Blog Year in Review {2016}

Hello there Friends and Family!

Another year is ending! We’re sure there were ups and downs through the year for you, just as there had been for us, because life. Whatever it was like for you, a fresh start awaits us in 2017. Really, there is a fresh start every single day, right?

It has been quiet around the blog for us, which has been good to live life, but it has always been a good way for us to reflect on what we’re up to and what we’re learning, and hear what you’re up to and what you’re learning too! So we are all hoping to get back to sharing about the happenings in these parts. šŸ™‚

Thanks again for our lovely readers who still come for a visit from time to time.

So, as such, we don’t have too many blog posts to share, but if you weren’t able to come around, here are some things you may have missed.

From Our Family Blog

  1. Summer Reading Programs 2016
  2. Work-in-Progress Mom:Ā 1 | 2 | 3
  3. Gift Guide: Stuff for Advent & Christmas | Dayspring | Games for Kids
  4. Field Trips: USS Hornet Museum | 200 Years of Castro Valley History
  5. Tahoe Trip 2016 Part 2 Recap

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From Our Review Blog

  1. Passion: Salvation’s Tide is Rising
  2. Raising Uncommon Kids
  3. The Plans I Have For You Devotional + Journal
  4. Captive DVD
  5. Jesus Today: Devotional for Kids
  6. The Legend of the Easter Robin
  7. Loved + Blessed Box
  8. Under the Sea Holy Bible
  9. Trim Healthy Mama Plan
  10. Esther: The Belle of Patience
  11. Phil Wickham: The Children of God
  12. Would a Worm Go for a Walk?
  13. All Things Beautiful and Bright
  14. The Biggest Story CD/DVD
  15. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change
  16. Bible Journaling Kit
  17. Amy Grant: Tennessee Christmas
  18. The Beginner’s Bible

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Happy New Year!

P.S. Joyce’s 2017 Book List is coming soon!

Blog Year in Review {2015}

Hi Friends and Family!

Well, we are halfway through January already, and I am just working on this post about last year. We didn’t blog much this past year because “Be still, and know that I am God” was definitely on my heart. There is always something exciting about a new year, but I think any day can be a fresh start. That’s something I learned from being still. šŸ˜‰ So we are excited for what all of 2016 holds for us, and you too! Thank you, our precious readers, for hanging out in this virtual space. Here’s a look at the past year on our blogs:

We didn’t quite blog enough to have a good top 10 and bottom 10 from our blog this year, but we still have 20 posts for you. Here are 20 blog posts from this year, the Top 10 posts from our family blog (the one you’re reading!), and also the TopĀ 10 posts from our review blog. We don’t get many views on our review blog even though we have giveaways (hello, free stuff, people!), but again,Ā we are equal blog post opportunity bloggers. We love all of our blog posts equally! :p

Top 10 from Our Family Blog

  1. 31 Days To An Organized Christmas
  2. Book List 2015
  3. Summer Reading Programs 2015
  4. Traveling with Kids
  5. Homeschool Supplies We Love and Use Daily
  6. Australia Trip 2015 Recap
  7. Christmas Lights in the East Bay
  8. Gift Guide: Series Chapter Books (Fiction)
  9. My Norwex Experience
  10. What Do We Have Hair?

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Top 10 from Our Review Blog

  1. When Calls The Heart
  2. Nichole Nordeman – The Unmaking
  3. Christy Nockels – Let It Be Jesus
  4. Michael W. Smith – Sovereign
  5. Philz Coffee Truck
  6. We Choose Virtues: Parenting Cards
  7. Hillsong United – Empires
  8. NIV Bible for Teen Girls
  9. Passport2Purity Getaway Kit
  10. Strong & Kind by Korie Robertson

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What are you looking forward to in 2016?

Happy New Year!

Day 26 – Organized Christmas: Wrap Up

This is Day 26 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

Some Thoughts:

And….that’s a wrap! You did it! Although there are certainly things you will need to prepare as Christmas approaches, you are now more organized so you won’t stress out. When it comes time for that next holiday party, you have your plan and you are ready to go! Way to go!

I have to just say it: I’m proud of you. What an accomplishment! – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

Come back on December 26th for five Christmas Put Away projects.

How do you feel after completing the 21 days of projects?

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Day 25 – Organized Christmas: Your Personalized Special Project

This is Day 25 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

  • Read Project 21: Your Personalized Special Project (pages 110-112) in Get Yourself Organized for Christmas.
  • Check in with your Organized Christmas buddy.
  • Choose something you have put off doing, but have always wanted to do for Christmas. Do it.

