Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Help Children & Orphans in Need



Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~James 1:27

If you are looking for a worthy cause to donate to during the holidays you might want to consider helping children and orphans in need.

We want to get the word out about Baptist Children's Home and the amazing work that they are doing. They need help during the holidays and all year round.

They are currently caring for over 1,000 children in the US and around the world. You can read all about them here. 

They are having a Thanksgiving Shower for children and are in need of donations--especially Aldi Gift Cards.

Right now some of their needs are:

FOOD PANTRY
  • Baking needs (flour, sugar, oils, etc.)
  • Snack or lunchbox items
  • Canned goods (all kinds- veggies and meats too)
  • Condiments & spices
  • Rice, pasta, & beans
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Rolled/Quick Oats
  • peanut butter/jelly/jam
  • spaghetti
  • pastas
  • canned/ dried fruit
  • mac and cheese
  • soup/chili/ravioli
  • drink mixes/cerea
  • cooking oils
  • crackers/popcorn
  • syrup/honey
  • seasonings/spices
  • wheat/white flour
  • bread/cookie/muffin/brownie box mixes
  • canned milk
  • pancake mix
  • drink mixes/hot chocolate
  • fruit snacks
  • cereal
*Gift cards to major grocery retailers for perishable food items

KITCHEN & CLEANING
  • Ziploc baggies, all sizes
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Trash Bags 
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Bathroom Spray Cleaner
  • Laundry detergent (HE & Regular)
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dishwasher detergent (liquid/pods)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Antibacterial wipes

PERSONAL HYGIENE
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Hair products
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Body soap/wash
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • diapers (size 3.4. & 5)
PAPER GOODS
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Napkins
HOUSEHOLD
  • Twin bed sheets
  • Bed pillows
  • Twin bed comforters
  • Towels & wash clothes
  • Flash drives
  • Printer paper
  • Sharpie Markers-all colors                
  • 3-ring binders 
  • Bulletin boards

Here are some of the most recent children they are helping--baby Jeremiah and these two little boys.

They experienced a flood not too long ago in one of their homes not too long ago and also need help restoring what was damaged. 

You can read more about them here or donate online HERE.



Thank you for your generous help for needy families, children, and orphans!











Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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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Monday, November 13, 2017

How to Do Christmas on a Tight Budget



"Things are pretty tight this year and we don't have much to spend. I am wondering if you had any ideas on how to save money at Christmas time?"

This has been a hot topic in our Wise Woman Builds Titus 2 Group and also everywhere online! Here are a few tips on how to do it:

1. Create a budget and stick with it - don't feel pressured to spend more than you already have. Be creative and work with what you have. Remember the true meaning of the season and start from there. Many parents like to do the 3 gift rule for their children - something they need, something they want, something to wear. This can be a blessing to help children to learn to be content and not have an overabundance of toys (especially if grandparents are giving them many toys) than can cause clutter.

2. Email cards - if cards are not a big deal to your family, move to emailing out Christmas cards and a attach a picture of your family with it. There are also free websites where you can send an animated Christmas card with music and songs too that are really cute.

3. Choose simple gifts - you could bake cookies or breads and give them as gifts. Or you could also get mason jars and create homemade cocoa or soup mixes to give out. Some people even make popcorn batches to give which is really inexpensive.



4. If you have extended family do a grab bag - pick names from a hat so you only have to give one gift instead of seven - you could put a cap on the amount of this gift too. Or maybe to keep it even more simple you could give a Christmas ornament or bake something.  If your family is really large just choose to not give gifts and just come together to make memories instead (like singing carols, playing games, watching a holiday movie, etc. )

5. Give grandparents updated picture of your family - You can print one from your printer and frame it with a frame from the dollar store or one that you got on sale. These are great gifts because many times grandparents already have everything they need and don't need more things. This also could be a good gift for extended family who don't yet have pictures of your family.

6. Give Scripture Printables - do a search online and you will find some beautiful ones that are free to gift and frame.

7. Decorate simply - no need for expensive fancy decorations on the tree--how about making pretty snow flakes out of paper or coffee filters or using popcorn and cranberries to decorate the tree? Bring in some outdoor greenery and pinecones to add to your mantle. Use pictures of your children as ornaments (punch a hole at the top and use red ribbon to hang).  Or print out some Bible verses to hang or display. You can even make your own nativity with your children that would be fun.

