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Weekend Giveaway: Well-Kept Life Planner (10 Winners)

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Hoping to have more order and organization in your life in 2016?

Designed by a busy mom of four, The Time Keeper one-of-a-kind, self-published item, which means it won’t be found with the big retailers across the nation. It’s a beautiful way to organize and manage your busy days all in one place. Using this dated, weekly planner with its practical and uncomplicated layout, you’ll find it easy to keep your act together.

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This very affordable planning system is a simple way to calm the chaos that so easily happens if there’s no good plan and organization in place. The Time Keeper includes all the basics you need—calendar, organizer, shopping lists—without the extras that might overwhelm and discourage you, or even make you feel guilty. Instead, you’ll find joy in a well-kept life!

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If you’re looking for a very simple way to stay organized, I highly recommend checking out The Time Keeper. It’s beautiful and you’ll feel more peaceful just looking at how straightforward and uncluttered it is!

This planning system offers:

  • Space for daily entries
  • Menu planning
  • Weekly “To Do” lists
  • Perforated Grocery Lists
  • Monthly pages with project lists
  • Planning ahead for 2017
  • A page to jot down gift ideas for family and friends
  • Several pages for your own ideas and notes
  • 2 Organizer pockets
  • Spiral bound
  • Closed size is 8.5″ x 5.75″ Dimensions do not include the spiral

Starla who creates The Time Keeper is generously giving away 10 of The Time Keeper planners to readers here this week. To enter to win, just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. 10 winners will be chosen and posted early next week. This giveaway ends Sunday, December 6, at 11:59 pm, CST.

Enter the Giveaway

Giveaways Galore

The winners of the Handwoven Linens from Education and More are:

Becky (pink_butterfl36@)
Monika (mdaugher@)
Elizabeth (Elizabethrudy@)

The winners of the $50 Perfectly Posh certificates are:

Melinda (mjharbaugh1@)
Lawina (lawina.good@)
Angela (anorthcutt@)
Mirta (mirtar.nsc@)
Tisha (TishaCottman@)

All winners should have received an email with instructions to claim your prize.

link-upAre you giving something away on your blog this week? If so, post your link below and let all the readers here know so they can get in on the action! Your giveaway must be family-friendly and no-strings-attached. In addition, to make it easy to navigate, your link must go directly to your giveaway post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your giveaway post will be deleted. Links left solely for the purpose of promoting an affiliate link will also be deleted.

 

48-Hour Giveaway: Pirate Set from ISeeMe.com (5 Winners)

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If you have young kids, be sure to enter this giveaway! ISeeMe.com is a company that specializes in personalized children’s books.

They are offering a giveaway package for a free My Very Own Pirate Tale Book + Bandana + Personalized Sticker Set.

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ISeeMe.com sent us some products to check out and my kids LOVED that their names were on them. The products are high-quality and have lots of personalization!

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Follow ISeeMe.com on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

If you’re interested in ordering something, use coupon code MoneySavingMom to get 20% off anything from the ISeeMe.com store. Shipping is free on $75+ orders.

Would you like to enter to win a free My Very Own Pirate Tale Book + Bandana + Personalized Sticker Set? Click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. 5 winners will be chosen and posted next week. This giveaway ends Friday, August 21, at 11:59 pm, CST.
Enter the Giveaway

Giveaways Galore

Out of 1,427 entries, the winners of the Raw Spice Bar subscription are:

Robin (robslp@)
Mariah (mariahrds@)
Jennifer (jryalls@)
Linda (lolsen@)

All winners should have received an email with instructions to claim your prize.

link-upAre you giving something away on your blog this week? If so, post your link below and let all the readers here know so they can get in on the action! Your giveaway must be family-friendly and no-strings-attached. In addition, to make it easy to navigate, your link must go directly to your giveaway post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your giveaway post will be deleted. Links left solely for the purpose of promoting an affiliate link will also be deleted.


Family Christian Stores Summer Reading Program — Earn FREE $10 gift card!

Family Christian Summer Reading Program

Through August 27, 2015, Family Christian Bookstores are offering free Summer Reading Program.

Children 12 and under can participate. To earn a free $10 Savings Pass, just have your child read 6 Christian books and complete a book report for each title.

