Motherhood – What Would the Dowager Countess Do?

If you don’t love Downton Abbey, then this post won’t make a whole lot of sense to you, nor will you find it humorous. I like humor, and often find it a good way to relieve stress, though I’m not in the slightest funny. But I got to thinking the other day when my children were needing extra attention, whilst giggling to myself and wearing a smirk on my face, what my favorite witty character on Downton Abbey would do or say when faced with various motherhood situations.

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If you don’t love Downton Abbey, then this post won’t make a whole lot of sense to you, nor will you find it humorous.  I like humor, and often find it a good way to relieve stress, though I’m not in the slightest funny. But I got to thinking the other day when my children were needing extra attention, whilst giggling to myself and wearing a smirk on my face, what my favorite witty character on Downton Abbey would do or say when faced with various motherhood situations. While I don’t make a practice of this–I usually go away and pray, I did find considerable amusement that day. I made some memes here in this post to brighten your countenance.

Motherhood requires more energy than I would have ever imagined. I always thought that I would instinctively just know the right things to do or say. My children would require teaching and lots of love, of course, and I imagined having a few small attitude issues to deal with.

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When I became pregnant, I began observing the other mothers around me. I mentally noted how they interacted with their children and decided which strategies I believed in and which I didn’t. I had my game plan all figured out. What I never accounted for in all of my planning, and what I still occasionally struggle with, is how I would deal with my attitude and outlook toward motherhood and my role in the family.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. If this is true, we mothers are insane. When you explain to a child for the millionth time that something is a bad idea and will cause them harm, so they should avoid it, or the like, it wears on your heart. Are they even listening to me? Am I making any difference?

For this reason, I sought out a mentor, someone to encourage me along the way. Funny thing is that I found more like ten mentors. My motherhood mentors were/are the authors of the various books I read to gain insight and wisdom from those who have gone before me. If you are raising children, you need a mentor (or ten!). It’s also probably best not to take the parenting example of the Dowager Countess! 🙂

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The books above on Motherhood  are a great place to start and are being offered as part of the Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle. I have read several of these books and love them! I would not recommend them if I didn’t. I am especially looking forward to reading Hula Hoop Girl because I often find myself putting on too many hula hoops! I need to know my limits, which hula hoops are the ones I need to keep up and which ones are okay to let fall.

These eight books alone would cost over $60, but until 5/5/2013 you can get them in the bundle along with over 80 other helpful eBooks and eCourses for only $29.97.  Get these books now and start the mentoring process. Your heart will be glad you did.

 

My Eight Year Old Cooks Real Food – And Your Kids Can Too!

The other night my three children, ages 8, 4, and 3 cooked dinner for the family by themselves (I snapped this pic above as evidence!). No, this is not a dream, and yes, it was perfectly edible, tasty, in fact.

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The other night my three children, ages 8, 4, and 3 cooked dinner for the family by themselves (I snapped this pic above as evidence!). No, this is not a dream, and yes, it was perfectly edible, tasty, in fact. You see,  I have always been the main cook in the family. I am very blessed that my husband is happy to relieve me some days, and knows his way around the kitchen very well. I enjoyed cooking from scratch even before my real food days, but once I added in the extra preparation of soaking, fermenting and sprouting, I knew that it was going to be exhausting to keep it all up by myself. Besides that, I had become convinced that the best way to help my kids begin to make good food choices was to get them in the kitchen with me every day and forming good food habits.

How It All Started

My oldest, who is now 8, has been in the kitchen with me since she was about 2, though we didn’t start doing real food until she was 5. She began cooking entire breakfast meals and a few other things by the time she was 7. As soon as my younger daughter was about to understand and recognize numbers, about three, I taught her how to measure out and soak rice, beans, and oats. My baby, who is now 3 (wow!), happily stirred things for his sister, or was the designated taste tester.

My oldest daughter wanted to make a video (on the fly!) to show other kids the how-to of soaking beans and rice. She doesn’t get into the nutrition explanation of it so much, though she does understand why we do it, but it’s a good demonstration of something that she has been able to do for quite some time now. She is now capable of cooking many meals on her own. That dinner we ate the other day was a recipe she concocted all by herself! Little sis helped measure ingredients and my little man helped chop some things in his chopper.

How Can You Get Your Kids in the Kitchen?

Lorelei is getting more passionate about what she is learning and wants other kids to know that they can do it too! All of my kids appear with me in the Real Food Kids eBook and eCourse on GNOWFGLINS, the point of which is to give parents helpful strategies, tools, and encouragement to invite their children (all ages!) into the kitchen, in real-life learning situations, in order to teach them the importance of real food, nutrition, and cooking. These are life giving skills that are just as important as the daily hygiene practices and household chores we teach our children. Our motto is “Everyone eats, everyone cooks!”

