Advent Family Experiences & Toys + BIG Giveaway

by jessicaturner on November 25, 2015

With Advent just around the corner, I have been thinking about different advent toys and experiences for our family and the kids specifically. (I love this post from The Art of Simple on ways to keep Advent simple.)

I have found this year in particular there seems to be SO MANY Advent resources that it is a little overwhelming, so thought I would share some favorites today.

Note that for the holiday weekend, you can get 30% off anything from DaySpring with the code 30FRIDAY15.

Advent readings for the dinner table

DaySpring offers these really simple, but meaningful tabletop devotionals that are great for prayer and discussion at the dinner table. I have two of them and plan to keep one at home and take one for my desk at work.

Redeemed Christmas – The Heart of Jesus – Advent Tabletop Devotional

Snow Birds – Blessings of Our Savior – Advent Tabletop Devotional

Jesus, God’s Promises Fulfilled – Advent Tabletop Devotional

Advent Resources for Families

Faith Gateway is offering a Free Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Calendar Printable + Reading Plan, which I downloaded for this year. We are such big fans of the Jesus Storybook Bible so I am excited to read it in a new way.

Also, Truth in the Tinsel is another fabulous resource for families with young children. We love the activities and simple teaching tools that it includes.

Lastly, we are loving Illustrated Children’s Moments’ new Advent coloring sheets and oversized Advent coloring posters. They are SO fun and keep my kids busy for hours.

Advent resources from Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp Advent Resources
Ann was the first writer who really motivated to re-evaluate how I spent Advent. The books and products she offers for the season are, in my opinion, the best out there. If you are looking for one thing to buy, buy one of her Advent books.

The Greatest Gift: This is the book I plan to read each morning of Advent (DaySpring or Amazon)

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift – a book for the whole family. Truly one of the most exquisite books we own. The illustrations + storytelling is incredible. (DaySpring or Amazon)

Ann Voskamp – The Greatest Gift – Paper Ornament Set: The perfect companion to either of the books, these pearlized embossed ornaments will last for years.

Simple Advent Calendars for Kids

Advent Calendars for Kids

Our family also ADORES this Peanuts Christmas – Story of Christmas – Felt Advent Calendar. The kids have been playing with it every day since it arrived last week. I love how interactive it is. It reminds me of the felt boards from Sunday school when I was a kid.

It’s regularly $39.99, but on major sale for just $15. Use the code 30FRIDAY15 to get an extra 30% off, making it just $10.50. This is a steal.

As a little girl, I remember getting a simple paper calendar every year. Each day my sister and I would open the little paper window and talk about Advent. Here are a few fun ones.

Ice Skating Fun – Advent Calendar

Nativity – Advent Calendar

Peanuts Christmas – Advent Calendar

Advent Toys for the Season
I love the idea that in addition to daily scripture and prayer, having a small toy for the kids to engage with so decided to purchase a toy for my older kids this year (they are 4 and 7). I have heard FANTASTIC things about the LEGO sets and ordered the Star Wars set for our Elf of the Shelf to bring to the kids Sunday night. They are going to be so excited.

LEGO City Town 60099 Advent Calendar Building Kit

LEGO Star Wars 75097 Advent Calendar Building Kit

LEGO Friends 41102 Advent Calendar Building Kit

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

PLAYMOBIL Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

PLAYMOBIL Christmas Room with Illuminating Tree Advent Calendar Building Kit

Schleich Christmas on The Farm Advent Calendar Set

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar Playset



Today I am thrilled to partner with DaySpring to offer an incredible Advent giveaway. They are generously providing the following to one lucky winner (US only):

This giveaway is going to last for just two days so that we can get everything shipped to you on Friday, so enter right away.
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DaySpring Black Friday Sale – Starts Now!

by jessicaturner on November 24, 2015

dayspring  christmas sale

Without question, the DaySpring Black Friday sale is an annual reader favorite this time of year. DaySpring has released the deals early for their affiliates and I am pleased to share it with you!

Get 30% off site-wide (no exceptions) using the code 30FRIDAY15. When you stack this code with mark-downs on the site, you have some INCREDIBLE deals. Be sure to also check out their daily Deal of the Day.

You can find the full-list of Black Friday mark-downs here. I have also listed a few favorites below.

Everlasting Light – Star Cluster Necklace
Regular price: $50
Sale: $10
With coupon: $7.50

Bless This Home – Wall Art
Regular price: $50
Sale price: $23
With coupon: $16.10

Abide in Him – Metal Wall Decor
Regular price: $45
Sale price: $20
With coupon: $14

Ichthys – Metal Wall Art
Regular price: $49.99
Sale price: $23
With coupon: $16.10

Peanuts Christmas – Story of Christmas – Felt Advent Calendar
Regular price: $39.99
Sale price: $15
With coupon: $10.50

Lisa Leonard – Gold Joy Banner Necklace
Regular price: $44
Sale price: $33
With coupon: $23.10

Lisa Leonard – Grow in Grace Necklace
Regular price: $36
Sale price: $27
With coupon: $18.90

Lisa Leonard – Courage Leather Cuff
Regular price: $54
Sale price: $40.50
With coupon: $28.35

Redeemed – Everything Beautiful – Rain Gauge
Regular price: $16.99
Sale price: $6.99
With coupon: $4.89


With this coupon you can also get the exclusive Fringe Hours collection for the lowest prices of the year, with products starting at just $3.50.

Additionally, DaySpring is the first retailer to have BOTH The Fringe Hours and the new gift book, My Fringe Hours in stock.


I am so excited about this sale because you can get each book for roughly $8 each, which is significantly cheaper than Amazon (the gift book is $14.99 on Amazon, so you can get about 4 gift books for the price of 2 of Amazon.) Honestly, I don’t expect anyone to offer My Fringe Hours cheaper than this.

My Fringe Hours is hardcover, full-color and simply beautiful. It is a perfect gift for every woman you know – your sister, your best friend, your kids’ teachers. They all will love it. (Read more about it here.)

Buy a book and an item or two from the collection and you have a really beautiful gift!

The following books are also dirt cheap. With the coupon they are just $5.24.
Jen Hatmaker – 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Angie Smith – What Women Fear: Walking in Faith

Go shop the DaySpring Black Friday sale now!

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