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What are you reading? 

My reading hasn’t picked up too much, although I did get WONDERFULLY caught up in two different fiction reads this past month. I’m also loving one non-fiction, and it’s one I really want to focus on, but I still haven’t finished it!

I’ve been trying to carry my Kindle or a book with me when I’m out, just in case I have a chance to read, but often my phone can become a distraction…sigh. And my Kindle is in a bit of a sad state so I’m debating purchasing a new one, but haven’t taken the plunge quite yet. 

The progress on my 2019 Reading List is technically making progress, just a bit slower than I’d like. At the moment seven of the 14 books on my primary list have been marked off, and a few from my secondary lists – so there has been progress! 

This month ONE of the books in my pile are from my core list, one from my fiction list, and one is from my “if there’s time” pile. They look so very good!!

*all links are referral links

What the Kids are Reading

Kaleb is the only one working on reading with me this summer (All About Reading Level 4), and otherwise the kids are quite busy with swimming and work. 

What I Read Last Recently (and Quick Thoughts)

Here are two books I read last month along with a more detailed look at both. It seems so sad to say only two, but I loved both of them! 

The Number of Love by Roseanna White – Every time Roseanna White releases a new book, I cannot wait to read it. She is one of those authors that delivers every.single.time. There are some books that are just a good read, and then there are those that leave you mulling certain aspects, delving into new subjects, and so completely satisfied. 

The Number of Love follows a young codebreaker, Margot De Wilde, as she works to decipher the enemy’s messages. Margot sees the world through an interesting lens – numbers. Through her secretive work she meets “18” – a young man who quickly falls for her quirks and sees the heart of the girl behind the numbers. Together the delve into breaking a crucial code that will save many lives, but not before their own, and the lives of many they love, are threatened. White offers a peek into another aspect of WW1 and the role many men and women played in helping foil the enemy’s plans by using their own codes against them. 

While this book goes hand-in-hand with a previous series by White, it can be read independently without the reader missing a beat. There aren’t many series I feel that can be said about, but after reading you will likely want to read her other books. Another great read and one I highly recommend.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher to read prior to its release and was not required to write a positive review. A opinions expressed in this review are my own. (5/5 rating)

The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley – Historical books that span generations and slip back and forth seamlessly between the two eras with their overlapping stories are truly some of my favorites. An old diary is discovered during a family estate sale and sends a family in search of answers to the many questions raised in the storytelling.  There’s honestly no quick way for me to condense the topics and span of what is covered – it’s just good. :) (5/5 rating)

You can follow along with me via the Goodreads app where I share my reviews and additional thoughts. What have YOU been reading this month? 

 
 
 

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The days of June (and summer in general) have been flying by for our family. 

Since mid-April it feels as though life has been a perpetual whirlwind. We’ve had major swim meets, an 18th birthday, family visiting from overseas, a high school graduation, a kiddo flying (and leaving us for a year) to Africa, the start of new jobs for two kids, and summer swim team  starting. 

Whew! In short, we’ve had a lot going on. All good things, but still a lot. 

Laundry has gone unfolded. Many days we are up and out the door early for practice and then don’t return home until late at night. 

And confession: I have done zero planning for the upcoming school year. Honest truth. My goal this month is to declutter the house. A bag a day if possible. Eating following a menu plan, and staying focused on the stuff that really matters (ignoring the squirrels). 

Needless to say, my calendar and to-do lists are part of my sanity at the moment!

If you’d like to lay out your upcoming month along with me, I have a free download of my July 2019 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  If you like them, grab the complete 2019/2020 Yearly Planner and get a jump on planning the next few months. 

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite pens (the convenience of pencils, but erasable ink!).

Take a video tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0XDM7yu9BA&t=31s

  July 2019 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the July 2019 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well and also starts into May. 

By the way, if you like using pen, but are prone to making mistakes (like me), GO BUY YOURSELF A SET OF THESE PENS (referral link). They are not only pretty, but they are erasable! And don’t ask how many sets I have, ok? 

Please note: the left facing page for the weekly layout is a little different in the free monthly download. Lots of great planning space, but the full planner includes a few different options for that page – just a little bonus for those who purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner.

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

  Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Love the planner layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now? 

Purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner for $4.99!

The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2020. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner.

Be sure to check out our undated student planner and weekly homeschool planner (with editable pages) now available as well!

  Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

 My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

 

 
 
 

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Years ago I fiddled around with a granola bar recipe until our kids told me they loved them (and bragged they were the best ever). Considering I’m baking for a select audience, I considered that the highest praise and quit messing with a god thing.

