Save 95% This Week! the Ultimate Homemaking Ebook Sale

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—Update: This sale has ended. Thanks everyone!—

This week is your opportunity to buy the ebooks you’ve heard about at a huge discount. I typically don’t do a lot of promotions, but this is one I could not resist.

We’re teaming up to combine 97 ebooks and courses into a package worth over $600, and we’re pricing it at 95% off!

If you’ve been wanting ebooks such as 31 Days to Clean, One Bite at a Time, Tell Your Time, The No-Brainer Wardrobe, or my ebook Simple Blogging, now is your chance! Get these and more for a total of 97 titles covering home, beauty, budget, kitchen, mothering, children, faith, and fitness.

You’ll also receive $140 of bonus offers.

This sale will only last a short time.

What is Included in the Sale?

When you purchase this Ultimate Homemaking eBook collection, you get instant access to download all 97 eBooks and eCourses listed below. In addition, you will receive $140 of free bonuses listed below.

This collection is only available from 9 a.m. EST on April 29th to 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4th. There will be no late sales offered.

Get ready to scroll, there are a lot of really good titles here:

Home {Cleaning, Organizing, Decor}

31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way by Sarah Mae ($4.99)

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh from Simple Mom ($5.00)

Organizing Life as Mom by Jessica from Life as Mom ($9.00)

Clean Enough: Simple Solutions for the Overwhelmed by Jenni from Live Called ($4.99)

Simple Living by Lorilee from Loving Simple Living ($2.99)

Pulling Yourself Together: Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks by Becky from Clean Mama ($10.00)

NOT a DIY Diva by Melissa from The Inspired Room ($3.99)

Handmade Walls by Jamin and Ashley from The Handmade Home ($9.95)

28 Days to Hope for your Home by Dana from A Slob Comes Clean ($5.00)

10 Steps to Organized Paper by Lisa Woodruff ($5.00)

Getting it Together: Your Guide to Setting Up a Home Management System that Works by Kayse Pratt ($3.99)

Easy Peasy Chores: An Easy-to-Use Chore System That Brings JOY Back Into Family Chores by Alina Joy from The Good Old Days Farm ($17.99)

Budgeting {Time & Finance}

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews ($2.99)

The Homemakers Guide to Creating the Perfect Schedule by Amy from Raising Arrows ($4.99)

Your Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne from Authentic Simplicity ($7.99)

Finding Financial Freedom by Kelly from Generation Cedar ($5.97)

Become a Frugalista in 30 Days by Susan from The Confident Mom ($3.99)

From Debtor to Better by Barry from the Debtor to Better blog ($10.00)

Beauty

The No-Brainer Wardrobe by Hayley from The Tiny Twig ($7.99)

Embracing Beauty by Trina Holden ($9.00)

Reuse, Refresh, Repurpose by Kristen from The Frugal Girl ($3.99)

Frumps to Pumps by Sarah Mae ($4.99)

The Cottage Mama’s DIY Guide by Kristy from Little Natural Cottage ($4.00)

Simple Scrubs to Make and Give by Stacy from A Delightful Home ($3.99)

Working from Home & Blogging

Simple Blogging: Less Computer Time, Better Blogging by Rachel from Small Notebook ($8.00)

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too by Mandi from Life Your Way ($12.00)

Your Blogging Business: Tax, Talk and Tips by Nikki from Christian Mommy Blogger ($4.99)

The Bootstrap VA by Lisa from The Home Life {and Me} ($12.99)

How to Grow Your Blog and Manage Your Home by Jacinda from Growing Home ($4.99)

Pregnancy & Baby Care

The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Rachel from The Minimalist Mom ($5.00)

First Bites by Hilary from Accidentally Green ($9.99)

Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert by Erin from The Humbled Homemaker ($9.95)

Stress-Free Baby Shower by Sara from Your Thriving Family ($4.00)

Unbound Birth by Jenny from The Southern Institute ($2.99)

My Pregnancy Journey by Mindy from Simply Designs ($9.99)

My Buttered Life Baby Edition by Renee from Made On Hard Lotion ($5.00)

Redeeming Childbirth: Growth & Study Guide by Angie from Redeeming Childbirth ($3.99)

Motherhood

That Works for Me! by Kristen from We are THAT Family ($8.00)

Mindset for Moms by Jamie from Steady Days ($4.99)

The Heart of Simplicity by various authors ($9.99)

Hula Hoop Girl by September from One September Day ($4.99)

True Christian Motherhood by June from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home ($7.00)

When Motherhood Feels Too Hard by Kelly from Generation Cedar ($4.97)

From Cube to Farm by Heather from the From Cube to Farm blog ($2.99)

4 Moms of 35+ Kids Answer Your Parenting Questions by various authors ($7.99)

Marriage & Romance

Rekindling Romance by Jason & Jami from A Biblical Marriage ($4.99)

Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene from Time-Warp Wife ($2.99)

