1 Day Giveaway!! Win the Weekly Homeschool Planner and a $10 Amazon Gift Card (3 Winners!)

Planner and Amazon card giveaway

Flash giveaway!! I’m giving away THREE copies of the Weekly Homeschoool Weekly Homeschool Planner​ along with a $10 Amazon gift card to each winner! Both the planner and Amazon are two of my favorite things – and I’d love to share them both with you!

The Weekly Homeschool Planner is a fully editable pdf planner that you can use year after year – and who doesn’t like reusable!

I’d love your help in spreading the word about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (because the sale ends TOMORROW). I’ve already had several emails from people telling me they didn’t realize it was so close to being over and are so thankful they didn’t miss it!

Are you willing to help out and maybe win something in the process?

You can enter up to SEVEN times – just check out the entry options below and leave a comment for each one of your entries. Giveaway ends Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10pm.

Entry 1: Leave a comment below telling me the one are that you struggle most with as a homeschool mom – it can be housework or homeschool related.

Entry 2: Click here and SHARE the post Meal Planning Made Easy: My Two Favorite Meal Planning Tools with your friends.

Entry 3: Click here and SHARE this post about the Homemaking Bundle on Facebook with your friends.

Entry 4: Click here and SHARE this post about the Natural Remedies ecourse on Facebook with your friends.

Entry 5:  Repin this pin on Pinterest about the Kindle Fire Giveaway (and if you haven’t entered yet – do that here).

Entry 6: Repin this pin on Pinterest about Meal Planning Made Easy & My Two Favorite Meal Planning Tools.

Entry 7: Repin this pin on Pinterest about Practical Homemaking Hope for the Tired Homeschool Mom.

You can do all seven things if you’d like — and enter up to seven times!  Leave a separate comment for each entry option if you choose to do multiple entries and each comment will count as an entry. I’ll choose a winner Tuesday morning and get the prizes sent out right away!

Thanks so much for helping spread the word about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle with me!


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Giveaway: Win a Kindle Fire for All Your Ebooks!


Ebooks are a weakness of mine and my Kindle is loaded with them.  There’s a catch though – I don’t like to spend a lot of money on eBooks, but give me a good discount and I’m all in!

Now I haven’t read every single book that I’ve purchased (yet), but there are many stored on my computer for future reference and reading. When I’m in need of something to read, I love that I can flip through my ebooks until I find something that catches my eye and just start! There have been so many authors and subjects that I might not have given a second glance, but quickly became new favorites because I picked them up at a discount.

The 2015 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is full of books like that – but even better! In addition to 76 ebooks, it includes ecourses, pdf downloads, online conferences, and gifts valued at $1,290. In case you were wondering, That breaks down to 30 cents per book… a huge discount! (And yes, everything is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.)

AND – because I believe so much in what the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle as to offer, I want to bless one of YOU with your own Kindle Fire to store all of the goodies that come in the bundle. Or you can use it for homeschooling. Whatever the final use – it is yours to enjoy!

A Peek at What’s Inside the Homemaking Bundle

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This is my second year as a contributing author to the bundle. I am thrilled that one of my printable packs, the Pocket Chart Bundle, is included as a part of this special sale. In additional to several homeschool resources, here are the topics you’ll see inside:

Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
Finances… build a budget that works
Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new ones
Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
Marriage… heat up your marriage
Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies, and
Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses. There are some fabulous resources from bloggers like 1+1+1=1, Money Saving Mom, Keeper of the Home, Homeschool Creations, $5 Dinners, The Better Mom, We Are That Family, and more! From housekeeping, mothering, cooking, to homeschooling – there is a little something in each category that will help you out!

I am in love! It has so much stuff that I didn’t know where to start. I started at the top of the list and plan on working my way through each eBook! I immediately enrolled in my eCourses while it was fresh on my mind. I am so excited!                                                    

                                                                                                 ~ ALICIA W.

There is a catch though – the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27, 2015.



Free Yearly Planner and $15 Coupon for the Weekly Homeschool Planner

Bundle offers from Homeschool Creations

As an added bonus, if you purchase your bundle through Homeschool Creations, you’ll get a FREE copy of my Yearly Personal Planner as well as a discount code for $15 off the Weekly Homeschool Planner (a 75% savings!).  Purchase through THIS LINK and then email me a copy of your receipt  – and I will send you your freebie and coupon code!

