Sep 182015
 

The sound of acoustic guitars playing around the Christmas tree, out in the garage, or around a bon fire is something beautiful and fun. Music has a way of bringing people together, it can portray a feeling or emotion, use lyrics that can’t be forgotten or notes that speak directly to your soul. You can do worship music or start your own grunge band all with an acoustic guitar!

So, why not start things off right to begin with and avoid the noise of a poorly made guitar and put that same money on a true instrument that is in itself a piece of art, or in this case, art that creates art! Hop on over to Musicians Friend and find the perfect fit for your family and celebrate together through your love of music!

Jul 172015
 

Now playing the piano in your home doesn’t need to take a lot of space or cost a small fortune. You can get to learning the piano keyboard really quickly and on any budget. Learn about what type of piano keyboard you need by reading about who it is for, whether or not you need weighted keys and how many keys your piano needs! If after reading through these different subjects you still aren’t sure what is best for you and your family then you can add comments and get responses quickly and easily! Super fun and a great investment for the coming school year!

Apr 262015
 

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Dear Homemaker,

Are the inmates running the asylum?

I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.

When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.

I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.

I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:

  • a school,
  • a playground,
  • a refuge,
  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,
  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and
  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.

And then real life happened…

…laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and the stain that won’t come out of my son’s favorite shirt… holiday stress, and teaching my daughter to read (and master long division)… a husband who works long hours, a kid with the sniffles, stomach aches and a fever… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home.

And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Let me ask you a question.

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?

Of course not!

Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”

But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

In a word… yes!

To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.

They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.

And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@Ultimate-Bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Act now!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

Jul 032014
 

Paw Prints in My Heart

Life Lessons Learned from the Dog of my Life

By: Andrew Hessel
Published: May 13th 2014
By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1497595495
ISBN-13: 978-1497595491

Summary

Here’s to great dogs. Many of us would like to believe there’s a special place in doggie heaven for the really great ones. I know I want to. No question they’ve earned it, deserve it, and it seems only fair. I know there are a great many great dogs out there, working their magic, living their lives with their families and saying it all without ever saying a word. For dog lovers, our precious memories of those “non-conversations” with dearly-departed four-legged friends lend silence a deafening quality. I explained to a friend that Paw Prints is a book about great dogs, not just my dog, although Mac was truly some great dog. And as I’ve said many times, he was certainly the dog of my life, and his friendship enriched and changed not just my life, but the lives of everyone in our family. While the book is my attempt to capture Mac’s remarkably and improbably wonderful story before it fades to past, it’s also in many ways my story, too. Because Mackie and I were happily and deliriously, joined-at-the-paw. Amazing, I think, that I could learn so much from a guy that never said a word. Paw Prints in My Heart is Mac’s story. I think of it as my gift to our family and all of his friends, two and four-legged, that had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and being loved by this magnificent old Labrador retriever. It’s my best attempt to capture and chronicle a remarkable life, the pain and sadness of his passing, but most of all, his joyful impact upon us over what truly was a most improbable life of fourteen years and a day. A reverent and grateful tribute to a gentle and pure spirit that for me will always be a living reminder of a loving friend in the very truest sense. In every way, for me this book was a labor of love and joy to write. Parts will make you laugh, and others may bring you to tears, so a tissue at times may be advised. But I have the highest hopes that you’ll read it, enjoy it, and connect in ways that only you can understand. Maybe even share it with friends that might understand and pass it along, as a comfort for a true friend they’ve lost, and for what they’ve experienced, and a way for them to remember the laughter and happy times through their tears. I hope that dog lovers everywhere read this book and see a bit of their dog in Mac. I hope that the non-dog lovers amongst us read this book and reconsider. I hope that everyone has at least one dog of their life in their life. My first novel Rush to Dawn, was, in many ways a love letter to my wife, Lynne. This book, I’d like to believe, is a love letter from Mac to all of us.

My Review

This book is a great testament to how much a pet, especially a dog, can touch your heart and really become a part of your soul. This is a definite must read that had me thinking about how I will feel when my “baby’s” move to doggie heaven.

This book is for the animal lover, pet owner and the person who is on the fence about getting a forever friend. Andrew Hessel put his life on hold to write this soulful book because the lost of his best friend was a story from the heart that was worth telling (and reading!). I am so happy that someone finally wrote a book that delves into the true relationship of being part of a family that has true unconditional love.

About Andrew Hessel

It’s never too late to heed the call.

How I arrived at this conclusion is in itself a story.

After college I spent nearly three decades in the corporate world, working for big media on the publishing side.  All powerful, successful companies, headquartered in places like  New York, Burbank, and points in between.   My thing was marketing, advertising, sales management and general management.  In fairness, there were some very good years.

We had fun and did good work we were proud of.

But nothing lasts forever, and in the end, after one too many sales, mergers, and acquisitions, I walked away … having had about all the corporate fun I could stand, you might say.

Few thought the newspaper business, struggling and under siege, would ever recover.  Many branded it a dying industry and called it a dinosaur.

Still others said it was already dead.

There was no shortage of opinions, but three things were painfully clear and inarguably true:

Newspapers would never again have the near exclusive relationship they’d too often taken for granted with their readers.  At least not on the scale they’d enjoyed for so long.

No longer an indispensible news source and with fewer and fewer readers by the day, newpapers were simply no longer all that relevant.  Even the best and the brightest running the biggest and most successful newspapers had no real idea how to remain prominent players in a new age that had passed them by.

Today, we want our news and entertainment instantly, not tomorrow morning.

No escaping the fact that the glory days had up and gone, and were gone for good.  For me, it just wasn’t fun anymore.

Experiencing a shifting business paradigm first-hand is both scaryand exhilirating, but it’s also a rare chance for personal reinvention.

