Taz: Adrenal Recovery Soup

This is a recipe that I found a couple of years ago and love making. It is a wonderful, nourishing soup that provides many of the minerals our bodies need desperately.
Originally from “Balancing body chemistry with nutrition” seminars by Dorthy S Downey.
I have modified the recipe a bit to how I make it.
It is so simple, and tasty as well.
Taz, or Adrenal Recovery Soup is a simple, nourishing soup to give your body what it needs. #soup #adrenalfatigue #nourish #realfood #gourmet #recipe

Taz Soup (Adrenal Recovery Soup)

  • 16 ounces green beans, cut into bite sized bits
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 zucchini*, sliced
  • 1 medium onion*, chopped
  • 1 16 can tomato* diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup spring water (I use filtered water)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound uncured smoked beef sausage, uncured ham chunks, or two chicken breast cut into bite sized bits
  • Pepper to taste

Prepare ingredients. In a large pot, combine ingredients and simmer for about an hour, or until the veggies are tender.
One of my children does not like eating green veggies, but happily ate this and asked for more.
Great for when you are really stressed or sick to help your body get on the mend faster.
*Since this is about getting minerals and helping our bodies recover, these ingredients I highly recommend making sure that you get organic.
 

What is Going on and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

On the mend. Finally. Mastitis had two days of last week, then the sinus infection that I had been fighting finally hit hard. By the way, I have dismissed gargling with salt water way too long. It is amazing!
Not much at all got done, and I didn’t go out much. Ollie had a weight check (he’s gaining more than our goal of 5oz a week now), and our follow up with the lactation consultant (who said I still need to do some stretches after the five week mark, boo).
My mom and hubby took the children to karate. Storytime and science time did not happen last week, and it still bugs me, but I can’t do it all. I skipped krav as well since it is pretty intense.
This past weekend I started tackling the living/play room. Downsized dress up stuff and the toy box both by about half. Small steps. Kids toys are hard for me to get rid of.
Hubby replaced the garbage disposal. I am very thankful that he is so handy.
I am hoping that life gets back to “normal” this week!
 On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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Aprons and Pearls linkup

I am dealing with mastitis as I write this. It is like a horrible flu. Thankfully hubby could come home early and my mom came up to help with the kids tomorrow (Tuesday).
I have dealt with it before, but had not caught it before I needed an antibiotic.
This time I was prepared. Well, as prepared as you can be!
A stressful week+dehydration+little sleep is a recipe for mastitis!
A reminder to be still more.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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Autumn is here! Not my very favorite season, but it is a lovely one. My favorite things about it are the lovely colored leaves and pumpkin everything!
Things have been very busy around here, and we are still finding our groove with school. I plan to write more about that in the future. We are enjoying it very much. I love seeing things click with the kids.
Our littlest had his oral ties revised last week and he is doing well. I have to stretch his sore little mouth five times a day for five weeks, but he is already getting nice rolls on his arms and is a lot more energetic. Nursing is much easier and he is much more efficient as well.
I made out our autumn bucket list and shared that yesterday. As I mentioned, it is pumpkin season.
I love everything pumpkin. Hubby not so much, so I really try to keep it to September-December.
The oldest two children earned their yellow belts in their kids karate classes. Our third little one wishes he could be in class and tries to do karate on his older siblings…
I have started simmering delicious things to make the house smell autumny. Our youngest is a bit too young to use most of the essential oils that I have diffused in autumn in the past, so I am sticking to the simmer pot.
I might make up a pot of wassail for the ladies Bible study on Wednesday night. And perhaps something pumpkiny?
In the month of October I am hosting a Thanksgiving Challenge. Please join me on Instagram, or Facebook to take part in it!
Tomorrow I will share about our family’s Halloween Ministry to the neighborhood children.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
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The 2018 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundles are one of my favorite Ultimate Bundles each year. They offer some amazing resources each year, all in one place, at a great discount.
Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018
This year, there are so many resources that we will use. I was going to highlight all of the ones that I think we will use, but then I would be highlighting about 98% of it. I have left a few highlighted.
As you can see, Water Wellness and The Women’s Health Master Class are each three times the price of the bundle.  Even if I was interested in one of those alone it would make this bundle worth it.
Earlier this week I shared about how to tell if a bundle would be worth the price, you can take a peek at that and the product list below and see for yourself it you think it would be worth it for your family.

