Low Sugar Treats ~ the Real Food Way — New eBook Giveaway!

Here’s something I’ve been working on for quite some time…

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It’s my newest recipe eBook, filled with 41 recipes that cut the sugar without cutting flavor and fun!!

You’ve seen many of these recipes here as I’ve been experimenting and enjoying the fact that ain’t no one need as much sugar as we see in most recipes. I’ve learned to cut sugar in everything from cake to cookies to ice cream. It’s super exciting that we can enjoy so many delicious treats and serve them to our families without feeling like we’re overloading them with oodles of sugar!

Finally all of these recipes (and a few more) have made it into an eBook to make our efforts even easier.

I’ve decided that the timing is perfect on this, seeing as now’s the time many of us are thinking about lunchboxes and after school snacks. So many of these treats are fantastic to offer our kids! They’ll get to enjoy a “dessert” and still be able to concentrate on school work!

Low Sugar Treats ~ the Real Food Way is in its final editing stage. We’ll be rolling it out next week, and hmmm…should we offer it at a discount? You’d probably like that, huh? Low sugar, low cost. Of course.

For today, we’re offering a sign up for a chance to win one of five free copies we’ll be giving away once the eBook is complete. Want to win a free book? Sign up here!

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Lilla Rose Giveaway Winner and New August Special

It’s fun to share that Sarah D. won the $50 gift certificate from Paula at Lilla Rose! She’s already on her way to receiving her prize. :)

Be sure to take note of the great new products at Lilla Rose, as well as the August specials. This month, if you spend at least $60 you’ll receive a free beautiful scarf!


Paula was awesome enough to set up this promotion as a party this time! That means anything you purchase through this link during the next couple of days earns me free product. I’m overwhelmed by the fun!

Lilla Rose $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

I’ve loved and worn Lilla Rose Flexi-Clips for years and years. But look at their newest products! (And stay tuned until the end of this post to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!)

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They just come out with are these amazingly fun leather and braided 8’s that you use with adorable hair sticks.

First you pick one (or four) 8’s. Here are some of them, but there are more where these came from…

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Then you pick sticks that you want to coordinate with them…

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With these jewels, you can experiment with these simple styles that take just a few minutes (after a little bit of practice)! As I’ve started using these fun 8’s and sticks, I’ve gotten lots of compliments on my hair. (Even from a man in his 70’s. How sweet of him to notice. He made my day!)

Here’s one of my first attempts. Not to bad for a first try!

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Can I tell you what I’m learning as I get older? While our biggest focus needs to be on Christ and living selflessly, caring for ourselves is so important! How are hair clips a part of this? Well, I really appreciate being able to fix my hair to look nice so that I feel pretty and ready to be productive for the day. I don’t want to spend much time on this, but I do love looking and feeling put together. The best thing about Lilla Rose products is that they help you put yourself together and look pretty with just a few minutes of effort. This is a win-win, and this is why I love their products so much!

Key information about Lilla Rose Products

In case you’ve been interested in these Flexi-Clips for years (as I gush about them) but have hesitated to go for it, here are some tips you may find helpful!

  1. To figure out what size of clip you should order for your hair, watch the sizing video on the Lilla Rose site. It’s incredibly helpful.
  2. If you order a clip and find that it doesn’t fit, Lilla Rose offers a 90-day sizing guarantee with FREE exchanges.
  3. While the prices for these products are very reasonable, you might still be hesitating to fork over the money. Want to know the truth about investing in these? I’ve been wearing the same clips almost daily for years and years. I’ve been pretty hard on them and the quality has not been compromised. How much money have I saved in the long run on rubber bands that stretch out and are unusable after just 2-3 wears? So much money.

Note: If you already have a different Lilla Rose Consultant, please stay loyal to her. :)

The monthly special for August is:

Get a free scarf with a $60 purchase. How beautiful!


Start shopping here. (Paula set this link up as a Heavenly Homemakers party this time!) Be sure to let Paula know if you have any questions!

Now for the Giveaway!

July $50 giveaway

My dear Lilla Rose Consultant, Paula, is giving one of you a $50 gift certificate to pick out your favorite products for free! Enter this giveaway in the Rafflecopter here. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, August 3.

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Favorite Summer Things Giveaway – 2016

It’s fun to gather up many of my favorite things and put them all together into one big giveaway. That’s why I’m joining this fun group of bloggers again this year. Enter my giveaway – enter them all! You could win some pretty incredible packages and get to know some great bloggers too. Here’s what the giveaways all look like this year:

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Sweet huh?

