5.04.2016

All Bundled Up, and My Message to Moms

The party's over...


THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE is now bundled up and retired for awhile. The good news is that there will be a "flash sale" at some point in the next 6 months where this bundle will be available for one weekend. If you missed the bundle this past week and you'd like an email notice as to when the flash sale will be, drop me a line here, and I'll let you know.

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There's another bundle coming soon called THE HEALTHY LIVING BUNDLE that might interest you as well. THANKS to my peeps who purchased the HOMEMAKING bundle. I pray it blesses you like it did me!

During the BUNDLE sale, I was at the computer 24/7. Feeding the family went out the window. I thought any busy mom would appreciate this badge I spotted recently.


HA! Love it. Today, I'm still pooped, but I might be able to rustle up Thursday's meal.

Here's my message to every mom this Mother's Day weekend: know that what you do is invaluable. We moms never knew that once we had a child, our heart would jump outside our body and hang off our shoulder, exposed to every ecstatic brush of love and every scrape of heartache.

It's how God loves us, ladies. With an exposed and vulnerable heart. We are so blessed to have a Creator who cares about our laughter and our tears. He is the ULTIMATE PARENT, and we will never find a better guide on how to direct our wonderful, aggravating, delightful, unruly, priceless children. Even when they're 40.

So to all moms: be gentle with yourself.  Realize you are going to make mistakes, but so will your children. It's not a perfect system. God can redeem everything. 

So, on Sunday, give yourself a hug and don't do any dishes. I love you!






5.02.2016

LAST CHANCE for the BUNDLE!

The hours are ticking away on the availability of THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE, and I wanted to share my final thoughts on this great project.

Click here for a home video I made just this afternoon.

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If you are not on facebook, leave me a comment and I'll send you a link through email.

Click here for your last opportunity to buy this great bundle:GOOD 'TIL MAY 2 MIDNIGHT (PST)! 

Thanks to all the readers who stop in here once in a while. I'm grateful for all of you!

And just for grins, here's a new picture of sweet baby James.



5.01.2016

NOURISHMENT for the SOUL: The FAITH Pocket of the UHB!

If you've been visiting the Ballpark this week, you know I've been promoting a "bundle" of e-resources for homemakers called THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE. I've been so blessed to be a part of this package! (My e-book, The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure is in the HOLIDAYS category.)

I was not familiar with "bundles" before I was invited to contribute to this package, and I've learned so much from the Ultimate Bundles team this week. It's a handful of couples who promote simplicity, intentional living, and grace in a world that can really tear us down. Every resource in the HOMEMAKING bundle was chosen for its supporting, healing, or uplifting message.

The FAITH pocket of the bundle is RICH with ministry to the woman's heart, along with three fun bible studies for kids.




Here are my favorites: 

Beautifully Broken: Oh my gosh, a touching, tender read on how wounded we all are. The good news is that our brokenness does not define us. Life has a purpose, despite our scars. Beautiful, beautiful book.

Losing It: A Christian Parent's Guide to Overcoming Anger: We are so easily derailed by not getting what we want, or wanting to be in control. Unwarranted anger (not anger that is just) is really arrogance. Ouch. Only God can change the angry heart.

Feast!: I LOVE this one! A Catholic couple incorporates the liturgical year into their meals by celebrating the feast days of the saints (as well as traditional Christian holidays.) Recipes included. Excellent resource for teaching children the history of the Church.

Rediscovering the Joy in Motherhood: Every mom has experienced days of "joyless" motherhood. An adjustment in perspective is usually what's needed. One thing we need to stop doing is finding satisfaction in results instead of God's redemption.

The Dig: Proverbs Word of Wisdom for Kids: a charming bible study with an archaeologist named Doc who guides kids through the book of Proverbs on the "hunt" for nuggets of "treasure."

This FAITH category contains powerful truths that remind us of who we are in God's eyes and how much He cares for us. We forget this on hard days.

Here's a reminder of what's in the THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE. 


I don't know about you, but I can easily spend $30 at Starbucks over the course of one week and have nothing to show for it later. I've easily spent $30 at Barnes and Noble for one book. When I put the price of this bundle in perspective, I'm surprised the price is not higher.

I can spend the year reading these e-books and soaking up the love. This is an investment in my mental health that I can draw from again and again, because I can pull up any book any time.

Links to my e-book reviews of other categories in this bundle:

MARRIAGE

MOTHERHOOD

BUDGETING/SAVING MONEY/HOMEMADE

ORGANIZATION

WHY I LOVE THIS BUNDLE AND LIST OF BONUS OFFERS

There are even more categories I didn't get to: Work at Home, Self-Care, Recipes (there are many!) and Holidays.

