Introducing Stackapals – DIY Block People!

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block_stack1We are so excited to introduce Stackapals! This project has been a long time in coming. Sean actually started designing these in the hopes of having them available last Christmas! Since he was still in college, homework got in the way and he wasn’t able to finish them in time. Well, now they’re done and we finally get to share them with you!

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Stackapals are do-it-yourself block people toys that are as simple as they are delightful. Each character has been hand drawn and then imported into the computer for final illustration. Stackapals are designed with expressive faces and adorable clothing that make mixing and matching them bunches of fun.

Making Stackapals is super easy! You only need a few items to make these blocks and then you have an amazing gift! There are twelve characters in all – 6 boys and 6 girls and just about anybody can put a set together. Included in the PDF download are detailed instructions on how to assemble your Stackapals as well as helpful supply list links. With a little time and effort you’ll have a wonderful hand-made toy your children will enjoy for years to come.

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Think of the adorable gifts you could give at Christmas time to the young children you know! The nice thing is that Stackapals are very inexpensive to make. And they’re very versatile! Not only can you make block people out of them, but you can also adhere them to magnets to stack on your refrigerator, or even wood or cardboard tiles to lay out flat on the floor or even in the car on trips!   Once you have the PDF file, print off and make as many gifts as you need! (Please note, Stackapals are for personal use only. They are not available to make and sell online or at craft fairs etc.)

Stackapals_girl_collectionStackapals Girl and Boy Set! Buy separately or purchase the bundle set and save!

Stackapals_boy_collectionWe are offering a 2 day special as we release these exciting new products! For every Bundle Set of Stackapals you purchase, you will receive our Little Character Badges program totally free! The Stackapals will be emailed to your inbox right away, and then the Little Character Badges file will be emailed to you in the evening.

Receive Little Character Badges ebook for free!If you have a 3-5 year old child, Little Character Badges is a fun way to motivate and encourage your child towards good behavior, while still keeping them accountable in their incorrect behavior. This offer is available Monday and Tuesday, October 13th and 14th only!

Stackapals make excellent building blocks for children! We hope your children will enjoy Stackapals as much as ours do. It’s not just our youngest that loves them – our 4 and 6 year old girls love mixing and matching the fun characters. (We’ve even caught  our 9 and 11 year old sons sit down with them. :)

You can purchase the Stackapals Bundle Set here.

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Your Chance At Health – The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

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I don’t know about you, but I’m already hearing reports of strange viruses, cautions to keep our children’s immune system as strong as possible during the winter months, and that it is going to be a difficult winter. I don’t want to be at the doctor’s office all winter long with 5 sick children! Rather, I want to know how to strengthen their bodies to fight these illnesses, and when sickness does come, how to treat them as naturally as possible through essential oils, herbs, and other natural ways.

I don’t think I’m alone in this. 

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses

Fitness

Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes

Seasonal

Special Diets

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

How I Afford To Be A Stay At Home Mom

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It’s a common concern. In a day where it is extremely common for both parents to be working full time jobs, the question frequently arises. “How in the world can you afford to be a stay at home mom?”

I never considered working outside the home. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom, and even after we got married I stayed at home instead of getting a job. We knew we wanted a family right away, so three months after getting married we found ourselves expecting our first child! It was an exciting time, but finances were very, very tight our first few years of marriage. During the most difficult times I offered to go get a part time job, but Sean was insistent I stay home with our children.

The answer of how I afford to be a stay at home mom is pretty basic. It’s because we make that choice, and always have. We make sacrifices so I can be a homeschooling mom. We didn’t enter marriage and base our house and car expenses on a two income family, it was always based on getting income from my husband.

Things we choose to do without:

~ We have never had a brand new house. There is nothing wrong with a brand new house, it’s just never been in our budget.

~ We don’t drive brand new cars. We have made the decision to not drive super old cars either though, after realizing we spend a lot of money in repairs.

~ We don’t have cable.

~ We don’t eat out very often. When we do go out as a family it is normally to Chick-Fil-A. Our oldest child has been somewhere like Olive Garden 2-3 times in their life. The food court at Costco is a favorite (wow, that sounds really uptown doesn’t it?) :)

~ We don’t have nice furniture. Seriously. Right now our couch is falling apart (like, one of the cushions has a hole in it and every time you sit back it shoots batting into the air!), our fake leather chair (“pleather” they call it) is literally shedding itself all over our living room floor (a toddler stuck a fork in it and things unraveled from there), and our dining room table is a mix-match of wood and painted chairs that are really sad looking. We hope to get newer furniture when we move, but for now we just are trying to be content.

~ We don’t go shopping all the time. My husband is hard to find clothes for in his size, so we buy all of his clothes brand new. I like to get my clothes from Deborah & Co., thrift stores, ThredUP and department store clearance and sales racks. The children’s clothes come from local Kid’s Closet Consignment sales and ThredUP.

