September 16, 2014

giveaway: Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real Life Marriages

Right now we're knee deep in moving and homeless to boot. :) It's a lot like labor- and we're in transition. :) The reaaalllly painful part of it. :D

Instead of sharing more messy moving pics now, I have something much more fun planned- another giveaway!! :D

Darlene, from Time-Warp Wife was so sweet to send me a copy of her beautiful book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages^ and a lovely journal a couple of weeks ago. I met her at Allume back in 2012:


She's an awesome Christian homemaking blogger- she is inspirational and focuses on serving the Lord first, and especially through the lens of home and marriage. She has tons of printables and resources over on her blog too! :)


Darlene's story is gripping from the beginning. I won't tell you everything, but here's a little excerpt from the beginning of the book:
I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t have a home. And I didn’t have a shoulder to cry on. All that I had were the shattered pieces of my life. 
A few hours later I made my way back to the house, where I started packing up a few things I could carry. Michael came into the room and sat down on the far corner of the bed. Staring straight ahead, he started to talk. This was my husband, the man I had lived with for nearly half of my life, but in every way he was different, from the sound of his voice to the way that he carried himself. We were suddenly strangers.
We exchanged words for a while,but at the end of the day I had nothing left to offer him but soiled rags, words of remorse that he couldn’t rely on, and promises where all trust was gone. My eyes were swollen from crying; my heart was heavy with shame. 
“Do you want to stay?” he asked.
AHHHH, right? Oh my goodness! She's an amazing storyteller.

If you're wondering what the rest of the book is all about... 

"Messy Beautiful Love^ delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

Love gets messy.

Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.

When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.

Messy Beautiful Love^ is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable."

I'm so thankful for the chance to give away 3 copies of this book today! :D


To enter to win a copy of this book, just leave me a comment below telling me your best marriage tip the Lord has taught you in the messy times!

{it could be yours, from books, or even from others!} Also- please leave a way for me to contact you! :)
**comments closed**
U.S. + Canada only. This giveaway closes at September 18, 2014 at 11:59 C.S.T. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified by email.



^ = Amazon affiliate link

September 14, 2014

the winner of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is...

The winner of the Ultimate Healthy Living bundle giveaway is:

Melanie Pike September 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I think the first book I'd read would be either "The Nourished Metabolism" or "Essentials of Essential Oils". Both would be so beneficial! As would winning this bundle, as we have 6 people (4 adults and 2 little ones, 3 years and 15 months) living under our roof, with one income overall. Tough to afford stuff like this otherwise. Blessings and thanks for the opportunity to win!


Congrats Melanie!! Please email me with your info! :D



If you didn't win, the UHLB is still available through Monday night at 11:59! :)

I mentioned it a little earlier, but this time around there are only 30,000 copies of this bundle available {total}, so if you were interested in purchasing the Healthy Living Bundle while it's for sale, you might want to get one while you can. I'm not sure if they will sell out! :)

What is it? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use! 

When does the sale end? 11:59 p.m. EST this Monday, September 15, 2014

Where do I get it? Purchase the bundle HERE. 

How much? The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for $29.97. That's only 37 cents an ebook or course!!  
    Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

    September 12, 2014

    our BIG news + win an Ultimate Healthy Living bundle

    I've been waiting SO long to tell you this news!! :) Here is a picture- see if you can guess what is happening at our house this week:

    I can't believe I'm showing you this. We must be good friends.
    No, we aren't filming an episode of Hoarders at our house... ;)

    We're moving next week!! :) I have so much to catch you up on, but we sold our 1895 house last month, and Lord-willing, we are moving our family of 7 next week. It's been crazy-town around here, and boxes are everywhere. I wouldn't say we're the most organized movers, but luckily that pic was all the attic storage that was in the middle of being sorted out. It looked slightly better by the time I went through it all. ;)

    The main problem with going through everything you own? You find random things like homemade ornaments from your senior year of high school:


    I've let go of so much junk this week, but I couldn't bear to throw that one out. :) I have so much to tell you, but not much time to do it as we are in the big crunch to finish by next week! I even have lots of posts to show you of our completed house before we took everything down and boxed it away. :( It's a good move though- we are very excited about what's to come. We aren't moving far, but I'll tell you all that later! :)

