Apr 232014
 

OK so if you have been reading my blog for a while you know that there are a few things that I love to write about: Jesus, living intentionally, creating and following through with goals, developing flexible routines that work, marriage, my family and BOOKS! Those beloved topics are not only the heart of this blog, they are part of me too.

I love Jesus. I love living with intention and purpose. I love having goals to work towards and a routine to keep me on track. I LOVE my husband and children like something fierce. And my love for words in books and writing is deeply ingrained in me.

With all that being said I want to share with you something that I am so excited about, the The Amazing Ultimate Homemaking Bundle ultimate homemaking bundle, which is jammed pack with eBooks on Jesus, intentional living and homemaking, marriage, family and much much more.

If you read a lot of blogs then chances are that over the next few days you are going to inundated with blog posts about this bundle. So many people are deeply excited about this sale as well! I too will be promoting this sale this week through highlighting my favorite books in the sale, books that I am excited to read and why you should consider buying this bundle.

I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to read Creative Home Keeper and purchasing through my links. I know that there are a lot of other blogs offering up this sale, but by purchasing through these links you are helping to support the running and maintaining of Creative Home Keeper. Thank you! I appreciate you more then I could ever express.

As an added bonus, if you purchase through my link and email me a copy of your receipt you will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! From now through when the sale ends, click through a link on this page and make a purchase, then forward me your confirmation email at creativehomekeeper {at} gmail {.} com with the subject line “Ultimate Homemaking Bundle” by Tuesday April 29 at 11:00 am CST. One entry will be randomly selected next Tuesday evening after the sale ends and will be emailed.
Get The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle--Hurry: Sale 6 Days Only!

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come.

Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

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I’m confident you won’t find a more comprehensive set of homemaking resources anywhere — and certainly not at this price. Bought separately, they’d cost a total of $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses!). But you can have all of them for just $29.97!

Or, for just an extra $10, you not only get the full set of PDF files, but also a bonus set of Kindle editions, perfectly formatted for easy Kindle reading. This has been a popular request over the years and I’m excited to say it’s now available!

I believe it’s the best deal on homemaking eBooks anywhere on the web. But it will only be available for six days. So grab yours before it’s gone!

You get ALL THIS in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

This huge wealth of information and guidance will be right there on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.

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

When? 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 23 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, April 28

What? 78 eBooks, 2 eCourses, 2 audio files, and 2 printable packs 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 nearly $900, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Get ALL of these eBooks for 1 LOW Price! One Week Only!

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? ($698 value!)

Homemaking

Food

Motherhood

Marriage

Faith

Faith {For Kids}

Financial Stewardship

Health & Wellness

Holidays & Special Events

Homeschooling

Pregnancy & Babies

Self-Care

Working from Home & Blogging

What are the Ultimate Homemaking Bonus Offers? ($200+ value)

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In addition to all the amazing eResources, this bundle includes the best bonus offers it’s ever had. These deals are worth over six times the price of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. So you’re up on the deal right away!

  1. DaySpring—A FREE 10-pack of Premium Greeting Cards. ($20.00 Value. Standard shipping applies.)
  2. HopeInk—$15 HopeInk store credit to be used towards anything + a FREE 8×10 Art Print with order. ($39.00 Value. Standard shipping applies.)
  3. Redeeming Beauty Mineral Makeup—3 FREE eyeshadows of your choice from Redeeming Beauty. ($16.47 Value. Standard shipping applies – only ships to US and Canada.)
  4. Marie-Madeline Studio—A $15 store credit for anything in Marie-Madeline Studio’s online store. ($15.00 value. Standard shipping applies.)
  5. Once a Month Meals—A FREE One Month Pro Membership from Once a Month Meals. ($16.00 Value. No shipping required.)
  6. DizolveFREE 64-load pack of Dizolve Laundry Strips for you PLUS a Free 64-load pack of Dizolve Laundry Strips for food banks. ($25.98 value. Standard shipping [$3] applies. Only ships in the US.)
  7. TrilLight Health—Get a FREE 2 oz. bottle of a liquid health formula OR $15 store credit from Trilight Health. ($15.00 Value. Standard shipping rates apply.)
  8. ListPlanIt—Free 3-month membership OR 3 free ePlanners from ListPlanIt. ($15.00 value. No shipping required.)
  9. Bulk Herb Store—Instant download of the instructional video Making Herbs Simple Volume 2 for FREE from Bulk Herb Store. (up to a $15.00 Value. No shipping required.)
  10. Fit2B™ Studio—FREE 2-Month Online Fitness Membership at Fit2B™ Studio. (up to a $20.00 Value. No shipping required.)

