DaySpring’s Early Black Friday Sale Starts Today!

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Thanksgiving is pretty late in the month this year, and if you’re anything like me, you’re feeling like you better start your Christmas shopping BEFORE Black Friday or you just might not get it all done! Well, DaySpring is here to help with an EARLY Black Friday Sale everyone will love!

Eight wonderful items are marked down up to 75% off starting today so you can buy beautiful gifts for the ones you love before the rush of holiday shopping happens after Turkey Day!

Want a little peek at what’s on sale?! Here you go…

Give Thanks - Wooden Caddy

Give Thanks Wooden Caddy Reg. Price: $22.99 Markdown Price: $9.99– 57% off!

Inspirational Glass Dome

Inspirational Glass Dome Reg. Price: $34.99 Markdown Price: $13.99 – 60% off!

Blessings of God - Dough Bowl

Blessings of God Dough Bowl Reg. Price: $64.99 Markdown Price: $24.99 — 62% off!

Light of the World - Messianic Hanukkah Menorah

Light of the World Messianic Menorah Reg. Price: $29.99 Markdown Price: $9.99 — 67% off!

Bless This Home - Wall Art

Bless this Home – Wall Art Reg. Price: $44.99 Markdown Price: $17.99 — 60% off!

Redeemed - Redeemed & Blessed - Ceramic Cookie Jar

Redeemed Cookie Jar Reg. Price: $59.99 Markdown Price: $14.99– 75% off!

Abide in Him - Metal Wall Decor

Abide In Him – Wall Decor Reg. Price: $39.99 Markdown Price: $15.99– 60% off!

Peanuts Christmas - Story of Christmas - Felt Advent Calendar

Peanuts Felt Advent Calendar Reg. Price: $39.99 Markdown Price: $11.99 — 70% off!

I’ve had my eye on that wooden caddy for a while now, so I’m snatching that up while it’s less than $10! And that cookie jar! Wouldn’t that be a fun present for the grandma or aunt or neighbor who always has cookies when you come to visit?!

And as a special bonus, use the code FREE30 at checkout to get free shipping on orders of $30 or more!

Which of these items would be on your Christmas list?

 

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Boots + Leggings Bundle for $29.95! {Today Only}

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Let’s just cut to the chase: it’s cold outside. Today’s Fashion Friday deal is perfect for warming up! And the price is sure to cheer you up as well!

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Today only, Cents of Style is offering these amazing black moto boots and a pair of fleece-lined leggings for just $29.95 with free shipping when you use the code COMBO at checkout!

Back of Boots Bundle

The boots are a black distressed ankle boot with a zipper up the back. They fit a half size big, so if you wear an 8, buy a 7.5! The leggings are a textured cable knit, in a solid color with fleece lining! They come in 10 colors and are one size fits most {size 0-12}

Boots Leggings Bundle

To get this dealadd a pair of the leggings of your choice and the boot size of your choice to the cart. Enter the coupon code COMBO at checkout and the price will drop to $29.95! Grab it before your size sells out – the deal ends tonight! This deal cannot be combined with any other offer and is while supplies last. 

A few other fashion sales of note this weekend: 

  • J. Crew Factory – 40%-60% off everything, no code necessary {ends 11/18/14}
  • Madewell – extra 25% off all sale styles with code FALLBACK {ends 11/17/14}
  • Old Navy – 25% off with code SAVEMORE, 30% off when you spend $75+, 35% off when you spend $100+ {ends 11/15/14}
  • GAP – 30% off with code HAPPY, free shipping on orders of $50 or more {ends 11/14/14}

 

Which leggings colors are grabbing your attention? I’m a big fan of the dark green and red!

 

 

 

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3 Tips for Shopping Online Boutiques

Some of my favorite clothing items are from online shops + boutiques. I love the variety, the prices are usually great, and I end up with some wonderfully unique items I wouldn’t have found anywhere else!

Online boutiques are fun, but they can also be a little tricky. Items sell out fast and by the time I’ve shared a shirt I love with you, it’s already gone! Like this shirt from Layla’s Shop

Such a super fun shirt, mixing stripes and leopard print, but it’s already sold out! And that’s what can happen with these popular online boutiques.

Never fear! I have some tips today for successful shopping online and ways to score some great deals in the process!

Shopping Online Boutiques

Follow the boutiques on social media

Shops like Layla’s Shop and Evy’s Tree have struck social media gold by establishing a big following on Instagram. This is where they preview items, offer pre-sales, post flash sales, and more. If you want to be the first to know about a new item or a great sale, follow your favorite boutiques where they are active. If they post discount codes on Facebook occasionally, make sure you’re seeing their posts on Facebook! If they announce pre-order items on Instagram, follow them on Instagram! Social media has allowed me to snag some of my favorite items and the best sales – do your research and connect with your favorite shops online!

