Frugal Living Resources, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Learn to stretch your budget, increase your income and save money on a variety of household expenses with this week’s frugal living bundle! This week only, get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40 (a savings of more than 70%)!

Become a Frugali$ta in 30 Days by Susan Heid
In Become a Frugali$ta in 30 Days, Susan shares 30 practical money-saving secrets to help family managers keep to their budget and earn extra money while saving on everything from entertainment and dining out to groceries and household expenses.

Your Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne Simpson
Your Grocery Budget Toolbox is a basic handbook for any family who wants to eat well on a budget. She shares tips for setting a practical budget, shopping once a month, using price lists and price caps, utilizing the internet to save on groceries, finding healthy food on a budget and much more!

Advanced Penny Pinching by Tabitha Philen
Tabitha takes you beyond standard money-saving tips with her Advanced Penny Pinching ebook, which walks you through building a stockpile that actually saves you money, spotting the marketing tricks that get you to overspend, using loyalty and rewards programs to boost your budget and customizing any money-saving plan for your family’s likes and dislikes!

From Debtor to Better by Barry Myers
As a former debt collector turned financial counselor, Barry Myers is passionate about helping people get out of debt as quickly and safely as possible. Barry brings a unique perspective to debt counseling, and in From Debtor to Better, he provides a simple, easy-to-follow system to help you climb your way out of debt and take control of your finances.

Coupon Quick Start Guide by Angela Newsom
In the Coupon Quick Start Guide, Angela shows you how to use coupons and other strategies to cut your grocery bill by 50-70% or more without spending hours clipping coupons or preparing for shopping trips. This handbook will take you through your first shopping trips from start to finish to show you just how easy saving can be!

The Frugal Living bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 3/11. Get yours today:

“Real Food” Resources, 5 eBooks for $7.40!
Serving your family “real food” is important, but how do you do it without breaking the budget or sacrificing taste? This week’s bundle includes the resources you need to eat delicious, whole foods on a budget. Packed full of recipes and tips, it’s sure to be a go-to resource in your kitchen. And this week only, get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40 (a savings of almost 90%)!

Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford
In this 280-page book, Stephanie provides a primer for families who want to learn how to save an average of 20-30% on their food budget ($100-$200 per month for most families), while at the same time serving better quality and more nutritionally dense foods. Based on 6 years of hands-on experience and hundreds of hours of research, Real Food on a Real Budget is packed with practical tips and suggestions to help you become a better a steward of both your finances and your health.

Real Food…Real Easy by various authors
With more than 70 recipes from 7 authors, Real Food…Real Easy is not only a cookbook, but also a handbook providing in-depth information about real food sweeteners, an introduction to soaking and sprouting grains, recipes for every meal of the day, a list of additional resources and more!

Real {Fast} Food by Trina Holden
Real {Fast} Food is a treasure trove of time-saving techniques and simply wonderful recipes that are custom fit for you and your schedule. You’ll learn everything from painless freezer stocking and bulk food prep to quick, healthy meals for day trips. Trina teaches you how to think about whole food prep in a whole new way, allowing you to make more real food in less time than you ever imagined, and even giving you the feeling of a “day off” once in a while — all without sacrificing quality.

Sourdough A to Z from GNOWFGLINS
Learn to put sourdough to work in your kitchen to produce naturally-leavened foods of all kinds, including healthy and nutritious cakes, muffins, pasta, crackers, pizza, cookies and more. Sourdough A to Z is your complete sourdough guide, including 25 lessons to walk you through sourdough baking step-by-step, ingredient and equipment notes, a suggested schedule, the science behind sourdough, how to create gluten-free sourdough, dozens of recipes and more!

Treat Yourself by Kate Tietje
Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts is exactly what it sounds like: a book filled with delicious, sweet, tempting desserts that fit the real food model. The recipes in this ebook are full-fat, full flavor, and low-sugar. There’s no white flour, white sugar, or vegetable oil to be found. In fact, they’re all based on sprouted flour, soaked flour, or almond flour, if flour is used at all (yes, there are several grain-free and even GAPS-friendly treats!). This ebook shows you how to make delicious desserts with real food, so you can have your cake and eat it too…without the guilt!

