Just a Quick FYI: The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is Now Available for 6 Days Only!

 UPDATE: Get the Type-B Homeschool Planner PDF for FREE (Valued at $9.99) when you purchase the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle through SarahMae.com! Get it before the sale ends Monday! Just email sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com with your receipt!

I don’t have any books in the bundle this go-round, but I wanted to let you know about the sale just in case any of you could benefit from the resources.

If you’re looking for information on getting healthy, eating well, meal budgeting and planning in healthy ways for your family, you might be interested in this 73 eBook, 7 audio & eCourse bundle.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

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

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, 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 $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Click here for more info or to buy now.

There is a 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’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

What exactly is included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories below, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

  • Can I Get A Pickle Without Yellow 5, Please? by Sarah Nichols, M.Ed @ Simple Life Abundant Life ($3.99)
  • DIY Natural Remedies by Nina Nelson @ Shalom Mama ($12.95)
  • Essentials of Essential Oils: How to Use Essential Oils for Beginners by Rachel Ramey @ Titus 2 Homemaker ($2.99)
  • Herbal Preparations and Applications by Natalie B. Vickery @ The Family Herbalist ($9.99)
  • Repelled by Hilary Kimes Bernstein @ Accidentally Green ($1.99)
  • The Eczema Cure by Emily Bartlett @ Holistic Squid ($29.95)
  • The Nourished Metabolism by Elizabeth Walling @ The Nourished Life ($30.00)
  • The Postpartum Herbal Guide by Laura Schuerwegen @ Authentic Parenting ($3.99)
  • Traditional Remedies for Modern Families by Sarah Pope @ The Healthy Home Economist ($9.99)

Audio Courses & eCourses

  • 5×5 Fitness Challenge from Fit2B by Beth Learn @ Fit2B studio ($10.00)
  • Essential Oils & Natural Health by Jessie Hawkins @ Vintage Remedies ($95.00)
  • Grocery Savings Made Simple: A Real Mom’s Guide by Shannon Brown @ Growing Slower ($37.00)
  • Let’s Do This! Getting Ahead in Your Real Food Kitchen by Laura Coppinger @ Heavenly Homemakers ($5.00)
  • Making Herbs Simple: Volume 1 and Volume 2 Video Downloads by Shoshanna Easling @ Bulk Herb Store Blog ($14.95 each)
  • MamaBaby Birthing by Kristen Burgess @ Natural Birth and Baby Care.com ($97.00)
  • Real Food Cleansing Guide eBook & Webinar by Lisa Grace Byrne, MPH @ WellGrounded Life ($29.00)

Fitness

  • 42 Days to Fit by Brandy Ferguson, Emma Swanston, and Stacy Karen @ 42 Days to Fit ($4.99)
  • Belly Lovin’: What You Can Do About Your Diastasis Recti by Danielle N. Baethge @ It’s a Love/Love Thing ($5.00)
  • Get Up & Go! Fun Ideas for Getting Fit as a Family by Jennifer Flanders @ Loving Life at Home ($9.95)

Gardening & Homesteading

  • Natural Homestead by Jill Winger @ The Prairie Homestead ($24.95)
  • Oh Lardy’s Guide To Keeping Backyard Chickens by Kelly Liston and Tamara Mannelly @ Oh Lardy! ($9.99)
  • The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski @ learningandyearning ($18.00)
  • The Gardening Notebook by Angi Schneider @ SchneiderPeeps ($9.95)
  • The Healthy Chicken Cookbook by Lisa Steele @ Fresh Eggs Daily ($6.99)
  • The Urban Chicken by Heather Harris @ The Homesteading Hippy ($3.99)

Green Cleaning

  • All Natural Living: 75 Non-Toxic Recipes for Home & Beauty by Robin Konie @ Thank Your Body ($2.99)
  • A Simply Homemade Clean by Lisa Barthuly @ His Homestead Originals ($12.95)
  • Clean & Simple: 7 Inexpensive Ingredients, 12 Green Cleaning Recipes That Work by Stephanie Langford @ Keeper of the Home ($2.99)
  • DIY Natural Household Cleaners by Matt and Betsy Jabs @ DIY Natural ($9.99)
  • The Super Simple Guide to Decluttering and Deep Cleaning by Sandy Kreps @ Modern*Simplicity ($2.99)