Bring all 6 book reports to a Family Christian store to get a $10 Savings Pass. This Savings Pass can be used on any purchase of $10 or more.

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!

How We’re Supporting Our Family with a Handmade Business on Etsy

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Guest post by Melissa Kaiserman

In the spring of 2013, my husband was in his seventh year of a position that had gone from dream job to highly toxic work environment. The stress was getting worse by the week and affecting both him and our family. Despite his best attempts to just focus on doing his job well and not let it get to him, it reached a point where he really believed he was supposed to quit.

While my husband is (thankfully!) not a big spender, he is definitely the Free Spirit while I am the Nerd. I’m the one who knows the budget inside and out, divvies up the cash into spending categories, and pays the bills. So I was trying my best to be supportive and not panic as I analyzed how the finances for our family would be impacted since I was a SAHM with just a little side business that I was doing mostly for fun.

At this point in our marriage, we had been completely out of debt (except for our mortgage) for about five years, which was a major factor that allowed us to even entertain such a drastic change. So for the next few months, we saved the profit from my handmade business as well as our tax return and anything extra from paychecks. After we had accumulated about 3-4 months worth of living expenses, Dave resigned from his job.

He immediately started looking for another position in his field. While he was going through the process of applying and interviewing, he mentioned that I may as well teach him some ways he could help with my business since he was home and had time. So I did, though neither of us had any idea how vital this would turn out to be!

A few weeks after my husband left his job, I received an Etsy convo from a credit union many states away that resulted in an $1800 order! There is no way I could have fulfilled that request without my husband home.

From that point forward, we clearly saw God blessing my business and my shop continuing to grow. But while Dave had made it to the final interview round for three different jobs for which he was highly qualified, he wasn’t offered any of them.

After some initial discouragement, it hit us: Maybe God is closing doors because He wants us to do this together! We had assumed my husband would continue in his field and I would continue to be a SAHM who operated a side business that simply provided extra for Christmas gifts and vacations. Having a family business and working from home seemed like too big and lofty a dream.

For the past 2 1/2 years, we have supported our family of six with a handmade business which, despite the warnings of the pundits, has sold products exclusively on the Etsy platform. My husband gets to work in his field from time to time and keep his skills sharp, and while that only accounts for a small percentage of our yearly income, the opportunities always come at just the right time.

People often express amazement at our story and wonder how we are able to make it work. While there’s no magic formula–and while as Christians we believe the main reason for our success is that we’re doing what God has called us to do–I believe there are three very practical areas that contribute:

MSM collage May151. We are out of debt.

My husband quitting his job was a step of faith, and we couldn’t have taken it with confidence if we had been under the burden of debt. If you have a dream of one day quitting your day job to work from home doing something you love, I strongly encourage you to get “gazelle intense” about eliminating debt!

We have also stayed completely out of debt with our business. In the very beginning, I used cash to pay for a limited amount of supplies until I created some profit and could purchase more, increasing inventory as I went. We’ve never used and don’t even own a business credit card–only debit.

2. We work as a team.

While I am the one who manages pretty much every aspect of the business, my husband does not view any job I need him to do as beneath him. He doesn’t perform any of the sewing, but he completes so many of the intermediary and finishing tasks that I find tedious, freeing me to focus on the areas where I thrive.

The same teamwork principle applies to our home. In addition to being an excellent handyman, Dave washes all of the laundry (and passes it along to our four who fold!), does virtually all of the transporting of children as well as many errands, and is quick to jump on anything he sees that needs to be done around the house.

3. We live frugally and on a budget.

If we didn’t tell our money where to go, our money could easily tell us this won’t work and that my husband needs to return to a traditional job. The truth is, we love our life and want to do this for as long as possible. So for us, it is worth it to make sacrifices and forgo doing and having some things in order for that to happen. It wouldn’t be possible without choosing to be content and having a spending plan.

When I made my first cash envelope system wallet for myself over four years ago, I discovered that ditching the paper envelopes and having a pretty and durable way to organize our cash made living on a budget seem a lot more enjoyable.

Melissa Kaiserman is a wife, mom, and handmade business owner who designs cash envelope system wallets & accessories that put the beauty in budgeting. She also blogs at A Time for Everything and uses her experience and passion to support and mentor fellow makers at Makery Space.