The Real Food bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 3/4. Get yours today:

Homeschooling Bundle of the Week, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Whether you’re just thinking about homeschooling or an experienced homeschooler experiencing the familiar winter homeschooling blues, this week’s ebook bundle is packed full of practical encouragement, how-tos and resources to give you the confidence to homeschool your kids and actually enjoy it! Get all 5 ebooks for only $7.40 (a savings of over 65%) for one week only – until 8:00 am EST, Februay 25th.

With your purchase, you’ll get all five of the following ebooks:

Get yours today!

Natural Living DIY, 5 eBooks for $7.40!Are you interested in making your own natural products, such as simple herbal remedies, lotions, body scrubs, etc?  I was glad to see this week’s E-book collection has tons of DIY recipes all in one place.  

From homemade toiletries to homeopathic remedies, this collection of natural living ebooks will help you make healthy, natural products at home…and save money in the process. Get all 5 ebooks for only $7.40 (a savings of over 80%) for one week only.

These are the 5 books instantly downloadable:

My Buttered Life {Baby Edition} by Renee Harris
From the founder of MadeOn Hard Lotion, the My Buttered Life {Baby Edition} ebook features recipes for baby massage oil, baby balm, creamy baby lotion, diaper rash cream and oatmeal milk bath, each with five ingredients or less. You’ll also get access to how-to videos, plus tips on where to buy ingredients, how to do baby massage, troubleshooting and FAQs!

Homemade Health & Beauty by Sandra Calixto
In Homemade Health & Beauty, Sandra shows you how to make more than 21 health and beauty products at home — everything from shaving cream and mouthwash to lip balm and face wash — without all the toxic, irritating chemicals that are found in store-bought versions or the hefty prices of all-natural products.

Simple Natural Health by Nina Nelson
Simple Natural Health is your complete guide to natural living, with a holistic approach to health — mind, body and soul — plus money and time saving tips to help you intentionally pursue a healthy lifestyle. This ebook includes a comprehensive guide to creating an herbal medicine cabinet, recipes for simple herbal remedies, tips for saving money on nourishing whole foods, a full-body 15-minute workout and much more.

Herbal Nurturing by Michele Augur
Herbal Nurturing walks you through preparing basic herbal remedies for you and your family. Naturally prepare for cold/flu season, PMS, headaches, sunburns, postpartum, tummy aches, rashes, and more with over 30 recipes. Michele also includes additional homeopathic suggestions,healthy-living tips and fun learning at home activities to go along with each recipe plus urgent-care options for when you don’t have the time or energy to prepare homemade remedies.

Simple Scrubs to Make and Give by Stacy Karen
Simple Scrubs to Make and Give is a comprehensive guide to creating simple, homemade scrubs that will nourish and exfoliate your skin. Featuring more than 20 recipes with names like Morning Coffee and Lavender Lover’s, you’ll learn how to make natural body scrubs for yourself or create luxurious homemade gifts that can be put together in just minutes. Plus, get an essential oil guide to help you make your own customized creations!

The Natural Living bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 2/18. Get yours today:

New Bundle of the Week, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this week’s bundle is packed full of resources to strengthen your marriage! Whether you’ve been married for 6 months or 25 years, or are in a committed relationship, you’re sure to find something new and fresh in this collection from top Christian marriage authors and bloggers. Get all 5 E-books for only $7.40 (a savings of over 80%) for one week only. These are the 5 books:

15-Minute Marriage Makeover by Dustin Riechmann
15-Minute Marriage Makeover is more than an E-book; it’s a plan designed to refresh your relationship, add sizzle to your sex life and bring more happiness to your marriage. And all of that in just 15 minutes a day! The exercises in this book focus on the four pillars of a happy marriage — communication, romance, intimacy and finances — with time management tools, mini lessons, couple time tasks and a weekly date night to review the topic of the week.