What Is Included in The Bundle This Year?

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018

Allergy-Free Cooking (10 products worth $159.84)

  • 14 Dinner Recipes for Food Allergies by Megan Lavin ($4.99)
    The first two weeks of learning to cook with a new list of dietary restrictions are the toughest. That’s why you need this e-cookbook that has 14 delicious dinners all free of the top 8 allergies, including gluten and dairy.
  • 25 Allergy Friendly Treats by Dena Norton ($9.99)
    With the recipes in this ebook, you can enjoy allergy friendly treats—including dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, tree nut/coconut free, and soy free options—without compromising flavor!
  • Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes Made By Kids, For Kids by Raia Todd ($5.99)
    Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen contains 17 gluten-free kid-friendly breakfast, snack, and dessert recipes, most with dairy-free options.
  • Go Grain Free by Jill Tieman ($67.00)
    Go Grain Free is a self-paced, online cooking class featuring grain free, additive free, dairy free and refined sugar free recipes that are appropriate for healing diets such as SCD, GAPS and Paleo.
  • Goodness Me It’s Gluten Free Baking: Bread, Pastry, Cakes, Cookies, Muffins & More by Vanessa Hudson ($5.99)
    Gluten free baking has never been easier. With simple instructions & using common ingredients you can now make bread, pastry, cakes, cookies, muffins and more in your own kitchen that taste so good you won’t know you’re eating gluten free!
  • How to Go Gluten Free: What to Do After Being Diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity by Jenna Drew ($27.00)
    A complete guide to help you navigate a gluten intolerance or celiac diagnosis.
  • The Food Allergy Mom’s Guide to Substitutions for Cooking and Baking by Kelly Roenicke ($7.99)
    This guide contains simple substitutions to make your favorite recipes allergy friendly.
  • The Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox by Kathlena ($14.95)
    Packed with over 60 lunches and recipes, The Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox can help guide you in making delicious lunches for taking to work, school, or restaurants with friends.
  • Tips for Handling Life with Food Allergies by Kelly Roenicke ($5.99)
    Tips for Handling Life with Food Allergies is a simple guide to handling everyday situations when you have food allergies.
  • Weeding Out Wheat by Trisha Gilkerson ($9.95)
    Weeding out Wheat addresses both why wheat is unhealthy and how Christians should approach the Scriptures around this topic.

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Alternative Health (9 products worth $376.83)  

    • 3-Month Rise UP: Online Integrative Wellness Membership  by Kristyn Bango & Stephanie Wharton ($45.00)
      Rise UP is an Online Integrative Wellness Membership designed to educate its participants on evidence-based, functional health approaches specific to their unique situation and goals.
    • Beat Crohn’s: The Real Truth About Crohn’s Disease and How You Can Overcome It by Megan Redshaw ($7.99)
      Beat Crohn’s is an ebook that breaks down the most common myths surrounding Crohn’s disease and provides a natural approach for overcoming it.
    • Clear Skin Secrets: 12 Steps to Clear Skin, Naturally by Amie Skilton ($30.00)
      Clear Skin Secrets is a 12-Step Blueprint to heal your acne once and for all, naturally.
    • Debunking PCOS by Nat Kringoudis  ($8.85)
      This little gem includes all you need to know to get your hormones back on track to tame those wild ovaries of yours.
    • Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse: The Perfect Jumpstart to Get Your Hormones Back on Track by Nicole Jardim ($37.00)
      The Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse will help you ditch the junk and eat the very best hormone-balancing and cycle-friendly foods. Symptoms like PMS, period pain, acne, fatigue, heavy periods, breast pain and irregular bleeding are alleviated or resolved.
    • Love Your Adrenals: 7 Day Kickstart by Jules Galloway ($37.00)
      If you need a helping hand to get your health on track, Jules has got your back! This program takes you through the FIRST STEPS to healing adrenal fatigue, with amazing healthy food, daily activities, plus ninja tips for self-care and stress relief.
    • The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs by Nicolas Pineault  ($14.99)
      The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs helps health-conscious people like you dramatically cut down their EMF exposure without going back to the Stone Age.
    • The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s by Jill Grunewald & Lisa Markley ($9.99)
      The Essential Thyroid Cookbook is a book within a cookbook containing a substantive, rigorously researched educational component as well as over 100 original ”food as medicine” recipes for your thyroid and immune system.
    • Water Wellness: Using the Healing Virtues of Water to Revive, Recover, and Recharge by Christine Dalziel ($97.00)
      Learn to use the secrets of water, temperature, and salt to sleep better, have more energy, and restore that healthy glow. Turn your daily water routine into a wellspring of comfort and health with easy to follow recipes and herbal remedies.
    • Women’s Health Masterclass by Wardee Harmon ($99.00)
      The Women’s Health masterclass contains the Women’s Health eBook plus 10 masterclass videos.