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Take advantage of pre-orders

When Evy’s Tree announces a new hoodie for sale, it is usually a pre-order and available at a big discount during the pre-order period. That’s how I grabbed that Diana wrap I’m wearing in the picture above…and now it’s pretty much sold out. If you like the item when it is offered for pre-order, BUY IT. This almost always guarantees a lower price AND it guarantees you will actually get the item you want!

Grab it quick if you like it

I know I kind of mentioned this in the last point, but with online shops, if you like that shirt or necklace and it fits in your wardrobe, then grab it before it is gone! With online boutiques, most items are very limited and won’t be offered again once they sell out. Yes, you’re running the risk of something not fitting right and having to send it back because you are ordering online, but in my experience, these boutiques want to create loyal customers, so they will often do whatever they can to make sure you are happy with your experience.

My favorite online boutiques

I’m not sure if all of these technically call themselves “boutiques,” but they are definitely unique clothing shops that function in the manner I’ve outlined above – limited quantities of unique pieces, pre-orders, great sales, wonderful people. I’ve worked with the owners of many of these companies and own several items from them, so I feel confident in recommending them to you!

Your turn! Tell me about your favorite online boutiques and how you grab their best deals!

 

*I’m also linking this up to What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy since I wore both of these outfits this week!

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Moving to a Small Town

I’ve never lived in a town smaller than 150,000 people. True story.

When I was teaching, I lived in a large city and commuted to a town of 2,500. I adored that community and the schools and the people, but I was also glad to have the “big city” to go back to, with all its conveniences and attractions.

From the town I grew up in to the city we live in now, each place I’ve lived has just gotten bigger. Until now.

Small Town

Next summer we make our move to post-residency life and that move will take us to a town of less than 15,000 people. I realize that is big compared to the little town I taught in, but for us, this is a move to small town. And I have mixed feelings about this transition.

Let me explain: I am 100% thrilled with our choice of community and job for The Hubby. There is no doubt in my mind that this is where God wants us next. Everyone we have had contact with in our new town has been warm and welcoming. And we have heard nothing but wonderful things from anyone who has lived there.

My mixed feelings come in relation to the transition from living in a city of 500,000 to living in a town of less than 15,000. One part of me is craving this smaller community, with very short commutes and no rush hour and the most gorgeous natural beauty to experience just a few minutes away from anywhere we choose to live. There are so many things I am excited about as we make this move!

Another part of me is a little nervous. I don’t know what living in a small town feels like. I’m not a big fan of the unknown. I can’t think of any specific things about which I’m worried, I just have no frame of reference for what we’re about to experience.

So I’m coming to you today. Do you live in a small town? Did you grow up in a small town? Tell me the good stuff, people.

 

What do you love about small towns? What do we have to look forward to with this move?

 

And if you’re not a fan of small town living, please move along. I’m looking for the positive today, friends. Thank you!

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Just One More Reason To Love Fall…

What could have been a burdensome afternoon of yard work before any sleet/snow possibly hits this week became just one more reason to love fall.

The Hubby did most of the hard work of clearing out dead branches and tall grasses, while I did some bagging, raking, and weed killing. The boys were actually quite helpful, but also spent much of the time collecting pine cones, climbing trees, and putting together a leaf pile to jump in.

And that leads me to these additions to my “Reasons to Love Fall” list…

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Oh fall…my crush on you just gets bigger every year. Please don’t ever leave.

What are your reasons for loving fall?

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Show Some State Love: 50% Off All Weekend!

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I love wearing clothing and jewelry that represent who I am and what I love, so today’s Cents of Style Fashion Friday deal is SUPER fun and it will last all weekend!

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 11/7/14- Exclusive State Items- 50% off & FREE SHIPPING w/ Code NATIVE

You’ve seen their custom state necklaces before, but this weekend, all of their exclusive state items are on sale for 50% off! Use the code NATIVE at checkout to get 50% off and free shipping on all these fun pieces!

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That means those wonderful state necklaces are just $12.47 all weekend long! I absolutely love my Nebraska one and will always treasure it because it has been my home for 15 years!

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Now included in their exclusive state items are these ADORABLE “Native” shirts, available in all fifty states!

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I think I’m going to have to snag one of my home state because we’re moving back there next summer! The shirts are just $19.97 this weekend only!