A Simple Marriage by Corey Allan, PhD
Written to help you experience more in your marriage, A Simple Marriage: The Path to Experiencing More in Marriage and Life is a compilation of Corey Allan’s experience as a husband and counselor. Not only will it show you the foundational principles that are present in every marriage and an understanding of where you currently are in your relationship, but it also provides the encouragement, tools and steps to help you invest in your marriage today, whether your spouse is interested in participating or not.

Stripped Down by Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo
In Stripped Down: 13 Keys to Unlocking Intimacy in Your Marriage, this husband and wife duo show you how to create a solid marital foundation by placing God at the center of your relationship, establish family boundaries, improve communication, make your bedroom a sanctuary, have fun together and much more. With frank conversation and practical advice, this E-book will walk you through exercises to invest in intimacy and reconnect with your spouse.

Entangled by Amy Bennett
Through her own story, Amy gives readers an honest, detailed look into an emotional affair and how God restored her marriage. In Entangled: Recognizing Your Emotional Affair & Restoring Your Marriage, she shares what an emotional affair looks like, how to get out of one and — most importantly — how God can meet your deepest need for the love you’re seeking.

The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Marla Taviano
With Marla’s candid humor, The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky clues guys in to the way their wives operate and gives them practical suggestions for being husbands their women want to make love to. Although it’s written primarily to men, The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky provides insight for both men and women into what makes their other half tick and how to achieve a fulfilling sex life.

The Marriage bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 2/11. Get yours today:

Organize Your Life with Monday’s Bundle, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

For me January is a time for starting over and getting organized. My systems that are not working, which can be anything from handling daily mail to tackling the foot high pile of papers on my desk, get reworked into something more efficient for me. I love getting organized and I actually get more done when my space is not chaotic.

I am so glad that this week’s eBook  collection includes five amazing resources to help you run your home more efficiently! Covering everything from organizing your schedule and household records to meal planning, cleaning and budgeting, this bundle is the perfect collection to help you keep your home resolutions. Get all 5 eBooks for only $7.40 (a savings of over 80%) for one week only.

Organizing Life as MOM by Jessica Fisher
Designed to equip you and inspire you to get your act together, Organizing Life as MOM includes inspiration to simplify and focus on the most important things in your life. You’ll find real life help in organizing your different roles and responsibilities, 130 printable pages to help you keep track of all the comings and goings of your household, fillable forms you can tailor to your needs and your home, and tips for putting together a household notebook.

Easy. Homemade. by Mandi Ehman
Easy Homemade: Homemade Pantry Staples for the Busy Modern Family features more than 60 tried-and-true recipes for homemade kitchen staples that can be made with basic ingredients and don’t require a lot of time. In addition, Mandi offers kitchen tips, information about choosing various ingredients, and more to empower your busy family to make your favorite pantry staples from scratch!

Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie Langford
In Plan It, Don’t Panic: Everything You Need to Successfully Create and Use a Meal Plan, Stephanie helps you: find a meal planning method that suits your family best, work with special dietary needs, become a grocery-shopping ninja, make the most of leftovers, organize and store your recipes, and more. She also shares tips and strategies to help you perfect your meal planning style plus printable planning pages and 4 weeks of real, whole food meal plans.

28 Days to Hope for Your Home by Dana White
In 28 Days to Hope for Your Home {Not for the Mildly Disorganized}, Dana draws on her own experiences as a former slob, offering a practical guide to help you discover hope for a real change in your home. Broken down into 28 baby steps, this eBook will help you develop four basic but essential home management habits. You’ll also find practical tips to keep you from giving up, bonus sections with realistic strategies for laundry management, meal prep, and decluttering, and insights into why these habits are a struggle for so many of us! Clutter seems to be my problem too!

Hybrid Homemaker by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
The Hybrid Homemaker: A Guide to Personal and Financial Freedom is full of tips and strategies to show you — step-by-step — how to get out of debt, stick to a budget, make money doing what you love, shrug off the world’s burden of doing it all, figure out what matters to you and create a home where beauty and happiness appear through your actions.

