Moms Summer Survival Calendar

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Summer Survival Calendar 2014
It’s here! The Confident Mom’s Summer Survival Calendar! Woot!

What is this summer calendar? Summer can kick off with a bang, but quickly become grounds for boredom for kids. Rather then flipping on the TV or increasing screen time, allow the Summer Survival Calendar to keep your kids engaged and happy all summer long. For real. This is such a great opportunity to build that family time.

I loved my calendar from last year!

Susan offers 4 months of fun adventures and this year she’s included supply checklists.

There are over 120 activities to increase family time and minimize boredom. These activities are new every year, so if you purchased last years calendar, this year features all new sorts of fun.

What kind of fun are we talking about?

  • Making marshmallow sculptures
  • Baking cookie bars
  • DIY candles
  • Indoor olympics
  • Learn to juggle
  • plus dozens more!

In addition, Susan offers clickable resources such as instructions, photos, or recipes on the calendar days. You can print one to hang up and keep a PDF copy on your computer to click those links.

I cannot recommend this tool for moms enough. It is such a gift to you and your children — and it takes the guess work out of “what should we do” and allows you to focus on just doing it.

The calendar begins in May so if you’re interested, you don’t want to wait too long to grab it so you can start right away and not miss any fun.

This is way more than a survival tool — it helps you create a thriving summer.

Grab yours here

 

Keefer Style Creations {a jewelry giveaway}

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Keefer Style Creations - personalized, hand-stamped jewelry

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to a wonderful woman who makes beautiful, hand-stamped jewelry. Her name is Lisa and I became acquainted with her through the adoption world.

When we became Facebook and Instagram friends, I began to notice the beautiful jewelry creations by her sharing pictures. One of them particularly grabbed my attention and I snagged it up quick.

This piece is near to my heart because of what it represents — our girls who still remain in Africa. We have been working for 18 months to bring them home.

Keefer Style Creations

Lisa doesn’t only make jewelry for adoptive parents though. I love that, because she has been through the adoption process, she understands the heart and difficulties behind it. This reflects in some of her pieces, including this one.

But there are many ways she can personalize pieces. They are definitely NOT limited to adoption.

Baby Feet Keefer Style Creations Guatamala Bracelet Keefer Style Creations 3 Circle Open Washer Keefer Style Creations Jeremiah 29-11 Keefer Style Creations

These are just a few of the hundreds of pieces Lisa has created. And she makes each one to order. So you choose what you want stamped on them.

Check out her store at Keefer Style Creations to see more. Trust me.

Giveaway

Lisa has graciously offered a $60 credit to one winner. Enter below (click here if you’re reading in an email)

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Notebooking Pages Membership is Half Off

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I am super excited to share this with you.

As a Notebooking Pages user, I cannot recommend this tool enough.

Notebooking is such a wonderful way to make learning rich and fun for your children. My children love Notebooking.

  Notebooking Pages Samples

Notebooking Pages offers hundreds and hundreds of different pages in different subjects to help you enrich your child’s lessons. There is more than one way to notebook, and Notebooking Pages takes that into account when they create these sheets.

Right now they are having a HUGE sale to celebrate their 8th birthday. A Lifetime Membership is only $50. Usually it is $99.95. That’s 50% off to get access to these pages for LIFE.

Plus, you get some pretty sweet exclusives with this deal.

Such as FREE access to the Web App, The Notebooking Publisher, for two years which allows your older children to customize and create their own pages. You can see more about that here.

This sale is only good through May 4th, so don’t miss it! Sale extended through Mother’s Day!! Don’t miss out!

Equipping Moms

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SALE OVER

Part of the goal of this blog is to encourage and equip moms in their roles as mothers and homemakers. I know I really appreciate learning from those who have gone before me. And some of the stuff I write about I’m still learning about myself!