The fact they we know what is in the recipe is an added bonus.

They disappear quickly around our home (keep in mind we have some growing teenage boys), and if you stick around our house long enough, the kids may offer you one. 

And sidenote – fresh and warm out of the oven, when the chocolate is all melty – well, they are pretty tasty then as well!

Homemade Granola Bars
A delicious homemade alternative to granola bars - guaranteed to disappear!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups rolled oats {not quick oats}
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  3. 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  4. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  5. 1/2 bag {6 oz.} of mini chocolate chips
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar {or 1 cup if no sucanat is used}
  7. 1/2 cup sucanat
  8. 3/4 to 1 cup honey {depends on how sweet you like them}
  9. 2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1 cup oil {I use a mix of coconut oil and olive oil}
  12. 2 eggs, beaten
  13. 3 tsp vanilla extract
To Make
  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a second bowl until eggs and other ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Add to the dry ingredients and combined.
  2. Press the mixture onto a well-greased jelly roll pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. We like ours a little more ‘chewy’ so I baked ours for about 22 minutes.
  4. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then cut into bars. Let them finish cooling in the pan.
  5. Remove from the pan and store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Makes: 24 – 36 bars depending on the size of the bars you cut. I made 24 with the first batch and then cut them smaller {more like a store bought size} the next time and made 36 bars since they are very filling.
  2. The sucanat can be easily omitted and a different sugar can be used based on your personal preferences. To omit wheat germ or flax seeds, sub equal amounts of flour.
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We’ve had friends over the years tell us they have subbed applesauce for the oil with fabulous results, so have fun fiddling with this recipe as well. We personally prefer using the mini chocolate chips (they are the best chocolate chips to use in any situation because you technically get more chocolate per bite – wink). 

In a bit I’ll be sharing some other favorite “fill up the kids” recipes, because having bottomless pits of boys (and girls) in the house means I need to stock up quite frequently!

 
 
 

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Why hello there lovely people. It’s been so very long. For both talking to you and reading in general. 

What are you reading? 

Truthfully, I haven’t had the time to read at all. Period. We’ve had a lot of traveling, but since I was doing the driving it made it a little hard to read. Yes, audiobooks, but I don’t always do so hot with those. 

Never mind my brain has been a bit preoccupied the last few months as we readied Laurianna for her graduation. And a trip to Africa. Sigh.

Add to that getting our local pool and swim team ready for the season and it’s been truly non-stop, not sitting down, never mind picking up a book. By the time I get to bed at night, I don’t last long in my attempts at reading. 

I actually sent Laurianna a picture on Saturday of the first time I’ve been able to sit down and read. For real.  Ironically, the book is  It’s All Under Control by Jennifer Dukes Lee. So far LOVING IT!!

My 2019 Reading List.is technically making progress, but rather slowly. lAt the moment seven of the 14 books on the list have been marked off – so there has been progress! This month ONE of the books in my pile are from my core list, one from my fiction list, and one is from my “if there’s time” pile. They look so very good!!

*all links are referral links

What the Kids are Reading

Nada. Nothing. 

Call me a crazy mom, but we are focusing on wrapping up the few things that have taken a backseat while we tried to get things ready for Laurianna to head out. 

Well, technically Laurianna is done with school, so anything she reads is all on her own time now. I am no longer responsible for her literature intake (or lack thereof). But she’s a reader, and books were definitely in her bags she took to Africa. 

Kaleb is still working on All About Reading Level 4  with me and will continue reading through the summer. We are also having him tested by a friend of ours who is a reading specialist to make sure we aren’t missing anything and can add in suggestions to help him out in his reading. 

What I Read Last Recently (and Quick Thoughts)

Here are the books I’ve read in the last few months along with a more detailed look at 

Parenting Beyond the Rules by Connie Albers – This is the book that I wish would have been around six or so years ago, BEFORE our kids were teenagers. Reading through this now, with four kids ranging in age from 12 to almost 18, I was nodding my head in agreement, especially as we learned some things the “hard way” on our parenting journey. 

Albers addresses so many various topics from building a strong foundation in your relationship with your kids to not giving into the fear that can strangle you as a parent (been there!). Her heart is encouraging parents, and that is so strongly achieved in this book. Through examples of family meetings gone completely off course and other extremely relatable examples, this book is a wealth of information for parents who are either embarking or wading through the pre-teen/teen years with their kids. 