But what next?  What do I want? 

I wanted most to rediscover the passion the corporate world so easily crushes.   And to embrace something deep inside I’d been ignoring for most of life.

Writing is in the blood and deeply-rooted in our family.  We’re a family of writers.  Our father taught us, we taught our kids, and so it continues.

My dad wrote a couple of books, my sister has written professionally for years, and although, until the last few years, most of my own writing was business oriented, I’ve always written.

Dad’s innovative treatment of world history – now there’s a bigsubject – was published by one of the most esteemed houses in the industry, Simon & Schuster.  His dream, rightfully, was for it to be recognized as the unique reference tool he had created it to be, and to find a home in the library of every school in America.  It made perfect sense, his publisher agreed, but  the promised promotion never materialized.

For my dad, what should have been, never was.

Back then I couldn’t fully understand how disappointed he must have been.  How hard he’d worked, how big he’d dreamed.  How deeply it must have hurt.

Authors with books that go unpromoted by their publishers are hardly members of an exclusive club.

Years later, after heeding the call, writing three thrillers and chasing my dream conventionally in the find-an-agent-get-a-publishermode, I get it.

Boy, do I get it.

My dad had no other path, he couldn’t do much about it in those days.

Thankfully, that isn’t the case today.  What you’re reading is testament to a world full of amazing new tools, and bold, new possibilities.

The shock is discovering that following the path leads to yet another jugular paradigm shift.  It couldn’t be more personal.

Or more of a roller coaster. I’m talking about coming to terms with what it means, deciding what to do, figuring out how to go about it, and then getting started.

Then, having done all that, came the final realization that is the very biggest of all:

Winning, and success, are very different beasts from when it all began.

I want people to read my thrillers, and the emphasis is readers over dollars.

I hope the pages turn and you enjoy good reads.

And at the end will consider it time well spent.

Along the way, and starting right here, I’m also hoping for a new kind of communication between readers and writers, and writers and writers.

Please accept my thanks for checking us out and for reading.

And to all the kindred spirits who, for whatever reasons are driven to follow similar dreams, I hope that your visit here offers you a little shelter from the storm and encouragement to keep going.

Here’s to great dogs. Many of us would like to believe there’s a special place in doggie heaven for the really great ones. I know I want to. No question they’ve earned it, deserve it, and it seems only fair. I know there are a great many great dogs out there, working their magic, living their lives with their families and saying it all without ever saying a word. For dog lovers, our precious memories of those “non-conversations” with dearly-departed four-legged friends lend silence a deafening quality. I explained to a friend that Paw Prints is a book about great dogs, not just my dog, although Mac was truly some great dog. And as I’ve said many times, he was certainly the dog of my life, and his friendship enriched and changed not just my life, but the lives of everyone in our family. While the book is my attempt to capture Mac’s remarkably and improbably wonderful story before it fades to past, it’s also in many ways my story, too. Because Mackie and I were happily and deliriously, joined-at-the-paw. Amazing, I think, that I could learn so much from a guy that never said a word. Paw Prints in My Heart is Mac’s story. I think of it as my gift to our family and all of his friends, two and four-legged, that had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and being loved by this magnificent old Labrador retriever. It’s my best attempt to capture and chronicle a remarkable life, the pain and sadness of his passing, but most of all, his joyful impact upon us over what truly was a most improbable life of fourteen years and a day. A reverent and grateful tribute to a gentle and pure spirit that for me will always be a living reminder of a loving friend in the very truest sense. In every way, for me this book was a labor of love and joy to write. Parts will make you laugh, and others may bring you to tears, so a tissue at times may be advised. But I have the highest hopes that you’ll read it, enjoy it, and connect in ways that only you can understand. Maybe even share it with friends that might understand and pass it along, as a comfort for a true friend they’ve lost, and for what they’ve experienced, and a way for them to remember the laughter and happy times through their tears. I hope that dog lovers everywhere read this book and see a bit of their dog in Mac. I hope that the non-dog lovers amongst us read this book and reconsider. I hope that everyone has at least one dog of their life in their life. My first novel Rush to Dawn, was, in many ways a love letter to my wife, Lynne. This book, I’d like to believe, is a love letter from Mac to all of us.
$9.95 USD
May 162014
 

Cricut Explore – DIY


Cricut for home and business – I LOVE mine and now you can enjoy Cricut too with awesome deals!

 

make cards with Cricut Cricut crafts Cricut accessories
Jumpstart Your Cutout Art at Cricut

How many times have you had the perfect design idea for a card, pattern, sticker, whatever, only to get discouraged by what it would take to make it real? Cricut is a new company that can take your ideas from design to production in just a few clicks!

What is Cricut?

The Cricut Explore™ is a design-and-cut system for making amazing, affordable DIY craft projects. It’s the easiest way to turn an idea into a finished project right in your own home. It can cut a wide variety of materials — everything from paper to vinyl to fabric — from designs that you purchase or create yourself.

Cricut also provides free projects to get you started, as well as free images of the week to inspire your own new projects. The Cricut Explore™ comes with Cricut Design Space™, free online software that helps you to cut and draw your creations. Get free shipping with code: FREESHIP35

Am I Limited?

You can buy additional software with THOUSANDS of ideas to suit every possible season and need, never creating the same project twice if you don’t want to! Truly making each item one of a kind and personalized! Imagine how much you can save creating your own professional quality wedding invites for a pennies or having the card that says and shows EXACTLY what you want without having to settle? Create seasonal decor and crafts as well. My son has created houses to display at Christmas, they look great and all of his work cost less than one ornament from the box store would have!

**as with many of my posts this contains affiliate links. I do however own and love my Cricut machines and software. I have two including the original Cricut and a newer one as well as one that prints on fondant and helps with cake decorating**

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