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Bundle of the Week ebooks on Homemaking

Bundle #30: Homemaking

A little organization and pre-planning goes a long way when you’re managing a home, and this week’s bundle will help you get organized, tame the paper clutter and simplify your home. Plus, discover the secrets for throwing a party without the stress and get all of the printables you need to set up your home management notebook today!

This week only, get all 4 ebooks plus more than 300 printables for just $7.40, a savings of more than 75%!

Planner Perfect by Jenny Penton
Planner Perfect: A Fresh Idea on Organizing Your Life is designed to help you become a master at managing your home. Intended for moms during every season of life, you’ll find tips for creating a space of your own, effectively using a calendar, organizing in a way that maximizes your strengths and talents, vacation planning, prioritizing your health, keeping your home clean, meal planning and more!

Plan a Fabulous Party {Without Losing Your Mind} by Mary Carver
From baby showers to birthday parties, we all know that hosting a party usually ends up being more stressful than we hope it will! In Plan a Fabulous Party {Without Losing Your Mind}, Mary walks you through the steps involved in planning any type of party and leaves you prepared to handle unexpected complications or challenges. With questions and prompts, reminders about possible stumbling blocks, planning checklists, survival stories and last-minute cleaning tips, this guide is a must have before your next party, big or small.

10 Steps to Organized Paper by Lisa Woodruff
Can you imagine being able to find any piece of paper in your house anytime you needed it? 10 Steps to Organized Paper will motivate, encourage and lead you step-by-step through turning your mountains of paper into organized systems. Not only will Lisa walk you through the paper purging process, but she’ll also help you create a system that’s easy to maintain so that you can find the papers you need when you need them!

Homestead Simplicity by Lisa Barthuly
Sometimes it can be difficult to strike a balance between simple living and wanting the best for our family. In Homestead Simplicity: A Primer, Lisa shares her simple hints, tips and recipes to inspire and encourage you. Discover Lisa’s secrets to cooking from scratch (easily!), keeping your pantry stocked, making and using homemade cleaners and toiletries and more, including some of her favorite recipes.

The Life Your Way Printables Complete Download Pack from Mandi Ehman
With more than 300 printable pages to help you get organized, The Life Your Way Printables Complete Download Pack includes both full-size and half-size home management printables, cheat sheats, holiday planners and more, plus free monthly updates with new printables!

The Homemaking bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 7/29. Get yours today!

Ebook Bundle of the Week #29 Cooking



Bundle #29: Cooking Basics

This week’s bundle takes you back to the basics with 5 cooking resources to help you meal plan, create your own recipes, make homemade condiments and reduce waste. With a little planning, you can save time and money in your kitchen, and this week only get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40, or 85% off their list price!

How To Cook For Yourself by Rachael Roehmholdt
How To Cook For Yourself: A Complete Beginner’s Guide is your guide to meal planning, grocery store strategizing, and learning the ins and outs of cooking basics and techniques. Rachel takes you through the entire process of selecting meals, grocery shopping, and getting a great meal on the table in no time. Learn how to cook for yourself in a way that is simple and can easily integrate with your life, right now!

Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil by Mary Platis and Laura Bashar
Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil is a fabulous resource for cooks of all experience, from the novice to the professional. With detailed descriptions, a variety of recipes for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, and plenty of beautiful and vivid photographs, Mary and Laura show you how to poach, braise, marinate, infuse, and even bake with olive oil!

Restocking the Pantry by Kresha Faber
Making your own condiments isn’t difficult! Restocking the Pantry is packed with nearly 75 pages of recipes and tips, and Kresha shows you exactly how easy it is – not to mention frugal and healthy – to make your own favorites at home, including ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, jellied cranberry sauce, hot sauce and more, for a total of 55 recipes!

Design a Dish by Millie Copper
In Design a Dish, Millie shows you how to use formulas rather than recipes to design dishes with the ingredients that are available so that you can reduce food waste and save money! Once you start using formulas for your meals you will discover just how easy it is to nourish your family for less!

From Garbage to Gourmet by Carrie Isaac
From Garbage to Gourmet features more than 80 recipes and creative ideas for using things like broccoli stalks, potato peels, carrot ends, herb stems, corn cobs, and more, plus hundreds of strategies to help you prevent food waste and create delicious food out of things you normally throw away. Carrie has taken the strategies she’s learned in her quest to reduce waste and stretch her budget and packaged them in a beautiful ebook that will make you forget you’re reading about food waste!

The Cooking Basics bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 7/22. Get yours today!

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Ebook Bundle of the Week #28: Writing, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Are you a writer? Do you want to be a writer? If so, this bundle is for you! With five incredible resources from well known and successful authors, this collection is packed full of inspiration, practical tips and strategies to help you take your writing to the next level and earn an income from your craft.

Get this bundle for 70% off this week only!

You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins
You Are a Writer {So Start Acting Like One} is an ebook about the process of becoming who you already are. It’s a guide for those called to a life of words, a book about passion and calling, striving and sacrifice. Mostly, it’s about writing: the glorious and grisly process of putting your butt in the chair and creating something worth remembering. This ebook will challenge you, call you out, and launch you into the life you should be living — a life of writing.

