*UPDATED with Winner’s* Ultimate Homemaking Bundle GIVEAWAY! 10 Winners Will Be Chosen!


Just think, after tomorrow all this talk about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will go away (for some of you, you’re all, “Thank goodness!”).

But for others, it is a gift to be able to get so many wonderful eBooks for WAY cheaper than if you were to buy them all, or even a quarter of them. The thing is, sometimes spending even $30 is too much. I so get that, I’ve been there. So how about a giveaway?

Today you can enter to win the whole shebang – the complete 97 eBook bundle (worth $640)!  Even happier news? I’m going to pick 10 winners.


All you have to do is enter below! The giveaway ends tomorrow (Saturday) at 5pm EST.

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(Email readers, CLICK HERE to come to the blog and enter!)

Want to see all the eBooks in the bundle? Just click HERE!

Love, SM

P.S. Today (Saturday) is the last day to get these eBooks together for over 90% off. Sale ends at 11:59 pm EST. *UPDATE* The sale is now over.

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eBook Picks {Homeschooling, Parenting Resources I’m Using}


The Armor of God $2.50

It was a gift to find this eBook in the homemaking bundle collection because I have been thinking through how I want to teach my son about the armor of God. Even though he is only six, he is already dealing with the awakenings of the male mind. I have some ideas of what I want to do to instill in him integrity, honor, and a respect towards ladies, and this eBook is a great start!

Because he’s only six, we’re going to skip over the copy work portion of this eBook (it’s more suited towards a first grader and up), but I’ll definitely start on the discussion questions (“What kind of king would you be? How would you rule your kingdom?”), the memory game, the coloring page, and the Design Your Own Sword. We’ll be digging into this study ASAP!


Write Through the Bible $5

I love this workbook! My 7 year old is just about finished with her Spelling book, and instead of moving on to the next book during the summer, I’m going to have her work through this writing guide.

It goes through a cycle of copy work, vocabulary, and dictation. The goal is that when finished (it’s a full school year’s worth of writing), your child will have memorized Philippians 2:1-18 (ESV), and have better handwriting! I’m really looking forward to trying this with my girl!


Raising Rockstars Kindergarten $10

I mean really, score. Carisa‘s curriculum’s are amazing. AMAZING. She is a gift to the blogosphere for any parent who is looking for great learning resources for their babes. I’ll be doing this one with my son over the summer and the preschool version with my 4 year old.

200x200 Curriculum

ABC’s for Godly Girls & Boys $8 each

The reason I like this Bible Curriculum is because of the flash cards. Take a look…

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I’m going to fire up my laminator and use the girl flash cards with Ella (the 7 year old). To me, the $8 is well worth these colorful scripture cards, even though there is so much more to the curriculum! Each lesson in the eBook includes a character trait (A is for attitude) , a primary Bible verse, a bonus verse, a key Bible character, a lesson, an activity idea, and a craft idea. This could be used for some great one-on-one time with your babes.

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4 Moms of 35 Kids Answer Your Parenting Questions $7.99

I mean HELLO! I LOVE hearing from older, wiser women who have gone before me in raising children. And a Q & A format to boot? Perfect, in my opinion. For each question, each mom gives an answer of what her family has done (so there are different opinions/ideas, not a formalistic approach). Brilliant I tell you. Here are some of the questions:

How do you keep things fair for all your children?

How do you teach your children to do chores?

How do you teach your children about the birds and the bees?

And SO many more! This is a wonderful resource for any mama!


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The Rhythm of Rest 2.99

Why did I add this eBook? Because I’M A MOM. And, you know, I tend to not “honor” rest. Also, what does “honoring rest” even mean??

I just love Danielle’s spirit, and this eBook is a lovely offering for the mama (or any woman) who could use some practice in what it means to honor the rhythm of rest. This eBook includes Danielle’s stories, tips, and “Take a Breathe” journaling exercises to help you enter the Rest.


Now tell me, what are some of your favorite eBooks on parenting and/or education?

Love, SM

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BEST Southern Sweet Iced Tea Ever!

I love sweet tea. I lived in the South for awhile and ADORE southern food (shout out to fried okra!) and the sweet tea they are known for.

Are you ready for some real southern sweet tea?! Oh yea, it’s sweet alright…this recipe is straight from a southern granny’s recipe!

Here is what you’ll need:

6 regular tea bags

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups boiling water

1 1/2 cups sugar (or 2 cups if you’re really southern)

6 cups cold water

Notice the Luzianne tea – it MUST be Luzianne people!

Here’s what to do:

1. In a large glass measuring cup, place the tea bags and add the baking soda.

2. Pour the boiling water…
…over the tea bags
3. cover and steep for 15 minutes
4. Take out the tea bags (do not squeeze them)
5. Pour the tea mixture into a 2 quart pitcher; add the sugar and stir.
Oh sweet sugar, how I love thee!
6. Add in the cold water and serve over ice.
Sooooooooooooooo……….. refreshing!
Brings out the southern gal in me every time!

