Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to Host a Thanksgiving Re-enactment



Over the last decade or so we had dear friends who always hosted a special Thanksgiving Re-Enactment which was so fun to take part in. It always blessed us and we learned so much, so I thought that maybe some of our readers might be interested in doing something like that with their friends and family.

So today I am going to share what they did here in case you'd like to to do one too!

Here is what they did:

1. Costumes - They had people dress up as Pilgrims and Indians, even the children too. You could make your own or find some here. 

2. Food - They had everyone bring a Thanksgiving dish (sometimes true to period and sometimes just traditional or a mix of both). They also cooked chowder on a big pot outdoors over a fire to feed everyone. I also remember that they also passed out a food (might have been hard tack) that was eaten on the Mayflower for people to sample. I will see if she has the recipe and post it here later if she still has it.

3. Decor - They decorated their property inside and out with a Thanksgiving theme -pumpkins, cornstalks, themed books, candles, old-fashioned signs and hay bales to sit on. I think once or twice they even did their entire garage as the Mayflower!

4. History - They would share a speech about the history behind it and also pass out these little cards of people from The Mayflower when you came in. They had a picture of a Pilgrim (male if you were a male and female if you were female) on the front and at the end they would name the survivors of the Mayflower and you could check to see if you were one of them who made it or not.

5. Short plays - People would act out different parts (like William Bradford or Chief Massasoit) or read or act out what they did.

6. Song - sometimes we would sing some hymns or do a craft.

7. Trivia - They had a trivia time where they would ask the crowd questions about the history of Thanksgiving.

8. Kernels of corn - they shared about how the Pilgrims were rationed 5 kernels of corn a day to survive. You can share the significance of this by passing 5 kernels out so everyone can hold it in their hand while you talk about it.

9. Games - Bow and Arrows and old fashioned games were played.

10. Dancing - Then we would finish the day with old fashion dancing (Virginia Reel, etc).

It wasn't always the same every year, it was always a little different but every one always learned something and had so much fun fellowshipping together! What great memories my children have had doing this!

Here is a book for more information and help--The Thanksgiving Primer: A Complete Guide to Recreating the First Harvest Festival for Your Family, Friends or Church.





Here is a book for your children that we recommend--The Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving:




Have you ever hosted or been a part of a Thanksgiving Re-enactment before?

What would you add?





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Monday, November 20, 2017

Get Organized in the New Year with The Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner 2018 (& Giveaway!!!)




Do you struggle with homemaking?

Are you tired of dealing with not being organized?

As a homemaker of over 20 years to a large family I know how important it is to have an organized home and life. If things are not the way I need them to to be to function, things can easily fall apart at the seams!

Growing up I didn't really have someone teach me the ropes on how to do all of this. My mom was great at showing me how to clean a home but we both would have never imagined on what level I would be doing it at in the future.

I am so grateful when I find something that can really help homemakers especially in the long run because we need help now but we also need that help to last. That is where The Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner 2018 comes in---it was created by a mom just like you and me who really knows and understood what our needs are!








Can you see what she has added on the cover?

"Be glad in the Lord and rejoice. "


What a much needed reminded in the midst of our busy homemaking days!


Planners are awesome because they keep everything in order and also help to:


1. Keep your goals in front of you.

2. Keep you organized.

3. Help you to be efficient and not waste time.

4. Help you execute what needs to be done and helps you to take action!


Here is what is officially included in a nutshell:


  • An overview of the year by month.
  • Two-page spreads for entries each month.
  • Two-page spreads for entries each week. This allows you to sketch out an entire week, day by day.
  • A section to enter projected tasks.
  • A section to enter specific projects.
  • A section to keep a listing of personal contact information.
  • A perforated shopping list section allows you to take the list with you.



You can see more of the page layouts HERE.

This year they are even offering FREE menu-planning downloads! Woohoo!




I truly believe that many of you out there will benefit from this planner all year long. It is a great place to plan out what needs to get done. Not only will you be able to organize your home, menus, projects and more, but you will find that getting all of this done on paper can help get your life under control and bring more peace to your household. Things always run much easier and smoother with a plan in place! You can also find them in our Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide 2017 this year!





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Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Help Children & Orphans in Need



Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~James 1:27

If you are looking for a worthy cause to donate to during the holidays you might want to consider helping children and orphans in need.

We want to get the word out about Baptist Children's Home and the amazing work that they are doing. They need help during the holidays and all year round.

They are currently caring for over 1,000 children in the US and around the world. You can read all about them here. 

They are having a Thanksgiving Shower for children and are in need of donations--especially Aldi Gift Cards.