Parenting teens is hard, but it can also be one of the most rewarding times in our lives and reap benefits for years to come. It’s the timeframe when our kids are waking up to all the possibilities that are in front of them – and we get to have a front row seat (and part) in the adventure! The best news is that it is never too late to learn from our mistakes, take a step back, and approach things in a different manner to connect with our kids. (5/5 rating)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – This is one of those books that will have your brain going in so many different directions as you get sucked into the story, but also all of the societal implications behind the story. As a nurse hesitates to perform CPR on a newborn (because she was ordered not to touch him), it spirals into criminal charges that will have you truly looking into your thought processes on race, religion, privilege, and justice. Definitely a great read. (5/5 rating)

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah Ladd – normally I’m a huge fan of Sarah Ladd, but this is one of those books that just fell a bit flat and short for me. If you don’t mind reading a few spoilers, you can read my full Good Reads review, but in short I’m personally just a little bit done with heroines having to be a part of the “action” in a sense when it borders on unrealistic. (Call me crazy) (3.5/5 rating)

You can follow along with me via the Goodreads app where I share my reviews and additional thoughts. What have YOU been reading this month? 

 
 
 

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This last week you’ve likely heard snippets about this “huge homeschool sale” via graphics, giveaways, and social media. The Build Your Bundle sale officially kicked off on Wednesday, May 15th and will end on Wednesday, May 22nd. 

In case you’re uncertain how it all works, I’ll tell you this –  the first year it was held I was so very, very confused. There was a lot to wrap my brain around and by the time the end of the school year rolls around, my head is full of just wanting to be d.o.n.e. with all things school related. 

(Can I get an amen?)

BUT saving money on homeschool curriculum is something I do like, so I jumped in, trying to fully understand, and realized how much the could really benefit our family! Since then it has become one of my favorite homeschool sales of the year. 

In case you are feeling overwhelmed and haven’t quite figured out the ins and outs of the sale, be sure to look at this post for a more in-depth explanation on how the sale works. Definitely take a peek before May 22nd though – because the sale ends at midnight and then you can’t take advantage of the deals you find now! (Scroll down to see what we will be purchasing). 

In case you missed it, here’s the post that goes a little more in detail on the bundles: 

My FAVORITE Homeschool Sale of the Year! (8 Days Only)

The Items That Made My Basket

While I LOVE the pre-assembled bundles that have been put together,  I opted to build my own bundle. This year, the format of building your own has changed to make it even easier. Essentially, the more you buy, the more you save! 

Above is a graphic showing the items I purchased this year. There are several things that I am REALLY excited about: The Arrow book study, Math in the Cards, and the Ultimate US History Cheat Sheets.

Here are the items from my bundle: 

  • Math in the Cards: The Ultimate Math Card Game Collection
  • The Arrow: Literature Guide for Johnny Tremain
  • The Ultimate US History Cheat Sheets
  • Homeschool High School Grading Tool
  • How to Write the Perfect 5-Paragraph Essay
  • The Bronze Bow – Study Guide
  • State Research Project with Bonus Lapbook

Overall the total value of my bundle was $140.93, but with the 75% discount, my cost was $35.24. Here’s a quick look at the discount structure for building your own bundle. Essentially, add WHATEVER you want to your bundle and at each level you save more. 

Themed Bundles

There are 15 themed bundles to choose from, ranging in price from $10 to $49 and the above graphic shows what is included in The Planner Bundle (my Weekly Homeschool Planner is included!). Save up to 96% on the pre-assembled bundles that range in topic from Early Learning through High School. 

Most popular Bundles:

  1. Mystery Bundle
  2. Preschool Bundle
  3. STEM Bundle
  4. History Bundle
  5. Kindergarten Bundle

Most popular Courses & Memberships:

  1. Start a Blog and YouTube Channel for Kids
  2. Total Time Makeover for Kids
  3. Spanish for Kids
  4. The Joy of Handwriting Success Course Plus Copywork Bundle
  5. Accounting Fundamentals

Really – there is a LOT, and it is easy to get overwhelmed because of the bundle varieties. It took me quite some time to finally decide what to choose, especially because I wanted to make sure I got the best deal for us money-wise.

BUT, all that said, there are some amazing deals to be found! Set aside a little time today and start browsing. 

Just remember, you only have until Wednesday, May 22nd at midnight to purchase. 

If you have any questions about the bundles or the sale, feel free to email and ask too! 

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In less than a week, the 2019 Build Your Bundle homeschool sale is coming – Wednesday, May 15 to be exact. We are taking part again this year as a contributor (and also a purchaser) – and there are so many fabulous publishers and products to share!

