may paper works

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you guys know i love my paper works!  paper works is a monthly subscription plan with 3 levels – you can print it all yourself or have it delivered to your door.  plus there’s an online gallery of printables and past collections so you can print extras if needed.

my friend emily designs a beautiful new set every month, and every month i say, “ooh, this one is my favorite!”.

i get an email before each new month, reminding me to download and print my new set, which is really helpful to do some prep work for our month ahead, like write out our family calendar.

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i keep a more detailed calendar on my phone, but this one is more for the kids to see what to expect each day/week/month.  i’d like to say its eliminated the question of “what are we doing tomorrow?” each night, but no.  at least not yet!

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this is absolutely our most used piece of the set:  the chore charts.  we’re pretty big on raising responsible kids, so we implement lots of chores in our house.  plus, mama ain’t got time for all that!  truly, we want our kids eventually to leave our home knowing how to take care of themselves and serve others.  having a regular rotation of chores gives them experience in all areas of domesticity.  i’ll go into greater detail about our chore system another time, but basically, they have set chores each week (different ones each day), and each week the charts rotate to a different child so one of them isn’t, say, always doing laundry.

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these grocery lists have been life-changing for us, too.  unfortunately, my pictures are a little blown out so you can’t see the details, but the list is divided up into categories, like dairy, produce, pantry, etc.  it saves us considerable time at the store each week, having everything categorized!  i’ve tried grocery lists on my phone before, but this works so much better for us.  it hangs on the side of our fridge and everyone adds to it throughout the week.  on the weekend, we grab the list and head out the door.  i like having a paper list in hand while shopping better than my phone because i can cross things off and i don’t have to keep turning my phone back on when the screen shuts off.

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there are so many other great pieces to the monthly set, but another of our favorites is the verse cards.  we have a whole stack of verse cards on a big ring that we leave on our dining room table.  we’ve also implemented “prayer sticks” as my kids call them – prayer requests on popsicle sticks.  we don’t do them nightly or as regular as i’d like, but we each grab a few sticks and pray around the table with them, then one of the younger kids usually ask if we can read a few of the verses as well.

if you don’t want to print these out on your own, you can also get the full set delivered to your door each month!  i’ve done that in the past, and may do it again.  i didn’t use every piece of the entire set, so it felt a little wasteful to me (not to my friends who got the extra pieces, though!), but the quality of the print and paper is so much better than what i can do at home, so i might be switching my service soon…

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full disclosure, i do get a $5 kickback for every new subscription, but you can too!  this isn’t me trying to make a living selling beautiful paper products, but me supporting a friend’s business that i believe in and use myself, and think you just might love it too!  also, if you click here, you can get $5 off, too!  woohoo!

 

currently reading

currently reading

if you know me in real life, the title of this post will give you a chuckle.  if you know me, your guess would be a variety of magazines.  i used to be a reader as a kid.  i loved reading!  give me a babysitter’s club book and i’ll read it in a day.  but over the years i have lost my love for reading, which has in turn caused me to be out of practice which has made me a slower reader.  dang you, inconsistency!  you strike again!

but when i do read, i find i tend to read for specific purposes.  either i’m reading something i find interesting, like books on design, or i read more often to educate myself on something.  over the last several years, the little bit of reading i’ve done has been either bible-based, homeschool related, or about parenting.  and it you look at my current pile on my bedside table, you’d see that pretty much holds true.

we’re in an interesting phase with our kids right now.  out of the life-saving phase, but into more complex life stages.  and i’ll be honest, most days i haven’t got a clue what i’m doing!  i find myself throwing my hands up more often than i want to and i think digging into books can be really helpful.  now please know this pile of mine is mostly pretty new.  we had a rough few weeks where i was freaking out and ordering everything off amazon that i thought could help!  thank goodness for free shipping.

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so here’s my list:

growing up duggar – i’ve only seen the show a few times, but its certainly intriguing.  my sister-in-law recommended reading this to my girls.  it sounds like a sweet book with an interesting perspective from the older duggar daughters.

365 ideas for recruiting, retaining, motivating and rewarding your volunteers – as the supervisor for our school’s thrift store, volunteers are a necessity for keeping our costs down, but they always seem to be hard to get.  we’re hoping this book fills us with all sorts of great options for our non-profit.  i’ve also read a couple sales-based books for the store recently, too.

how to talk so kids will listen & how to listen so kids will talk – this one was definitely ordered in one of those “parenting emergency” situations.  somedays i feel like no one listens to me, and it freaks me out!

raising a trail blazer: rite-of-passage trail markers for your set-apart teens – a few moms of pre-teens and i are just starting into this book as our girls near the teen years.  we just heard the author and her husband speak at our church a few weeks ago and they were full of great insight, having raised 3 girls themselves.

6 ways to keep the little in your girl – i haven’t even cracked this one open, but it came highly recommended.

siblings without rivalry – same author as how to talk to kids, also ordered in haste, hoping it will help with some of the junky stuff here.

grace based parenting – i am probably most excited about this book than any of the others!

created for work – we really believe in the power of working hard and glorifying God through that, and we want to instill this in our kids.  i think this book is more specifically geared towards boys, which will be helpful since its our boy who has the strongest aversion to work!

the read-aloud handbook – i finished this book several months ago, but it has great references in it.

one thousand gifts – i am so bad about finishing books!  i have been slowly creeping through this wonderful book for a couple years (yikes!), so there it sits.

praying the scriptures for your children – another unfinished book, but so good!

the reason for God – not started yet, i think it migrated from sean’s table.

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the meaning of marriage – we just finished this book with 3 other couples and i can’t recommend it highly enough!  it spurred on great conversations.

not pictured, being that lent started yesterday, i am starting on my naptime diaries lent devotional.

do you have any great recommendations for me?