Say Goodbye to Survival Mode!

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My focus this year is on vitality. In all areas of life. No longer just surviving, but rather living a full, energetic, passionate life. Choosing a word for the year is not just about having it there to motivate you – you have to do something. And while I was wanting to leave survival mode behind, I needed a plan to jump start my year of vitality.

That’s when Crystal Paine’s newest book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, came into my life.

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I often love the concepts presented in non-fiction books like this one, but I have a hard time finishing them. I get overwhelmed by all of the things I should be doing and put the book away before applying any of the concepts.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is a totally different story. I felt like Crystal was telling my tale of being overwhelmed, easily distracted, and just plain tired. As a fellow mom of three little ones, reading about Crystal’s path out of survival mode provided me with a lot of hope!

And along with hope, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode serves up nine strategies for moving forward with intention and life! My favorite strategies are along the lines of time management because that is where I struggle most. A few of my favorite tips:

Record what you do every half hour for 2-3 days.

I actually did this and WOW. So much wasted time here are there! But even just the act of recording what I was doing with my time made me be more intentional. I wanted to make better use of each chunk of time and I stopped doing a few unnecessary things that were showing up too often on the list!

Use those five minutes here and there.

Crystal includes a great starter list of things you could get done in that extra five minutes you have here and there instead of mindlessly surfing Facebook. I’ve started my own list to hang on the fridge to remind me that I own my time and can make it work better for me if I don’t waste it!

Set focused work time.

As an easily-distracted person, I have a hard time using time wisely. I have too many open windows in my browser. Multi-tasking is often my enemy and the thief of some of my vitality. I’ve been scheduling my days better since reading this book, and my writing time has been a lot more productive. Focused work time also means my time with my family is more focused as well.

These were my biggest “aha” moments, but Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is so much more than this. You’ll also find Crystal’s help to:

  • feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries
  • eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home
  • get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline
  • rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them

I don’t know many women who WOULDN’T benefit from reading this book, trying Crystal’s strategies, and finding life beyond just surviving! I am grateful to Crystal for sharing her life in such an honest and inspiring way and I am thrilled about the direction Say Goodbye to Survival Mode has me moving in for 2014!

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To celebrate the release of her book this week, Crystal is offering a collection of amazing prizes for those who buy the book. Simply go to www.GoodbyeSurvivalModeBook.com now for details. And there are lots of special giveaways every day this week as well! You can also pick up the book anywhere books are sold, including Amazon.

Are you in survival mode? What area of your life could use a new strategy?

 

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Day 24: I Don’t HAVE to… Do Everything for My Children

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Moms, we have a problem…

A school administrator recently told a friend of mine that all the stuff that kids have these days isn’t what spoiling them; it’s their moms. Moms who hover. Mom who step in to fix problems. Moms who coddle. Moms who do not allow their children to suffer the natural consequences of their actions. No wonder a 25-year-old can be found still living at his parents’ home. ~Kay Willis Wyma, Cleaning House

It may or may not be hard for you to believe this, but I have already seen the beginnings of entitlement in our seven and five-year-old. It is my fault. I don’t really want to be one of the moms mentioned in the quote above, but I have underestimated over and over again what my boys are capable of, done it for them, and in the process, created boys who don’t think they can – or don’t want to – do the necessary things for themselves.

Do Everything for My Children

Does any of this sound familiar?

They know how to fold laundry…but it goes much faster if I do it myself.

They know how to clean the sinks…but I’ll probably just have to clean it myself again afterwards, so I’ll do it myself.

They know to make their beds…but they’re in such a hurry in the morning, so I’ll just do it myself after they leave.

Even at seven and five, my boys can actually do much more than I give them credit for, but I have to LET them do those things! In the past year, they’ve learned how to vacuum, fold laundry, dust, take out the trash, and do the dishes. They do these things quite well IF I don’t do the chores for them!

As moms, we need to recognize the value in teaching our children to do the things they should know how to do, around the house and in life. Yes, it takes a little more work right now, but it creates much less work for you and I in the long run!

