Enjoy Your Life More in 10 Days

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Earlier this year, we were able to take a family vacation to Australia. It was 2.5 weeks of fun and adventures and rest! It was wonderful! If you know me, you know I’m a list person…not because there are lots of things to do (although there really is!), but because I’m forgetful. :p Anyhow, I didn’t even think about the lists when we were gone. I figure after a week I would be readjusted to our “usual” routine, but I didn’t. It is not five months later, and I know I can not continue to stay on this hamster wheel of life…running and running, but going nowhere.

I have really enjoyed the sermon series, as well as the discussion in our growth group, at church this summer. I have wanted to really dig into the spiritual disciplines since college, but everyone else wanted to study something else. Anyhow, I won’t go into the actual discussion on the disciplines of prayer, fasting, simplicity, solitude, service, worship, and celebration. But hearing and reading about how Jesus lived his life, and in turn, how we should live ours to the fullest, the listmaker in me needed something to help me practically live out these disciplines. Enter Kayse Pratt’s new ecourse, Enjoy Your Life!!

11836764_10100419746741530_9148402556107208211_nBy the way, I actually did a really good job of packing for our 2.5-week trip down under. I packed less than I usually do for trips just a few hours away in the same state. But when I returned from Australia, the pic above was exactly how I felt. It is how I feel now, but I am finding that breathing room now, thanks to Kayse! Putting down all the things bouncing around in my brain, and sorting out my “have to”s, “love to”s, and “should do”s, and doing it step-by-step was super helpful. It feels great to have a plan and set some boundaries for what I say yes or no to when it comes to adding something on my calendar.

The course launches TODAY, Monday, August 10th!

What does the course include you ask? That’s a great question!

  • 10 days of brand new content, delivered to your inbox each day
  • Exclusive course pack of printable worksheets to help you get your thoughts and plans on paper
  • Access to a private Facebook group where you can find others on the journey, share ideas, ask questions, and be encourage
  • A beautiful printable for you to frame as a daily inspiration

And because it is launch day, there are some special deals on the course:

  • 12:01am – 5am PST: Only $7!
  • 5:01am – 10am PST: Only $9!
  • 10:01am – 3pm PST: Only $11!
  • 3:01pm – 8pm PST: Only $13!
  • 8:01 pm – 11:59pm PST: Only $15!
  • Tuesday: Full Price again at $17.99.

Everyone who buys the course on the first day will be entered to win a $200 gift card to Erin Condren! See details HERE –> http://kaysepratt.com/product/enjoy-your-life-course.

And even more fun – GIVEAWAYS! Kayse will be hosting giveaways on her blog all week long, so make sure to go and enter!

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…we can enjoy our life right where we are!
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Books I’ve Read {July Update}

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Talking with Your Daughter About Best Friends and Mean Girls (8 Great Dates) by Dannah Gresh – I have a few friends who plan one-on-one dates with each of their kiddos, and it is something I would love to incorporate into our family life. We do a ton of stuff all together, but one-on-ones have been rare since Emily started Kindergarten and is able to participate in most of the activities that Melody participates in. As the tween years approach, I think this is a great guide to help me stay connected, especially with Melody as she deals with more relational stuff with friends, neighbors, mean girls, BFFs, her sister, God, boys, and us – her parents! Each date includes an overview, an audio message from their website, a challenge (object lesson), and some girl talk time. There is also an alternative to do this as a small group, and do the girl talk time alone. And it ends in a short time of prayer.

A Girl’s Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh – I only skimmed this one as it is actually intended for tween girls. It is another great resource for young girls to read through. Instead of having to make decisions on the fly about choosing friends, it is a guide to being intentional about who to build relationships with and how to deal with relationships that might not be great.

Classical Christian Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations – I needed this one to get my head into the homeschool game. This is a second reading for me since we started preschool homeschooling years ago. (Although I didn’t really realize that was what I was doing…) The book discusses the different educational models, and in the appendix there are practical real-life schedule for a homeschool day. I really like how the book also compares education to building a home and what it takes for it to all come together.