Win a Kindle Fire!

Win a Kindle Fire from Homeschool Creations

One of the best purchases we made for our homeschool was a Kindle Fire. In addition to being stocked with great ebooks, we also have several of the kids textbooks loaded, freeing up the laptop for other projects. Because we love it so much, I want to bless one of YOU with a brand new Kindle Fire HD 7!

Want to win? All you have to do is follow the instructions in the widget below. There are multiple ways to enter, but you can earn 5 entries if you purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my affiliate link, so even if you already bought it – enter! :)

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p.s. Feel free to share this giveaway and post with your friends too!

Your Purchase is 100% Guaranteed

You can buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 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, you’ll get your money back in full!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle. Don’t forget – this bundle is only available until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Disclosure: As a contributing author (since my printables Pocket Chart Calendar Bundle is included in the bundle), our family benefits from each purchase that goes through Homeschool Creations. We value your support – thank you! We pray this bundle and bonuses are a blessing to your family as they are to ours!

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Our Favorite Homeschool Writing Curriculum

There was a time period several years ago where both of our girls hated writing. All the joy, fun, and creativity had been sucked out of that subject thanks to me and the belief that writing could only be done one way (thank.you.very.much) and there was no wiggle room allowed.

(I was desperately wrong, in case you were wondering).

Many of us get caught up in the ‘right way’ to teach something (or maybe that’s just me), and in the process we often forget that learning should be fun and something our kids desire to do. When the creativity literally shrivel up in our girls, it was a moment when I realized we needed to stop and bring the life back into a subject that was dry, dry, dry – and make it fun!

WriteShop Levels

We picked up a set of holiday StoryBuilder cards from WriteShop before one Christmas break and suddenly, based on three little prompts, the writing floodgates opened and stories began to pour out of our girls. Notebooks were filled (and are still going) in just a short timeframe. The love for writing returned.

Ironically, we already had one level of WriteShop on our shelf, but I had put it aside for something else (hello, shiny). We pulled that book back off the shelf, ordered additional levels, and haven’t looked back since! WriteShop has become the writing program of choice for our kids and one that I wholeheartedly recommend to other families.

WriteShop Has Provided a Solid Writing Base


This year, Laurianna (8th grade) has been taking a high school literature class that has required a lot of detailed writing assignments. I’ll admit that at first I was nervous – would she be able to handle the requirements? She completed both WriteShop I and WriteShop II her sixth and seventh grade years – and you all, she has been SO prepared! The foundation that those two years gave her will last her well beyond her high school years! I really cannot begin to explain how pleased I am with the detailed lessons and teaching guides!

Really truly, the one thing that I keep repeating to my high school lit class – being able to write a solid paper is one of the most important things in education. Choosing words carefully, writing a persuasive argument, proper spelling – writing is a part of almost every facet of our lives! A few words written poorly can make all the difference, and I want our kids to have a strong writing background, which I know they will thanks to WriteShop.

I’ll also admit that the teacher’s guides in the WriteShop 1 and WriteShop 2 levels have greatly spoiled me. The grading rubrics and instructions are very clear – such a huge help to a busy homeschool mom!

See WriteShop in Person (and Hear Kim Speak)

Personally, I’m a hands-on girl. I like to flip through a book in person and get a feel for a program before I purchase it. If that’s you, be sure to check out the convention locations where WriteShop will be in attendance this year. I’m especially excited to see them at the Home Educators of Virginia conference where Kim Kautzer of WriteShop is a featured speaker. She will be presenting the following workshops (I know I’ll be sitting in on one of these!):

  • Writing Skills: More Important Than Ever
  • Writing Games for All Ages
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Help! How Do I Grade My Kids’ Writing?
  • Don’t Wait Till It’s Too Late
  • Growing Your Child’s Writing Vocabulary

Find Out More


I would encourage you to learn more about the WriteShop programs – from elementary through high school, there are mini-lessons, story prompts, word prompts, and programs to encourage and help even the most reluctant writers! Here are a few reviews that’s I’ve written in the past:

Win a Level of WriteShop for Your Family

WriteShop giveaway from Homeschool Creations

WriteShop has generously offered one of my readers a writing program level of their choice: Primary, Junior, or WriteShop 1 or WriteShop 2.  To enter this giveaway, simply follow the instructions in the widget below to enter – and please feel free to share with your friends!

