Great Christian Book Sale

Hi Guys!

As i was browsing through the Christianbook website last night, like i do some nights, i saw they were having a $0.99 sale (through 2/25/19). Now my first thought was “oh it’s some of those cheesy pamphlet style books”, but it turns out they have a few really good books for only $0.99! I ended up buying several books, and i thought i would share the ones that i’m most excited about…

The Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $22.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $2.40 + $4.49 Shipping (even Prime members have to pay that shipping fee). So needless to say i think $0.99 is a great deal!

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Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $16.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $6.95. Again, $0.99 is a great deal!

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Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage by Fawn Weaver – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $16.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $8.70. Another steal at $0.99!!

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Made Well: Finding Wholeness in the Everyday Sacred Moments by Jenny Simmons – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $14.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $6.99.

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Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed by Korie Robertson – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $24.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $9.99.

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Those are some of the amazing deals Christianbook has going on right now with their $0.99 sale! Another thing i wanted to add was, that all these books come with a 4-5 star rating! Great books at an amazingly low price, you really can’t beat that!

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Valentines, Colds, and Goals… {Life Update}

Hi Guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and if you don’t celebrate, then i hope you had a wonderful Thursday! Fun Fact: My husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, 16 years ago. It seems like so long ago, i was just a baby then (17 years old). 

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We have been battling a cold in our house for the past week, so that is why there hasn’t been much new content on the blog. The 2 year old has it really bad, and is not really napping because of the cold. Which, if you are a work from home mom, you know those nap times are when all the work magic happens, so if they stop taking the naps, your whole schedule gets messed up. But it’s fine, it’s fine. He is on the mend (he actually took a 2 hour nap today), so i’m back on track.

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One of my goals for February was to put out 3 blog posts every week, but i don’t want to just put out content for the sake of putting out content, i want it to be good/useful content. So far, it looks like i’m going to make that goal, but it would be super helpful if you (Yes, YOU reading this blog post) could leave me a comment and let me know what else you would like to see/hear about… Do you want more homeschooling things? Mom life/parenting? Food? Animals? Books? Fitness?… Let me know in the comments.

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I did this crazy thing recently, well crazy for me at least because i’m such a big introvert. We joined a homeschool co-op. It had really been a goal of mine to get out there, and meet new people, etc. So i heard about a new co-op in my area starting, and i went to the information meeting, and ended up signing the family up to join. This was a huge step for me. HUGE. It has turned out to be pretty great though, the kids are loving it, and all the people there are so friendly.

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That’s about all the news i had to share. I hope you all had a fantastic week.

Take care,

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Healthy Valentine’s Day *Kid Friendly* Menu Plan

Hi Guys!

I know how hard it is to come up with a healthy meal for my family, especially holiday meals. That’s why i’ve decided to write up a healthy menu plan for this Valentine’s Day.

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Before, for Valentine’s Day, we would most likely have donuts for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely love a good donut here and there, but they aren’t healthy and they are packed full of sugar, and they don’t fill you up.

Instead, for a healthy breakfast option, how about Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

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You could even make them in a heart shaped mold, to make them more festive. What’s great about these pancakes is they are; sugar-free, oil- free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

For lunch, the Banana Dog Bites are super yummy!

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We have been making these for years, and all my kids love them. They are also super simple to make (only 3 ingredients)!

**If you are not a fan of peanut butter and bananas, you could do a tortilla roll up instead, with deli meat, cheese, and your favorite condiment (i love mustard on mine).**

Where we live Valentine’s Day is always chilly, so warming up with a hot bowl of soup always sounds like a good idea. This Cheeseburger Soup is a big hit with all of my children.

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Packed with veggies, even a secret one that was blended up that my kids still don’t know about (Shhh!), it’s creamy, delicious, and can be made in a pressure cooker!!

Of course it’s Valentine’s Day we are talking about ,so i can’t forget about dessert. Chocolate Covered Strawberries will always be a classic Valentine’s Day dessert for me.

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You can make them healthier by using a dark chocolate, and skipping out on the sprinkles.

I hope you have enjoyed this healthy sample menu for Valentine’s Day. What do you normally eat on Valentine’s Day?

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January Favorites

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing all my favorite things from January.

