Gift Guide: Dayspring

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My Favorite Dayspring Items!

My favorite sales of the year are from Dayspring! They are the best places to get quality gifts that have a whole lot of meaning. I love the little touches of Bible verses on mugs or plates, and they also have plenty of fair trade items to purchase.

I am STILL shocked when I opened my last order…I think it was from the Black Friday sale, and I bought a bunch of journals and mugs as gifts. Ignore this if you think you will be receiving a journal or mug from me sometime soon. :p

These are bigger than regular sized journals, and I want to keep each one for myself.


And I am mad at myself for not ordering more of the jewelry to give as gifts. I’m not a good gift-giver…it’s way down there as a love language. I don’t care to receive gifts, except if you are the rare person who knows exactly what to get me, and there’s only like 2 or 3 of those people in the world, and I’m not fond of giving gifts…I would seriously give you practical stuff like wrapping paper or blank thank you cards…which I think Dayspring has! 🙂


There are many other items I have purchased over the years that we just love having in our home. I can’t find pics right now, but trust me on this.

Here’s a basket of goodies I gave out as an inRL meetup gift…I really like those pocket notebooks:


This is what our house looks like for Christmas time:

This is another item we love in our home:

And this is some great stuff too:

(in)RL Community

While I would love to tell a story with beautiful words like those of the wonderful incourage ladies, let’s face it, that would hurt my brain a bit. I am a documenter..a recorder of events, details… So here is my story of what happened on Saturday.

I had signed up to host an (in)RL gathering again. Don’t ask this introvert why she does stuff like that? The Lord leads and I follow.


Y’all know I hate shopping, and it has been crazy busy around here, and then it was raining on Friday night. So Saturday rolls around…as in, it is the morning of the gathering, and we are finally preparing for the event. Norm goes out to buy a few things for our snack spread, but as 1PM neared, I was wondering where he was. He was out buying all the groceries instead of what was just needed for the afternoon. Who doesn’t love a man who can shop? But bless his heart, I needed to get stuff into the oven!

So I am now trying to figure out what to do…set out the cheese and crackers, cut up the strawberries, etc or perhaps make myself presentable, now that I had at least finished putting out the favors and hung up some postcards I got from Dayspring.

The doorbell rings and it is my first guest, a blogger I have only met online, Barbie of My Freshly Brewed Life. And then, another guest, a friend’s friend I had only met once before. And then my final guest, the table leader in my MOPS group. I am still plating things and forgetting to offer drinks.

We get started, and I love the flow of conversation even as we were getting to know each other. We watched a clip from the video content, and after hearing some of the stories shared, we begin to share a little of our stories. I love that God brings together strangers who have completely different stories and brings us into community with one another. We are all mothers, but it is more than that. We are all daughters of the king.

I wish I had planned better, and that we had more time together, but I am thankful for growing relationships and making new friends.

I didn’t even get a chance to take photos of everything before it all started, and I forgot to take a group pic before Nikki had to leave for her appointment, but I’m glad I got a few (that are scattered through this post) that sums up our afternoon together.

And what you didn’t see was the mess…the house wasn’t even all cleaned before my guests arrived, and my favors were a hodgepodge of stuff left over from last year’s gathering and other things I had on hand, and I taped up the postcards at the end to hide the blue painter’s tape I used to hang the string up because I don’t have cute washi tape. But you know what? No one cared about that. They didn’t come to see if my baseboards were dusted or not (by the way, they’re not dusted). They were there to be in community together. There is something powerful in sharing ourselves with others. There is camaraderie in letting others in on our fears. He draws us to Himself and helps us to defeat whatever is holding us from shining. “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

So this weekend…I am thankful for makeshift TV stands with a TV borrowed from my brother because we (intentionally) don’t own a TV. I am thankful for Trader Joe’s yummy snacks. I am thankful for the behind-the-scenes incourage team who makes this (in)RL weekend possible. I am thankful for stories….our stories…God’s stories. I am thankful for community.

This and That

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Click on the image below to check out some great deals from Dayspring. They are having a 30% off sale on grad & Mother’s Day items, Buy 2 Get 1 Free mugs, and lots of other gift items. We are still loving using our journals each night to count our blessings. (The purple one that Melody has is also on sale.)

If you have not registered for inRL, I think you can still head over there, and sign up to watch the videos. You will be blessed. (click on image below)

1000 Gifts {February}

When I posted about the journals that I got for our family to count our blessings, a few people asked how we are doing that.

dayspring journalsIf you have read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, you know “Ann encourages you to make each day a holy experience, and to live life being alive to the blessings, the gifts, and the moments that God gives and invites you to embrace.” Ann has a Joy Dare on our site which gives prompts for 3 gifts a day, resulting in 1000 gifts by the end of the year.

