Dreaming and Planning

As I’ve said a few times in my posts this past year, I’ve got big plans for this little site of mine. Changes, updates, a remodel if you will. J and I have some big dreams and we are doing some big planning for the future of our family.

We just got back from a week long adventure to Charleston, SC. We tent camped in the Mount Pleasant KOA and it was absolutely beautiful. It was our first time in Charleston and we loved just about everything about it there. I loved the history of the downtown area, the beauty of the waterfront parks, and the beaches… just gorgeous.

Sullivan’s Island was our absolute favorite beach there, it was quiet, not crowded, and it had a lighthouse at the tail end of the beach. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Charleston and it sparked a dream we’ve had for years. Maybe not a dream really, more like a casual idea we have mentioned to each other over the years.

We love to travel, we love exploring new places and finding hidden gems in small towns. When we lived in Tennessee we had so much fun exploring our new town and the surrounding areas. Back home in North Carolina we’ve been doing more of that and exploring areas we have never been before. For a long time we’ve talked about how amazing it would be to travel full time, to find jobs where we could work on the road and just be with our family. Full time family. That’s what we want. No more 9-5 work, no more constant busyness, no more.

So what does that mean exactly? We aren’t going anywhere right now, but we are planning. We are dreaming. I’m hoping through my blog and possibly my social media channels and YouTube we can start blogging and vlogging our journey. This will be a journey to living debt free, to finding our way to being a full time family and all the details in between. I would love to see us be debt free in less than 3 years, and full time traveling in 4-5. Our kids would be ages 6-13ish by then.

I’m excited to see where God takes us, I’m excited to see what God does with our lives and the lives of our family. There’s always that chance that he’ll change the course in the next few years, but we are ready to follow His lead.

A New Adventure…

I’ve been absent for a while because I have been CRAZY busy you guys! I’ve embarked on a new adventure and I’m thrilled to share a little bit about it with you.

Have you heard of Usborne Books & More? If not, you are missing out! UBAM is an amazing company that provides a wide range of books for all ages. We’ve been fans for several years and in February I decided to try out this whole book lady life!

I won’t admit how much money we spend on UBAM books prior to becoming an independent consultant, that is one of the main reasons I decided to join! Not only am I earning free books, but I’m also earning 25% on commissions and enjoying that same discount on my own orders!

Yes! This is my favorite aspect of Usborne Books & More. By hosting a party you can earn FREE books. Yes. FREE. I love that I get to share these awesome books and help others earn some of them for free and discounted to add to their home libraries. I do Facebook parties, so they are all online – you can hang out in your PJ’s and earn or buy your books right in your living room! I would love to help YOU earn free books – shoot me an email if you are interested! [readwithsarah[at]outlook[dot]com]

Wondering why I joined and why I love UBAM so much?

  1. Earning free books… who doesn’t love free books?
  2. The extra money it provides – 25%!
  3. The flexibility of my job and more importantly, that my job doesn’t feel like a job!
  4. The discount! I get 25% off my orders (you order full price and get back that 25% in commissions).
  5. No minimums. No quotas. No pressure. You choose how much you want to work.

Another way to earn free books is by joining me! I make absolutely ZERO on your consultant kit when you join. You get some awesome incentives in your first twelve weeks, including the opportunity to earn back the cost of your kit! There are NO minimums or quotas to keep up with! Let me know if you are interested in more information on joining!

Now for the fun part! I want to share some books with my readers! I have a few books stashed away to giveaway and it’s easy to enter! Just fill out the widget below and I will randomly choose a winner on 5/1/19!

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Grit & Grace Book Review – Blog Tour

It has been a LONG time since I’ve read a book that truly matched everything that I feel. Being a mom is HARD. It just is. You give and give and give without getting much in return, but you don’t complain because it’s what you were born to do! Doesn’t make it less hard, but you do find yourself feeling weary, broken, lost. I’ve only gotten through the first several chapters of this book, but I can already tell you that it is powerful.

Grit & Grace had me from the beginning. If you’re new to Mustard Seed Mommy, let me give you a little recap on who I am before I tell you why this book matches me so well. I’m a homeschooling mom to four children (ages 2-8), I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, have a child with a sensory processing disorder, and I’ve been rediscovering myself this past year. What do I mean by that? I felt like I had lost myself over the years, the person I was no longer matched the person I had become, not a bad thing, but a little scary when you actually realize it. So I’m finding myself again, I guess you could say.

So, like I said, this book had from the very first page. Let me summarize what this first section talks about. Suzanne writes about how she was responsible for getting her three young children (infant and toddlers) to church on her own, she was late, disheveled and overwhelmed. She realizes that this mom life is HARD, you find yourself giving away everything, but not getting that reboot that you need. She needed to rediscover herself and she needed Jesus in the process.