Equipping Moms

But sometimes, when I feel I’ve gotten a good grasp on a concept, I’ll write an eBook about it. That’s what you’ll find in this collection of eBooks, written by moms, for moms. What you’ll find here are experiences from moms just like you. These aren’t books filled with theories or case studies. This comes from real life living.

For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:11

As an author who has contributed to this bundle, I can tell you first hand the goal of the authors — and that’s to offer you an excellent library of resources for an incredible deal. This bundle is only available once per year, and each year the resources included are different.

There is an incredible webinar included in this bundle that’s put out by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson, which, by itself is $17.99. It’s an awesome webinar on discipling and disciplining children.

Discipline and Discipleship

Keep an eye on my Facebook page today — I’ll be doing lots of flash sales on some of the eBooks in this bundle, that will only last about an hour. I will also be giving away the above webinar from Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson!

But the bundle includes much more, too!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come.

Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

SALE OVER

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

I’m confident you won’t find a more comprehensive set of homemaking resources anywhere — and certainly not at this price. Bought separately, they’d cost a total of $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses!). But you can have all of them for just $29.97!

Or, for just an extra $10, you not only get the full set of PDF files, but also a bonus set of Kindle editions, perfectly formatted for easy Kindle reading. This has been a popular request over the years and I’m excited to say it’s now available!

I believe it’s the best deal on homemaking eBooks anywhere on the web. But it will only be available for one more day. So grab yours before it’s gone!

Plus! You can Buy 2, Get 1 Free! Makes a great gift for Mother’s Day!

Buy 2 Get 1 Free

In this bundle, you will find 80+ eResources aimed to grow you in all aspects of homemaking, including:

  • Homemaking
  • Motherhood
  • Marriage
  • Food (recipes!)
  • Self-care
  • Faith (for you & for your kids)
  • Work-from-home & blogging
  • Pregnancy & babies
  • Health & wellness
  • Homeschooling
  • Holidays & special events
  • Financial stewardship

See the full list of 80+ eBooks, audio files, eCourses & printable packs included in the sale.

We’ve also included $200 of freebies from our 10 awesome partners!

In addition to all the amazing eResources, this bundle includes the best bonus offers it’s ever had, including:

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As well as five more incredible offers from:

These deals are worth over six times the price of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. So you’re up on the deal right away!

Learn more about the bonus offers.

SALE OVER

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

This huge wealth of information and guidance will be right there on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 23 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, April 28

What? 78 eBooks, 2 eCourses, 2 audio files, and 2 printable packs PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle here. SALE OVER

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth nearly $900, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Get ALL of these eBooks for 1 LOW Price! One Week Only!

Want to learn more? Read about what this amazing bundle offers—or just buy it now!

SALE OVER

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

Remember, this bundle is available for one last day–TODAY, until 11:59 p.m. (EST).

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Get the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle {6 Days Only}!

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Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 6 Days Only

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come.

Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase.

One thing I am passionate about here on Joyful Mothering is equipping moms — and it’s definitely a bonus when it comes at such an incredible deal. 

The income I make off all sales of this bundle will go to pay for the needs of our adoptive daughters from Africa. When they come home in the next couple of months, they will need everything: clothes, shoes, socks/underwear, blankets, toothbrushes, etc. So you purchasing this sweet deal not only gets you an awesome library of excellent information, but it also helps fund the needs of our girls when they get home, which is AWESOME! 

I can’t wait to see how God uses this sale — and oh yes, He can bless both seller and buyer. 

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

I’m confident you won’t find a more comprehensive set of homemaking resources anywhere — and certainly not at this price. Bought separately, they’d cost a total of $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses!). But you can have all of them for just $29.97!

Or, for just an extra $10, you not only get the full set of PDF files, but also a bonus set of Kindle editions, perfectly formatted for easy Kindle reading. This has been a popular request over the years and I’m excited to say it’s now available!

I believe it’s the best deal on homemaking eBooks anywhere on the web. But it will only be available for six days. So grab yours before it’s gone!