Some Thoughts:

In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, if there is something you have always wanted to do, this is your day. Look back at that traditions list you made, and think hard on something you left off because you didn’t think you would have time. Make a little time to make it happen today. Get Yourself Organized for Christmas will give some ideas of special project you could do. If there’s absolutely nothing you can think of, sit back and relax because you are all ready for Christmas! Yay!

Think of your own special task that you have wanted to do for years but have never had time for. Today is your day to do that thing. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

What special task have you wanted to do for years but have never had time for?

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Day 24 – Organized Christmas: Tablecloths, Napkins, and Foof, Oh My

This is Day 24 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

  • Read Project 20: Tablecloths, Napkins, and Foof, Oh My (pages 106-108) in Get Yourself Organized for Christmas.
  • Check in with your Organized Christmas buddy.
  • Find your tableware. Depending on what day you are doing this project, you can make sure things are clean and set out.

Some Thoughts:

Ready, set, and go!

All you have to do is find all the stuff you need for your table setting right now so you have one less thing to fuss with on Christmas Day. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

Do you host formal Christmas dinners with fancy dishes, or are you more of a paper plate kinda host/ess?

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Day 23 – Organized Christmas: Take Off Your Apron and Grab Your Pencil

This is Day 23 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

  • Read Project 19: Take Off Your Apron and Grab Your Pencil (pages 102-105) in Get Yourself Organized for Christmas.
  • Check in with your Organized Christmas buddy.
  • Plan for meals the weeks before (and even after) Christmas.
  • Make two shopping lists (nonperishables and perishables).
  • Buy what you can now. You don’t want to get stuck in that line with the holiday crowd!

Some Thoughts:

Since we typically do not host, I don’t have much to plan for this, but we do bring one or two items, so I do have to do some planning. Again, check the book for some amazing tips because I hear Christmas dinner at Kathi’s house is awesome!

I know some friends who are great at doing the freezer meals. If that’s not your jam, you can plan to make a double portion of one meal to be eaten twice during the week/month depending on what it is and if that can be frozen or whatnot. Refer to your calendar once again to see how many meals you will actually be eating at home certain weeks.

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Plan on making at least two LOOP meals a week. Cook twice, eat four times. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

What do meals look like around the Christmastime at your house? Lots of leftovers? Eating out?

 

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Day 22 – Organized Christmas: Get Online

This is Day 22 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

Some Thoughts:

While I’m not the biggest fan of shopping, the convenience of online shopping helps to curb some of those negative feelings. :p It is so much easier to send out gifts directly from the comforts of your pajamas. Make sure to do a search to see if there are deals or coupon codes for the items you are planning to buy. And for all of your online shopping, make sure to go through ebates if you can! Depending on how much you spend, your Big Fat Check (it’s what they call the cash back check they send you) may not be too big, but it still surprises the bank teller every time I make a deposit.

Amazon.com is a good place to find a good deal, especially if you have Prime. I’m all about not having to pay those shipping fees.Ā Target REDcard is also pretty awesome. And I’m sure there is a long list of deal sites that are helpful. Remember to not get lost in the shuffle of finding the deals or becoming overwhelming or going off on rabbit trails by clicking random links…you get the picture. :p Refer back to your gift list to help you stay on track and get the project done!

I’m way less cranky at the end of the day when I don’t have to stand in line at the mall or the post office. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

Where are some places you like to go for online shopping and deals?

 

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Day 21 – Organized Christmas: Ship Those Boxes Out

This is Day 21 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

Some Thoughts:

I don’t do too much shipping of packages, but I have stood in that post office line many a-times. Make sure to read the book to see how to avoid the post office this holiday season. You can also do this other times of the year as well.

I’m not one to cry in public, but the post office at Christmastime is enough to make a grown woman weep…There is a better way, ladies. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

How do you like to send gift out?

 

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Day 20 – Organized Christmas: Refresh Yourself

This is Day 20 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

Some Thoughts:

RELAX!

We all need a break this time of year.Ā – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

How do you find refreshment in the midst of a full schedule?

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Day 19 – Organized Christmas: Get Those Stockings Ready

This is Day 19 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visitĀ the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.

Assignments:

Some Thoughts:

We never did stockings when we were kids, so it hasn’t been on our radar. The girls did enjoy learning the legend of the stocking when we watched some Christmas shows…I think it is inĀ Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving and Buck Denver Asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas?. We won’t have stockings this year either, but maybe in the future… here’s a cute one I found on Dayspring:

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When thinking about stocking stuffers, buy things that are small and will be loved and used. Keep it practical, useful, and fun. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

Once again, make sure to read the book for some quick tips from Kathi!

Is hanging up stockings a tradition at your house? What are your favorite stuffers?

 

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