Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hospitality, Homes and Great Bargains...

 As we prepare our homes for spring, we also are getting our homes ready to open for hospitality! Here are some pretty plates to serve guests with--The Life to the Full Collection!  Today is the LAST DAY to get your Life to the Full Collection for 30% off for the month of March! To get the discount you must use coupon code LIFE30 at checkout!

 These joyful plates are gorgeous and a great way to share your faith with John 10:10 inscribed as the theme:

"I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.... "

Can't you just see this festive looking pitcher on the patio in the summer by the pool ready to pour some nice cold lemonade?

These cozy mugs are great for a heart-to-heart conversation with two...some how hearts are just more open over a good cup of java or tea. Wouldn't you agree?

And while you are having guests over, why not share a good movie with them?

I remember one year having a HomeBuilder's meeting and having a large group of daughters watch 'The Return of the Daughters' and later discussing it and sharing their thoughts. We love to do this from time to time and these excellent movies are on sale right now until April 2nd.

 This is one of my all time favorites and chock full of wisdom. When I first watched this I was overwhelmed with all the wonderful information that I watched it again the next night and wisely took notes. What Is Biblical Femininity? is now on sale at 55% off and only $6.80! So is Training Dominion -Oriented Daughters!

And Tea with Michelle Duggar only $3.00 (80% off)
you can click the link to view the trailer.
....psssst--get your Mother's Day shopping checked off early this year!
Yes, it's only a few weeks away! And at this low price you can pick up several
and encourage that mom you have been meaning to bless~

And while you are busy cleaning your home for company, our family tends to like to listen to good music or a good sermon. Here are some GREAT deals-- SM Davis CD's for only $2.80 each!

I still love to have my children listen to What to Expect From a 12 Year Old when they are washing the dishes--it is SO convicting even to me as a mother of how I should raise them and the ones below. You can click on any of these images to listen to a sample.

Why Satan Wants Your Firstborn and What To Do About It--Is your oldest a rebel or a servant? This wonderful teaching on how the firstborn affects and influences the household and younger siblings. I love SM Davis and know many others who do as well.

And who doesn't need more wisdom in developing character in their children?
At only $2.80 these CD's are a steal--I paid much more for mine!

**Click here to see more phenomenal deals under $5.**

Hospitality and ministering to your family and others at a true bargain!

But hurry because as I said before the Life to the Full Collection ends today and Vision Forum spring sale ends on April 2nd.

Happy shopping!


Wise Woman Tip:

The mystery product that VF are promoting today at their site at 80% off is:

Tea with Michelle Duggar as pictured above
only $3.00!

 (they are promoting a new 80% off bargain product every day of this week!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Exciting Spring Scentsy Giveaway!

Spring has sprung here at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home and we have an exciting giveaway from Scentsy to celebrate!

We are breaking out the lovely spring decor and what better way to add the finishing touches than with Scentsy wickless candles! They have some great new looks for spring--like the Dotty Warmer pictured above (on sale now for $27).

This Celtic Love Knot warmer -$30 can freshen up any home!

Scentsy wickless candles use a light bulb to melt wax cubes in a small plate, making it much safer than an open flame.  Safety is one of the major benefits of this product. No burning means no smoke in the air. The fragrant wax is chosen because it melts at a lower temperature and won't burn a child if they were to stick their hand in it. The warmer itself feels like a coffee mug when it is hot.They also have 80 incredible scents from which to choose that makes a better selection than an air fresheners from the store!

I LOVE this one---it is called the Grapevine Warmer. Isn't she gorgeous? I could think of about ten places I would like to see this warmer at in my home.The openings on the side also give a lovely glow on the walls in any room they are displayedand you can also buy mid-sized warmers starting at only $25.
These would make great gifts for Easter or Mother's Day!

They also sell plug in warmers as pictured below in nice spring colors and their scent of the month is Jumpin Jelly Bean. I also like the bars they have featured in their new Spring and Summer Collection. If you didn't also know they have a fabulous line of sprays, foams, travel tins, stuffed animals and more.

Would you like to find  Scentsy warmers for the men in your home?

The Patriot Collection has a warmer for every branch of service-Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force--even one for the Coast Guard!

And with baseball season starting this week, this Play Ball Warmer makes a great and timely gift for the sports enthusiast in your life. They also have a sports collection complete with basketball, soccer and football
(Shhh, don't tell my sons!)

Wise Woman Tip: If you love a great deal--- don't forget to visit  their closeout deals!

The Giveaway

 Toni Swayze who is an independent consultant for Scentsy is generously giving away a  $25 gift certificate to one Wise Woman reader! Now you can choose your very own favorite warmer that you have been eyeing or any other product that you would like.
To enter just leave you name  and email if you don't have a blog. Simple!