And even though our kids might will complain at first, they will actually be empowered by this experience…

Our kids want us to challenge them to do more, particularly once they experience firsthand how much better it feels to be productive rather than to be catered to. – Kay Wills Wyma, Cleaning House

I’m fighting the grumbles of my kids and my own do-it-myself attitude this week to teach the kids some new skills around the house. I’m thinking big picture. I don’t want them to have life handed to them on a platter. I want them to know the value of hard work and the reward of a job well done, whether it be making their bed or putting together a big report for school on their own.

In Kay Wills Wyma’s book, Cleaning House, she goes through her 12-month journey to rid of her family of entitlement. In the second month, she teaches all of her children how to meal plan, shop, cook, and clean up from the meal. The month had major ups and some downs, but I love her observation at the end of that month…

I didn’t realize just how much I’ve shackled these kids by racing in and doing for them. On autopilot, I’ve shopped, cooked, and so much more, failing to see the countless opportunities to teach them about life and build self-esteem by helping them do what most of their friends have never considered doing.

Time to stop doing it all for them, moms. Myself included.

What could you teach your kids to do for themselves this week?

 

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Day 22: I Don’t HAVE to… Go to a Conference {+ Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute FridayIt’s Five Minute Friday with lovely Lisa-Jo!

Set a timer and just write. Don’t worry about making it just right or not.

For me? An exercise in letting go and letting words flow. Five minutes only. {yes, I do set a timer and it quacks like a duck at 5 minutes, which totally makes me smile}

Today’s prompt: Together.

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And go…

Some of my very best online-turned-real-life friends are all together at a conference in South Carolina right now. I am missing the hugs and face-to-face conversation with them desperately, but that is not where I am to be right now.

After a busy, crazy, chaotic, FUN month of October, I am home, together with my family for the weekend. And while I long to see those far-away friends, my heart is overjoyed to be here, preparing for a “normal” weekend at home, together with my precious boys and handsome husband.

Yes, our normal together includes some on-call weekends, children not always cooperating, cleaning up spills and doing laundry, but THIS TOGETHER is what I crave right now. I need the family togetherness more than any other kind right now, no matter how messy it may be.

Conferences and retreats and events tug at my heart every once in a while, and if God says, “Go! Be together with them!” I will go. But His word to me has been “stay” lately.

And I will relish the together I have here, at home, with my family, every moment I get.

Stop.

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I’m breaking the Five-Minute Friday rules a bit, but I need to add a little round out my thoughts on this aspect of NOT having it all…

Go to a Conference

I am a raging extrovert, so conferences are totally my thing. I LOVE meeting new people, networking, learning and being inspired, and most of all, sitting down with friends who live too far away for coffee and in-the-flesh fellowship.

But conferences require planning and money and sacrifice, and you know what? Going to conference doesn’t make you more important or special than anyone else.

You don’t HAVE to go to conferences to make a difference or be known or get connected. If God has made a way for you to attend one, then GREAT! I know you will have an amazing time!

But if the door has been closed on attending any “special” events right now, please don’t fret or mope, dear one. He has His reasons. And He is working out His plan and purpose for you right where you are. He doesn’t need a conference to accomplish His goals and dreams for you.

Today, I am praying for all of you at Allume and any other wonderful event or conference or retreat going on this weekend to have amazing, divine appointments and leave refreshed and renewed by Him.

And I am praying for those of you at home, wishing they were somewhere else, to see the value of being together where you. I’m praying you will see the divine appointments He has for you in your own home, church, community this weekend. Going to a conference doesn’t make you special. He has already done that.

And here is my favorite moment so far that I would have missed had I been away…

My Scary Pumpkins 2013

Wherever you are, have a blessed weekend!

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Day 14: I Don’t HAVE to…Keep a Perfect House

31 Days of NOT Having It All BannerI might have been one of the worst homemakers in the world when I first got married and even more so when I first started staying home full-time.

As a big picture thinker, details often escape my eye and mind, so I would totally miss something that needed to be clean OR notice it and then totally forget about it five minutes later.

Hopefully The Hubby will agree that I’ve improved my homemaking skills over the years, but I’m still no Martha Stewart. The Hubby is still by far the more organized one by nature.

