The Great Thing About an Empty Sink

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The Biggest Benefit of a Kitchen Cleanup Routine

I’m not really sure how it happens (again and again and again).

And I’m really not sure why the people who make refillable-for-a-discount stuff for movie theaters, amusement parks, etc. can’t make them out of something I could stick in the dishwasher.

Anything that holds food but can’t be stuck in a dishwasher isn’t my friend.

A few years ago I shelled out the money for the refillable popcorn and soda containers at our favorite movie theater. My kids were completely shocked. For their ENTIRE lives (one was eleven at the time), they’d never had a single snack at a movie theater unless they went with someone else. Mama said movie theater snacks were ridiculously overpriced and mama (that’s me) doesn’t bother with stuff that’s overpriced, definitely not with stuff that’s ridiculously overpriced.

But then I saw so many people carrying these buckets into the theater with them when we went to the fifty cent movie one summer morning. I glanced sideways at enough of them to finally see they said “2.50 refills” on the side.

I decided to leave the less-than-riveting movie to at least find out how much the initial purchase was. I must have felt generous that day, because I decided $11 for a bucket of popcorn, a large drink and a package of candy was a good deal. Especially when I was told I could get a FREE refill that day with my receipt.

My kids still tell the story of watching me come back into the movie carrying snacks. They almost passed out when I left and came back with the second serving.

Now, we get snacks.

But we never remember to wash the containers right away. Ever. And they get gross. Particularly the cups, which often contain a sugary drink.

So, a bleach bath is just the thing, don’t you think?

Every time I fill my sink with bleach water, I find myself so grateful that even though I’m dealing with an irritating would-a-non-slob-ever-have-to-deal-with-this mess, I’m not having to first deal with a day’s (or six days’) worth of dirty dishes in order to get to the sink to use it for soaking.

Yay for that.

Boo for the other, but yay for that.


One more thing. I know why they don’t make these containers out of dishwasher safe stuff. They’re trying to spend less so they can make more money. I guess I can handwash them to be able to get a “good” deal.

If you click on that affiliate link to see what qualifies as one of the WORST movies ever for a parent to have to sit through, don’t buy it. It’s SOOOOO bad. But you should totally buy something else while you’re over there. Something you actually need. Like laundry detergent.

Oh. Yes. We’ve come far enough that we now have TWO sets of refillable containers. I guess I’m a big-spending pushover now.


The Benefits of a Kitchen CleanUp Routine


High Value Items that May Make the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth the Money for You

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A Few of the High Value Products Included in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016
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I’m here with one last post about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle which will vanish Monday night (May 2nd at 11:59 p.m. EST).

As someone who doesn’t easily part with $30, I feel the need to address the excessively frugal (that includes me) among us. I’m highlighting some of the high-value items that might help you decide if this investment is worth it to you.

Maybe you’ve seen some of these things offered online before, but didn’t give them a second thought when you saw their price.

Now is the time for a second thought.


#1 Tsh Oxenreider’s Upstream Fieldguide

I like Tsh. I listen to her podcasts. I’ve never read her blog more than a random post here or there, but she’s been blogging forever at (formerly SimpleMom) and people love her style and her perspective. She’s had this course for a while, but y’all . . . it’s $59. It’s about honing in on your purpose and creating a plan for living simply. Great, but more than I generally pay. But it’s INCLUDED in this bundle. Like, it’s part of it. Part of the 29.97 that also gets you 92 other digital products.

#2 Family Budget Challenge by Shannon Brown at Growing Slower

Another course. It’s designed to help you develop a family budget. That sounds great, but if the $37 price tag keeps you from jumping in, having it included in this bundle might make it worth the jump.

#3 Cozy Minimalist Mom by Myquillyn Smith at the Nesting Place

Style, decor and decluttering. From a well-known, well-loved decorating expert. It’s $29. Almost the cost of the bundle, and it’s included. A great way to see if you like it.

#4 It’s About Time by Aby Garvey at Simplify 101.

This is a hard-core time management course. Exactly the kind that intrigues me as much as it intimidates me. It’s normally $49. So, buying the bundle is like getting this for close to half-off, and still having 92 other things to make the purchase worth your money if it’s too overwhelming and you end up quitting.