8. Rethink your giving list - if you had always given a gift to your mailman, your child's teacher, your friend from childhood, etc., you might want to rethink your list and whittle it down this year. Remember that you don't always have to do things the way you always have. You have freedom to set limits and stick to what you can afford.

9. Give the gift of time - if you'd like to bless someone how about just give them a card with a promise of a coffee date or lunch date in the future.   Some people don't need things or more clutter in their homes but would really appreciate time to talk and connect instead. Maybe for someone who has young children you could offer a night of babysitting to give them a break and go out on a date.

10. Change expensive traditions - if you have always spent a lot on doing things every year this year opt for things that you can do for free. Instead of going to an expensive party choose to go looking a lights instead or a free Christmas concert in your local town.

11. Join a helpful Facebook group - like Frugal Family Christmas to learn how others are doing it and collect more ideas.

12. Give gifts under $10 - You can find some HERE with free shipping included!

13. Visit our Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide of 2017 - some gifts begin at just $2 and there are plenty of discounts and free shipping as well to choose from too!





I hope this list helps you to save money this year!

How do *you* save money at Christmas time?









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Thursday, November 9, 2017

FREE: "My Thankful List" Thanksgiving Printable!




I have talked a little bit about raising children who are thankful and not entitled here on the blog. It is so important to remember that the Lord has blessed us with so many things and not to lose sight of that.

One of the ways we can teach our children to be thankful during the Thanksgiving season is by helping them to count their blessings.


 "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

~Colossians 3:16-17



Please feel free to use this Thankful List Printable to use with your children and hang it somewhere where they will remember all that God has blessed them with! You can also use it as a list to pray and thank God for all that He has done in your life!








Just print the image above (just remember to zoom on it first to get the full size)!






I hope that it blesses you!







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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE OF 2017!!!




Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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.

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1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Enemy is Lurking To Steal Our Time Away




TEACHING MY CHILDREN

While sitting in the house
Or walking by the way,
My children need to learn Your Word
At night and through the day.
Their sports and school won't matter
If they don't live for You.
If nothing else gets done today,
I'll turn their eyes to You.

The enemy is lurking
To steal our time away;
Doing nice, but fleeting things
That soon will fade away.
Even in these mundane times,
Help me teach them how to find
A way to see that all they do
Will only count if done for You.


The moments, months, and years fly by
Until each child will say goodbye.
I dare not waste these times to show
What really matters as they grow.
Oh Lord, please point their eyes to You
And help me teach them of Your truth.
More than any other thing
Let lives be lived for You, O King.


I know I only have this day
To teach and guide them in Your way.
So, help me with the time You give
To show them how to really live,
Not chasing vain and worldly lusts,
But learning how to seek and trust
Their only Savior, Lord, and King,
For in You is their everything.






Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IT'S HERE---THE WISE WOMAN CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE OF 2017!!!



Are you one who likes to get your holiday shopping done early?

Or is this the year you're "gonna-get- it-all-done-to-actually-enjoy-the-holidays"?

If so, we've got something right up your alley! Read on...

We are so excited to bring to you for the first time ever our FIFTH Annual Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide! We worked hard to select some amazing companies and products that we felt would be valuable and a blessing to our readers, their families, and loved ones for the holiday season. 

Many of the companies are Christian-owned or represented by consultants who are Christians. We hope that you find something special, unique, practical or just something you love here that would make your day. Please note that several companies are running special holiday sales and discounts to make shopping more affordable for you as well.



Neesees Dresses Boutique - some of the cutest modest dresses in the world! Love that they are feminine and modest at the same time.

Favorite Picks - The Emery, The Presley Twist, Gray Satin Dreams, The Sloan


Discounts - Check out their CLEARANCE section. FREE shipping on orders $200+ and 10% off using code: FALL


Find them HERE or on Amazon.







