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My Homemaking Mentor Academy: Enrollment is Only Open until April 3

(Note: The links in this post are my affiliate links. If you need more info, check out my disclosure policy here.)

First of all, I just want to apologize for telling you all about this amazing academy so late in the game. Enrollment is only open through tomorrow, April 3. It’s been a crazy week, and I did not feel up to blogging. But, there is still a little time, so check it out.

My Homemaking Mentor is an online training academy designed for Christian women who want to craft a gospel-centered home. I am so excited about this academy. The courses offered are extremely practical and helpful. And better yet, you get LIFETIME access to all the courses included now and any added in the future. Plus, you will be part of an awesome community of like-minded women.

What is included in the academy?

15 full courses on homemaking
50+ practical videos
12 Titus 2 mentors to guide you through the academy
Printables & worksheets
Instant and lifetime access to the academy, including any future additions
The ability to listen and watch anytime, anywhere, on any device

You can also check out the link below for a more in depth look inside the academy.

What is the cost?

$99, which may seem high, but as I mentioned, you get lifetime access to all that is offered now, in addition to any future courses added, and I know that more will be added. They also offer 100% money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied, but I know this academy is amazing, so I doubt that gets used much.

Why do I need this?

Lets face it. Not all of us had great mentors, teachers or parents modeling for us what homemaking is all about. It’s not like it’s taught in schools. So where do you learn about what homemaking is, and not only homemaking, but biblical homemaking? There are many resources spread out all over, but this is a resource all in one place that you can keep coming back to again and again.

I have not personally gone through the academy yet, but I love what’s in the courses and know the importance of each subject matter. I have spent many hours researching these things for myself before the academy ever came to be.

In our budget right now, $99 is just not gonna work, so I completely get that. If you are a little tight on funds right now, Jami Balmet does offer a FREE e-course, which I highly recommend as well. It’s called Finding Joy in Your Home, Essential Habits for Christian Homemakers. This is also a great introduction to the types of courses you would find in the academy.

Again, I apologize for posting this so late, but I wanted to make sure you at least had an opportunity to check it out for yourself. If you do end up joining, please let me know. I would love to hear your feedback.

Happy Homemaking!

3 Silicone Kitchen Products I Love

I know Silicone baking mats and other such products have been around for a while and I just wasn’t sure about them. I am not quick to jump on most bandwagons. I like things to be tested by someone else before I will invest in the new and latest thing. But when I heard Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction rave about them when I heard her speak at a baking expo, I was sold. So I asked for some baking mats for Christmas and it was love at first use.

The links below are my affiliate links, but the opinions are all my own.

3 Silicone Kitchen Products I love:

Silicone Baking Mats

Now that I have them I have been wondering how I ever lived so long without them. Seriously, I love these baking mats! They are so versatile and make for some very easy cleanup. You just put them right on top of your cookie sheets and the cookies bake very nicely. It’s kind of like putting parchment paper down, only you don’t throw them away.

I love the fact that I have three different sizes too, though I mostly use the larger size. And I also love the fact that it shows different sized circles on it. It makes it easy to plop the cookie batter right in the circles so I don’t have to guess where I should place on the tray.

Did I mention they are also great for rolling out dough on because they have a naturally stickiness to them so it will stick to the countertop and not bunch up when you try to roll out a dough. They are so versatile and they keep everything from sticking to the bottom of your pans. Say goodbye to burned cookie bottoms and pan scraping and hello to silicone baking mats. Read more

Friday Favorites: Slugs & Bugs Revisited

I know I already shared the top 5 reasons why my family loves Slugs & Bugs music, but I have to share it again. They are in the middle of their kickstarter campaign and it ends March 28. They have a goal of $65,000 and are getting close. They already have $63,000 pledged.  Since I first wrote this post they reached their goal! However, you can still help them reach their stretch-goals, which are a few family devotionals and another silly songs album.

They have been working to create two more Sing the Bible cd’s. I cannot rave enough about their cd’s. Just yesterday Maddie was playing her “piano”, this toy xylophone, and singing God’s word which she has learned through Slugs and Bugs.

These moments melt my heart. You can listen to some of the Sing the Bible Vol . 2 here.

