Marriage is a Gift

Marriage is a gift

This is our anniversary month so my heart is always a little more aware of things in October.  I remember why we picked it.  October marks the start of an abundant fall–the winding down of a beautiful summer season– and  a renewed focus on God as one anticipates the bounteous blessings He rolls out in the coming months.

I often wonder if my husband and I adequately express gratitude for the amazing gift that we share.  With our comings and goings, and our full and busy lives, I’m quite certain there have been many days that I’ve lived below the standard of a Godly marriage.   And though I consider marriage to be my most treasured gift I possess, I often neglect to show God how much our union means to me.

I love the thought that we offer up a gift to God in gratitude by creating a quality marriage.   Surely the way we live and love in our marriage, is a direct reflection of the way we live and love God.

“Marriage is a gift from God to us.  The quality of our marriage is a gift from us to Him.” (L. Whitney Clayton)


I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. Our blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and we joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Us, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? Here we go!

We wanted to take part.

Because we believe in this message so passionately.

You see, our oldest daughters are 14.  And that’s an interesting age, isn’t it?  Stuck in the middle of childhood and womanhood, sandwiched between extrinsic expectations and what really counts.

And it just wasn’t so long ago that we felt the same way.

And sometimes still feel the same way from time to time.  There are some things we never outgrow.  Those feelings of being insecure, or not enough.

 We’re doing it for our daughters.  Because we want more than anything to know they are beautiful without all the fuss.

We’re doing it for others.  Because we believe their is strength in numbers.  That women need women.

And we’re doing it for us.  Because sometimes we grow the most when we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations.  And because, despite our vulnerability, God has a purpose with this message and we’re pretty passionate that it gets out there.

This is us.  GINNY & KATIE. With Makeup.  All dolled up.

Katie and Ginny | The Vintage Mother

And this is us.  Naked (without makeup), vulnerable, and happy.  Because #iambraveandbeautiful.  #WEarebraveandbeautiful  and we believe in this message.

#iambraveandbeautiful | The Vintage Mother

Please join with us and a hundred+ others in celebrating TRUE BEAUTY.

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

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21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

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39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

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59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen Bee and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kids Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

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Back to School Dinner {2014-2015} LOOK & LIVE

LOOK&LIVECOLLAGEtvmI admit by this time in the summer I’m entirely exhausted from the excessive amount of technology use in our home, sibling quarrels, and hours of boredom we’ve endured despite activities that were planned to avoid all of those things.  We usually pack our summer with a huge vacation to avoid the summer heat here in Arizona.  But by this time, we’re back, and ready to get into a schedule and focus our lives beyond beating boredom.

Each year I try and put together a special dinner in preparation for the coming school year. I usually include something I’ve been thinking about or learning on my own.  Then I find ways I can teach and inspire my kids.  I have thought a lot about the phrase “LOOK & LIVE” lately.  It may have been THIS VIDEO which has left an indescribable affect on me that started the whole thing. I’m sure you’ve seen it.  And it may have been some very special feelings I felt while reading some verses in MY FAVORITE BOOK.

From Alma, Chapter 37 (paraphrasing)

“By small and simple things, are great things brought to pass; and small means instances doth confound the wise…they are preserved for a wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight and His course is one eternal round…”

Teach them an everlasting hatred against sin and iniquity. Preach unto them repentance, and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ. Teach them to humble themselves and to be meek and lowly in heart…Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in hear; for such shall find rest to their souls.

O remember, my son, and learn wisdom.  Learn wisdom in thy youth; yea learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God. Yea and cry unto God for all thy support, yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and withsoever thou goest, let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed on the Lord forever.

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night, lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning, let thy heart be full of thanks unto God…

O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so it was prepared for {our fathers} that if they might LOOK, they might LIVE.  And now my son, see that ye LOOK TO GOD AND LIVE. 

A similar phrase can be found HERE in the Holy Bible, which is also a FAVORITE BOOK, and sits side by side with my other FAVORITE BOOK previously mentioned. 🙂

I admit that I felt a greater sense of purpose as a parent as I read these words.  How badly do I want my kids’ faith in God to be at the forefront of all they experience this coming school year? I’m not just talking passing tests and getting good grades…I’m talking their day to day experiences of life, with friends and with situations.  How badly do I want them to seek God daily?  How badly do I want them not to be slothful, but purposeful in gaining knowledge and become good contributors to society and the world as a whole?  Pretty bad.  Bad enough to teach them what I felt when I read these verses.