I’m working on it. I have a weekly schedule of chores to keep the house clean, but I still battle with clutter. The boys also have chores to do, but sometimes field trips and vacations and beautiful weather call us on an adventure and those chores get forgotten.

It is important to me to keep a clean house for the sake of the health + sanity + enjoyment of our whole family, but I gave up on keeping a perfect house long ago. I’m not a great decorator. I have three young boys and we homeschool. Legos and Nerf guns are regular fixtures on the dining room table and living room floor. Our home is lived in, not on display.

Keep a Perfect House

I love The Nester’s saying… “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” Our homes can be beautiful whether every window is spotless or not. Our homes can be beautiful without designer pillows or large works of art on the wall.

I’m not sure the perfect, lived in house actually exists, but if it does, I stopped trying to live up to those standards long ago. Instead of perfect, I’m just trying to aim for clean and functional for our family. Even just the clean part can be a struggle some weeks, but without the word “perfect” attached to my expectations, I know that what I do get done is not in vain, but for the good of my family.

Whether we stay at home or not, we all have homes to take care of. Are you a natural-born homemaker, a do-what-I-can homemaker, or somewhere in between? How do you keep your home neat without obsessing over perfect or neglecting your family? I’d love to hear from all cleaning personalities on this one!

 

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Prayers for Cleaning Day

Fridays are my cleaning day. I do clean on other days, but Friday, I – and sometimes the boys – do the heavier weekly cleaning. It can be a little overwhelming when I think about it, but once I get started, it’s not so bad.

And it’s really not so bad when I distract myself with music, conversation with my cleaning buddies, or prayer.

As I was cleaning a few weeks ago, I asked God for a better attitude and more diligence when it came to taking care of our home. In the next hour or so, He had filled my head with the prayers below. Before I knew it, the house was clean and my heart was full. Focus off me, focus on Him, problem solved.

My hope in sharing these prayers with you is that you and I can focus more on the joy of doing His work in our homes and less on the drudgery and monotony of cleaning.

Prayers for Cleaning Day

Prayers for Cleaning Day

vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing…

May the feet that walk here chase as hard after God as they chase after one another. May they not follow what the crowd is doing, but where God is leading. May they go where God sends them with joy and courage.

sinks…

May the hands that wash here be dirty from doing the work of Jesus. May they always reach out to help those in need. May they be lifted high in worship each and every day.

mirrors…

May the eyes that look in this mirror see the wonder of who You have created them to be. May they find their worth and identity solely in Christ. May they know that man may look at appearances, but God looks at the heart.

changing sheets, making beds…

May the head that sleeps here be filled with gratitude and praise for You, the one true God. May the thoughts that fill this head be true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

kitchen…

May we fill our mouths and minds with only good things from you, Lord. Keep our bodies and souls healthy and nourished by the food You have created and the Word You have given us. Help us make healthy choices that honor You and the bodies You have given us.

toilets, bathtubs…

May all who use these never take for granted every little blessing, even running water and toilet paper. May we praise You for the roof over our head, the floor under our feet, and yes, even the toilets and bathtubs. And may we remember always those who know not these luxuries, and do anything in Your leading to make a difference for those in need.

In Your Mighty Name…

And this is just the beginning. I know He has more ways for me to pray as I clean to unfold in the weeks, months, years ahead. The messes aren’t going away, but neither is He.

Maybe I’ll do a little extra work before Friday to see what He has to say… 

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The Best Meal Planning Tool I’ve Ever Used!

This is NOT a paid review. I just LOVE this so much, I HAD to tell you about it! I have included affiliate links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson!

Raise your hand if meal planning is one of your biggest struggles as school starts up again!

Summer is kind of a free-for-all when it comes to food around here – snacking, late dinners, leftovers. But our school schedule along with extra activities demands that I be more structured. And my grocery budget thanks me for it as well.

When it comes to meal planning, I have tried EVERYTHING. Calendars, lists, pen & paper, digital, binders…seriously, I have tried it all in an effort to stay more on track with food prep and budget.