 

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A Sneak Peak Video for Hard Working Moms

Do you ever get tired? Are you an introvert like me and need some quiet time everyday or your head will explode? Do you spend energy studying and soul searching, trying to be the best mom and wife you can possibly be? I feel so privileged to have my family and am honored to be able to stay home and use my gifts to nurture and grow my family and home, but I can’t do it alone!

to do listI am forever searching out helpful tools to make things more efficient, spending hours reading blog posts, ebook, and regular books. Learning from others who have gone before me has been transformational in my life. In the past, I had a tendency to compare myself to these seemingly perfect women, but I’ve learned that we don’t all have the same giftings or personalities, and each of our families are unique because of such. Now, I thoroughly enjoy reading books, blogs, and watching videos of other moms and wives to try and get some of their insight. I have a teachable spirit, rather than a judge mental one. Getting into the heart of these other ladies has incredibly changed mine.

That is why I am so excited about this homemaking ebook bundle! Before this bundle came about, I had already read many of these resources for my own personal journey. I have to say that these ladies touched and changed my heart and family (and they will yours too!) with their words of wisdom and helpful tools. This past week I’ve been catching up on the ebooks I hadn’t read and I am reminded of so many things that I have set aside. Even though I have been consciously working on my intentional living, there are always things I need constant reminding of.

I put together a short video to preview the bundle. Feel free to share it with your other mom friends. This bundle would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift!  (I’m probably buying one for my sister and mother-in-law–hope they aren’t reading this…) I’ll be vlogging (video blogging) about some of my favorites next week, so check back!

You can see all of the items being offered in this bundle here. The sale starts Monday. Please sign up below to be notified when the sale is live, do you don’t miss it. This sale won’t be repeated and it’s for 6 days only!
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Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: 97 Books for Less Than $0.31 Cents Each! + Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!

NOTE: The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is no longer available. Thank you to everyone who purchased. The books are available on an individual basis though, so be sure to check them out.

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For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!

More than anything, our goal for this sale was for it to be, well… ultimate! We firmly believe that you will not find a more comprehensive collection of homemaking resources anywhere on the web, and particularly not in this price range. For this low price, you gain access to every single one of these resources, so that you can customize your own collection to contain exactly the ones you want and know you’ll use.

Disclaimer: Links on this page do include affiliate links. Eat Nourishing will earn a small commission if you purchase any products through our links. Your cost is not affected. We would never recommend products to simply make a commission. We love this product (and have been super blessed by them!) and know you will too, or we wouldn’t recommend it to you. Thanks for helping to support Eat Nourishing!

This library of homemaking helps include topics such as mothering, organization and cleaning, recipes and kitchen helps, home education, spiritual growth for both moms and kids, home décor and DIY, pregnancy and baby care, frugal living, health and fitness, and even work-from-home and financial tools.

To sweeten the pot, we’ve also teamed up with 10 companies to bring you over $140 in bonus offers, giving you an affordable opportunity to get products you’ll use and love for only the cost of shipping, or in some cases, entirely for free!

What’s Included in the Sale?

When you purchase The Ultimate Homemaking eBook collection , you will get instant access to any of the 97 eBooks and eCourses listed below.

PLUS over $140 of FREE Bonuses

Each The Ultimate Homemaking eBook collection comes with more than $140 of FREE Bonuses from 10 companies that we know you’ll love. More on these bonuses below.

Even if you don’t have an eReader, you can still read these! Read this post and scroll part way down to read about other options for viewing ebooks on your desktop or smartphone.

Please note: This collection is only available from 9 a.m. EST on April 29th to 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4th. There will be no late sales offered.

list of ebooks

Home & Property {Cleaning, Organizing, Decor}

31 Days to Clean by Sarah Mae @ SarahMae.com ($4.99)
Getting it Together: Your Guide to Setting Up a Home Management System that Works by Kayse @ kayse pratt ($3.99)
Pulling Yourself Together: Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks by Becky @ Clean Mama ($10.00)
Simple Living by Lorilee @ Loving Simple Living ($2.99)
NOT a DIY Diva by Melissa @ The Inspired Room ($3.99)
One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh @ Simple Mom ($5.00)
28 Days to Hope for your Home by Dana @ A Slob Comes Clean ($5.00)
Organizing Life as Mom by Jessica @ Life as Mom ($9.00)
Clean Enough: Simple Solutions for the Overwhelmed by Jenni @ Live Called ($4.99)
10 Steps to Organized Paper by Lisa @ Lisa Woodruff.net($5.00)
Handmade Walls by Jamin and Ashley @ the handmade home ($9.95)
Easy Peasy Chores: An Easy-to-Use Chore System That Brings JOY Back Into Family Chores by Alina Joy @ The Good Old Days Farm ($17.99)

