#morethanjustmakingit

MOST RECENT

// 🌸 strolls 🌸 // sometimes when she takes a super long afternoon nap, our daily stroll happens when the sun has set 😂 how about you? do you take walks at night too? .
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btw, Amazon Prime Day is coming to Singapore now, yay! deals begin at 3pm EST on 16 July and end midnight EST on 17 July! keep a lookout on my IGstories for deals I love, including household items, books, toys, play dough, magnetic building blocks, etc! go signup now for a FREE Amazon Prime trial before the sale starts then simply cancel it after the sale ends - no penalty! :) link in profile!
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also, you’ll get a FREE $10 credit to spend if you download and sign into the Amazon app for the first time too. 😉 hooray for extra savings & early Christmas shopping! 🤩
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#amazonprimeday #goodthingsmustshare #gooddealssg #kissesfromJesus #morethanjustmakingit #GodProvides #sgmummies #sgmummy #1000gifts

Don't mind me. I'm the slow-moving lady in the gym who is carrying around her HW paper from the free personal training session.
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I haven't worked out in a gym in years. It took me over 3 years to "bounce back" after my 3rd baby. Baby Boy is now 17 months old, and I've decided I can't keep waiting for life to "slow down."
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I'm starting back to more regular @fit2bstudio home workouts (PM me if you want more info.) but have also joined the YMCA so I can learn to properly use weight machines and do strength training. I also re-started #trimhealthymama this week because it's the only way I've ever been able to lose weight and I'm literally the largest and in the worst shape I've ever been in. Like, seriously--I'm talking 70 lbs more than my wedding day. (I was stick thin.)
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I'm checking my kids into childcare at the gym. Honestly? They don't like it. They whine. They don't want to put their shoes on and pack their snacks and get ready to go. Packing yourself for the gym is a challenge. Packing 4 extra little people is pretty near impossible. But I'm doing it, and one thing I keep thinking is: "I don't want my kids to one day make their kids an excuse not to get healthy. I want them to check my grandkids into the gym childcare. I want them to take care of themselves."
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I asked the trainer: "Is there hope for me to slim down and get back in shape by the time I turn 40?" She asked when that is, and when I said "2 1/2 years," she laughed and said: "Girl, hold onto your 30s for as long as you can! Don't be acting like you're about to turn 40 soon when you're not even 38!" 😂
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It's been a really tough 17 months. Maybe I will write about it all one day. One day. Or maybe not. But no matter what you or I am going through, let's commit to take care of ourselves through it all. It's not selfish, mamas.
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#theyearofhealing #morethanjustmakingit #exercise #fitness #getfit #fitnessformoms #nomoreexcuses #fitby40 #thm #weightloss

Today we worked on home renovations and I couldent wait to sit down to a good book and a glass of wine.I opened up the book I was reading to this page,and yall It could not have been more perfect. To be honest, I spent a few hours conplaining when I was helping my husband replace siding, first it was about how hot it was outside, then it was about how tired I was then it turned into a meltdown of just wanting everything done now. This reminded me that God gives us moments and patience (because lord knows I need alot of that). Instead of complaining , I realized that God was giving me the more time with my husband that I had been praying for, one more skill learned and one more memory made and that if we let him God will bless us in each and every moment.
#homerenovations#Morethanjustmakingit#10acres#memories

She’s 86 years old and STILL won’t let me help with the dishes. “I want to do them. You go wash your cartoons.” 😂😂😂 I love my Gramma and am SO happy I got to spend time with her today on my NY trip. 💛❤️💛

God has so much to say in His Word about money, and not just that money is bad. It’s the love of money that causes problems. His Word is full of principles to work hard and create wealth so that it can be used for good and not harm, in fact He even says He will take away the wealth of the wicked and give it to those who can be trusted with it. We need to have a mindset of generosity; this is one of the upside down laws of His Kingdom, when you give it will be given to you – in abundance. For example, we gave away an older car once to a guy who needed it and we’ve been blessed with not one but two cars given to us. I’ve been given so many bags of clothes for my children, but I just as quickly give away what I don’t need, and as we give away money, we’ve been blessed by others giving to us many times. But generosity is more than just a physical giving away; this starts in our hearts and so one definition for generosity could be the freedom from small mindedness. This enables us to dream big with God. He has inventions He wants to trust to someone and in the past many Christians have been blessed with these ideas. He needs to trust us to work diligently, research well and develop what He’s given us. So on the blog this week I’m talking about 4 Financial Mindsets We Need to Look in order to see increase in our lives. We’re getting real practical and I have TONS of resources over there including link to an amazing free e-book by Christian millionaire Dani Johnson. Seriously one of the best books I’ve read and completely FREE. #ontheblog #linkinprofile #generosity #financialmindset #generous #upsidedownKingdom #spirituallaws #supernatural #GodsKingdom #createwealth #workhard #diligence #abundance #giveanditshallbegiventoyou #freebook #DaniJohnson #spiritualgrowth #quotes #morethanjustmakingit #financialtips #manageyourmoney #financialintelligence