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      Detox & Reset (8 products worth $208.73)

    • 4-Week Total Paleo Reset Plan by Irena Macri of Eat Drink Paleo ($45.00)
      Working with leading experts in wellness and nutrition, Irena Macri has created a 4-week plan that will help you reset your body and gain all the health and wellbeing benefits of the paleo diet while eating delicious, real food.
    • Ditch Your Nutritionist: Your Step-By-Step Guide To Look Your Best, Feel Your Best… Guaranteed by Anne Marie Garland ($39.00)
      Commit to Ditch Your Nutritionist today, and leave the nutrition blogs and diet books behind… guaranteed.
    • Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse: The Perfect Jumpstart to Get Your Hormones Back on Track by Nicole Jardim ($37.00)
      The Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse will help you ditch the junk and eat the very best hormone-balancing and cycle-friendly foods. Symptoms like PMS, period pain, acne, fatigue, heavy periods, breast pain and irregular bleeding are alleviated or resolved.
    • InTENsive Reset & Refresh  by Wendie Schneider ($19.99)
      The InTENsive Reset and Refresh is a 10-day nutrition program aimed at returning you to your roots – real, whole, nourishing foods. It also includes information and instruction on staying hydrated, exercising lightly, and finding ways to reduce stress.
    • Love Your Adrenals: 7 Day Kickstart by Jules Galloway ($37.00)
      If you need a helping hand to get your health on track, Jules has got your back! This program takes you through the FIRST STEPS to healing adrenal fatigue, with amazing healthy food, daily activities, plus ninja tips for self-care and stress relief.
    • Mind Your Gut Health by Daniella Hogarth ($8.75)
      A great workbook and introductory guide to a ‘plant-based’ Paleo lifestyle including over 70 delicious recipes. Comprehensively covering goal-setting, meal-planning, food preparation, exercise tips and stress management.
    • The Easy Detox + Recipe Book by Jennifer Lynn ($9.00)
      In this guide you will learn what it really means to detox, how to cleanse your body every day as well recipes and meal ideas to get your started on the right track.
    • The Real Food Reset: 30 Days to Lose Weight, Be Free from Cravings & Feeling Great! by Roland Denzel ($12.99)
      The Real Food Reset puts you in touch with your instincts, and reintroduces you to the power that Real Food has over your health and waistline.

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      Fitness & Weight Loss (11 products worth $571.89)