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Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, April 23 to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, April 28th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle. You can also read my disclosure policy here

Apr 222014
 

In a few short weeks we will be celebrating another special holiday that honors mother’s of all ages. Whether or not you are a mother, you probably have many special women in your life who are mothers; your mother, grandmother, aunt, friend or daughter.

Spend some time planning now how you will honor them and show them your appreciation, it could be as simple as writing them a letter, sending a thoughtful (or humorous)card, make a gift or purchase one. You want it to come from the heart and mean something special to the women who sacrifice so much to nurture the family she is blessed to love and care for.

To help in your planning, I’ve put together a list of some amazing deals that are going on this week from two companies that I love to support and hope you will too! This post contains affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through and make a purchase I receive a small commission. You can read my disclosure policy here, thanks for supporting Creative Home Keeper! 
Tomorrow the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle officially goes on sale and it is amazing! I’ve already gotten my hands on mine and I absolutely can not wait for you to get yours too!

And if that wasn’t enough…

This entire bundle is valued at over $900 but you can get it much less! For less then $30 this would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for just about everyone on your list (including you too!) Check back tomorrow here on Creative Home Keeper when the sale officially goes live for the complete list of books, resources, and freebies. You don’t want to miss it!

DaySpring also has some terrific Mother’s Day gifts on sale. I absolutely love DaySpring! Not only do they have the perfect gifts for just about every occasion, but I love that they are faith based and high quality. Check out some of their current deals below, I’ve already made my list!

 

Medallion Necklaces- 50% off!

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These Medallion Necklaces feature messages of hope and Scripture on six different designs. Marked down to only $8.49 each!

Mother’s Day Cards on Sale

Mother's Day - For My Mom - 1 Premium Card

All Mother’s Day cards are 30% off this month. Discount is applied so no coupon needed

Redeemed - Found & Treasured - Large Purse

This Redeemed Large Purse is a great DaySpring seller and is only $18 through April!

Daily Grace - Blessed & Grateful - 7" Small Vase

Fill this Daily Grace Small Vase with flowers for the Mom, Grandmother, or Daughter in your life. She’ll love the message—“Blessed & Grateful.” Only $25! There are also several Daily Grace Sets on sale, including a Teacup & Teapot Set and Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set. They are all so adorable!

Lisa Leonard - Mama Necklace

New from Lisa Leonard! These “mama” necklaces make a lovely gift for your special mama that she will treasure forever! There are several necklaces to choose from, find the right one for your mother, grandmother, aunt or daughter.

One WEEK Sale

Moments of Grace for Women - Gift Book by Bonnie Jensen

Starting today April 21st through April 27th this Moments of Grace for Women book will be marked down from $12.99 to $3.99. This gift book would make the perfect complement to one of the gifts listed above.

Want even more gift ideas? Shop Gifts for Mom here!

 

Apr 222014
 

Do you ever have those “days”? You know the ones, where you just feel defeated and unworthy?

Satan loves to attack us and when we are not armed with God’s Word, it is easy to give in to his attacks. That is why I not only spend time reading my Bible everyday, as well as other uplifting devotional and prayer books, but I also love to have God’s Word spread throughout my house.

As I do the dishes I can read his Words. When I’m folding laundry, I can meditate on His promises. As I’m doing chores, I can pray His words over my home. As I’m reciting Scripture, I’m teaching my children some important habits to form.

Having God’s Word throughout my home doesn’t just happen, it takes some intentional planning and action. Today I’m sharing with you 10 Scriptures that encourage me throughout my days. Yes, the Bible is filled with way more then just 10 encouraging Scriptures, but these are currently speaking to me during this season of life, and I hope that they speak to you too.

1. Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

2. Romans 8:37-39

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

3. Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that  by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

4. Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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 5. Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

6. Psalm 30:11-12

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

7. Ephesians 2:10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

8. John 15:5

I am the the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

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9. Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults and with my song I give thanks to Him

10. Philippians 3:20-21

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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 {Click here to download your set of 10 Scripture Cards for Everyday Encouragement}

I’ve created a set of 10 free downloadable printable Scripture cards for you as a thank you for being a fan and reader. The cards are based on these inspiring and encouraging verses. Plus there are two blank cards for you to use to write down more encouraging Scripture. I love having Scripture cards strategically placed around my home so that I can always have God’s Word close to my heart.