Healthy Children

  • A Practical Guide to Children’s Health by Kate Tietje @ Modern Alternative Mama ($17.95)
  • Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert by Erin Odom @ The Humbled Homemaker ($12.50)
  • Crash Course in Natural Parenting by Karli Von Herbulis @ Feed Me Mama ($4.99)
  • First Bites and Beyond by Kristen Burgess @ Natural Birth and Baby Care.com ($30.00)
  • Kids Eat Real Food: How to Raise Kids Who LOVE Real Food by Vanessa Pruitt @ Natural Family Today ($16.99)
  • The Happy Housewife’s Guide to Dealing with Picky Eaters by Toni Anderson @ The Happy Housewife

Meal Budgeting & Planning

  • 7 Day Real Food Challenge: Winter Menu by Roxanne King @ The Holistic Mama ($19.00)
  • 22 Days to a Fresh Start by Tiffany @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs ($1.99)
  • How to Become a Better Home Cook by Lindsay Moe @ The Live-In Kitchen ($7.00)
  • Making Organic Food Affordable: A Step-by-Step Approach for Lowering Your Costs by 50% or More by Tara Wagner @ Sustainable Baby Steps ($18.00)
  • Meal Planning Made Easy by Kelly Smith @ The Nourishing Home ($7.95)
  • Meals ePlanner by Jennifer Tankersley @ ListPlanIt ($5.00)
  • Money Saving Mom’s Guide to Freezer Cooking by Crystal Paine @ Money Saving Mom® ($2.99)
  • Recipe Binder Printables by Laura Smith @ IHeartPlanners ($10.00)

Natural Beauty & Skincare

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Hair Care by Becky Marie @ For This Season ($4.99)
  • DIY Face Masks and Scrubs: Natural & Nourishing Homemade Skin Care by Stacy Karen @ A Delightful Home ($5.99)
  • Easy Beauty Recipes by Kelly McNelis @ New Leaf Wellness ($5.99)
  • My Buttered Life: Gift Giving Edition by Renee Harris @ MadeOn Skin Care ($5.00)
  • Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Soap Basics & Recipes by Jan Berry @ The Nerdy Farm Wife ($9.99)

Real Food Recipes

  • 42 Simple & Healthy Dinners by Brandy Ferguson, Emma Swanston, and Stacy Karen @ 42 Days to Fit ($4.99)
  • Crazy for Kale: Glow from the Inside Out with 40 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Hallie Klecker @ Daily Bites ($5.99)
  • Easy. Homemade. (2nd Edition) by Mandi Ehman @ Life Your Way ($5.99)
  • Everyday Nourishing Food by Kimi Harris @ The Nourishing Gourmet ($4.99)
  • From Scratch: Easy Recipes for Traditionally Prepared Whole-Food Dishes by Shaye Elliott @ The Elliott Homestead ($9.99)
  • Real Food Recipes for Weight Loss by Jami Boys @ An Oregon Cottage ($2.99)
  • Simple. Healthy. Tasty. – Breakfast by Tammie Nelson @ Simple. Healthy. Tasty. ($6.95)
  • Smoothie Secrets Revealed: A Guide to Enhance Your Health by Elyse Wagner @ My Kitchen Shrink ($19.99)
  • The 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge eGuide by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner @ Simple Green Smoothies ($15.00)
  • The Everything Beans Book by Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship ($8.95)
  • The Granola Book by AlinaJoy Dubois @ Good Old Days Farm ($7.99)
  • Whole Foods for the Everyday Cook: Over 100 Natural Recipes for Everyday Cooking by Christy Greer @ Whole Foods on a Budget and Jessica Aveni @ Natural Health and Prevention ($6.99)
  • Will Forage For Soup: Gourmet Soup From Wild Greens by Amanda Rose, Ph.D. and Jeanie Rose @ Fresh Bites Daily ($6.97)

Seasonal

  • Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Daniel and Haley Stewart @ Carrots for Michaelmas ($7.99)
  • Healthy Thanksgiving 101: A Grain-Free Meal Plan by Dr. Meghan Birt @ Just Enjoy Food ($8.99)
  • Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday: 10 Naturally Sweetened Holiday Cookie Recipes by Diana Bauman @ My Humble Kitchen ($4.99)
  • Real Food and Health Magazine: November/December 2013 by Heather Lionelle @ Real Food and Health ($4.99)
  • Simply Salads by Season by Kristen Michaelis @ Food Renegade ($17.95)