    • 4 Week Fit & Strong Workout Plan by Lynn Neville ($27.00)
      A plan packed with tips, motivation, and quick and effective workouts to get the fit and strong body you’ve always wanted.
    • Balance Virtual Bootcamp: REBOOT by Karen Shopoff Rooff ($47.00)
      Balance Virtual Bootcamp: REBOOT delivers 18 ALL NEW at-home workouts suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. It is not necessary to have completed Balance Virtual Bootcamp before starting REBOOT.
    • Clean and Lean Blueprint by Amanda Brooks ($7.99)
      Find out how to lose weight by focusing on the right foods, no more gimmicks, no fads, and nothing you can’t do long term.
    • Healthy Aging Class Pack: Healthy Moving to Help You Feel Amazing in Your Body Today and for Decades to Come by Jen Hoffman ($29.97)
      The Healthy Aging Class Pack includes five Healthy Moving classes packed with unique exercises and flows to help you feel amazing in your body today and for decades to come.
    • MerryBody 4-Week Yoga and Pilates Home Fitness Program by Emma & Carla Papas ($75.00)
      MerryBody is a 4 week program that combines Yoga, Pilates and mindset to completely change the way you work out—AND how you feel about yourself.
    • Printable Food & Fitness Trackers by Megan Duesterhaus ($19.00)
      The Food and Fitness Trackers printable kit includes four pretty, editable, and comprehensive worksheets to help you quickly and easily track your food intake and exercise habits.
    • Secrets to Controlling Your Weight, Cravings and Mood by Maria Emmerich ($9.99)
      The solution to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurotransmitters. This book gives you the tools to do just that.
    • The Busy Life Diet: Healthy Weight Loss for Women on the Go by Gaye Christmus ($9.95)
      The Busy Life Diet is designed to help you lose weight in a healthy way and a reasonable amount of time, and to make the very best use of the time and energy you devote to healthy eating and weight loss.
    • The Slim and Satisfied Handbook: 4 Weeks of Gluten Free, Sugar Free, High Protein Menus and Recipes by Jacinda Vandenberg ($9.99)
      This 4-week, low glycemic menu plan is complete with grocery lists and recipes for every meal of the day!
    • Unhinge the Binge: The Answer to Emotional, Binge and Stress Eating by Jenny Eden Berk ($297.00)
      Heal your relationship with food by using mindful and intuitive based techniques and tapping into inner wisdom.
    • Victory Over Emotional Eating for Christian Women: Conquering Cravings and Finding Freedom by Sara Borgstede & Becky Lehman ($39.00)
      Conquer cravings and find lasting freedom from emotional eating with the 4 week course, Victory Over Emotional Eating for Christian Women.

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Gardening (12 products worth $156.32)   

    • Container Gardening: Your Guide to Container Gardening Anywhere by Heather Harris ($7.99)
      Grow your own food, in the space you’re in. Learn more about container gardening and how easy it is to do!
    • Fall & Winter Gardening Without the Overwhelm by Rootsy ($7.50)
      In Fall and Winter Gardening Without the Overwhelm, you’ll get advice and guidance for successfully growing brassicas, root vegetables and leafy greens that will guide your path to eating fresh food, longer in the season.
    • Garden Herb Walk with Kami McBride ($27.00)
      Learn to use your herb garden to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and add delicious flavor to your meals.
    • Grow a Good Life Guide to Planning Your Vegetable Garden by Rachel Arsenault ($7.99)
      Good planning is key to a successful vegetable garden. Whether you are new to growing your own food or have been growing a vegetable garden for years, you will benefit from some planning each year. Organize and plan your vegetable garden with this guide.
    • Grow Abundant Herbs & Greens….in Pots! by Nicola Newman ($4.90)
      When you grow herbs & greens in pots, you get to enjoy eating the freshest, healthiest food possible and have a garden that gives you personal satisfaction & nutritious food every day of the week.
    • Growing 5 Warm Weather Vegetables Made Easy: A Quick, Simple and Inexpensive Growing Guide by CaliKim ($14.99)
      Growing 5 Warm Weather Vegetables Made Easy shows you exactly how to grow your own tasty, healthy, organic tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and eggplant (from seed to harvest) in your own backyard in a quick, simple and inexpensive way.  
    • Growing Urban Orchards: How to Care for Fruit Trees in the City and Beyond by Susan Poizner ($19.95)
      In Susan Poizner’s award-winning book you will learn to choose, plant and care for fruit trees that will thrive in your unique conditions.
    • How to Grow a Vertical Garden by Anna Hackman ($39.00)
      Double your gardening space and harvest in order to grow vine vegetables using cattle panels.
    • Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside by Melissa Will ($5.00)
      A complete beginner guide to indoor seed starting for outdoor flowers, veggies, and herbs.  
    • The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski ($13.00)
      With The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil, you WILL become a better gardener. Your plants will resist disease and your produce will be nourishing because you’ve built healthy soil.
    • The Ultimate Garden Planning Spreadsheets by Laura Seabolt ($9.00)
      With planting dates and growing tips for 40+ crops from basil to turnips, these spreadsheets do everything for you except put the plants in the ground!
    • Understanding Your Climate by Angi Schneider ($17.00)
      In Understanding Your Climate you will learn how to use common gardening metrics to truly understand your gardening environment.
    • Vegetable Gardening the Easy Way by Jami Boys ($10.00)
      There is a way to eat your favorite vegetables warmed by the sun without the backbreaking work your parents or grandparents might have done. It’s called Vegetable Gardening the Easy Way—and it truly can be easy!