Right now some of their needs are:

FOOD PANTRY
  • Baking needs (flour, sugar, oils, etc.)
  • Snack or lunchbox items
  • Canned goods (all kinds- veggies and meats too)
  • Condiments & spices
  • Rice, pasta, & beans
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Rolled/Quick Oats
  • peanut butter/jelly/jam
  • spaghetti
  • pastas
  • canned/ dried fruit
  • mac and cheese
  • soup/chili/ravioli
  • drink mixes/cerea
  • cooking oils
  • crackers/popcorn
  • syrup/honey
  • seasonings/spices
  • wheat/white flour
  • bread/cookie/muffin/brownie box mixes
  • canned milk
  • pancake mix
  • drink mixes/hot chocolate
  • fruit snacks
  • cereal
*Gift cards to major grocery retailers for perishable food items

KITCHEN & CLEANING
  • Ziploc baggies, all sizes
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Trash Bags 
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Bathroom Spray Cleaner
  • Laundry detergent (HE & Regular)
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dishwasher detergent (liquid/pods)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Antibacterial wipes

PERSONAL HYGIENE
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Hair products
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Body soap/wash
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • diapers (size 3.4. & 5)
PAPER GOODS
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Napkins
HOUSEHOLD
  • Twin bed sheets
  • Bed pillows
  • Twin bed comforters
  • Towels & wash clothes
  • Flash drives
  • Printer paper
  • Sharpie Markers-all colors                
  • 3-ring binders 
  • Bulletin boards

Here are some of the most recent children they are helping--baby Jeremiah and these two little boys.

They experienced a flood not too long ago in one of their homes not too long ago and also need help restoring what was damaged. 

You can read more about them here or donate online HERE.



Thank you for your generous help for needy families, children, and orphans!











Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Don't forget to check out the  NEW Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide 2017!





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Monday, November 13, 2017

How to Do Christmas on a Tight Budget



"Things are pretty tight this year and we don't have much to spend. I am wondering if you had any ideas on how to save money at Christmas time?"

This has been a hot topic in our Wise Woman Builds Titus 2 Group and also everywhere online! Here are a few tips on how to do it:

1. Create a budget and stick with it - don't feel pressured to spend more than you already have. Be creative and work with what you have. Remember the true meaning of the season and start from there. Many parents like to do the 3 gift rule for their children - something they need, something they want, something to wear. This can be a blessing to help children to learn to be content and not have an overabundance of toys (especially if grandparents are giving them many toys) than can cause clutter.

2. Email cards - if cards are not a big deal to your family, move to emailing out Christmas cards and a attach a picture of your family with it. There are also free websites where you can send an animated Christmas card with music and songs too that are really cute.

3. Choose simple gifts - you could bake cookies or breads and give them as gifts. Or you could also get mason jars and create homemade cocoa or soup mixes to give out. Some people even make popcorn batches to give which is really inexpensive.



4. If you have extended family do a grab bag - pick names from a hat so you only have to give one gift instead of seven - you could put a cap on the amount of this gift too. Or maybe to keep it even more simple you could give a Christmas ornament or bake something.  If your family is really large just choose to not give gifts and just come together to make memories instead (like singing carols, playing games, watching a holiday movie, etc. )

5. Give grandparents updated picture of your family - You can print one from your printer and frame it with a frame from the dollar store or one that you got on sale. These are great gifts because many times grandparents already have everything they need and don't need more things. This also could be a good gift for extended family who don't yet have pictures of your family.

6. Give Scripture Printables - do a search online and you will find some beautiful ones that are free to gift and frame.

7. Decorate simply - no need for expensive fancy decorations on the tree--how about making pretty snow flakes out of paper or coffee filters or using popcorn and cranberries to decorate the tree? Bring in some outdoor greenery and pinecones to add to your mantle. Use pictures of your children as ornaments (punch a hole at the top and use red ribbon to hang).  Or print out some Bible verses to hang or display. You can even make your own nativity with your children that would be fun.

8. Rethink your giving list - if you had always given a gift to your mailman, your child's teacher, your friend from childhood, etc., you might want to rethink your list and whittle it down this year. Remember that you don't always have to do things the way you always have. You have freedom to set limits and stick to what you can afford.

9. Give the gift of time - if you'd like to bless someone how about just give them a card with a promise of a coffee date or lunch date in the future.   Some people don't need things or more clutter in their homes but would really appreciate time to talk and connect instead. Maybe for someone who has young children you could offer a night of babysitting to give them a break and go out on a date.

10. Change expensive traditions - if you have always spent a lot on doing things every year this year opt for things that you can do for free. Instead of going to an expensive party choose to go looking a lights instead or a free Christmas concert in your local town.

11. Join a helpful Facebook group - like Frugal Family Christmas to learn how others are doing it and collect more ideas.

12. Give gifts under $10 - You can find some HERE with free shipping included!

13. Visit our Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide of 2017 - some gifts begin at just $2 and there are plenty of discounts and free shipping as well to choose from too!





I hope this list helps you to save money this year!

How do *you* save money at Christmas time?









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Thursday, November 9, 2017

FREE: "My Thankful List" Thanksgiving Printable!




I have talked a little bit about raising children who are thankful and not entitled here on the blog. It is so important to remember that the Lord has blessed us with so many things and not to lose sight of that.

One of the ways we can teach our children to be thankful during the Thanksgiving season is by helping them to count their blessings.


 "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

~Colossians 3:16-17



Please feel free to use this Thankful List Printable to use with your children and hang it somewhere where they will remember all that God has blessed them with! You can also use it as a list to pray and thank God for all that He has done in your life!








Just print the image above (just remember to zoom on it first to get the full size)!






I hope that it blesses you!







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