So earlier tonight, we had a little dinner.  I used this time to teach them to aim high.  To go out into the world with the knowledge that if they LOOKED TO GOD, they would LIVE LIVES of happiness and peace. I had a lot of fun but most importantly, I know the kids listened when I shared from my heart.  I just hope they remember throughout the school year.

LOOK&LIVE7tvmI set the table just so.  Used my nice china, which always spells ‘special occasion’ at our home. The kids were so excited!


LOOK&LIVE1tvmI used a little already-made chalkboard banner I found at Target. It was so easy! LOOK&LIVE4tvmI compiled some cute little note/scrapbooks for them.  I found the white ones in the dollar section at Target, and the printable I’ve included below.  The wooden pencils, leather, and feathers I found at Hobby Lobby for cheap!


LOOK&LIVE5tvmI’m not quite sure how I got lucky to find this globe with the arrow through it at Home Goods just two days before, but I did and it was meant to be, and made the whole set up amazing.  If you ever need to borrow it, let me know.  My stuff is your stuff.

LOOK&LIVE6tvmThese  fake apples were also found at Home Goods but you could easily use real ones. The book set was found at Designer Blvd here in Arizona, and the feathers from Hobby Lobby.



LOOK&LIVE9tvmAnd as one last little favor, I gave them each a little glass bottle with cork to remind them to aim high–LOOK and LIVE. All of which I found at Hobby Lobby in the bead section.

LOOK&LIVEFREEPRINTABLEYou can print out your own LOOK AND LIVE printables by pressing HERE.

Two last quotes that I love and had to share:

“Do the very best you can. Maybe you are not an A student. Maybe you are not a B student. Maybe you are not a genius; most of us are not. In fact the vast majority of us are not. … I have concluded that the work of the world is done by ordinary people who learned to work in an extraordinary way.” {Gordon B. Hinckley}

“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others….” {Gordon B. Hinckley}

I’m looking forward with excitement for the coming school year knowing my kids have a better idea of our expectations and all the amazing opportunities that will come to them if they will just LOOK & LIVE.


PURPOSE {2014}

I love the concept of “ONE LITTLE WORD” or “OLW” that I think originated HERE as far as I can tell.  Even more so, I love the concept of picking some sort of theme that can be a guide for the year–whether it be a word, a quote, or just a list of hopes for the year that lies before us.

I always try to listen extra hard during the Christmas season and especially during the week following Christmas as we’re winding down and anticipating good things for the coming year.  I like to see what God might be whispering to my heart, telling me to change, or where to put my focus.  And it always amazes me how He sends little subtle messages that help me know how to direct my best efforts.

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My word for 2014 is: PURPOSE

pur·pose n.

1. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal.
2. A result or effect that is intended or desired; an intention.
3. Determination; resolution.
4. The matter at hand; the point at issue.
5. To intend or resolve to perform or accomplish.

Idioms: Intentionally; deliberately. with good results.

Our main goal of The Vintage Mother is to post things that are meaningful and purposeful. It’s every intention of ours to motivate and inspire you to become more focused in your personal efforts.  Even if that means a few weeks here and there in between posts so that we can post something worthwhile, then we’re good with that.

My own personal goal for 2014 is to be purposeful in everything I do as a wife, mother, business owner, and friend.  I find how easy it is to get bogged down with tasks and things that don’t mean anything.  That leaves me feeling empty and entirely unsatisfied with the life I’m living.  I don’t like that.

I want to be meaningful in my interactions with others.  I want to make each interaction count.  I want people to know they have meaning in my life, and I want to be purposeful by showing love and serving them.

I want to be deliberate in my mothering.  Making sure I am communicating knowledge to my children and helping direct their inner compasses.  I want to be purposeful in teaching them and strengthening their souls.

I want to be organized. I want my personal and family systems to be deliberate and focused.  I don’t want to spend unnecessary time looking for things.

And I want to be able to look at everything in my home and know it’s purpose.  And if it doesn’t have a purpose, I want to free myself of it.  And be perfectly fine with not having anything ”meaningless” to replace it with.

These are just a few ways I want to live my 2014.

