Blogging Bundle

This blogging thing has been a self-taught venture and there were many times I wished I had resources all in one place. This week’s bundle does just that!, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Launch a new blog or take your blog to the next level with this week’s ebook collection. From balancing your blog and family and setting boundaries for your online presence to monetizing your blog, writing an ebook of your own and using Pinterest to grow your brand, this bundle is packed full of resources for bloggers. And it’s available for 70% off this week only!

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

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Not technology savvy?, 5 eBooks for $7.40!


Learn how to use the technology in your life to your advantage with this week’s collection of ebooks. You’ll discover the secrets to beautiful iPhone photos, how to get organized usingfree apps and programs, the beauty of online friendships and more. But don’t wait because this bundle is on sale for 70% off this week only!

Once Upon the Internet by Marla Taviano
Once Upon the Internet is the funny and touching memoir of the Tavianos’ one-year quest to visit 52 zoos in 52 weeks — and the online friends who helped make it possible. Through the course of their journey, they stayed with 31 different families, 17 of whom they’d never met in person (and countless others met them at zoos along the way), and today some of their dearest friends are ones they first met on the internet.

iPhone Photography by Alli Worthington
Alli’s iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide is your go-to guide for the best iPhone photo editing apps. With plenty of full-color images, you’ll find step-by-step tutorials to capture and create stunning images yourself as well as ideas for using iPhone photos to stay organized, save money and just be happier.

Pin-terpretation by Holley Gerth & Stephanie Bryant
Your Pinterest account and the images you pin say more about you than you might think, and the ladies at Squee! wrote Pin-terpretation to help you step back and really see yourself. Their goal is to help you see your Pinterest boards with fresh eyes — to provide questions as well as insights into you, your personal brand & your blog. It’s kind of like a Cosmo quiz for your Pinterest boards.

Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler
Organize your life with a digital home management “binder” that you can take with you, doesn’t use up extra space, works on every platform and doesn’t cost anything. In Paperless Home Organization, Mystie shows you how to get organized using only free, web-based applications that sync with free apps on both Apple and Android devices.

Evernote for Moms by Lauren Rothlisberger
Lauren’s specialty is providing tech tips for “non-geeks”, and Evernote for Moms is the quick and easy guide to help you use Evernote to organize your ideas and information. It includes a quickstart guide, simple template files and step-by-step instractions for installing, launching and adding items to Evernote through your smartphone or computer.

The Tech & Internet bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 5/6. Get yours today:


I love cats. I love chickens.  I know……my twisted sense of humor is showing!


Declutter Tips & Simple Living Bundle

I am still in a declutter mode in an effort to simplify and enjoy what I have rather than it controlling me. I came across these questions to ask yourself when decluttering from Mandi at Life Your Way and thought they might be helpful.

     Is this something I use regularly? If not, is it something I love? Am I keeping it out of obligation? Do I think I should love it? Am I saving it just in case? (My favorite!) Could something else do the same job? Is it worth the time I spend cleaning it? Could I use this space for something else?, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Is simple living just a pipe dream in today’s fast-paced, always-on, more-is-better culture? With this week’s collection, you’ll discover the secrets to living simply from five authors who are living intentionally and inspiring others to do the same! But don’t wait because this bundle is on sale for 90% off this week only.

With your purchase, you’ll get all five of the following ebooks for only $7.40:

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“Adopted” is my favorite breed

Love this from the Animal Rescue Site!

Preschool Activities

Even though I don’t teach little ones anymore, I thought these resources were great., 5 eBooks for $7.40!
This week’s bundle includes a collection of ebooks packed full of activities for preschool and beyond! You’ll discover books to read together, educational activities around your home and strategies for making the most of every learning opportunity. This week only, get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40 (a savings of more than 70%)!