What are your favorite encouraging Scriptures that remind you of the promises of God?

I pray that these Scriptures bring you as much encouragement as they do me. Blessings to you today dear friends!

Apr 212014
 

Tea Collection’s Friends & Family Sale: 20% Off Everything
Note: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. You can read my disclosure policy here

Nothing better than spreading love to friends and family, and that is just what Tea Collection is doing! For just two days only (4/22 and 4/23) you can receive 20% off everything on Tea Collection during their Friends & Family Sale.

Take advantage of the sale and pick up twirly dresses, colorful Tees and sweet baby items for summer. Also check out Tea’s new sporty selection of swimsuits for your little water bug. Feel free to tell your friends and family, because there is always enough Tea Collection love to go around. 

15 of the BEST Cleaning Tools

 Posted by on April 21, 2014
Apr 212014
 

Over the past few months I have been sharing with you various printables to help you organize, manage and stay on track of your daily, weekly, monthly and annual cleaning tasks. While I think it’s incredibly important to have routines in place to clean your home, you also need to have some cleaning tools too!

While I try to keep gadgets to a minimum around the house, especially in the kitchen, there are just some cleaning tools that you need to have on hand to clean all areas of your home. Today I’m sharing 15 of the BEST cleaning tools that I personally use on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

15 of the Best Cleaning Tools

As a side note, while I am linking to Amazon to show you these products, most of these can be found cheaper at either Wal-Mart or Target especially if you stack a sale with a coupon. With that being said, these are affiliate links below meaning that if you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission. You can read my disclosure policy here. Thank you for supporting Creative Home Keeper.

1. Swiffer Sweep & Trap

80% of my home is either hardwood floors or tile and the other 20% is carpet. In fact our entire main living area, including our bedrooms is hardwood. While only the basement and upstairs bedrooms (which we don’t use yet since my kids are so young) are carpet. Which means that I hardly spend any time vacuuming carpet and spend a LOT of time sweeping hardwood floors.

While I love the beauty and ease of hardwood floors, I don’t love that they show every piece of dust, dog hair, water spot or crumbs. In fact I almost hate the early morning sun that shines in because it highlights ALL the dust. While a broom and a dustpan are great at picking up the dirt and crumbs and a dust mop is great at getting the dust and dog hair, I need something that does both, without having to drag out the vacuum cleaner everyday.

Enter the  Swiffer Sweep & Trap. This thing is amazing! It picks up most of those crumbs, dirt, hair and dust in one quick sweep. Plus it’s quiet which means I can quickly sweep the floor while the kids are asleep. The one negative is that it does require those disposable dust cloths which can be both expensive and not exactly environmental friently. But I have had some luck in attaching a thin washable microfiber cloth .

2. Hand-held Broom and Dustpan Set

Thanks to my kids spilling Cheerios all over the floor I use a hand-held broom and dustpan daily hourly. It helps pick up those loose pieces that my  Swiffer Sweep & Trap misses, plus it’s great at picking up those hard to get crumbs under the kitchen table.

Between this and my Swiffer, I have absolutely no need for a traditional broom anymore, except for garage and patio cleaning.

3. Rubbermaid Reveal Microfiber Spray Mop

As I mentioned above, since 80% of my home’s floors are solid surfaces you can bet that I spend a lot of time mopping! A spray mop makes it so much easier to mop, plus it’s incredibly handy to always have a mop ready to go when ever you have a spill or small mess.

I like to make my own cleaning solutions for both my hardwood  and tile floors and on the Rubbermaid Reveal Microfiber Spray Mop you can easily swap out the cleaner bottles and replace the cleaning pads. In fact I have an extra cleaning pad and an extra bottle that make it super easy to switch from my hardwood floor cleaner to my tile cleaner.

4. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

These little erasers are like rock stars! They seriously clean everything! From scuff marks on the floors, stains on the counters, soap scum in the shower, burn marks on the stove top and sticky glue on glasses, these remove all marks.

I am seriously in love with my magic erasers, I always have some handy. They definitely are not the most “green” cleaning product around but for how well they work (they are also cheap, you can usually get them with a sale and coupon) they are high on my cleaning must-have list.

5. Dust Mop

If you have lots of hardwood floors, like I do, then a large, quality dust mop is a must-have! This is a better option if  you are more of a minimalist and don’t want to mess with a Swiffer. You’ll still have to vacuum or sweep up the crumbs and dirt, but these do a great job at getting all the dust.

