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My Top Resource Picks For Marraige and Homemaking

I told you about a great bundle of resources that you can buy over the next few days. The sale ends Monday, so you have a few days left to check it out.

Believe me when I say this- I know that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is pretty overwhelming. There is no way in the world that you should or could read everything in it. So, I decided to go through and highlight a few of the resources that I think you will find to be the most helpful.

It is pretty important to realize that the whole purpose behind the bundle isn’t to overwhelm you, rather to provide you with the resources you want at a relatively inexpensive price. If you chose to read only 10 of the ebooks, you would pay $2.99 a book. Since you are getting access to free printables and other things, this can be a really economical way to learn things that will help you in your life.

Here are my top picks for this bundle.

A Full Year Membership to Molly Green

I am just now getting familiar with Molly Green. What stands out to me about this subscription is that you get streaming of 10,000 videos. They have a lot of kid friendly vids like Veggie Tales and Adventures in Odyssey to name a few. There are also other videos from Dave Ramsey and Francis Chan, who are two motivational and dynamic speakers.

There are other perks that come with the membership, but the streaming video is most valuable to me. We exclusively watch shows that we stream, so this will be another good resource.

Marriage Books and Resources

There are 5 marriage and sex resources in the bundle, which really has me excited. Here are the titles for those:

  • 175 Best Date Ideas
  • 30 Day Marriage Challenge
  • 30 Days of Loving Your Man
  • 7 Days of Sex Challenge
  • The Magic Cake

Even if I don’t read all 5 of these books from cover to cover, I’m definitely checking out the date ideas. I also plan to thumb through the challenges to see what sticks out at me as something that I would want to do for Austin.

Hand Massage Video

Melt Massage for Couples has really been great for those that are married. The owners there have put together videos that will instruct you on how to massage your spouse. How cool, right? I stink at massage, but I’m hoping to use the hand massage video to help me up my game on other parts of my husband’s body.

Green Craft Kids Package

For the price of the shipping, Green Craft Kids will send you a craft. This is only available in the U.S. Since I’m homeschooling the boys this coming year, this craft will really help me out. I think the shipping on the box is $3.

Thinking Outside of the Gift Box

Thinking Outside of the Gift Box is by Lauren Lanker. This book has plenty of gift ideas that will help you out no matter how tight your budget. It really resonates with me, because we have had little money to give to others in the past. I personally love resources that will help me give without killing my budget.

6 Pillars of Well-Being, Establishing a Thriving Self-Care Practice

I believe I’ve done a good job with self-care now, but I know this is a huge problem for a lot of my readers. There have been periods of my life where I put myself on the back burner. I am really interested in seeing what Lisa Byrne suggests.

Beautifully Broken- Finding Joy and Purpose in the Pain

Over the last two and a half years, we have experienced a lot of difficult and trying times. The amount of pain I’ve personally dealt with and seen others go through has been immense. I am really looking forward to hearing what LaToya Edwards, the author of Beautifully Broken, has to say.

Make Over Your Calendar

Crystal Paine is the author of the Make Over series, and I have taken her Make Over Your Year Course, as well as the Mornings and Evenings Course. I’m happy to look at her Calendar course, because I have a crazy schedule coming up this fall since I’m going to homeschool my boys.

80 Green Thickies Recipes

I have been experimenting with green smoothies for health benefits for a while. While I am able to wing most meals I create, this whole smoothy thing has not been something I have excelled at. I am looking forward to actual recipes on this one that make drinks I can actually stomach.

Plan it, Don’t Panic

This is a meal planning/recipe guide book that helps to simplify your meal prep. I did a meal plan for a while, and I’ll tell you, it was hugely helpful. I look forward to getting more inspiration since I had abandoned this a while ago.

There are a few other things I wanted to mention that are in the bundle that I’m interested in-

  • 2 Adult coloring books- great for homeschool
  • Free Spot Treatment for Acne & Eczema from Bloom Naturals- I suffer from Eczema and hope to find something that actually works!
  • Kids Cook Real Food Recipes- another great homeschool resource
  • Experts on Diastasis Recti- I realize that I have this problem and would love to figure out how to heal it more.
  • Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook- hopefully I’m getting it right on this one, but if not, I can see what I’m missing. 😀

These are my top picks from this bundle. I realize that even this is a pretty huge group of things. That is why it is so important that you take a few minutes to really look over what is being offered through the bundle and decide for real, what you actually would use from it.

If you are ready to make a purchase now, go ahead and use this link.


Otherwise, if you want more information about it, go through this information link and you’ll be directed to their sales page where they give you a better run down of what’s in the bundle.