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

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Introverts Are Misunderstood

I am an introvert. I have always known that about myself, but usually accompanied it with an apologetic air. How many times have I said …”I don’t mean to be anti-social, but ….”.    I have learned a few things about being an introvert that have ramifications for both educators and business leaders, given our current culture of rewarding outgoing personalities.

Introverts are misunderstood. Usually we are described as being shy and quiet and do better in small groups.  But that is not the important difference between introverts and extroverts. (And let me say right here that this is a continuum and not absolutes). The main difference is in where we draw our energy. Extroverts draw from outside of  themselves and usually feel refueled by interactions with others or larger social situations.  This would drain an introvert’s energy; we renew ourselves and our creative levels through low-key situations or time spent alone. It is necessary to us. Being an educator, I see the disservice we do to children by constantly having all students in groups at tables and the incessant group projects.

The Mashable article on Why Introverts Have All the Fun, shares a great, short video by Susan Cain, “The Power of Introverts“.   I urge you to watch her; you will gain insight into family members, students, co-workers and how to draw the best from them.

Working with kids all of my life, I have seen the bias against quiet, shy children. They need to know they are alright just the way they are and the adults need to understand they do best being able to solve problems and work without distractions. This beautiful picture book  by Debbie Fox explains and celebrates the nature of the quiet kid/adult in your life.

quiet kid

I saw this cartoon on Mashable and loved how it expresses the introvert nature. The ‘after-party’ is so me.

2d001fa153a2f49994fa29e2cc35f5c2So celebrate being an introvert. Introverts unite!…….oh wait… that would be an oxymoron.

Going Gluten and Grain-free

There are many reasons why someone might want to change their eating habits to a gluten and grain-free diet. From losing weight to managing IBS, many find that this way of eating helps them maintain better. These are some great resources all in one place to help you on the journey down this path., 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Going grain-free can be overwhelming for families dealing with gluten-intolerance or Celiac disease, and this week’s bundle includes more than 275 gluten-free and grain-free recipes plus a wealth of information and tips from the authors’ own experiences. This week only, get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40 (a savings of more than 80%)!

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:

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.


Grateful Every Day

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

John Burrough

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.


Genetic Roulette Movie

Most of you have heard of genetically modified foods, but maybe you haven’t heard the whole story according to Jeffrey Smith, the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. His shocking evidence shows how GMOs are linked to many growing disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, autism and infertility for a start. He reveals information behind allegations of manipulation of research and attacks on independent scientists.

With all the bad news there is an upside which I have posted about earlier. He will explain how we can influence food companies to kick out GM ingredients. Please watch this important documentary and share with others – the faster we can reach the tipping point, the healthier we will all be!

You can watch free for a bit at




Harvesting Mesquite Pods for Flour

mesquite tree

The season is just about over for harvesting mesquite pods to be ground into flour. The trees in my area are full of pods that are ready to be picked during July and August with a few varieties still to be found in the lower elevations. I know they are ready when the pods turn a tan to red color and the seeds inside rattle. Mesquite flour has a long tradition in our desert region and was a staple for the indigenous peoples of the Sonoran Desert as well as our high desert area.

mesquite pods

 The pod is a legume and when ground into flour it is high in protein, complex carbs, and fiber. It is naturally gluten free so it can be a welcome change from the rice flour often used in gluten free diets. It is naturally sweet but does not affect blood sugar levels. The sweet, nutty flavor is distinctive and can be used in most recipes, but is best mixed with wheat pastry flour or rice and potato flour if you want gluten free. Caroline at BohoFarm has a great post on making Mesquite Pancakes.  

mesquite flour

 Once the pods are harvested from the mesquite tree, they are dried in the oven until brittle and then they can be stored in a five-gallon bucket. A full bucket will equal about five pounds of milled flour. The pods are too hard to mill in a home wheat grinder so we wait until this fall for our Community Mesquite Milling event, hosted by Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture (BASA).  A big hammer mill makes the work so much easier and is usually a big event at our Farmer’s Market. I’ll post pictures of the milling sometime towards the end of October.  

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