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!

Spring Family Bucket List (With Printable)

I love each of the seasons for their own reasons. I love the new life and growth in spring.

Making Memories

I try to be intentional about making memories with the children. I made a summer bucket list last year. We really enjoyed it, and it made helped us to be intentional about our time together, so I am making one for the spring. Not all of these things are necessarily spiritual, but many (like gardening, rainbows, Easter, and learning about the creatures that God has made) if not all, open the door for many teachable moments. Far more often than not, quality time happens in quantity time! With faith at home, more is caught than taught.
Spring Family Bucket List with Printable #spring #bucketlist #family #garden #familytime @godschicki

Our Spring Bucket List

[This post may contain affiliate links. This means that when you purchase things through my links, I get a small commission.]
  • pick strawberries
  • make jam
  • garden
  • make bread
  • visit a farm/petting zoo
  • celebrate Easter
  • check out our favorite farm stand
  • go on a nature walk as a family
  • pick flowers
  • do the object lessons of the Resurrection Eggs
  • dye eggs
  • press flowers
  • make sun catchers
  • splash in puddles
  • dance in the rain
  • paint with bubbles
  • fly a kite
  • have a picnic
  • bake cupcakes/cookies
  • smell the flowers
  • make play dough
  • draw with sidewalk chalk
  • make a berry pie
  • teach the kids how to play hopscotch
  • have a tea party outside
  • play tag
  • read outside
  • get a good family picture
  • nature scavenger hunt
  • make flower crowns/daisy chains
  • bug hunt/catch bugs
  • blow bubbles
  • play ball
  • learn about butterflies
  • paint rocks
  • build a fort
  • paint a rainbow
  • watch the clouds/find pictures in the clouds
  • do some origami (might just be a paper air plane…but we’ll see)
  • cook with fresh veggies together
  • learn how plants grow
  • make a windsock
  • make paper flowers
  • look for four-leaf clovers
  • wash cars
  • tell jokes
  • make pinwheels
  • make old fashioned lemonade
  • make a bird feeder
  • some fun spring crafts
  • make cards for people
  • family movie night
  • family game night
  • visit a new place (museum, historical place, etc)
  • enjoy the sunshine

Now, this is quite the list, and we may not get to all of it, but aim for the moon and at least you will land among the stars, right?
I made up a printable to help you out in your planning, you can click here to get that!
Need some ideas on what to add to your spring bucket list? I have a Pinterest Board for Spring Bucket List Ideas.
Do you have any spring traditions?

Aprons & Pearl Linkup

Nothing too exciting this week. I have a couple of posts that are almost done, so keep an eye out for those. Other than working on them bits here and there, I have been trying to declutter and clean up, and balance doing stuff with the kids. Trying to have more productive days. Working on getting better sleep and staying hydrated.
Autumn is in full swing.  I have been alternating between energy boosting oils and autumn scents in the diffuser, and putting on pots of citrus peels and spices to make the house smell like autumn. The weather has been nice so I have had the windows open when I can.
I have so many ideas…just need time to get them into post form!
 

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.
  • 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 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!


Aprons & Pearls Link-up

It has been a busy week here in our house. Lots of stuff getting done. Going places. Cooking up yummies in the kitchen. Sick child.
I did not get get to write the post that I wanted to put up yesterday, but I have a couple coming up soon. So stay tuned for that.
I have been freshening things up. It has been beautiful weather, so the windows have been open as much as we can open them. I have been breaking out some natural smell good things. Lighting my beeswax candle. Swapped out my usual mood boosting oil scents for some autumn ones. If only there were a pumpkin essential oil!
There is a pumpkin recipe round-up in the works. “Pumpkin all the things!” is my motto September-November, but October is the main event. Oatmeal and pancakes have been all that I have attempted thus far, but a cheesecake is in the works….
I need to sit down and have a good planning session. Menus, schedules, activities…party planning.  A good brain dump is what I need at this point!
Autumn is indeed here, though we have already been above average temperature wise since it officially started.
Let us get 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.
  • 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 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.
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Now, to the link-up! Click on the image below to add your link.


Introducing The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

I have been thinking about setting up a link up for quite some time, and I finally made a graphic that, while not quite what I envisioned, will work until I find that perfect image.

About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This will be a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three 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, Oil Selling or the like).
  •  Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!

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Now, to the link-up!


Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth:THe Art of Homemaking Monday

Our Home of Many Blessings
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Effective Natural Weed Killer

A cheap, natural weed killer that you probably already have in your house.... #earthday #banroundup #weeds #gardening @godschicki
Being a country girl at heart, going barefoot in my yard is something I love to do. “Earthing” as it is sometimes called today is something I do not even think about. Walking to the car to grab something, hanging clothes on the line,  and playing with the children, it just does not register in my brain to put on shoes. This has gotten me into trouble. I once had to were a pair of high heels (the only pair of shoes in my car at the time) home after taking my hubby to work because I did not put on shoes, and I couldn’t drive home barefoot (I’m pretty sure it is illegal here). But for the most part it’s not been bad.
I do not really care about weeds much (I love to use dandelion plants for various things), but recently these horrid little weeds began springing up in our yard. They have these very pretty little white flowers. They also have some nasty thorns. They have been everywhere. Not good for bare feet. Not my rather callused ones or my sweet children’s soft ones.
Not wanting to use the chemicals frequently used today for weed control (Monsanto’s Roundup has polluted a good portion-some reports say up to 75%- of rain water, and has even been found in breastmilk as a result, but this is another issue for another day!), I set out to find a natural alternative.
The answer was simple, and cheap. Salt. Yes. Less than $.50 a pound at the grocery. It keeps the roots of the plants from absorbing the nutrients it needs to grow as well as dehydrating the roots.
When applied to the base of the plant I have found it kill very effectively (water the plant when you apply the salt to carry it to the roots). In a few days your plant will be brown and dead. You can also mix it with water and pour on plants. In either case you may want to use a funnel or a piece of paper taped into a funnel to try to keep to the plant in question since salt will kill whatever plant it is put on.
We have had a couple of very small dead spots in out yard, but the weeds are gone (the spots didn’t last long, but the nasty weeds are still gone)! I will not be using this on the weeds in my garden since salt can stay in the soil for a while, preventing growth.
For the garden weeds I will just weed them out a little each day when we garden. One note about weeding-you have to get the roots out or the pesky weed will be right back.
Pouring salt out on weeds brought to mind some spiritual truths.
Spiritual truths from weeds and salt.... #weed #salt #saltandlight #biblestudy #jesus #christian #sin #community @godschicki
If we think of weeds as sin, think of salt as the fellowship with Christ-followers.
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus tells his disciples “You are the salt of the earth.”

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

Being honest and open with each other as Christians is crucial to helping keep sin out of our lives. Will we slip up? Yes. But if there is something we struggle with continually, having an accountability partner (of the same sex) is vital to keeping that sin out of our lives.

Just like the salt keeps the roots of the weed from absorbing nutrients dehydrates them, the ‘salt’ of fellowship keeps the weeds of sin from absorbing nutrients from the soil of our hearts and helps spur us on wards towards the prize, helping us focus not on things of this world, but on Christ, essentially dehydrating sinful desires.

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 3:12-13

 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3:16

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left…

Hebrews 10:23-26

These are all from the NIV, but I would like to point out that several other translations say “For if we keep sinning…”.  I once heard a preacher say if there’s a ‘therefore’ or a ‘for’ you need to backtrack to see what it’s “there for”. Following a verse on fellowship and encouraging each other I would say that the two things are related, would you not?

I shared a little about this in Lesson From the Garden, but here are some other thoughts on weeding:

If your hand causes you to stumble,cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.

Mark 9:43-45

Weeding is something that must been done to keep a garden growing. The roots of weeds will quickly choke our the plants your are trying to grow, tangling them hopelessly with their own. They steal vital nutrients from the soil. When you weed, you must not only get the leaves, or sprout, but the root as well. If you don’t take the root of the weeds, they will grown right back.
We need to pray daily and ask God to reveal the weeds of sin in our lives. To help us discover the roots of those sins. We have to keep on top of it. Weeds grow out of control quickly. If you see a weed and think “It’s just a small one, so I’ll leave it for another day.”, you have messed up big time. They, just like sin, grow exponentially.
Does a TV show or book cause you to dwell on lustful thoughts (as an example)? Stop watching or reading it.
Friends influence you to sin? Stop spending so much time with them. Surround yourself with godly friends who will encourage you to pursue God and hold your accountable. Find a mentor. Feed your soul. Watch what you feed your mind.
I love how everyday life can illustrate Spiritual truths.
 

Aerating

Come out to my garden with me. Mind the mud, we have had a lot of rain lately.
Today I am aerating around my plants a bit. The rain has packed the soil down considerably.
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Aerating is basically puncturing the soil with spikes to break up the compacted soil to help the roots of plants better draw in the water and nutrients they need, as well as to encourage roots to go deeper and spread out, and by doing so making the plant grow even bigger and be more fruitful.

In the book of Acts (15:36-16:5), we are told God allowed the ministry of Paul and Barnabas to be divided. As a result Paul continued ministering with Silas and brought in Timothy. They went one way and the ministry God was using Barnabas in went another, allowing each minister to grow and spread roots in different directions.

Often we get nice and comfy where we are and God breaks things up because He knows we are creatures of comfort.  We like to feel settled and cozy where we are.

Moving away from the area I grew up in, leaving my church, all my friends and the ministries I was a part of, to a place more than an hour (and what seems like a world) away has been challenging, but has allowed and encouraged me to grow in the Lord. To rely on Him more fully. To turn to Him in prayer more.

Just some more ponderings from the garden.

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