If you don’t like the bundle- there’s a guarantee to get your money back.

My Favorite Couples Bedroom Game


I don’t usually tend to play favorites, but when it comes to bedroom games for couples, I kind of do. Say what you will, but my favorite game is the first one Austin and I created together. We titled it, It’s Getting Hot in Here

sexy bedroom game for couples

The Bedroom Game We Created Before I Was a Blogger

One of the most interesting things about the first bedroom game we created, was that it was put together before I was a blogger. I drew my inspiration from The Dating Divas

They had this fun looking game idea on their website that required you turn your bed sheet into a game board. I really enjoyed the thought of a game board that would give us sexy moves to try, but I didn’t want to ruin a sheet. (I know I’m a cheapskate).

I went to Austin and asked him to help me create a game board and other parts of the game. He is really amazing with the graphics and put together a really cute printable.

How Playing Bedroom Games Has Helped My Confidence

it's getting hot in here couples bedroom game love hope adventure

I hear this from a lot of my readers- they feel unconfident in the bedroom. Maybe they struggle to know what being sexy means. I have the same issues, but I’ve found the my confidence has grown on account of playing couples foreplay games.

Similar to how we teach children new concepts through playing games, playing these types of games with your spouse can teach you to be more adventurous. Each of the cards that I put together for these printables all have very specific moves that you have to do.

I’ve found that I can be more confident when I have instructions. It has taken some of the guessing out of foreplay and helped me to relax. Not only that, it has helped me to be more spontaneous, because now I have some ideas of things that have worked well in the past.

How to Get Access To My Free Printable Couples Games

If you want to gain access to these free printables, then all you have to do is sign up for my spicy newsletter. I’ll send you the pdf versions and you can print it out.

Also, be sure to check out this YouTube video where I talk about the game a bit more and give you some details on how to play it. 

How Shame Affects Libido

How Shame Affects Libido

Bonny from the Oyster Bed 7 asked me to come on and share with her readers something that has been on my heart. Today, you can visit over there and see what I have to say about shame. When you feel shame, it can really wreck your libido.

Is Shame Causing Your Low Libido?

 

Bonny has a ministry to wives that are struggling with a low sex drive. I hope that you will check out the other articles that are on her site if you are in that same boat. She is a courageous woman that has worked to combat her low libido over the years.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for 2016

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This morning, I opened up my email and saw that two of the bloggers I follow were talking about a really amazing deal that is happening right now. It is called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and it is only $29.97 for 93 resources.

If you are one of my guy readers, don’t click away yet, because I think that you will find that there are some valuable things in this bundle for you too. There are a few marriage resources in the bundle that I think would help you out in your sex life.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Before I go any further, I want you to know that this bundle costs $29.97, which is a really spectacular deal for the amount of things you are going to receive. One of the things I like the most about this bundles is that it is full of authors that you can connect with personally. Many have blogs you can follow on a regular basis. 

For those of you that are interested in the bundle that is for sale, here is a rundown of what is in the pack-

  • 70 ebooks
  • 9 ecourses
  • 14 printables
  • Bonuses
  • 1 full year to download all of the resources

Ok, I know what you are thinking- “Woah! How in the world will I be able to read all of those things?”. Here’s the short answer, you won’t.

Pick a Few Great Homemaking Resources and Read Those

The best advice that I have ever received about this group of resources, is that you pick out the ones that are most relevant to you and work through them.

One of the big reasons I wanted to share it with you is that my friends Crystal Paine, Erin Odom, and Sheila Gregoria, all have resources in this group. These ladies are among some of my favorite bloggers, and I really love what they have to say on their websites.

  • Sheila’s book is Raising Kids You Actually Like
  • Crystal is sharing Make Over Your Calendar
  • Erin is featuring her Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day

Alone, these three ladies’ books would equal the cost of the whole bundle.

There are 5 marriage resources that are available in the bundle.


7 Days of Sex Challenge- how to rock your sex life and marriage- By Tony and Alisa Dilorenzo

The 30 Day Marriage Challenge- by Becky Moseley

30 Days of Loving Your Man- by Caroline Allen

175 Best Date Ideas- by Alida Quittschreiber

The Magic Cake- The seven ingredients of a relationship ready person- by Jennifer Lehr

The other categories that you can find resources about in the bundle include:

