Monthly Archives: November 2011

The 60 Minute Money Workout by Ellie Kay

About This Book

Financial transformation in just one hour a week!

You can revolutionize your finances in only sixty minutes! Looking for long-term economic stability and not common quick-fix schemes? Discover the secrets that Ellie Kay used to deliver her family from $40,000 in consumer debt. Now a nationally recognized financial expert and best-selling author, Ellie shares her one-hour-a-week program that has made it possible to take care of her family and do it all debt-free! With entertaining anecdotes, easy-to-follow charts, and practical advice, The 60-Minute Money Workout is both fun and feasible.


My Review:


This is a FANTASTIC go-to resource for getting your finances in order, and for taking small steps at a time!  I love, love the ideas behind it, and I am very impressed with Ellie Kay’s ability to break it all up into different mini workouts.  The “workouts” consist of a Make-Up-Your-Mind warmup, Strength Training (which usually consists of goal setting and obstacle acknowledgment), Cardio Burn (giving feet to your goals), Take Your Heart Rate (beginning to take steps), and a Congratulations Cool Down.  Ellie Kay provides many different types of workouts, but all include the above steps.

Some of the topics she covers include:

  • Spending Plans
  • Debt
  • Travel and Fun
  • College Plans
  • Launching a Home-Based Business

There are many other topics, too, which is one thing that stood out to me.  So many different topics, all related by the ever-present issue of money.  There truly is something for everyone in this book.  I’m not going to go as far as to say that it will truly revolutionize your finances, but it does have some great tips, and I really love the setup.  I’m giving it 4 Stars; I really liked it and recommend it.


*I received no monetary compensation for my review.  I received the book free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Emergency Kit – Ponchos 2 comments

This week we’re going to focus on purchasing ponchos.

The best price I found on was for the above pictured 4-pack of emergency ponchos for $7.58.


I also found a 3-pack of children’s emergency ponchos for $3.99.

Ponchos are such a great item to add to your kit for a few reasons.  They don’t take up much space at all, they are easy to use, and they not only can keep you dry, but they can help keep you warm in the event that you are in a cold emergency situation.  It’s just one more layer of insulation you can use!


My Life and Lesser Catastrophes by Christina Schofield

Fresh, Surprising Memoir of God’s Goodness in the Midst of Disaster

Just after her thirteenth wedding anniversary, Christina Schofield woke up groggy and disoriented, surrounded by nurses in a hospital. She and her husband had hit a gravel patch while on their motorcycle and crashed into a ditch. With the exception of a concussion, she was fine. But Allen had broken his neck. He was now a quadriplegic.

With her entire life flipped upside down, she began an astonishing journey of tenacious faith amid increasing doubt. Full of dark, silent hours and a woman’s honest questioning of the God she thought she knew, this is also a story full of miraculous answers to prayer and head-scratching, awe-inspiring encounters with her loving Lord.

With candid warmth and transparency, Christina shows readers that even in their darkest hours, God’s goodness shines through.


My Review:
Warm and sweet, Christina Schofield tells it like it is, without being overly fanciful or lecturing.  The story of her and her family is heartwarming and likable.  I love her candid way of telling the story…funny, honest, and sincere.  I am impressed by her willingness to share her shortcomings in the face of trial, for that is truly where and when we as humans grow the most, right?  She shares her struggles and the lessons learned along the way, and I was rooting for her the whole way.  I’m giving this book 4 stars…I really liked it and would recommend it!


*I received no monetary compensation for my review.  I received the book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Thoughtful Thursday – Gratitude




“Gratitude (being grateful) is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”  – Cicero


“Not one thing is so bad that it could not be worse – BE THANKFUL.”  – William Bradford


“When problems come, count your blessings and see what your Heavenly Father has done for your family.”  – Brigham Young



Emergency Kits – Emergency Blankets

Since we talked about comfort items last week, today we’re going to be going back to some of the basics.  Last week it was suggested that we look for items of comfort; i.e., stuffed animals, soft and small blankets, comfort food, etc.  Today we’re going to focus on blankets of another sort.


Emergency Blankets


The pack of 10 pictured above can be purchased at Many times you can find these on sale at hardware stores and grocery stores for around $1 each, so they’re not a huge expense.