Pioneer Woman Crockpot - 6 Quart Portable Crock Pot in Vintage Floral

Favorite picks - Comes in many different styles

Discount - FREE shipping with Amazon Prime!

Find it HERE.






Lilla Rose - Simple, practical, easy, and elegant hair accessories that are quick and beautiful. Many lovely and popular styles available for every taste. 

Favorite Picks - Multi Colored Stone Cluster, Princess Tiara Dangle, Celtic Knot

Discount - Get a FREE Poinsettia Gift pack with orders over $125 (includes 1 free broach, 2 bobby pins and 1 free silver zipper bag).

Follow on Facebook.







Homemaker's Friend PlannerNeed a hand to juggle your daily tasks, appointments and commitments?
Homemaker’s Friend Planner brings organization to days and duties.
Customers who buy Homemaker’s Friend Planner find freedom from overload and have more control of their schedules.
Get FREE Menu Planning Worksheets HERE.

Discount - 2.00 off planner Use code: AWW200

Price Range -   $14.99 (can buy in bulk and save) 





     


Color StreetI'm an independent consultant for Color Street and sell 100% nail polish strips

Favorite Picks - Florentine Mosaic, Tokyo Lights

Price Range -   $11 - $14      Follow on Facebook. 






Pecan St. Home Decor - was established in 2017. We strive to bring you quality products at affordable prices. We are committed to honoring God and serving you in all that we do. 

Favorite Picks - Crystal Flower Centerpiece HolderPhoto Frame Tray, Family 5- Photo Wall Frame, Mini Round Pot Hanger

Discount - Use code WISEWOMAN to receive 20% off

Price Range  -  $3.50 - $249.95     Follow on Facebook.






Godiva Chocolate - Who doesn't love chocolate? I don't think I know anyone who doesn't. Enough said!

Favorite Picks - Truffles, Gift Box Sets, Limited Edition, Gift Baskets

Discount - Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members!

Find it HERE.






Thirty One Gifts - isn't just about selling bags, home organizational products or jewelry. It's about the relationship and investing in other women, helping them to become successful business women.  

Favorite Picks - All About the Benjamins -Peacock Pebble, Large Utility Tote - Geo Stripe, Cindy Tote-Dotty Weave, Close to Home Tray - Natural Wood

Discount - FREE gift when you book a party or spend $200

Price Range -   $5-$110               Follow on Facebook.






Women Abiding Scripture Jewelry - Beautiful, affordable Scripture Jewelry from Israel - A unique and meaningful gift for those you love.

Favorite Picks - How Beautiful, Star of David, Upon the Waters

Price Range - $79.99     Follow on Facebook. 










Scripture Graces Journal - Do you want to grow your faith and engage in God's Word like never before? Embracing the discipline of Scripture writing is a powerful habit to transform your Bible study time and grow your faith. Created by a busy mom of little ones, Scripture Graces: A Word by Word Journey Through the Bible {Gospel of John Edition} will walk you through the entire Gospel of John in just a few minutes a day. 

Price Range -  $35 for the printed version $15 for PDF version      

Follow on Facebook.






Young Living Essential Oils Wellness and Beauty, essential oils, supplements, makeup

Favorite Picks - Frankincense, Ningxia Red, Peppermint

Discount - Account credit for shipping when mentioned through this ad through January 31, 2018

Price Range -  $10+ .      Follow on Facebook. 









Jane Daily Boutique - This boutique has been a favorite and popular one on Wise Woman for many years and rightfully so! They sell all kinds of things from clothing, home decor, jewelry, toys, and more.

Favorite Picks - Beautiful clothing, toys, boots, home decor, season items, maternity


Discount - most items already discounted for a limited time only

Price Range - $1.99+





Sew StrongWe make hook & loop products (similar to velcro) for Morale Patch Collectors, so they can take their favorite patches on the go! We also sell special Thank You Patches for Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters & Military Members. These attach to our patented key fob made of hook and loop and make a great gift of appreciation for those who keep us safe and free.

