The 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Once a year Ultimate Bundles offers a great collection of homemaking resources covering home management, intentional living, self-care, in the kitchen, budgeting & finances, faith, family, homeschooling, time management, and working at home. 

It’s a super collection of materials for pennies on the dollar. If the topic is of interest to you, it’s a great deal. Even if you only want a few of the items, it’s usually cheaper to buy them in the bundle, rather than buying them individually.

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I’m eyeing the collection because of The Ultimate Guide to Once a Month Grocery Shopping. I live waaaay out in the boonies and we typically do a major shopping trip every few weeks. I’d like to know how she organizes for monthly shopping. There are also a number of planners, organizing books, and printables (I’m an organizing junkie).

Well, there you have it. The sale is on through Monday.

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Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you find homemaking resources that work for you.

Come Home For Comfort: The Verse I’m Praying For Myself Wow! What a powerful habit.

Kevin A. Thompson: Let God Guide Your Marriage Seek to please God in your marriage.


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The Relationship Cure

In my 2018 goals I mentioned I’m reading a marriage book a month. The Relationship Cure by John Gottman was my book for March.

I’d like to share one concept from the book as a way of encouraging y’all to pick up a copy to read for yourself. It’s an amazing how-to book for growing your communication skills.

When Gottman started his studies on marriage (he’s a researcher) he assumed that stronger marriages would be marked by intimate conversation. Turns out,  the couples who talked often about mundane things were the healthy ones. It wasn’t so much what they talked about but how they paid attention to each other that made the difference.

When couples were willing to respond well to each other’s “bid for connection” (little bits of conversation, a pat on the arm, etc.) they were in effect telling each other that they mattered. Ignoring (turning away) or being hostile/negative toward (turning against) a spouse’s “bid” was very hurtful to a marriage.

The book goes on to talk about a number of other conversation skills you can develop. You’ll explore your communication preferences, learn how your past influences your communication style, understand the importance of dreams, values, rituals, and more.

It’s a pretty amazing book. The Relationship Cure by John Gottman

Strong bonds are not necessarily forged out of earthshattering events like job loss, irreconcilable conflict, or horrid disaster. Trust doesn’t require gut-wrenching conversations that plumb the depths of our souls. Rather, good relationships usually develop slowly over time, growing out of the thousands of mundane interactions we share each day.  John Gottman


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you and your husband pay attention to each other and build a sense of valuing each other.

 The Forgiven Wife: Rock What You Know (or, Chris Does Dishes) Great principle applied to marriage.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available for the next few days. It’s a great deal with 128 products worth $3,687.47 for just $29.97.


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Way Back Wednesday – Let It Go (No, I’m Not Talking About Frozen)

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LET IT GO
(Originally posted on April 22, 2015.)

When your husband says something that you think is not quite right, please (if at all possible) let it go.

Yes, sometimes you need to correct (“the meeting starts at 10, not 9:30”), but for much of life, it’s just not that important (little differences in detail don’t significantly change the story). People are entitled to have their perspectives and beliefs. That includes our husbands.

Let It Go - Correction often feels like disrespect. If it's not truly important, let it go.

Correction often feels like disrespect. Like we are smarter or know better. Like they are children and need us to come along behind them and fix their mistakes.

I’m not asking you to stifle your own voice. You have a right to your own perspectives as well. I’m just saying it’s a respectful thing to let those small differences go.

Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love. Author Unknown


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you see where you don’t need to correct your husband.

 The Respect Dare: 7 Pillars of Mutual Respect I need to take one of her classes. Respect is key to a healthy relationship.

(in)courage: When We Own Our Mistakes How do you handle life when you mess up?


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Slow Progress is Still Progress

There are days when I wonder if I will ever learn a new habit or find a new characteristic grown in my life.

Stop. Start. Three steps forward. Two steps back.

Slow Progress is Still Progress - Be patient with the process. Keep growing those marriage building skills.

I have to remind myself that progress is progress no matter how slow. Keep at it. Be patient with the process. Persevere. 

Never, never, never give up.  Winston Churchill


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you persevere in change that will benefit your marriage.

Life Of Joy: Sometimes It’s About My Tone One gal’s journey into the land of communication.

The Romantic Vineyard: Date Night Challenge – “I” Date I love the idea of an alphabet date.


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Sow What You Want to Reap

A friend of mine has already started some seeds in little pots (we have a very short growing season here in Washington state). She has baby tomato and pepper plants pushing up through the soil.

… for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.  Galatians 6:7b  ESV

And like all growers, she knows that tomato seeds will produce tomato plants. If she wants eggplant she will have to plant eggplant seeds. What you sow, you reap. You can’t plant corn seeds and hope for asparagus (well, you can, but you’ll be sadly disappointed).

Sow What You Want to Reap - If you want a particular thing in your marriage, you have to "plant seeds" of the same kind.

That said, much of life is like that. If you want a particular thing, you have to “plant seeds” of the same kind.

If you want kindness in your marriage, be kind. If you want friendship, be friendly. If you want honesty, be honest.

Sow good seed into your marriage.


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you plant good seed in your marriage.

Wellness Mama: Minimalism With a Family (Benefits & How to Do It) Minimalism for real life.

 Marriage365: 5 Healthy Habits for Women Small changes can make a significant impact on your sanity and health. 


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