Family Budget Challenge

Frugal Fresh Start

Punch the Plastic in the Face

Responsibility and Money Management

Canning, Pantry and Food Preservation Planner

Easy. Homemade

Handcrafted Simplicity

Natural Beauty Recipes

Thinking Outside of the Gift Box

Beautifully Broken

Developing a Quiet Time

Feast

Grace Goals

Live For Him

Loosing It

Mom’s Book of Thanks

Prayer Practice for Kids

Raising Lil Rock Stars

Rediscovering Joy in Motherhood

Stop Settling for Overwhelm

The Homemakers Quiet Time Journal

The Dig

Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate

Cake Stand

Heavenly Homemakers Guide to Holiday Hospitality

Plan a Fabulous Party

The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure

Unwrapping the Name of Jesus

Dinner at Home

Plan it Don’t Panic

Slash Your Grocery Budget and Eat a Whole Foods Diet

The Grocery Shrink

Hospitality

My Life as a Middle School Mom

Raising Kids You Actually LIke

Rhythms, Routines and Schedules

My Kitchen, My Classroom

Adoption Options

Deliberate Mothering

Guild Free Mothering

Help Baby Steps

Mindset For Moms

Sweet Life Planner

Teaching Kids to Clean

Get your Life Back

The Modern Girls Guide to Homemaking

Make Over Your Calendar

Simplify

Clutter Free Life

Simplifying Home

How to Automate Your Housewife Life

80 Green Recipes

81 Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

Good Enough For Company

Crockpot Chicken and Freezer Meals

Emergency Meals

Frugal Real Food Meal Plans

Healthy Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Healthy School Lunches Made Simple

Miracle Dough

Recipes For Kids Cook Real Food

25 Sweet Treats in Summer

Soups, Chilis, & Stews

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Volume 1 & 2

The 6 Pillars of Well Being

Animals

Color Me Inspired

Do What Makes You Oh So Happy

Experts on Distastes Recti

My Weight Loss Success Plan

The Housework Action Pack

Your Retreat

Upstream Field Guide

5 Steps to Landing Your First Work at Home Job

Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook

Business Planner

Summer Sanity Savers For the Work From Home Mom

A Work at Home Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Building a Business Blog and Brand

 

These companies have all agreed to give you something for free or on a discount. Most of the deals only require you pay shipping.

For example, the Grove Collaborative is going to give you a free cleaning kit that is worth $39.95 for the price of shipping it to your house. It will have some Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products and other natural supplies.

If you want to check out more about this deal, feel free to use my affiliate link to check it out. 

Ultimate Homemaking Bundles

Oh, and just a note, this sale ends in 5 days. If you want to take advantage of it, you should act fast. If you are on my email newsletter list, I’ll send you a reminder out about it before the sale ends. 

Free Marriage and Homemaking Resources


free marriage and homemaking resources

I want to share with you a long list of marriage and homemaking resources that I’ve put together for you. Over the last few years, I’ve been able to get to know many bloggers that have some great things to say.

Some of the free offers will require you sign up for their free newsletters, but you can always unsubscribe after you get  the resources. Other resources are free to you without sign-ups.

Free Video Series For Stressed Moms

Erin over at The Humbled Homemaker is offering a free video series for stressed moms. She knows what it is like to be a stressed out momma. This one requires you sign up for the series. Go to the bottom of the post and you will see a link.

Free Online Truth or Dare Game

Jay Dee over at Sex Within Marriage put together a free online truth or dare game.  After you click the link, you can give it a few preferences and it will spit out truth and dare questions for you.

Free 7 Day Online Challenge To Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

Crystal over at Money Saving Mom wrote a book called, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. As part of that book launch, she created a free 7 day online challenge to say goodbye to survival mode. Just sign up for her newsletter and you’ll be sent the information for the challenge.

Free Tame The Laundry Monster

Stacy over at Humorous Homemaking put together a free resource to help you tame your laundry monster. Just sign up for her newsletter and you’ll get access to it.

Free Printable Date Nights

The Dating Divas offers all sorts of freebies for date nights. Here are a few you might want to check out:

Those are just a few of their free date nights. They are an incredible resource.

Free Freezer Cooking Meal Ideas With Printable

Kelly from New Leaf Wellness put together 23 freezer cooking meals with printables. Here is where you can get the printables. She will show you how to put the meals together.

Free 30 Days of Prayer Prompts

Lori at The Generous Wife has put together some free printables for you. She has 30 days of prayer prompts as well as questions you can ask your spouse.

Free printable conversation starters

Also, you can always sign up for my freebies through my newsletter page. I have free conversations starters and I have bedroom games for you and your spouse to play.

If you have free resources that you want to share with us, just leave it in the comments section!