I have a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop Dry Dusting Cleaning Pad that I can easily attach to my spray mop. It’s not as large as a traditional dust mop head, but it does the job.

6. Scrub Brush

I firmly believe that a scrub brush with a grip handle is worth the small investment. I’ve used the cheaper scrub brushes without the grip handle many times before but I was always loosing the grip as the handle got wet. With a gripper I never loose traction and I believe it’s easier to hold.

Scrub brushes are great at cleaning the floor and walls of your bathtub or shower, sink and grout on the tile floors. I  like a medium size one that can easily fit into most spaces and clean those hard to reach corners.

7. All-Purpose Squeegee

As part of my morning routine, once I finish taking a shower I quickly spray down the walls and use a squeegee to wipe off the excess water. This helps me to keep the shower clean so soap scum doesn’t build up and I’m not having to clean as hard later. I leave my squeegee in the shower so it is always within reach.

Using a squeegee to clean windows and mirrors is also very effective at getting rid of smudges, marks and build ups.

8. Hand Duster

I have a small confession to make–I don’t polish my furniture or use any type of cleaning product on them… ever. I’d like to say that it is a frugal and green cleaning practice, saving money and not using any extra potentially harmful cleaning products. But in reality it’s actually more of a laziness thing, or what I like to call using my time wisely tactic. :)

The only thing I use to clean my furniture is a hand-held duster. Occasionally if I notice water rings or other mysterious marks, then I’ll use a damp cloth to scrub. I’m sure there is probably a pool of germs and bacteria resting on our end tables but I like to think that I am building up our immune systems.

9. Vacuum with Tools

Once a week I pull out the vacuum and give the floors a more thorough sweep. Our vacuum has a bare floor setting that is really great at sucking up all the pieces of dirt and crumbs. I also use the tools to vacuum under the couches and beds and in the seat cushions.

As part of my annual cleaning tasks I vacuum the carpet upstairs and in the basement since we don’t use those rooms frequently enough to need to vacuum every week.

10. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

I used to use old rags to do my cleaning until I discovered the cleaning power of microfiber cloths. They are a work horse at getting all the grim and scum up off the solid surfaces. I have since thrown all my rags away and have invested in some microfiber cloths. I also keep hearing about how great Norwex cloths and it is on my wish list to get a set in the future.

11. Dish Brush

While I am a huge fan of the dishwasher, I love using a dish brush (especially one that has a soap dispenser attached) to scrub off the cooked on food messes. Dish brushes are also great at scrubbing your pans that have been soaking for a while to help remove the food particles. I also use our old bottle brush to clean inside our smaller cups and water bottles too.

 

12. White Vinegar

I love that vinegar is a mutli-purpose cleaning and household power horse. I use vinegar in my cooking, cleaning, laundry and beauty routines on a daily basis. Most of my DIY natural cleaners involve using vinegar. Plus I love how frugal it is too! I buy a large jug at Costco for a few dollars that lasts me for months.

13. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another staple that I use throughout the home as well. It’s a great oder neutralizer, scrubber, cleaning tool and baking agent that is multi-tasking and powerful. Plus it’s also super frugal too. I also buy this in bulk at Costco. A huge bag of this lasts for years!

14. Castile Soap

While a little more expensive then vinegar or baking soda, castile soap is the standard in natural cleaning products. I love using this in my DIY cleaning solutions, as well as using it as a body wash too.

15. Essential Oils

I’m still a newbie when it comes to learning about and using essential oils, but I’m quickly learning about just how valuable and useful these are in cleaning and homeopathic health remedies.

Now a word of caution, not all essential oils are created equal which is why you need to do your research on the best brands and types of oils. They are also pretty expensive, but since you only need a few small drops they do last for a very long

I do make most of my own cleaning products for several reasons. The main being that since I like to use more natural products free from potentially harmful chemicals, it’s cheaper to make my own. On my Natural Homemade Cleaning Pinterest board I have links to several different DIY cleaning tutorials and recipes.

Follow Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper’s board Natural, homemade cleaners and tips on Pinterest.

Also if you’re looking for some more great homemaking tips and inspiration, including some DIY homemade recipe cleaners, be sure to check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale that will be happening right here on Creative Homemaker starting on Wednesday! I’m so excited to share more about this sale with you later this week. You don’ want to miss it!

What are your favorite cleaning tools that you use?

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