Hf #009: How to Make a Digital Home Management Binder Using Evernote

Welcome back to the eighth 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 the last episode here: Episode #008: Creating Realistic Routines for the Busy Homemaker.

Hf #9 Creating a Digital Home Management Binder Using Evernote

Today I want to share a free tool with you that has become essential in my homemaking: And that’s Evernote! If you are not familiar with Evernote, it’s a website that allows you to store online Notebooks and notes. But the awesome thing is, it’s not just on your computer. You can download the app for your phone or tablet and have the program with you where ever you go. You can start a new note on your computer, pause, and pick it back up on your tablet when you are sitting on the couch. Or look up a quick note or link when you are out on the go on your phone.

There are literally a million things you could do with Evernote, but today I want to share how Evernote has become my online home management binder. I’m going to share the different ways I use it as my digital way to store notes, calenders, schedules, and more for my family (and how my husband uses it also)!

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What Evernote is
  • How I use it for home management
  • The specific notebooks and notes that I use to better manage:
    • Menu planning
    • House Projects
    • Anniversaries and Birthdays
    • Holiday Organization
    • Organizing my to read and to listen to items
    • Medical Records
    • Weekly Meetings for Jason and I
    • Blogging
    • And more!

Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Book of the Week:

Women of the WorWomen of the Word by Jen Wilken

Today’s book recommendation has nothing to do with today’s topic but it’s one that I just got done reading and it’s fabulous!! It’s called Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. I had no idea what to expect from this small book but it was really amazing. The tagline for the book is How to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds. I’ve read a lot of books on similar topics and unfortunately, the ones written specifically to women tend to be very light and fluffy.
But Jen really cuts to the core of what it means to study the Bible and gives some really great, solid, Biblical teaching on the subject as well as hand’s on, practical advice for actually studying the Bible. I love this quote from her in chapter one:
“It might seem that studying the Bible would be something we should know how to do intuitively. After all, if God discloses his will and character there, wouldn’t the Holy Spirit just open up its message to our hearts? But this is not the case. Yes, the Holy Spirit opens the Word to us, but not without some effort on our part.
Do you know that the word disciple means ‘learner’? As a disciple of Christ, you and I are called to learn, and learning requires effort. It also requires good study methods. We know this to be true of our schooling, but do we know it to be true of following Christ?” Women of the Word pages 22-23
I have the hard copy of the book but you can also find it on Amazon on your Kindle or even as an audio book! If you don’t know already, I am a HUGE fan of audio books. I listen to them while I cook, clean, and drive around town on errands. I am able to fit so many more books into my schedule by doing that. And right now, if you are a new Audible customer, you can actually get TWO books for free – including Women of the Word – by signing up for a FREE 30 day trial. Just remember to cancel at the end of the month if you don’t want to continue the membership. You can sign up for the free 30 day trial, and download TWO free audiobooks of your choice by going signing up through this link.

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Don’t Miss the Biggest Sale of the Year – Make Over Your Mornings!

This sale has now expired. BUT you can still check out the course (it’s worth far more than the normal price anyway)!! Check it out HERE!

It’s on my to do list in the next 12 months to start getting up before my household. With four little boys, I’ve determined that the best way to start my day on the right foot, is to begin in the quiet mornings. I was able to start getting into the habit of this about a year ago. And then we got pregnant. With twins. And for the next 9 months my energy was completely drained. I needed that extra time to sleep in the morning. And now with seven week old twin boys; this isn’t the season for getting up early either.

I’ve made my peace with this. But that didn’t stop me from going through the Make Over Your Mornings eCourse in June. And I have to say, I was surprised with how much I learned and have been able to implement in getting a good morning routine down WITHOUT getting up early.

And for today only – Tuesday, August 25th – you can get the Make Over Your Mornings eCourse for just $10!!! This is the lowest price you will see it for until 2016

Why You Should Buy the Course TODAY

I know there are always reason to put off getting something like this. You don’t need to spend the money right now, you are too busy to go through a course, you are not in a season to get up early, etc. Well here are a few reasons why you need to buy this course today! 

1) It’s $10

For today only, this course is on a great sale! They are not going to run a sale like this for the rest of 2015. If you are thinking about getting this course, do it TODAY! mym-set-book-video

2) It takes 10 minutes a day

One thing I love about the course is that it’s not super time intensive. It’s not a course that you need to set an hour or two aside each day (which can sometimes be really good).