I was also touched by the 2nd and 3rd chapters – the 2nd chapter is entirely on “Stolen Identity”. As I stated before, I have felt like I’ve lost myself, my identity has been stolen in a way by marriage and motherhood. Then chapter 3… the first few sentences, and I quote, “My oldest son has a sensory processing disorder, which means little  abnormalities in his clothing or environment can throw him off.” THAT. IS. MY. LIFE. My 6 year old has a sensory processing disorder and it is one of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with as a parent.

I cannot wait to continue reading, I’m excited to see how it helps me grow closer to my Father and remember that I am loved and important.

The authors of this “Devotions for Warrior Moms” are Suzanne HAdley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. These women met when they became roommates at Multnomah University. They weren’t big fans of each other at first but they worked through their differences and ended up being best friends and remained roommates the entire four years of college. Twenty years later they came together to write this devotional book, and here it is… Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms.

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I received a copy of this book in return for a review and publicity during the Grace & Grit blog tour. All opinions and statements are my own and a positive review was not required.

Ellie Claire 365 Devotional Journals Review

Just like the art journals from Ellie Claire that I reviewed HERE, these year long devotional journals are GORGEOUS! 

My favorite of the three is the top one, ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’. The colors are perfect and I am so excited to dive into this in January.

Every page has a short devotional, a passage to read that coincides with the devotional and a space to journal and take notes.

They all also have that handy elastic closure and a bookmark! Ellie Claire doesn’t miss any details with any of her journals. I plan to give a few of these away as Christmas gifts this year, they are just so beautiful!

This one is a little more simple, I like that the the title is ‘Peace Begins With Me’ and that they made the pages look so relaxing and peaceful as well. So gorgeous!

This third one is just as beautiful, those peacocks are so pretty and you will find smaller images of them throughout the devotional. 

You can find all three of these beautiful devotionals on Amazon, it’s easy to shop, just click “Shop Now” on one of the images below (these are affiliate links that I could earn a small percentage from your purchases, all funds earned go directly back into my blog)! 

    

I received these journals for free in return for an honest review, all opinions and statements are my own.

Sing and Praise Planner Review

So far I’ve shared the Bible Activities book and the Christmas Around the World curriculum from Paradise Praises, today I’m excited to share one of the planners that you can purchase from Katie as well! I love printing and creating my own planners because it means I can make it exactly how I want to utilize it. I can combine different downloads and homemade sheets to fit my needs. I love this Sing and Praise Planner from Paradise Praises, it’s bright and colorful, has pages to print out onto sticker paper, calendar sheets and more! I’m still working on making my planner for the new year so I don’t have pictures to share of it just yet, but I wanted to share some of the gorgeous pages included in this planner.

You’ll find three pages of tabs and sticker designs that you can print on sticker paper, twelve pages of monthly dividers, four different pages you can choose from for monthly calendars (I love that these aren’t labeled so you can use them year after year), one page for your weekly calendar, one page for addresses, one page for passwords, one page for shopping lists (this one has two per page, so you can fold it in half to use both sides or tear in half to use one sheet), 2 pages of goals, one journaling page, one praise journaling page and two pages for devotional journaling.

This is an example of one of the sticker pages, this particular one has tabs and some fun round stickers you can utilize in your planner.

This is one of the monthly dividers. When I print these for my binder I plan to print them on heavy duty card stock and adding the included tabs so that I can easily turn to each month.

The is one of the four options you have for your monthly calendar. There is also a landscape option if you prefer and you’ll find other color options as well.

I’m not sharing ALL the fun extra pages, but this is one of my favorites so I wanted to include it. This is a page for devotional praise and I’ve already started utilizing it outside of my planner for my quiet time. It’s a great way to dive deeper into what you are studying and I’ve loved using it!

You can find this planner over on Paradise Praises HERE – for this particular planner you will have to join the Homeschool Library Membership for $9/month HERE. I have been considering joining as their are so many benefits to this membership.

Benefits include:

  • Printable membership card for homeschool teacher
  • Printable ID card for student
  • Access to the Paradise Praises Facebook community group
  • Monthly Q & A calls with Katie (the creator of Paradise Praises)
  • All 10 videos in the 10 Days to an Organized Homeschool Course
  • All About Money workbook
  • Spanish 1 Workbook
  • Bible Activities Genesis to Revelation (reviewed by me HERE) – digital download
  • Kids Travel Calendar – digital download
  • Resurrection Day Activity Book- digital download
  • Sing and Praise Planner – digital download
  • Personal Praise Planner – digital download
  • President’s Video-based Unit Study Guide
  • Elephants Planner – digital download
  • Checklist for an Organized Home – digital download
  • Everyday is a Holiday: 365 Days of Celebrations – digital download
  • Shark Week Unit Study – digital download
  • And an ENTIRE list of printable pages!

I’ve really enjoyed working with Katie this year on these reviews, she is providing some pretty phenomenal resources to homeschool families. Head on over to Paradise Praises to learn more!

I received a copy of this product and was compensated for my review. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.