(U.S. Participants Only)

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(Note: For those who are in the UK and Germany, Scentsy is expanding soon into these locations. Please contact Toni for more information.)

Hope you win!

Thank you Toni Swayze!


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Be Alarmed

If you find yourself loving any pleasure more than your prayers, 
any book better than the Bible, 
any house better than the house of the Lord,
any table better than the Lord's table,
any persons better than Christ, 
or any indulgence better than the hope of heaven--

be alarmed.

-Thomas Guthrie

Hat tip to Mrs. Pamela Leding
(this is Miss Jen's mom and we will feature an interview 
with her in the near future!)



Monday, March 28, 2011

The Winner is....

The winner of the A Great Impression giveaway is....

Trophy and Barb!


Please email me with your email address as soon as possible.

And for those who didn't win this time---I have some WONDERFUL giveaways lined up for April that you are going to love---and we are even having one as soon as tomorrow!

See  you then!


Need a wholesome Christian movie for Family Movie night?

Today only you can get Mysterious Islands (Blu-Ray Edition)
for ONLY $5.00
it is 80% off!
Follow the link and watch the trailer.
Sale ends at midnight on 3/29.

Spring Is Here! Decluttering the Large Family

I am so happy that spring is finally here! The longer days, the birds singing, new life budding their heads in the garden, the fresh air----oh, what is there NOT to love about spring?

I have been getting around to spring cleaning, running around the house like a mad woman with trash bags and asking myself one key question:

"Do I want to take care of this for the next 10 years?" 

Ha! That got things going pretty quickly! Let me just say I threw away bags and bags of things that I no longer had interest in or wanted to take care of. I remember as a young wife I was busy trying to do the opposite-- to collect items for our home and to fill it.... or even being sentimental about certain items that I though I could not part with,--but now I am more than willing to give/throw them away today! Why? Because in order to live a more simpler life that is rich with true living I can't confine myself to caring for alot of material possessions which actually take away from the real living that I desire to do!

I think having alot of things can imprison a person to some degree. American's have so much, we really need to teach our children the value of having little and getting with much less. I remember hearing of a missionary family that would feed their children on occasion a meal of plain potatoes to teach them how to survive on a simple meal if they ever became missionaries  and eating on leaves instead of plates. They knew if they became missionaries they would have to survive on much less, they did not want to raise discontented consumers but instead desired to raise children that could be content and live on the simple things in life if they would share Jesus with a lost world.

Simpler living can be achieved without the responsibility to the many unneeded items here on earth. We must protect that precious commodity that we can never get back:  TIME! Precious time to do the things we really want to do and share with those we love  because we only live once. Let's not spend it tirelessly taking care of the endless unneeded earthly possessions we own so that we can spend time on the ever important eternal.


Need help decluttering or some motivation?
Here is my all time favorite book that gets right to the point and had me throwing things out
our home like you would not believe!

Wise Woman Tip:

Now here are some valuable recommendations you should fill your home with:

All Homestead Blessings DVD's are 50% off because of their new spring sale!
They teach everything from cooking, gardening, canning, etc.
Get it while you can!

(Sale ends April 2nd)

We are linked up at Raising Homemakers and Far Above Rubies

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Incalculable Impact of One Woman

Love this!

Ladies, know that your work is not in vain, and remember the Lord is pleased with your sacrifice to Him and He knows all your trials, pain and suffering.

Do not grow weary in serving our Mighty King!

If you haven't read Pastor Voddie Baucham's book
Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God,
it is full of wisdom in helping to raise a strong godly family.
You can also find other resources from him here.

-Hat Tip to Don and Shelly for the clip


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ken Ham's Special Offer to Cincinnati's Homeschool Convention Attendees

In light of all the controversy that has surrounded Ken Ham the President and founder of Answers in Genesis and The Creation Museum, Dr. Enns and the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention--Mr. Ham is generously giving all paid attendees of the conference a free special offer at The Creation Museum:

Offer valid March 31–April 3, 2011. One free Creation Museum admission per paid registration to the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention (two tickets per paid family registration), and a free MP3 (one per family) of four of Ken Ham’s major talks (must show proof of paid registration).

There will also be special discounts on books and curricula in the museum’s Dragon Hall Bookstore.

-From The Creation Museum blog


Answers In Genesis carries excellent Christian products for your library or homeschool 
and I highly recommend them.
My daughter is using their Astronomy course kit and loves it.

Wise Woman Tip
All orders over $100 get 1 cent shipping!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Great Impression Giveaway!

It's spring and it's time to give your home a fresh new look! I want to introduce you to A Great Impression, it is a Christian company that makes these amazingly beautiful and easy to apply vinyl decals to beautify your home and just perfect for the new season-just take a look at all their loveliness:

They have something special for every room in your house---
from entryway to kitchen to bedrooms, to children and teens--they truly have it all!
This one starts at $22

I love the simple reminder above--so wise and timely for when we get busy...