Before the sale begins though, they are hosting giveaways for TWO bundles of every single item!! That’s over $3000 in products to two winners. Plus, if you enter before the sale launches on May 15th, you’ll get a $5 coupon to use on any Build Your Bundle purchase of $25 or more!

ENTER TO WIN HERE —-> Go do it now!! (I’ll wait.)

The Quick Details

Next week I’ll be sharing more of the full details on what we will be ordering from the sale, but in the meantime, here’s the nutshell version of what to expect: 

  • The giveaway starts May 10th and ends May 15th Enter now
  • Each giveaway entrant receives a FREE Kitchen Binder Printable Pack. 
  • Each entrant also receives a $5 coupon code to use during the sale. 
  • The sale runs May 15-May 22, 2019. 
  • There are some GREAT changes to the sale this year – making it so much easier! 
  • Each day there will be additional giveaways!! (YAY!!)

I’m still going through all of the items myself, but am really excited about some of the new publishers and items being offered (and you will be too!), especially since it’s a chance for me to save money on next year’s curriculum and try some products I’ve been eyeing!

The Giveaways, the Coupon Code, & the Freebie!

The main giveaway for TWO complete bundles starts May 10, 2019. All entrants from that point forward are eligible for ANY of the prizes below until they are given out.  But, you must enter before May 15th to receive the $5 coupon

Look at the other giveaways happening throughout the sale!

May 15
All Bundle Prize x 2 Crayola 140 Count Art Set

May 16
Sharpie Assorted Colors 12-Count – 2 Pack

May 17
Pocket Notebook/Journal – 5″x8″ – 5-Pack

May 18
Child Artwork Frame – Display Cabinet 8.5″ x 11″

Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart

May 19
Scotch Thermal Laminator + 100 Laminating Pouches 8.9″ x 11.4″ – 3mm thick

May 20
Giant World Map – Laminated – 77.5″ x 46″

May 21
Fire 7 Tablet – 7″ display, 8 GB, with Special Offers

May 22
BlackHP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier with Ink Bundle

  FREE Kitchen Binder

Along with your entry into the main giveaway, each entrant will receive a Kitchen Binder printable pack to download. There are some great meal planning helps in there for all families. :) 

Get a $5 Coupon Code

Every little bit helps when we are purchasing curriculum. In addition to the discounted prices in the bundle sale, entrants will also receive a $5 coupon code that can be used on purchases of $25 or more during the sale. Your coupon code will be given to you once the sale starts on the 15th.

There’s SO MUCH more to share, but that’s it for today! 

For now, enter the giveaway,
grab your coupon code and freebie!

 

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{disclaimer ~ this is a sponsored post in partnership with Teaching Textbooks}

It’s been nine years since our family made the switch to Teaching Textbooks and just over a year since we started using Teaching Textbooks 3.0, the online version of their program. While the academic content is the same, the 3.0 version offers additional perks to the traditional book and CD-rom method we have grown to love. 

Using Teaching Textbooks was a game changer for our family. We went from went from literal tears and frustration with math to happy kids who thought math was fun. I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure if the online version was going to be a good fit for our family (and I may have balked a little bit at that new-fangled option), because I’m typically a pencil and good-old-fashioned-book kind of girl. 

But after a year using the online subscription-based 3.0 version I can honestly say we are even more in love with this incredible program. We have used Teaching Textbooks from Math 3 all the way through Pre-Calculus – read on to see why the 3.0 version has us hooked!

Access ANYWHERE

We’ve had quite a bit of sports-related travel in the last year with our boys and guess what? Math can be accessed anywhere we go, since most everywhere has wifi now (insert an evil *little* laugh here). No need to bring separate books or disks for anyone. One laptop and we are ready to work on math.

In addition, at home our kids typically work from different computers which means (with the physical disks) each year I had to reload the program onto a different computer. There was also the year one of our kids went through two hard drives on her laptop. With the 3.0 version, all the math levels are stored online and can be accessed from any computer in the house, and no disks need to be loaded or programs transferred from year to year. 

No Disks or Books

In the past, our boys were famous for misplacing their math disks. Or wrecking their textbooks. Teaching Textbooks 3.0 has been a fabulous solution for us because there is nothing to lose – everything is digital. This may seem trivial, but guess what we can never find when we need to flip back to a past lesson to review a concept – our textbook!

