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Purposeful Homemaking by Becky@purposefulhomemaking.com - 2w ago


Kindness is not something that children seem to be born with. Some are naturally kinder than others, but most find it a struggle when dealing with siblings or classmates. It's a character trait that I myself have had to work on over the years and it's something that I find myself constantly working on with my children. 

One way I chose to help them was by developing a nature based character unit that focused on kindness. Our Scripture focus was Proverbs 16:24 which says, "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”  and our nature focus was on bees. 

I loved incorporating crafts, recipes, science and suggested readings to go along with our devotional. I felt that doing this kept bringing us back to the topic and would help reiterate the character trait we were trying to develop. 

In our home, when a child is struggling to be sweet with what comes out of their mouth, they’re not allowed to put anything sweet into their mouth for the rest of the day. Each time there’s an opportunity that day for them to have a treat, they will not be able to eat it. Hopefully this will remind them how important it is that we choose kind words when we are talking to others. I try to remind our children (and myself) that it’s not only important what we say but how we say it. I give my children the example of canoeing. If someone goes for a canoe ride, they need to alternate paddling on both sides of the canoe. Otherwise they won’t go much of anywhere except in a big circle! They must paddle on both sides in order to have a successful canoe trip. Our words are much the same way. We can say the right words but speak them in the wrong way. With God’s help we want to say the right words in the right way and when we do, our relationship with others will be much better.

How do you help develop kindness in your children?





Are you looking to improve your health in 2019?  Then I'd love to have you join me in my private Facebook group called Bridging the Gap. Also, be sure to check out my "Bee Kind" and "Diligence" nature based character development units and my ebooks as well: A Wife's Guide to Studying ProverbsTopical Devotions for Pregnancy and Early Potty Teaching. Or, if you're looking for a way to get 30 raw fruits and vegetables in your diet every day, contact me here




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It's that time of year when parents of Seniors start thinking about designing and mailing out Graduation Announcements. It's always hard to believe how fast our kids grow up and when you reach this milestone you find yourself busier than ever trying to pull together everything to make this event memorable. Thankfully, Basic Invite makes the Announcement process easier on you so you can focus more on enjoying the special moments. 

If you're not yet familiar with Basic Invite, here are a few key points to brighten your day. 

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And to streamline your invitation process even more, Basic Invite provides beautiful, crisp and clean templates that make you look like the professional in your invitation design. Their photo style options are also an excellent choice or perhaps you want your invitation to be unique and stand out. If so, then the custom graduation options might be what you are looking for. Regardless of what you choose, Basic Invite is sure to leave you with a satisfied feeling about your finished invitation and will be a beautiful reminder of this accomplishment in your child's life. 

And to make your experience even better, Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51 

For more inspiration, you can find Basic Invite on the following Social Media Channels:


Be sure to check out the other invitation genres that Basic Invite offers. Personally, I know we'll be in the market for a birth announcement in 3 short weeks. They also offer free website services and business card options as well. 





Are you looking to improve your health in 2019?  Then I'd love to have you join me in my private Facebook group called Bridging the Gap. Also, be sure to check out my "Bee Kind" and "Diligence" nature based character development units and my ebooks as well: A Wife's Guide to Studying ProverbsTopical Devotions for Pregnancy and Early Potty Teaching. Or, if you're looking for a way to get 30 raw fruits and vegetables in your diet every day, contact me here


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I have several goals for 2019 and most of them revolve around getting more organized and trying to do a better job budgeting and tracking our money. In order to make those goals a reality, I am in the process of creating a Home Management Binder to keep my recipes, grocery expenditures and loop schedules for cleaning our home in. (If you're looking for free printables and ideas for your own Home Management Binder, be sure to check out my Pinterest board.)

As challenging as it may be, one of my goals is to reduce our grocery spending by $200+ each month. It's not going to be easy but I think with prayer, tracking and discipline it can be done. In order to help me in this area, I wanted a printable Monthly Grocery Expenditure list for me to nail down exactly how much we spend at each store on groceries every month. I looked all over Pinterest but couldn't find one specific to my needs so I made my own. Whenever I make a printable, I like to share it because I feel better knowing that more people can benefit from it than just me. So today I'm sharing my Monthly Grocery Expenditure printable with you. You can download it here. I hope you find it helpful!


