The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Is Here!!

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It’s here! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is my absolute favorite bundle to promote each year, and it’s the only bundle I actually feel is worth the effort to promote. Why? Because every year I fall in love with all of the amazing content in the bundle and can’t wait to share it with you!

This year the value is amazing, and the highest it’s ever been! You get almost $2,000 worth of products for the same low price of $29.97! It’s really astounding and yes it’s true. This isn’t a sham deal. That’s why it only comes once a year!

 

If you bought each one of these 106 items separately it would cost you $1,983.80. There is NO WAY that anyone is going to spend that much buying all these items, but more importantly, you won’t want every single item! But if you were to buy these items separately, it would cost you around $19 for each item! I know there are at least 10-20 items in here that you would love to have, and I’m guessing way more than that.

For just a few days only you can get it all for the $29.97 price!

I want to share with you some of my favorite products. As an author in the bundle I always get a sneak peak and I love getting to preview some of the courses and ebooks first. Yes you read that right! The Basic version of The Well Ordered Kitchen is included in this bundle, plus a huge coupon code to save on the Deluxe or Premium version if you want to upgrade! 

First, some basic information about the Bundle.

  • There are 105 items included (ebooks courses, videos, printables, membership sites, and workbooks!). Plus there are 10 bonus offers, with 8 of them being physical items! There is a combination of super practical items for mothering and homemaking, and then some fun items for moms, like the doodle and coloring books included!

 

  • The ebooks come in PDF or Kindle format. Starting Friday you will pay an extra $10 to upgrade to the Kindle Format. If you want the Kindle format hurry and order today or tomorrow to get it free!

 

  • As a fun bonus you have 10 bonus offers to redeem, 8 of them being physical items! From scripture journals to dryer balls, a glass straw for your cup or beautiful art prints. It’s so much fun to get all of the bonus offers in the mail!! These are worth $293 together!

And with that, here is a list of a few things that I really like from the Bundle!

Temper Toolkit – This is a video series from Lisa Jo Baker. Even the introduction video pulled me in right away. Let’s just all stop right here and admit that we struggle with our temper with our children. It definitely varies in how it manifests itself, but I’m sure every mother could use an encouraging boost with lots of practical tips on how to be more patient and loving with their children. Find practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it!

The SAHM Wardrobe Basics Builder – This is a 20 piece capsule wardrobe guide to help you build a capsule wardrobe of your own. If you are skirts only, swap the jeans out for a denim skirt. 🙂

What’s 4 Dinner Challenge Meal Planning e-course – I love Erin from Humbled Homemaker, so I really enjoyed watching these videos and hearing her stories!

Foundational Five Plus – I’ve been working on healing my Diastasis before we have another baby.  I’ve been using the Foundational Five workouts from Fit2B and I love that these are included.

Cozy Minimalism Decorating Class by The Nester – Anyone who reads The Nester’s blog knows that she is amazing at decorating! I am looking forward to going through this video course and learning all her tips and secrets!

The Busy Mom’s Make Ahead Breakfast Cookbook – I struggle with breakfast time, but this cookbook gave me tons of ideas!! I already used a recipe for breakfast this week and we all loved it!

Those are just a few things I wanted to share, I have a lot more on the list of things I love!!

You can’t forget to go check all the wonderful bonus offers! Head over to the website and see what bonus offers you get that equal almost $300!

And now for my exciting news. I have my very own bonus offer for those of you who purchase through me! And it’s pretty amazing! 

For six days, anyone who orders the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through me will get to pick between receiving a free mini flexi clip (you pay $3.00 in shipping and I choose the style), OR receiving a $10 gift certificate to spend at Deborah & Co. 

Wahoo!! I think that is so fun!

To redeem your bonus offer from me, purchase the bundle here and then fill out this google form. All bonuses will be sent next week after the bundle ends.

Disclaimer – As an author I earn a percentage of each sale made through my link. We appreciate every single one of you who orders through our link, because it’s not going towards groceries or music lessons. This year it’s going towards a down payment on a house, which we are super excited about. So thank you in advance! The day I get to share with you that we have finally moved will be an amazing day! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Freedom To Form Standards, The Grace To Walk Away

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Do you ever feel insecure and wonder what people think about you? I sure do! And it’s not just because I have an online presence and hope people online don’t think I’m crazy. I don’t worry so much about that anymore – I learned a long time ago that I can’t please everyone!

We were at the Midwest Great Homeschool Convention this past week, and every time I share online that we are headed to another convention there is a little part of me that cringes. People think we are on the road a lot, but we only did 2 conventions with our businesses this year and attended another one as a couple.