Last week, Will and I got away and focused on our relationship with God and each other. We left ALL 4 kids with my parents and headed to a secluded, wooded cabin at a Christian retreat center in the NC mountains.
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We left behind our work and technology. (Secret: You can pre-schedule IG posts--which is why you still saw my daily memes!😉 ) Except for 3 brief times when we went into town to call to check on the kids, we didn't have a cell signal at ALL.
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I cannot even begin to describe how freeing and invigorating it was to not have to check email or social media or be pinged with a constant barrage of text messages, etc. all week long.
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The past year has been very difficult for us. We've faced many challenges--a difficult birth that resulted in health issues for both me and our son, working together, launching two books together, an ER visit via ambulance, a 5-day hospital stay, and more. .
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We came to a breaking point in early May and realized it was pertinent that we get away and hone in on some healing from trauma we had endured both this past year and to also work through some old wounds from nearly a decade ago.
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Last week was, in a word, life-changing.
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It was refreshing and intense at the same time. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to deepen their walk with God and their spouse. Even if you can't necessarily get away, you can still disconnect from the technology and focus on your husband and family.
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Over the coming weeks and months, I hope to give you more of an inside peek into what God did in our lives this past week. Months ago, I wrote that my one word for 2018 is "healing" and I could not have dreamed or imagined what all God had in store.
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I'm now more convinced than ever that we all, we ALL, my friends, have areas of our lives that need the healing that only Jesus can bring.
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The good news is that He does and will bring it. Thank you, friends, for your prayers. ❤️

Y'all! I usually put turmeric in my smoothies each morning, however, I didn't bring it. Fortunately, I found these drinks and they are so delicious!! So, these have been my morning drinks the past few days as I soak in the Vitamin D and read a little about financial tips (my hubby would be proud) and having faith in God's provision.
#goldenmilk #turmeric #organic #coconutmilk #ssi #saintsimonsisland #summer2018 #girlstrip #kingandprinceresort #morethanjustmakingit #thehumbledhomemaker

My morning drink as I soak in the Vitamin D and reading a little about financial tips and having faith in God's provision.
#goldenmilk #turmeric #coconutmilk #ssi #summer2018 #saintsimonsisland #kingandprinceresort #morethanjustmakingit #thehumbledhomemaker #girlstrip

I am grateful I get to live my best life and with the best people ❤️

Last week at this time, I was getting prepped for surgery to have my gallbladder removed. After some complications, and 4 hours later, I was out and recovering. It took a couple hours to come out of anesthesia and even longer to be able to function again. Apparently, I just like everything to be complex.
It’s been a lot tougher than I expected and has put a lot on my husband and 4yo’s shoulders. It’s also taught me a lot about comparisons. I’ve been so caught up in trying to progress faster to match other people’s surgeries that I’ve been forgetting that mine went down a different path—a should have had mine removed 10 years ago, multiple gallstone, thick layer of junk around it making it like concrete and super painful path— that I wasn’t noticing my actual progress.

Why do we measure our progress against someone else’s measuring stick? The only comparing we can do is against ourselves and what God wants for us.



#thankful #gratitude #grateful #content #gratefulheart #countyourblessings #namethemonebyone #blessed #thanks #givethanks #community #bestdayeveryday #mindfulness
#begrateful #becontent #morethanjustmakingit #thehumbledhomemaker #gratitude #thankful #thanksgiving #sincerelyanchored #surgery #gallbladder #nomakeup

There are some stories we're meant to shout from podiums. .
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There are some stories we're meant to fill in pages of books.
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There are others we're meant to share in the quietness of our living rooms. .
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They all have the power to change lives. .
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#weallhaveastorytotell #IamstrongerthanIthink #Heisstronger #morethanjustmakingit #theyearofhealing

The girls and I got our hair cut yesterday for $6.99 each! Woot!!
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There is NO judgment from me to you if you're the type that prefers a high-end salon. I get it--some hair requires more maintenance. I happen to be a low maintenance gal with zero frizz and a color that *so far* hasn't grayed. Believe me, there will come a day when I will color these locks. I'm already grieving that my natural red has turned a deep auburn (although that's what Anne always wanted, right? If you don't know who Anne is, we might not be kindred spirits 😉). .
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Or maybe you prefer high-end salons but are willing to "sacrifice" for a season to stock away the savings. That's awesome! I shared with those who heard me speak at @becomingconf the other week a breakdown of haircut pricing:
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💇 high-end salon: $40-$50+
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💇 "regular" salon: $25
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💇 budget salon: $12-$15
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💇 cosmetology school: $7-$11
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💇 yourself: FREE
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Not gonna lie: No one would want me to cut their hair--me included! I am not coordinated enough. I have virtually zero small motor skills. .
But the above helps me determine the best route for haircuts, no matter our financial season. .
NOT an ad: The Great Clips in our area occasionally offers $6.99 haircuts. Ours is this week through May 4, and the girls couldn't be happier with the results. We all got trims and the middle got her long-desired, "fashionista" bangs. (Note: the youngest? Well, those bangs were self inflicted. She must have heard me prepping for my talk and took my advice to heart. 😳)
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Check out the Great Clips and other budget salons in your area for special deals and hop on them!
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I share 100 tips like this in my new book, #youcanstayhomewithyourkids ! .
#morethanjustmakingit #youcanstayhomewithyourkids #iwanttostayhomewithmykids #momlife #themomlife #sahm #sahmlife #wahm #wahmlife #motherhood #savemoney #frugal #moneysavingtips #haircut

