I’m Saving Money on Household Items & You Can Too!!

 

ePantry deal

Well… (as you know :)) when I try something I love I always HAVE to share it with y’all! Recently I was asked by ePantry to try out their service and share my experience with my readers! I already love online shopping and of course I love to get a deal so this seemed like the perfect fit for me! I went online, signed up and within a few days received my box of items. It was so simple, convenient and the best part???… I LOVE all of the products I received. A few of them I already use in my home, but even those products are offered at a discount through ePantry. My three very favorite products I ordered were the Meyer’s hand soap, dishwasher pods and the ePantry soy candle in pear (LOVED this candle!!).

Sooo….. What is ePantry???

ePantry is an online subscription site offering mostly all-natural household products (such as Mrs. Meyers), where you get to choose what you want.

ePantry was started by 3 friends in San Francisco and grew out of a simple realization: there are products/brands that we trust, love and want to use every day, but choose not to, based solely on convenience and what’s available to us at a given time.

ePantry Candles

 Here’s How It Works:

  1. Sign up for an account here.
  2. Answer some simple questions specific to your family.
  3. Choose items for your box — ePantry will make suggestions for you. You can accept them or not. Totally up to you!
  4. Once you reach at least $20 you’ll be able to check out. (Don’t miss the special deal for TBM below!!)
  5. In a few days, your box of goodies will arrive in the mail!

Just so you know–>>>  You can edit what’s in your box, pause your subscription, or cancel your subscription at any time.

The products they suggest are by no means the only products you can select, but more of a starting point. You can choose whichever products you like. We know that you consume different products at different rates, for example, a family of 5 doesn’t go through a bottle of glass cleaner at the same rate they do a 6 pack of paper towels and that’s reflected in the delivery schedule they recommend to you (I LOVE this feature!). So the quantities and suggested delivery months are only suggestions and are fully flexible around you. That way you have them when you need them. Super simple!

And…. ePantry is offering The Better Mom readers a deal!!!!

Spend just $20 and you get: $10 FREE Credit and FREE shipping on your first order. Just click below to get started! 

>>>SIGN UP HERE<<<

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

 

Disclosure: The links in this post are referral links. See full disclosure here.

Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

Cooking is something I do every single day and I am guessing you do too ;). Whether you enjoy your time in the kitchen or not, when you have a family waiting with rumbling bellies, you MUST make something….NOW! One of my go-to dinners for as long as I can remember is the tried-and-true Spaghetti dinner. Now sometimes I do mix it up and include a different type of sauce or meat, but in general my spaghetti has remained the same for the last several years. {{boring}} I typically purchase an organic pre-made pasta sauce in a glass jar, boil some water and put in some sort of pasta to pair with the sauce. That is, until now. You see I didn’t realize homemade pasta sauce could be so easy to make and so delicious!

Okay let me tell you about this sauce. Oh my!

First, the best part: 5 Ingredients (and all the moms shouted, “Hallelujah! I have all the ingredients right here..right now!”)

Easy and Delicious Homemade Pasta Sauce

 

Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

2 lbs. of fresh tomatoes or canned whole peeled tomatoes in their juice
5 TBS butter
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 medium sweet yellow onion
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (for topping dish)

Instructions:

Get the recipe directions here.

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Now of course you can top pasta with this sauce like rigatoni, but I am going to be using it for all of my tomato based dishes! Try it on chicken, vegetables, pizza or with meatballs. The sauce is so bright and delicious, rich in flavor.

