe)

12. Kielbasa and onions

13. Green chiles, chicken, creamed of chicken soup, sour cream

14. BBQ pulled pork and pineapples

15. Spinach artichoke dip and bacon

HOT TIP: Cooking the mac and cheese in a Instant Pot can make the meal quicker and creamier!





What do you like to add to your mac and cheese?

Please share them in the comments!






Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A New Look for Our 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

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

We have a NEW look for our Wise Woman Linkup--I hope you like it!

I recently shared an important reminder on our Instagram page (be sure to follow us there if you don't already!) the other day in case you missed it:



And don't forget to join our Wise Woman Titus 2 Facebook Group:



Now back to the Linkup--if you do join our link up we only require one thing! PLEASE share the image below on your blog and link back so that others can find us and join in the fun or just simply paste and copy the code into your blog sidebar or at the bottom of the post that you shared here:









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Monday, January 15, 2018

7 Easy & Fun Ways to Really Memorize Scripture This Year

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When I was a young mom starting with just a couple of younger children I knew I wanted a way to get the Word in my heart and my children's hearts.

We had this cute little box on our kitchen table that we would open up during breakfast and one child who was picked that day would be allowed to open the box, pick a card and read it for the whole family.

It was nice because it wasn't overwhelming and it was easy (since I didn't have to pick it and do one more thing on top of all the things I had to do with little ones underfoot) but over the years I learned a variety of ways to teach them and it has definitely helped!

But let's start with they why first---because we usually don't do anything unless we understand why we should do it or how it would benefit us first.

Here is why you should memorize Scripture:

1. Jesus knew Scripture - All throughout His time on earth He quoted Scripture and knew it.

2. Scripture make us wiser - God's word gives us wisdom for living for every day life

3. We are told to - We are told to have the Word of God dwell in us richly, memorizing is a great way to do that.

4. Helps us in times of temptations - Jesus used Scripture when He was tempted and we should too, knowing it can help give us victory in the daily battles.

5. Helps us renew our mind - Instead of thinking in our old ways of worldly thinking, we can renew our mind with Scripture as we better know it and hide it in our heart.




Here are a few additional fun and easy ways you could memorize scripture:

1. Write it down -  in a notebook or prayer journal.



 I know many people who like to keep a record of verses they memorize and some who even like to practice their fancy cursive handwriting or calligraphy as they do so.



2. Write it down in a place you can actually see it --you can grab a sticky note and leave the verse you are trying to memorize in your bathroom on the mirror or write it down on a chalkboard or eraser board in your home. Every time you pass it will encourage you to memorize and retain that verse.

3. Use memory cards - for several years I used that little box on our kitchen table and it was blessing to be able to read a new one everyday that was already picked out for you. Here is a nice one that can also be given as a gift:



4. Framed verses throughout the home or Bible wall art - some like to print off a verse on their printer and insert it into a picture frame while others like to use Bible wall art.

5. Use flashcards  - If you are trying to memorize verses as a family or with younger children, you might want to try to use flashcards. They are fun to use and can be challenging.

There are a few of interest like this one:



These ABC Scripture Cards:



Or this Scripture Memory Game:


Where you can fill in the blank making a game of it to see who can learn the most verses in the shortest amount of time.

6. Learn in a group setting - for several years we sent the children to AWANA at our local church and they memorized Scripture with other children whose families also attended.

7. Learn it in song - Think about how quickly your children learn songs they hear on the radio or on the radio. Playing music in your home that use Scripture is a super easy way to also learn God's word. They have music for babies, children and adults.


What ways do you memorize scripture?

Please share in the comments!






Thursday, January 11, 2018

7 Benefits of Having a Prayer Journal

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Have you been wanting to pray more this year?

Prayer is important - the Bible says:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." 

~Phillipians 4:6


We recently shared our January prayer calendar with you (we shared it here) but we also wanted to talk about having a prayer journal. Some of you thrive when you can get things written down, organized, and in one place. I know I do better when I have a list of prayers written down and can see them.




So today I am sharing seven benefits of having a prayer journal--here they are:

1. A place to remember it all - Sometimes we can get so busy we forget to pray for for those things we know we really need to pray for. This one place we can go to see it all and especially helps those who are visual people.

2. If it is written down you will actually pray - How many times have you said you would pray for some and totally forgot about it? It happens to everyone, but a prayer journal helps you to remember.

3. You can remember to continue to pray - Life gets busy so it is great to have an organized place for prayers so you can continue to pray for situations and people who need it.

4. You can see results and record them - Many people like to record the results of how their prayer were answered.

5. You can give thanks to God for how He answers your prayer - No matter how God answers your prayers we can be thankful that He is in control, a sovereign God, and that we can bring everything to Him.

6. A place to be still and know he is God - Sometimes we just need to be still and connect with God on a deeper more intimate level.

7. We grow closer to God in prayer - God wants us to come to Him and we grow closer to Him in the process.



I want to make prayer more of a habit in my life because I know it is powerful and can change lives. I love being able to talk to God and know that my heavenly Father is listening and cares.

A few more verses on prayer:

Mark 11:24 


Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Pray without ceasing...


Romans 8:26 

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.


Matthew 6:6 


But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.



If you are looking for a prayer journal, you might like these:


My Prayer Journal - A 3 Month Guide to Prayer, Praise & Thanks - take a peek inside. 


She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity Prayer Journal - take a peek inside.


The Battle Plan Prayer Journal - you can find it HERE.




All Things Are Possible Prayer Journal - take a peek inside.


There are some great prayer journals from Dayspring too:

















You can find them all HERE.


Do you own a prayer journal?

Please share about it in the comments!





I hope these are a blessing to you!







Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

I recently shared an important reminder on our Facebook page yesterday in case you missed it:



And don't forget to join our Wise Woman Titus 2 Facebook Group:



Now back to the Linkup--if you do join our link up we only require one thing! PLEASE share the image below on your blog and link back so that others can find us and join in the fun or just simply paste and copy the code into your blog sidebar or at the bottom of the post that you shared here:









If you are reading by email, visit our blog to see the whole post. 

You can link up below: 
 





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Monday, January 8, 2018

Taking Time to Fast & Pray

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Every year our church takes time to fast and prayer. They do it mainly once a year and usually in January when the new year begins.

Some of the reasons they fast are:

  • it is biblical
  • it is expected
  • they want to listen to what God wants from them as individuals and as a church. 

God has done amazing things while they fasted and prayed and there have been many breakthroughs for people as well. 


"...the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them" then they will fast." Matt 9:1


There are several different kinds of fasts that you can do such as:

  • Water fast (drinking only water)
  • Juice fast (drink juices from fruits and vegetables(
  • Daniel fast (mainly vegetables and fruits)
  • Media fast - abstaining from tv, news, movies, music, radio, social media, video games

The time used while fasting instead of eating can now be filled with prayer. Click here to print out our FREE January prayer calendar and pray along with us!




If your children want to fast along with you, they can do sugar, pop, candies, desserts, phones, video games, online time, etc. Here is a nice little calendar for them here.  

For additional guidance, this website is helpful for additional encouraging information on fasting as well.

If you decide to do a juice fast you will need a good juicer. We recommend a Breville juicer which has served our family faithfully over the years:



(we use this one)

My husband has really gotten into it in the past. He has done 30 day fasts and even 60 day fasts and even wrote an ebook about his experience and this juicer is the one that he swears by.  It has a strong motor and will last a long time.

Remember, if you have a preexisting medical condition to talk to your doctor first! 

I pray that the Lord will richly bless your fasting and prayer time!


Do you do any fasting in the new year?

We'd love to hear about it--please share about it in the comments!












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