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Healthy Children (7 products worth $114.63)

  • Fit2B Girls: The Holistic, Non-Sexual Body Education eCourse That Empowers Girls to Respect Their Bodies and Stay Healthy by Beth Learn ($39.97)
    A modern, family-friendly approach to body education for girls ages 9-14 with videos, printables, quizzes, tasteful graphics, and wholesome contributors including doctors, physical therapists, a fitness specialist, nutritionist, midwife, and more!  
  • Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes Made By Kids, For Kids by Raia Todd ($5.99)
    Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen contains 17 gluten-free kid-friendly breakfast, snack, and dessert recipes, most with dairy-free options.
  • Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
    Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make includes 4 videos and lesson plans for all ages – your kids really can make breakfast on their own, no mess, no fuss, no failure!
  • Homeopathy for Mommies: Family Guide for the Acute Use of Homeopathy by Sue Meyer ($14.99)
    A comprehensive guide for teaching caregivers how to use homeopathy.
  • National Parks Guide for Families by Saren Loosli ($10.00)
    This guide offers descriptions, photos and videos of the best hikes, activities and places to stay in many of the U.S. National Parks.
  • Real Food A to Z by Starlene Stewart ($4.99)
    This colorful picture book will help you teach your toddler the alphabet as well as the names of real fruits and vegetables.
  • The Well Nourished Lunchbox by Georgia Harding ($18.69)
    The Well Nourished Lunchbox is a fully interactive, beautifully designed ebook that will guide you to pack your kids (or even yourself) a delicious, nutritious lunch, simply and easily.

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Home & Beauty (6 products worth $79.96)

  • Celebrate: Your Comprehensive Guide to Low-Tox Entertaining by Alexx Stuart ($9.00)
    A low tox entertaining e-book with 37 food and cocktail recipes, tips and resources for you to create less waste when you entertain, decorating ideas, table arrangements and floral inspiration, gift ideas and more.
    • Clear Skin Secrets: 12 Steps to Clear Skin, Naturally by Amie Skilton ($30.00)
      Clear Skin Secrets is a 12-Step Blueprint to heal your acne once and for all, naturally.
    • DIY Face Masks and Scrubs: Natural & Nourishing Homemade Skincare by Stacy Karen ($3.99)
      DIY Face Masks and Scrubs is your comprehensive guide to creating luxurious and effective natural skincare products for healthy, glowing skin.
    • Holistic Living For Penny Pinchers by Meg Richardson ($9.99)
      Learn how to live a healthier life by creating your own all natural products and revising your daily routines to serve you better.
    • Nourishing Nature: Beauty Recipes from the Garden by Kristy Doubet Haare ($11.99)
      Make beautiful nourishing products for your skin with all natural ingredients picked from the garden.
    • The Non-Toxic Home Evaluation Guide by Kresha Faber ($14.99)
      The Non-Toxic Home Evaluation Guide is a positive, upbeat, step-by-step checklist that helps you take an honest look at your home and make simple-but-effective changes so your family’s living space is healthier and happier.

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Homesteading (4 products worth $41.93)

  • Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead: Radical Inspiration and Practical Advice by Teri Page ($9.95)
    If going off the grid is something you’re curious about, Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead will be your guide! With equal parts practical information and inspiration, this book will give you the support and knowledge to make your off grid dream happen.
  • Homemade Dairy by Jill Winger ($9.99)
  • Provident Homesteading by Julie Gropp ($12.99)
    This beginner homesteading guide will help you take the first steps to start a homestead wherever you live and with whatever budget you have available.
  • The Homestead Goal Planner: Create the Homestead You Want in the Time You Have by Sarah Toney ($9.00)
    The Homestead Goal Planner will help you prioritize your goals and show you how to break those goals down into manageable pieces so that you can create the homestead life you’ve always dreamed of!