Special Diets

  • 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals by Erin Chase @ $5 Dinners ($1.99)
  • Allergy-Free Cooking by Wardeh Harmon @ GNOWFGLINS ($20.00)
  • Allergy Friendly Comfort Food: 40 Delicious Recipes Made Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Soy by Kelly Roenicke @ The Pretty Bee ($3.99)
  • Beyond Broth: Nourishing Homemade Paleo Soups by Dr. Jill Tieman @ Real Food Forager ($9.95)
  • Gluten Free 30 Day Meal Plan by Amy Roskelley @ Super Healthy Kids ($9.99)
  • Gluten Free & Grain Free Breads, Batters and Doughs by Halle Cottis @ Whole Lifestyle Nutrition ($24.95)
  • Grain-Free Goodies: Favorite Grain-Free & Sugar-Free Recipes From Our Kitchen to Yours by Trisha Gilkerson @ Intoxicated on Life ($4.95)
  • Grain Free Grab-n-Go: Recipes for Portable Meals on the Go! by Hayley Barisa Ryczek @ Health Starts in the Kitchen ($9.97)
  • Grain-Free Meal Plans Freezer Cooking Guide by Cara Comini @ Health, Home, & Happiness ($18.00)
  • Keeping it Real: Gluten Free Recipes the Whole Family Will Love by Jessica Espinoza @ Delicious Obsessions ($6.99)
  • The Breakfast Bread Bible by Raia Todd @ Raia’s Recipes ($2.99)
  • The Nourished Kitchen Guide to Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Baking, Sweets and Treats by Jennifer McGruther @ Nourished Kitchen ($27.00)
  • Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat by Melissa Joulwan @ The Clothes Make The Girl ($9.95)

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Enjoy!

Love, SM

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Five Keys to Success for a Type-B Homeschooling Mom

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I was done.

I thought, “Why am I homeschooling?! I am no good at it, I’m undisciplined, and I’m not one of those crafty, awesome, Type-A moms. Maybe I should just put my kids in school.”

Done, I tell you. I had had it, and I had decided that I was not fit to be my kids teacher. I wasn’t made for it. I should be doing something else with my time.

So why did I feel so crummy about letting go of homeschooling? I decided to call a dear friend who would understand, a friend who had homeschooled her children, then put her daughter in school, then took her out again.

I dialed. She answered. “I don’t know what to do. I’m not sure I should still be homeschooling. Help?” 

Read the rest of this article over at Money Saving Mom. There is also a discount and a giveaway!

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School Accessories Giveaway, 10 Winners!

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Love it. 

I love the smell of notebooks and pencils and binders and books. I love that every year for the first day of school the kiddos and I go out to breakfast, go shopping for one new school outfit each, head to the park to feed the ducks, make “About Me” books, and then take school pictures in our new outfits. Such fun!

We also have a little tradition of walking to the school bus with the neighborhood kids, you know, solidarity and all. As the neighborhood kids board the school bus, my kids wave goodbye and say, “So long suckas!” I kid, I kid on that last part!

Well, in honor of almost back to school (and for sure back to school in the South, where you all are CRAZY starting so early), and The Type-B Homeschool Planner, I give you DaySpring and some super cute school accessories to begin the year with!

Today, you have a chance to win all of things shown above!

And how about the fact that there will be 10 WINNERS! Yep. 10 of you will get to take home the four items in the above picture, BUT they will be your choice. So, if you don’t want a bearded notebook, you can have a cute owl one, or a mustache one. Perhaps instead of the “Shine” water bottle, you’d like the “Joy’s of Life” one instead. Your choice!

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Get the Planner!

Want to know more about the Type-B Homeschool Planner? Click HERE!

Hold, write in it, love it! Click below to get the spiral-bound physical copy for only $24.99 (FREE shipping, unless it’s international – email me sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com for international rates!)




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Want the PDF version instead? No problem! It’s only $9.99!
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Enter to Win!

To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below! Good “luck”! And be sure to come back tomorrow for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! WOOT!

Open to U.S. residents only.

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Love, Sarah Mae

P.S. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the Type-B Homeschool Planner AND Chevron Scarf from Sorta Southern Boutique! If you buy the planner and then win the planner giveaway, you will get a full refund!