The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp – I was a little hasty in choosing this book for my to-read list this month because all I did was read it. I did not have time to actually put anything into action, which defeats the purpose of the book. But I do always enjoy a good Kathi Lipp book, and they’re all good! Next go-around I would love to actually implement the steps to having less mess and stress in my life!! :p

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Looking forward to reading these books in August. Anyone else want to join me?

Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are by Nicole Weider
The Unwired Mom: Choosing to Live Free in an Internet Addicted World by Sarah Mae
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure
20150805_114801-1But then, I also have these waiting for me… and for you!! Be on the lookout for giveaways coming soon on our review blog!
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Have you read any good books lately? What are your favorite kinds of books to read – mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, cookbooks?Book List 2015To check out the books on my book list, you can READ THIS POST or visit our Amazon store.

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Books I’ve Read {June Update}

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Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider – I ended up not reading this book because I received the launch team copy of Longing for Paris, and didn’t have time to read both. (You can read more about this book HERE, and about us meeting Tsh HERE.)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Hmm…where do I start with this one? I have lots to say about it, but that would turn into a long review, and I know you are in the middle of summer fun. I love Marie’s perspective on clutter. She pretty much says get rid of it all!! The more I have decluttered, the more happy I have become, for sure, but I can honestly say I will never be a minimalist. There are items in my life I would love to pass on to my future generations, photos or items that hold great memories which I will forget if I tossed them, etc. I really like the process she describes to go about decluttering so you can be tidy, but I am not a huge fan of all the talk about (spiritual) energy and saying “thanks!” to my possessions when I get rid of them. I think she does more or less trash (maybe recycle) all items leaving a home, which I don’t like because someone else really can use them, or you can sell them. I also don’t believe that she has kids…when you bring kids into the picture, it’s a whole different story when it comes to the rate of accumulating things. :p

Be You, Bravely: An Experiment in Courage by MOPS – So good! This book is a devotional for MOPS members this past year, so it is not a book you can purchase. I really enjoyed all the stories shared by the authors, and the questions at the end of each article were super thought-provoking. It gave me a new perspective on stepping out of my comfort zone and being brave(r) to do the things God has called me to do. I think there is a new book for the upcoming MOPS year, and I hope someone will let me borrow it when they are done reading it since I am not a member anymore.

Longing for Paris by Sarah Mae – I’ll be posting about this more later, but it is awesome. That’s all for now. ;) It is only $8.37 on Amazon right now, probably for a limited time, so get on it! Anyone who pre-orders the book can fill out this form HERE and get an invite to a webinar with Sarah and Sally Clarkson. See the video about the book HERE.

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Looking forward to reading these books in July. Anyone else want to join me?

Talking with Your Daughter About Best Friends and Mean Girls (8 Great Dates) by Dannah Gresh
– A Girl’s Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh
– Classical Christian Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations
– The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp

20150708_165154Have you read any good books lately? What are your favorite kinds of books to read – mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, cookbooks?Book List 2015To check out the books on my book list, you can READ THIS POST or visit our Amazon store.

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My Norwex Experience

I had heard about Norwex way before I hosted a party. And I have no idea why I waited so long to try it out. I hosted a party awhile ago, and was able to earn a bunch of hostess rewards. Norwex has been a game changer in our home for sure!! Check out (below) how shiny some parts of our home is now! It’s still a work-in-progress for sure though…we do have children and visitors, and we’re living life. :p

Thanks to those who placed orders last time around. I earned some great stuff to get my house cleaned so we can breathe easier.
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We’re closing up the party link soon, so if you have any questions or would like to try Norwex, please let me know!! If you are local to me, you can host your own in-home party and my friend Robin would love to help you out and clean something in your house!! OR if you are ready, place an order at this link and search for my name, Joyce Moy, and choose me as your host when you check out. :) Thanks!