Are you looking to improve your health in 2019?  Then I'd love to have you join me in my private Facebook group called Bridging the Gap. Also, be sure to check out my "Bee Kind" and "Diligence" nature based character development units and my ebooks as well: A Wife's Guide to Studying ProverbsTopical Devotions for Pregnancy and Early Potty Teaching. Or, if you're looking for a way to get 30 raw fruits and vegetables in your diet every day, contact me here

Thanks so much for visiting Purposeful Homemaking. Stay connected so you don't miss a thing:

This post may involve product that was received in exchange for a review or contain affiliate links for which I will earn compensation should you choose to make a purchase. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Thank you for your support of Purposeful Homemaking.
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Every year I make a New Year's Eve printable for our kids to do as part of our New Year's Eve celebration. It's something that they look forward to and since I'm making it for them I always like to share it with my readers. Click here if you'd like a copy of this free printable for your own family. 



Have a blessed 2019!

Are you looking to improve your health in 2019?  Then I'd love to have you join me in my private Facebook group called Bridging the Gap. Also, be sure to check out my "Bee Kind" and "Diligence" nature based character development units and my ebooks as well: A Wife's Guide to Studying ProverbsTopical Devotions for Pregnancy and Early Potty Teaching. Or, if you're looking for a way to get 30 raw fruits and vegetables in your diet every day, contact me here
Thanks so much for visiting Purposeful Homemaking. Stay connected so you don't miss a thing:

This post may involve product that was received in exchange for a review or contain affiliate links for which I will earn compensation should you choose to make a purchase. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Thank you for your support of Purposeful Homemaking.
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Purposeful Homemaking by Becky@purposefulhomemaking.com - 10M ago

Pryce is my three year old nephew who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in August 2018. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive childhood cancer and requires lengthy and difficult treatments. Pryce has begun chemo and will have several long hospital stays over the next several months. Some wonderful ladies from The Little French Market and DeBella Boutique are joining forces to raise money to help his family with medical expenses during this difficult time. 




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Our family has used the Apologia Exploring Creation Science series for years now and I haven't found one yet that my kids and I didn't like! This, however, is my first published review of this particular series but feel free to check out my review of Apologia's Writers in Residence program and Readers in Residence Program as well.

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Purposeful Homemaking by Becky@purposefulhomemaking.com - 2y ago
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Now that I am exploring the world of canning, I thought I'd check to see what kind of fun things there were out there for my new-found love.

Thankfully, I came across Alison's Canning Crafts site on etsy.  Alison makes adorable labels for both regular and wide-mouth canning jars. She even customizes label art or creates new designs for specific canned goods.

When Alison first got started with her Canning Crafts business, she combined her gift in graphic design with her love for gardening and salsa making. She started to design her own canning labels because she ouldn't find anything unique enough to dress up her salsa that she was giving away for gifts. Her husband told her to just write on the lids with a Sharpie, but the artist in her couldn't do it! As a result, Canning Crafts was born.

I got to personally check out a few of Alison's labels...and I love them. I promptly put one of them on my jar of canned cherries that I made last weekend with a friend. They are self-adhesive and come in a sheet of 20 for $4 (that's .20 cents per jar for all my frugal friends out there! Not bad to add just the right touch of embellishment for a gift or even in your own home. I love to look at pretty things too, you know!)

I think these labels are such a great idea. Canning itself is new to me, but in the past I've given jars of homemade chocolate syrup and such away and it drove me nuts that I didn't have a quick, easy way to embellish the jar just a tad to make it gift-worthy. I've found my solution in Alison's labels. (Not that she has labels for chocolate sauce but she did send me a generic one that would work just fine!)

Here is a peak at a few of my favorite labels from her etsy shop.


























Here are some of the ones I get to use (plus the salsa recipe-thanks, Alison!)


And a few canning tips in general (can I even give tips since I'm new to it myself!!) But, from the little bit I've done this is what I've learned...If you're new to canning you might want to pick up a kit like this. It makes the process go much smoother!





Also, a good reference is the Ball Blue Book. This handy little book and I plan to get well-acquainted this summer!

Be sure to check with friends and relatives who don't can any more. They're probably more than happy to pass on their canning supplies to you. It will help get you started anyways.

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