A few days ago, I was in a dear friend’s home and read this quote in her kitchen (the heart of her home)  I was grateful for the subtle message from God as I read this quote.  It made such terribly simple sense to me.  And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

Purpose of Life QUOTE

As so many of us look for meaning in the 365 days that make up each year, I think we’d do ourselves a favor if we considered the purpose to everything we do.  What a gift that would be for ourselves and our families.

Many best wishes in 2014 from us here at The Vintage Mother.  May the coming year be filled with meaningful, purposeful interactions and experiences.

You Stay at Home?


So, I was going to post a pretty awesome Sweet Cinnamon Roll Recipe this week, But to be honest, I’ve been a little preoccupied.  It’s Fall Break for my kids and well, it’s been busy, We’ve been adventuring at least once or twice a day, heading to the park or an activity that I hope they’ll remember.  And we’ve been staying up on other things like practicing piano, and reading for school, and tidying our home so it’s peaceful here.

It’s been work.  And I’m not going to tell you I’ve loved every second of it, but I am going to tell you that I love being a mother.  It’s a choice I’ve made, and it’s more important to me than anything in the world.  Yes, I have a business.  Yes, my life is filled with many things, but I am choosing to focus my greatest effort, my greatest work, on the raising of my children.

I read an article that really touched me this morning.  I’ve read several of these kinds of articles in the last year or so.  I’ve pinned them on Pinterest and made sure I’m cataloging them in my hat of tricks for when I have to defend myself or explain to someone why I chose to have FIVE children.  (Yes, FIVE!) and if it’s really possible to be successful running a business, serving in my church, and being a good mother all at the same time.

I try. And most days I do alright.  And most days, I’m happy that I chose to stay at home with my children.  There are days I wish I DIDN’T have a business or DIDN’T have outside experiences that take me away from my sweet husband and children. But I will go to my grave saying that the greatest work I’ve ever done, is raising, nurturing, teaching, loving, building and blessing my children.

Here’s the article for you to read.  I hope you LOVE it as I did. (Press the link)

“You’re a Stay-At-Home Mom?  What do you DO all day?” 

What resonated with me?  Love that he said this…

“This conversation shouldn’t be necessary. I shouldn’t need to explain why it’s insane for anyone — particularly other women — to have such contempt and hostility for “stay at home” mothers. Are we really so shallow? Are we really so confused? Are we really the first culture in the history of mankind to fail to grasp the glory and seriousness of motherhood? The pagans deified Maternity and turned it into a goddess. We’ve gone the other direction; we treat it like a disease or an obstacle.

The people who completely immerse themselves in the tiring, thankless, profoundly important job of raising children ought to be put on a pedestal. We ought to revere them and admire them like we admire rocket scientists and war heroes. These women are doing something beautiful and complicated and challenging and terrifying and painful and joyous and essential. Whatever they are doing, they ARE doing something, and our civilization DEPENDS on them doing it well. Who else can say such a thing? What other job carries with it such consequences?”

The whole article is fantastic. I love it and had to share it.  I believe in mothers!  And I believe our society will crumble the minute we adopt the idea that being JUST a mother has no eternal value.

PILLOW TALK {Tips for Teens}

Tips for Teens {Pillow Talk}

Well, I’ve officially been a mother to a teenager for 2 months and 1 day.  We’ve entered the world of late overs, texting, and innocent crushes. I have to say, I’m loving it.  Not every part, but as a whole, I’m really loving how my time as a parent is starting to transition.  Oh sure, I’m still in the baby/toddler mode for a while, but I’ll be honest; my heart’s turning towards the needs and demands of my older children. And I am okay with that.

But with those demands come some harsh realities.  Oh you know those ones. The kind that make you vomit when you think too hard about an awkward experience you had in Jr. High.  It’s just a weird stage of life.  It’s hormones, and emotions, and physical stuff partying in these kids until they’re ready to burst.  Do you remember?

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So tonight I wrote a little note.  It was quite simple.  And I put it in a pillow my sis and I had picked up.  I stuck it on my daughter’s bed when she was least expecting it and waited.  I’d told her I loved her, to share her light, to hang in there, to be happy.  And I reaffirmed to her that these little problems she’s experiencing will just be little blips on her road of life.

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She came and hugged me.  We said a few words.  We connected.  And I felt like this little gesture had just meant the world to my daughter.  How often do we underestimate words of comfort?  And how often do we miss the seemingly all too common opportunities to express love?  Our teenagers need love and attention, and heartfelt connections from us more than we think.  And I think they want us to connect at levels that will comfort their minds, ease their worries, and soften their hearts.  That’s my “Tip for Teens.”