For years I had a stance to not attend shows or do parties with my businesses. I felt like I worked enough from home and I wasn’t going to leave my babies. And then we started doing conventions. What changed is that suddenly my husband had a product to bring along, and so it wasn’t all about me. We were in this as a family, and it has been worth it to travel. But it means leaving my younger children home with Nana or Aunt, and I always feel so guilty! It’s honestly not so much about feeling guilty for myself. I know they love spending time on the farm with Nana and she takes great care of them. It comes down to the age old question, “what must people think of me that I’ll leave my young children at home for the weekend?

Can you relate? Women crave to be accepted, and even though we stand firm as homeschooling mothers in stances that are not popular in the culture, we don’t want our friends around us to judge. For the record, I’ve never felt judged by my friends for leaving on business trips. I think it’s all in my head!

I think part of this feeling is just pride. We don’t want others to look down on us. Sean and I have changed our opinions on a number of issues over the years. We have deeply regretted how ultra conservative we were in our early years of marriage, because it led to us being critical and prideful.

We once used to be 100% quiverful. I even wrote a blog post about it years ago. Now we have a heart to have children for the Lord, but have seen the wisdom in spacing out my pregnancies so my health doesn’t totally collapse.  Do you know how controversial this is, especially online? To be truly committed to the Lord surely means to be 100% quiverful, right?

We used to be committed to the integrated family church model. Now we don’t have a problem with sending our children to a Sunday School class, provided we trust the teachers and feel it’s a safe environment.

I could go on and on about all the things we’ve had to admit we were wrong about. It’s humbling to admit that you have changed your mind. It’s easy to share all the super conservative standards you have among friends, because those are viewed as making you a godly family. It’s not as easy to change in ways that people feel like you must be going soft.

I’ve felt such freedom in letting go of some standards that I feel are more man made. There has to be a balance. Follow the straight and narrow path when it comes to true commandments from God. There are many standards that are black and white with no grey in between. But is the Bible truly definitive in its stance for or against Sunday Schools or even wearing skirts only? I know some of you believe that it is, but the case is difficult to make. Sometimes it comes down to every family deciding what is best for them, and then leaving it at that.

So with that being said, I’m not going to try to convince you to follow my lead and not be 100% quiverful. Your body might handle it just fine. I’m not going to try to convince you that it’s ok to wear jeans with a tunic shirt. That’s my own personal opinion as of the year 2017 with my husband giving me his input.

Let’s give each other that freedom. Hold each other accountable for the true standards found in the Bible, and give grace to each other for all of those gray areas. Makeup, modesty, dating/courtship, eating standards…we look to God for wisdom in all of these areas and try to follow how the Holy Spirit is leading us. But don’t try to pull one or two vague sentences out of the Bible and make it a gospel principle.

Hold yourself accountable before God, but also be open to changing. We have had to change our stance over the years. We used to not celebrate Christmas. Now we LOVE celebrating Christmas! Don’t fall into a rut where you never examine your convictions for years on end. But make sure you examine your convictions with the Lord right beside you, because it can be easy to get weary and you start giving up convictions out of fatigue.

Don’t give up! Keep pressing forward. Reject the man made labels and create a family environment that is full of God’s spirit.

 

 

Free Grocery Shopping List Printable!

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I’m on a mission this year to be more organized. By now you would think I’d have it all together, but I still have a lot to work on!

I want to actually use the planners I buy, instead of them sitting on the shelf.

I’m tired of waking up in the morning with no clue what to fix, and we are out of eggs and milk because I wasn’t better prepared.

Can anyone relate?

It’s hard work to run a house. It’s even harder to run a house and feel like you are a pro at it, which is why you need good resources to assist you!

I’m excited to share some new resources with you over the next few weeks, but for now we wanted to give you a free shopping list printable that Sean designed! You can write in the names of the grocery stores you commonly shop at (for me it’s Aldi and Hyvee, plus Costco). If you have another store you normally shop at, write it in the blank section!

Click here to have this form sent to you for free!

Here are some ideas on how to best use this shopping list. 

~ Put it on your fridge and have a weekly shopping list. As you are cooking in the kitchen, write down items that you notice you might need. If you use the last jar of something in your pantry, stop and put it on the shopping list right away before you forget!

~ Take this list and do a walk through your pantry before you go grocery shopping, plus your fridge! Look for anything else you forgot to write down throughout the week.

~ If you don’t like the idea of leaving it on your fridge, print off 50 or so at a time and have your local copy store put it into a pad. It’s really easy to do and I don’t think it costs very much. You can keep the pad in the kitchen and then tear off the list when it’s time to go shop!

Grab the free printable below by clicking on the image! We will email it to you right away! 