~ We don’t go to the movies. If we actually want to see a movie that has come out (which is rare to find a decent one), we wait until it is on DVD and get it from RedBox or the library.

~ We don’t have expensive hobbies. We keep our hobbies on a cheaper scale. For example, I’d love for my boys to take bow and arrow classes, but weekly classes and investing in a bow is not cheap.

However that doesn’t mean we don’t spend any money at all. We just carefully think through if it is a good investment for our family.

Enjoying a Princess party with my daughterEnjoying a special Princess party with my daughter.

Things We Do Spend Money On:

Music Lessons – We have our daughter in violin lessons. I feel this is a good skill for her to learn, and she seems to be learning it fairly well. This is an investment in her life, as she could possibly teach lessons when she is older.

Good computers – When we first were married we didn’t even have a computer for a year or two. Now with my husband in graphic design, the only computer he will buy is a Mac. They are not cheap, but they have held up extremely well.

Homeschool books – I know some people don’t spend much money at all on homeschool materials. You can’t spend it if you just don’t have it. There are ways around buying curriculum, but I make it a point to find the money for the curriculum I want. I don’t spend $1000 a year on materials, but I know I spend around $400-$500 a year on curriculum. I love to use Heart of Dakota with my boys, and while I find it used it still isn’t cheap. Then I have new math workbooks, etc. and it all adds up. I look at places like Ebay, HomeschoolClassifieds.com and local used book sales.

Food – Ok I know everyone spends money on this! We are not purists, but I try to buy healthy food for my family. We shop at Aldi’s and Costco a lot. I avoid the processed food at Aldi’s (besides cold cereal), and I get fruit, veggies, and dairy products there. I also get my canned food like beans, tomato sauces, and pasta there. I get my lettuce and organic carrots and spinach from Costco, and get greek yogurt and organic hamburger at Costco as well. I’m not an all organic shopper (we just don’t have the budget for it) but I pick and choose what is most important to me.

There are times that no matter how badly you want to be a stay at home mom, it’s just not possible. Your husband might be ill, you might be a single mom, or your husband lost his job and you have to work. Those are valid reasons, and this post is not meant to discourage you.

However there are many other families who say they could never afford to let the wife stay at home, yet they have brand new houses, drive brand new cars, and want the very best of everything. If you want to be a stay at home mom, you have to sacrifice something!

I’ve been blessed to stay home, homeschool my children, and still be able to earn some money to help our family out. Besides Deborah & Co., Lilla Rose has been an amazing blessing to our family! If you are needing to earn some money from home, don’t miss out in this chance to join a very unique company and earn up to 45% each month. The only requirement is to sell or purchase $29 a year. There are no monthly party requirements or inventory that you are required to purchase. I love this company, and love the owners and people that work for them! The free shipping special ends July 31st, so don’t delay!

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I’d love to hear how what sacrifices your family makes so you can be a stay at home mom! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How We Have Spent Our Summer Outside

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This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.

Since I live in the midwest area we experience all four seasons. By the time winter is over, we are more then ready for warmer weather to come. Summertime brings so many fun opportunities, and I thought I would share with you how we have spent our summer outside.

We love to go to the park in the summertime! We love to go to the park in the summertime! We have a favorite park that is kept up really well, and even has a lake nearby at the local Bass Pro.

Fun on the jungle jim bars! Our older boys love to climb the monkey bars in a variety of ways. :)

Washing Clothes at a Historical eventWe went to a historical day at a Mill and old house, and the children loved getting to wash clothes by hand, make rag dolls and rope, watch the sheep being sheered, tour the house, and see all the historical costumes. It was a fun day outside as a family, yet we were learning about history while we were together!

horseback riding in the summer months! We have let the children go horseback riding at a children’s farm, and they all love it! The boys have gone with family on actual trail rides before and love doing that in the summertime as well.

Lazy Fun in the Sun Then there is the lazy summer days of eating snacks outside (popsicles are a must!), reading books on a blanket outside, jumping on the trampoline, exploring in the ditch, catching fireflies at night, and sidewalk chalk and bubbles.

Are you looking for ideas for the summer months?

How about…

Making a tepee outside with branches.

Fun with water guns.

Slip and Slide (add bubbles to make it even more slippery!)

Put a sprinkler under the trampoline and bounce away while you cool down.

Take a long bike ride as a family.

Cook an egg on the hot sidewalk.

Make homemade ice-cream.

Go swimming.

Go to a drive in outdoor movie theater (I did this once as a child and it was a totally new experience!).

Set up a tent in the backyard and sleep outside.

Invite friends over for a BBQ outside.

Fly a kite.

Make a treehouse.

Have a water balloon fight.

These are just some ideas of things we enjoy to do in the summer, or things we want to do!

If you are looking for a place to get some fun summer toys, Kmart has a great selection! Here is a list of their Hot Deals for Summer! #KmartSummerFun

I’d love to hear what you stay busy doing in the summer months!