After a long debate, I just can’t keep this to myself…

Honestly, I debated whether or not I should write this post, but in the end I decided that I just can’t keep this sale to myself.  I simply have to tell you about it.  Why?

Because it is a crazy good deal.
Because it is full of some really awesome books.
Because if you don’t have an interest in some of the books then you can give them away and that is just an awesome way to bless someone else.
Because the bonuses this year are phenomenal.
Because you expect me to share fabulous deals and tips with you and this certainly falls under that category!

So with all that said, I am excited to tell you…  By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever!

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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.

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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

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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?

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

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!

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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.

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The Just Clean Something Challenge: Spring Cleaning Edition {half way done!}

The Just Clean SOMETHING Challenge: Spring Cleaning Edition - Motivation & accountability for those who hate to clean!

I hate cleaning, but I’m forcing myself to clean something everyday this month.  We are halfway through the month, so let’s touch base and see how everyone is doing.

Honestly, this month is going much better than it did the first time I tried this challenge. First of all, I think the weather really does help.  There is just something about the Spring air that inspires cleaning.  I’ve never done a full spring cleaning before.  It has always been too intimidating, but knowing that I’m doing at least one task a day has really helped me stay motivated.

Secondly, I’ve been doing a much better job of cleaning earlier in the day instead of waiting until after supper.  My first time through this challenge, I often waited until the last minute to clean something before I posted my nightly update on Facebook.  This time around I’ve been planning out my cleaning much earlier in the day, which means that I’ve been able to get more done each day.

Although I’m getting a lot done, I’m struggling to actually finish my projects.  I decluttered, cleaned, and organized all of my kitchen cabinets except for one.  One day I scrubbed half of my kitchen sink.  The upstairs hallway is completely spring cleaned except I need to dust the top of the door frames.  I decluttered half of Grace’s room and half of Noah’s room.  Yesterday I scrubbed the railing along the deck, but I left one small section unfinished because my arms were getting tired.

I’m not finishing anything!!!!!!

I don’t need to have every inch of my house cleaned by the end of this month, but I want to finish spring cleaning at least a few of these rooms.  These half finished projects are pathetic!

How have you been doing this month?  If you haven’t started the challenge it isn’t too late.  Start today!  Jump up right now and clean your bathroom mirror.  It is that easy.  Just clean something!

The best way to get connected, stay motivated, and find accountability is to like my page on Facebook.  Each evening I post a “Roll Call!” on my Facebook page for you to share your accomplishments.  You are also welcome to post before & after photos on my timeline or use the hashtag #JustCleanSomething on Instagram.  It has been fun hearing from so many of you each night.  Keep it up!

Reminder: Easter falls on April 20th this year.  I will be taking a break from the challenge on April 18th, 19th, and 20th.  Three less days to force myself to clean!  Yippee!

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far this month?  What has been your biggest struggle?

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Say Goodbye to Allergies with Raw Local Honey

Does this natural alternative to medicine really work?

Can allergy symptoms be erased by something as simple as honey?  Can the sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes be cured just by ingesting raw local honey everyday?

One Family’s Real Life Testimony

Heather and her family moved to a new home and were surprisingly met with terrible seasonal allergies.  Heather suffered from watery eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, and a raw throat from all the drainage.

During Heather’s worst months she tried to keep her symptoms under control with:

  • allergy eye drops multiple times a day
  • prescription nasal spray once a day
  • benadryl every 4-6 hours
  • claritin or zyrtec daily

Even with all of these medications, Heather still wasn’t feeling great.

Heather heard that taking raw local honey could help with allergies and decided to give it a try.  She started taking 1 teaspoon of raw local honey 2-3 times a day.  Heather made sure to eat a spoonful of honey at breakfast and supper every day.