Each lesson has been broken up into a quick 3-5 minute video from Crystal and then another 3-5 minute reading and homework assignment. That’s it! With 10 – 15 minutes each day, Crystal effectively breaks down a plan for making over your mornings. This course doesn’t take a huge time commitment to make a huge impact! 

3) It’s only a 14 day commitment

Like I said, the course only takes about 10 minutes a day and only lasts for 14 days. For two weeks, you commit to taking 10 minutes out of your day to invest in a vital routine for your homemaking. That’s it! Anyone can find 10 minutes in her day to help better manage her household.

4) You don’t have to get up EARLY

My biggest objection to this course at first was that I’m just not in a season to get up super early. There is no way I can get up at 5 or 6 to spend uninterrupted time by myself. I hope to get to that point one day, but it’s simply not the season for it right now.

But this course isn’t primarily about getting up early, although there is an element of that, but rather building simple and effective routines into your day so you can better manage your life! Read more about making over your mornings WITHOUT getting up early.

5) You need to invest a little in YOU

This is a big lesson I’ve been learning the past few years. As a busy wife, mom, and homemaker it’s really easy to let ME go by the wayside. My young kids are in a stage where they need constant care and attention and it’s so easy to forget that I need to shower, eat healthy meals, exercise, and take care of myself!

But it’s so important to remember to take care of myself. Investing just $10 in this course is one thing I did for myself this Summer – and it’s been paying off BIG already.

6) Money back guarentee

If you are hesitant at all about the course – not sure if it’s right for you, not sure if you will learn anything new, etc. – then Crystal offers a 100% money back guarantee in case it’s not what you thought or wanted.

Go sign up for the course right now, that just took your last excuse away! mym-complete-set-crop

7) It’s $10 (Did I mention that?)

Even on a tight budget, it’s usually possible to squeeze $10 out of it. Can you shave a little off your Starbucks budget? Or your eating out fund? Maybe you could sell something on Craigslist.

Whatever you need to do, I bet you could find $10 if you try! Plus, there’s a money back guarantee.

So what are you waiting for? Click over to purchase the Make Over Your Mornings eCourse for only $10 while there’s still time!

How to make Over your mornings WITHOUT getting up early

Every couple of weeks I’ve been coming across someone new recommending the importance of getting up early and establishing a morning routine. First it was mommy-inspiration from Kat Lee of the Inspired to Action podcast then business advice from Pat Flynn and now a super awesome course from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom. All of them sharing the benefits of getting up early and developing a morning routine and how beneficial it can be to your household.

I believe them. I really do. I crave a morning routine. I long for quiet hours before the sun rises and my four boys are awake to sit with a cup of coffee and read my Bible and pray for my household. But I’m just not in the season for it right now. 

How to make over your mornings without getting up early

I hope to get to that season soon. I can almost taste the days coming when all four of my boys sleep through the night and sleep in a little in the morning. But for now, I’m still up several times each night with my little twin nurslings who are now seven weeks old and I still have to rise when my twin two year olds decide it’s breakfast time.

One day I plan to implement a full morning routine before my kids wake up and we are thrown into a chaotic day. But I have to be content as well that this is just not the season for it right now. One day hopefully, but not now.

So why am I bringing this up? 

Because recently I had the opportunity to go through a new eCourse from Crystal Paine called Make Over Your Mornings and I loved it. I went through the course just a few weeks before my new twins were born and went into the course with the mentality that I would need to store all this info away for much later when I had four kids all old enough to sleep long hours at night and allow me to do the same.

I thought this course was going to be all about getting up earlier than your kids so you could start your day off on a calm and planned foot. And while there is an element of this, it’s not what the course is about. It’s about creating small little routines into different parts of your day so that you can use your time wisely and efficiently. 

On my podcast, I’ve recently been sharing about how we can determine how to spend our time as homemakers and creating realistic routines for our households. This course fit in perfectly with what I’ve been trying to do in my household already: Use my time well for God’s glory!

Here are just a few ways I’ve started realizing that I can make over my mornings and use my time well, even though I’m not in a season of rising up before my kids.

Establishing Good Routines

It starts the night before

My husband tends to be a night owl and my twins usually want to nurse at this stage around 11 – 12am right before bed. So we are often up late and one huge thing I’m trying to do in this season is establish a strong evening routine before going to bed.