Along the same lines, if you feel that you’d like to add something more “hardy” to your kit, you can always check out Emergency Sleeping Bags.  Same basic concept as the blanket, but a little bigger to allow you to wrap yourself completely up in it.



Eco-Friendly Living: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent 2 comments

About a year and a half ago, I decided it was time to start making homemade laundry detergent.  I found a recipe I liked and doubled it.  It turned out well, and I’ve been making it ever since.   Go here for the original recipe. Here’s how we did it! First, what you need:

  • 1 cup borax powder (available at any grocery store in the laundry detergent aisle)
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda (I found this at my local grocery store, Reams in the laundry detergent aisle) *Note, this is NOT baking soda!
  • 2/3 bar of laundry soap. (Fels Naptha melts the best, in my experience, but I’ve also successfully used Zote or Ivory brands)
  • OPTIONAL: 1/2 to 1 oz. essential oil for fragrance. (choose what you like!)

First, grate the soap and stick it in a stockpot over medium heat. Do NOT cube the soap. We did that, and it took FOREVER to melt! Add 12 cups of water and stir occasionally until the soap is melted Once melted, add the borax powder and the washing soda. Stir quickly until dissolved.

Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups of HOT water into your bucket (or whatever other container you’re using…I used a 5 gallon bucket that we got free from Home Depot). Add the soap mixture and stir. Finally, add 2 gallons + 12 cups of water and stir. My kids had so much fun doing the mixing for me! (the first time, anyway, now I usually stir myself)












Now is the time to add your essential oil if you choose to. Make sure to mix it in good. Now, let it sit overnight. It’s gonna gel up, but not 100%. It’s kinda like a “blob”, actually. That’s the best way I can describe the texture!

Use 1/2 cup per load. This makes 4 gallons. We tested it out yesterday, and it works great!

*A couple of things to note: When you dump in your 1/2 cup, the “blob” kinda just sits there at first. Don’t panic, it WILL dissolve!! And also, take into account that this is a low-sudsing formula. You’re not gonna see a lot of suds, if any at all. That’s okay, it’s not the suds that clean the clothes!!

YAY for saving money and making homemade!! This actually calculates out to be a little less than $1.60 for this WHOLE bucket! It makes enough for 128 loads of laundry, so it ends up being about $0.01 per load. Yes, that’s ONE CENT!!!

Friday Freebies

I cannot believe how quickly November is flying…Thanksgiving is less than a week away! 


I will update the freebie list every Friday, taking off offers that have expired, leaving current offers up, and adding new ones.  The new ones will be listed on top.  Enjoy!








  • Sam’s Club members can go here to request a free sample of ProForce Cleaner.



  •  Go here to request a free Ontario Outdoor Adventures 2012 Calendar.




  • Go here to request a free Easy Vegan recipes booklet.


  • If you are in the military, then head on over here to get a coupon for a free 20-oz Coca-Cola product.



  • Go HERE to request samples from P&G.



  • Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT, is offering FREE admission every Wednesday, December – February.  Go HERE for details.




  • GO HERE to request a seafood watch pocket guide.










  • Register HERE to receive a free copy of Living the Boomer Life for Dummies book.







  • Go HERE to request free travel guides to many different U.S. locations.


A Few Holiday Shopping Ideas and Deals


  • This week, you can GO HERE to purchase two 3D puzzles for $14.99, which makes one of them FREE.  Might be a fun Christmas idea for your kids!



  • Erin Chase’s amazing book is currently on sale at for only $5.55.  I have no idea how long the price will last at that.  I really,  really enjoy her books and would recommend it!


  • This is one good deal. With the holidays just around the corner, there will be lots of holiday eating! Why not get prepared now with some help to lose those extra pounds in the New Year? With this deal you will get a 2 year subscription (that’s 12 issues) to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $14.99.  This deal is good through 11/18 or until quantities run out.



RCA Clock RadioLimited Quantity:$69 for an RCA clock radio for iPods and iPhones with LCD display, shipping included! ($141 value)

There’s a few deals for the day…hopefully there are a few good deals to get you going on your Christmas shopping! :-)