You get ALL THIS in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

This huge wealth of information and guidance will be right there on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 23 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, April 28

What? 78 eBooks, 2 eCourses, 2 audio files, and 2 printable packs PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle here.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth nearly $900, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Get ALL of these eBooks for 1 LOW Price! One Week Only!

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? ($698 value!)


 

What are the Ultimate Homemaking Bonus Offers? ($200+ value)

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In addition to all the amazing eResources, this bundle includes the best bonus offers it’s ever had. These deals are worth over six times the price of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. So you’re up on the deal right away!

  1. DaySpring—A FREE 10-pack of Premium Greeting Cards. ($20.00 Value. Standard shipping applies.)
  2. HopeInk—$15 HopeInk store credit to be used towards anything + a FREE 8×10 Art Print with order. ($39.00 Value. Standard shipping applies.)
  3. Redeeming Beauty Mineral Makeup—3 FREE eyeshadows of your choice from Redeeming Beauty. ($16.47 Value. Standard shipping applies – only ships to US and Canada.)
  4. Marie-Madeline Studio—A $15 store credit for anything in Marie-Madeline Studio’s online store. ($15.00 value. Standard shipping applies.)
  5. Once a Month Meals—A FREE One Month Pro Membership from Once a Month Meals. ($16.00 Value. No shipping required.)
  6. DizolveFREE 64-load pack of Dizolve Laundry Strips for you PLUS a Free 64-load pack of Dizolve Laundry Strips for food banks. ($25.98 value. Standard shipping [$3] applies. Only ships in the US.)
  7. TrilLight Health—Get a FREE 2 oz. bottle of a liquid health formula OR $15 store credit from Trilight Health. ($15.00 Value. Standard shipping rates apply.)
  8. ListPlanIt—Free 3-month membership OR 3 free ePlanners from ListPlanIt. ($15.00 value. No shipping required.)
  9. Bulk Herb Store—Instant download of the instructional video Making Herbs Simple Volume 2 for FREE from Bulk Herb Store. (up to a $15.00 Value. No shipping required.)
  10. Fit2B™ Studio—FREE 2-Month Online Fitness Membership at Fit2B™ Studio. (up to a $20.00 Value. No shipping required.)

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

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.

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

Get Organized With This Free Weekly Household Planner {Life Simplified}

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Susan from The Confident Mom is pretty great. And after moving, I cannot even think about creating a new household planner or chore chart. However, my house cannot afford to have no kind of plan either.

That’s why I am SO thankful for Susan’s FREE Weekly Household planner – it is super detailed for people like me, but there’s also a blank planner, so you can type your own information in.
2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

This planner is in PDF format and there is one sheet for every week of the year.

Susan also offers a wonderful supplement to this terrific planner.

From Susan’s site:

 

The Weekly Household Planner Supplement includes the following digital fill-in forms:

  • Master Family Planner.   Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner.  You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet.  Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form.  This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts.  Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form.  Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form—it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids.  An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me.  A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet. Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List.  Plan your meals for the week so you arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • NEW—Let’s Plan a Party Form.  An easy way to keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • NEW—Bible Bookmarks.  Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire bible in a year.

The Weekly Household Planner Supplement Kit is available for purchase for only $6. 

Use it with the FREE Weekly Household Planner and you have a productive task/organizational tool that will make your household run like a smooth-running machine.

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Get your FREE planner here.

How are you simplifying life this month? Link up any post below that is relevant to simplifying. 

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Preschool Curriculum by Rod and Staff {Giveaway}

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Preschool Curriculum by Rod and Staff

Milestone Books has provided me a free PreK ABC series in exchange for this honest review. 

Preschool is such a great stage in many ways. Young children are free to explore and learn from play. While I have come across overly complicated (and very expensive) preschool curriculums, I really love how Rod and Staff’s preschool curriculum sticks to the basics.