I honestly scrolled right past the tweets and posts about Plan to Eat when they first popped up because I didn’t think it could be any different or better than all the things I had already tried. And I really wasn’t interested in a paid meal planning service.

But the 30-day free trial reeled me in, and before a week had even passed, I was hooked.

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Plan to Eat is different than other meal planning options and works well for our family for several reasons:

1. We are picky eaters. We do not do well with someone else sending a menu to prepare for the week. Plan to Eat is for YOUR favorite recipes.

2. When I want new recipe ideas, I want them from a friend who has actually tried them and loves them. Plan to Eat has a social aspect – find your friends on the service, browse their recipes, and add the ones you want to try to your recipes!

3. I find the majority of my recipes online, from friends’ blogs or social media posts or on Pinterest, and I want to have all those great recipes organized in one place. Plan to Eat makes it very easy to add recipes directly from a website or blog post with copying and pasting the whole thing! There is even a bookmark you can add to your browser’s tool bar to click on and automatically add a recipe!

4. The $39 annual fee is SO small compared to most online services. And I’m sure I’ve saved that much on groceries by being more organized! {And stay tuned later in this post for a way to get it for even less…}

I could go on and on about my adoration for Plan to Eat, but I really think you just have to try it to see how much you’ll love it. Really – go sign up for the 30-day FREE trial, find me on there {homewiththeboys}, and start

If you get in there and feel a little overwhelmed about where to start, feel free to ask any questions by email, Facebook, Twitter, whatever! My friend Kat wrote an AWESOME series on using Plan to Eat, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel! She covers everything!

To celebrate the start of the school year and help you get back on track, I have a super special Plan to Eat treat ONLY for you, my friends! Check this out…

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You MUST take advantage of this now! I don’t think you’ll even need until August 31st to decide to go all in!

And there’s more!

We’re giving away TWO one-year meal planning subscriptions to Plan to Eat, each valued at $39! Thank you PTE! We love you!

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Back to School Boot Camp: Home Management Printables

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We start back up with school in one week, so I’m putting myself through a “Back to School Boot Camp” to get organized and on track before we resume our studies! If I don’t get organized now, it’s definitely going to be harder after school begins, so now is the time to set schedules, make lists, and stick to a plan!

I always think planning is more fun when it involves cute lists and schedules, so I’m loving the Home Management Printables from Clean Mama Printables that are on sale over at Educents right now!

First of all – do you know about Educents?! It’s a new thing for me, but it’s kind of like the Groupon or Zulily of the education world. You’ll find curriculum and school supplies and books and everything education-related under the sun! Each deal is only for a limited time and is generally 30% off or more from the regular price.

Now, about these Home Management Printables. I know there are lots of options like this out there, so let me tell you some things to love about this particular set…

Home Management Printables

*The Cleaning Kit section includes great ideas for weekly cleaning, once a week cleaning, monthly cleaning, and seasonal cleaning! This isn’t just a place to record what you are doing, but also get ideas for a great cleaning schedule to stay on top of the whole house!

*The Menu Planning Kit portion features weekly and monthly planner sheets, but what I really is love is the inventory checklists for the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. I tend to forget what I have tucked away here and there and end up buying more when I didn’t really need more! The inventory sheets are really helpful to use up what you already have when planning your menu!

*I don’t handle the bills in our household because my husband is amazing at math and budgets and all that {and because he knows my forgetful tendencies too well}, but even the Budget and Bill Pay section of this kit gets me a little excited! You can track receipts, bills to be paid, payments toward debt, and much more with these financial printables.

*My kids love checklists and we all get more done when everything is written on a list! I think it’s the motivation of checking everything off – who doesn’t love that? In the Dockets and Calendars section, you’ll find cute checklists and daily schedules to keep everybody on track and on the same page.

*In addition to everything I’ve already mentioned, there are many more pages to get you organized in the Busy Mom Kit such as…

  • In Case of Emergency
  • Family Medical Information
  • Appliance & Automobile Maintenance Records
  • Insurance Policies

*AND the colors are super fun. I’m such a girl, but I just love the bright colors and coordination of all the different sheets in the pack!

The regular price for this whole set is $40, but through July 31st, you can get everything for just $24 over at Educents!