Favorite Picks - - Patch Tags (a Velcro key fob that holds two Morale Patches), - Stash Tags (holds two Morale Patches and has a hidden pocket for keys, cash, bandaids, bobbypins, etc!), - Thank you Patches (these 2"x3" Velcro-backed patches are a great little way to say thank you to our LEO's, Firefighters & Military Members, each comes with a small Thank You card)

We have affordable prices & low shipping.

Price Range -   $5 - $15          Follow on Facebook. 







Nerium - Start your journey to the best you. Experience the transformative power of Nerium's age fighting products!

Favorite Picks - EHT Brain Formula, Youth Factor Superfood & Antioxidant Boost Power, Firming Body Contour Cream (Nerium AD Formula)


Price Range - $40-$100         









Lady J's Creation Station - We make handcrafted home decor like wreaths and swags for all occasions and do custom made tumbler cups and vinyl crafts.

Favorite Picks - Merry Christmas Burlap Rustic Holiday Wreath, Pumpkin Thanksgiving Fall Door Swag, The Nave to Turquoise Glitter Hombre 20 Oz. Stainless Steel Travel Mug, The Purple and Gold Glitter Ombre 20 Oz. Stainless Steel Travel Mug


Discount - First time customers get 10% off!

Price Range -   $15 - $75             Follow on Facebook. 





Plexus WorldwidePlexus Worldwide is an all natural Health and Wellness company that  focuses on gut health, blood sugar balance and reduce inflammation. We have high quality products for the whole family; multivitamins, plant based omegas, probiotics, protein powders, weight loss products, body cream, natural pain reliever and our popular pink drink, Slim.

Favorite Picks - The Triplex Combo, Vitalbiome, X Factor Plus, X Factor Kids Two-In-One




Discount - Become a preferred customer and get 10% off. Contact me for FREE shipping on orders over $60!

Price Range - $12- $150       Follow on Facebook.







NorwexOur company mission is improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. Norwex Microfiber offers you a powerful clean with nothing but water and our household cleaning products use enzymes for their incredible cleaning power, instead of harsh chemicals like chlorine, ammonia and phosphates.

Favorite Picks - Enviro Cloth, Window Cloth, Body Pack, Superior Mop Collection

Price Range -  $4.99 - $399.99            Follow on Facebook. 







Schweitzer Customs - is a family-owned business which offers personalized gifts for all occasions - baby, baptism, wedding and Memorials. We strive to provide high quality gifts that encourage the heart!

Favorite Picks - Child's Name Puzzle, Handwritten Recipe Cutting Boards, Personalized Family Picture Frame, Personalized Christmas Ornament, Personalized Car/Truck

Price Range -  $14- $62



            

 
One Heart Collective - is a global boutique filled with handcrafted items made by individual artisans, projects, and ministries worldwide that are unique, ethically sourced, and making a difference in the lives of others.

Favorite Picks - Fair Trade Organic Coffee, Leather Tote, Essential Oil Cases

Price Range - $5 -$230            Follow on Facebook.





Scripture Jewelry - Gutsy Goodness,  Craft Street Designs & Redeemed Jewelry all have beautiful pendants and necklaces that would make the perfect gift!

Discount - Prime items have FREE shipping for members!

Price Range -     $14 +











Fujifilm Instant Camera Mini 9

Favorite Picks - come in different colors such as Cobalt Blue, Ice Blue, Pink Flamingo and Lime Green and Smokey White

Discount - 13% off (limited time only) & FREE Shipping for Prime members!

Find it HERE.










Stocking Stuffers - find stocking stuffers for your whole family!

Favorite picks - Stocking stuffers for children, Bible themed stuffers and Giftcards for everyone

Discount - FREE shipping for Prime Members











Magnolia Journal Subscription - for the home decorator in your family!


Favorite picks - you can get the subscription or get past the past issues HERE.

Discount - The magazine has been reduced for a limited time and FREE Shipping with Amazon Prime or get the Kindle digital version for less!









Amazon Holiday Toy List - Find everything and anything here for boys and girls!

Favorite Picks - Mom PicksKid PicksFamily NightRetro

Discount - Many items discounted plus Free Two Day Shipping with Amazon Prime

Price Range -   $2.99+  






The NEW Pioneer Woman Cookbook - Come and Get It! was just released in October and is already a #1 Bestseller. Simple, scrumptious recipes for crazy, busy lives. More than 120 recipes for every meal including snacks with minimal fuss. Cooking should be fun and rewarding and feed your soul.