We are just keeping it simple, and doing what the girls have been doing for the past 2 years. At the end of each night, we talk about our favorite part of the day, and what was a blessing to us that day. Sometimes it’s things, like Rainbow Loom, a DVD we watched, or chicken salad. Sometimes it’s people, like our friends, our family, or those we have blessed. And other times it’s special moments, like riding our bikes together, performing on stage, or celebrating a birthday.

Below is a peek into our journals. We date and write one blessing for each day. When 2015 starts, we will turn to the first page again, and under 1/1/14, we will write 1/1/15 and add our new blessings, and we can also remember our blessings from exactly a year ago.

(In case you can’t read ours, I wrote, “Other adults in my kids’ lives who value who they are” and Norm wrote, “Playtime with the kids.”)

Besides journaling, writing cards has always helped me gain an attitude of gratitude. It is not something that I have much time for these days, but would love to get back into the habit of doing. Dayspring is having a few specials that you ought to take advantage of if you want to write cards to say thanks or happy day! 🙂

The card sets are Buy 2 Get 1 Free right now. There is a cute Peanuts set, which comes with sticker sheets too!!! And you guess it, I love stickers too!! And since Norm’s “groom” “I Do” mug broke, my “bride” “I Do” mug is starting to get a bit lonely. These Mr. and Mrs. mugs will be a great replacement.
peanuts mrmrs

Do you like to journal? Write cards? What kind of mug do you have? Do you have any favorite Dayspring products? We would love to hear from you!

1000 Gifts {January}

If you know me, you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE journaling! I don’t do it as much anymore, but I can’t pass by the journal section at Ross without taking a look at what they have! So what did the get my family for Christmas? Journals, of course!

dayspring journalsIf you have read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, you know “Ann encourages you to make each day a holy experience, and to live life being alive to the blessings, the gifts, and the moments that God gives and invites you to embrace.” Melody and Emily have been tracking their gifts for 2 years now. I attempted it last year, and did not succeed. I had tried to write it out on the printable pages and I tried typing it out in my email and blogging, but it just didn’t work out. The girls also have a love for journals, so I figured that they can graduate from writing their gifts out on binder paper to some lovely journals. I found the perfect ones for each of us on Dayspring!!

I wanted to share this, so that we (Norm and I, because the girls have it down already) will stay accountable to tracking our gifts, the blessings of the daily things of life. And I also wanted to let you know that if you want to grow your attitude of gratitude, Dayspring is having a 30% off sale on their journals!! There are a lot to choose from, but these are the ones we have. Aren’t they great? Make sure to click on the link to see the pages too.

The Noble Man - Christian Journal Jill Kelly - A Place to Remember - Christian Journal
Everything Beautiful - Christian Journal Faith Floral - Christian Journal

Make sure to check out some of the other wonderful things they have on sale for their After Christmas sale (up to 75% off cards, gifts, and decor!).

Our favorite Dayspring Christmas decor are on sale too:
Redeemed Christmas - Hope Begins Here - Fabric Wreath Redeemed Christmas - The Heart of Jesus - Advent Tabletop Devotional

Are you tracking 1000 gifts this year? How do you teach your kids to have an attitude of gratitude? Do you have any favorite Dayspring products? We would love to hear from you!

Hope Begins Here Fabric Wreath

These past few months I have been memorizing 1 Peter 1. I saw the words but at the same time I didn’t really see them.

Here are some of the words I memorized: “Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold.” This is how NIV words it: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors.” {1 Peter 1:18} What does that even mean? What does it mean to be redeemed?

During this Christmas season we can find reminders of this word “redeemed”. Really? All I see is the gift wrap and tinsel…and that partridge in a pear tree. Look again. You see it on the Christmas tree, the star which brought the wise men to the manger. You hear it in the songs that are sung, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” You see it on your traditional Christmas lights tour in the neighborhoods, the lights are bright…shining “Peace on Earth”. You see it on the nativity scene on the mantels, the baby asleep on the hay.

That baby grew up. He is Jesus. He died on a cross. God has given us this greatest gift. He was given to redeem us. There’s that word. Redeem. It is not first word that pops into your head at the mention of Christmas, but there it is! In Him we find redemption. We are reminded. He is our Redeemer.

Other versions of 1 Peter 1:18 use the words rescued, saved, set free from

Melody loves to flip the page to the next day at the end of each night before bed. 🙂

Hope Begins Here Fabric Wreath and Advent Tabletop Devotional

During December, you can get a No Greater Love Than Jesus Christmas Stocking for more than half off – $12.99, and other great monthly specials!! They always have lots of great Inspired Deals.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Dayspring to review on my site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”