Self-Publish: Moving from Idea to Product by Erin Ulrich and Teri Lynne Underwood
Self-Publish is an ebook for writers intrigued and/or intimidated by the world of self-publishing, writers who value quality and are prepared to devote time to creating an excellent product. With detailed information about each component of a great self-published work, Erin and Teri Lynne guide you from idea to product to help you ask yourself the right questions about four key elements of a successful book — content, design, audience, and marketing — with 20 worksheets to help you plan and prepare to write and release your book.

31 Days to Become a Better Writer by Kristina J. Tanner
Written for every writer who longs to hone their craft but is pressed for time, 31 Days to Become a Better Writer covers 31 different aspects of your craft with a daily exercise to reinforce that day’s topic. This book is beneficial for individual writers by themselves, but can be used effectively in a group setting as well!

How to Market and Sell Your eBook by Sarah Mae
Why should print books have all the fun? You can earn a full-time income with e-publishing, and you don’t have to be a superstar to do it. Based on her own experience (she’s sold over 40,000 in eBooks) and by studying the experiences of other’s, Sarah Mae shares the lessons she’s learned about communicating your passion to others in a new way and then getting those ideas to the world, one practical and thrilling step at a time in How to Market and Sell Your eBook.

On Becoming a Writer by Denise J. Hughes
The world of blogging has revitalized people’s interest in the craft of writing. They want to improve their craft too. In On Becoming a Writer: What Every Blogger Needs to Know, Denise answers thirty-four of the most important questions about writing that bloggers need to ask. What’s the difference between writing advice and editing advice? What if I hated English class? How do I tell my story? With the answers to these questions and more, this e-book will help you become a writer who has something to say and says it.

Ebook Bundle #28 ends this Sunday July 14, 2013.  Order yours today by clicking on the above buy now link – you pay through paypal – quick, easy and reliable check out.

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Cake Doctor Book and Recipe Review

Cake Mix Doctor Books


I was first introduced to the Cake Mix Doctor books a couple of years ago from one of my knitting group friends.  She made this wonderful Apple Cider Cake and brought it to one of our meetings.  It was so good she sent me the recipe and told me the book it came from.

I usually check the library for any books I am interested in and did so with this book.  To my delight they had 3 different titles of the cake doctor books so I checked them all out.  My local library allows you to check books out for 3 weeks and renew, if no one has requested it, for another 3 weeks so that was more than enough time to try out various cakes in the books and decide I would like to own at least one, if not 2 of the titles.

The titles I own are the original Cake Mix Doctor, copyright 1999, and the Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor, copyright 2001.  The original title I received as a gift a couple of years ago for Christmas.  I just recently bought the Chocolate version at my local Half Price Books for only $5.99.  My oldest son and I went there a couple weeks ago to trade in some books and DVD’s – after my DVD organizing we had some to get rid of.

The Cake Mix Doctor books have a variety of different types and styles of cakes to bake.  All of the directions are easy to read and follow and lots of other helpful baking tips and ideas are offered throughout the book.  All of the recipes start with a basic cake mix but lots of other ingredients are added to produce rich and delicious cakes.  These cakes are not made from scratch cakes.

I was never one before to bake tube cakes, I usually stuck with the 13 x 9 or round cakes.  These books have some awesome tube cake recipes and have inspired me to bake a lot more of this style cake and they are so easy!  I made this one in the photo below for my birthday yesterday.

chocolate cream cheese pound cake made from Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor Book
chocolate cream cheese pound cake made from Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor Book

It is a chocolate pound cake that uses cream cheese in the recipe.  It is very good.  I had made some homemade hot fudge sauce, a recipe I found on pinterest, that was so good and went perfectly with this cake as a topping.  My sons loved it!  The hot fudge sauce recipe was from a blog called Chocolate, Chocloate and more.

Another recipe I recently tried from the Chocolate book is the Hello Dolly Bars.  These are made with a cake mix and are just wonderful.  Very easy to make, too.  They do require a few ingredients but are a cinch to throw together and bake in about 25 to 30 minutes.  The perfect cake-bar treat for my hungry kids.

Hello Dolly Bars recipe made from Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor book
Hello Dolly Bars recipe made from Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor book

I hope you enjoyed this review of the books and a couple of the recipes.  I have tried many more and they are all delicious.  The ones mentioned above are the ones I have most recently made.  Subscribe via RSS feed or through bloglovin for future book and recipe reviews.


Summer Reading

Books to Read this Summer
Books to Read this Summer

Well, it is officially not summer for a couple more days but I have chosen some of the books I would like to read this summer.  The books can be seen in the above photo.

I have divided the books into 2 stacks.  One stack, on the left, is my fiction stack and the other, on the right, is my non-fiction stack.  I tend to read non fiction in the morning.  I am currently reading Becoming the Woman I Want To Be by Donna Partow.  I also like to read non fiction during the day sometimes if I have a free moment or I am supervising my kids and their friends swimming in our pool.  The fiction books are my evening-bedtime reading choice.