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And I must say, this was my most favorite “Pillow Talk” I’ve ever had.

SIDE NOTE:  I bought this pillow from The Queen Bee Market at SNAP! in Utah in April.  There was a vendor there selling these fantastic pillows.  My sister and I saw them and decided they’d come in super handy.  I can’t see that the woman has a website, but she does have a Facebook page if you are interested in ordering a pillow.  Check out: Posh Compendium here

SAVOR THE FLAVORS {dating & waiting}

I love that the youth of our church are encouraged to wait until they’re 16 to date. It seems like it’s an appropriate time when most teenagers have developed a little bit of maturity, and they’ve had enough experience in regular social situations to know how to treat and respect the opposite sex.

Because of this, our church family hosts a night called Dynamic Dating for the 15-year-olds who’ll be turning 16 that year. It’s a time to bring the youth together for a practice run of sorts. And let’s be honest. There can be some majorly awkward moments when you’re first starting to date! They sit boy girl at dinner, and are taught etiquette and table manners and other skills that will help them.

Each year, they ask a couple to come help teach a principle that would be meaningful towards the end of the evening.  My husband Bill and I jumped at the opportunity to do so.  We wanted to teach the idea that dating was the chance to get to know what you really wanted in a potential spouse some day.

Our class title was SAVOR THE FLAVORS.  We talked about the excitement that comes from dating all sorts of people {flavors} and waiting to settle down with just one flavor until an appropriate time. {pre-marriage}.

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We talked about that there’s a flavor out there for everyone, and that you’ll never know exactly what you love without having had the chance to try several flavors in the past.

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We had the table all set-up. complete with fake ice cream  in cones.  Find the recipe for that here.  LOVED it.

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We made a Dating Notebook for each of them, to make an effort to record experiences, even put pictures so they can keep a record of the kids they date. Speed Flirting |

The kids then spent time afterwards SPEED FLIRTING.  They just get to know each other for a minute or so, and then are asked to rotate spots for the next minute, enabling the opportunity to talk to someone else.  It’s very fun to watch.  That room was filled with hormones, but the good kind! 😉

I thought this idea was fun to share, and the principle taught can easily be used to adapt as a lesson for your own youth.  How fun would a quick trip to Baskin Robbins be combined with a little parental instruction be?  Pretty awesome.

BACK TO SCHOOL Dinner Tradition

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We grew up with a Mom who celebrated fresh starts.  And it seems like the start of the new school year is the perfect opportunity to celebrate.  I’ve loved doing this tradition with my little family and wanted to share it with you.

I try and pick a little theme for the year.  This year it was:  YOUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT. Why I picked this?  Well, I suppose I try and listen to my heart and get a sense of what might be the most meaningful to penetrate the little hearts and minds of my children at the time.  I’m all about bringing more meaning into what we do within our family. Why not take the opportunity at this occasion to do the same?

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I recently read an article from a woman I admire.  She’s talking specifically to young women in our faith, but I just loved so many of her points and felt like she hit things right on the head.  I felt like I could apply what she said when I talked with my children about the upcoming school year.  Just to paraphrase a few thoughts:

“With so much going wrong in the world with oftentimes unfavorable circumstances, it may cause you to wonder, what does the future hold for me?  I want to assure you that your future is bright!

God gave you moral agency and the opportunity to learn while on earth, and He has a work for you to do.  To accomplish this work, you have an individual responsibility to seek learning.  You can be a bright ray of hope!

The pattern of study you establish during your formal schooling will in large measure affect your lifelong thirst for knowledge.  You must get all the education you possibly can…Train your minds and hands to become an influence for good as you go forward with your lives.”

And a note on technology:

”With technology you are witnessing an explosion of knowledge.  You are constantly bombarded by sound, video, and networking.  Be selective and don’t allow this surge of information to distract you or slow your progress.  Arise!  YOU determine your goals. YOU decide what enters your mind and heart.” 

I also focused on the sunflowers, and how they seek light as they grow.  (Such an amazing little fact about one of God’s creations)  The kids loved this part and loved hearing me talk about how they turn towards the east and naturally rotate to follow the sun throughout the day.

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The table was set.

