(free printable) June calendar!

Are your kids out of school yet? Every morning mine are already asking me, "What's the plan? What are we doing today?" and "When are we going to the mountains? When are we headed to the zoo and hiking and doing our outdoor movies?"

Rather than allowing them to make my head spin with all their questions, always asking to see the calendar on my phone as well as my Anchored Press planner, I decided I'd print out a calendar to tack up on the bulletin board in our kitchen.

That way they can see exactly what days we have plans and what days they know they can laze around, ride bikes to the pool, and play with their neighborhood friends.

I thought I'd make it available to you, too!! Just in case your kids are big question-askers like mine are.

I'll commit to making a new one for July, August, and September, getting us through the summer months. And if y'all are liking having them, I can continue each month after that! Let me know if you want them to continue! Happy to oblige! ; )

YAY SUMMER!!!!

Take Joy,

Teresa

P.S. The calendars will be available in The Library (you must subscribe to the blog via email to receive the password).

To access The Library, click this button here (in the sidebar)...

Getting to know your kids better with the (updated) 4 Gift Rule + free printable tags

We've done the "Four Gift Rule" for gosh...maybe five years now?

And just absolutely love it.

We first began because we had recently brought home some of our adopted kids and felt burdened to just tone-down the excess in life. And in Christmas.

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We wanted to be more intentional in our gift-giving with the kids, not simply buying something because they might like it and then purchase something else because it was on sale and they'd mentioned it once, and then wrap up yet another toy I found last year and forgot about in the back of the closet...you get the idea.

That's how we gave gifts to our kids before switching gears.

Can you relate??

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For several years in a row however, we've done...

. Something you Want .

. Something to Read .

. Something to Wear .

And last year we switched from...

. Something you Need (because, truly...they have all they need.) to instead, Something we'll Do .

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This particular gift is our kids favorite because we get to do fun one-on-one dates that are right up their alley.

Things like, dinner at a fancy restaurant, tickets to a monster truck rally, heading downtown for the Art Walk, having our nails painted at a nice spa, going to a play, or an afternoon at the arcade.

Every family has to be deliberate with dates with their children, and having a family our size definitely takes major intentionality. It's important to us though, so we make them happen throughout the year.

These Christmastime dates are just a little bigger...a bit more special than simply having a hot chocolate and croissants at Starbucks.

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The Want gift is probably the hardest to purchase, believe it or not.

I think it's because Ben and I have to brainstorm together in finding hands-down, the one gift they want more than any others.

It forces us to really know our children and their likes and interests at this exact moment in their lives.

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Most of our kids are complete and total bookworms so sitting down and writing down ideas on the one book that would thrill them more than any other also helps us pay extra attention to where they're at in both interest and reading level.

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Something to Wear doesn't have to be as boring as it sounds.

Don't worry, we're not gifting socks and underwear here.

Instead, it's things like an NFL jersey we wouldn't typically spend money on, a sparkly "twirling" dress, or even something like this sweatshirt (for Abreham...shhhh) that will instill confidence in who they are and remind our kids how we see them.

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What do you think of this idea...would you change up the way you do Christmas?

What Christmas traditions do you have in your family!!

Comment below... I'd love to hear them + maybe add 'em to what we do!

Click here for more of our Christmas traditions + here for how we do Christmas.

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GIVEAWAY | my favorite things

In the past, on my birthday I did things like this.

This year though, in honor of my birthday... I thought it'd do a fun GIVEAWAY of a bunch of my favorite things!

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Let me walk you through all the items real quick, before you scroll down for the rules.

Oh! And if you add everything up, it retails at over $300.

I know...you totally want to win, right?

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I absolutely love throwing parties and having people over, so much of this collection highlights that.

I also adore a mishmash of vintage items on the table. So here are, four gorgeous vintage forks to get your collection started (from my favorite shop here in Denver)!

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I'm over the moon about tassels from GlamFete and because they know how much I love them, they're gifting a string of them for our giveaway!

Ours typically hang above our bed (see here), but admittedly I move them around the house a bit.

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Love Does. Sigh. I just absolutely and completely love this book.

