By: Jennifer Murray

Better Than Black Friday! < $5 Gifts at Dayspring

It’s not even Black Friday, and let’s not even begin the ugly debate of if stores should be open on Thanksgiving, because who needs to go out with deals this good????!!! 

All of these that I’m showing you are listed at 5 DOLLARS! 

>>> But here’s what’s even sweeter, you can save even more with the promo code THANKYOU15 – making $5 gifts only $4.25!!!!! <<<

I think Dayspring has lost their marbles!  Less than $5 gifts, People! And they don’t scream, “You bought this at the flea market”.

Most of these items will disappear quickly, so swipe them before they get their wits about them again. ;)  

Redeemed Christmas – The Saviour Has Come – Canvas Christmas Stocking $5 (regularly $25)


Redeemed Christmas – Countdown to Christmas – Wooden Advent Chalkboard $5 (regularly $19.99)


Redeemed Christmas – He Fills My Life – Ceramic Candy Dish $5 (regularly $24.99)


Redeemed Christmas – Redeemed by Love – Chip & Dip Dish $5 (regularly $26.99)



Redeemed Christmas – No Greater Love Than Jesus – Christmas Stocking $5 (regularly $29.99)






There are more bargains to be found, but these are a few of my absolute favorites! Click around and you’ll find some other FABULOUS Pre-Black Friday Specials up to 75% off!!!!



*The links above are affiliate links, which means when you purchase something I get a little percentage of it to snatch deals like these up too! Thanks, Friends!



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By: Jennifer Murray

Boy Mama Confession: I Let Them Play Ball In the House


I grew up on Indiana basketball. I would watch it on the floor of our family room on our Zenith TV with my pajamas and pom-poms thinking they needed my cheers to win.  Team sports have been part of my childhood and adulthood as I’ve participated and cheered on various teams through the years.  Now I see the passion my own boys have for competition.  Some have more of a drive than others, but all of them have at least average ability and at least one competitive bone in their body (Isaac’s entire skeletal system).

We’ve lived in a baby-proof, toddler proof, and now mostly kid-proof home that holds very few breakables, lived in furniture, floors that we’d love to replace, and decor that wouldn’t be featured in any magazine, but it’s HOME. We live in it hard.  It’s nothing for a soccer ball to smack the wall or to wake up to the noise of the backboard that resides in our family room that we pretend is our basement. Even when they aren’t on an official team, sports are being played daily in our home. Unlike Carol Brady, I do let them play ball in the house.



It’s not always my preference, but I have to reside that we live in Indiana (where the wind chill is currently -1) and I have 4 boys who need to be active.

Mostly it hasn’t been my house that has made me cringe when they all start playing sports together. Or even the noise.

It’s the CONFLICT. 

It’s the tears over losing. The fights over fouls or wrong-doings.  The “I quits” that make everyone else angry. The refereeing required by Brad and I to keep it from becoming an ugly brawl.

It just didn’t seem worth it for anyone.

However, over the past week we are making beautiful huge strides both off the court and on the court. I’ve witnessed calm talking it out huddles, pointing out strengths in the other teams, games that have lasted over an hour versus a few minutes, and joyful boys who are loving being a TEAM.

I could cry Hallelujah tears right now onto this computer keyboard. 

To see your boys making memories that they will carry with them in as a team instead of as enemies is a gift.  They will most likely have each other long after they have us, and oh how my heart desires them to be teammates long after they’ve grown out of living room basketball!

Certainly there are many more important things than basketball, but if they can transfer conflict resolution, problem solving, self-control and encouragement over into our family-life, at their school, and with others, it’s so incredibly worth it all.  I don’t think anyone in this home would trade it a centerpiece vase in our living room that would eventually need glued back together.

Teammates are being made inside these doors, and I’m not about to blow the game at half time. 

>>>>Another Boy Mama Confession: Fish Are Not My Friends

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By: Jennifer Murray

Essential Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin is my favorite taste of fall.  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin butter, my mom’s pumpkin pie (or Costco’s if I’m in a rush – it’s amazing and HUGE), pumpkin rolls, even those gummy pumpkins! =)

Pumpkin Bread is one of my absolute favorites, and I like making a big batch so we can enjoy it most of the week and have some to share.

This is my go-to recipe for Pumpkin Bread.  It has turned out great every time I’m made it.  This time I changed it up a little bit to use some of my essential oils that I had on hand instead of a couple of my spices.  The result was even better – as it seemed to blend better through the batch and had more of that pure seasonal yummy flavor!

As my fellow-oiler pharmasist friend says, “If you can cook/bake with oils, why wouldn’t you?”  You get a pure undiluted form of the plant and the power of antioxidants and other potential benefits!

Search cinnamon essential oil on and you will be AMAZED at the studies and research you’ll find.  {200+ articles from the US National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health} I told you essential oils are the real deal!  

So anyway, you can make this recipe with or without essential oils, but I’ll be using mine in this recipe from here out!  

{This recipe makes 3 loaves, so feel free to reduce it for a smaller batch.}

——->>> Curious to learn more about the benefits of essential oils?  Have questions?  I’m happy to help!  Check out my All You Need to Know About Getting Started with Essential Oils post for FAQs and more info! 

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How about you?  What’s your FAVORITE way to cook with pumpkin?  What’s your FAVORITE way to bake with essential oils?  



These statements are based on my own experience and resources. Not everyone may experience the same results, but I hope you and your family do! The above is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease or evaluated by the FDA. I do receive a commission on sales when you sign up, which is a little boost of motivation to share. However, the main reason I’m telling you about our family’s experience with essential oils is because of their positive impact on our family.


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