This BUNDLE is only available through tomorrow, May 2. There are other bundles being assembled right now with different themes (the Ultimate Bundles team is always working!), but this particular package is gone in a few hours. 

Check out the home page by clicking the teal button. You can roam around and see for yourself why this is such a great deal! 


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4.30.2016

ENRICH YOUR MARRIAGE! DAY 4 OF THE UHB!

Day 4 of THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE marathon!

I'm so steeped in wonderful e-books! I'm amazed by the richness of topics and how absorbed I am in exploring this bundle of resources. This post highlights a few of the e-books on marriage. I don't know about you, but I'm always discovering something new about how to live with a husband. :-)


30 day Marriage Challenge: So much good stuff here. A few of my favorites: beware of “you never” and “you always,” learn your spouse's love language, deal with your own junk, and my favorite: break up with yourself! And probably the hardest marriage truth: when your spouse fails you, give grace.

175 Best Date Ideas: It would be a great goal to, over your dating/married life, do all of these! Some I want to try: visit a cheesy photo booth, pull out childhood photos and relate the stories, play 20 real questions, write each other monthly letters to hide away and pull out the following month to read, visit grandparents and help with a problem chore, buy each other a gift at the dollar store.

The Magic Cake: The Seven Ingredients of a Relationship-ready Person, written by a marriage and family therapist.  This is an in depth look at what characterizes a mentally and emotional healthy individual. Excellent read for anybody, married or single.

This is just ONE category of goodies in THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE. I've posted about other categories all week; if you want to peruse those titles and read a sentence or two about them, here are the links.

SAVING MONEY and DIY/HOMEMADE

ORGANIZING

MOTHERHOOD

WHY I LOVE THIS BUNDLE!

If none of these topics interest you, there are more coming!


A great aspect of this deal is that you have a YEAR to download all the resources. You can choose what to download when, so don't feel overwhelmed by the "93 items" factor. (There are 23 printables and e-courses included in the 93.) 

And there are BONUSES!- listed here in the MOTHERHOOD post. Check out the Ultimate Bundle page and explore for yourself. It doesn't cost a thing to click! 
 
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By May 3, this Bundle will no longer be available. :-(

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Check in tomorrow for info. on the FAITH and HOLIDAY e-books! 


MOTHERHOOD - MY FAVORITE CATEGORY (SO FAR) IN THE UHB!

Look who came to visit yesterday! He had my favorite outfit on and soft sticky-up hair. 


I've been thinking about him a lot this week, because as I'm reading through THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE, I'm finding the e-books on motherhood so endearing.
 
Here are my favorites:

Guilt-free Motherhood: I took notes on this one! SO clear and comprehensive. We moms struggle with so many issues - lack of time, cultural expectations, the need to prove ourselves, family vs. career, why we neglect self-care and more. It's a soothing read as well, because it speaks so tenderly to a mama's heart.

Raising Kids You Actually Like: Character education (yes, character ed.) for toddlers, elementary-school age kids, and how to arrive at friendship with your adult children. Excellent resource for channeling youth into maturity. I love this one, and will review again as baby James grows.

Mindset for Moms: Talk less, want what you have, guard what you put in your mind (so true), don't compete/compare, how to thrive as an introverted mom, how to discover your mission. This is another one I will read again. Really helpful and lovely.

I wish I'd had these resources as a new mom!

There are only 2 more days left to acquire this expansive bundle of wonderful e-books! 

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I'll be yakking about it until the final day, because I'm so impressed with it. The Ultimate Bundles team is a generous group of dedicated women who are passionate about supporting homemakers.  I've felt very loved on this week by all the support they have given me in telling you about this bundle.  

I've also felt the love because baby James allowed me to smooch on him as much as I wanted. He's cool that way. 


Bundle Facts: 

1. Over $1,000 worth of e-books, printables and e-courses for only $29.97. Categories: BUDGETING, DIY, Faith, Holidays, Marriage, Motherhood, Recipes, ORGANIZING, Self-Care and Work at Home. (I'll have posts up on the remaining categories by Sunday, May 1 so you can check out the specifics and see my favorites!)

2. There are BONUSES too!

·  FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)

· FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)

·  FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($19.95 value)

·  $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)

·  $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)

·  FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)

·  FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)

·  FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)

·  FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

3.  You have a YEAR to download the resources, but only until Monday May 2 (yikes!) to purchase!

4.  There's a money back guarantee!  You just can't lose here!

Treat yourself for Mother's Day, or treat a mom you love to THE ULTIMATE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE.  It's so important to be loved on!  

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