This includes loading the dishwasher, wiping down the counters, doing a quick clean up of the clutter in our main living area, and making sure I have a game plan for breakfast. This makes such a huge difference for my morning. So while I’m not getting up earlier than my kids, I still feel like I’m getting a jump start because my kitchen is clean and ready to go. There’s nothing more discouraging than dragging yourself out of bed to the sound of hungry toddlers and walking into a kitchen that’s a mess!

This one little routine already sets me up for a more successful day!

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Prioritize my day accurately

I’m a list maker and a planner lover – but I’m also notorious for over-scheduling myself. I sit down to make a to-do list and it ends up a mile long. I go to bed at night feeling like a failure because I only accomplished a few things off my list and missed some important things I needed to do.

One thing this course taught me, is that I need to remember to put the big things FIRST on my schedule. Especially in this season with newborns, it’s hard to really get much accomplished in the course of a normal day at home alone with four kiddos. I need to remember my limits and that I can realistically only get one or maybe two big things done per day.

So now, when I create my schedule or to-do list for the day, I’m trying to prioritize that one important thing for the day and do it FIRST! This means, right after breakfast I usually have some sort of project to work on. Maybe it’s to clean out the toys in my toddlers’ room and organize. Or maybe I desperately need to sweep and mop the floors in my house. Whatever my important task for that day, it gets done first and is my focus. If I can get that one thing done, it frees me up to focus on playing with my kids or even sneak in some reading during nap time without guilt.

 

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The importance of getting enough sleep

Enough sleep? I almost laugh as I type this one out because it seems near impossible to get enough sleep when you have newborns. But the fact remains, I often don’t make sleep a priority like I should. I so desperately need to take care of myself so that I have the energy and the passion to care for my household.

I believe I read it in Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, that we should actually write sleep down on our daily schedules. We should actually pencil it in and plan beforehand how much sleep we are going to get. Ever since I read that, my mind set about getting enough sleep totally shifted.

My normal aim is to get 7 hours of sleep at night and that’s a bit trickier to make happen with newborns. So for now, that sometimes means going to bed far earlier than I would like and sometimes that means my husband takes all four kids for a little while on the mornings he’s home so I can get some more sleep. I have to sometimes get creative with this one, but it makes a huge difference in my day!

Where do I go from here?

There is actually a lot more I gleaned from my first time going through Make Over Your Mornings and I’m excited to go through it a second time. This time I want to sit down and actually take notes while I go through it.

But because a lot of the course consists of videos, I was able to listen to them on the go while driving and doing things like cooking and cleaning. It’s been a blessing already to start implementing the things I’ve been learning and more than anything, it’s given me the encouragement to be intentional in my daily routine.

Even though my routine right now is broken up by many nursing sessions, blow out diapers, spit up, and boo boo’s that need kissing, that’s okay! That’s the season of life I’m in right now and I am so thankful for where God has placed me.

So if you are like me and are in a difficult season for getting up super early (you have newborns, older kids who have a hard time sleeping, a job you have to get up early for already, husbands who have a hard work schedule, toddlers who wake up incredibly early anyway, etc.) I want to encourage you that there are still things you can incorporate into your daily routine to give yourself a little more structure and lot more peace and intentionality within your home!

I wanted to share one of my very favorite resources for simple and effective homemaking: It’s called the Make Over Your Mornings eCourse from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom and it ROCKS! mym-complete-set-crop

Crystal’s grace-filled and simple approach to forming daily routines and rituals is a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time to transform your homemaking – in fact, if you can commit just 10 minutes a day, you can see a HUGE improvement in your homemaking. Check out the course today!

P.S. Crystal offers a 100% money back guarantee in case the course isn’t what you expected or wasn’t helpful. Now you literally have no reason not to go check it out!

Crowdfunding for the MOMpreneur

By Marci Seither, Contributing Writer

Being  a business minded homemaker is something that we can cultivate, reap the benefits of, and teach our kids; some refer to the occupation/calling as being the ultimate Proverbs 31 Woman I call it being a MOMpreneur.

IMG_1991 (1)Have you ever had a really great idea or concept but just didn’t know how to get it off the ground? Sometimes it is a matter of brainstorming, defining your target market, or coming up with the money needed to complete and launch your product. More and more entrepreneurs are turning to crowd funding as a viable funding resource, in fact, since 2009 over 8 million people have backed Kickstarter projects and that is just one cite out of many.