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And the pillow covers! How cute are they?! No matter where your home is now, you can show your native state some love with these fabulous state pillow covers for just $12.47!

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You can also carry your state love with you with the state tote bags! At $12.47 this weekend, these would make a fun gift for Christmas this year!

Remember to use the code NATIVE all weekend to get 50% off all of these awesome state items! Stock up on gifts now that will mean so much to those who love their native states! Now I have some shopping to do…

What is your native state? Which one these would be your favorite way to show that state some love?

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What I Wore

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I’m back for another installment of What I Wore {linking up with The Pleated Poppy}, sharing a few of my outfits from the past week and having some girly fashion fun with all of you! I have mostly stuck to my capsule wardrobe, but a couple new things have been added to the mix, as I anticipated would happen. I also removed a thing or two from my original capsule because I just wasn’t wearing them!

Here’s a sampling from the week…

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This is my new favorite outfit because I’m obsessed with the striped shirt and the cargo vest {use code SFB102314 to get extra 30% off + free shipping} was something I had been searching for a long time! The Genet scarf from fashionABLE is one of my absolute faves, and the boots – oh how I adore these boots. I wrote about them on the Lane Boots blog yesterday – go check it out!

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Evy’s Tree Josie hoodie, Elegantees Evelyn tee in Plum, Wild Obedience necklace from Declare Conference

My game day uniform: Huskers tee, Evy’s Tree Black Emma Ruffle hoodie, slightly wide-leg jeans, Converse All-Stars, messy bun

Voting on Election Day in my denim shirt, maxi skirt, new fair trade chevron necklace from Mata Traders, and my Brynnda bag from Better Life Bags!

And while we’re on the topic of fashion, I have a one-day only sale to share with you! {If you’re reading this in your email on Thursday, I’m sorry – Wednesday only!}

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Cents of Style has cute, cozy cocoon cardigans as their Style Steal of the day for just $18.95 + free shipping! There are NINE colors available for you to stay warm and look stylish in this fall!

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Once this sale is gone, the cardigans are gone as well, so grab yours today! No special code necessary – just head over to the Style Steals page to get yours!

Any fun new fashion finds for you this fall?

 

 

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A Mary & Martha Home

I saw this beautiful print on Instagram one day, framed in someone else’s dining or living room area, and I fell in love. I had to have it, not just for its beauty, but also for its message.

They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. Acts 2:46

Hospitality has been stirring in my heart for months now. Before we moved, I used to love have people in our home, no matter how small it was or how crowded we were. Then a third baby, a move to another city, and residency happened and well, opening my home didn’t happen as much.

My heart is yearning for a new season of opening my heart and home to friends and family. I don’t know what that physically looks like because I’m focusing on the heart right now. God is using the current She Reads Truth study to do a WORK in me regarding the heart of hospitality before I take the steps to act on it. I’m so thankful.

Mary & Martha Tea Towel

And it turns out that beautiful print was not a print at all. It was a tea towel that had been framed and that tea towel was from Mary & Martha, a part of the DaySpring family focused on beautiful items that promote the true heart of hospitality in our homes!

Mary & Martha Home

I pretty much love everything on their site, but this tea towel is the one item that won my heart. Instead of framing mine, I stretched it over a 20×24 canvas and put it up above the cabinets in my kitchen, the place where we all spend most of our time! I wanted Acts 2:46 in that space not only as a reminder of the hospitality God invites us to extend, but also as a call to myself to serve my own family and enjoy fellowship as much with them as I would with any guests in our home. Did I mention the Acts 2:46 tea towel is only $22?!

Many more Mary & Martha items are on my wishlist, including the Giant Ampersand {for my mantel} the sweet Honey Jar, and the gorgeous Praise Tray! Mary & Martha invites us to live in the “and” – a life that is part Mary and part Martha, as our lives can never be just one or the other. I love this heart so much and the products all reflect this lifestyle!

Giant Ampersand Honey Jar Praise Tray

I’m hosting an online Mary & Martha party this week with my local friend + Mary & Martha representative, Alice. You don’t have to RSVP. You don’t have to go anywhere. You don’t even have to change out of your pajamas. You can shop for your home or for gifts just by following this link!

Mary & Marth Special

During this party, when you spend $100, you can get ANY item in the fall or seasonal guide for 50% off! So you could spend $100 on gifts for Christmas and then get the Giant Ampersand for 50% off! It does not have to be an item of lesser value! What a GREAT special!

This party will close Monday, November 17th, so orders will process in time for you to give these beautiful gifts for Christmas! Please feel free to email me at homewiththeboys at gmail dot com if you have any questions at all!