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The Type-B Homeschool Planner + Chevron Scarf Giveaway!

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Today I have a great giveaway for you in celebration of the release of The Type-B Homeschool Planner!

The sponsor of the planner is the wonderful Sorta Southern Boutique, a sweet little shop that offers “a little something extra for your fun and funky side!” I personally like them because I have a little bit of my heart in the South, seeing as that’s where I spent a few years of my life (Georgia) and where I met my husband (Tennessee). And Paige, the owner of Sorta Southern, is so friendly and welcoming; she has that Southern hospitality thing down saying, “Pull up a chair, have some sweet tea, and stay awhile. Sorta Southern Boutique is a place where you’ll find fun clothing and accessories to match!”

I love Southerners.

In the planner, you will find a coupon code for 50% off the Sorta Southern Boutique!

Today, you have the opportunity to win not only a copy of The Type-B Homeschool Planner, but one of these lovely scarves (yes, you want to look cute while you’re homeschooling!):

FOUR winners!

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“Sorta Southern Boutique is a proud sponsor of Sarah Mae! This adorable online boutique is giving away a prize to FOUR lucky readers! Visit their website www.sortasouthern.com to check out all the other accessories and gift items available to you.” -Paige Yelle

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If you purchase the planner and then win the planner, you will get a full-refund!

The Spiral-bound physical book: $24.99





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PDF: $9.99

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Enter the Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below! Good “luck”!

Up for grabs is one spiral-bound planner and four scarves. This giveaway is open to U.S. only. 

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Love, Sarah Mae

P.S. Tomorrow I’m giving away school supplies…

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Confessions of a Type-B Homeschool Mom (Plus, the Type-B Homeschool Planner is Here!)

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So yea, I homeschool.

And wow am I on top of it. I mean, I am so organized and detail-oriented, and boy do I know how to rock lesson-planning.

You all know I’m joking, right?

Listen, lesson-planning makes me break out in hives. Schedules with 1/2 hour blocks and the mere mention of spreadsheets, and I’m standing in a foreign land where I all hear is, “blah blah blah.” I don’t know what you’re saying!

I’m what you might call a Type-B homeschooling mom.

I jot down my lesson plans on notebook paper (and I use the term “lesson-plans” quite loosely) and I sometimes even follow them.

I like writing up all the ways I’m going to homeschool my kiddos, and then I toss it to the wind (not necessarily intentionally), make hot chocolate, and look up You Tube videos with my kids on how astronauts eat in space. It’s quite fascinating.

Now before you get all worried that my children are fending for themselves in a wasteland of rejected education, I do actually teach them. About subjects. Like history and art and music and geography. Oh yes, we learn alright, we just do it in a…flexible sort of way. No half-hour blocks of time scheduled neatly in our house. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all. It’s just not us.

And I’m finally okay with that.

See I used to read homeschool blogs and you know what I did? I compared myself to those moms. And I compared my kids. I was afraid I wasn’t doing enough; I was worried I would fail my children. I got neurotic. I planned more. I tried harder. I cried and I finally thought, “I am not Type-A enough to homeschool my kids.” I thought that in order to be a good homeschooling mom, in order to be a good mom, I needed to be a certain type of personality. It turns out though, I am fully capable of homeschooling my kids, and being a good mom, just the way I am. And I’m not organized or detail-oriented or scheduled. I despise crafts. But you know what I have? I have heart.

I have heart and excitement and vision, and I love that I get to homeschool my kids. Love it.

I love it because now that I’m comfortable with who I am, how God made me, I can walk in the freedom that God gave my children to me! He didn’t give them to a Type-A mom, He gave them to Type-B me.

However.

I do recognize that I have certain limitations, being detail-challenged and all. I also realize that my personality isn’t an excuse to slack off. Definitely no. Hot chocolate won’t teach my children to communicate and interact well with the world. God has called me to steward their minds, hearts, and souls, and I intend to do just that as best I can.

Which isn’t very best. So thank God I have the power of the Holy Spirit in me to help me and guide me and give me strength as I need it. Thank God for His grace and kindness and gentleness as He leads me by faith in all things, including homeschooling.

And after a few years of doing this homeschooling thing, I’m finally getting the hang of it. Which is to say, I am confident that I can homeschool my children well because I’m not alone in it.

