living on pb & j

Ordinary moms living on Prayer, the Bible, and Jesus!


Blue Velvet!??

About two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about our venture of homeschooling. I had it saved as a draft and planned to post it on my scheduled day. However, the Lord is showing me so much on a daily basis, that I feel the “story” isn’t complete yet. I will save it for a later time. I’d just like to say that God is good…and we are homeschooling this year! So if we ever cross your mind, please whisper a little prayer for us as we embark on this homeschooling journey! One month in, and I (the teacher!) am learning SO much.


So anyways, onto my next subject…..Pinterest. Yep, I said Pinterest. Yep, I’m one of those. Yep, I have been known to let time get away from me and completely waste hours of my life that I will never get back. But, I can’t entirely say it hasn’t been worth it, lol.

It all started a few days ago, when I was browsing Pinterest. We (I) have been itching for some new couches. (or sofas, if you’re from the South) I found the perfect couch and loveseat set on Craigslist. It was beautiful. It was soft cream leather, with clean lines, and tufted backs. (Tufted!!) It was going to look perfect in our family room. But, even though my husband was on board and willing to let me spend the money, I could not do it. There is something that feels so wrong about paying hard earned money for something that our three boys are going to enjoy with us. And by the word “enjoy”, I mean mash food into, jump on, and use as a launching pad for all their sharp edged toys. Something inside me just knew it’s prettiness would not last long in our house. So…I hopped on Pinterest and began scouring for kid friendly and cute furniture options. What did I find? Velvet.

I looooove a pretty velvet sofa. However, my budget was more likely to buy a velvet pillow than a new velvet sofa. So, I went back to Craigslist and searched for vintage velvet! I found two matching blue velvet sofas straight out of the 50’s. (or 60’s, or 70’s, I really have no idea) Anyways, they were in perfect condition so we got them. I’m pretty sure my husband thought I had lost my mind, but I couldn’t resist. Plus, the price tag was a breath of fresh air compared to the leather beauties we almost took home. And who doesn’t love a good deal!? While these are most certainly not for everyone, (I’m sure I’ll be getting some interesting looks from friends and family about them) I am excited. I absolutely love taking something old and giving it new life. I love to think outside the box and let my creativity run wild. Sometimes my creativity gets away from me and it turns out being a huge flop, but I usually have fun trying on my way to failure.


Today, I’d like to challenge you to do something. Take a walk around your home. Lift the blinds, open the windows, and let some fresh air in. How long has it been since you have rearranged some furniture, or painted a room? Do you love coming home and walking through your front door? Does it feel like a haven or a place your family loves to be? Often we can change the mood in our homes so easily by letting the sunshine in, getting some fresh air, and sprucing up our surroundings. Put some fresh flowers on the table and play some beautiful music. These changes cost absolutely nothing, (or close to it) but can have such an impact on our moods!


Some are definitely more gifted at this than others….ahem….Leah Dickey. (whose house happens to look like it came straight out of a decor mag) But even if you are someone who has trouble getting ideas, that’s what Pinterest is for! 🙂


Let’s make our homes a place our children love to be. Let’s make it a place our husbands think about and look forward to coming home to. Of course, these things hardly register on the scale of importance when we are comparing them with other issues. But, a little sunshine and decorating never hurt anyone. 🙂




Titus 2:5

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

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How WE Unwind

It’s time to relax! We all need to! We clean, change, cook, repeat… all day! We are happy to do it, but sometimes we just need to recharge! So, a few of us have shared what we do…