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Here’s a list of resources I used:

  • Black and White Striped Fabric: Ikea
  • Fake potted grass: Ikea
  • Black and White Striped Ribbon: Michaels
  • Green Doilies for Gift Bags: Michaels
  • Butterflies: Michaels
  • Chalkboard Tags: Hobby Lobby
  • Composition Books: Wal-Mart

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I usually bombard my children with all sorts of school supplies this time of year and new backpacks to boot.  We love it, but honestly, we don’t need it.  I loved focusing simply this year.  I gave them a composition book, an apple, and you might be asking, like my kids did, ”What’s in the bag?”

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I gave them a little incentive for good grades…something they’re always asking me about.

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I introduced GOOD GRADE DAY with this little poem and a little hint of how we’re going to reward the kids at the end of the semester.  Who wouldn’t want to try for some of these?  Plus, they’re FREE.

Work really hard, put your work to the test!

Seek, study, learn, and do your very best! 

We are planning a day with lots of FREE fun,

You won’t want to miss it once your job is done.

“A” grades are AWESOME, they are the best!

“B” grades are BETTER than “C’s” on a test. 

“D” grades and ”F” grades we won’t even relate,

Because those grades surely determine your fate.

 You are in charge and your future is bright,

Don’t let distractions block your sight. 

 You can do a great job; you can earn your degree,

You’re a bright ray of hope that the world will see.





Bring in a report card which has good grades on it and receive a FREE scoop of ice cream.


Score a FREE game for each A on the report card at both Brunswick Zone and Zone XL locations.


Get a FREE Personal Pan Pizza with good grades.


Get a FREE donut with every “A”. (Up to 6 per child)


 FREE scoop of ice cream for students with good grades. Only A’s and B’s.

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I hope my kids remember these moments.  I hope they catch a sense that they are the rising generation.  That they have it within them to make a difference and be a light in this world.  And I hope they remember that the value of education is honored and celebrated within our home.

FREE Printable Chore Chart

One thing I love about this time of year is the opportunity it allows for our family to get into a routine.  In the summer, we’re usually relaxed with the day-to-day tasks we encourage during the school year.  But by the beginning of the new school year, everyone’s ready for some family structure and a system that works.

We have tried many chore charts, and I really think there are some fantastic resoures out there.  We’ve tried pictures, treats, incentives, stickers…all in the name of helping my children to take responsibility for their little lives, become independent, and earn privileges. Some have worked. Others haven’t.

This system in particular though has become a favorite.  I think it’s because it’s simple and focused and easy for everyone.  Plus it’s tried-and-true.  We did this last year in our home and I have to say, for the most part, it really worked for us.


It’s just a simple piece of paper, laminated, then with magnetic strips on the back. The only other thing you need is a dry erase marker.


It’s customizable to a degree, as you can pen in your own child’s name and the responsibilities you want him or her to do during the school week.  (We have different charts for Saturday chores, and our family rests on Sunday.)

Each child is responsible for his or her own chart.  Then the child is asked to “star” those tasks he or she has completed with a dry erase marker. Simple.


We hope you’ll download this template when you get the chance so you can see if it works for you.  And as always, we’d love tfor you to pin this and get the word out.  Also, tell us what you think!


UPDATE: I think the above link actually works now.  Please leave a comment if not and I will get it sent to you. THANK YOU!


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I love this word.

I love the idea of something returning to a place or state of mind.

I love that it welcomes change with the idea of getting back to what matters most.

These last few months have been a little chaotic for my family.  We’ve been in the process of building a house, renting a house and moving a house.  Add 5 children and a business to take care of, and an annual 4-week trip to visit family on top of that, and you have yourself The Whirlwind Tour of 2013.

So the word “back” has significant meaning for us right now as we’re experiencing our first days in our new home, and facing the start of a new school year.

The image above is the front of my new home.  It represents so many things for me. Not only that we’re back, but that I’m back: that I am ready to reclaim any sort of sanity I ever had as a wife, mother, and friend before things got crazy.

And it feels really good!

It also symbolizes things for us here at The Vintage Mother.  Thank you for sticking around as we have transitioned things a bit.  The purpose of this blog has solely been to present purposeful ideas to build your lives, your nests of influence,and bring thoughtful meaning into what you do as women, mothers, and friends.

We hope to continue to offer you posts that will bring meaning into your life and bless you with a desire to get back to whatever is most important for you.  Thank you so much for your continued support.  We have much to share.