  • Natural Remedies (8 products worth $94.95)  

  • Adaptogens: A Holistic Approach to Healing by Kristyn Bango (19.99)
    Adaptogens: A Holistic Approach to Healing is a comprehensive guide to managing stress in our bodies in order to achieve whole body health.
  • Essential Oils for Women’s Health: Maiden, Mother, Crone by Rachel Silves ($9.99)
    Discover how essential oils can be used safely and effectively in the management of common women’s health concerns.
  • Essential Oils Notebook by Crystal Brothers ($17.00)
    This notebook is intended to help you formulate a plan for your essential oils. It contains everything you need to organization to your storage and use of essential oils.
  • Garden Herb Walk with Kami McBride ($27.00)
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Have you ever utilized an ultimate bundle as a resource? What resource are you most excited about this year?

Are Ultimate Bundles Really Worth It?

Today I am sharing about one of my favorite resources, Ultimate Bundles.

What are Ultimate Bundles?

Ultimate Bundles are bundles of amazing resources on various subjects at discounts of around 98%. From healthy living, to parenting, to homemaking, to name a few of the subjects covered by the bundles.

How does it work?

You purchase your bundle and you instantly have access to the resources and bonuses included in the bundle. You must download them within a year, but they are yours forever. Usually the bonuses must claimed within a month or so.

Are Ultimate Bundles worth it?

There are so many resources that usually people don’t even use them all, so why did invest in something when you only use a few things from it?
The best way to see if it would be worth it is to sit down with the list of resources in the bundle that you are interested in and make a list of resources that you would use, and the price that you would pay outside of the bundle. If the resources that you would use are worth more than the bundle price it than it would be a good investment. If not, then maybe it’s not for you.
Usually the bonuses alone make it worth the price of the bundle, and there are several resources that are twice the price of the bundle that I use, so it is well worth it for us.
Have you ever checked out Ultimate Bundles?
Right now (11/5/18-11/6/18) there is a flash sale on the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! Get it before it’s gone!

Martial Arts, Frustrations, & The Aprons and Pearls Linkup

This past week has been filled with activity and frustration.
Our second week of martial arts classes at our dojo (karate for the kids, krav maga for myself and my husband). There’s a bit of time between classes, almost too much to stay, but definitely not enough to go home. We will play around some with what we will do during that time. School work most likely once we really start, some reading of library books perhaps. If all else fails, the children love drawing, so I might just stock up on notebooks.
Krav was interesting. I am having to modify or sit out of some of the pre-defense portion of the class because it is a bunch of exercises that I can not do at the moment due to my diastasis recti (abdominal separation). I am also doing some core building exercises on my own to help with the DR.
Trying to get into better shape, but balancing it with getting enough calories to keep my milk supply up, and over tax my adrenals.
Life has been taxing enough for the adrenals!
Trying to get our religious exemptions from our children’s old doctor in time to register for school. I have been trying to get them for a month now and it has just been a nightmare. Our old doctor’s quirkiness use to be interesting, but now it is a huge source of stress. He does not have full-time office hours, so I only have certain days that I can go in. He shares an office that we have gone to, so he keeps records off site. He uses an answering service, so there is no direct calling him. You have to call and wait for him to call back.
I finally got up with him and arranged to pickup our records Friday. His office is across town, so it is a 30 minute drive. The children had lost their minds just before we left the house. We got to the office and no one was there. Call to the answering service, and waiting for him to call back.
Turns out he forgot a continuing education meeting that day and would not be in the office. He thought that when I said the 15th that I somehow meant the 15th of September (I specifically said Virginia requires the notice of intent to homeschool, along with required documents by AUGUST 15th), and we had plenty of time, so he was not bothered by urgency.
I nearly lost it. I informed him that when I first started we did have plenty of time. That I would already have to drag the children out to hand deliver it to the office because he had taken so long.
I get a twitch in my eye when I get really stressed. It has been a while since I have had one, but I got one that day.
After a stressful week, including a night of hormonal ugly crying and being physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted the next day, it was nearly the straw that broke the camel’s back.
We just had them redone. It is not hard, but still extra for me to do. We have yet to get the records. Good times.
That is all on top of juggling nursing most of the day,  getting homeschool stuff figured out, trying to get things around the room caught up on the house, and all of the other stay at home jobs.
I have plastered the house with verses on renewing my mind, putting on love and the garment of praise, and just to encourage me. Satan is great at using life to cut us down, to try to discourage us, to pile on the guilt. The Word is the best weapon we have.
We have decided on Konos for our main curriculum. We will supplement math and phonics with some other workbooks.
This past weekend we got in some good science lessons. We took a nice walk around the neighborhood at my grandma’s and while out at the park we talked about the different types of leaves that we found and found the trees that they come from, found a cicada shell (Danny loved it. For the record, I never would have picked it up before I had children!), observed how sensitive plants close up when touched, found mushrooms (and talked about how we do not eat wild mushrooms unless someone trained in identifying them has cleared them), observed gnats in spider webs (they are plentiful in that area!), talked about how acorns grow really big trees… learning does not just happen in the class room.
Tomorrow our youngest and I will be seeing a lactation consultant about his oral ties. She needs to see if she would recommend having them revised because they are affecting his nursing. I am fairly certain that they are. Once I have her recommendation the local pediatric dentist that does revisions will schedule having his ties released. Not something I am looking forward to, but if it helps him we need to have it done.
I really have had to start using a planner for appointments. We have so much going on, and it is not even autumn yet! If I do not write it down or put it in my phone I am sunk!
The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Sale is coming up, so stay tuned! I will be sharing more about it in the coming weeks. There are some amazing resources, as always.
I have a couple more guest posts that I will try to get up this week, then I will try to get back to posting a new post at least once a week. We will see how that goes. While blogging is my creative outlet, it is rather low priority at the moment.
Yesterday, Lillie shared a bit about her journey.
I have noticed that clicks on the linkups are down, please, I am not going to put a number of how many links you much check out, but take some time to check out the content that others are leaving. Thank you for participating!
 On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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Life Update, Guests Posts, Homeschool Prep, and the Aprons & Pearls Linkup