What is crowdfunding?                                                                                                                         crowd·fund·ing (n)Donation-based crowdfunding is asking a crowd, usually consisting of friends, family, and acquaintances to financial back your project in exchange for tangible, non-monetary rewards such as an e-books, the product you are developing, and other creative backer rewards.

My first crowd funding experience

After 8 years of working on the manuscript for “The Adventures of Pearley Monroe” I was at the point where I needed to relook at the quickly changing publishing options, especially self-publishing. While I had the manuscript done, I still needed to format it, pay for cover design, get an ISBN number, and have it professionally edited.

Pearley Monroe coverMy goal was to help 9-12 year olds fall in love with history through the historical fiction book I had written. I figured it was going to take about $2,000 for my manuscript to become a book that readers could hold in their hands.

After some research, I decided that I had three options.

  • Save up money doing small writing jobs and wait until I could cover my expenses.
  • Take out a private loan from family and friends that would need to be repaid with interest.
  • Crowdfund the book expenses and get the project printed and to my readers.

Not all crowdfunding companies are the same

Kickstater is an all or nothing way to bring projects to life and every project has to be reviewed to make sure it meets criteria. IndieGoGo has different levels of backing and no criteria. GoFundMe is a way for people to get donations for anything from medical needs to honeymoon expenses.

I felt that Kickstarter was the best option for my project. It was a lot of trial and error to navigate all the details, but I was able to launch the campaign, asking for the almost 4,000 dollars in 31 days. In estimating cost and expenses you need to consider what you need for venture capital and what your expenses are for the backer rewards.

Within 14 days I reached my goal. What I hadn’t counted on was the emotion support I felt by the 70 plus backers who basically said, ”Yes! We want to support your mission statement and partner with you on this dream.”

I have been asked about crowdfunding. I realized that there were lots of little details and things that would have been helpful to know before and during my campaign.

I decided to do something pretty crazy. Run another Kickstarter campaign!youngwifesguide.com

Only this time instead of books, I will be setting up an Etsy store with my newly created cookie stamps!

My goal is to not just tell people what I did AFTER the campaign is over and products are shipped, my goal is to include people in the week-to-week process.

I will be hosting short videos on my site, and have do-able checklists for those contemplating their own Kickstarter or crowd funded campaign. After 4 weeks of setting up my Kickstarter I will launch it so others can watch it live and see what I am doing to promote my product to potential backers. It comes down to having a great plan in place before you get started. Amazingly enough, when I did more research I realized the most important element in the campaign was being able to leverage “story” in a way that made an emotional connection verses a financial appeal to potential audience.

If you are interested in learning more,  join me at www.marciseither.com. I will be launching my Kickstarter concept checklists from Sept 1st-30 and launching my actually Kickstarter on Oct 1st in honor of National Cookie Day!

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What is your mission statement, your goal?

What would you like to launch?

Why would others be interested in it?

Is there something else on the market that is similar?

Is your project do-able within a reasonable amount of time?

Is crowdfunding your best option for moving forward with your goal?

“In his heart and man plans hs course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9

Homemaking on a Budget – Weekly Deals & Sales – August 14, 2015

Welcome to another edition of our new weekly feature – Homemaking on a Budget! 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

Easy 20 Minute Meal Cookbook – Free!

Daily Wisdom for Women 2015 Devotional Collection – Free!

Potty Training: The Ultimate Potty Training Guide To Hassle Free Results In 3 Days – Free!

Homemaking Deals

There are a bunch of great deals on clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more at Cents of Style right now. Starting at $3.99!

 

Homemaking Classes

Here are some amazing FREE Craftsy classes you can take to learn some new homemaking skills!

The Wilton Method®: Creative Cake Pops – Free!

This one looks REALLY fun. I need to carve out some time to check it out!!

Professional Family Portraits – Free!

I am a really horrible photographer but my husband recently bought a decent camera for his business – so I need to figure out how to take better photos of my kids. This free Craftsy class looks like a great place to start.

Amazon Deals

Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free Children’s Toothpaste, Silly Strawberry, 4.2 oz, 3 Piece

Get this for as low as $2.62 each when you use Subscribe and Save!

Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

Get this great deal on coconut oil for as low as $18.49 when you Subscribe and Save!

Earth’s Best Chlorine-Free Wipes, Refill Pack, 864 Count

Get these excellent baby wipes for as low as $30.83 when you use Subscribe and Save!

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