Last Chance! Car Seat Baby Blankets Shop Is Closing!

I am finally about to close the Virginia Ann shop this Friday (December 30th, 4 pm) !


Use the code VirginaAnnCloseout30 and receive 30% off your ENTIRE order!

There are still a number of car seat baby blankets, little girls skirts and drawstring baby gowns available (a majority of the products are the last one in stock)!

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A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, outside of the Biblical festivals!  It’s a wonderful time to gather with friends and family and the food is always outstanding!  But the most important aspect of Thanksgiving is simply that … giving thanks.  We have so much to be thankful for and so often we get caught up in the busy-ness of life that we forget to count our blessings.

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

For the past several years I have really put an emphasis on Thanksgiving/giving thanks on the blogs.  This year I have had no opportunity to do so.  My days have been so full and blogging has been put on the back burner.  I apologize to those of you who have contacted us with questions or suggestions for posts.  We hope to be able to catch up soon but even if we can’t, I know that it will be okay and the world won’t stop spinning simply because we’re not keeping up with our schedule!  It seems like I’m learning that a lot lately … to let go and not stress over a to do list!

In spite of all the craziness over the past month or so, I didn’t want to let Thanksgiving slip by without an acknowledgement so here goes –

I want to hear what you are thankful for!

Please leave a comment on this post sharing one or more things for which you can give thanks.  Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into the drawing to win a Lilla Rose flexi-clip of your choice!

Have you visited the website lately?  There are MANY new and beautiful styles to choose from!

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Black Friday is always the big Lilla Rose event of the year!  If you have been on the fence about whether or not Lilla Rose is as great as it sounds, this is a good time to try out the products, since some will be up to 60% off!

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

And remember, if you order the wrong size … or if you just can’t seem to get the products to work for you … the company has a great money-back guarantee.

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

So if you have been thinking about placing an order with Lilla Rose, you may want to do so sometime between early Friday and late Monday!  If you have any questions or need any sizing help, feel free to contact us.

In the meantime, I would love to hear about the things that you’re thankful for!  Please do leave a comment and share them.  All comments that are submitted between now and Sunday afternoon/evening will be entered into the drawing for a flexi-clip.  If you’re not interested in a hair clip, feel free to share your thankful thoughts anyways … if you win, you can always give it to someone else!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a beautiful rest of the week!

Aliyah’s Aprons Summer Sale!

There is a sale going on right now at Aliyah’s Aprons … everything is 30% off with the code: SUMMERSALE2016!  The sale started today and ends next Thursday (August 25th), so be sure to pop over and check them out before then!

Aliyah's Aprons Summer Sale!

Here are a few of my favorite aprons that are in stock right now … Read more

Simple Kosher Dill Pickles Recipe

Our whole family loves pickles and kosher dills are by far the family favorite!

Simple Kosher Dill Pickles Recipe

Mama made them years ago when we lived in western Tennessee.  There were lots of former-Amish/Mennonites in the area who were wonderful neighbors.   We loved buying fresh eggs, milk and lots of veggies from them … not to mention living in a safe environment.

Then in 2005, we moved away.  Since then, we have made very few pickles … we just did not have access to many cucumbers 🙁

This year is different!  Mama came across an Amish community about 15 minutes away.  HURRAY for fresh produce again!!! Read more

We’re Back – With A Lilla Rose Sale!

Good morning ladies,

I am typing this post on Thursday evening and fighting a bad fever, so I don’t have much to say.  But I did want to let you know that we are planning to start posting again regularly next week, and in the meantime, Lilla Rose is having a lovely sale!


Everything is 10% off and some things are 30% off!  Plus they have added some beautiful new styles!  You can place your order at

If you are a new customer with Lilla Rose and you order three or more items, I can send you a fourth one of your choice (up to $16 value) absolutely free!

If you have any questions, feel free to let us know!


Thanksgiving, Linkup Features and Big Sales!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving day … how about you?  The morning was spent cleaning, cooking and taking care of animals.  Clinton, Sharon and Natan’el joined us in the afternoon for a feast!



Many thanks to everyone who participated in our Counting Your Blessings Challenge … altogether we came up with 360 things to be thankful for!!  The winners of the giveaway are Chrissy and Beth Willis Miller – congratulations, ladies!  Your gifts will be en route soon.

We also want to thank the many bloggers who shared their thanksgiving/giving thanks posts on our linkup over the past few weeks.  We have enjoyed reading each of your posts and it was hard to narrow down the choice for a feature!  First, the most-visited post was Into The Woods, where Melani from Reflections of the Heart shared her fall-inspired outfit.


And now for the featured posts … the disadvantage of having a to select a few is that you feel like you’re leaving all the rest out!  Many bloggers shared some beautiful and inspiring posts and I hope that all of you can go read each one for yourself.  In the meantime, these four won the Radical Femininity feature 🙂

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I have wanted to experience an Autumn in Vermont for a very long time!  I have never visited the state but somehow it has always attracted me.  In this post, the author shares about the beauties and blessings of this season.

I really appreciated this post Finding Thankfulness in the Unlikely. The author shared her personal experience of going through a miscarriage and finally finding healing through realizing the the Heavenly Father comforts us in our affliction.

When I asked my sisters what their favorite post was, Ruthie, Sarah and Abigail all told me this one was number one – Great is Thy Faithfulness: A Story of Waiting on God 🙂

How To Be Joyful When There Is Nothing To Be Happy About is a great post about perspective, being joyful and thankful in spite of difficulties.  The sun is always shining, even if it may be behind the clouds for a time.