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Note: This post is not sponsored in any way by WriteShop, although they are providing a copy of their product for the giveaway.

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Book Giveaway: Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson

Own Your Life Book

A book that has meant so much to me and has touched my heart on so many levels is Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson. I mentioned earlier this month that it should be the first book you read this year. And I mean that.

It will challenge, encourage, and push you to be more of the woman that God created you to be. Sally shares what it means to live your life in a meaningful way, follow God in all you do, and gives practical guidance to build a life that is intentional.

Win a Copy of Own Your Life

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Sound like this is  something you need right now? I would LOVE to give one of you a copy of Own Your Life and also include a boxful of other great books from authors like Jen Hatmaker, Mary DeMuth, Crystal Paine, and Priscilla Shirer! (see note below)

If you’d like to enter to win this stash of books, just follow the directions in the widget below.

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Note: Own Your Life is a brand-new copy. All other books are in gently-used, loved condition. Some are duplicate copies, and a few may have one or two dog-eared pages or a few underlined passages. This giveaway is not sponsored by anyone, but is a book that I am personally providing to a reader.

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Helping a Child Who Chews – Chewigem Sensory Jewelry

Do you have a sensory child at home that chews on things all the time? For children with sensory issues, chewing can be one area that helps them process what is going on around them. For one of our children, chewing has become enough of an issue (clothes, pencils, LEGOs), that we were looking for something safe he could have available to chew on. For us, Chewigem was a much needed help.

Chewigem Sensory Necklaces

Chewigem USA is a family run business that creates oral sensory jewelry for children – both boys and girls. Their products are designed to look more like fun jewelry, so they are more discreet.

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Products range from pendants (both discs and raindrops), dog tags, bracelets, and bangles and come in a huge variety of colors. The pieces are made from a non-toxic silicone, so they are completely safe for your kids to chew on. The clasps on the jewelry are all ‘breakaway,’ making them even safer for your family. Their pendants and bracelets can also be put in the dishwasher for cleaning (just not the cords) or washed in soapy water.

Our kids received several of the Chewigem pendants and dogtags based on what they typically chew on and how active they chew. For two of our kids (the ones that needed it the most), their necklaces have been such a help. Rather than putting a sweatshirt cord, pencil/pen, or LEGO in their mouth, the Chewigem pendants offered them a great alternative. Because of the colors and styles, they didn’t mind wearing them around the house or in public at times either (we tried to keep them at home, because I didn’t want to lose them!).

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The Chewigem dogtags were my personal favorite – not too heavy, but perfect for Kaleb, our kiddo with more sensory issues. In a typical school day I am constantly trying to redirect his chewing (usually LEGOs or his sleeves), and it has become a big issue in our school day. There have been holes in clothing and a near choking once (that wasn’t a good day). In the past he has needed constant redirection and then just a few seconds later is back to chewing or mouthing something.

Now Kaleb hangs his dog tags by his desk and puts them on almost every morning when we start school,  especially when he feels the need to chew on something. Chewigem pendants are one thing that I don’t worry about him choking on and don’t mind him chewing!

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Our other two use them from time to time, and I would much rather have them fidgeting with their Chewigem pendant than a pencil or other item. Zachary wears his while reading – helping so much keeping him on track and focused, as well as keeping the fidgeting down (win, win for me!).


Chewigem USA is a company that I definitely recommend you check out if your family has a child that chews. We have been very pleased with the products we received, and their prices range from $14.95 to $19.95 (definitely worth saving a shirt and a few pencils!). Customer service is very helpful as well and will help you find the right pendant for your child if you need any help. Be sure to visit their  FAQ page for more information. Use code gem10 and save 10 through 4-30-15.

Win a Pendant of Your Choice from Chewigem

Chewigem is giving one reader a pendant! To enter, just follow the directions in the widget below. Giveaway is open to US residents through Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at midnight.

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Note: Chewigem USA is a sponsor of this site and I received sample product for review purposes. This review is my honest opinion and all thoughts are our own.

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