Homemaking on a Budget – Weekly Deals & Sales – July 31, 2015

Welcome to another edition of our new weekly feature – Homemaking on a Budget! After a bit of a break, I’ve been able to find a bunch of amazing deals to share with you all again this week. As a homemaker who is in charge of purchasing most things for our house (food, household items, appliances, home decor, books, and more) I am always on the look out for ways to stay within my budget – without spending too much of my precious time.

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So as we find these deals, freebies, and sales throughout the week, we are going to compile them all here every Friday so you can quickly browse through and find any deals or freebies that are perfect for your household!

Often throughout the week I will post freebies or deals I find on Facebook, but I know that not everyone is on Facebook or you miss the deals as they are posted. I wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to find the things that will help you stick to your budget within your homemaking. So join me here every Friday for Homemaking on a Budget! 

eBook Deals

Playful Parenting – Fun Games & Activites For Families – Free

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Home Remedies: 37 Way To Use Epsom Salt – Free

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I Can Sell Creative Things Online: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Selling Things on Etsy – $2.99

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Amazon Deals

Seventh Generation Liquid Laundry Detergent, 2 count – Normally $25.99

I’m a big fan of Seventh Generation products. They are a very affordable natural option that actually works really well! If you clip the coupon on the sales page, you will get 30% off this 2 pack which makes the price just $18.19. PLUS if you sign up for Subscribe and Save it lowers the price to just $14.29!!

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Nutiva Coconut Oil, 15 oz – Normally $11.99

This is the brand of coconut oil that I get from Costco – and you can’t beat the price! But I know not everyone has a Costco nearby or a membership. So here’s a great deal – on sale for $7.22 and then get an extra 15% off with subscribe and save and get it for just $6.14!

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Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset – Normally $19.99

Awesome deal for Amazon Prime members only – get this playdough set for only $7.59!

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Sharpie 37172 Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers – Normally $11.99

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Homemaking Deals

Set of 8 Chalkboard/Dry Erase Pens – $12.99

I’ve seen this deal a couple of times and it’s such a good price for 8 pens!!

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Large Chalkboard Wall Decal Clearance – $5.49

Do you need a chalkboard to use with your new amazing chalkboard pends? Here are some awesome chalkboard wall decals for less than $6.00!

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Summer Dress Clearance  – $9.99

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HOT!! Handmade Antique Charm Necklaces Clearance 

These adorable necklaces are just $2.49 + $3.00 shipping = $5.49 each AND shipping is FREE for each additional one you order! Hurry – I have a feeling these are going to sell out quickly!

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Have you come across any awesome deals this week? Share in the comments!

Homemaking on a Budget – Weekly Deals & Sales – July 24, 2015

Welcome to another edition of our new weekly feature – Homemaking on a Budget! After a bit of a break, I’ve been able to find a bunch of amazing deals to share with you all again this week. As a homemaker who is in charge of purchasing most things for our house (food, household items, appliances, home decor, books, and more) I am always on the look out for ways to stay within my budget – without spending too much of my precious time.

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So as we find these deals, freebies, and sales throughout the week, we are going to compile them all here every Friday so you can quickly browse through and find any deals or freebies that are perfect for your household!

Often throughout the week I will post freebies or deals I find on Facebook, but I know that not everyone is on Facebook or you miss the deals as they are posted. I wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to find the things that will help you stick to your budget within your homemaking. So join me here every Friday for Homemaking on a Budget! 

eBook Deals

35 Homemade Bread Recipes – Fresh Out Of The Oven, Buttered and Gone – Free!

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Freezer Meals: 365 Days of Quick & Easy, Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Families – Free!

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Organize and Tidy Your Closet in 7 Days: Fun, Easy & Motivating Hacks to Organize and Declutter Your Wardrobe – Only $2.99!

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Toddler Learning Games: 33 Creative Toddler Learning Games That Your Child Will Love – Free!

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Millionaire Mom: Top Jobs For Stay At Home Moms – Free!

Amazon Deals:

Babyganics Face, Hand & Baby Wipes, Fragrance Free, 600 Count

These amazing wipes are on super sale for as low as $17.09 when you subscribe and save!

Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 32 Ounce

Get this Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for as low as $16.39 when you subscribe and save! We use tons of this stuff in our household.