When my eldest, now 11, was at the end of her third year, I started her on this preschool series. She enjoyed it so much, she worked through the entire series in just 6 weeks! That’s not to say it was over simplified, but because she enjoyed it.

PreK Series

Now, my youngest who is three, is thoroughly enjoying that very same series.

PreK Curriculum

Features

The ABC Series focuses on teaching colors, shapes, coloring, cutting and pasting, stories, following directions, and neatness.

The feature that sticks out to me the most that I appreciate, is teaching the children to focus on doing their work neatly and carefully. It is too easy to forget to train our children to work carefully when they are preschoolers, because, well, they are preschoolers. But trying to undo habits later is a lot harder than simply teaching it right the first time.

Cutting - PreK Curriculum

Pasting - PreK Curriculum

Pasting 2 - PreK Series

The instructions also put an emphasis on proper pencil holding. Again, something easy to miss or overlook. Holding a pencil the proper way helps to control and form letters neatly and easily.

Pencil Grip in Preschoolers

In the grand scheme of complicated preschool curricula, the little things can tend to be overlooked, such as forming circles in the right direction (counterclockwise), so letters such as lowercase a, d, g, and q aren’t written backwards or with great challenge.

The pace of work can be left up to the parents. I tend to work with my son about 2-3 days a week, as he shows interest. So far, he has greatly enjoyed his lessons and usually asks me to do it.

I also love how affordable this series is.

Giveaway (Now Closed)

Congratulations to Jessica, commenter #276! She won the preschool series!

Milestone Books is giving one reader a complete set of the ABC Series. It designed for children ages 4-5 but can be modified for younger or older children, if needed.

Books in the series include:

  • Adventures with Books: Instill a love for reading early on. Teach your children to use their imagination and learn matching skills, cutting & pasting and following simple directions.
  • Counting with Numbers: Easy-to-follow directions and clear black-and-white pictures help your child focus on leaning early counting skills.
  • Do it Carefully: Help your child learn to follow basic directions by teaching them shapes, sounds, and matching skills. Practice word meanings, such as left/right and big/little.
  • Everywhere We Go: More colors, shapes and sounds. Learning initial consonant sounds.
  • Finding the Answers: Teach rhyming, carefulness and personal responsibility.

To Enter Giveaway: 

Simply leave a comment sharing your favorite thing about your preschool child/children.

Be sure to visit Milestone Books for this PreK series and more!

Giveaway ends Tuesday at 11:59pm EST.

U.S. Residents only please. Winner will be chosen and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 

Fort Magic {Giveaway!}

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Fort Magic Giveaway

This is a paid review. I was given Fort Magic free in exchange for my my honest review – and you have a chance to win the giveaway. Woot! {Keep reading!}

My children are always making forts somewhere in the house. Whether over the bunk beds or using the couch, this is a regular form of play for my children. Imagine their delight when I told them Fort Magic was going to be delivered to our doorstep!

Fort Magic Rocket Ship

My kids absolutely love Fort Magic and I was quite impressed by it myself!

Fort Magic Box

Fort Magic Submarine

Quality

It comes with lots of pieces – 382 to be exact. And they are high quality. They can take the pressure of children or adults working them into the connectors (which does prove to be a bit easier for adults than children to get them in all the way).

Fort Magic Contents

Fort Magic Supplies

It also comes with a very durable and convenient storage bag.

Fort Magic Storage Bag

Construction and Imaginative Play

My children impressed me by being able to build the forts they wanted all on their own. They followed the instructions offered in the book which accompanies the kit (and you can also view it on their website). Which really only consisted of a 3-dimensional picture of each fort and the pieces needed to build it.

Fort Magic Pirates

 

Fort Magic Castle

My children have enjoyed building their own creations that suit what they are learning in school as well.

Once we move into our new house (just a few short weeks!), they will build a fort suitable for sleeping in on a main floor bedroom. These creations make some pretty large forts! I was amazed at the size of them. We are looking forward to many more hours of building and play.