If you’re new here, welcome!

If you’ve been hanging out here for a while now, I’m glad you’re here too. :) :) Everyone is invited to join us for these fun features:

You’ll get fun freebies with each of those, plus I’ll keep sending encouragement, deals, and freebies your way.

Here’s what I’m giving away this year to kick off the summer

Take note: Each of these companies were kind enough to sponsor this giveaway!

  • A “Night Owl” Flexi-Clip from Lilla Rose, valued at $14.00, to keep your hair pulled up off your neck
  • A Half-Tee Tank from Deborah and Co., valued at $17.99, perfect to wear under sun dresses in the summertime
  • 1/2 pound of Vanilla Beans from Olive Nation, valued at $39.95, so you can get a batch of Homemade Vanilla started for Christmas gifts
  • Bug Block Stick and BeeSilk Stick from MadeOn, valued at $16.40, to keep the bugs away and your skin soft
  • Herbal Salve from Apothacary Kids, valued at $11.95, for bumps and scrapes since we’re all outside more during the summer
  • A Quart of Coconut Oil and a Gallon of Palm Shortening from Tropical Traditions, valued at $64.49, perfect for cooking –  plus rub on some coconut oil if you get a sunburn

Total value? Almost $165!!

My giveaway

My Favorite Things Summer Giveaway

Enter here!

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Check out the other bloggers’ giveaways!

1. Thriving Home // 2. Tried and Tasty // 3. Intoxicated on Life // 4. Nourishing Joy // 5. Happy Home Fairy // 6. The Nourishing Home // 7. Heavenly Homemakers // 8. Keeper of the Home // 9. Living the Nourished Life // 10. The Realistic Mama // 11. Chaos2Peace // 12. Martha Martha // 13. Young Wife’s Guide

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Thriving Home is a food and lifestyle blog where Polly and Rachel strive to encourage moms to thrive in every area of home life. They try to keep it real when it comes to sharing about healthy recipes, raising little people, growing in their faith, freezer cooking and various other topics that motherhood and life may bring their way.


Jennifer and her family live in the South. She and her husband, Fred, have three boys ages 12, 9, and 6, and one unruly dog named Dash. Chaos2Peace is a blog designed to bring peace in the midst chaos by providing organizational tips, menu planning, simple recipes, and a whole lot of laughter. Join us on the blog today as we do life together, one step at a time.

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Julie Brasington is the wife of a South Florida Worship Pastor, mom of 2 busy boys, preschool teacher, and lover of {{dark}} chocolate chips. She is also the creator and author of Happy Home Fairy, a popular blog focusing on encouraging and equipping moms to choose joy on the parenting journey. She shares easy craft ideas, FREE printables, simple recipes, corny jokes, holiday fun, thoughts on raising kids, and honest, heartfelt messages to uplift the weary mama.

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Laura Coppinger and her husband have four sons ages 11-18. HeavenlyHomemakers.com is dedicated to inspiring women daily with healthy (and easy!) recipes, homemaking tips, spiritual encouragement, and good ol’ clean fun.

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The Nourishing Home provides family-friendly gluten-free recipes, free weekly whole food meal plans, helpful cooking tips & techniques, and lots of encouragement to help you in your journey to live a more nourished life.


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Tried and Tasty is a recipe website where fun, conversational writing is paired with top notch food photography. Join Yvonne as she warmly welcomes you into her kitchen and shows you how to wow your tastebuds!

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The Nourished Life is all about approaching health and wellness from a place of balance. Getting healthy should not be another source of stress in your life! We tackle everything from metabolism to body image to emotional wellness to DIY beauty. If you’re ready to break up with stress and body hate, and embrace a healthier approach to, well, being healthy, then our community might be the perfect fit for you.

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The Realistic Mama is a go-to parenting blog that covers a little of everything but always focusing on spending more quality time with your kids. You’ll find parenting encouragement and kids activities but you’ll also find things like easy recipes and even entrepreneurial tips because through these you will then have more time for your family.

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Keeper of the Home is a resource for women and families who are striving to be healthy – body, mind, and soul. It covers a wide range of topics from healthy recipes, cleaning practices and self-care. Keeper of the Home is a community of women in all seasons of life. Our inspiration begins with our faith. Stewardship inspires the way that we approach our homemaking. In fact, it’s the foundation of what you’ll find when you pull up a chair, grab a mug of something delicious, and come share this journey with us

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Nourishing Joy is dedicated to real food and natural living. We’re on a mission to equip and inspire parents like you with the tools to make intentional, thoughtful decisions that work for YOUR family easy. Or at least easier.