The Homemaking bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 2/4/2013. Get yours today:

Blog Baby to Blog Puberty and Beyond



I am so enjoying visiting blogs who have been participating in the Grow Your Blog event and truly appreciate all the comments and creativity that is being shared. It is amazing how gaining followers has changed…or maybe heightened is a better word…my sense of responsibility as a blogger. While my goals of creating great content and posting consistently have always been there, they have smacked up against the reality of a new job with long hours and (apparently) poor time management on my part. Having followers has notched up the accountability factor, but in a good way. Posting here and there as I find time is not acceptable to me now. I’ll be looking for ways to creatively find time for tutorials and consistent posts by using an editorial/blogging calendar and finding ideas/inspiration at other blogs (like here and here). I guess this is part of being in blog infancy yet.

 I really wanted to share a post by Mandi over at Vintage Revivals who wrote about blog puberty. Her post really spoke to me about growing pains, slumps, and blogging integrity. I think her comments reflect a universal experience. Check it out; you’ll be glad you did.  

In the meantime, keep the faith that we too will pass through blog babyhood and puberty to beyond while staying true to the ideals that started us blogging in the first place.

From Scratch – a new free online magazine


The premier issue of this new, free, online magazine is coming soon. According to their site they are a “bi-monthly online only publication for those who enjoy living life simply. Accompanied by beautiful photography and well written content – From Scratch is the go-to guide for those who have chickens in the backyard, sew their own clothes, make their own jam, and enjoy gardening.”  Please check it out here and help support this great new endeavor for modern homesteaders.

Want Quick & Easy Meals? These eBooks Can Help!, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Every Monday morning I will feature the week’s new eBook bundle put together by Mandi  (from Life Your Way).  What is great about these bundles, besides the price, is that all five eBooks are closely related and can be downloaded to your computer or e-reader device. The bundle changes Monday mornings at 8:00 EST. It’s a brilliant idea, wish I’d have thought of it!

This week the bundle is all about quick and easy meals. Because dinnertime can be stressful and challenging for busy families, the five eBooks are packed full of more than 125 easy recipes that are delicious and satisfying but don’t require a lot of prep time! Get everything from delicious slow cooker meals and main dish salads to crowd-pleasing comfort foods for only $7.40 (a savings of over 70%) for one week only.  Here are the five eBooks:

Crock On! by Stacy Myers
Crock On! A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook by Stacy Myers features 40 all-original slow cooker recipes covering everything from soups to desserts. This full-color ebook includes high-quality photos, step-by-step instructions and reviews from recipe testers for every single recipe so that you can take advantage of this handy tool without sacrificing quality or taste!

20-Minute Meals by Leigh Ann Dutton
If you’re looking for a plan to help you avoid the takeout crutch, 20-Minute Meals has everything you need. With four weeks of easy, 20-minute meals plus meal planning tools, printables and more, you’ll have the resource you need to fight the urge to eat out and know you’re serving your family healthy, nutritious meals in the process.

Feast in 15 by Tiffany King
Add even more recipes to your repertoire with Feast in 15: Speed Cooking Weeknight Dinners, which includes recipes like Italian Nachos, Meatball Gyros, Garlic Lime Shrimp and more that your family will love.

Got Dinner? by Susan Heid
Got Dinner? Quick & Easy Recipes from the Confident Mom features more than 40 favorite dinner recipes from Susan’s kitchen that are not only quick and easy but also easy on the family budget. Plus, find great conversation starters to encourage meaningful conversation at mealtimes!

Eat This by Renee Tougas
Eating more vegetables is an important part of almost any food philosophy, and Eat This: Meal Salads & Whole Food Dressings shows you how to make meal-sized salads that are not just delicious but satisfying for a hungry and growing family as well.

The Easy Meals bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 1/28. Get yours today:

The “Grow Your Blog” event is here!