Jan favs 2019

Water w/ lemons – In December I was loving water with cranberries in it, but in January lemons in my water were my jam!

Mothering From Scratch – This was such a good book, filled with valuable information about mothering. I highly recommend it! (While i was finding it on Amazon to link, i noticed it was on sale for $5, it is regularly priced at $15. What a great deal!)

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Bullet Journaling – I love, love, love bullet journaling! Every morning in January i made time to spend bullet journaling. I have this bullet journal and i’m using these markers!

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – This foundation is my new favorite, i bought it in December and have been using it ever since. It’s a little bit on the pricey side, but the coverage is amazing! It’s well worth the price in my opinion! (Tip: I recommend buying this at a beauty store {Ulta or Sephora} because Amazon’s price is like $20 more expensive!)

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Running on my Treadmill – That is all i did in January for my work outs, was running on my treadmill!! I love having a treadmill, because there is no way i could go to a gym regularly or run outside regularly. It’s so convenient to have a treadmill at home.

Ordering on Costco.com – Costco will ship non-perishable items to your house in 2 days with free shipping on orders over $75! I really enjoy this option in winter months, where maybe i can’t get out of the house (snowy days) or the flu is going around and i don’t want to risk getting sick. I took advantage of online ordering twice last month!

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Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies – Although i don’t see a major difference yet, i think my fingernails have been growing a little more quickly. It’s only been a month, so i’m going to keep taking them and see what happens. Plus they taste yummy!

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That’s all for my favorites for January. I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

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Monthly Meal Planning

Recently I started making a monthly menu plan, my goal in doing so was to a.) have less shopping trips b.) stop eating the same dinners every week and c.) to *hopefully* save some money.

I shared a picture on Instagram, that had my January meal plan on it, and I got a few comments on it. So I thought I would just share how i’m monthly menu planning, in case you are wanting to start as well.

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I had been weekly meal planning, up until December, so i’m fairly new to this, but this is how i’m doing it.

I started out by making a list of all the dinners I could think of that my family enjoys. My goal in doing this, was to have a list of at least 35 meals. Once I had that list of dinners, I used my 2019 Planner (which includes a menu planning page for each month) and added in a different dinner for each day.

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When planning out where to put all the meals, I kept these things in mind:

  1. Makeover/Leftover meals – For example: If I cook a whole chicken one night, there will be leftovers that I can then use the next night for a different meal, like chicken pot pie.
  2. Themed nights – For example: We eat Mexican type meals on Tuesdays, and Asian inspired dishes on Fridays.
  3. Meatless meals – I try to make at least 1 meal a week without any meat. (Baked potatoes, rice & beans, cauliflower chowder; to name a few)
  4. Special occasions/holidays – We let the kids pick the meals on their birthdays, so when I am planning I need to keep that in mind.

 

If you notice, my monthly meal plan is just dinners. That’s because I don’t plan out breakfast and lunch. I usually just keep on hand breakfast and lunch type foods; cereal, oatmeal, bread, yogurt, etc. And lunch for us is usually leftovers from the previous nights dinner, or we will make sandwiches, some pasta, soup, beans, etc…

Once I have my menu for the month, then I work on a monthly grocery list. I do grocery shopping twice a month. I do a big shopping trip at the beginning of the month, and then a smaller fill in shopping trip half way through the month.

Things I buy in my beginning of the month shopping trip:

  • Meats – All the meats i’m going to need for the month, I buy now and freeze.
  • Bread – I buy enough for the first 2 weeks only.
  • Pantry Items – All the the ingredients for the recipes, things that won’t go bad.
  • Frozen foods – All the frozen items we will need for the month.
  • Produce – For the first 2 weeks of the month only.
  • Dairy/Refrigerated – Mostly just for the first 2 weeks, with the exception of cheese. I buy enough cheese to last the whole month.

Things I buy half way through the month:

  • More dairy/refrigerated products – yogurt and milk mostly.
  • More bread
  • More produce – fruits and veggies to get us through the rest of the month.
  • And anything else I forgot to buy at the beginning of the month.

That’s it, that’s how I meal plan for the entire month. I think it has been working out really well for us. I like having all the meals thought out ahead of time, and having all the groceries on hand is really convenient.

How do you meal plan? Weekly or Monthly?

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