Educational Children’s Resources

Princess Training by Richele @ Under the Golden Apple Tree ($3.99)
The Armor of God by Richele @ Under the Golden Apple Tree ($2.50)
My Bedtime Learning Book by Richele @ Under the Golden Apple Tree ($1.00)
Think Outside the Classroom by Kelly @ Generation Cedar ($6.97)
Raising Rock Stars — Kindergarten Bundle by Carissa @ 1plus1plus1equals1 ($10.00)
The ABC’s For Godly Boys Curriculum by Lindsey @ Road to 31 ($8.00)
The ABC’s For Godly Girls Curriculum by Lindsey @ Road to 31 ($8.00)
K4 Curriculum by Erica @ Confessions of a Homeschooler ($15.00)
Write Through the Bible (print) by Trisha @ Intoxicated on Life ($5.00)
Write Through the Bible (cursive) by Trisha @ Intoxicated on Life ($5.00)
Balcony Girls (books 1 & 2) by Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer ($19.90)
The Dig for Kids: Luke (Volumes 1 and 2) by Patrick, husband of Ruth @ The Better Mom ($5.98)
Music: An Essential Ingredient for Life by Ryan @ Resound School of Music ($6.99)

Budgeting {Finance & Time}

From Debtor to Better by Barry @ From Debtor to Better ($10.00)
Tell Your Time by Amy @ Blogging with Amy ($2.99)
The Homemakers Guide to Creating the Perfect Schedule by Amy @ Raising Arrows ($4.99)
Your Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne @ Authentic Simplicity ($7.99)
Finding Financial Freedom by Kelly @ Generation Cedar ($5.97)
Become a Frugalista in 30 Days by Susan @ The Confident Mom ($3.99)

In the Kitchen {Recipes and Cooking}

Crock On by Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents ($5.00)
Real Food, Real Easy by various bloggers @ The Humbled Homemaker ($9.95)
Wholesome Mixes by Kristy @ Little Natural Cottage ($4.00)
20-Minute Meals by Leigh Ann @ Intentional by Grace ($4.99)
Restocking the Pantry by Kresha @ Nourishing Joy ($9.99)
Money Saving Mom’s Guide to Freezer Cooking by Crystal @ Money Saving Mom ($3.99)
Simply Summer by Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama ($7.95)
Do the Funky Kitchen by Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers ($4.95)
Real Food Kids: In the Kitchen plus 1 month access to select Real Food Kids eCourse videos by Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS and Jami @ Eat Nourishing ($20.00)
Seasonal Menu Plans on a Budget: A Month of Meals from My Humble Kitchen to Yours by Diana @ My Humble Kitchen ($4.99)
Just Making Ice Cream by Marillyn @ Just Making Noise ($12.00)
The Curative Kitchen by Susan @ Handy Pantry ($20.00)

Pregnancy & Baby Care

First Bites by Hilary @ Accidentally Green ($9.99)
Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert by Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker ($9.95)
Stress-Free Baby Shower by Sara @ Your Thriving Family ($4.00)
Unbound Birth by Jenny @ The Southern Institute ($2.99)
My Pregnancy Journey by Mindy @ Simply Designs ($9.99)
My Buttered Life Baby Edition by Renee @ Made On Hard Lotion ($5.00)
The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Rachel @ The Minimalist Mom ($5.00)
Redeeming Childbirth: Growth & Study Guide by Angie @ Redeeming Childbirth ($3.99)

Holidays & Special Events

Festive Traditions by Jill @ Modern Alternative Kitchen ($7.95)
Holiday Mixes: Gifts in a Jar by Kristy @ Little Natural Cottage ($4.00)
Flourishing Spring by Michele @ Frugal Granola ($5.95)
Family Camping Handbook by Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship ($6.95)
Truth in the Tinsel by Amanda @ Oh, Amanda! ($7.99)
Plan a Fabulous Party by Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect ($4.99)
iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli @ Alli Worthington($9.97)