Below are a few pics from 2 different spring cleaning challenges I did on Facebook. The captions are from when I originally posted the pic…in case they don’t make any sense in this post. :p

Area 1 was the window in our bedroom…I was actually too much of a wuss to clean with the EnviroCloth because it is THAT dirty. There were all kinds of stuff in the crevices that had to be vacuumed up. Bleck! Still stuff I can’t get off the sill. (Robin suggested using the EnviroCloth with Cleaning Paste…I still need to get back to this.)
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I realized I didn’t get a pic of the cloth, but I love that all I need is some water on the cloth. There was quite a bit of stuff on top, so it has been awhile since we’ve dusted the dresser.
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This is our front door. Sorry for bad lighting in my house, but it is a white door, I promise!
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Challenge area/bedroom…area 1 was our ceiling fan, area 2 was our dusty headboard (I wish I got a before pic of that…I am not sure when, but the girls had drawn some hearts in the dust), and area 3 was this spot on the closet door…I had tried just wiping it off (not even sure what it is) with no luck…again with the paste and cloth, it came off in 10 seconds. Also, bad lighting through our whole house. It is a white door.
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I was out and about today, but managed to do some cleaning. Area 1 is the wall behind the bikes. It took less than a minute to get it cleaned. Paint has been peeling since before we moved in, and it looks like the room used to be a weird green color. Area 2 was the closet which pretty much exploded because it is tiny…luckily, I hate shopping and don’t have much stuff. The floor was very dusty…now it is less dusty. Area 3 was the other side of the door that I cleaned yesterday. Floors vacuumed and counters wiped. Sounds like a lot more work than it actually was…
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I promise, I don’t always burn food on the stove, but I was probably posting about how fab Norwex is and left things going. :p I tried scrubbing with a regular sponge to no avail. On the left pot, I thought a little elbow grease would do, but nope! I used the Spirinett and it came out with no effort on my part within 5 seconds. The right pot took a little more work…maybe 5 minutes with elbow grease, but it came out even shinier than before the burned gunk got on there. Soooo, my ‘experiment’ actually helped me get a testimonial that Norwex works!! Now, I am heading to clean the floors…unfortunately, I won’t be using the floor system just yet since I am waiting on my handle, but looking forward to it!!…I am tired of buying refills for the Swiffer and spray for the Bona.
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Here is a before, during, and after of our bathroom sink that I left dirty for quite awhile so you can see the difference Norwex makes! (Sorry lighting is bad at our house.) I usually use a cleaner and paper towel, but mostly, it just gets rid of the coloring from water stains. Now, I can’t help but stop to admire the shiny sink!! (Still need to get to the rim, but I think I need to get Blue Diamond for that.)
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I let the kitchen sink get pretty gross so I could again see the difference Norwex would make. And there you have it! FYI, come over soon to have a look-see at how shiny it is in person! My fave for sinks is the Spirinett…no elbow grease needed!
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The after pic is a bit blurry, but this is under the strainer thingie. I had used other cleaners before, but pretty much gave up since it took so much effort on my part to scrub!! (And no one really sees under there anyhow…) With the Spirinett, it took very little effort on my part to get it shiny! Voila!norwex11

Hallway/kids’ bathroom – Took me less than a minute! With the window cloth, I just use water. No chemicals needed since the cloth has lots of ‘grabbers’ to get rid of any germy germs on there.
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From Robin – This wasn’t today, but this is my dryer drum with gum all over it, and without after Cleaning Paste and an EnviroCloth!
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From Robin (at a friend’s house) – When the stubborn eye liner didn’t come off, just a drop of Blue Diamond helped.
norwex9My friend Janelle’s stove – I cleaned my stove top! Before pic. After using paste, toothbrush, & enviro cloth!
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From Janelle – I used my dusting mitt to clean all the ceiling fans in the house. The picture is after the kitchen fan. I probably would have used at least 5 swiffer cloths…
norwex14From a fellow HelloMornings sister – I got this area cleaned today and the antique polished and the wall wiped down and the mirror cleaned. I then moved into the closet and have purged about half my wardrobe and am working on getting it organized :)  I also got some butterfliess hung up above my bed (antique) and did a quick vacuum… outside I did some weeding. Awesome day for me so far!!!
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Books I’ve Read {May Update}

