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Healthy Products I Use and Love
Grove Collaborative – With Grove, you can order healthier household products that are delivered right to your door at prices lower than full retail prices. This is a company that does great things for the environment, and I am proud to support them. I wrote a blog post all about my experience with Grove.
MadeOn Skin Care – I love the hard lotion bars and the Simply Shea face moisturizer.
Perfect Supplements magnesium – I find I sleep better and feel less anxious when I am intentional about taking magnesium everyday.
eBooks and Printables
Slash Your Grocery Budget – This eBook included the best tips from Crystal of Money Saving Mom using years of experience to maximize her own family’s grocery budget.
Kitchen Binder Printable Pack – This is my own product! This is what I use to organize my family’s recipes and make meal planning easier.
Kids Cook Real Food – This online video-based course is taught be Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship. She teaches 3 levels of cooking skills to accommodate kids of all ages. Both of my kids have done lessons from this course. If the course is not currently open, be sure to join the wait list to be notified when registration will be open again.
Make Over Your Mornings – This is a 14-day online course by Crystal Paine designed to help you use your mornings well and live with more intention. I have previously worked through the course in May, right before my kids got out of school for summer break, and again in January after a busy holiday season when I felt like I needed to get back into a better routine.
The cost of the course includes lifetime access to the materials, so you can revisit the course as much as you want. Get started for free here with 5 Days to a Better Morning.
Make Over Your Evenings – This is another 14-day online course by Crystal Paine. It has a similar format to Make Over Your Mornings, but addresses using your evenings to set yourself up for good days.
I love to read non-fiction, self-improvement books. Each of these books has been impactful for me. I have picked my favorite book from various areas of life. The images and book title links will take you to the Amazon page of each book for more information.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode I own this book and it has been extremely helpful to me as far as setting priorities and goals. You will definitely want to take notes. I have read this book multiple times as I set goals for each new year.
The 5 Love Languages I also own this book and it has really made me think about how I show my husband I love him. From reading this book I have learned that my husband’s love language is quality time while mine is words of affirmation. This books shows us how to show our love in the receiver’s love language.
Eat that Frog I don’t own this book, but I checked it out from the library this summer and took lots of notes. It includes 21 solid strategies to help you to quit procrastinating. Read them all and pick the strategies that work best for you.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up This book changed how I think about what I keep in my home and what I can feel good about letting go of. I have even changed how I fold my clothes and my kids’ clothes as a result of this book.
The Fringe Hours I bought this book after reading several good recommendations. I totally went into this book with the wrong perspective though. I went into it thinking, “how can I get more work done,” instead of “how can I find time for me.” From reading this book, I realized two of my own passions: memory keeping and genealogy. I love taking family pictures and organizing them into photo albums for my kids to flip through. I also love being able to search old documents and learn more about my family history.
Resources I Use to Manage My Blog
Want to learn for free how to get started blogging? I’d recommend starting here with 3 Steps to Start that Blog You’ve Been Dreaming Of and The Blog Structure Blueprint.
Namecheap – This has been the least expensive source I have seen for purchasing and renewing website URLs (I have a handful). If you only need one URL, you may be able to get your first year free through your web host.
Big Scoots – I have shared hosting through Big Scoots right now and I can imagine continuing to use them as my blog grows and I eventually need to upgrade my plan. I haven’t had any problems with Big Scoots.
I currently use shared hosting from Big Scoots, which you can find by going to this link and clicking on Managed Web Hosting from the top menu and selecting Shared. Shared hosting is the cheapest way to get your website up and running when you are just starting out.
Genesis Themes – I am currently using a Genesis blog theme called KIMI
ConvertKit for sending emails – It’s pricey when you are first starting out, but I have found it to be the easiest to use with all the features I need and want. Plus you can try out all the features for free with your first 100 subscribers.
Gourmet Ads – This is the ad network I use on my website. I find the ads are better quality for my site than using Google Adsense.
Shopify Lite – I use Shopify Lite for the buy button on my products to securely accept payments.
Your Blogging Mastermind – I have been a member of Crystal Paine’s Your Blogging Mastermind blog coaching group since it started in early 2019. I am a big fan of learning from great bloggers.
Elite Blog Academy – I am a lifetime member of Elite Blog Academy, and I got in at the very beginning. This is another example of learning from a great blogger.