Taming The Laundry Monster Ebook: Review and Giveaway

I was quite thrilled when Angi over at Sneider Peeps asked me to review Taming the Laundry Monster, the first ebook in her series The Busy Mom’s Guide.

I know most of you don’t have it all together when it comes to laundry, and I can promise you that I fit into that group as well.  Laundry has always been a monster in my book, but Angi has pointed put some great ways to help deal with that monster.

I thoroughly enjoyed the read.  She managed to add humor into reading about a mundane task that reaks havoc on all of us.

I also liked the different ways that she presented to help solve your laundry problem.  She not only tells you about the way that works best for her family, but other ways that may work for you.

If you struggle with the laundry monster or know someone who does, I hope you will consider purchasing Angi’s helpful book.

I look forward to reading the other books she comes out with in the series.

Taming the Laundry Monster is on sale for $.99 using the code FRUGAL provided by Angi for practicing frugal readers.  This code is good until the end of day October 6th.

You can also enter to win a pdf version of Taming the Laundry Monster by telling us what your biggest laundry battle is.  If you don’t have any laundry battles, what do you have trouble getting done? Just leave a comment letting us know and you will be entered in the contest.

The contest will run until midnight on Saturday, October 5th.  One entry per person.

Remember that you can read the ebooks you download to your computer on a Kindle, smartphone or tablet.  Check out my recent post on How To Read Ebooks On Your Kindle or Kindle App Device.

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Homeschool Planner Review & Giveaway: The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner

**Home Educating Family so very generously provided me with a Well Planned Day planner to try out with my family and one to give away to one lucky reader.  All opinions of the product are my own, I am not reimbursed for my opinion in any way.

I have been waiting to do this post since I got the planner in, but I am going to be honest and say that I did not think I would like the planner at all.  I wanted to do the review to see what the planner was like and give one away on the blog, but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package.

Of course you probably know that I am a frugal person at heart, and $26.95 for a planner seemed ridiculous to me.  I don’t like to spend money on things I can make at home, besides I like things the way I like them.  I like to be able to make things my own way, you know, personalize them a bit.

Well that has all changed since I got the Well Planned Day Planner from Home Educating Family.  I was immediately excited about doing this review.


I love the inviting colors of the planner, but I do wish the front and back pages were a little more sturdy or protected.  They are coated, but I am not sure how well this will hold up over the year.  I may be pleasantly surprised at the end of the year.


This planner includes so many things that I like to have in my home binder.  It’s a combination of two binders I currently use (home & school) into one.  At the front of the planner there are pages for household finances, household duties and phone numbers.  I especially loved the fist page that listed the Encouraging Articles from the Home Educating Family Magazine.  I can’t wait to check these out each month in the planner, because we can all use some encouraging at times in this homeschool journey.

IMG_0357[1]I love these little perforated card sized pages for daily responsibilities.  You can flip them over for a look at daily subjects too.  There are enough for 4 students.  The planner is made to accomodate up to 4 students, so if you have more you may need to modify it some.


There is a teacher schedule page as well as student schedule pages which have a class plan on the back to help plan for each child’s curriculum and expenses.

I love, love this.  I end up making notes in a notebook for the curriculum/supplies I need to buy each year.  I love that I can include all of this information in one place.


The monthly section of the binder includes a full two page view of the calendar for the month as well as a two page look at each week (pictured) with some subjects filled in as well as a place for a couple of your own.

I love this section too, but I only wish it had a couple more places for my own subjects.  It’s not a huge deal though, as you can always edit it to fit your needs.

On the side of the second page you will find a great place to write in your weekly priorities as well as your dinner menu for the week.  There is also a weekly catechism and a place to write in your weekend activities.


The monthly section also includes a place to write in books to enjoy, field trips, monthly bills and also these great perforated grocery list pages.  There are 6 perforated lists for each month.  Each list has a front and back side with plenty of space for your list.  Having this in the planner is great.  I can add items to the list over the week and then tear it out when needed.