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Martha, Martha is for busy women looking to live a more productive and peaceful life based on faith in Jesus. Household tips, life strategies, easy recipes and devotions come together as we focus on Jesus’ words to Martha “only one thing is needed.”

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Jami Balmet has a heart for encouraging women in their roles as homemakers and that what we do every single day matters. She blogs about this passion at Young Wife’s Guide with practical tools, tips, and inspiration for Biblical Homemaking and Christian Living. Come join our community for encouragement and to chat with like-minded women in all seasons and stages of life.

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Intoxicated on Life is a site dedicated to bringing readers quality resources on raising strong families – body, mind, and soul!


These giveaways are open through Monday, May 30 at 12:00am CST. Watch for an email letting you know who the winner is! The winner will have one week to reply to the email and receive her prizes. Some of these links are my affiliate links. 

Have fun! Hope you win!

Stainless Steel Garlic Sauce Maker Review and Giveaway

Remember when you had a chance to win a Stainless Steel Strainer, and received a big discount to go with it? Today the same folks are offering an amazing deal on their cool Stainless Steel Garlic Sauce Maker. Check this baby out:

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You can’t beat fresh garlic, right? This little gadget makes prepping garlic super easy. Our favorite recipe that calls for garlic is my Homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe. We tested the Garlic Sauce Maker on this recipe and it worked wonderfully!

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Here’s a little tip for you too: As much as we love how garlic makes the Alfredo Sauce taste amazing over pasta, we almost like this sauce better drizzled over steamed veggies. Oh my goodness. So good.

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As much as we loved how easy this Garlic Sauce Maker is to use, we loved even more that it was easy to clean. (And I’m not just saying that because Matt did the garlic prep and clean up while I did other work for this meal.) ;)

Not only is it great for garlic, you can use this for ginger, carrot, onion, turnips, and other root vegetables. You can even use it to make baby food if you have a little one!

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I think it’s safe to say most of us love fresh garlic! Our family is thrilled with this Garlic Sauce Maker and it doesn’t even take up much room in the drawer. It’s a keeper.

Five of you will win one of these tools in this giveaway. OR skip the giveaway and head straight over to get yours for 50%! Use the discount code CDVWHABL through December 31, 2016.

In an effort to make giveaways a little bit easier for me and find better ways to connect with you (I’ll hang on to your email address but I won’t spam you!), I’m going to try Rafflecopter for entries this time. Just enter your email to be entered in the giveaway! I’ll send an email out to all entries on Wednesday, May 11 to tell you who the 5 winners are! (Newsletter subscribers need to click over to this post to enter!)

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I was given a free Garlic Sauce Maker and paid an advertising fee in exchange for sharing this with you. This helps support my work here plus offers you great homemaking tools.

Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer – 60% off Plus a Giveaway

I remember when I was first switching out non-healthy with healthy back when I was learning about everything from real butter to Teflon to raw milk to stainless steel. A little overwhelming? Only since I needed to throw pretty much everything out of my kitchen and start over. No big deal.

I was just at the point of getting stainless steel pots and pans when my friend said, “Now you need to get rid of all those plastic utensils that leach chemicals into your food while you cook.” I thought I would cry. Was there no end to all I needed to replace?

I wish I would have relaxed a little (lot) more then. Switching to healthier cookware and real food was and is super important, but not worth freaking out over. Slowly but surely it’s all been replaced. It didn’t need to change overnight.

Now stainless steel has become a favorite in my kitchen. If it is stainless steel, I love it and know it is safe!

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I recently had the privilege of reviewing this ECALOO Stainless Steel Super Fine Mesh Strainer.

It is made well and super helpful for straining small pieces of food out of liquid. I am especially excited to have this on hand for the times I have once again created lumpy gravy! This will save Thanksgiving, no doubt.

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What a great way to strain bacon bits out of grease or small bones out of broth. I’ve only had this in my kitchen for a couple of weeks, but I can tell it is going to be a utensil I reach for over and over!

So two things. First, you can get 60% off this great little tool when you use the code KDAYWV4U through September 15, 2016.

Second, 5 of you have the chance to win one of these ECALOO Stainless Steel Super Fine Mesh Strainers! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I’ll draw 5 random winners on Wednesday, April 6.

Do you love stainless steel?

Mockmill Grain Mill Kitchen-Aid Attachment Giveaway!

Who has a Kitchen Aid?

How nice are they?! I hear nothing but good about Kitchen Aids and guess who doesn’t have one? This girl.

