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Thanksgiving Every Day

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching!



Friends and Family.

Turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

These are the main things on everyone’s mind currently.

Don’t get me wrong I love all the above also except maybe the cleaning part.

Then comes Thanksgiving day and everyone says what they are thankful for and they eat and laugh and have a grand ol’ time.  Then the day is over and we all go about our business.

But what about being thankful each and every day!  We can’t forget to praise God for ALL the things he provides us weather big or small.

Each day is a blessing and we can’t forget that.  One of my favorite moms to follow is Money Saving Mom.  Crystal Paine has some amazing tips! Check her out here. One of the new things she has been busy creating is a Gratitude Journal.  Now there is a special place to keep track of  those big and little things we are thankful for each day.

As mentioned above, time with family and friends is very important.  Adding a delicious meal to the mix is just one added bonus.  Where do we get all the goodies for the big day.  Click here to find out!

God Bless, Crystal


Day 24: Breakdowns

Day 24 of 31 days of Consistency & Children





Call it what you will! When enough is enough, you have no energy left and you drop to your knees in tears.

Come on moms, you know what I am talking about! Those days when everything is going wrong and the rest of the day looks similar to a car crash in slow motion.

I had one of those days today and boy am I exhausted. The boys were badly misbehaving, I was tired, the kids had destroyed my living room when I wasn’t looking and I had a million things to do but was running out of time!

I had a meltdown right there in the living room while vacuuming in front of the boys:( I have to admit it felt good for a few minutes then embarrassing then right into upset with myself for throwing a fit in front of the boys.

What kind of example was that?
What was I thinking?
Have I lost my mind completely?
Now what do I do?

My youngest son (3) just sat on the couch and stared at me. I can only imagine what was going though his mind.

What is wrong with mom?
Did the vacuum hurt her?
She is nuts!!
Is she going to get me that drink I asked for?

With a sort attention span he took off to go torment his brother. I picked myself up and finished vacuuming. I think I might be feeling a bit stressed What do you think?!!

Now please tell me I am not the only mom out there to go through this?? Tell me you have also thrown a fit! Share what you did or how you composed yourself. Don’t be shy, spill your guts!!

God Bless,


Day 23: Movies

Day 23 of 31 days of Consistency & Children


I have taken on a part-time job as a shift leader at our local (100 year old, very cool but creepy) movie theatre and opera house. I have always enjoyed movies and now I try to be a little more up to date with the current flicks. I am also more aware of what is playing and what ages it is appropriate for.

Recently a strange situation happened and it has me questioning why! Over Halloween weekend we showed a horror movie which was of course rated R. The part that has me wondering is when a young mom came in with her 4-year old daughter. They watched the whole movie! This was a creepy movie. Why would you want to expose your very young child to that?

I have never really been a parent who was extremely cautious of movies and what my kids watch. Now I don’t mean I let them watch anything but we talk about the fact that movies are not real. We talk a lot about this topic. I don’t let them watch scary movies but they have watched movies with some violence.

Prior to becoming a Christian I didn’t think about this much. I do think about this much more often and tend not to let them watch shows that I may have been okay with in the past. I have also been reading reviews more but not just any reviews because not everyone has the same thoughts. I have found a site that I like. Plugged In gives reviews from a Christian perspective. Check this site out. It breaks the movie down and will even tell you how many bad words are in the movie!!

I don’t want my kids having nightmares but I also don’t want to be the reason they are getting negative influences!

Since I am trying to be consistent with my family I am very careful about what they watch now. What do you think about movies and ratings and kids watching them? I don’t know that I always agree with the rating a movie is given. Sometimes it is rated PG13 but I am certain it should be rated R. How do you judge what your kids watch? Share in the comments!!!

God Bless, Crystal


Day 22: Activities and Family Time

Day 22 of 31 Days of Consistency & Children

We decorated/carved pumpkins tonight. I believe that working on activities together and spending time as a family is crucial to building a good family foundation!

There are many things my family enjoys. Some enjoy them more than others but doing them together is what is important. For example, most of my family loves to go fishing, me…not so much. I do go with on occasion. I don’t fish but I love watching the kids fish. This is something that my husband does with the kids often. My heart smiles at the wonderful bonding time they spend together. There is a song that reminds me of this time together!

Part of being consistent with our children is just doing things together and really getting to know each other. Not only can you get to know more about each family member but you can use those times as teaching moments. Our precious children are not born with the ability to take losing well or to share or to take turns so we have to mold and shape them. No better time than while playing together. You can model the appropriate behavior you wish for your children to have. Kids are like sponges and they WILL soak up everything they see no matter if it is good or bad! Remember that before you throw the dice across the table when you lose a turn!!

Games such as board games, card games and outdoor games are popular around our house. Farkle is probably our favorite or at least my husbands favorite!! I can’t say if it is because he wins most of the time or that he just enjoys the game. Many versions of this dice game have emerged in the past few years so if you do get bored with the traditional version you can try another try. This article explains the variations of the great game!
One thing that is nice about farkle is you have to know your numbers and how to count thus it becomes a great math exercise as well. The kids are busy playing so they won’t even realize that they are learning!!

Reading is a favorite as well. We have an early reader in which she has very recently become addicted to books. I don’t know about you but there are many things much worse to become addicted to!! Books are just fine with me;) My boys are even getting into story time. Their favorite book currently is The Little Blue Truck.
My goal is to get everyone ready for bed each night with time to read at least one book.

Books, games, fishing. We touched on these as fun family activites. I want to hear what your favorite pastimes are.

God Bless, Crystal