I also love how kickstarter works because it’s really not just like fundraising. It’s almost like pre-ordering your merchandise. There are so many perks to sponsoring them, and they just added new benefits for the $35 and $60 levels. You can check it out here.

Did I mention how much fun their silly songs are too. Even those albums have a great balance of being fun for kids and speaking God’s truth too. You can check out some of those songs here.

All in all, if you are looking for some great music for your kids to listen to that won’t drive you up a wall after the 100th time of hearing the same song, then look no further.

*Some of the links above are my affiliate links, but the opinions are completely my own.

Where Can I Find Something Good for My Kids to Watch? Try JellyTelly!

In this day and age screen time is just a fact of life, but it is so hard to find content suitable for little eyes. And even though there are some shows on broadcast tv or cable that are pretty good, the commercials can be really annoying or worse. I really want to have control over what my little ones are watching as long as I possibly can.

And that’s why I decided to go ahead and give JellyTelly a try.  JellyTelly was created by Phil Vischer (original creator of VeggieTales). They have a lot of FREE content on their blog, which is amazing, and you should subscribe to. That’s where we started.

I fell in love with their 5 minute Family Devotionals and signed up to receive them daily in my email.
My 2 year old daughter loved sitting with me as we would watch a short video and discuss the story. I love the crafts and coloring pages that they provide as well. We had a lot of fun cutting out the characters and re-playing the entire story again. And, as I mentioned, that is all FREE.
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Top 5 Reasons Our Family Loves Slugs & Bugs Music

I love Slugs & Bugs! No, not the creepy crawly kind. I really can’t stand that kind. I’m talking about the kids music. I say kids music because that’s really who it’s intended for, but, not so secretly, I really love it too. Slugs & Bugs is the music brand started by Randall Goodgame and Andrew Peterson in an effort to create fun, quality music the whole family can enjoy. You can read more about their story here.

Here are the top 5 reasons why our family loves Slugs & Bugs music:

1. Slugs & Bugs LIVE

We recently saw them in concert at our church and it really helped enhance my kids love for Slugs & Bugs. It was exciting for Maddie to get to meet Mr. Randall Goodgame and thank him for the fun time. I was excited to get to meet him and thank him for his ministry and heart for kids and God’s word. The concert itself was full of action and interaction and videos. It held Maddie’s attention the entire time and even when it was getting close to bed time, she was still enthralled. She came home wanting to do all the actions for the songs, and we still do, at least the ones I can still remember.

2. It’s silly, fun and smart

The silly songs are intelligent, well-written and so much fun. I mean, everybody loves “The Camel Song”, right? And I can’t lie and say that the “Mexican Rhapsody” has not randomly popped into my head. Pico de gallo anyone? Oh, and my kids like them too. My almost three-year-old, Maddie will randomly burst out into “Tractor, Tractor”, or the “Bears” song. And after the concert she also randomly asks, “Have you looked under there?” (Check out the “Under Where?” song if you want to know why) Read more

First Encounter with Markers a Success

mr sketch2I received a free sample of Mr. Sketch Washable Markers via Mr. Sketch and Crowdtap. I remember using the Mr. Sketch markers when I was in grade school and how I loved the smells then. Smelling these markers sure brought me back.

Maddie is just about two and we hadn’t tried any markers yet. Mainly because I did not own any other than permanent, and even though I’ve made plenty of mis-judgements as a mom, even I know enough not to place a permanent marker in the hands of a toddler. Recipe for disaster! Read more

My Favorite Podcasts 

podcastsallI became a fan of the podcast many years ago, when I had a job where I was on the road a lot. It was great for passing the time. I still remember our makeshift setup. My teammate and I had a company van without an aux jack, so we bought a cheap set of speakers and with the help of some duct tape we made it work.  We plugged the iPod into the speakers, which were rigged with duct tape to a spot near the dash when in use. It was rough, but functional. Ah, the good old days.