Spiritual Growth

Pursuit of the Proverbs 31 by Amy @ Amy Bayliss ($3.99)
The Best of Visionary Womanhood by Natalie @ Visionary Womanhood ($5.00)
God’s Word in my Heart: A Scripture Memory Learning Guide with Verses {all 4 versions} by Jenn @ The Purposeful Mom ($3.99)
Kept: a 13-Week Inductive Study on 1 Peter by Lara and Katie @ Quench Bible ($4.99)
Love Like Him: an 8 week Inductive Bible study on 1 Corinthians 13 by Lara and Katie @ Quench Bible ($2.99)

Marriage & Romance

Rekindling Romance by Jason & Jami @ A Biblical Marriage ($4.99)
Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene @ Time-Warp Wife ($2.99)
31 Days to Build a Better Spouse by Ashley @ Ashley Pichea ($4.99)
31 Days to Great Sex by Sheila @ To Love, Honor and Vacuum ($4.99)
Entangled: Recognize Your Emotional Affair by Amy @ Amy J. Bennett ($4.99)

Motherhood

The Heart of Simplicity by various authors @ The Heart of Simplicity ($9.99)
True Christian Motherhood by June @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home ($7.00)
Hula Hoop Girl by September @ One September Day ($4.99)
When Motherhood Feels Too Hard by Kelly @ Generation Cedar ($4.97)
Mindset for Moms by Jamie @ Steady Days ($4.99)
From Cube to Farm by Heather @ From Cube to Farm ($2.99)
4 Moms of 35+ Kids Answer Your Parenting Questions by various authors @ 4 Moms, 35+ Kids Parenting E-book ($7.99)
That Works for Me! by Kristen @ We are THAT Family ($8.00)

Health & Fitness

100-pound Loser by Jessica @ Muthering Heights ($4.99)
Honoring the Rhythm of Rest by Danielle @ Domestic Serenity ($2.99)
42 Days to Fit by Brandy, Emma and Stacy @ The Marathon Mom, Emma @ Real Fit Moms and Stacy @ A Delightful Home ($4.99).
Healthy Homemaking by Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home ($12.95)
Personal ePlanner by Jennifer @ ListPlanIt ($5.00)

Beauty

Frumps to Pumps by Sarah Mae @ SaraMae.com ($4.99)
The Cottage Mama’s DIY Guide by Kristy @ Little Natural Cottage ($4.00)
Simple Scrubs to Make and Give by Stacy @ A Delightful Home ($3.99)
The No Brainer Wardrobe by Hayley @ The No Brainer Wardrobe ($7.99)
Embracing Beauty by Trina @ Trina Holden ($9.00)
Reuse, Refresh, Repurpose by Kristen @ The Frugal Girl ($3.99)

Working from Home & Blogging

Your Blogging Business: Tax, Talk and Tips by Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger ($4.99)
The Bootstrap VA by Lisa @ The Home Life {and Me} ($12.99)
How to Grow Your Blog and Manage Your Home by Jacinda @ Growing Home ($4.99)
How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too by Mandi @ Life Your Way ($12.00)
Simple Blogging: Less Computer Time, Better Blogging by Rachel @ Small Notebook ($8.00)

Ecourses

Learning in Love: The Preschool Years by Renee @ Tougas Cafe ($7.99)
Homeschooling from the Heart by Renee @ FIMBY ($7.99)
Grocery University by Carrie @ Colorado Bargains ($24.95)
Vibrant Living Strategies for Moms by Lisa @ Well-Grounded Life ($59)
You Can Do This! The First Five Steps to a Real Food Kitchen by Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers ($5.00)

PLUS, You will receive FREE Bonuses from these companies…

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Your choice of: a FREE 3-Month Subscription (for new accounts) or 30% off a One Year Subscription. Plan to Eat is an online menu planner that uses your recipes, scheduled for the days you want them. ($15.00 value. No shipping restrictions.)

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The fine print:

Bonus Offers

  • Each bonus offer can be redeemed once only per eBook Bundle purchase.
  • For each bonus offer, transaction numbers or proof of purchase may be required at the time of redemption.
  • All bonus offers are free gifts from the bonus sponsors, are their sole responsibility to provide, and are subject to availability.
  • All bonus offers expire at midnight on May 19th, 2013 (3 weeks from the last day of this sale).

General

  • It is your responsibility to download and back-up your purchase within the 1-month download time-frame. With proof of purchase, we can renew download links up until August 1st, 2013. After this date we will no longer have access to the books and will not be able to provide any new links to download.
  • Due to the nature of this sale, there will be no refunds available. However, we would invite you to read our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the file types, the download process, how the bonus offers work, etc.

Please note: This collection is only available from 9 a.m. EST on April 29th to 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4th. There will be no late sales offered, so make sure that you get your bundle right away!

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