Within just a few days of taking the honey, Heather started noticing a difference.  Her eyes and throat weren’t as itchy as before.  Gradually she started to cut back on her medications.  First she stopped the nasal spray.  Then she stopped the eye drops.  Next Heather stopped using benadryl.  Within a month of starting to take raw local honey, Heather was off all of her allergy medication except for the occasional claritin or zyrtec.

Heather’s entire family regularly takes raw local honey.  Her daughter has mild asthma and was also taking claritin daily.  After starting the honey, she was able to stop taking claritin and didn’t need to use her inhaler as often.

FAQ About Raw Local Honey & Allergies

Why does raw local honey help with seasonal allergies?  Raw honey is unpasteurized and unfiltered.  That means that it still contains some of the pollen that the bees bring into the hive.  When someone is allergic to pollen, the body sees it as a threat and attacks.  That is when the sneezing, watery eyes, and other symptoms start.  When someone ingests raw local honey daily, the body starts to recognize that pollen as normal and stops attacking.  This is the same way that allergy shots from a doctor works.

Is raw honey safe to eat?  There is some debate about the safety of raw honey.  You should consult your doctor before trying raw local honey for your allergies.  You’ll especially want to be cautious if you have extreme allergic reactions to pollen.  There isn’t a way to tell how much pollen is in a teaspoon of raw honey and your body’s reaction could be dangerous.  For more information about the safety debate of raw honey, read Side Effects of Raw Honey.  Honey of any kind should never be given to a child under the age of one.

How much raw local honey do you need to eat?  This will depend on how bad your symptoms are.  Heather took a teaspoon of honey 2-3 times a day during allergy season and continues to take 1 teaspoon a day during non-allergy season.  Heather and her family eat their honey at meal times just because that is an easy way to remember to take it.

Does raw local honey help with all allergies?  No.  If you are allergic to things like dust, dogs, or peanuts this will not help.  It only has the potential to help with outdoor, seasonal, pollen based allergies.

Is this guaranteed to help everyone with seasonal allergies? No.  It worked for Heather and her family, but it might not work for you.  However, if you are looking for alternatives to conventional medicine for your seasonal allergies, this is a natural option you might want to try.  As I said before, consult with your doctor.

Say Goodbye to Allergies with Raw Local Honey - Does this natural alternative to medicine really work?

How do you know your honey is raw?  Raw honey doesn’t look the same as regular honey.  It is cloudy and lighter in color.  It should also clearly say “raw honey” on the label.  UPDATE: I am wrong!  Raw honey can come in both ways and it might depend on your area which kind you can find.  The “cloudy” type of honey is actually called creamed honey.  It is a method used to help with crystallization that happens to raw honey as it is stored over time.  However, you can find raw honey that has not been creamed and looks like the kind on the left in the picture above.  So how do you know if your honey is raw?  Check the label and assume that it is NOT raw unless it says that it is.  It is also a good idea to only buy your honey from a trusted source.

Does it matter what type of raw honey you use?  There are several different types of honey that you can buy based on the type of plants the bees were hanging out with.  Wildflower, clover, and alfalfa are just a few of the different varieties.  You might have better results with one type of plant over another.

Where can you buy raw local honey?  You’ll probably have a hard time finding raw local honey at a regular grocery store.  Instead check with a natural foods store or local farmers’ market.  Watch out for local honey that isn’t truly local.  Many beekeepers take their hives to a warmer climate (like Florida) during the winter months.

My Story

Last year I was struggling with seasonal allergies more than normal.  Since I was breastfeeding Noah, I wanted to limit the medications I was taking.  I had heard that Heather was using local honey, so I decided to give it a try.

I used the honey daily for several days and I didn’t notice a single change in my symptoms.  I was frustrated and gave up.  I called my lactation consultant to find out what allergy medications were safe to take while breastfeeding and I started using that instead.

Months later I realized that I had been taking local honey, but it wasn’t raw!  No wonder it wasn’t working.  So I don’t have personal experience with raw local honey, but I do plan to try it this year if my allergy symptoms return.