  • Kelsey ~ Getting out of the house for a bit is what really re-energizes me! Whether it’s browsing Marshall’s &Target, or even grocery shopping. I feel like a brand new person when I’ve had an hour or two out of the house. I rarely spend money on these trips, and if I do, it’s usually some cute little clearance item I found for less than $10. So that’s my inexpensive way to unwind. 🙂
  • Joy ~ A few evenings a week, I soak in the tub! After the baby is asleep, I’ll grab a book I’m reading and take as long as I want in there! It is SO relaxing! And, another thing I love to do is use this homemade, inexpensive sugar scrub on my feet. Click here for the recipe! It has kept my feet soft all summer long!
  • Tascha ~ I also enjoy getting out of the house for a little while. It is not a regular occurrence, but I enjoy thrift-store shopping and can come home with new outfits for the girls for less than $5-6 most times… and once this summer John watched the kiddos so a friend and i could go shopping together! it was soo much fun. Whenever I am able to leave the house for a couple of hours, I always come home with a renewed energy to tackle SOMETHING-be it an entire room or just get clutter picked up. During the school year our church has Ladies Meeting once a month and that is uplifting-getting to spend some time just chattin’ with whomever is sitting near you and hearing a devotional and eating some yummy food I did not cook!
  • Rachel ~ I don’t know about you all but I LOVE pictures! So, a couple of nights a week after I put the kids to bed, I grab a Dr. Pepper & hop on the computer to organize & edit pictures. This is such a relaxing time for me! I chuckle at all the fun we’ve had & enjoy the sweet memories we’ve made during the day or on our day trips with Daddy. It also helps me remember how blessed I am to have the family God has given me. And besides the cost of the Dr. Pepper – it’s free! 🙂
  • Heather ~ I love to go anywhere by myself.  I like to go to the stores that no one else in my family likes.  Those include Ross, Goodwill, & Hobby Lobby.  I don’t usually spend money either…except maybe a stop at Starbucks 🙂
  • Jennifer ~ I don’t take nearly the time for myself like I should. But, anytime I can either go grocery shopping, thrift store shopping, the library or a yard sale by myself for a couple hours, I take that time to enjoy the quiteness of the moment.  I love, in the evening, to read after the kids go to bed.  But, even in the midst of the busy-ness of the day, if I can have a nice smelling candle lit (the happy smell and cheerful flicker will lift your mood instantly) and some calming nature music playing in the background, that helps to quiet my spirit throughout the day.  Pretty simple, but it works for me! ♥
  • Heidi ~ I too LOOOOOVVVVEEEE to get out of the house. I’m thankful that at least twice a week either on my honey’s day off ill run some errands or one evening a week I walk across to my neighbor’s house (a girl I grew up with and go to church with…some of you know Nikki Gardner, her sister;)…we chat & have coffee. I also love to read. I can lay in my bed and read all night if I can…ha!
  • Alicia ~ Things can be very hectic and busy at our house. We are always on the go. So, my favorite unwinding days are days that we call “pajama days”. We don’t get dressed and we watch movies and just hang out together. We hide the van, ignore the phone, and close all the blinds so people will think we are gone! I enjoy those days to let me just breathe and slow down and not have to think very much and just snuggle my kids. We also enjoy going to a park as a family. Jimmy and I sit and snuggle and watch the kids play. That is very relaxing for us.
  • Niki ~ Mine are pretty similar to many others….my basic unwind at the end of the day is to get on the computer and browse for a little while….FB, Pinterest, something fun 🙂  I enjoy reading and a hot bath, but the bathroom is between the kids’ bedrooms, and if I go in there and try to take a bath while they’re in bed, it seems to always wake them up, and I end up more frustrated than relaxed! For something a little bigger, I really enjoy just being by myself – going to the library or a little shopping (even window shopping), going to Caribou Coffee!
  • Jeri Lynn ~ Before I even had children, I found myself needing to unwind from my busy schedule. I spoke to an older lady that I respected who encouraged me to take time to relax with a hot bath. I tried it, and it became a relaxing routine remedy. Add a favorite drink.. Add a book..  In very challenging times, I’ve found that I must listen to Christ-honoring music that points my mind to Him instead of my weakness. As a mother of nine, “Quiet. Alone. Time.” are precious words. This usually occurs when all are sleeping, which time gets later as teens near adulthood. Leaving the house to browse a store or library is enjoyable when planned ahead. Emergency unwinding may include my perceptive husband realizing it would benefit the entire world for him to take everyone to the park after I’ve been on solo duty for 13 non-stop hours for days! 😉 And he is a fun Dad who is usually ready for an adventure at any moment. It is a good thing to figure out what helps you unwind that you may be able to serve with a refreshed spirit.

And there you have it! Relax!

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Welcome, Mom!

Welcome to our blog! We are excited to share our mommy experiences with you! We are a team of 16 ordinary moms. Most of us have children under 10. But a few of us are moms to older children. We even have some empty-nesters.

None of us are perfect. We’re not trying to show you how great we are. We are simply trying to encourage each other, and you. We have hard days, even terrible, where we cry and want to give up. But the Lord teaches us through these experiences. All the little hugs, all the kisses, all the “I Love You”s make it all worth it.

And yes, we love nap time, too!

So join in and follow us on our journey as we live on Prayer, Bibles, and Jesus!