Archives for December 20, 2012

E-Book Bundle Sale Benefiting a Family in Need

I’m sorry.  This sale is now over.

I’m honored that Joy asked me to be part of this benefit sale!

Through Friday, December 21, you can get a great deal on ebooks and at the same time help a family who has taken on the care of ten additional children, ages 2-16, who need a safe and loving home.

The mother of these ten precious kids has terminal cancer and is no longer able to care for them. And unfortunately, the situation with the father is such that the children cannot live with him either. So to provide a safe and stable environment for these children, and to keep the siblings together, the cousin of Joy @ Five J’s has been working with social services and has opened her home to these ten children. (It’s a complicated situation, and because of the sensitive circumstances, Joy is keeping the names of both families private.)

The children arrived at Joy’s cousin’s home a couple weeks ago with pretty much just the clothes on their backs and in great need of love, attention, and prayers. To help her cousin care for these ten children, Joy, with the help of several awesome bloggers, has organized a simple way for everyone to help.

Right now you can get this wonderful ebook bundle worth $50 for just $5, with all proceeds going to help provide food, clothing, homeschool curriculum, and other needs for these ten children. Money raised through this benefit will help keep these ten siblings together in a safe and loving home.

Click here to buy the ebook bundle for just $5.

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How else can you help?

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Donate in a couple different ways.

1. Donate money directly to the family through PayPal (you don’t have to have a PayPal account to donate this way). Click the button below to donate.

2. Donate Walmart eGift Cards which the family can use to purchase what they need for the children. If you choose to donate a Walmart eGift Card, please use [email protected] as the “recipient email address” when you purchase the card. Joy will then consolidate the cards to deliver to the family. Click here to donate a Walmart eGift Card.

What’s Included in the $5 Ebook Bundle Sale

Here is what is in the ebook bundle. You can click on the links to preview the books, but then you’ll need to come back here to purchase the bundle for $5, and all the proceeds will go to help care for the children.

  • Teaching Kids to Clean! by Dana of A Slob Comes Clean. Based on her experiences teaching her own kids to clean, Dana shares advice, lesson plans, supply lists, age-appropriate task lists, and printables to help you teach your kids the skills necessary for big cleaning tasks.
  • My Buttered Life (Gift & Baby Editions) by Renee of MadeOn ( The Gift Edition includes the following recipes for making your own skin care recipes: chocolate body mousse, flavored lip balms, chocolate peppermint lotion bars, scented & shaped lotion bars, and beeswax candles. The Baby Edition includes these recipes: baby massage oil, baby balm (Beesilk Jr), creamy baby lotion, diaper rash cream, and oatmeal milk bath. Each ebook includes instructional videos, a cost analysis, and information about where to buy ingredients.
  • 3-2-1 Stop, by Lorilee Lippincot of Loving Simple Living. 3-2-1 Stop is a how-to memoir of learning to love simple living. Lorilee uses personal stories, as well as tips learned along the way, showing how to create a life that makes space for what is most important.
  • How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too, by Mandi of Life Your Way. This book is for every mother who’s ever wondered if it’s possible to pursue her own passions while investing in her family and managing a home. It’s a handbook to give you the tools to juggle your many responsibilities and to do it with intentionality rather than living under the burden of mommy guilt.
  • Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Holiday Hospitality & Guide to Holiday Hospitality for Kids, by Laura of Heavenly Homemakers. Heavenly Homemakers’s Guide to Holiday Hospitality is filled with ideas and encouragement to help you stay organized and relaxed while you prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year celebrations with family and friends. In the kids’ guide you’ll find page after page of craft ideas, games, activities and recipes that kids can make and do on their own or with a little help from you.
  • A Simpler Season, by Jessica Fisher of Life As Mom. With over 200 pages of ideas, recipes, and printables, A Simpler Season provides you with practically everything you need to get from Thanksgiving to New Years in a calm, cool, collected manner.
  • The $5 Dinner Mom’s Holiday Entertaining Guide, by Erin Chase of $5 Dinners. This is an entertaining guide to help you be the best hostess or guest during this holiday season. This guide is the antidote to every other holiday entertaining guide out there. Includes 30 simple recipes, from side dish to main dish, dessert to appetizer, that will not disappoint your guests. And, that won’t drain your budget either.
  • Quick & Easy Breakfasts, by Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. This cookbook is full of simple and delicious breakfasts your family is sure to enjoy.
  • Homeschool Printables Pack, by Joy Miller of Five J’s. This single volume includes all of Joy’s homeschool printables, worksheets, and charts that she offers on her website. Includes a variety of subjects and is helpful for non-homeschooling families as well!

Click here to buy the ebook bundle for just $5.

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The REAL Test of My Maytag Oven

I’m going to be honest . . . . I haven’t cooked a lot since I got my new Maytag oven.  

Things have been more-than-a-little busy around here.

I use the stove all the time, but now that Christmas is here . . . I’m so excited to have a BIG, HUGE oven for baking!

While I’d love to show pictures of fancy-schmancy stuff like leg of lamb or some-sort-of souffle (not that I’ve EVER made those things) . . . I’m going to share how this oven works in real life.

When I was with my family for our Christmas celebration last weekend, my brother asked the real question that real families everywhere want to know, “Can it cook two pizzas at the same time?”

As my brother obviously knows, many ovens can’t handle two pizzas cooking on two different racks.

My old one couldn’t.  The top pizza browned/blackened on top, but the cheese on the bottom pizza barely even melted.

And the crust on the bottom pizza burned.

I could manage, but it was a dance of switching the pizzas half-way through.

When the Kitchen Lady at the Maytag labs gave us a demo, she pointed out some mistakes that many people make with ovens in general.

Be sure your cookie sheets/pizza pans don’t touch the sides of the oven.  This blocks air from circulating, and food can’t cook evenly.

Hmmmm.  I never would have thought of that.

So it makes sense that my two pizzas tonight cooked ever-so-much more evenly in my new oven.  There was plenty of space on the sides and plenty of space between the racks.

The left pizza was on top, and the right pizza was on bottom. I took the top pizza out three minutes before the bottom one.

And now I get to share a lovely piece cleaning-nerd information that I learned when I visited the Maytag labsDo you know why this oven is so big, even though it doesn’t take up any more kitchen space than a typical oven?

The inside of the oven is bigger because it doesn’t need as much insulation space between the inside of the oven and the cabinets around the oven.

The oven doesn’t need as much insulation space . . . because its cleaning system ISN’T the typical kind that requires the oven to heat up to 800 degrees.  Y’know, so it can incinerate everything inside.  It uses the AquaLift cleaning system.

Now, I wasn’t so sure about a new cleaning method since I just finally got up the nerve to use the self-cleaning feature on my old oven about a year ago.

BUT, when I realized that it’s because of the AquaLift cleaning system that the oven is so big, I realized I’d prefer a bigger oven over a familiar cleaning system.  Make sense?

I also love that there’s a QR code permanently on the inside of my oven.  If I scan it with my phone, it will take me straight to instructions on how to use the system.  Or, if I just push the “clean” button on the oven, the display screen goes through the instructions step-by-step.

It’s almost as if “they” know that I won’t be able to find the instruction book . . .

The AquaLift system also allows you to clean the oven without using chemicals or needing to open windows because of the smoke. Yay for that!

Do you have trouble cooking two pizzas at a time?


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I wrote this post participating in a Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator,  dishwasher, range and vent to facilitate my post

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