Free December Marketing Plan for Blogging Moms


*This post contains affiliate links If you're a blogger this is a freebie worth checking out. Crissy Herron of Indie Biz Chicks makes these great printables of monthly marketing plans that have blog topic suggestions, ideas for promotions you can run, a social media calendar, a newsletter template and more. She makes them for each month of the year and they're updated each year. If you want to test out how they work for you go grab December's plan for free here. And enter coupon code: december which will get it for you for free. Have a beautiful weekend. Free December … [Read more...]

Dollar Stretcher Tips for November 20, 2014

Here are your weekly Dollar Stretcher Tips for November 20, 2014. Smoke Detector Batteries Hopefully everyone changed their smoke detector batteries when they moved their clocks back. I also hope those batteries weren't thrown out. They still have life and can be used in TV remotes or kids' toys. Ellie Before You Clean Before I start my "holiday cleaning" this year, I'll clean all my cleaning tools. I will wash all the mops, brushes, and dusters. I will also clean my vacuum cleaner filters. After all, what is the point in cleaning the house with dirty, germ ridden implements? Plus, the … [Read more...]

52 Weeks of Fresh Breakfast Ideas: 31, Homemade Instant Oatmeal


  I'm taking the bull by the horns so to speak. I haven't been getting along with breakfast for some time and I aim to rework that this year. Join me in my quest to find 52 Fresh Breakfast Ideas that don't leave me feeling heavy or my family still hungry. We may revisit dishes you already know or find some new favorites but my goal for 2014 is a new appreciation for breakfast. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We recently celebrated a wedding anniversary and one of the gifts we received was a cookbook. . This nice thick almanac for all things in the kitchen has plenty … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Be A Blessing


This time of year people start thinking about doing for others. Helping others in their time of need is good for the soul. We all go through rough times and giving back is just the right thing to do. But we all don't have the same resources or capabilities. If you're not quite sure how you can be a blessing to others here are ten ways you can do something to help the less fortunate. Ten Ways to be a Blessing 1. Donate Food: Whether it's directly to a homeless person (my husband does this a lot), a soup kitchen, or a friend or neighbor in need. If you have leftovers, or abundance, … [Read more...]

Free $10 Credit from Educents!


*This post contains affiliate links. Need some homeschool cash? Here's a lovely gift from Educents=> Get a $10 credit in Edubucks when you become a new member, which can be put toward the purchase of ANYTHING on the Educents site (with no minimums or catches). Now you may be asking yourself just what is Educents? Educents was started by two women who are passionate about education. Their goal is to bring you the best deals on great educational supplies. A daily deals site for educators, parents, and students. You can save big bucks by getting your favorite homeschool products on … [Read more...]

This Week in Food and My Menu Plan November 17, 2014

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 *This post contains affiliate links Happy Monday! It's time to talk about food. What we ate last week and what we'll eat this week. And all the other stuff inbetween. More Apples Last week I was blessed to find 2 more bushels of apples! If you actually want to know how many apples are in a bushel it's about 48 pounds or 128 medium apples. That's a lot! We actually had just finished with the last box which we canned, and shared, and juiced and I did have a moment when I stood over these apples thinking, "no way". But God knows how much my family loves apples. And I mean that literally … [Read more...]

Schoolhouse Review Crew Homeschool Blue Ribbon Awards


Another Homeschool Review Crew year has come to an end and with it is a Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony where we vote on our favorite homeschool products that we reviewed from the past year. You can see this main list over at the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog but in the meantime you can read our own small list. This past year we got to sample and review many different products based on our children's ages and even our own personal needs. Some were great fits and some not so great. The following list are the picks from our little family. These are just a few of the items we enjoyed the best … [Read more...]