Heather is a real life friend of mine and I appreciate her sharing her story.  Thank you so much, Heather.

Have you ever tried raw local honey for your allergies?

Disclosure: Consult a doctor before taking raw honey as it is possible to have a dangerous allergic reaction.  Never give a child under the age of one honey of any kind.  I am not a medical professional.  This post is meant to educate, not to replace the guidance of professional medical advice.

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Homemade Chicken Fried Rice

Easy Homemade Chicken Fried Rice - a great way to sneak some veggies into your diet!

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Homemade chicken fried rice isn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined it would be.  It comes together easily and is a great way to sneak some veggies into your diet.  This recipe is so simple that it has even made it onto my fast & easy vacation meal plan.

This recipe is super forgiving.  It can easily be made with more or less chicken, rice, vegetables, or eggs.  Just use what you have on hand.

Homemade Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil (or your oil of choice, but I like the slight coconut flavor in this dish)
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen mixed veggies (I use a carrot, corn, pea, & green bean blend.)
  • 2-3 eggs, beaten

Directions:

1. Start the rice if you don’t have it cooked already.  You’ll get approximately 4 cups cooked rice from 1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice.

2. Cut the chicken into small pieces, smaller than bite sized.  You could also use leftover cooked chicken.

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Then add the chicken, garlic, and onion.  Fry until the chicken is cooked and the onions are soft.

4. Add the salt, pepper, sugar, and soy sauce.  Stir well.

5. Add the cooked rice and fry for several minutes.

6. Add frozen vegetables. Stir and cover.  Fry until the veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.

7. Pour beaten eggs over the rice.  Mix throughout the rice by stirring until cooked.  Serve immediately.

This recipe was adapted from the More with Less Cookbook, which is my all time favorite cookbook.

Do you make your own chicken fried rice at home?

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The Just Clean Something Challenge: Spring Cleaning Edition

The Just Clean SOMETHING Challenge: Spring Cleaning Edition - Motivation & accountability for those who hate to clean!

I hate cleaning.  I hate it.  I hate it.  I hate it.  Yet I love a clean house.  Funny how that works, huh?

I’ve always struggled with getting into a good cleaning routine.  That is why I created my super popular cleaning checklist that you can download for free and customize to fit your home.  It is why I hosted the Just Clean Something Challenge last summer.  Cleaning it hard for me.

Since cleaning is something I struggle with, I’ve never done any official Spring cleaning.  Any extra “deep” cleaning that I’ve done has always been really sporadic.  I want this year to be different.  So I’m bringing back the Just Clean Something Challenge for the month of April.

Everyday, starting tomorrow, I will clean at least one thing in my house.  I am hoping to accomplish something that looks similar to Spring cleaning by the end of the month, but honestly any progress is worth celebrating.

Who’s with me?  Misery loves company, right?  I might post periodic updates here on the blog, but the best way to get connected, stay motivated, and find accountability is to like my page on Facebook.  Each evening I’ll post a “Roll Call!” on my Facebook page for you to share your accomplishments.  You are also welcome to post before & after photos on my timeline or use the hashtag #JustCleanSomething on Instagram.  I look forward to seeing what progress you make this month!

I don’t have a snazzy Spring cleaning schedule for you to follow each day.  I hate cleaning way to much to be that organized.  My only advice to you is to look at your messy house and do something, anything, to make it look better.  Then do something again the next day and the next day.  Let’s stop over thinking it and just do something.

Note: Easter falls on April 20th this year.  I will be taking a break from the challenge on April 18th, 19th, and 20th.  Three less days to force myself to clean!  Yippee!

My friend Krissa from More Than Mundane is joining the challenge.  You can visit her blog to read about her cleaning struggles.

Are you ready for this?  I’ll see you on Facebook and Instagram (#JustCleanSomething) starting tomorrow!  Until then, you can read more about my struggles with cleaning here.

Do you do Spring cleaning each year?  Why or why not?

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