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I know, I know…I’ve been quiet lately. Posting meal plans has even been hard for me, which is why they’ve been missing (I know you’re all terribly sad). I do, however, have a good reason! As most of you know, I freelance as a virtual assistant. For Keeper of the Home, one of my big responsibilities has been to help out with the semi-annual bundle sales that Stephanie co-runs with another blogger and today marks the beginning of the third one in which I’ve helped. (Sidenote: I was asked to make the above graphic and several others for authors and affiliates to use to promote the sale and I’ve gotten a kick out of them popping up on several sites quite unexpectedly. :))
I have to honestly say that, of the two sales that are run each year (Homemaking and Healthy Living), the Homemaking bundle is my favorite. It could be due to the fact that this is the first one I helped with last spring and was a huge success, or maybe I’m better at homemaking (HAH) than healthy living (HAH HAH), but I think this time it’s probably more due to the fact that there are quite a few books that I don’t have and I really, really like several of the bonuses (which seem to keep getting better and better with each sale).
As I was doing some proofreading in preparation for the sale going live, there were quite a few books that stood out to me as ones I’d be interested in reading:
- Meal Planning Made Easy – This is by one of the KOTH contributors, Kelly Smith, and I think she’s an absolutely lovely woman. She actually has an entire series on her website, including a video tutorial, on meal planning and she’s really very good at it. If you’re looking for an easy, pre-made meal plan, she posts one bi-weekly at The Better Mom. I like to create my own plan, so I’m looking forward to seeing what tips she has to offer in her book.
- No Cook Freezer Meals & The ABCs of Freezer Cooking - Freezer meals have been my sanity the last two months. A few friends got together and gave us a HUGE gift certificate to a local meal delivery service just before C was born and it was a life-saver. As such, I really, really want to start doing it again more often. If the freezer meal doesn’t require a lot of prep and no cooking before I freeze it, all the better!
- The Healthy Lunch Box: Sandwich-Free Secrets to Packing a Real Food Lunch - I have a confession to make….. E’s work lunches are really lame. They usually consist of a frozen Amy’s burrito….and nothing else. As such, when I saw Katie announce that she was going to be putting this book out there, I knew I wanted it, especially as I use at least one of her other cookbooks once a week. I need to rescue E from lame lunch land.
- Discipleship & Discipline: Practical Parenting Help for the Desperate Mom eCourse – This comes from one of the most well-known moms in the blogging world: Sally Clarkson. Also: “desperate mom” is a pretty good description of me.
- Pieces of Mommy: Putting Yourself Back Together – Read this post. ‘Nuf said.
- Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood – I really like Jamie’s other book, Mindset for Moms, which was included in last year’s homemaking bundle and anything that can help me be a better mother is faboo in my book.
- How To Manage Your Mouth: A 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge – If you know me in real life, you’re nodding in the affirmative right now. I need this.
- Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies – Home remedies for common ailments? Yes, please! I love books like this.
- Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year – This book makes meal suggestions for various holidays throughout the year, big ones and little ones, including saints’ days. I was baptized Catholic as a baby and though I’m not currently a practicing member of the church, some of the Catholic traditions and customs still appeal to me.
- The Charlotte Mason Way Explained – The plan right now is to homeschool B and C at least through the first few years of their education. I’ve been leaning toward a Waldorf approach (sans some of the weird anthroposophy parts) with the Oak Meadow curriculum, but what I’ve heard about Charlotte Mason also interests me. This book appeals to me because I’d rather be able to read all about a teaching style in once place rather than having to do research on the internets about it. I’m laaaaazy – a good trait to have when homeschooling your kids.
- The Blog Planning Kit: A System to Maximize Your Blogging Efforts – This had me at editable forms. I don’t know that I have time in my life for this right now, but it does sound very appealing to get back on a regular posting schedule as well as plan what I want to do with this space in the future.
And, of course, the bonuses offer a few in particular that I’ll be redeeming very soon:
- DaySpring—A FREE 10-pack of Premium Greeting Cards – I have a strange addiction to hoarding stationery and greeting cards. It’s kind of bad…
- HopeInk—$15 HopeInk store credit to be used towards anything + a FREE 8×10 Art Print with order – Hooray for free art!
- Once a Month Meals—A FREE One Month Pro Membership from Once a Month Meals – If you’ve read my blog for a few years, you’ll know that I used to stalk the Once A Month Mom (now known as Once A Month Meals) site at the turn of the month just to see what the new menus would be. They started charging for the service and I never got around to subscribing so I’m very excited about this one.
- TrilLight Health—Get a FREE 2 oz. bottle of a liquid health formula OR $15 store credit from Trilight Health – I’m completely addicted to TriLight’s line of herbal formulas to treat sickness. I especially love the Lympha Rub and the Soothing Salve.
One of the best parts about this bundle, though, is that we’re offering both a PDF version of the books AND a Kindle version. This means that, even if you don’t own a Kindle, if you want to use the Kindle app on pretty much any electronic device known to man, you can save your ebooks to the cloud and read them anywhere. I also think that books formatted for Kindles are just easier to read as well.
How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth nearly $900, and it’s selling for less than $30. That sounds pretty good to me!
Want to learn more? Read about what this amazing bundle offers—or just buy it now!
Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, April 23 to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, April 28th.