Now I am in the home, not on the road, but I still like my podcasts. At the moment, breastfeeding gives me the perfect opportunity for listening. Often I am up in the night several times and it helps me take my mind off the fact that I would rather be sleeping. Also they sometimes help me fall back asleep as well. I also love that you can listen to them while you are doing other things, like cleaning, dishes, laundry, etc. I can’t do that at the moment, because my little ones won’t allow it, but maybe you can, and one day I can too.

All that being said, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite ones to listen to. I know there are so many more good ones out there too, but these are my favorites right now, in no particular order. Read more

Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza Review

imageWe have deemed Friday night our new frozen pizza night. By the end of the week, I am drained and cooking is the last thing on my mind. So it’s wonderful to have some frozen pizzas on hand to just pop in the oven. Needless to say, I was super excited when I was chosen to receive a coupon for a free higher-end frozen pizza from BzzAgent and #ScreaminSicilian. I think I may have seen this brand in the store, but never really paid it any attention.

I got my coupon and then headed to the store to check it out. I was a little disappointed with the variety offered at Meijer. They only had two kinds, and neither was the one I had really wanted to try. I ended up getting the Supreme one.image

We tried it out a few weeks ago and it was yummy! It didn’t make us scream, but I did enjoy every bite! If it went on sale, I would definitely purchase again. Thankfully, it did go on sale at Jewel so I picked up a few more. They had many more varieties at Jewel so I chose a few different ones to try out in the future.

Last night we ate the Mambo Italiano, which had meatballs on it. This was the one I really wanted to try. I love meatballs and pizza and it sounded like a great combo to try together. It was just ok. Didn’t knock my socks off. It was still good pizza, but I guess I just had higher expectations.image

The one thing I didn’t like about both pizzas is that the toppings didn’t seem very evenly distributed and had to be hand spread out some before I put in the oven. Not a huge deal, but something that I noticed.

Overall, a good frozen pizza, which is very filing. However, most places sell it regular price for $7, which I think is very high for frozen pizza. So I would say, if it goes on sale, stock up. Otherwise, see what else you can find.

These Shortbread Cookies are Addictive!

File Oct 06, 7 58 13 PMLand O’Lakes has a new product out which is a European Butter. I had no idea what that was, or that it even existed, but apparently there are lots of versions out there in the stores. Who knew? I guess I just don’t pay attention to everything, unless I need to buy it. Meijer didn’t carry this brand, so I used my free coupon from BzzAgent at Wal-mart.

So, what is European Butter? It has a higher fat content, with 82% milk fat and fresh sweet cream.

My coupon came with some recipes you could try, and while many looked good my eyes immediately settled on the Gooey Butter Shortbread. I love shortbread cookies and figured this was the perfect time to try this new recipe, all in the name of research, right?image

They were so good! Seriously, addictive! I am not sure if I make them again with regular butter if they will turn out as well or not. I may try. But as is, they were ‘one is not enough’ good. Ok, maybe even ‘two is not enough’ good. Did I mention how addictive they were?image

I would love to try out some of the other recipes as well, but the box of butter only has two sticks. Not enough for more than one recipe. And it’s kind of expensive compared to regular butter. So it definitely will not make it on my list very frequently, if at all. But, if you have a little extra wiggle room in your budget or just want a special treat, I’d say go for it.image

Once I try them with regular butter I will let you know how they turn out. It may be a while, but then again, they were so good, that maybe it will be sooner rather than later!

Baking Soda is so Versatile

imageI received a free box of Arm&Hammer Baking Soda via Smiley360, along with a little booklet detailing a variety of ways it could be used. I already use it in my refrigerator and in cooking, but there is so much this inexpensive little product can do.

The first way I used it was in the bottom of my dishwasher to ward off smells when it’s starting to fill up, but not quite ready to be run yet. This worked great! I will definitely do that more.image

The second way I used it was for an art project with my daughter. We made “paint”. It was so easy and she loved it. Plus, all the ingredients were edible, so I didn’t have to worry when she stuck her thumb in her mouth. I’m sure it didn’t taste all that great, but at least it didn’t harm her. And clean up was super quick in the bathtub. Everything washed right off with no problem. I think we’ll do this again and make multiple colors to try next time.imageimage

There are so many uses. You can check them all out for yourself by visiting the Arm & Hammer website. Thanks Smiley360, for this fun free sample.