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 TheArtofSimple.net (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 IHeartPlanners.com

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.

HealthyMoving.com 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.


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.




Laundry Ideas for a Good Cause

I’ve been closely following the unique journey of Alina and her family over the past six-or-so months. Alina did some work here on A Slob Comes Clean for a while.  (The cute-as-can-be envelope graphic for our reader stories was designed by her.) She’s a mama who is passionate about family and has recently started working toward adding to their family through international adoption.

As part of her fundraising efforts, she recently wrote an e-book focused completely on laundry. Since laundry strategies is a perfect fit for what I do around here, I asked Alina to share a little about her motivation for creating Battle of the Laundry Pile.


Some people said we were crazy. Crazy to have 4 children. Crazy to talk about adopting 4 more. And it was crazy, but crazy in the most wonderful kind of way!


Last fall we were introduced to the world of Orphan Hosting. We volunteered to open our home and bring 4 siblings from a European orphanage to Texas for Christmas. Hosting is not the same as an adoption program, it’s more of a cultural experience. Not all hosted children are available for adoption and this gives them a chance to see a different part of the world, learn some English, and see what it’s like to live in a family instead of in an institution. We hosted with the understanding that our host children were most likely available for adoption.

Children age out of the orphanage when they turn 16. They aren’t equipped to live as an adult yet. The boys have an 80% chance of living a life of crime and being on the streets and the girls have a 60% chance of being lured into human trafficking. BUT, for children who have been hosted, their chances of either of those things happening drops to below 20%! Pouring into a child for 5 weeks really can make a huge difference in their lives!

I wasn’t prepared for what a huge difference just 5 weeks would make . . . for them or for us.

I can’t say that the 5 weeks of having 7 children in my home went smoothly. Most people have a less eventful hosting season, but for us, combining two families overnight was more like an infamous camping trip where it rains all week and everyone throws up and the whole week is really, really hard but it becomes one of those bonding experiences that you laugh about and remember fondly for the rest of your life.

Just to give you a feel of what life was like in our home, here’s how old everyone was: 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 2. Sounds busy, right? It was! My husband and I were definitely outnumbered!

Everything that could go wrong, did.

Our friend died.

When we were leaving to go to his funeral, the children came running into the house with the news that our alpaca had fallen and was dying. He died later that night.

Then a tornado hit our little town. It was bad. People died. We watched a nearby electrical line catch on fire. The idea of trying to tell 3 children who don’t speak English and are afraid of the dark, “Don’t be scared, but we need you to climb into the bathtub with us and put this mattress on your head” didn’t sound feasible. We evacuated and ended up having a really fun night at a friend’s house instead. That was definitely the right decision! (We came home that night to no electricity, but our home was miraculously untouched!)

The youngest little girl broke out in chicken pox a few days before she was supposed to come and couldn’t travel. But we realized that the chicken pox had come anyway when, the day after the tornado, the older sister broke out in chicken pox!

And of course, it wasn’t long after that when all 4 of my biological children broke out with chicken pox.

See what I mean? It was a crazy, busy time, but now when we Skype with our host children they talk about these memories and we laugh together. Those 5 weeks weren’t just about surviving the craziness, they were about bonding and connecting.

Those 5 weeks were filled with cuddles, hugs and ticklefights. (“Hey Everybody! GET PAPA!!!!”)


Those 5 weeks were filled with so much fun and games.


Those 5 weeks were spent building the foundation of what we hope will be a life-long relationship and learning to love each other, even though we are from completely different worlds.


And if I’m going to be honest, those 5 weeks were also filled with laundry. A lot, a lot of laundry.

At one point, two women from a nearby church volunteered to come bail me out. They came and spent a few hours just helping me catch up on laundry. I knew if I am going to adopt 4 more children, I would have to learn a better way to manage.

How A Mom With Too Much Laundry Learns To Manage

If you want to get good at something you need to learn from people who already know what they’re doing. I interviewed Moms of large families to find out how they keep up with the continually…. never ending… always there…. never finished…. laundry. What I learned was that there is no one-size-fits all trick, but there are some simple principles which can help any family with their laundry situation. You don’t have to be drowning in laundry.

Laundry Tips & Inspiration and suggested laundry routines from 4 Moms of Many

I wrote it all down and put it into my new ebook: Battle of the Laundry Pile: How to Win Without Making The Kids Go N*ked. In this ebook you’ll find tours of other moms’ laundry systems, a checklist to help develop a laundry system that will actually work for your family and lots of helpful tools for laundry inspiration and encouragement! I even include coupons for some really neat Mom-CEO laundry companies. (Have you tried Soap Nuts yet?).

Normally this ebook is $14.95 but for the next week I am doing something special. It is so important for host children to be able to spend time in a family while they wait for the adoption process! I am giving Battle Of The Laundry Pile away as a gift to ANYONE who donates to our host children’s fund! You can click here to find out more.

We are planning that the children will be able to return to our home this summer and hoping that this summer will be less eventful than this Christmas was. (No more contagious diseases, please!) But with 8 children under the age of 11, there is bound to be adventure! If you’d like to follow our hosting adventures, we have a special Facebook Group. Please join us by clicking here. There, you’ll get to read all our adventures in real-time, as they happen! It’s so much fun!

(And if you think you might be interested in hosting, please email me at [email protected] and I’ll tell you more!)



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