This is a repost from my old blog, but I made the tea tonight and thought I should share the delish here. :)

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Wrapping Up The Reboot (Any Final Feedback?)

I woke up at 3am this morning, left the house at 4am, dropped my sister off at the airport at 4:30am, and crashed back into bed at around 5am.

I’m tired.

But I wanted to let you all know that I’m going to call it a wrap on the reboot so that I can begin to put your feedback into book words…and get the thing written. I’m also ready to start writing some other things that are on my heart.

Any last words of feedback for me on 31 Days to Clean – what you’d like to see in there, what you love, what you don’t like, etc? The whole thing is going to be completely revised and given a new name: Having a Martha House the Mary Way.

I really, really appreciate you so much. Thanks for hanging with me this month.

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What I Would Say To My Younger Self About Cleaning (The Reboot Day 13)

I used to really beat myself up over the way my home looked.

“I will never change”

“My husband would be happier with a woman who cleaned all the time”

“I hate cleaning, and I hate that I’m not the cleaning type”

I put so much stock into how well and how often I cleaned (which wasn’t well or often), and I constantly felt like a failure. I wanted to be a “good” homemaker; I wanted to make my husband proud.

It’s been nine years since I’ve been married and keeping a home, and I’m still the same old non-cleaner woman. However, I have learned a few things, and I’d like to share them with my younger self…and all the non-cleaners of the world who struggle with feelings of failure.

Dear Younger Self:

Your identity is not in how well or how often you clean.

The sum of who you are is not in your ability to keep the dishes off the counter and the laundry put away. You are no less or no better in God’s eyes because of how you clean. When you are His, you are beautiful and perfect because of Jesus, right now, right where you are. We submit to the Holy Spirit as He molds and changes us to be more like Jesus, and we are His, but according to eternity, we are already complete.

“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14

Your identity is not in what your husband or anyone else thinks of you.

I used to believe the lie that my husband would be better off with someone who was a good cleaner. I was in so much bondage due to this lie; I felt worthless. The truth is, my husband would love it if I cleaned more/better, but he loves me and is committed to me for life. He accepts my purple boots, my sparkly grey nail polish (can a grown woman wear sparkly grey nail polish? Yes!), my driven personality, and my complete lack of Martha Stewart DNA. I care what he thinks because I love him and respect him, but we also respect each other as we grow and become. The thing is, even if my husband thought I was worthless or stupid or whatever because I didn’t clean up to a particular standard, it wouldn’t really matter because he doesn’t have the authority to tell me who I am. That authority is reserved for the throne of grace alone.

Only Jesus has the authority to tell me who I am.

You are not a slave to your personality.

I’ve got news for you love, the excuse “this is just who I am, accept it” is a selfish excuse and not fit for a woman who longs to be like Jesus. When I claim “this is me, deal with it!” I am not claiming the humility or servanthood of the One who died for all my ugly. No, that’s not the way of the cross. The way of the cross is to submit our personalities and our bents and all of the things that make us who we are, to Jesus. All of who we are is for His glory.

If you are a non-cleaner type like myself, that’s okay to know that you will never have the Martha Stewart way about you. God doesn’t love you any more or any less because of your bents. However, He does ask us to obey, to be diligent, and to be like Jesus. And so, we lay ourselves low and follow the Way.

You can choose to love well through keeping your home.

I know you don’t like to clean, you find it boring and you’d rather do almost anything else. But listen, you can love others well by creating a place of peace and beauty for those around you. You can love yourself well by taking care of your domain and giving life to it. We can create beauty out of ashes; peace out of chaos. It is kingdom work, eternal work, because love is eternal. Look at cleaning as an act of love towards yourself and those around you; Look at is as an act of worship to your God.

There is an ebb and flow of life that you will settle into.

I think the best part of being married for nine years, having children, and keeping my home is that I now understand more of who I am and that life undulates as I swim through it. I know the ups and downs, and I know that there are times of great consistency, great upheaval, and great peace. I have learned to be content with the ebb and flow of life. I know I’ll never be the go go go type of cleaner, but I also know I will care for my domain and the people in it. I will choose to maintain my home, push back on the Genesis curse, and persevere in order to love well.

It’s a good place to be when you find peace; when you accept who you are, when you quit striving, and when you give yourself to the Potter. It’s the sweet spot.

Today’s Challenges

Mary Challenge: Mediate on Hebrews 10:14. Ask God for revelation on what it means for you to be complete/perfect inChrist.

Martha Challenge: Let’s get started on the kitchen. Pick five tasks you’d like to accomplish this week – make the reasonable according to your limitations. Do one of those tasks today.

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