Bob’s Red Mill Shredded Coconut Unsweetened, 48-Ounce

This is great for baking! Get it for as low as $10.22 when you subscribe and save.

Homemaking Deals:

Self-Inking Address Stamps – Jane.com

I have always wanted one of these! They look so cute and easy to use!

Adorable Necklace Sale – Jane.com

These cute (and fun) necklaces are on sale for only $7.99!! Check out all the styles here.

Kitchen Deals:

Le Creuset Cookware – Zulily

This is high quality cookware and it’s all on sale right now. I am drooling over this sale!

Make Your Own Baby Food – Up to 50% off!

Making your own homemade baby food can save you so much money and is far healthier for baby. Today, you can get some awesome baby food accessories for 50% off including glass baby food containers!

Online Courses:

These amazing Craftsy classes are all 50% off right now! Since I’ve been up late nursing our new twins, I’ve been having so much fun taking these Craftsy classes. Here are a few awesome ones that are on sale right now (I’m not sure how long they are on sale for).

I downloaded the Craftsy app on my phone and watch them in bed! So easy :D

The Perfect Cupcake

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Handmade Sourdough: From Starter to Baked Loaf

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Classic Pies Made Easy

Classic pies

Flavorful Stews From Around the World

Flavorful Stews

Sweet & Savory Food Gifts

Food gifts

Have you come across any awesome deals this week? Share in the comments!

A Look Inside My Baby Hospital Bag (10 things we packed)

We had our twin boys a little over two weeks ago and we are happy settling into life as a family of six! I’ve had people ask about some of our photos and what we brought to the hospital for the babies. So on our second go around with the hospital, here’s what we packed!

the 10 things we packed (and what we really used)

With two sets of twins, I have become very familiar with the hospital. Between both pregnancies, non-stress tests, and early labor I’ve spent my fair share of time in and out of the hospital. So when we were packing for the hospital this time around, I knew I wanted to do a few things differently.

I packed a separate bag of clothes and toiletries for my husband and I but this time around I was more concerned with the babies’ bag. So I’m just going to cover what we packed into the diaper bag today.

With my first set of twins, I literally had no idea what to expect. I read other people’s hospital packing lists that seemed to range from taking everything including the kitchen sink to the hospital and other lists that said you don’t need to bring a single thing.

Baby hospital packing list - what we brought to the hospital and more

So basically I ended up bringing the going home outfit and that was it. But over the past two years I’ve heard other moms share what they brought to the hospital (and from trial and error from being in the hospital so often) and I decided I wanted to bring a bit more with me.

Because we knew we were probably facing a c section, we didn’t know how long we would be in the hospital. We could have even been there 5 or 6 days, though thankfully it was only two and a half days. So this time around, I wanted to be more comfortable. 

I wanted to bring a few comforts from home and I’m so glad that we did! Here’s what we packed in our baby hospital bag (and what we ended up actually using):

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What we packed

 

1 – Comfy Sleepers

Because our boys were born in July, I didn’t want to pack big warm sleepers so I chose a few light, cotton sleepers in case we wanted to change them. On the second day we changed the boys into these and I was glad I had something really comfy for them to be in. This is also what we used for their going home outfit. Verdict: Will pack next time

2 – Onsies

My first set of twins were born in December and it’s been over 100 degrees here lately so I wasn’t sure what clothing they would need. So I threw in some onsies in case it was too hot or we wanted to layer. I didn’t end up using the onesis at all. Verdict: Won’t pack next time

3 – Cute Hats

We already had these cute hats from Malachi and Micah (otherwise I wouldn’t have gone out to buy them specifically to bring to the hospital). But because we had them, I decided to bring them as a cute and comfier option to the ugly striped hats the hospital gives you. It was nice to have them on hand. Verdict: Will pack next time

The 10 things we packed for the hospital

 

4 – Burp Cloths

At the last minute I threw these into the hospital bag but we never ended up needing them. Our boys didn’t end up spitting up at all and besides, we had our amazing muslin blankets with us (see #9). Verdict: Won’t pack next time

5 – Baby Formula

I’m sure not everyone needs to pack formula, but I wanted to have it on hand just in case. I’m very picky about the formula I’ll feed my boys, and so I wanted to have my favorite brand on hand in the off chance that the doctors pushed to introduce formula for any reason. (And yes – two weeks out, we have had to supplement a little bit now).