I’ve even gotten pretty good at planning! Which is why I’m writing this post.

About a month ago I was on Facebook and I mentioned how I wished their was a planner for Type-B people like me who didn’t need detailed schedule sheets, but really needed detailed step-by-step “how-to” lesson-plan without wanting to cry in a closet. Many of you responded saying you’d like the same thing.

Well, don’t you know that I am a Type-B gal who is also motivated.

So I took all the planning that I had finally figured out how to do (in a Type-B way of course) and compiled it into what I now call, The Type-B Homeschool Planner: The planner for the rest of us.

Fortunately God gave me a husband who knows my last-minute ways and is willing to step in and get the job done. Specifically, he’s the one made all the calendar pages, formatted the book, and made the cover. In a week. Because he is amazing.

Friends, today I present you with…

The Type-B Homeschool Planner!

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Sweat-free lesson-planning! WOOT!

Oh ya’ll, I am so giddy over it!

My husband and I have worked tirelessly to finish this, and it has been a labor of love, late-night crab dip sessions, and calls to Colorado where I have a very patient printing company owner who was willing to make the planner a for-real, spiral-bound book. You have no idea how difficult that is to make happen in a cost-effective way. Unless you go to China. Or order 10,000. Let’s just say I am a very thankful woman right now. But I digress.

The homeschool planner. That is for US! You and me, Type-B moms who love our kiddos but who struggle with details, get overwhelmed with lesson-planning, and are generally laid back but know we need to get our ducks in a row if we’re going to homeschool well. Yea, it’s for us.

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Features:

  • Spiral bound, physical book
  • 233 pages
  • 8.5 x 11 inches
  • 14-day guide to getting homeschool ready (includes how to lesson-plan without breaking a sweat)
  • Full-year of monthly calendar pages (July 2014-June 2015)
  • Full-year of daily calendar pages (July 2014-June 2015)
  • Planning pages for up to five children
  • Planning pages with question prompts to help you plan
  • Words of wisdom on how to homeschool multiple children
  • Wisdom from seasoned homeschool parents
  • Encouragement from homeschool graduates

Take a Look Inside

Planner Preview (intro and sample calendar pages)

Day 1: Vision (Sample)

Now for some more good news…

The first 100 people who order a copy of the physical book will get this FREE tote bag from DaySpring*(which retails for $16.99)!!!

*ALL OF THE TOTES HAVE BEEN SPOKEN FOR*

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How fun is that?! DaySpring is the best. To get this deal, listen up! You need to purchase the *spiral-bound physical* book and email your receipt (screen shot is fine) of your purchase to: sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com. If you are in the first 100, I will email you a code to get the tote. I will get emails out as soon as I can.

Yes, I Want the Planner! How Do I Get It?

I’m glad you asked.

I am offering the planner in two versions: spiral-bound physical book and PDF (the PDF is not eligible for the tote bag offer).

To purchase either of them, just click below.

Spiral-bound Planner (hold it, write in it, love it!): $24.99 (FREE Shipping, unless you want it shipped internationally, in which case please email me at sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com before you purchase so I can help you out!)




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PDF: $9.99

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Make sure you come back tomorrow because I have GIVEAWAYS and I want to introduce you to the amazing Type-B Homeschool Planner sponsor, Sorta Southern Boutique! 

“When I read this quote I knew this planner was written for me: “I love planning, but I’m not always super awesome at following through with my planning.” Um, yeah…. that’s me to a T! I wanted to remember so many sections that my highlighter ran out of ink while reading. I love that this planner is not just for school but for life as well.  Having 14 steps already broken down into manageable pieces was reassuring and helpful in getting the ball rolling. For someone who gets overwhelmed easily, these easy to complete steps (with lots of thought prompting questions) were perfect for me.  I am so thankful to have found a planner that is practical, easy to use, and manageable. Seeing this question “What memories/feelings do you want to invoke in your children during their homeschooling years?” has made me totally refocus and reevaluate why I’m doing what I’m doing. Thank you Sarah Mae from the bottom of my ‘best intentions’ heart.”

Jessica Bish, Mom of Four

Love, Sarah Mae

*The tote is free, but you still have to pay shipping. It’s still a steal!

*You can return the planner within 30 days of purchase for a full-refund (minus shipping) as long as it has not been written in.

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