True confession: I tend to shy away from buying printable packs because once you buy it, you also have to pay to print it. BUT, there are a few money-saving options that make this kind of pack work for me!

The first way to save money is to print the pack and either laminate the pages or put them in a binder with sleeve protectors. Using a dry-erase marker will make these pages ones you can use over and over again without wasting printer ink.

The second is a new favorite discovery to me. Using an app called Notability, I can use these “printables” without ever printing them! Notability allows me to write on the pages with a stylus on my iPad. No printing, no papers to keep organized, and it is always with me! To read more about how to use Notability, please check Amanda’s tutorial – she explains it way better than I ever could!

Don’t miss out on this deal – get it before it expires July 31st!

What kind of forms or lists are essential for planning in your home? Do you use paper or technology to keep you organized?

I received these printables in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

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High Five Morning Routine for Kids

Two years ago, the lovely Laura Booz posted on her blog about her girls’ morning routine called the “High Five!” You can see my comment still on that original post where I said I was going to make my own for the boys right then. And I actually did!

We’ve been using that “High Five” routine for two years now. It was simple because they were 5 and 3. The five things on their hand were all things they could do mostly by themselves. I could just say, “Go do your High Five!” and they knew exactly what to do! It’s a lot easier to say that than list all of those things over and over again!

As the boys have grown up, I’ve seen a need to “grow up” their High Five as well!

The older two boys {7 and 5} and I sat down to talk through the different parts of their current morning routine and determine which of those things needed to happen EVERY morning.

Here is what we came up this time around:

High Five Morning Routine

These five things are to be done in order from left to right. Bible + prayer time is first because I want it to be the first thing they do each morning – now and in the future!

Once all five are completed, they get to slap the hand on the wall – actually high five the “High Five!” Boys love getting to hit anything, right?!  The rule in our house is no playing until the High Five is done! The boys each have an assigned daily chore which I prefer them to do in the morning, but we didn’t make it part of the High Five because some need to be done later in the day.

The High Five could be easily adapted for children of any age. Other things that could be included in your morning routine depending on age and time of year:

  • Pick up toys
  • Put pajamas away
  • Feed a pet
  • Get backpack ready for school
  • Wash face
  • Morning chore
  • Brush hair
  • Take vitamin
  • Hug Mommy & Daddy
  • Thank Jesus for today {original idea from Laura!}

Isn’t this a fun idea? I’ve found I felt less like a nagging mom in the morning when I just say, “High Five time!” It’s a morning routine that has worked for us for two years and I think it will stick around for a long time!

What would be on the hand for your High Five morning routine for your kids?

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Barefoot: Recognizing the Holy Ground Wherever You Are

Barefoot

This space we live in has become quite normal, quite ordinary to me. The daily routine has become more of a drudge as I know that each day just brings more dishes, more errands, more of the same lessons to be taught to children who seem to have forgotten them from just 24 hours prior.

I love my children, my husband, my home, my God. I’ve just been stuck in an ordinary mindset.

The home, however, is no ordinary place. It has only become that way in my mind because of MY perspective.

Five years ago called me home – to be in this place, raising our children, making a home. It was something I wanted with all my heart, but it was also scary at the time. I didn’t realize how comfortable I had become in the working world. I wasn’t the best housekeeper. I didn’t do a lot of “homemade.” And suddenly, my two children would be with me, relying on me, needing me every moment of every day.

In all that comes with raising children over the past five years, I had forgotten that God CALLED me home. It was clear as a bell during a worship service while I was pregnant with Little J. We were planning a move as The Hubby had been accepted to medical school. I had resigned my teaching position and been applying for part-time elementary music jobs in the community we thought we would end up in. That was MY plan, but God told me differently. He called me home.

And we listened. Even though it made no sense financially, I became a stay-at-home mom and that’s what I’ve been ever since.

The stay-at-home mom part is not easy to forget – it’s what I do. But the calling…how could I forget that?

That calling is important. Essential. Purpose-giving. Holy.

And that last word is the word that caught me the other day as I read about Joshua and the angel in one of the last few chapters of Bob Goff’s book, Love Does.