After a lot of research, I was really happy this Spring when The Honest Company came out with their own line of formula. It’s not perfect, but it’s a much better option than other brands on the US market. (i.e. it contains real lactose instead of high fructose corn syrup). The size you see in the picture above is actually their trial size you can order from the website. I didn’t end up needing the formula in the hospital, but I was still glad I had it there as an option. Verdict: Will pack next time

6 – Diaper Rash Cream

This is another item that we didn’t end up needing. But it only takes a tiny spot in the diaper bag and I was glad it was there just in case. I’ve been happily using The Honest brand diaper rash cream which is much cheaper on Vitacost or if you order a bundle directly from Honest Co. (By the way, you can get $10 off your first order from Vitacost by signing up through this link). Verdict: Will pack next time

7  – Hand Sanitizer

I’m not usually a fan of hand sanitizer, but I also hate hospitals and the germs. So when I first discovered The Honest brand hand sanitizer (are you noticing a pattern yet?) I was really happy packing this in my bag! It was handy to have for the guests who stopped by. With natural and healthy ingredients like aloe, vitamin e, grapefruit seed extract, and sweet orange, this is a hand sanitizer I can get behind. Sometimes. When we are at the hospital. This is also cheaper on Vitacost or via Honest Company directly. Verdict: Will pack next time

8 – Diapers and Wipes

This one is not a necessity so it really depends on how picky you are with your diapers and wipes. Hospitals provide diapers and wipes for your newborns. But my older boys have really sensitive skin and are prone to diaper rashes so I wanted to have a few chlorine and icky-free diapers and wipes with us just in case. Again, we didn’t really need them this time but I was glad to have them as a back up. Verdict: Will pack next time

9 – Swaddle Blankets

This is my favorite thing we brought to the hospital. Yes, the hospital provides you with those itchy receiving blankets but I wanted something more comfortable and I’m so glad we had these. I packed my very favorite Aden and Anais swaddle blankets. They also sell these at Target (hint hint for your baby registry)! Verdict: Will pack next time

10 – Pacifiers

My older boys never took pacifiers (even though we tried) but my new boys love them! I’m so glad we took two different kinds of pacifiers as each boy prefers a different style (go figure)! I packed NUK newborn pacifiers (which Remington prefers) and silicone soothie pacifiers (which Ryder prefers). Verdict: Will pack next time

While not everything we brought to the hospital was necessary, it was nice to feel prepared and have a little comfort of home with us! I’m glad I packed our diaper bag with everything we did as it wasn’t hard to bring just one bag for the babies.

What do you pack for the hospital? Leave a comment!

Our Twin Boys Are Here!! (July 6, 2015 Happy Birthday)

Writing this post for me is major deja vue as two and a half years ago I wrote a very similar post when we had our first set of twin boys: Malachi and Micah!

And now I am so excited to announce that our second set of twin boys, Remington and Ryder, finally made their way into the world on July 6, 2015! We are now a family of six and are settling into life with four kids, two and a half years and younger. It’s wild and wonderful, chaotic and amazing, all at the same time.

Remingtong and Ryder

We had a last minute c section with my first boys and have been hoping and praying this whole pregnancy to be able to do a VBAC and have these boys naturally. I’ll write out their birth story in full soon, but here’s the quick story.

On June 11, I woke up my husband up in the middle of the night with consistent contractions getting closer together. We headed to the hospital and labored for nearly 18 hours, dilated to 4 cm, and then we were discharged because labor stalled and then stopped completely.

So we headed home that night, with my doctor telling us that he expected we would be back in the hospital that weekend. Then nearly a month passed with no more contractions. Nothing.

Inducing was out of the question because of my previous c section and so we scheduled a c section for July 6 if I didn’t go into labor naturally before then. In the weeks leading up to July 6, we literally tried everything to induce labor naturally. Nothing worked, nothing helped, and my doctor would laugh each time I hobbled into my appointments. Still pregnant.

And so, with a considerable amount of anxiety (I’ll share more about that later), we woke up bright and early on Monday the 6th to head in to have our boys.

38 weeks and ready to meet our boys

The last picture of me pregnant – 38 weeks and we had arrived bright and early at the hospital for our scheduled c section! I can’t believe I made it this far!!

