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Giveaways Galore!

I have enjoyed working with my friends over the past few months to bring you the "Put Your House in Order" series, and to conclude it, we have some awesome giveaways for you!

The first one is something that makes me happy EVERY DAY! Andrea, of Signs by Andrea, sent me this hand painted sign, after it took me approximately 2 weeks and 74 emails to decide what I wanted.

We placed it at the entrance of our property, where the sun shines on it as it sets each day, and it makes me smile.

If you would like to win a hand painted, made to order sign like this one, visit Andrea's sign gallery, and leave a comment on this post telling me which sign you would pick if you win.

For an extra entry, "like" the Signs by Andrea fan page. You'll see some nifty sign ideas over there.

My next giveaway is also something that makes me smile, and I wear it several times a week.

This clip is super easy to use, so it only takes me a second or two to throw my hair into a pony tail. And doesn't everyone need a little GLAM in her pony tail?

If you would like to win a flexi-clip like this one (valued up to $15) go to the Flexi-clip product page and tell me which one you would choose if you win. Be sure to watch the styling video so you will know what size to order.

For an extra entry, "like" the Lilla Rose fan page. You'll be able to keep up with the specials and giveaways they run over there.

Now, here is a list of all the "Put Your House in Order" posts and FUN GIVEAWAYS.


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New Growth – Signs of Spring

I love this time of year! The weather beckons us outdoors to see what new things are waiting to be discovered.

One of my favorite things about heading outside to take care of the plants and animals is that before I know it, I have a companion or two who wants to help out.

I hardly ever turn down good help.

I think it is so important to work side by side with your children. Not only are you instilling in them a strong work ethic, but you are giving them the opportunity to open up to you and to get to know you better.

Spring is a time of new growth for baby plants and animals, but you can also use it as a time of growth in your relationships with your children.

Head outside with your kids today to pull some weeds or plant some seeds and see how your relationship blooms!

And don't forget to visit my awesome friends who are ready to help you put your house in order in the areas of faith, finance, decorating, and food! (By the way, the 5 of us have some SUPER giveaways lined up for next Monday! Don't miss it!)

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Measuring Kids’ Growth With Picture Frames

My friends and I are helping you "Put Your House in Order" again this week.

And by the way, did you know we are planning a big giveaway extravaganza with lots of prizes up for grabs later this month? If you are a fan of Smockity Frocks on Facebook, you have already seen one of the fabulous customizable prizes. Be sure to subscribe to my blog feed so you will get my updates automatically. You won't want to miss out!

Now check out what tips they have for you in the areas of food, finance, faith, and decorating.

As for me, I would like to show you one way I record my children's growth.

I love these Time Frames, and I order one when each child is born. There is a space for each name and the date of birth. They are a little pricey, but I think they are worth it.

There are spaces for pictures every three months beginning with birth up to 2 years, and a space for every year after that until age 18. I take a birthday picture of each child every year and marvel at the changes that have taken place. (Please, don't notice that I am behind at adding the pictures!)

I get lots of admiring comments whenever anyone sees these frames I use to chronical the growth of my children. Even the plumber who came last week stopped to look at this display and commented on it.

(I won't get one red hot cent if you order this. I'm only telling you about it because I think they are neat!)

How do you record your children's growth?

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Organizing With a Label Maker

My team of experts is at it again, showing you how to "Put Your House in Order". Check out how each of my friends helps you with different areas of your house.

I would like to show you how my children helped me get organized with a label maker.

Before I show you the pictures of what my 9 and 11 year old daughters did, remember that when children are helping, it is important to accept their best efforts without criticizing or reworking what they have done.

There are some things that I would have done differently, but it is worth overlooking the odd pairings if this will save me time and keep things organized.

My daughters enjoyed doing this and they were helping me out by knocking out a couple of items on my Spring Cleaning Chores List.

They used a label maker to organize my bathroom drawers, medicine cabinet, and pantry shelves.

Now I am not the only one who can put groceries, medicine, or toiletries away where they belong!

(Hey Hon, Could you pick up some more green chilies next time you go shopping? Thanks!)

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Spring Cleaning With Kids

This week my fabulous team of experts and I are sharing our plans for spring.

Be sure to check out what each of my team has up her sleeve for spring and we will help you put your house in order!

What I have on my agenda for spring break next week is some spring cleaning and completing of projects that have been on my "to do" list for a while.

I have typed out each of the items I want to accomplish and I am offering any child 50 cents IF they can get a given chore done BEFORE I tackle it, IF it is done to my satisfaction.

Since my children are about as competitive as I am (VERY) and we make them pay for their own stuff, I suspect there will be much scrambling to beat Mama to the work, because if Mama gets the job done first, there won't be any pay off and you might even be able to hear Mama doing fist pumps and loud-whispering, "YES! YES! YESSsssss!"

I have included difficult tasks, like repairing screens on windows, and easier ones like picking up sticks and twigs in the yard, so every child, from 3 to 15, will have the chance to participate if they would like to.  The printed chore list will be color coded to denote which tasks are reserved for which ages, and placed in a prominent place.

Then, I'll blow a whistle and the scrambling will begin!

Not really on the whistle.

Really on the scrambling.

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Fruit of the Spirit Chart ~ Practicing Love

My friends and I are sharing again how you can "Put Your House in Order" in the following areas:

  • Finances
  • Food
  • Faith
  • Children
  • Decorating

Since I have eight of the little rascals, I have assigned myself as the authority on children.

I am going to show you today how you can encourage your children to practice loving one another with this Fruit of the Spirit chart.


That's right! We can actually practice  each of the fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

I found this printable fruit template and made one for each child. I then wrote each of the nine fruits in a circle. I talked with the children about what each of the fruits would look like in our daily lives, and we came up with examples of what each one might look like.

"If Katherine said, 'Wait for me! I have to tie my shoes!' and I smiled and said, 'Okay, I don't mind waiting.' What fruit would I be showing?"

"Patience!" they all called out.

Then, I gave each child a page of foil star stickers. I told them they were to use the gold stars on their own charts whenever they demonstrated any of the fruits of the Spirit.

The other colors were to be put on anyone else's chart who they saw demonstrating any of the fruits of the Spirit.

Finally, I announced that when all the stickers are gone, the whole family is going out for ice cream!

You have never seen so much love and kindness being shown in one family! I believe we may be repeating this activity every month!

Go ahead and try it yourself and let me know how it turns out.

Now, be sure to visit my each of my friends, who will help you put your house in order.

Making Family Rules Fun from My Blessed Life

Loving Your Family Through Meal Planning from Good Cheap Eats

Facebook and Inappropriate Relationships from Women Living Well

Family Finances from Kingdom First Mom

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