Isn't this just gorgeous for a  daughter's room?---I love roses, in case you didn't already know that!

I am a firm believer of filling your home with scripture and inspiring decor that will encourage those special to us towards the Lord.It is amazing that we have the luxury of easily beautifying our homes and witnessing these days with such ease!

These vinyl decals are not expensive either, many just start at $16! They come in a wide variety of different colors too--not just black. You may click on any of the images to see them up close.

(Family --begins at $25)
I was sent the one pictured below--isn't it beautiful?
I was very pleased with the quality and design!
The steps to install it is easy--you can read them here and even watch a video of how to do it!

And every single decal can also be custom made to your order---so if you need a different size than what you see there--they can make it for you! With a wide variety of colors as well! You can even create your very own special personalized decal.

This is one of my favorites!
It is perfect to display with a lovely arrangement of pictures of the family--
now just starting at $22!

This generous company also sends out a decal once a week to bless a missionary family free of charge as a ministry, they just ask that if you would like to choose a family or have one you would like to bless for you pay the shipping and handling. Isn't that great?

The Giveaway

A Great Impression is giving away a $25 gift certificate away to one of my special readers! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and your email if you do not have a blog.

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Many thanks to A Great Impression!


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Monday, March 21, 2011

It's A Blessing Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the It's a Blessing Giveaway is:

Jenn4Him of Busy At Home


And a big thank you to all those who entered! If you did not get a chance to win this one, I have a few special giveaways coming up that you definitely WON'T want to miss--

So stay tuned!


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

What Will Last: Raising Nations for Him

Hear a testimony and be encouraged from a former medical physician who gave it all up to come home and be a mother (of eight) to her children. She also shares her experience and advice about how money and material possessions won't last but raising nations for the Lord will.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mothering Through Trials, Heartache and Diversity

God walks with mothers through heartache....

"The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water,
 whose waters do not fail.
 Isaiah 58:11

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalm 34:18-1

God walks with mothers through adversity...

And He said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you,
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

God comforts mothers as they learn to handle spiritual trials...

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened to you;
but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings,
that when His glory is revealed,
you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:12-13

Found these in a little devotional book for mothers this morning--I pray that sharing it with you brings you
 if you are going through hard times.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan Update!

I am happy to announce that my grandmother and aunt are doing fine! My mother was in touch with them and their home is still standing but there is alot of debris all around it. Thank you so much for your prayers, inquiries and support! They have been comforting and meant so much at such a very troubling time. Here is an image of a boat washed ashore in their town:

(click on image to enlarge)

As many of you know, Japan has suffered three major disasters--an devastating earthquake and tsunami and now a looming nuclear threat. Please continue to pray for them. We have asked my mother to come and join us in the states to live until the threat has passed--she is still considering whether or not she will. 
Please pray for the Japanese people, to overcome all of this and seek the Lord as their Savior. Right now they are suffering also with a dwindling amount of food, water, medical supplies, etc.  If you are able to donate to help them here are some places you may do that at:

Thanks so much!

And for those who have contacted me to let me know you have friends and family there
I am still praying for them.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How to Make Money on Your Blog

Many of you know that I am an affiliate for Vision Forum--I have been honored to promote many of their products for building up strong Christian families and have been blessed through their teachings and not only that--but also by my earnings from there.

I have been able to use the extra money for all kinds of things---clothing, food, homeschool curriculum, date nights, paying bills, home repairs and decor, trips, birthdays, Christmas, costumes, donations, even a trampoline!

Did you know that you could easily become a Vision Forum affiliate as well and begin earning right away?

Many of you have shared with me about how you would love to just make even just a little income on the side.
Right now you can begin earning at 8% (up to 13%) through them as soon as you sign up. That is TWICE as much as Amazon! ( Just another reason why I love them!)

I also have many friends who are affiliates and can testify to it as well.

Have a blessed day!


If you are interested in how to further make money on your blog I am available for consulting!
Last year the Lord was kind enough to enable me to bring in six different streams of income just through my blog, I can teach you how too!

(If you have a new blog this is the perfect time to start learning the ropes--
how I wish I knew all of this back when I first started!)

You may contact me at,
leave a comment below for me to contact you
or read more about Wise Woman Consulting here.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Godly Resources for Raising Sons--- Part 1

"Dear Mrs. Fuentes, I have several sons, would you mind sharing some resources to help me raise them for the Lord?"
---a dear reader inquires.

Unsurprisingly, when I did a survey and asked all my readers what you would like to read more on--the majority vote was for more posts on raising sons!