The C section went very smoothly, although I lost a considerable amount of blood (even for a twin pregnancy) and nearly needed a blood transfusion, we met our amazing boys Remington and Ryder at 11:12 and 11:13am on July 6th.

During the c section

In the end, the c section is exactly what we needed due to the twins positioning and their weight. God always knows what is needed, even when we are stubborn and want other things.

Remington was born first at 6lbs 12oz and Ryder was born at 7lbs 4oz. No wonder I was in so much pain and couldn’t walk for the last month. But praise the Lord for big, healthy, growing boys!

We spent two and a half days in the hospital and then we were all released, healthy and ready to go home. And now here we are two weeks later and are all doing well. I’m still recovering quite a bit from my c section and I’m itching to feel normal and be able to move around again.

But my boys have been great nursers and sleepers from the very beginning! A wonderful blessing since I also have two toddlers to care for and love on as well.

I snapped this photo of my husband bringing home our new twins for the first time and again had major deja vu from two years ago. Here’s my husband 2 weeks ago and 2 years ago bringing home our first set of twin boys:

Coming home from the hospital

Now we’ve been busy at home, getting used to life with four kids, and introducing Malachi and Micah to their new baby brothers. I think they are still a little unsure of what to think.

All four of my boys

It’s hard to wrangle my older two boys for a picture but here are all four of my boys together <3

I can’t wait to share more about life with TWO sets of twins and how my homemaking will look different in this new season! Until then, you can follow me on Instagram to keep up on what our family is up to right now!

And thank you so much for all the prayers from so many of you! It means so much to me that you would take some time out of your day to prayer for my family <3

HF #005: Serving From Within Our Homes Through the Biblical Art of Hospitality

Welcome back to the fifth episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to last week’s episode here: Episode #004: Taking Baby Steps to Healthier Living for God’s Glory.

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It can be hard sometimes as busy homemaker’s to find the time, energy, and ability to serve within the Church and in our neighborhoods. That’s why I think this topic in today’s podcast is so important: How can we, as busy homemakers, serve God from within our homes? Through the Biblical art of hospitality.

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How we can serve God from within our homes through hospitality
  • The Biblical command behind hospitality
  • What hospitality looks like (and what it doesn’t)
  • Practical Tips for practicing hospitality
  • And diving in deeper

Episode summary

Hospitality: What comes to mind? Do you picture a beautiful house complete with a gourmet meal, friends around the dinner table, and polite chit chat? Hospitality can be this, but it’s really much more.

Hospitality can look like:

  • Inviting a non-Christian family out to pizza after the soccer game.
  • Sharing a picnic at the park with the single mom down the street.
  • Inviting that new couple at church over for Sunday brunch.

Hospitality can come in many forms but the ultimate purpose is this: To honor and obey God by serving those around us. As Christians we are called to practice Biblical Hospitality…and practice it with joy!

Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Book of the Week:

Say goodbye to survival modeSay Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life

Each week I feature one of my favorite books that connects with what we’ve been chatting about. And today that book recommendation is Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. This book is probably in my top 5 favorite books of all time. And the reason I’m mentioning it today in conjunction with hospitality, is because this book is for anyone who feels like their house is out of control or they just can’t stay on top of things. Crystal walks you through how you can set priorities in your home and actually follow through with those home management systems so you can finally feel in control of your house!

I own this book in print which you can find on Amazon. But I also have this book an an audiobook from Audible.com because I love it that much! And right now – you can download it for FREE as an audiobook when you sign up for a free 30 day trial from Audible.com. Just remember to cancel your subscription after 30 days if you don’t want to continue.

A Heart for Hospitality eCourse

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Join me for my exciting new eCourse on hospitality! This Biblical-based and practical course walks you through all the aspects of extending hospitality from the Biblical definition to meal plans to cleaning for guests to small space hospitality and more! Find out more about the course HERE.

  • 15 Video Sessions on the Biblical Art of Serving Others through Hospitality
  • A course workbook with notes and outlines for all sessions
  • Printable Hospitality Binder with everything you need to get started today
  • Free bonuses including daily disciplines sheet, appetizer recipes, and more!

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HF #5 - Serving From Within Our Homes Through the Biblical Art of Hospitality