Get $10 to use at Thread Up!


I recently placed my first ThredUp order, and I ordered this loot for my kids! I like to try to dress my brood in colors that compliment their individual hair colors and skin tones, and am  a little bit particular with what trends I put them in too. My problem has always been that it is very difficult to do this on a budget!

This is why I was so excited to find ThredUp a couple months ago. ThredUp was perfect for me because I was able to find items I really loved that I knew would look amazing on my children. I was delighted to fill in some gaps in their wardrobes for a fraction of the price that I would have spent if I bought new.

So our packages came this week and it was very exciting! We had a Clever Container order arrive the same day too (my kids love C.C., what can I say, we are easily entertained!)! The house was a disaster when the packages came so I came up with a brilliant idea.

“You have to pick up the messes you’ve made everywhere before we open the boxes!”

Wow. The place sure shaped up fast!

I love love loved ThredUp’s packaging. It didn’t feel at all like we were getting used clothing. It had a very boutique feel! Just look!img_2136


So here is how ThredUp works. You can shop there. Or/And you can sell your gently used items there.


They do have a few guidelines, like they don’t want items that are too faded or worn, or things that are pilling. And there are some brands they might not take. But most they do!

I especially loved that I was able to shop online in the comfort of my own home while half the kids were still sleeping! No headache of trying to drag them through the store and trying to keep track of them, being distracted over half the time and leaving the store with a backache!!

ThredUp’s website is exceeding easy to navigate as well, which is a big bonus for this busy mama!

Right now you can use this link to get $10.00 off your first order! I don’t think it expires!

Try ThredUp today, I think you will love them as much as we do!


God is Listening


Some call it serendipity.
Some call it coincidence.
And some call it luck.
But I don’t call it any of those things.

No, I don’t believe in happenstances. I believe in God. We believe in God.


It’s been a year, maybe even two since our last apple pie.
I’d been craving one this month.
Last week I thought to myself
“I wish I knew someone with an apple tree and spare apples they didn’t need.
It would be awesome to get some canned up for apple pies and crisp this winter.”

Apple crisps are one of our favorite breakfasts for those busy homeschool mornings!


This wasn’t my only wish last week though. It was just a couple days before that where my heart had been hurt by a someone I thought was a friend. For days I wanted to cry. I just kept thinking “I wish I had an older friend that I could talk to and get advice from on how to process this.


So there I was a week later. It was late afternoon and I was a mess and a little tired from the busy day when the kids announced, “Someone is pulling in the driveway!”
“Oh no. I look awful.” I thought to myself. But when the kids announced it was Mrs. K., a very dear neighbor friend of ours, my heart lifted and I sighed with relief. Mrs. K. has a way of showing up when my heart is troubled or when we are in need.

Needless to say, we loved Mrs. K. from day one.

So there she and I sat, and after we visited awhile, I told her of my heartache, and she knew just what to say.
I knew she would.

Then guess what else happened? As if I wasn’t already blessed enough we moved on to talk about other topics and she just happened to mention an apple tree she had been canning apples from and how loaded the tree was.

“Do you need apples?”


I don’t know why I was surprised.

I don’t know why I am always surprised by God’s faithfulness.

Maybe it is because I know how undeserving I am.

Maybe it’s because of abandonment issues still lingering from my childhood,
and I still find it shocking to believe that God cares about little me.

But surprised I always am.

Guess what else? These are not just any apples.  They don’t turn into applesauce during canning, they are real canning apples, just like I wished for.

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Psalm 86:15

… for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts….
1 Chronicles 28:9

…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Matthew 6:8

…a friend loves at all times…
Proverbs 17:17

Has God done something special for you lately that sticks out in your mind? Please share your story below in the comments!


3 Ways to Know When it’s Time to Declutter

Disorganization and clutter equal chaos for most people. Things get lost in cluttered spaces, and it’s just so hard to stay motivated in a mess if you are like most. I’ve found that if I walk into a room with a purpose on my mind I totally forget what that purpose was if the room is messy and disorganized!
Because of this, a home declutter on a regular basis is a must for me! I think that the smaller a persons home and the more people living in it, or the more things you have going on in the home, the more often it seems the home will need a complete declutterathon and re-organization!

It works for some to do a home declutter on a schedule, but it doesn’t work for everyone. For me I found that schedules work for a few months before I need to adjust the schedule, and of course every time we have another baby that brings about a whole new sort of schedule! All in all it seems every time I make a schedule down it’s time to change it again for the ever changing needs that come with a growing family!

Whereas my method of knowing when it is time to re-organize is not perhaps “ideal”, it is a way that works for me gauge when it’s time to do a home declutter!

Here’s the three ways I know it’s time;

  1. When I come home with groceries on grocery haul day and pantry items take days to get put away I know that it’s probably time to tackle the pantry.
  2. Each home is different, and has different needs, but once your home has been properly decluttered it should not take long to put together a messy room (torn apart by kids or grandkids etc…). For me, when my home is decluttered and maintained on a daily basis (that’s a biggie!) it takes around 5 minutes for me and my older 4 children to zip through and tidy a room, 10 minutes tops. But it will take a lot longer if it is past time for a declutter (or if it is not maintained at least once a day)!
  3. The last way I know an area needs re-organization is when area’s just seem to stay messy! For example, my desk. It stays messy because it’s a child’s desk (we have not had room for an adults sized one until now) and I need to upgrade to a larger one, lol! Clearly it’s an area I need to re-vamp asap!

So that’s it! I hope these tips help you!

You might also enjoy;
1. Six Tips for Purging and Decluttering
2. Get Organized

Take my 30 Day Kitchen Declutter and Clean Up Challenge!kitchen-declutter