31 Days to Build a Better Spouse by Ashley Pichea ($4.99)

31 Days to Great Sex by Sheila from To Love, Honor and Vacuum ($4.99)

Entangled: Recognize Your Emotional Affair by Amy J. Bennett ($4.99)

In the Kitchen {Recipes and Cooking}

Money Saving Mom’s Guide to Freezer Cooking by Crystal from Money Saving Mom ($3.99)

Crock On by Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents ($5.00)

Real Food, Real Easy by various bloggers at The Humbled Homemaker ($9.95)

Wholesome Mixes by Kristy from Little Natural Cottage ($4.00)

20-Minute Meals by Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace ($4.99)

Restocking the Pantry by Kresha from Nourishing Joy ($9.99)

Simply Summer by Kate from Modern Alternative Mama ($7.95)

Do the Funky Kitchen by Laura from Heavenly Homemakers ($4.95)

Real Food Kids: In the Kitchen plus 1 month access to select Real Food Kids eCourse videos by Wardeh from GNOWFGLINS and Jami from Eat Nourishing ($20.00)

Seasonal Menu Plans on a Budget: A Month of Meals from My Humble Kitchen to Yours by Diana from My Humble Kitchen ($4.99)

The Curative Kitchen by Susan from Handy Pantry ($20.00)

Just Making Ice Cream by Marillyn from Just Making Noise ($12.00)

Holidays & Special Events

Truth in the Tinsel by Amanda from Oh, Amanda! ($7.99)

Festive Traditions by Jill from Modern Alternative Kitchen ($7.95)

Holiday Mixes: Gifts in a Jar by Kristy from Little Natural Cottage ($4.00)

Flourishing Spring by Michele from Frugal Granola ($5.95)

Family Camping Handbook by Katie from Kitchen Stewardship ($6.95)

Plan a Fabulous Party by Mary from Giving Up on Perfect ($4.99)

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington($9.97)

Faith

Pursuit of the Proverbs 31 by Amy Bayliss ($3.99)

The Best of Visionary Womanhood by Natalie from Visionary Womanhood ($5.00)

God’s Word in my Heart: A Scripture Memory Learning Guide with Verses {all 4 versions} by Jenn from The Purposeful Mom ($3.99)

Kept: a 13-Week Inductive Study on 1 Peter by Lara and Katie from Quench Bible ($4.99)

Love Like Him: an 8 week Inductive Bible study on 1 Corinthians 13 by Lara and Katie from Quench Bible ($2.99)

Children’s Educational Resources

Balcony Girls (books 1 & 2) by Sandy the Reluctant Entertainer ($19.90)

Princess Training by Richele from Under the Golden Apple Tree ($3.99)

The Armor of God by Richele from Under the Golden Apple Tree ($2.50)

My Bedtime Learning Book by Richele from Under the Golden Apple Tree ($1.00)

Think Outside the Classroom by Kelly from Generation Cedar ($6.97)

Raising Rock Stars — Kindergarten Bundle by Carissa from 1plus1plus1equals1 ($10.00)

The ABC’s For Godly Boys Curriculum by Lindsey from Road to 31 ($8.00)

The ABC’s For Godly Girls Curriculum by Lindsey from Road to 31 ($8.00)

K4 Curriculum by Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler ($15.00)

Write Through the Bible (2 books: print and cursive) by Trisha from Intoxicated on Life ($5.00 each)

The Dig for Kids: Luke (Volumes 1 and 2) by Patrick, husband of Ruth from The Better Mom ($5.98)

Music: An Essential Ingredient for Life by Ryan from Resound School of Music ($6.99)

Health & Fitness

100-pound Loser by Jessica from Muthering Heights ($4.99)

Honoring the Rhythm of Rest by Danielle from Domestic Serenity ($2.99)

42 Days to Fit by Brandy from The Marathon Mom, Emma from Real Fit Moms and Stacy from A Delightful Home ($4.99)

Healthy Homemaking by Stephanie from Keeper of the Home ($12.95)

Personal ePlanner by Jennifer from ListPlanIt ($5.00)

Ecourses

Learning in Love: The Preschool Years by Renee from FIMBY ($7.99)

Homeschooling from the Heart by Renee from FIMBY ($7.99)

Grocery University by Carrie from Colorado Bargains ($24.95)

Vibrant Living Strategies for Moms by Lisa from Well-Grounded Life ($59)

You Can Do This! The First Five Steps to a Real Food Kitchen by Laura from Heavenly Homemakers ($5.00)

PLUS, You will receive FREE Bonuses from these companies…

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The fine print:

Terms for Bonus Offers

  • Each bonus offer can be redeemed once only per eBook Bundle purchase.
  • For each bonus offer, transaction numbers or proof of purchase may be required at the time of redemption.
  • All bonus offers are free gifts from the bonus sponsors, are their sole responsibility to provide, and are subject to availability.
  • All bonus offers expire at midnight on May 19th, 2013 (2 weeks from the last day of this sale).