No matter. I’ve gotten along just fine without one all these years and have plenty of other great kitchen appliances that make my life easier. But several months ago, Pleasant Hill Grain contacted me asking if I’d be interested in reviewing their Mockmill Grain Mill Attachment for a Kitchen Aid. I jumped on the idea knowing that many of you have Kitchen Aids and would want to know more about the grain mill attachment.

Enter: My friend Emily. She has a Kitchen Aid.

I gave her my Mockmill Grain Mill attachment in exchange for her experimentation and feedback on the product. How fun to bless a friend with a new toy and to bless you here to with a chance to win one!

Emily was very thorough in her experimentation. She tried both hard and soft wheat. She tested it against my flour that I grind with a Nutrimill. She did blind tests with her husband who didn’t know which flour was which. It was fun to read about her results!

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It sounds like overall, Emily liked the Mockmill.

There was a slight difference in the results of grain ground in a Nutrimill and grain ground in a Mockmill. The Mockmill grain was slightly more course – though barely noticeable – especially once stirred into a baked good. She noted that if you’re wanting to switch your family from white flour to whole wheat, you’d probably want to transition them slowly since going straight to whole wheat flour ground in a Mockmill is a pretty drastic change compared to white flour.

Emily read the instructions thoroughly before setting up the Mockmill so that she could use it correctly. She also was careful to clean it correctly – because there are right ways and wrong ways to do this and you never want to get water inside the body. As with anything, there is a learning curve to getting the Mockmill figured out, but it sounds like once you’ve read through the instructions and get used to setting this up and taking it apart, you can do it pretty easily.

Can’t eat wheat? No problem! The Mockmill also grinds non-oily grains, medium-sized beans, corn, and non-oily spices.

And now the fun part!

Pleasant Hill Grain is giving one of you a Mockmill Grain Mill!

If you have a Kitchen Aid and would like to win a free Mockmill Grain Mill, leave a comment here for a chance to win. Want additional chances?

  1. You must leave a comment on this blog post to be entered in the giveaway.
  2. Like Pleasant Hill Grain on Facebook and leave another comment on this post letting us know you did.
  3. Subscribe to our new Homemaker’s Savings Club and leave another comment on this post letting us know you did.

I’ll draw one random winner on Wednesday, March 30. Be sure to check out the Mockmill at Pleasant Hill Grain!

The Great Way We’re Drying our Clothes Now

Did I ever tell you about the time I went for about a year and a half without a working dryer? Our boys were little, money was tight, and our dryer went out. Replacing it seemed like a bad idea at the time since buying groceries was also necessary. A dryer? Neh. I could do without.

And so I did. For over a year. In the spring, summer, and fall I used a clothesline. In the winter though? Oh boy. I had a tiny wooden clothes rack that my mom had used in college. That held a few things, but otherwise I hung or draped clothes and towels and little boy socks all over the house on any surface I could find. It worked. We survived. In the big scheme of things, it wasn’t a terrible hardship.

Eventually we bought a used dryer that is still working for us. (We always buy used appliances, by the way. We’ve learned that people are often trading in their “old” model for whatever is the latest and greatest. “Used” doesn’t always mean “dead.” Usually it just means “costs less.” We’re all over it.) We do at least two loads of laundry each day, so I’m very thankful for a working dryer now!

But for all the clothes we prefer not to put into the dryer, I’m excited to now have the Homestead Drying Rack that Homestead Store sent us a few weeks ago to review. This guy puts my tiny little drying rack to shame. Check it out:

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What I like most about this rack is how the rods are so efficiently spaced away from one another. It makes for much easier draping and drying, offering many places to hang our clothing. It’s big, but it grows up instead of out so it doesn’t take up any more space on the floor than my smaller one did. (They also carry an even bigger one, the Homesteader Drying Rack, which looks marvelous!)

Now that the boys are older, they have quite a few items of clothing they prefer not go into the dryer. We’re going to be getting years of use out of this gem, I can tell!

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Can’t put the nice basketball uniforms in the dryer, of course! 

Homestead Store offers several different sizes of drying racks, and originally I selected the small Tabletop Drying Rack thinking of saving space. I’m so thankful they came back with the suggestion that I try their bigger and most popular Pioneer Drying Rack instead! That is the way to go for a family as big as mine. We put it in our school room (hence the U.S. map on the wall), which works well for us now that the boys are older and only use the school room as a hub for all our books and software (and guitars and video equipment and microphones and…).