I completely spaced the linkup last week until Thursday night! We had some family come in Thursday night, so last week was a blur trying to get things done. I do apologize.
It has been busy around here.
We found a curriculum for our homeschooling that will kickoff the Tuesday after Labor Day. It is all a bit overwhelming. I am trying to pin down a schedule. I have never really cared for schedules, but we will definitely need one this autumn. I will likely post more about starting up in a while.
I ventured to the local homeschool book store last week and inquired about Konos curriculum. They had the first volume. They held them for me while I discussed it with hubby. We decided to give it a try. When I went back to get it, the lady brought out volumes 2 & 3. Someone had brought them in to give away. So, for the (discounted) price of one volume, we got all three. They are older editions, so I will be hole punching and putting them in a binder. Because I need another project! But it will be a lot easier to use. The first volume is coming apart.
The children have started karate. Last week was our first week. Two days a week we will end up spending quite a bit of time at our dojo. The children have their classes from about 3:45-4:45. Hubby and I have  Krava Maga classes at 6:45-7:45. So I will be packing dinner for our family to eat there since there is not much time in between and loading and unloading the children into the car is silly.
It really is a great dojo that we have found. It is a Christian business. It actually started in our church’s fellowship hall. They pray before and after each class.
Registration for story and science time is coming up as well.
Last week we took the children to Ripley’s Believe It or Not (mainly because our oldest wanted to see the Iron Man that was on the flyer). There was an interesting tunnel that I plan to share about later. And a 4D theater. It was a fun day, but a very full one! We also made stops at some favorite places on the way back.
Last week was the last week of our library’s summer reading challenge. I utterly failed with the children this year. We logged only a small fraction of what we read, and I even logged some of them wrong.
We did not make it to a single special event at the library.
The mom guilt has been a real struggle, that is for sure! I have to keep reminding myself that guilt is one of Satan’s favorite tools.
I also discovered that our newest little has upper lip and tongue ties. We have a consultation with a lactation consultant next week. We will see if getting them release is going to be an option. Hopefully it will allow him to nurse more effectively.
Also, if baby is fussy when you set them down, start up your vacuum. No lie, I might have left my vacuum running some this week! I got a small noise machine, but he does not seem to like it as much (maybe it is because the next to youngest keeps taking it?).
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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The Week in Review and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Rather frustrating week.
After wrangling the (four) children for a 5.5 hour sales pitch (that was supposed to be 90 minutes) at a time share place for a few vouchers for stays at their facilities, we found out that, while they knew since phone call #1 that we are a family of 6, the vouchers are only good for 4 people. No one told us during the first phone call. No one told us during check in. No one told us during the 5 hour sales pitch. No one told us when we checked out. Honestly, if it had been up to me I would have passed from the beginning, but hubby agreed to it. If anyone from Vacation Village Resorts and Affiliates offers you anything, just pass. It is not worth it.
Nothing much has gotten done around the house either. I am feeling motivated, but littlest man is nursing a lot, which is normal. It is a season that will pass. So this week has been filled with much cuddling, nursing, and Netflix. Chipping away at laundry one load at a time. Everything bottle necks at the dryer, and it has been raining since Saturday (and has a good chance of rain all week).
We are also pretty far behind on our summer reading challenge. The goal has been 20 minutes a day and 100 books over the summer. I am trying to be okay with it, there is only so much that we can do. We have read daily, but I have not paid attention to the clock when we do.
We did get to check out the Lego Americana Tour. The White House, Supreme Court Building, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, Old North Church, Washington Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial in Legos-in pretty amazing detail. And a fun snow scene with a lot of the children’s favorite characters.
I am very grateful for all of the guests posts that have allowed me to not worry about the blog on top of everything else going on. This week the guest posts have been Biblical Encouragement For The Weary Mom, Slayed Yet Vindicated, and Don’t Judge Someone Based On One Piece of Their Puzzle.
There is an amazing sale going on over at Flirty Apron (check out the link in the sidebar). Up to 70% off, and one of my all-time favorite aprons-the Lindy- is included in the sale!
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!