General Terms

  • It is your responsibility to download and back-up your purchase within the 1-month download time-frame. With proof of purchase, we can renew download links up until August 1st, 2013. After this date we will no longer have access to the books and will not be able to provide any new links to download.
  • Due to the nature of this sale, there will be no refunds available. However, we would invite you to read the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the file types, the download process, how the bonus offers work, etc.

Really cool, right? I thought you would like it.

Please note: This collection is only available until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4th. There will be no late sales offered, so make sure that you get it right away!

To get help to read these ebooks on mobile devices (iPhones or iPads, Android, Kindle, etc.) learn more about the file types, how to download them correctly, and how to transfer them to your device.

This post includes affiliate links, and I receive a portion of each ebook bundle sale. Thanks! -Rachel

Classic Dishes: Fiestaware

Fiestaware

I had a friend in college who was very skilled at making her home look beautiful. Her apartment was decorated in garage-sale furniture like ours, but she took the extra step and slipcovered her old couch. She had an entire set of Martha Stewart Living magazines that she referred to like encyclopedias.

Our college living situations were temporary, and the extent of most of our decorating was to hang an Ansel Adams or Van Gogh poster print, but her apartment looked like home. When I opened up her kitchen cabinet and saw a stack of Fiesta plates, I was completely smitten.

After I graduated from college I used graduation money to buy my own set of Fiesta dishes. I bought six place settings in different colors so I could mix them up.

Of all my home furnishings, these dishes are what I have used the longest. Fourteen years later, we still use them daily, and they make me happy when I open my kitchen cabinet and see the cheerful colors.

Fiesta dishes

When someone asks what dishes I recommend, I always suggest Fiestaware. It’s also known as Fiesta Dinnerware, and it’s made in the USA by the Homer Laughlin company. Some people collect vintage Fiestaware, but new pieces are at department stores such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

The key, and this is very important, is to buy different colors. They are not supposed to be the same color. The only time I ever see Fiestaware on Craigslist is when someone bought all their dishes in the same color, and they redecorated and it doesn’t match, or they got tired of looking at the same color of blue.

With all these years of daily use (fourteen including six with the kids), we’ve never chipped a plate or bowl. The thick, rounded edges are very durable. A few teacups broke after being dropped on the tile, so they’re not indestructible, but I can confidently call them kid friendly.

An advantage is that the classic design hasn’t changed. I added two more place settings after my family grew. It’s easy to replace a plate that is missing or broken.

I didn’t register for china when I got married. I registered for inexpensive white dishes that can go with everything and look formal, so now I have eight place settings of Fiestaware and eight place settings of white dishes when I want a different look. When I have a lot of people over for a meal, I typically set the kids’ table with the Fiesta plates, and the grownups use the white dishes.

Are you a fan of Fiestaware too?

How to Plant a Tree

how to plant a tree

When we were house shopping, I wanted a house with trees in the yard. As we looked at our options, narrowed down our choices, and eventually compromised our house wish list, I realized I would need to plant my own trees.

Last spring we added three new trees in our front yard. We wanted to improve the landscaping, add shade to the west side of the house, and reduce how much we have to water the lawn. Wasting water is a big pet peeve of mine, so I’m not a fan of a lot of grass watering. We try to make decisions that will result in a low-maintenance yard over the long term.

My favorite local landscaping book Easy Gardens for North Central Texas says the best time of year to plant a tree is the fall because that gives the roots plenty of time to get established before the hot summer, but most plant nurseries have better selection in the spring. As long as you keep the roots watered, you can plant trees in the spring too.

Tips to give your new trees their best chance at success:

1. Don’t plant the tree too deep. You want the top of the root ball to be slightly higher than the ground, not covered in soil. Dig a hole that is three times the width of the root ball, but only so deep that one inch of the root ball is still above ground.

dig the dirt

2. Check the roots. If the tree is root bound in the container, meaning that the roots are growing in a circular shape around the root ball, loosen them up first.

3. Fill in and cover. As you fill the hole around the tree with dirt, add water so the soil settles and there won’t be any air bubbles. Cover the top of the root ball with mulch, but don’t let mulch or dirt pile up touching the tree trunk.

4. Fertilize in the spring. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring, but don’t fertilize if it’s fall or winter. You won’t need to add any amendments to the soil (even clay soil) since most tree and shrub roots outgrow it quickly.

5. Water is very important. Keep your trees watered while they are getting established for the first few months. Slow watering, such as using a soaker hose, is best so the water goes deep for healthier roots.

bald cypress tree leaves

We chose bald cypress which is a native tree that can survive on rain water (even in a Texas summer) and unimproved clay soil. The leaves are soft fronds, so we won’t have to rake them. I see them used frequently in street medians because they are low maintenance, and pretty too.


The trees were $50 each, the rental truck to drive them home was $20, and we bought some dirt, so our overall cost for three trees was less than $200.

Over time this might end up giving us the best return on investment for all of our house projects.

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.
The second best time is now.”

What is your favorite tree used for landscaping?