This recipe was featured in a class from Craftsy, Classic Italian Pasta Sauces, Meat and Tomato class from award-winning Italian cooking expert, Giuliano Hazan. Craftsy is basically the hub for DIY, Cooking and Crafting classes. They have such fantastic and professional instructors. Here is a little bit about Giuliano:

“Giuliano Hazan, the only son of Marcella Hazan, followed his mother’s legendary footsteps to become one of today’s foremost authorities on Italian cooking. After studying at Marcella’s celebrated School of Classic Italian Cooking, Giuliano authored the international bestseller The Classic Pasta Cookbook, which was nominated for a James Beard Award and lauded by the New York Times as “just about everything you want to know about pasta and how to prepare it from the Italian perspective.” Renowned for his mastery of the simple, genuine flavors of Italian cuisine, Giuliano continues to thrill the culinary world with his engaging presence and undeniable talent. In 2000, he and his wife founded an acclaimed seven day food and wine course in Valpolicella, Italy, and in 2007, he received the coveted “Cooking Teacher of the Year” Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. A popular guest on the Today Show, Giuliano teaches throughout the world, sharing his passion for the delicious, authentic flavors of Italian cuisine.” 

The Classic Italian Pasta Sauces class from Giuliano includes all of these fabulous recipes:

Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce OR Mother’s Butter, Tomato and Onion Pasta Sauce (get the FREE recipe here)
Spaghetti al Pomodoro e Basilico OR Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato, Olive Oil, Garlic & Basil
Pasta Carbonara
Puttanesca OR Tomatoes, Capers, Olives and Anchovies
Bolognese Meat Sauce
Ragù Marchigiano
Bucatini all’Amatriciana OR Spicy Tomato Sauce with Pancetta
Spaghetti alla Checca OR Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes, Herbs and Mozzarella
Spaghetti al Sugo Crudo di Peperoni OR Spaghetti With Raw Peppers and Tomato

Get the recipe here for this Easy Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe or as Giuliano calls it, Mother’s Butter, Tomato and Onion Pasta Sauce.

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about Craftsy classes online, besides the valuable information, is the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I need to. When the kids are in bed, or when I have a few minutes during the day to spare, I can sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It is so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Hope you enjoy that pasta sauce friends!!

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle {LAST day!!}

Friends!! Today is the very last day for you to snag your Ultimate Christian Living Bundle!! Today I thought I would simply give you a quick LOOK at all of the amazing resources included. I am a visual person so I know sometimes it really helps to SEE what is included!! Scroll down to SEE the bookshelf images of all the resources that make up The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle……

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?

You’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

REMEMBER THIS IS THE LAST DAY!!!! 

Parenting

For Children

Business & Personal Finance

Bible Incorporated by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($10.00)
Born to Win by Zig and Tom Ziglar ($9.99)
Christian Business Legends by Rick Williams and Jared Crooks ($10.00)
Christian Wealth Building by John Muratori and Michael Pink @ MichaelPink.com ($77.00)
Discover Your Purpose by Jory @ JoryFisher.com ($19.97)
Managing Money God’s Way by Bob Lotich @ ChristianPF ($5.99)
My Father’s Business by Peter Tsukahira ($13.99)
Rainforest Strategy by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($25.00)
Selling Among Wolves by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($15.00)
Taking Back the Gates of Commerce by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($77.00)
The Art of Storytelling by John Walsh ($10.49)
The Road to Purpose by Carlos L. Malone, Sr. ($12.81)
The Untold Secret that Creates True Wealth by Brig Hart & John Beehner at Ask Wise Counsel ($13.84)
Wired for Success Programmed for Failure by Dr. James B. Richards ($13.49)

Married Life

Christian Classics Series

Christian Living

Devotional Life

Reaching the Lost

Inspirational Novels

Again…. here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

And one more thing …….

I have a fun surprise!

I have this lovely bundle of goodies to give away to one of you!!! This bundle includes some of my very favorite things, most of what can be used while you are relaxing and reading your eBook bundle!!

How to enter (must do both to enter):

1. Purchase The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle by clicking HERE through The Better Mom site.

2. Copy and share the following with your friends on Facebook—>>> Have you seen The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle?!?! Over $1000 worth of Christian Living eBooks, eCourses + music for only $34.95 for only 6 days!! http://bit.ly/1xZ6HBy

ONE winner will be announced next Friday November 14th, 2014!!