Change, Spring Bucket List Updates, and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

This week has been pretty busy!
Tackled Mount Laundrious with the help of my mom and sister (who watched the children while mom and I folded and put away the mount).
Cleaned Wednesday, while I did not get everything done that I wanted, I did make progress.
Story time Thursday was a bit rough, the teacher was having a bad day and decided to take it out on my older children, which is disappointing (and upsetting to this pregnant, hormonal mama) because we have had her a few times since my oldest was D’s age, and she does the homeschool group at that library branch, which we plan to join in the autumn. We will see how the last couple of classes go though.
Science time made it a bit better where the teacher was super encouraging about D being in with the older children.
Then we had our midwives home visit to see our birth space and where we live.
Then, Thursday night I realized that I had hardly done much to prepare for our middle’s birthday party Sunday afternoon! So a planning session.
Cleaning, chiropractor, and party prep Friday.
Saturday hubby took the children out for the day, running errands and to a birthday party so that I could get stuff done. Then we met up for dinner out which was nice.
The children and daddy camped out in the living room (tent and all).
Sunday is usually a busy day, but birthday party Sundays are insane. Sunday school, church, potluck lunch, home to prep a few last minute things (we get home around 2, and parties usually start around 3 so that people that have to drive a distance do not have to do so in the dark through country roads).
Honestly, I was not in a party mood, and was really done before anyone got to our home, but pushed through.
Yesterday was my first day to really get a break in in about three weeks, which is way too long! I believe that there is a reason that God established the Sabbath! I hope to blog a bit about that later.
Our bucket list update is rather small, but this week we made some cards for some friends and people that could use some encouragement.  Our girlie has been on a card making kick ever since, which is so nice. She made a whole stack of cards for her AWANAS teachers, for the midwives, for friends…
Our garden has been growing like crazy. Our tomato plants are as high as I am. We have gotten more rain this week, which helps, but I think it might be the bone meal fertilizer that I used. I have never had plants this big!
Change is always hard for me, especially when it is something as big as the one Bible study teacher that has ever been encouraging of my bringing baby along to Bible study stepping down. Which is where I am finding myself now. D just went to nursery in February for the first time on Wednesday nights.
With the new little one due soon, it is a given that they will be with mama for a while. I am not sure yet what classes will be offered at our Wednesday night church, but I am hoping and praying hard that one accepting of our little one will be coming. If not, we will see how it goes.
We do keep our kids with us for worship service, and nurslings do not leave mama for the better part of their first two years. I have a post planned on children in worship for a later date (I have so many posts planned, but it is just finding time to get them out of my brain and into the computer!).
I am starting to turn my attention to the autumn a bit. We will be starting homeschooling officially then! New baby+homeschooling will make an interesting autumn!
Well, I have rambled on quite a bit, and I really need to get some laundry on the clothes line since it will be a nice day, and laundry always takes forever in the dryer.
On to the linkup!

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Cynthia Carrier

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