Again, thank you to everyone who participated.  This was our first time hosting a linkup party like this and we really enjoyed it!  I hope you all did too 🙂

Now for some Black Friday specials … I shared some of these a couple days ago and I’m adding a few more!


Take 10% off by using the code HHW10.  Offer expires December 1st.


Use the code blackfriday2015 to take 20% off an order of $20 or more!  Offer expires November 30th.


Everything is on sale, no coupon code needed, and if you order through this party link, you will be entered into the drawing for the mystery hostess rewards!  Plus we have this offer available:


I will be giving away a flexi-clip on our mystery hostess party event, if you would like a chance to win, visit this page and leave a comment on the pinned post!  This sale ends November 29th.

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Use the code 20offblackfriday2015 to take 20% off orders of $20 or more.  Offer expires November 30th.

We love the MadeOn Hard Lotion products!  Renee has lots of special offers for Black Friday, including free bonuses on any orders and more free bonuses for orders of certain amounts.  You can see all the details here – no coupon is necessary.


Tropical Traditions is offering free shipping on all Domestic Ground orders, plus a free ceramic coffee mug!  They also have some other great discounts today!  You can order here!

Preparing For Some Special Deals!

Good morning friends!

I hope you all are having a beautiful week so far.  Do you have any big plans for Thanksgiving?  We are staying at home and having a few friends over for the day.

Have you shared something that you’re thankful for on our Counting Your Blessings Challenge?  We are compiling a list of the many things that we’re thankful for and everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for a little gift!

Have you seen the What Are You Thankful For linkup party that we’re hosting right now?  If you have any blog posts that have to do with giving thanks for the Thanksgiving holiday, you’re invited to share them!  The linkup will close at midnight on Wednesday, and on Friday we will share a post featuring our favorite submissions.

Of course, after Thanksgiving comes Black Friday … and with it, various opinions!  Raise your hand if you like to get up early and stand in line at retail stores!  Honestly, that’s not my cup of tea, but I do like to find discounts online.  If there are certain things that you are wanting/needing to buy, this can sometimes be a good day to purchase them.  And I would like to share a few special deals that I am aware of …


I shared about this back in July when the course opened, and I recently found out that the author is opening registration again – from November 27th through December 1st.  This is a wonderful course for anyone who is looking to expand her blog.  It is a faith-based course that outlines step-by-step how to grow your blog in only a few short months.  The material is packaged into a 6 module, self-paced course that includes 14 powerful assignments designed to equip the Christian blogger.  I have found the course to be very helpful and informative in learning how to manage a blog and expand an audience.  If you’re a blogger, or considering starting a blog, I would highly recommend purchasing this course.  You can take 10% off by using the code HHW10.


Have you visited the website where we sell the headcoverings we import from Israel?  If you place an order of $20 or more, you can take 20% off!!  Use the code blackfriday2015.  This offer begins Friday November 27th and expires Monday November 30th.

Speaking of hair and headcoverings, Lilla Rose is having their big sale of the year …

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If you have read this blog for any length of time, you have probably discovered how much we girls enjoy our Lilla Rose products!  Flexi-clips, bobby pins and headbands are the favorites that come in for daily use.

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If you order through this party link during the sale, you will be entered into the drawing for the mystery hostess rewards!  And if you are a new customer and you place an order of $4o or more, we can send you a free item of your choice (up to $16 value) completely free!  (This offer is applicable for USA residents only)  Contact us for details.

The company is stocking (and restocking) many beautiful new items, which will be available on Friday November 27th, all of which can be seen and ordered on this page.  If you have any questions about sizing or placing an order, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

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Ruthie is also offering a discount at her Virginia Ann Sewing shop.  She has some beautiful things available right now and she also specializes in custom orders!  Use the code 20offblackfriday2015 to take 20% off orders of $20 or more.

young living

Earlier this year we signed up with Young Living to get the discount on their essential oils. To be honest, I was a little skeptical as to their efficiency because I’ve used essential oils for years and they never seemed to work as well as everyone claimed!  I quickly discovered that there is a world of difference between the cheap oils that you find at the health food store and these high quality, authentic oils.  They really do work!  Due to FDA regulations, I can’t share specifics about our experiences here, but I would be more than happy to have a private conversation if you’d like to know 🙂

We have a special offer for anyone who joins our Young Living team by signing up with a premium starter kit!  What is the advantage of being a member?  You can get all of the products at 24% off, plus earn commissions by selling these to other people.  There are some great resources available if you want to build a business with Young Living … if that is something you are interested in, please let me know and I will be happy to provide information.  You can sign up on this page (or if you just need a referral number, please use 2770595).

These kits include more than 11 different oils and a diffuser, plus samples of other products.  There are 8 premium starter kits to choose from (one is for international use only) and each one comes with different products so you can choose the one that would suit you best. Most are $160, a couple are $170 … the value of the products included is over $300!  If you sign up with one of these kits, we will send you a copy of the Essential Oils Pocket Reference – this is a 486 page, spiral bound book that provides a ton of information about using the oils and what they’re good for.  I use mine all the time!

P.S. If you are not interested in signing up as a member with Young Living but would like to purchase some of their products, please let me know and I would be happy to help!

Have a lovely week!