#5 Sweet Life Planner (Mint Edition) from

This is a gorgeous printable planner with all sorts of lovely planning pages. You can print it in full pages or half pages. All sorts of great organize-ey things are included. Print it out, stick it in a notebook, and if you actually fill things out you’ll feel super on top of things for a while.

Some examples of pages that are included:

  • freezer inventory form
  • pantry inventory form
  • Habit tracker. Seriously. You write the habit at the top and check off the days when you’ve actually done it. You could print this page as many times as you need for the habits you’re working on.
  • More. So so many more things to make you feel organized.

The “mint edition” refers to the color. If you’re into these kinds of things, this one normally costs $35. So even if you only wanted this planner, buying this bundle is like getting it for $5 off.

#6 Adult Coloring Books

Adult Coloring Pages - part of the Ultimate Homemaking BUndle 2016

This bundle includes 3 “grown-up” coloring books. If you haven’t heard, this is a bigtime fad right now. If you’ve wanted to try it, you’ll have lots of options in this bundle. If you already love it, you’ll have more printable (and re-printable) coloring pages to choose from. Two of the books included normally sell for $10 each, and one sells for 12.95. So those three items are worth more than the cost of the bundle.

#7 Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook from Just a Girl and Her Blog

I’ve heard a lot about Abby Lawson who wrote this, and I’ve heard about this handbook. It’s $25 on its own. I’m willing to check it out as part of this bundle.


On Tuesday morning, we’ll go back to regular programming around here, and believe me I’ll be glad to not feel like I have to push this anymore. But every single year when these Ultimate Bundle sales come around, I hear from people who missed it and are sad to not have the chance to get a great deal on some products they really would’ve loved to have. This is why I talk about it.

Figure out if the bundle is worth it for you. Click here to find out more.

I outlined some other products that may appeal to you and added up their values in these other posts from the last few days:

Exercise while Cleaning?

One Good Habit Leads to Another

What I Can Give You (and what I totally can’t) (This one highlights some organizing related products.)

The main explanation of what the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is.



Combining Housework and Exercise? Yes!

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I’ve been pushing the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle pretty hard, I know.

Partly, it’s because I would like to pay off Hubby’s gall bladder surgery from December (and hopefully have a little leftover for some home repairs/kids’ camps, etc.), but it’s also because this thing is only available for such a limited time and I don’t want you to not know what’s in it or not know if you might benefit from it.

I can’t get to everything, but I’m trying to highlight the things I know will interest some of you and make the 29.97 price tag worth it to you. has created The Housework Action Pack that includes a printable PDF and videos explaining ways to use your cleaning time to strengthen your core and move in a healthy way. It’s not high intensity stuff, but I love the tips for moving purposefully and benefiting physically while doing things I have to do anyway. (Even if I’m not excited about doing them.) The value of this product is 19.97.

I was very excited to learn that in a non-obvious way, a year’s membership to RightNow Media is included with the bundle. One of the bundle’s “bonus offers” is a year’s membership to I hadn’t looked much into this since it seemed to be homeschooling focused, and I don’t homeschool. BUT, then I learned that the membership to includes a membership to RightNow Media, which is very cool. It’s a Christian video streaming service. I’m sure the things offered can change, but there are so many things to watch on there. There are Bible Studies by Jen Hatmaker, Dave Ramsey, Francis Chan, Shauna Niequist, and so many more. SO MANY more. There are also lots of kids’ shows including Veggie Tales, What’s in the Bible?, and Adventures in Odyssey. And you get access for the year. This is available worldwide for the most part with a few exceptions. And all this is included in the bundle!! I signed up myself and the account you get is non-automatically-renewing (yay for that since I tend to forget to discontinue things), and did not require any financial information. The membership is a $29 value.

I made a video showing how RightNow Media’s site works and giving some examples of what’s included. You can see the video here.

To check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016, go here.

If this is the first post you’ve landed on about it, I explain more about it (and about how to decide if it’s worth it for you) here.

I gave more details about some organizing-related products that are included here.




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