 Yes, raising boys is a HUGE task and  I have several favorite resources I would love to share. It is important to invest in godly resources that promote the biblical goals you have for your family, as it so easy to crash and burn or even be directionless running on auto pilot.  And just a quick note, if your boys are too young for these, don't think for one minute that these are not for YOU! This is the *perfect* time for mom and dad to learn how and why they should raise their sons and they will be much more equipped to do so after reading and listening to many of these resources below. I can't tell you how much it benefited me to have an understanding of boyhood and manhood before my boys got older.

Twenty-first century Christian boys have much to learn from boys of the past. Issues of courtesy to women, sacrifice, and vision are critical to raising modern boys. Our goal must be to move beyond the pretty platitudes and to aspire to rebuilding an entire culture of virtuous boyhood, such that every aspect of a young man’s life is preparation for chivalrous leadership in the name of Jesus Christ.

This one is a favorite, a classic and would love to pass these on to my children when they have their own family!

Don't be fooled by this title! This excellent book is broken up into chapter explaining how from the ages of 3-5 and up how to begin instilling character in your sons and using their gifts for God's glory. I learned so much from this book and it is still a favorite of mine.

This is what Polished Cornerstones is for daughters--also by Doorposts. Fully loaded with activities, Bible studies and encouragement to help your young son grow into a godly man.

How should young men treat young women “as sisters, with all purity?” Learn how to interact with girls; protect girls; handle flirtatious girls; and how to encourage your sisters in Christ. This message reveals the attitudes that three young men learned to cultivate as they listened to their father’s instruction, studied Scripture, and then interacted with the fair sex with gallantry and manliness.

This is a book that I have my sons working through for the past few years. It is broken up into 45 chapters of valuable Bible study with questions and answers. Everything from how to choose heroes, how to treat women, building relationships with siblings and much more goodness.

Thoughts for Young Men addresses the four great temptations that plague most young men: sloth, lust, love of pleasure, and peer pressure. J.C. Ryle, the last of the great Puritans, tackles each of these subjects with a tenderness and tact that is unsurpassed. First written toward the end of the nineteenth century, it remains to this day the most relevant and helpful book on the subject in print.

Have you ever wondered why so many Christian familes are losing their children to the world? Here is one reason: By failing to win, disciple, guide, and protect the eldest children, fathers and mothers often find a multiplicity of sorrows and divisions within the home.On the other hand, wise parents who seek the help of the Lord and carefully shepherd their eldest children often enjoy blessed reinforcement and encouragement in the training of the younger children. In this practical and scriptural look at the biblical principles of children and mentorship., Dr. S.M. Davis draws from the Apostle John’s letter to Gaius to illustrate how the actions of older siblings greatly influence the paths of younger children, for good or evil.

Still a favorite that I love listening to!

Listen to a sample here.

These are just a few for now,

I will do a Part 2, sometime very soon...


Note: Not only are these resources very affordable but they are easily integrated into your homeschool curriculum as well. And don't forget about investing into grandsons lives too!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Domestic Artist: Loveliness with Paper and Yarn...

Spring is around the corner and our lovely contributor,  Miss Jen of Blessed Femina is sharing a wonderful craft idea that will brighten up your home for the new season:

Alluring rain drops have been falling continually where
we are and I am enjoying these last days
with beautiful music, rich Bible verses and
busy hands.....

I am happily taking up
my crochet hook again...
remembering its many sweet benefits and delights.

A fresh new ball of crisp, silky blue
yarn... put to good use...

Paper Bouquets abound...

Here is a Short Tutorial for the
~Lovely Delights~

~What You Will Need~
-Sharp Scissors
-Beautiful Colored Tissue Paper
-Green Stem Wire or Green Pipe Cleaner
-Green Flower Tape or Satin Ribbon

Cut a few pieces (about 4-6) of tissue paper (crepe paper)
about 8 x 10 inches (the exact size doesn't matter).

Put the paper in a pile and fold it like an accordion.
Cut the edges straight or to add a special touch
scallop the edges prettily. ;)

Tie the center of the folded paper with green stem wire,
green pipe cleaner (or twist tie).

Gently pull each piece of paper towards the top center of the flower,
separating each sheet of paper from the others (forming the petals of the flower).

Once you have made your desired amount of flowers (4-6)
simply clump into a bouquet and wrap with green flower tape
and a satin ribbon (if desired)

And... have just made a Lovely Paper Flower
Arrangement indeed!

Enjoy your....

These lovely paper flower
arrangements are ideal for...
Table centerpieces, festive parties,
wedding~rehearsal bouquets, ;)
and gorgeous atop special presents.

Hope all of you are having a Beautiful Week...
~Many Blessings~

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever
you do, do it all for the glory of God"
-I Corinthians 10:31

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