My boys have been out of school for a week and a half now.  Last week I began a reading schedule with them.  We went to the library on Monday and each of us checked out 2 books.  They are reading for 30 minutes every day before lunch.  After lunch they have a choice to read for 30 more minutes, write in a journal, or practice their instrument.

So far our schedule is working out well.  We have had a couple of days where there was and afternoon appointment or something we had to do so we didn’t get the 30 minutes after lunch in.  One of my 12 year old boys (I have twins) has read 2 chapter books so far and my older son, who is 15, has finished one book.  I also have finished one book.  I had started reading Somewhere Along The Way by Jodi Thomas a couple of weeks before we began this schedule.  I finished the book about 5 days ago.  It was a very enjoyable read.  Now I am on to reading Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan.  I got this book from the library a week ago.  I learned about it from Goodreads.  So far I am about 95 pages into the book and like it.

I also like to listen to audio books while I cook, drive, knit or sew.  I am currently listening to Love Kills by Edna Buchanan.  It is a mystery and suspense type of novel.  The library is a great place to find lots of wonderful audio books.

So, what are you reading this summer?  Let me know by leaving a reply.

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Book Review – Extraordinary Women

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Extraordinary Women book by Julie Clinton
Extraordinary Women book by Julie Clinton

Today I finished my 10 week journey reading this wonderful book Extraordinary Women by Julie Clinton and Mary M. Byers.  The subtitle of the book is Discovering the Dream God Created for You.

I purchased this book from Mardel a few months ago and began reading it 10 weeks ago.  I usually try and do my TAG (time alone with God) time every morning after my workout and decided this was the perfect book for that.  The book is divided into 10 segments with different titles for each week.  The book is laid out so that you only read it 5 days out of the week so I would strive for Monday through Friday.  Each daily page that you read is only about 2 or 3 pages long.   The titles of the weeks are as follows:

  • Week 1:  Secrets to Living God’s Dream for Your Life
  • Week 2:  Secrets to Knowing God Really Loves You
  • Week 3:  Secrets to Meaningful Relationships
  • Week 4:  Secrets to Handling Testosterone
  • Week 5:  Secrets to Mastering Your Emotions
  • Week 6:  Secrets to Handling Imbalance
  • Week 7:  Secrets to Getting Through Tough Times
  • Week 8:  Secrets to Finding Freedom
  • Week 9:  Secrets to Creating an Intimate Relationship with God
  • Week 10:  Secrets to Making Every Day Count

There is a motivating quote at the end of each daily read along with journal prompts if you decide to keep a journal.  I also like the fact that there are lots of meaningful scriptures throughout the entire book.

Overall I think this is a wonderful book for those wanting to keep a connection to God in their daily life.  The book is very positive and uplifting – getting your day off to a wonderful start.  This is the type of book that I will be able to apply to everyday life and will put it on my book shelf and read it again in years to come.

I will now begin to read Becoming the Woman I Want To Be by Donna Partow.  It is another book that is set up to read on a daily basis.  I read another book by her last summer called Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be and thought it was an excellent book.  That is actually the book that taught me the acronym TAG – time alone with God.

I am in no way affiliated with the author or publisher of this book or any books mentioned in this post.  I just enjoyed the book and wanted to write a review to share.

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Books To Help You Learn More About Pinterest

Book Review on Pinfluence and Pinterest Power
Pinfluence and Pinterest Power – Great books to learn more about pinterest

Have you joined Pinterest?  Have you joined but don’t really know how to navigate your way around or see what Pinterest can do for you?  These two books can help you learn the world of Pinterest.

I joined Pinterest almost two years ago after a friend told me about it and how much I would enjoy pinning.  At first I just made a few boards, pinned a few things, and followed some of my friends.  Then, about a year ago I really got into the groove of using Pinterest.  I have started following some really interesting people, gained more followers myself, and found some really great things on there I would have never found without Pinterest.  For example:  blogs I now follow, crochet and knitting ideas and patterns, cleaning tips, garden ideas, photography info, recipes, sewing tutorials and lots of other valuable info.  There is something for everyone on Pinterest.  I consult my boards regularly for information, recipes and helpful tips on how to do things I am interested in learning.

A few months ago I decided I wanted to learn more about the wonderful world of Pinterest and how to use it more effectively.  I bought these two books:  Pinterest Power by Jason Miles and Karen Lacey and Pinfluence by Beth Hayden.  Both of these books are wonderful resources on learning Pinterest, in my opinion.  These books will give you the information you need to create a profile, have great pinterest boards and market your business.  There are lots of other good tips in these two books as well on things like Pinterest contests, email marketing, and connecting with other pinners.  The books are directed more toward marketing a business on Pinterest.  I think those that don’t have a business and just want to learn more about navigating Pinterest would also benefit from reading these two books.  The books have the basic information on creating beautiful boards, understanding pinning, repinning and commenting on pins.

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