 

Teaching Children To Do Their Chores

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Chore time. It either brings up happy thoughts of well behaved children that wake up and instantly go to their chores, happy and diligent, or it makes you groan inside as you think of the daily struggle that chore time can be.

I’ve had both thoughts at time. Morning chores can be a “can I pull my hair out?” type experience, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to this (as with most other parenting challenges), is consistency long term.

It’s not fun to be the bad guy. Getting up every morning and reminding children to do their chores is not my favorite thing to do. I don’t want to hear any groans first thing in the morning. But they will never learn if I remind them once or twice a month, and then ignore it the other days.

Children learn best with slow, daily drips of knowledge being consistently fed to them. The same is true for chore time.

You can find more information on our morning chore routine on a previous blog post I wrote, not much has changed since that post, except our children are a little older and some have different chores.

What I’ve been realizing lately is that some of my children needed a refresher course on how to do their chore. You can’t just tell a child to go do the dishes or take care of the laundry without showing them how to run the washing machine, or load the dishwasher. Often you will have to show them more than once, and stand and watch them until they get it down correctly.

The bathroom chore is what was needing a refresher course in our house. We live in a small house with one bathroom, and it’s obviously in high demand with 8 people in our house!

The best way to give a refresher training course? Make it fun! Inspire them about their chore! Make them feel proud of what they do for the family. 

Chore time took much longer than normal, but I went into the bathroom with our son and instead of showing him all the different things he was doing wrong, I started with one simple thing.

The toilet. Yucky! But it needed to be cleaned better, so I told him to go grab a cleaner (Mrs. Meyer’s is our favorite and it’s safe for the children to use! We get it from Grove.) I started pointing to him step by step what I wanted him to clean. But I tried to make a connection to why he was cleaning it.

When he lifted up the toilet seat and started cleaning the bottom part, I told him that no guy wanted to use the toilet when it was really dirty. He didn’t seem to care (typical boy!!) but I said his father would appreciate a clean toilet. 😉

I literally had to stand and point to dirty spots over and over again on the toilet. He has been doing this chore for quite awhile, but I think it’s normal for children to need to a cheerleader to come along behind them and give them refresher training courses.

Here is how I made this chore fun.

This boy loves anything about the west, toy guns (living in the city he has to stay content with toy guns for the most part!), civil war time period…all those historical times of battles and cowboys. He just happened to have a holster strapped onto him already, so I definitely played on that.

“Israel! The spray bottle is your gun! Pull it out and attack this pile of dirt! Oh look at you go! The fastest spray guy in the west!”

Now I’m not talking to a toddler here. You have to know your child, and if something like this would work for them. We started with a quiet, not terribly excited child, and ended our chore time over 30 minutes later with a chid who was happily chattering on about how great the bathroom looked.

“Mama, this bathroom is something we can be proud of now! We don’t have to feel embarrassed when someone comes over!”

It warmed my heart to see him feel pride in a clean bathroom!

Here is a quick step by step list of what we did to the bathroom. 

  1. Clean the toilet, step by step. Wipe down each part of the toilet seat, top bottom, then the lid, the back of the toilet and the top of the toilet.
  2. Clean the sponge. This was a big step. Remind them to constantly be rinsing out their sponge or wash cloth so it’s clean again.
  3. Clean the walls. Our walls really needed wiped down! Spray and wipe, and explain that if you wipe down the areas around the sink every few days then it won’t get very dirty.
  4. Clean the trim. Dust and dirt just collect around our trim and it has to be cleaned! I’ve done this so many times to this bathroom, but it’s something that needs to be done weekly. I reminded him how to use the scrubbing side of the sponge and to scrub right up along the side of the baseboard.
  5. Finally, I reminded him to clean the sink last, and to wipe it down when he was done cleaning.

I clean the shower myself, so we skipped that part. He even got a towel and wiped the floor down, since it was wet from scrubbing it, and then wiped the sink down.

It definitely took quite a bit of my time in the morning, but it was worth it for long term success of getting our bathroom clean!

If you are struggling in chore time, here are a few ideas. 

  1. Rally the troops! Have a family meeting and let your children know how important their chores are that they do. They are really blessing the family, and make them feel super important with the jobs they have.
  2. We don’t give weekly allowances, but we do give checks on their Character Badges chart if they get up and do their chore without reminded. They receive a diligence check. Checks lead to earning coins and they can turn their coins in for rewards! Super motivating! 🙂
  3. Give them a reward to work towards! It could be a small toy or book they want, and if they faithfully do their chore for 2 weeks (or whatever time you set) then they get this item. It can be a great way to instill good habits.

Happy chore time! Press on mother!

 

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