The 3.0 online version has an ebook that can be viewed in a different browser window or even printed off if you choose. One thing I love about this: I can pull up a browser on my computer, flip back to a specific lesson, and we can review and work on a problem on one of the kid’s computers. More than one person can be logged into the account at a time – hello, wonderful!

Grade Storage

We won’t talk about how many computer issues we’ve had over the years and how many hard drives I have in a drawer (for real).  With the 3.0 version, Teaching Textbooks stores your grades for you, even after your subscription is over. You don’t have to worry about where that grade book disappeared to – they’ve got you covered. 

As a parent of four, I absolutely love that my parent home page allows me to see all of the kids at a glance, including past levels. There’s not logging in/out of different levels because it’s all conveniently in one location. 

Also, did I mention that Teaching Textbooks does the grading for you? The program grades each question as your child completes it, giving instant feedback, and also provides a digital gradebook which can be printed off at the end of each section or as a whole. 

No Disk Drive Needed

When our oldest started taking classes at the community college, we needed to get her an inexpensive lightweight laptop and opted for a Chromebook without thinking that all the way through. With no disk drive or storage capacity, she was working from two different computers until Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Online was released. 

All of the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 programs work on MAC, Windows, and Chromebooks. Tablets and phones can be used as well with the Puffin browser (3rd party browser, support limited). For our family, the Chromebook aspect has been HUGE this past year. The full Teaching Textbooks 3.0 was one of the few programs we didn’t have any issues with! 

Completed Lesson Notifications

A more recent feature that has been added is the lovely “Completed” notification next to lessons that have been finished 100%. I have to say, this is one of my FAVORITE new features that has been added to the program. Prior to this update, the parent had to do a little more digging in the grade book to see if a lesson was 100% completed, but now – there isn’t any hiding if a kiddo “forgets” to do a problem. I’m going to assume it’s not just one of my boys that likes to try this…and maybe this would be helpful in your home too. 

There are so many other features to love about Teaching Textbooks 3.0 and you can read our full thoughts on it here, but if it’s something that has piqued your interest – keep reading to see how you can try it for free!

Try Teaching Textbooks 3.0 for FREE

If you’d like to test out the 3.0 version, you can start a Free Trial of the complete program, up through Lesson 15. The trial includes lectures, solution, eBook, and grading on each of the products. If you decide to purchase the full version, everything transfers over for you! 

And bonus – you can try ANY and EVERY level. They are that generous! Learn more HERE. 

Not sure where to start? Download and print a placement test online. 

 
 
 

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There are some VERY time-sensitive offers below, so be sure to check them out if you are interested! 

Here are a few links that may help you out as you wrap up your school year: 

  Win a $100 All About Learning Press Gift Certificate!  

Our family has used both spelling and reading from All About Learning Press and 100% recommends it to your family. Don’t miss this fabulous giveaway from All About Learning Press – a $100 gift certificate toward anything on their site! Giveaway ends 5-31-19, so enter now!

  Homeschool Helps


If you are looking for some helpful homeschool resources, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on sale until May 6th and has the above resources (and quite a few more in other sections) that would be a great addition to your toolkit, including our Student Planner bundle. Learn more about the bundle HERE:  https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/uhomb2019-main?a_aid=a258&a_bid=36418a60&chan=DealsSales.

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale kicked off this morning, for 6 days only, and now’s the time to get it before it’s gone (it disappears May 6th).

For the last five years, my readers know that around this time of year I share about an ebook and ecourse bundle that is full of amazing deals. So many printables, courses, and downloads – along with some tangible bonus goodies – that are available for a HUGE deal. 


Not only have I contributed to the bundle over the years, but it is one that I personally purchase as well – I truly believe in it that much. This year, both of my Student Planners are included, and you can grab BOTH of them (a $16 value) plus over one hundred of additional resources for only $29.97

You can see the full list of bundle items here, but these are a few of the things I’m personally most excited about. I know it’s an eclectic list of sorts, but I’ll explain in the upcoming days!

  • Brush Lettering 101 eCourse by Shelby Abrahamsen ($47.00) A self-paced course designed to teach lettering newbies what they need to get started and how to quickly grow their skills.
  • Hand Lettering: Greeting Words & Phrases for Cards & Notes Workbook by Viktoria Andersson ($27.00) Become a pro at drawing words & phrases that are commonly used in greeting cards & start creating cards for all your loved one’s today!
  • Redesign Your Home: An Interior Designer’s Secret Steps to Redesign your Space eCourse by Angela Block ($35.00) Offers a simple Designer’s step by step process on how to redecorate your room within an afternoon using what you already own, while learning how to plan and shop for new decor within your budget whether it is large or small!
  • 2018 Digital Homeschool Convention Sessions Summit by Holly Chubb ($79.00) Get all the benefits of a homeschool convention brought right to your door.
  • The Stay-at-Home Moms’ Year-Round Outfit Guide: 280+ Outfits for the Entire Year eCourse by Corina Holden ($39.99) This guide shows you WHAT wardrobe essentials you need and HOW to put them together into 280+ easy outfits that crush that frumpy mom feeling for good.