At the end of each semester you have a page to write in your semester accomplishments, a page for the semester attendance for each child and a semester goal page.

IMG_0373[1]At the end of the second semester you will find a page for weekly grades by subject for each student as well as a page to write in any notes, a page to write in future plans and 4 ready to fill in report cards.

I love that the planner includes the summer months, because many homeschoolers school year around or do a light school schedule.  Even if you don’t school year around, you still need the planning pages for meals, groceries, filed trips and more.

I am personally hooked on this planner.  I never thought I would fall in love with it.  It has everything I need in one place.  Every time I look at it I find another thing I really like about it.

I will be purchasing my very own next year.  This planner keeps everything in one place and is less bulky than the 2 binders it will replace.  Not to mention the ink and paper I will save from printing all the pages I printed for those binders.

I also love that it’s attractive and fairly small enough to keep for years to come.

The only faults I find are:

  1. I am leary of how the covers will hold up.
  2. Pre-filled subject areas – would like more blanks, but this is not a deal breaker.
  3. Price – I’m not saying the planner is not worth it,because it is, it’s just a bit high for some families to add to the already tight homeschool budget.  I would suggest watching for a great sale on these planners (or enter a giveaway to win your own).

So now you have a chance to win a Well Planned Day Family Planner, or if you already know you want to purchase one you can click here to visit the site to browse and order.

Right now they have a sale where you can save 30% on bundles.  Just click here to take a look.

Good luck and happy homeschooling!

**The giveaway will be open until midnight on August 7, 2013 and for legal reasons is open to U.S. residents only.

Leave a comment for your first entry telling me what you like about the planner.

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Buck Denver Review and Giveaway

What’s in The Bible was generous enough to send me the newest DVD in the Buck Denver asks What’s In The Bible Series, Volume 10 “Jesus Is The Good News”, to review on the blog.  I am so excited to share our review with all of you of the first DVD in the New Testament as well as some extras.

You can check out the trailer on you tube.

Sometime last year I kept reading about Buck Denver asks… What’s In The Bible on Money Saving Mom.  Crystal had remarked how much her children enjoyed the series, so I decided it was time to check them out for myself.  I asked around and found a friend that had a few of the DVD’s for us to borrow.  The girls and I watched the first one and we were immediately hooked.  The story line and characters are so funny and the DVD’s help so much with teaching about the bible, and how it all goes together.  I just knew we had to have this set.  It will be a great resource to add to our own bible study during homeschool.

The girls received the Old testament for Christmas from their very generous Uncle and Aunt, and have been watching the DVD’s ever since.  I have also watched many of them too and am very impressed with the quality and depth of these DVD’s.  Phil Vischer does a great job creating this series. I’m pretty sure he’s a genius.  Did you know that Phil Vischer is the creator of VeggieTales?  It’s true!

Volume 10 did not disappoint us either.  We have been anticipating the first DVD in the New Testament for quite a while.  The girls started out by dancing and singing to the theme song and then got seated to watch as we learned about the time between the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as the arrival of Jesus.  The characters are so engaging and funny.  The story is told in depth, but in a way that the kids can understand while it covers the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

So now I have some great news for you!  What’s In The Bible sent me a copy of Volume 10 “Jesus Is The Good News” to giveaway on the blog, as well as a copy of Volume 1 that we will give away before Easter.

To enter the contest just leave a comment below telling us why you would love to win this copy of What’s In The Bible Volume 10 “Jesus Is The Good News”.  The contest deadline will be Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 5pm CST.  I will announce the winner by the nest business day.  Contest open to U.S. residents only. One entry per person.

What’s In The Bible also has some great coloring sheets that you can print here that go along with Volume 10.  These sheets are wonderful coloring sheets that are great for kids of all ages.

What’s In The Bible also has a coupon code out to save 20% on the Volume 1-10 bundle.  You will also get free shipping.  This is a great deal on this highly recommended set of DVD’s.  The coupon code to use is BUNDLE10.