// 🌸 season of rest 🌸 // this birthday month has been one of the quietest in a long while, and it may surprise you, but I’m very thankful for that. no drama, no fanfare, just a peaceful day of rest. having too much noise in my life hinders me from listening to the One who truly matters, so it was a very special birthday indeed, just me and my date with God. .
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in the spirit of rest and vulnerability, I’m going to take a few months of break from blogging. I’ve done that before, and I know the importance of it. this time though, it’s for a different reason. pop over to my blog (link in profile!) to know why. :) .
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#seasonofrest #morethanjustmakingit #GodProvides #momheartmonday #sgmummies #sgmummy #1000gifts #giftofrest #sahm

"failure to thrive." .
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Could they rename this diagnosis? Maybe: "won't gain weight" or "small for age" or "petite"?
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It's been a joy-filled but sometimes frustrating and sometimes worrisome and daily prayers of casting-my-anxieties-on-the-Lord 14 months. .
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Today it's blood work and stool tests and offering LabCorp some extra cash for all the cups he pulled out of the water dispenser in the waiting room. 😬
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#morethanjustmakingit #youcanstayhomewithyourkids #boymom #toddler #toddlermom #lovemyboy #motherhood #momlife

I'm geeking out a little bit to see my #podcast interview w/ @jeffgoins went live today!
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In this episode, I give a super transparent, inside peek into the 6 1/2-year #blogging journey that led to my two books recently being published. .
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If you're an aspiring author or just a creative, I hope this episode will encourage you and give you hope! 💕
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#morethanjustmakingit #youcanstayhomewithyourkids #writersgonnawrite #thewritinglife #amwriting #writersofinstagram #blogger #author #bloggersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #wahm #wahmlife

Another really good one from @lisawhittle !
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I can't tell you the # of times people have told me this year: "You know people want what you have right? A two-book deal? Two books with a major publisher? Getting to do it all and stay home with your kids?!"
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First of all, people don't see what goes on behind closed doors. They don't see the hard days. They don't see pain and struggle. They don't see what feels like failures, both personally and professionally.
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And while I hope to publish more books in the future because I LOVE writing and I LOVE how it opens to doors to encourage other women, I pray I never let any earthly "successes" go to my head. I pray God will give me a vision for what matters in eternity. .
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Only what's done for Christ will last.
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#youcanstayhomewithyourkids #morethanjustmakingit #glorytoGod #obedience #motherhood #befaithful

So fun to have been able to meet @thehumbledhomemaker while she was receding a show for the 700 Club. Erin was on the podcast back in January and it was so fun to get coffee and chat face to face. .
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Check out Erin’s new book, You Can Stay Home With Your Kids for tips on managing finances well, or her other book, More Than Just Making It, for her memoir and encouragement for the financially frustrated. #youcanstayhomewithyourkids #morethanjustmakingit #theheartlessonspodcast

G I V E A W A Y 🙌 In honor of @thehumbledhomemaker’s release of her brand new book, You Can Stay Home With Your Kids, I am hosting a giveaway.
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One winner will receive Erin Odom’s newest book along with a copy of her first book, More Than Just Making It.
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To enter: 1️⃣ Like this post. 2️⃣ Follow my account (@simplyrebekah) and Erin’s (@thehumbledhomemaker). 3️⃣ Tag a friend in the comments who you think would want to enter.
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Giveaway will end 4/13/18 at 1:00 PM EST. USA only. You may enter multiple times, but please tag a new friend each time. This is not sponsored by Instagram or Erin.
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#youcanstayhomewithyourkids #morethanjustmakingit #bookstagram #bookgram #bookgiveaway #frugalliving #frugallife #readmore #stayathomemom

// 🌸 almost gone! 🌸 // the preorder bonuses for the book, “You Can Stay Home with Your Kids” by @thehumbledhomemaker is almost gone! the book is launching on 10 April, so go get your copy & preorder bonuses soon! the beautiful art print and ebook are what I love most 😍😍 .
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it’s the perfect gift for any mum because we know we’re always looking for more ways to save and stretch our dollar! 😉 blogpost link in profile!
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#youcanstayhomewithyourkids #hisgracegirls #faithblogger #momlife #singaporemombloggers #sgmummyblogger #InspiredtoAction #kissesfromJesus #morethanjustmakingit

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