What’s Included

The creators behind these resources are 100+ women who have struggled with the same things as you, but have learned (and will teach you) how to simplify their homes, declutter & organize, put healthy meals on the table, nurture strong family relationships, and practice good self-care.

When you buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle you’ll get access to:

    • 27 eBooks
    • 30 eCourses & videos
    • 25 printables
    • 16 workbooks
    • 3 summits
    • 2 membership sites

  BONUS Offers!

The bundle also comes with great bonus offers, and this year’s are great. You get:

  • a FREE eyeshadow kit ($18 value)
  • 1 month of BookRoo – a book box for kids ($24.95 value)
  • $15 gift certificate for Cultivate What Matters
  • Musik at Home – 3 month membership ($48 value)
  • 10 free audio stories from Around the World Audio Stories for kids ($38 value)
  • Plus, there are other bonuses from companies like Hope Ink, ListPlanit, Fit2B, and TriLight Health!

Over the next few days I’ll be sharing a few of our favorite things along with more details about this bundle sale, but for now…

Check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle right here: https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/uhomb2019-main?a_aid=a258&a_bid=36418a60&chan=IntroPost

  EARLY BIRD BONUS

P.S. If you buy by midnight tomorrow, you can also get a free online class from The Nester called “The Cozy Minimalist Embraces Summer – a $29 value. 

Get your home ready for summer, impress your guests, and delight your family with some Nester-inspired encouragement. Check it out here: https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/uhomb2019-main?a_aid=a258&a_bid=36418a60&chan=IntroPost

 
 
 

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It’s been a little quiet around these parts because there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, and there’s a huge part of me that needs to focus on all that is going on since it’s coming at light speed (or so it feels. 

Laurianna received her acceptance to nursing school and shortly after (on her 18th birthday) she also received her official YES from Mercy Ships. She applied in December and recently let her know they had an immediate need for a receptionist on board the Africa Mercy. The original plan was to have her leave in July when the ship docks in Senegal, but they have requested she arrive on May 26. 

For those of you doing the math, we are ONE MONTH AWAY!!!

Before receiving her official acceptance, we couldn’t start with any fundraising for her trip (she needs to raise roughly $10-$12,000 and have 75% of her funds raised prior to purchasing her plane ticket). 

You all – this has been a huge, gigantic, overwhelming, amazing time to step back and really truly trust in God for all that needs to be done. 

The planner in me (you know the one who has the spreadsheets going, checklists of what needs to be done, etc…) may have been innerly freaking out a little bit. While I had it mentally figured out, I have cried so many happy GOD TEARS the last two weeks – because I know God is just laughing and quietly saying, “You think you know how this is going to work? Put your hands down and just watch this.” 

It’s been so incredibly faith building for all of us. But at the moment I can’t quite bring myself to think about 30 days from now when Laurianna will be on a plane, flying to Africa all by herself. 

But – enough about that – we celebrated Laurianna’s 18th birthday in Florida while we were there for a big ol’ swim meet for Zachary. The girls and I went to the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg and wandered around in the shade enjoying all the beautiful plants. 

Meanwhile Zachary blew us away at the TYR Elite Showcase, knocking off some great time and placing 4th in several events, and already qualifying for events next year. He has really taken off this past year and it’s had us looking hard at some different things (including NCAA requirements for high school – which is an entirely different can of worms). 

This week my cousin is here visiting from the Netherlands (this is the same family that we stayed with when we went to Europe last summer). We are currently taking two days to visit Philadelphia and see some of the “must see” sights – of course, the Liberty Bell. 

The area where Benjamin Franklin’s house was is beautiful as well, between the blossoming trees and streets, we had fun wandering around and learning bits and pieces of history. 

And having my cousin here is absolutely wonderful! We’re off tomorrow to tour the 76ers court (her son is a HUGE fan and it’s the one thing he wanted to do if he visited!). 

Hope you all are doing well – and at some point, I will be back with so much more, but for now I’m soaking up the moments with the kids and family.

 
 
 

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