I've bought it and re-bought it for friends and family and if you've read it, stick it in your purse to give to someone. Everyone should read it.

Love can do so much. Change so much. Just the simple act of saying "yes, I'll do it", can change your life and many of those around you!

I sound like an infomercial. But truly. Just read it. Head to Amazon now.

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I have met some of the most incredible world-changing ladies through the past several years.

I bought these colorfulful mixed metal bracelets from Beautiful and Beloved awhile back and love pairing them with Stella & Dot pieces I already own. My sweet friend Amber, founded of this shop and nonprofit with the purpose of empowering survivors of slavery and was willing to gift one of you a set of your own!

Head over to her shop to learn more and how you too, can help empower the marginalized and formally enslaved!

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I love having fun treats for the kids when they come home from school each afternoon.

These ice cream cups are perfect for just that...ice cream (obvi)...but are also ideal for hummus and carrots! Or a bunch of berries, apple slices with almond butter...or perhaps guacamole with a few tortilla chips!

If you don't have kids (or they're not school-aged), you totally need to invite some girls over. Because let's be honest...don't we all love gold + white right now? And now cute are the little wooden "spoons"?!

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I mentioned a few weeks ago in this post how life-changing Beautycounter's products have been for me.

My illness last summer (that lasted for months and months) caused me to really begin to research living more of a healthy, clean life and Beautycounter's mission lines up so perfectly with where I am now in caring for myself and our family.

The above photo is of the canvas bag that I adore and keep all my makeup in. But moreso, I love the encouragement printed on it. Don't you want to be someone who "leads the change" in life? I sure do.

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This Rose Water Uplifting Spray is amaaaazing and both smells and feels so luxurious.

I use it every morning to set my makeup and again in the afternoon as a little "rev-up" for my skin!

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Whitney over at Beaded by W sent me this beautiful tassel necklace last summer and I basically haven't taken it off. The mixture of white wooded beads and gold glass ones...combined with the massively bright pink tassel is absolute perfection.

This necklace will be sent directly from Beaded by W so if you ask nicely...she just might send you something from her fall line, with debuts in the next day or two instead.

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I'm a total sucker for gold + pink (what...you couldn't tell?!) and can't get enough of this eco-friendly journal by Greenroom.

The cover looks and feels like leather, though it's somehow recycled fiber.

Tell me you love the paper's pink edges, as much as I do!

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Paper straws. Obsessed.

Black and white stripe. Also obsessed.

Need I say more?!

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You know back when you were collecting Garbage Pail Cards and stickers (please tell me this isn't dating me)? Well, I was the super nerdy one who had a paper napkin collection. Yes. I'm serious.

Well, it has since translated into a love of hosting and making a pretty table...and this pink ombre set is just right up my alley. I may or may not have bought an armload of them awhile back. As in all the store had in stock.

I know, I have a hoarding problem.

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I posted a photo of this yummy lemonade on Instagram this week. I'd never had it before but the gorgeous packaging and the fact that it's Elderflower and Rose, totally hooked me.

It was an instant favorite!!

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I say this phrase to myself all the time.

Oh Jesus that we would pray more and worry less!!

A few years ago, I bought a big canvas and painted the saying in beautiful bright gold.

It was a major diy fail...looked like an elementary aged kid painted it. Which would be cute, if my kids had made it! Oh well.

Instead, you get to enjoy this gorgeously calligraphed piece surrounded by reclaimed wood (from my same favorite store where the vintage forks came).

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Though I typically love drinking from glass, sometimes carrying around a lidded plastic container just makes more sense.

But I have a hard time finding really cute ones that are BPA Free.

So when I happened on this one, I just had to bring it home (sorry I can't find it online)!

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Who doesn't love a bold poppy colored bag?! This leather cross body purse from Stella & Dot even has fun lining!

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When they came out with this collection, I bought everything they carried in the vibrant hue!!

More favorites are this and this!

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I'm always adding to my silver collection and especially love platters and trays because you can use them for everything from holding office supplies to desserts! And don't tell my grandma, but I love when they're slightly tarnished looking.

I also adore unique gift tags for gift giving or even to use as place markers at dinner parties!