I hope you enjoy the series as much as we have in our house.  If my kids had not received the set they did for a gift, I would have purchased them myself.  They are that good!  This is one reason why I practice frugal, so I can buy quality when I spend money.

Don’t have any kids?  These DVD’s make a great gift for kids or would be a great addition to a church DVD library.

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21 Days To A More Disciplined Life ebook Review

One of my favorite bloggers, Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom, provided me with a advanced copy of her ebook to review.  If you have ever read Crystal’s blog, you know that she has a flair for writing that not only inspires you to take an action, but also convinces you that you can accomplish that action, whatever it may be.

Do you struggle with getting projects completed?  Do you get overwhelmed by having too much to do?  Do you lack the drive to finish a project?  Do you struggle with parts of your life that you just can’t get under control?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you.

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life is an ebook written by Crystal to encourage it’s readers that they can live a more disciplined life.  How does she know you can do it?  Well because Crystal is just like the rest of us, and she doesn’t have it all together.  She was struggling with a lack of discipline.  She set out to make some changes in her life and is sharing how she came to get more discipline in her life.

The book is an encouraging read packed with the questions to get you thinking, and the information in small daily doses to get you headed back on track.

I can’t wait to go through the rest of the 21 days and see how much I have been able to get accomplished.

I have totally enjoyed reading it the first time and plan to follow read and follow through it for the rest of the 21 days and gain some discipline in my life.

If you are interested in 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life, it is on sale until October 26 for $ .99, and then the price will increase to $4.99.  It is available in PDF form to read on your computer or you can purchase the Kindle edition.  Don’t have a Kindle?  You can download free Kindle Apps for your pc, smartphones, ipad from Amazon.

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Book Review: Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Short-Straw Bride


I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review of the book.

I started the book on a very slow day at work. Before I realized it, I was half way through the book. I finished it that night at home. I couldn’t put the book down. I have never read any books by Karen Witemeyer before, but I will be reading more.

The book is a well written historical romance with christian content. There is even quite a bit of humor in it. I couldn’t put the book down because I had to know what happened. Each time I tried I would say just one more chapter and that kept on until I finished the book. I really enjoyed the christian content along with the historical romance and comedy. It was a great combination.

The story has some great life lessons in it as well.  It’s one of those stories that just draws you in and keeps you reading.  I could picture the characters and the scenes in my head.

So if you are looking for a good book to read in your spare time, consider Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer.

I look forward to reading other books by Karen Witemeyer.

Here is a video of book trailer.

Have you read any great reads lately?  Tell us about them.  

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Book Review: All New Square Foot Gardening

All New Square Foot Gardening

All New Square Foot Gardening

I recently finished reading the book and wanted to post a little review of the book for my readers.

This book is a great read for anyone wanting to begin raised bed gardening.  The book contains great instructions on how to build, materials to use and great information to get you started.  The book contains information about many plants as well.

The main idea of the book is using Mel’s mix for gardening.  This is the part of the book that I did not like.  (Please remember that a review is one person’s opinion.  I am no expert.)  The mix contains vermiculite.  The safety of vermiculite is still quite questionable so I prefer to just use topsoil, some peat moss and compost.  I am just not okay with using something that is questionable in my garden to grow food for my family.

While I did not agree with the use of vermiculite, the book has some very good information for raised bed gardening.

Have your read this book?  What did you think?  Have any books you want to recommend?  

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I’m A Coppertone Water Mom

I recently applied to be a Coppertone Water Mom and am so excited to be chosen to participate.  Today I received my welcome kit and I was like a kid on Christmas.  I can’t wait to share my experiences and results with my readers.

We love the water and I have kids with sensitive skin, so I look forward to using these products and giving you my honest opinion.

I also look forward to sharing my samples, coupons, recipes and games.  This is going to be so much fun.

As a member of the Coppertone® Water MOMS group, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit.  No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.