Discount - 38% off the original price (limited time only) and FREE shipping for Prime members

Price - $18.66

Find it HERE and her other fabulous cookbooks too.

Don't forget her beautiful line of Pioneer Woman Kitchenware!






NEW Instant Pot 9 in 1 - Multi Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. Slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, saute, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer.

Favorite Picks - While our favorite is the newest one for 2017 that we mentioned above--we also like all of these too.

Discount - Free Shipping for Prime Members!


Find them HERE.







The Life Giving Table - Make your table a place where your family and friends long to be—where they will find rest, renewal, and a welcome full of love. IThe Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.

The Companion Study Guide to The Life Giving Table is also available and makes a great Gift Book Set!

Discount - The paperback is currently on sale (limited time only) and Prime Members get FREE shipping!

Find it HERE.










Beard Kits for Men -  Do you have a special man in your life that has a beard and would love a beard kit? Look no further--here is an assortment that you will love!

Favorite picks -  Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit, Beard Care Kit, Beard Grooming Growth Kit

Discount - Amazon Prime members get FREE shipping!

Find them HERE.













 JM Cremps - Everything full of fun and adventure geared toward boys. If you have sons, this is a great place to find something that they (and you) would like!

Favorite Picks  - Bow and Arrows, John Deere Tractor Sets, Guns, Legos, Slingshots, games, books

Discount - Free Shipping on any $99 purchase, use code FREESHIP

Price Range - $4 - $200+      









Christmas Pajamas - matching sets available for couples, siblings, families, children, friends and more!

Favorite picks - Plaid, Snowflake, Striped, Red and Green and more

Discount - FREE SHIPPING for Prime members and some reduced

Find it HERE!








Amazon's Electronic Gift Guide - Do you have a techy side that just loves all things electronics? We can relate! Be sure to check out what is hot and what is not over at Amazon.

Favorite Picks - Amazon Echo Plus, Iphone 7, 7S, X, Macbook Pro, Drones, Kindle Tablets

Discount - many on sale and FREE shipping for Prime members!






Tactical Dad - Whether you’re out for a quick errand or partaking in a full day excursion with your child, The Dad On Diaper Duty (D.O.D.D.) Pack will help you easily tackle the day.

Favorite Picks - Dad Carrier, TD Pacifier Clip, Hero Shirt

Discounts- 10% off purchase at website


Visit them HERE.






Pick Your Plum - Our roots are humble. In April 2011, Pick Your Plum was born to bring one sweet deal each weekday to a small group of super supportive customers. Today our deals and customers keep growing, but our goal hasn’t changed. From unbeatable deals on pinworthy products to handcrafted boutique finds, we aim to bring a little inspiration to your everyday life.

Favorite Picks - clothing, kids, decor, jewelry, gifts & so much more!

Price Range - $1.99+








Dayspring - Is a Christian store that has beautiful encouragement for your home and as gifts. 

Favorite picks - Holiday decor, Holiday cards, Bible Journaling, and more

Discount - Free shipping on orders over $50


You can find them HERE.











Gourmet Coffee Gift Basket - Do you have a coffee lover in your life? Then what could be better than a sampler of gourmet coffees? 

There are many varieties to pick from and some even include chocolate with them!

Discount - FREE shipping on Prime items for members!









Bubblee Soap - Gentle and mild enough for a baby


Favorites - Super Shea Butter, Aloe Calendula, Unscented Oatmeal with Goat Milk


Discount - FREE shipping for Prime members!


Price Range - $18.48 (on sale)









Giftcards - Sometimes they make the perfect gift when you aren't sure what to get someone!

Favorites - Yankee Candle, Amazon, JC Penney, Outback Steakhouse, AMC Theatres, Starbucks, and more.

Some of these cards come in just One day! If you are in a pinch you can even email an Amazon gift card to someone immediately!We have never been disappointed with them (and they are so easy)!

Find them HERE.











Happy shopping!




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