    I'm very excited to share our big news with you{and the fact that we're almost done packing, Lord-willing!}. :) I cannot wait to get back into a clean house and start cooking real food again!! I hope by next weekend all this will be over. :)

    BUT- to celebrate our exciting news this weekend, I'm giving away one copy of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle- and if you're the lucky winner, you get all of these ebooks and courses for free on Sunday! :)



    AND!! the lucky giveaway winner also gets $200 in bonuses on top of all those books and courses:
    The bonuses:
    ** a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness,
    ** a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique
    **a starter culture from Cultures For Health.
    ** gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

    There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. {There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.}

    After all this moving business, I'm totally going to nab some time alone this weekend and read an ebook or two from my bundle. ;) {Ha!}

    the contest is closed*

    p.s.  There are only 30,000 copies of this bundle available {total}, so if you were interested in purchasing the Healthy Living Bundle while it's for sale, you might want to get one while you can. If you win this giveaway and have already purchased one, you can give it away as a Christmas gift! :)
    What is it? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use! 
    When does the sale end? 11:59 p.m. EST this Monday, September 15 
    Where do I get it? Purchase the bundle HERE. 
    How much? The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for $29.97. That's only 37 cents an ebook or course!!  
    Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

    September 11, 2014

    family, food, and one negative side effect

    Back on Labor Day weekend {forever ago now?}, my brother Josh and sister-in-law Cayse came down from Arkansas to stay for a few days. They're extremely awesome people and we miss them like crazy, so we soaked up every moment we had together after not seeing them for 9 months. In fact, we enjoyed seeing them so much, I totally forgot to take any pictures with them. :( But I did get one shot I was very happy about...

    We played washers one afternoon, and Noah needed to get one washer in the center pipe of the box- a major long shot. It was never going to happen, and then... he got it in the center!!!


    It was so cool. :) I can't remember if it won the game, but it was crazy fun. :) I can't even believe I got that shot of him getting that shot. :D

    Zaner's getting around these days. He's standing on his own, but mostly resorts to this frog position to get from place to place: 


    After the family left, we went back to school as usual. The boys made their first loaves of bread for science:


    And here were the results of their experiment:


    I love homeschooling. :) I love experiments that involve my belly. :)

    Although there's one potential side effect of being a homeschool mom I'm not so sure about: 


    Accidentally carrying your toothpaste to the car for no good reason. :)

    Or, I guess that might be a side effect of being a mom


    It was a good trade though. Those brain cells were going to die someday anyway. ;)

    When was the last time you accidentally carried something you didn't need with you? Or washed a hammer in the laundry? hahah!

    Have you ever played washers? Is it a southern thing? 
    Either way it's so much fun!

    Have you made bread lately? Any good recipes?
    We made this recipe and love it, but I'm always up for new ones! I really want to make some rosemary garlic bread since it's almost fall. :)

    September 10, 2014

    the best deal this fall: 73 ebooks, and $200 in bonuses for $29.97!


    Have you heard of those special huge ebook and bonus packages from Ultimate Bundles? I'm excited to be an ultimate bundle affiliate again this year because the packages they create are always such a good deal! I know that for me {a lot of times}, I would love to buy an interesting ebook but won't want to pay the $5-$10 price. If you're interested in reading more about healthy/natural living, this sale brings each book and e-course down to 37 cents each. That's an incredibly good deal! But only if you're going to get good use out of them by reading them, of course. {hahah!} :)

    Some of my favorites I can't wait to read this time around are in the real food/ diet/healthy eating section {my favorite genre to read!}: Grain Free Grab-n-Go: Recipes, Real Food Recipes for Weight Loss, and Kids Eat Real Food: How to Raise Kids Who LOVE Real Foodand then since Zaner has allergies and eczema both {I'm so new to the allergy thing- it's a challenge!!}, The Eczema Cure  and Allergy Friendly Comfort Food: 40 Delicious Recipes Made Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Soy. But there are so many more on top of those! :)

    Here's what you need to know about the sale:
    What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!
    When? it lasts for less than a week! It's available for 6 days only from 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15.
    Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.
    How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?


    We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.
    But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

    That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

    The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

    The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

    The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

    But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

    You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

    As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!



    The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.
    There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

    Click here for more info or to buy now.

    Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?
    Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.


          
       
     

    We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

    Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th. :)

    Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.
                   
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