See what other moms are saying about Fort Magic.

Some Fort Magic Specifics:

The “Magic” of the Fort Magic kit is in the large number and variety of sticks and connectors.  It is this unique combination that allows kids to build any design they can think of with a single Fort Magic kit.

Every Fort Magic kit includes 382 Pieces:

•  165 Straight and Curved Sticks in seven different sizes!
•  87 Connector pieces in five varieties of shapes and sizes!
•  130 easy to use fabric and accessory Clips! Securely fasten sheets or fabric to ANY shape design your child invents!
•  A full color Instruction Manual with over 20 designs to build!
•  A high quality Storage Bag that securely holds all of the Fort Magic pieces – so clean up is quick and easy every time!
•  A 30-day Money Back Guarantee!
•  Fabric Covers Are Not Included.

You can purchase Fort Magic here.

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Breathe: 31 Moments With God {For Moms}

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Breathe 31 Moments with God

Finding Moments with God

As a mom, it is challenging to find some quiet time to just “be” with God. While I am constantly in conversation with Him throughout the day, I still really need that focused time with Him; something more in depth. He always refreshes me. I used to scoff at the idea of getting “just five (or ten) minutes” with God because I thought, “Well, that’s not enough! God deserves more of our time then a mere 10 minutes!”

But I’ve come to learn, ten minutes is better than nothing, and ten minutes several times throughout the day can really keep me refreshed and focused in my daily life. It’s not just about “getting in time with God”, it’s about meeting with Him because I need to. I can’t do anything apart from Him, and sometimes meeting with Him doesn’t need to be all about asking Him for something, but simply glorifying Him for who He is. Recognizing what He’s done for me, just in those day to day moments. Everyday graces. Everyday joy.

Devotion for Moms

Jaimie Bowman has created a lovely, focused devotional just for moms who need those minutes throughout the day to just focus on God. These are specifically tailored for moms and our unique situation as being mothers. We struggle with various challenges, such as balance, feeling overwhelmed, guilt, exhaustion and the list goes on.

Jaimie begins each devotion with a passage of Scripture she invites you to look up and read. It’s an illustration or example of some of the issues we may face as moms and how we can see our challenges in a new light.

Each devotion ends with a prayer and questions for reflection.

These are encouraging and helpful and I recommend them to any mom who needs a few moments to just breathe and reflect. Get your copy here. Right now it’s only $4.99. Read a sample day here.

Giveaway {Closed}

Winner: #28 Dawn – Congrat’s!

I’m giving away a physical copy of the book. Woot!

All you need to do is leave a comment telling me ways that you steal moments with God throughout the day. Winner will be drawn on Friday. Please be sure your email address is entered into the comment form so I have a way of contacting you if you win. 

U.S. Residents only.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.

iHomeschool Studio: Online Webinar!

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Attend a Homeschool Conference from Home

iHomeschool Studio: Online Webinar

I am so excited to share this opportunity with you!!

iHomeschool Network is putting on a homeschool conference—and you can join from the comfort and ease of your own home!! We’re calling it iHomeschool Studio.

iHomeschool Studio: Online Webinar

There are 24 live sessions, and you will receive the mp3s recordings so you can go back and listen again and again! There will also be door prizes, giveaways, and special discounts.

The 24 convenient online sessions will take place during the afternoons and evenings of Tuesday, February 11 through Friday, February 14, 2014.

Topics include:

Homeschooling a Child with Learning Challenges

Homeschooling Through High School

Organization for a Peaceful Home

Managing Intense Kids

Creativity Builds Character

Overcoming the Mommy Anger

Affording the Homeschool Life

+Many More!

This is such a unique opportunity for homeschool moms. The 24 sessions add up to 24 hours of invaluable information for homeschoolers.

Visit iHomeschool Studio to see more details on sessions and speakers, and reserve your spot today!

iHomeschool Studio: online webinar

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