Simple Techniques Improve Your Cooking Skills

Simple Techniques to Improve Your Cooking Skills
I would like to welcome Vera Miller from Kitchen Expert to share with us her tips on how to improve your cooking skills.  We all gotta eat right?
Here is what she has to say-

Cooking for friends these days can be a daunting task. With the proliferation of cooking shows on television, people’s expectations have risen dramatically to sometimes unrealistic levels. Despite what many TV chefs would have you believe however, cooking doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. In fact, it should be fun and rewarding. Below I have listed some easy tips which will help you become a better chef, and stress less when it’s your time to cook.

Keep it simple:

Often when it comes to the kitchen, less is more. It’s really important that you don’t try and overdo it in order to impress your friends and family and this for a couple of reasons.

The first is that sometimes your focus should be on bringing out the simple flavors of simple foods. People often make the mistake of trying to add too many flavors and spices and instead of creating a masterpiece, all they do is cover up the succulent tastes that most foods have organically.

Let the food itself do the talking. Use light seasonings which aim to enhance rather than dramatically alter the flavor of the food.

The second is that more complex dishes are harder to pull off and unless you’re very experienced you may end up ruining the meal. One of the great crimes of reality TV cooking programs is that they make complex dishes often look relatively simple, when in fact qualified chefs often struggle with them.

Sticking to the basics is nothing to be ashamed of. It shows that you understand basic foods pulled off well are superior to elaborate dishes pulled off poorly.

Stick to the Recipe:

Recipe books are your friend. Even the world’s top chefs use them so don’t think doing so makes you any less of a purist.

However, whether you are sticking to the basics or going for something a little more complex, its vitally important that you stick to the recipe, at least until you have prepared the dish a couple of times. While you may think more salt is required, the person who wrote the recipe probably has a better idea so be really careful when making adjustments.

Also make sure you read the recipe all the way through before you start cooking. You need to make sure you have everything you need and that you understand the method from start to finish.

There is nothing worse than getting half way through a recipe and realizing you don’t have any eggs or realizing that what you have mixed together in one bowl was in fact meant to be do distinct mixtures.

Practice makes perfect:

Cooking tips

One of the best ways to become better at cooking like anything is to practice, practice, practice. The truth is there is only so much you can learn from reading recipes online and watching ‘how to’ videos. Sometimes you just have to jump strait in and give making something a go. The more you cook the better you will become and the more you practice a recipe the more proficient you become at the skills that recipe requires.

If you’re attempting something that you have never tried before, it’s a really good idea to complete a trial run before you make it for a big occasion. No matter how simple or easy you think something seems you can always face unforeseen difficulties. A trial run will give you piece of mind and ensure that you are serving the best food possible to your important guests.

Relax and enjoy yourself: Cooking shouldn’t be a chore. If you’re stressed out, you’re actually more likely to make mistakes. The best thing you can do when cooking is relax and have fun!

Vera Miller is an avid food enthusiast who loves everything about cooking and especially using modern tech in cooking that can make even a novice cook look like an expert chef. She occasionally shares her opinion about the latest and craziest kitchen gadgets on the Kitchen Expert blog

Printable Mother’s Day Cards

Printable mothers day card

I invited Julissa from Personal Creations to come on and share with us some free printable Mother’s Day cards. I love to give others meaningful gifts for holidays and special occasions. One thing that I always forget, though, are cards. Hopefully, I will remember this year with these cute printables!

Julissa writes:

Mother’s Day is a special time when you get to show Mom how much you care. Sometimes, the simplest of gestures can mean the most. An incredibly special way to express your admiration and love for the woman who brought you into this world is through a handwritten card.

In this day and age of computers and technology, handwritten notes are becoming a rarity. That is why Personal Creations has designed 10 colorful Mother’s Day cards you can print at home to show mom (and grandmother!) your appreciation.

Not only do you get to print out cards for Mom, but you can choose from 10 great designs to make sure you have the one that fits her style the best – there is even a special card for Grandma. Each card can be printed on the standard 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper, and designed to easily fold in half. When writing your note to Mom, remember to speak from your heart. Tell her how much you love and appreciate all of the things she has done for you in your lifetime.

Julissa loves writing about food, gardening, and family. She can most likely be found rooting for the Mexico soccer team, enjoying some live music, or surfing the web.

How Daily Routines Help Your Marriage

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how routines help your marriage

Austin and I have made it a priority to make sure we spend time together as a family and as a couple. It requires a certain flow around the house to make that happen. Without some form of routine in the day- however loose it may be, making time together would be impossible if we didn’t do certain things every day.

When Momma Gets Stressed- It’s Bad News For Everyone

I don’t get stressed out easily, so when I do, it’s just bad news. I’m not sure that anyone handles stress very well. Since I’m such a laid back person, when I feel stressed, I end up yelling at everyone around me and it completely affects my marriage.