Hello to all the visitors coming from Vicky’s, 2 Bags Full, Grow Your Blog event.  Please see my giveaway at the end of this post. My name is Lynda and I am an empty-nester who has the second chance of living a rural life. I find myself on a high desert small acreage with a home and 5+ acres of dirt – really more like rocks –no outbuildings, animals or gardens…yet.  Being a book person, I have loads of books and magazines on homesteading and preparedness, but all that knowledge is sitting in my head or on the bookshelf. Too much reading and not enough doing. There is ancient wisdom that says you must act on and live the knowledge before it is yours, so this is my journey to intentionally live what I believe. My plan is that blogging will keep me accountable. Please follow along as I return to a deeper connection with the land and the basics of gardening, raising chickens, canning, preparedness and generally turning these four walls into a homestead. I hope by sharing my experiences through tips and tutorials, I will also be helping you to create a more sustainable way of life no matter where you live.

If you would like to ask questions, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to tell me what you would like to read more about in my blog. You can leave your questions as feedback in the Comments section or if you prefer to contact me via email, you may do so at


A PRIZE GIVEAWAY!  Anyone participating in the Grow Your Blog event can enter and win – regardless of where you live. I am giving away an e-book by Lisa Morosky whose passion is helping women who want to be at home with their family and still contribute to the family finances.  Her 154-page guide helps you to build and grow a virtual assistant business of your own from home.  I have to tell you I was very impressed with all the resources included in this book!


HOW TO ENTER: in keeping with this event’s goal of growing our readership, please enter a Comment and list one strategy you have found that helped to grow your blog.  I will pick a random winner on February 1, 2013.


New Beginnings

I always like the beginning of a new year. It speaks to me of possibilities and new beginnings. I’ve been reading other bloggers’ reflections of the past year’s goals achieved and when I looked at my list of goals set for 2012, most of them fell in the Not Achieved Yet side of the ledger. While a bit disappointing, it doesn’t bother me because so many other unexpected things happened instead. Like a new job with much longer hours and the time spent learning this blogging thing. My list of goals to achieve for 2013 will be much more realistic. I do a lot of reading on the latest brain research and understand the power of thought and its effect on the body; so this year my primary goal is to be more intentional in choosing happiness. As I always say….thoughts are things – choose wisely.

Grateful Every Day

Let the giving of thanks and gratefulness continue throughout your days.

John Burrough

Grow Your Blog Party

I’m glad to help share the news that Vicky, 2 Bags Full, has opened the sign-up for her Grow Your Blog party. The party is January 19, 2013 and you can sign up here. It doesn’t matter if you are a new blogger or have been blogging for years; this event is about making new friends, commenting, visiting other blogs, and gaining followers.  Hope to see you there!

The Preparedness Review – a new eJournal

With the entire country watching the effects of Hurricane Sandy, coupled with the uncertainties surrounding the economy and the upcoming election, many people are rethinking the need to be prepared. Preparedness should start with a plan and now there is a great resource available to you.

The Prepper Website has just announced its bi-annual first edition of The Preparedness Review, an online journal dedicated to all aspects of preparedness and it is FREE!

Preparedness Review, eJournal

It is filled with articles written by well-known authors in the preparedness community and is loaded with links to even more resources and information.  Just visit The Preparedness Review’s website and click the link on the right sidebar. This is a FREE journal and the more families that are on their way to some degree of self-sufficiency, the better.  So hopefully you’ll pass this on to others and help spread the word.


Jujube Fruit

Now that school has started and I am back to work, my jujube tree is loaded with fruit ready to ripen into a dark red color. This time of year is so busy with many fruits and vegetables here just hitting peak harvest time, yet the return to work phase leaves little energy for canning and prepping. I have to find the right balance so that both can be accomplished in the right mind set. Please comment with any tips you have found helpful during harvest time.

jujube tree

 The jujube fruit is new to me and I was thrilled to read that it has 20 times the amount of Vitamin C of citrus fruits! Apparently there are several tree varieties and luckily I have one where the fruit is good to eat raw, like an apple. These fruits are still green and immature, but soon will turn a full red color and begin to soften and wrinkle. The best time to eat them raw is the stage between yellow-green and full red. The fruits I have eaten so far at this stage were crisp, sweet, and similar to an apple. I’ve been looking for recipes to use them in and have only been able to find one for jujube butter; I’ll be trying this since we like apple butter too. Has anyone tried jujube fruit or have recipes?

jujube fruit

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