And really, who doesn't love gorgeous pencils. This collection rests in a small vintage white pitcher on my desk. They're from a favorite paper goods store here in town.

Love!!!

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Who of you know Ruth over at Gracelaced?? Her heart is even more beautiful than her paintings. Truly.

I've had the extreme pleasure of spending time with her on a couple occasions.

I'm so excited she's blessing you with one of my favorite of her prints.

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. . RULES . .

Ok, here are the official rules for this giveaway!!

1.

You must subscribe to Hugs & Punches blog via email (see sidebar if you haven't already done so).

2.

Please 'like' this post.

3.

Please follow H&P on Facebook and Instagram.

4.

After doing the above, simply comment on this blogpost with your favorite Birthday tradition or memory...and you're entered! (I will be checking 1,2, 3, &4)

For extra entries...

. Share this post/giveaway on your Facebook page for 5 extra entires .

. Share this post/giveaway on your Instagram page for 5 extra entires .

.Tag a friend on this post (Facebook and/or Instagram). 1 extra entry per tag. Please do tagging in separately (one tagged person per comment) .

That's it!! GOOD LUCK!!!

Contest/Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific on November 1st.

So sorry but Winner must live in the Continental U.S.

A winner will be drawn on Monday, November 2nd and will be tagged via social media!

xo

. . GIVEAWAY CLOSED . .

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.free. Lock Screen Memory Verse + a little encouragement

For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 12:15b

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I love how this passage reads in The Message:

Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.

Wow. Makes me think twice about what comes out of my mouth. You too?

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I  just finished reading Jen Hatmaker's new book, For the Love.

I've marked the whole book up like a madwoman and have noticed a common thread: freedom. Freedom to say no, freedom to set boundaries, freedom to be me...in the best sense of the word.

Freedom to wear yoga pants like a uniform (hah!) and freedom in the abundant love of Christ.

"God measures our entire existence by only two things: how we love Him and how we love people. If you get this right, you can get a million other things wrong." (p71)

How do all my random thoughts go together with Matthew 12:15?

Let me tell you...input and output.

Back in the 80's, when I was a painfully shy, sweet(ish) Sunday School girl, I spent most of class fixing my ever sagging tights where the crotch somehow always ended up mid-knee, the thin nylon sagging around my ankles, (I know I'm rambling, but please tell me I wasn't alone in this).

But when I wasn't wriggling around trying to get my undergarments just-so, I remember singing my little heart out. And I recall singing particularly loud to a song named "Input, Output".

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Do you remember it?

Warning: it's sung in a computer voice.

Mhm. Yep. I never claimed to be cool.

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Anyway, it goes: "Input, output, what goes in must come out.

Input, output, that is what it's all about.

Input output, your mind is a computer whose.

Input, Output, daily you must choose."

 And as cheesy and lame as the song is, complete with computer voice and motions, it's stuck with me.

if I live in love

If I pray and work hard on kindness and patience, I'll speak in a way that will make our children feel my love for them as they grow. They will see freedom in Christ through my words and actions.

But this not only means feeding our hearts with meat from The Word. It also means we need to be careful what we spend our time watching or listening to. What conversations we're having with others.

It also means if we're angry or dissatisfied, we need to have an outlet for it...before it comes out in an unhealthy way.

I'm a (recovering) stuffer. I hate confrontation and will just press anything unpleasant down further and further, hoping it'll just go away and I'll get over it.

UGH...so unhealthy!

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It wasn't until being married that I realized that's NOT ok! You can't do that when you're on a team with someone for life. Your spouse will think everything is peaches and cream and then WHAM! A typhoon hits and takes everything out in it's wake. It ALL pours out.

The little issue from that day and everything all the way two years ago back. And his head will be spinning with confusion.

Talk about things AND pray about them.

Find a friend, your husband, or a counselor to just be crazy open and honest with.

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And wouldn't we rather overflow with love, kindness, goodness, generosity, and encouragement for others?

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Enjoy this lock screen + printable!

I challenge you to forward this post or the image itself on to a few friends who you cherish and think may love it, too! xo

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Printable (below): Download here.

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Cell Phone Lock Screen (below): Simply take a screen shot or download here. 10:15 lock screen download

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