The angel told them to take off their shoes because they were on holy ground, just as we are today.

Have you ever thought of the ground you’re walking on right now as holy ground? That floor covered in crushed Cheerios and the always-dangerous Legos? I can guarantee I had not thought of those played-on, stomped-on, crawled-on floors as holy for a long time…or ever.

Our homes are holy ground because family is a high calling. My friend Lisa-Jo Baker, writing about motherhood, said…

I am convinced that the God who made you, sculpted you, loved you into being considers your story just as important as the work of rescuing women from the slums in Kenya or the traffickers in Ukraine.

And that story is worth fighting for, right? Joshua was on his way to a fight when he encountered that angel and took his shoes off. Our homes, our families, our stories deserve to be more than just ordinary and we must fight to make them so. I want to do what Bob Goff says:

I need to pick the fight myself…Then, most important of all, I need to run barefoot toward it. But I want to go barefoot because it’s holy ground; I want to be running because time is short and none of us has as much runway as we think we do; and I want it to be a fight because that’s where we can make a difference. That’s what love does.

You don’t need to be a stay-at-home mom to consider your home holy ground. If you’re a parent, wherever you walk with your kids, for your kids, because of your kids – that is holy ground.

I’ve been taking off my shoes and socks a lot more at home lately to remind myself of the holy God who wants to inhabit our home and hearts. I feel closer. It all feels a lot less ordinary. It’s not easier, but it feels like it’s worth leaning in and kneeling down and fighting hard.

And I couldn’t have said it any better than Lisa-Jo to every parent to wrap it all up neatly:

I believe your work is holy ground and I am proud to stand here barefoot beside you.

Let’s walk barefoot together with God and our family and one another on this holy ground – wherever you are. And let’s fight for more than just the ordinary.

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Ultimate Homemaking Ebook Bundle Sale!

This sale has ended!

I have been DYING to tell you about this amazing sale including some of my favorite writers and ebooks, but I had to keep it hush-hush…

UNTIL TODAY! It’s the Ultimate Homemaking Ebook Bundle Sale!

{Seriously, this is incredible. Read on!}

For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!

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More than anything, our goal for this sale was for it to be, well… ultimate! We firmly believe that you will not find a more comprehensive collection of homemaking resources anywhere on the web, and particularly not in this price range. For this low price, you gain access to every single one of these resources, so that you can customize your own collection to contain exactly the ones you want and know you’ll use.

This library of homemaking helps include topics such as mothering, organization and cleaning, recipes and kitchen helps, home education, spiritual growth for both moms and kids, home décor and DIY, pregnancy and baby care, frugal living, health and fitness, and even work-from-home and financial tools.

To sweeten the pot, we’ve also teamed up with 10 companies to bring you over $140 in bonus offers, giving you an affordable opportunity to get products you’ll use and love for only the cost of shipping, or in some cases, entirely for free!

What’s Included in the Sale?

When you purchase The Ultimate Homemaking eBook collection, you will get instant access to any of the 97 eBooks and eCourses listed below.

PLUS over $140 of FREE Bonuses

Each The Ultimate Homemaking eBook collection comes with more than $140 of FREE Bonuses from 10 companies that we know you’ll love. More on these bonuses below.

Please note: This collection is only available from 9 a.m. EST on April 29th to 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4th. There will be no late sales offered.

Home & Property {Cleaning, Organizing, Decor}

31 Days to Clean by Sarah Mae @ SarahMae.com ($4.99)

Getting it Together: Your Guide to Setting Up a Home Management System that Works by Kayse @ kayse pratt ($3.99)

Pulling Yourself Together: Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks by Becky @ Clean Mama ($10.00)

Simple Living by Lorilee @ Loving Simple Living ($2.99)

NOT a DIY Diva by Melissa @ The Inspired Room ($3.99)

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh @ Simple Mom ($5.00)

28 Days to Hope for your Home by Dana @ A Slob Comes Clean ($5.00)

Organizing Life as Mom by Jessica @ Life as Mom ($9.00)

Clean Enough: Simple Solutions for the Overwhelmed by Jenni @ Live Called ($4.99)

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