When I’m not at ease, it keeps me from having the time to spend with my family. I get so focused on trying to catch up, that it really affects my ability to enjoy the time we are together. Instead, I see the time we spend together as an intrusion that is keeping me from getting important things done.

Routines Set You Up For Success

couple that are successful

By having a bit of routine in place, it keeps me from stressing out as much, because things get done. If I start feeling too behind, it does cause me to panic more than I want to admit. That is why it is so important that we have these specific things in place that we do everyday.

Implementing routines individually, as a couple, and as a family can really eliminate stress. When you know exactly what needs to be accomplished every day so that you can spend more time as a couple and family, it takes a lot of pressure off.

Big Changes Means Re-Evaluating

If you didn’t know, Austin and I homeschooled the kids up until last year. We sent them to school, because of major life changes that took place. Austin made a career change and I started freelance writing more.

As my business grew and Austin was trying to get settled into his new roles, we struggled to focus enough attention on my boys’ education.

This coming fall, we are bringing them home from public school. It has not been an easy decision given the fact that we are going to have to completely re-work the way we do things. In fact, I’m kind of dreading how much we are going to have to change things around.

Make Over Your Evenings Course


The biggest reason that I bought the Make Over Your Evenings course from Crystal Paine over at Money Saving Mom, is to get some real tips that will help us create routines that work.

Crystal and her husband Jesse are in very similar positions to us. They homeschool their three children and both work from home. While Austin does not work at home 100% of the time, he spends a lot of work hours here at the house doing his job. Also, I will be homeschooling all three of my boys next year, all of which are close in age to the Paine’s children.

As a work from home mom and homeschool mom, it is a lot to juggle, and I’m not really doing that good at it. I know that Crystal and Jesse have made a whole lot of changes in their lives over the last few years that have helped them to create a more balanced life. It has taken them a lot of work, but they go over these processes in their course.

I know that what they have to say will really help Austin and I to develop the necessary routines we will have to have in order to keep from killing each other starting this fall. It is a lot to do all of these different things in our life, but it is really important to me that we take all of these different responsibilities and do them well for the sake of our marriage.

What is Covered in the Course

This is a 14 day online course that has videos for every day and a full book that comes with worksheets.

Crystal will go over things such as:

  • Figuring out the why behind what you want to accomplish
  • Coming up with what your ideal night would look like
  • Incorporating calendar issues
  • Knowing your own flaws
  • Coming up with to-do lists that are priorities
  • Address your thought life
  • so much more!

Crystal is really great at giving step by step guides on how to come up with a plan that works for you. She knows that not everyone is the same and that we all have different needs.

As I go through the course, I will give you some updates as to what I’ve changed and how it’s helped me. I have done Crystal’s Make Over Your Year course and really loved what she put together.

If you want to check out their ecourse, be sure to go to Make Over Your Evenings.

 

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My #1 Tip of How to Go Deeper on Your Next Date

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Going on dates with your spouse is so very important. I know I tell you this all of the time. Here’s the thing though, simply going out or making that time for one another may not be enough. You have to be intentional when it comes to going deep in your relationship.

Dating Your Spouse is Important

If you and your spouse go out together and you spend the entire night talking about your responsibilities and other things that stress you, then you will not walk away feeling refreshed from the time together.

Conversation Starters Help You Go Deeper

Conversation starters

Austin and I use conversation starters for this very reason. We want to make sure that we are retreating into one another when we go out together or while we are spending time at the house.

I talk more about this in the video I did the other day.

You can sign up for my free newsletter and receive conversation starters that Austin and I created together. All you need to do is print off the pages and cut up the cards. Then you can carry a few in your purse or wallet so that you always have them with you on dates.

We’ve been using conversation starters for a number of years, and it has helped us so much to go deeper with one another. This has allowed us to have conversations that we probably wouldn’t have ever had. There have been so many of these starters that have caused us to have some life changing talks.

I also suggest you use these types of question prompts to have deeper chats with your kids. Some of the ones in my free printables can be used for that purpose.

However, if you are looking for more general cards, you can get this  box of conversation starters from Amazon. We’ve used these with our kids and on dates as well. I really love the creativity of the questions that you see in the deck.

Table topics conversation starters

Get them from my affiliate link here: 

TABLETOPICS Original – 10th Anniversary Edition: Questions to Start Great Conversations

Or you can go to Amazon and search it out. I’ve found this to be hugely beneficial to our family.

What do you do to go deeper on dates with your spouse? You can leave me a message in the comments section and let me know!