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Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson – It was a busy month, so I didn’t get through the entire book. This is my third time reading this, and I pick up a few more great nuggets each time. I actually have two copies of this book, and the one I’m reading is the marked up one with underlining, notes, and highlighting, which is fun to go through, remembering the last season I read through it and things that were happening at that time. Here’s one I posted to my HelloMornings group:

“And above all, I need to remember that “good” motherliness has nothing to do with how God sees me. Nothing. I am pleasing to Him on my good days and my bad days. His love for me never wavers…and never will. Because I’m His.”

Sometimes all we need are reminders like these…that someone knows exactly how we feel, and that it is okay in the rough seasons because God still loves us. Review

Flash by Rachel Anne Ridge – From the moment you read about Flash the Donkey’s arrival appearance in the Ridge family’s driveway, you will start to fall in love with his charming ways. I love Flash..both the book and the donkey. If you don’t think you could learn a thing or two from a donkey, think again! Flash may teach you something about life. Read more about the wisdom that Flash has to bestow upon us in the following links: Flash | My Day with (Flat) Flash.

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Looking forward to reading these books in June. Anyone else want to join me?

Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Be You, Bravely: An Experiment in Courage by MOPS
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Have you read any good books lately? What are your favorite kinds of books to read – mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, cookbooks?Book List 2015To check out the books on my book list, you can READ THIS POST or visit our Amazon store.

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Summer Reading Programs 2015

If you haven’t already noticed, our family doesn’t really need much incentive to read, but it’s nice there are lots of places offering incentives for kids to read through the summer. Reading is one of our favorite things to do when it’s too hot to go outside. I know there are many programs out there, but these are a few that we have taken part in and enjoy! For some others that we have seen listed, you would have to do a little something to actually earn the prize.

Half Price Booksfyb-BiggestStorytime2015b – They have programs for different age groups. Kids 14 and under who read for 15 minutes a day June and in July will receive $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks each month. Turn in your reading log at the end of each month. If you’ve been to HPB, you know $5 can go a long way if you find the right books. Runs from June 1 to July 31.
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Barnes & Noble – This summer reading program, Imagination’s Destination, is only for kids in grades 1-6. I think this is the easiest program for my kids because they hate keeping track of the number of minutes they read. Read 8 books and write down the title, author, and a sentence telling who you recommend the book to and why in a journal. Then, pick a free book off of the list when you go to turn in your journal. Runs from May 19 to September 7. | 2012 |  2013

Alameda County LibrariesRead-to-the-Rhythm-kids-and-instruments – This year’s theme is Read to the Rhythm. There are programs for all ages, from babies up to adults. Every 30 minutes of reading or listening to a story, or completing an activity (on the back of game board), color in one instrument on the game board. Each colored instrument is one spin. There is a First Prize halfway through the game board path and a Final Prize at the end of the game board path. Prizes range from museum and zoo vouchers to coupons for local restaurants. Sign-ups runs from June 8 to August 8. Program runs until August 31. | 2010Game Begins 2011Joyce 20112012

 

San Leandro LibrarySlogan_Text –  This year’s theme is Every Hero has a Story. There are programs for all ages, from babies up to adults. Kids have to write a short report for each of the eight books they have to read. Bring in the reports each week to receive a stamp and small prizes. Sign-ups run from June 6 to August 2. Turn in reports by August 7 to receive an invitation to the end-of-summer carnival, and passes to local attractions. | 2010 | Completion 2010 | Melody 2011 | Emily 2011 |  Carnival 2011

I’m not familiar with the rest of these summer reading program, but you can check them out for more free stuff!