One thing to note: Putting this drying rack together was a two-man job. Matt and Elias (our 14-year old) worked together on this project that took just a little longer than we anticipated. It was worth it though. The rack is super sturdy. I have no doubt it will stand up to years of use.

A Homestead Drying Rack Discount!

Homestead Store is offering us all a 10% discount on all drying racks! Use the code homemaker10 for the discount. This offer is good through March 31, 2016. Be sure to check out their Facebook Page while you’re at it. They share some really fun info there!

Special thanks to Homestead Store for being a site sponsor this month and for providing our family with this wonderful drying rack

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Lilla Rose!!

Time to get excited because TWO WINNERS of this giveaway will each receive a $50 gift certificate to Lilla Rose! (International readers too!)

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What would I do if I had $50 to spend at Lilla Rose? I’d probably pick 2-3 new Flexi-Clips because they are my very favorite way to wear a (painless!) ponytail. I’ve been wearing Flexis almost daily for years now. I have a nice selection to choose from now, and I always get compliments on them because they are so pretty. How nice to get compliments when I spent a total of 8 seconds fixing my hair for the day! (For more info on what a Flexi is and why you’d want one, read Paula’s blog post here.)

With any leftover from my $50, I might pick another set of Bobbies because those are my second favorite way to easily add something fun and pretty to my hair in just a short amount of time.

Not sure what size Flexi-Clip you’d need? Paula, from Lilla Rose, created this awesome Flexi-Sizing Chart for us:

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I also recommend watching this helpful sizing video. And if all else fails, you can fall back on the 90-day sizing guarantee for free exchanges.

I can’t say enough great words about Lilla Rose Flexi-Clips. No more wasting money on cheap pony-tail holders that get stretched out after two wears. Flexi-Clips last forever, are easy to use, don’t pull your hair, and they’re pretty!

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of two $50 Gift Certificates to Lilla Rose, compliments of Paula.

Want more chances to win?

Paula is also offering all of us a shipping rebate special:

Special offer for Heavenly Homemakers’ readers only!  Receive a standard shipping rebate on your order of $25 or more!* 

*Place an order of $25 or more through Paula’s website (be sure the checkout page says you are a guest of Paula Ramm or Coastal Conservatory), then email her to receive a rebate of your standard shipping cost, payable through Paypal! Say that Heavenly Homemakers sent you! Offer expires March 4,  2016. Valid for both new and Paula’s returning customers in the U.S. and international, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she will appreciate it! Thank you!

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a gift certificate. I’ll draw two random winners Tuesday, March 1. 

Character Badges: Something You Might Want to Check Into for Your Family in the New Year (With a Giveaway!)

Right now Christmas is on our minds. If you’re like me, a few days after all the Christmas fun calms down, I’ll start thinking about fresh beginnings and settling into a new year.

Cleaning and organizing always rank high on my list during the new year craze. But I also start thinking more about what my kids need. After all, they’ve just experienced presents, extra sugar, and lack of routine during Christmas break. Usually after Christmas I need to crack down and be a little more intentional in our conversations. I need to be more consistent in following through with consequences for disobedience.

Here’s something I highly recommend you looking into to get started with your kids when 2016 rolls around:

Character Badges

From their website:

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I had the opportunity this week to look over the complete package of Character Badges. It has everything a parent needs to set up a consistent, intentional training system for their kids. It encourages good behavior (based on Biblical principles) and discourages disobedience and poor attitudes.

Based on my (18 years!!?!) parenting experience while looking over the kit, I would highly recommend this for ages 12 and under. Our youngest is almost 11 (though I might be in denial about this). The Character Badges package would have benefited our family a ton just a few years ago when my boys were all small. This perfectly fits our family’s intention to not only raise kids to “be good” but to have kind hearts and obedient spirits. What a great item for families who seek to train their kids well!

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Some highlights I’d like to point out about Character Badges:

  • This system is simple, yet thorough.
  • It will take some time for the parent to read through the details of this system. I recommend taking the time. The instruction manual will help set you up for success. Once you’ve gotten used to the system, executing it will be easy.
  • You can custom fit this system to meet your individual family’s needs. For that matter, you can tailor fit it to each individual child.
  • The quality of these materials is top notch. Everything is well made and will hold up well.
  • Each character building goal has a Bible example to go with it. That’s my favorite part!

Character Badges is giving away a Character Badges Complete Set (worth $47.99) to one of you who leaves a comment on this post!

I’ll draw one random winner on Monday, December 21. Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

Character Badges is also offering us all a 10% discount on any order!

Use the code HH10 to receive the discount. This offer is good through December 31, 2015.

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this giveaway!