Which Mary & Martha items are you loving for home or for gifts?

 

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What I’m Loving: Fall 2014

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I think these are my favorite kinds of posts because they function like my brain – jumping all over the place to share the things I’m loving right now! And I love reading “What I’m Loving” posts from others because they always share the best recommendations!

My very own Avengers

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Taylor Swift, 1989

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I don’t think I could have named a single Taylor Swift song before this album came along. It’s not that I didn’t like her. I just don’t listen to much country music. Then everybody and their dog was talking about “Shake It Off,” so I listened. It was fun. Those same people plus a bunch more started raving about the new album. And I caved. I. LOVE. IT. Get it on iTunes or Amazon or get the deluxe edition with a few extra songs at Target. Trust me.

Fleece-lined tights + leggings

I actually discovered these last year, but I’m ready to enjoy them all fall and winter this year. I love them for the warmth and greater structure they provide versus regular leggings. I managed to score some cute ones at our local Target before they sold out, but the fleece-lined leggings and tights were already pretty picked over! You can find them online all over the place, but get them before it gets too cold and they’re all sold out!

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman

This book is going to get it’s own post when I finish it, but don’t wait. Start reading it now. It’s full of Gospel and truth and grace. I needed this exact book at this exact stage in my life as a mother and it is NOT a parenting book. More to come when I finish it very soon.

Matching Converse

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My oldest son and I have matching Converse All-Stars right now. Well, his are a cooler color, but still. He thinks it is awesome that we have the same shoes which makes me love it even more. I love pairing them with different outfits in new ways – jeans, skirts, even dresses! And they are super comfy. The shoes are great, but I love this connection with my boy the most.

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the ABLE scarf

You know of my love for fashionABLE and the brand new ABLE scarf tells their story of providing jobs and sustainable income for women. Those words on the scarf? That is their story, the story of what they are able to do because of the purchases you make through fashionABLE. I could not be more excited to wear this scarf and those words and spread the word for such a wonderful organization! When you follow this link, you’ll get 10% off your order! Use the code ABLE at checkout today {11/3/14} to get free shipping!

Since fall is my favorite season, I could probably do five more posts just like this one with more things I love, but I’ll stop there because I want to know…

What are you loving this fall?

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Huggies + Target Subscription Service!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I have my last kiddo in diapers right now. Do you hear the angels singing?! I do. And it’s a glorious thought that we will be done with diapers for good in six months at the most. This is one stage I will not be sad to see go!

But while we are still using diapers, we always get them at Target because, well, I love Target. And last week, I picked up some new diapers and wipes to try in my very favorite store!

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Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with the SureFit design are meant to keep your little one leak-free for up to 12 hours! And the flexible waistband keeps the diaper in place even when your toddler is all over the place! Trust me on this one…

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He really wanted to show me how he could do a pushup. Also, it is really hard to get an in-focus picture of a 2 1/2 year old who never. stops. moving. The end.

My little guy loves the Mickey Mouse + Friends design, and I love how not bulky the diaper is, even when wet!

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We’re both also loving the Huggies Natural Care Wipes. We stick to gentle or fragrance/dye-free items whenever possible, so the Natural Care Wipes are right in line with that we need! They are super soft and gentle, even when cleaning up the biggest of messes! Plus, the containers are super cute – that matters, right?!

We may be almost done with diapers, but we are definitely NOT almost done with wipes! I think I will keep a container of these baby wipes in the car for the rest of my life because they are so handy for every kind of mess, including the kind I make when eating. Yep, messy eater right here.

Now I have some sad related news: Remember how I told you last week we will be moving next summer? The town we are moving to does NOT have a Target. {cue sad violin music}

I’m totally not ready for this deprivation, but Target is launching a new subscription program for automatic shipments of diapers, wipes, formula and other household essentials! You just shop for the items you need, set up a schedule for delivery, and get big savings – 5% off + free shipping + an extra 5% off if you use your RedCard! You can change your subscription items and schedule at any time!

The nearest Target once we move will be an hour away, which isn’t too bad, but I could save the gas money and schedule for things like diapers, wipes, toilet paper, etc. to just show up at my house! I LOVE THAT!

Ok, after that bad news, I need to throw in one more piece of good news: I have a Huggies coupon for you to use at Target! Just click here to claim your Huggies coupon from TargetSaving money on necessities is always good news, right?!

Where are you in the diaper journey: just starting, right in the middle, or almost done like me?

Do you think you’ll use the subscription service from Target?

 

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