{Set of 3 Tea Towels from Anthropologie, Love Came Down Lantern from Dayspring, Set of 2 Owl Mugs from Anthropologie, Walk by Faith Notes from Dayspring, Matching Redeemed necklace and bracelet from Dayspring, Set of 3 Notebooks from Anthropologie}

The Ultimate Christian Bundle Giveaway

Happy reading my friends!!!

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

What Every {Worn-Out} Mom Needs

I know as a busy mom it can be so hard to grab a few minutes by yourself to study God’s Word every day. It really can be soooo.hard. After a sleepless night or a hectic wake up routine the last thing on our minds is sitting still for a while to read, contemplate and pray. But I want to share something that I have been thinking about a lot lately…

When I get to the end of the day and I am worn out, tired and sometimes just plain exhausted, it isn’t long before I come to the realization that I am not abiding in the One who gives me the very strength to get through my day. If I would of only taken the time to go to HIM! The Lord provides all I need to accomplish what He has for me. Every.single.day.

Friends I know it is hard but I want to encourage you today to take (or make) the moments to spend time with the Lord, to come back to center, to the Rock that helps you hold it all together. Take even just a few minutes at the beginning of your day, in the afternoon or what works with your schedule and spend time abiding in the Lord. As you make this a habit you will find your true REST from resting in Him.

Many women ask…where do I start? I need a good devotional. Something that isn’t too long, but is still deep and gets me reading my Bible. Here is a fantastic choice if those statements ring true for you. The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a 365 day devotional with daily Scripture readings. You will love Nancy’s strong emphasis on God’s Word and her sound Biblical teaching. It gives you the time to study the Word, as well as learn and grow as Nancy expands on the scripture and applies the passage to your life.

TheQuietPlaceDevotional

This particular devotional by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is included in The Christian Living Bundle along with another resource I want to show you. I am so excited to listen to this with my children. It is a great way for your family to learn the Bible through song, which is just plain fun!

TheSingingBible

Focus on the Family’s The Singing Bible includes 50 original sing-along songs. It sets Scripture to music and includes memorable lyrics and tongue twisters, making understanding the Bible an exciting journey. This collection is fast-paced and perfect for use at home or during car trips. Lyrics included. Song titles include “God’s Promise,” “Noah Built a Boat,” “The Bible Book is True,” “Joseph’s Dream,” “Psalm 23,” “Listen to Wisdom,” “Daniel,” “Elijah,” “Jonah and the Whale,” and many more!

TheSingingBibleCDs

The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss retails for $19.99 and The Singing Bible retails for $25.oo for a total of $44.99.

But for 6 days only you can get The Quiet Place and The Singing Bible, along with over 75 other eBooks, eCourses and audio for only $34.95 (a value of over $1,140)!!!! The Christian Living Bundle is chock full of resources to encourage you in your walk with the Lord (devotionals, christian classics), along with resources for parenting, marriage, personal finance and fun things for the kids!!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Parenting

Even-Tempered Mother by Tabitha @ Meet Penny ($4.99)
Financial Parenting by Larry Burkett & Rick Osborne ($7.95)
From Grouchy to Great by Ruth @ The Better Mom ($4.99)
The Spaghetti Shots by Courtney @ CourtneyWestlake.com ($4.99)
Teaching Your Child How to Pray by Rick Osborne ($10.49)
The Unwired Mom by Sarah Mae @ SarahMae.com ($4.99)
Three Decades of Fertility by Natalie @ Visionary Womanhood ($5.99)
When Motherhood Feels Too Hard by Kelly @ Generation Cedar ($4.97)

For Children

A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Gary Chapman & Rick Osborne ($3.99)
Because I Said So Combo Pack by Kim @ Not Consumed ($8.49)
Christ in the Commandments by Luke & Trisha @ Intoxicated on Life ($8.99)
Christmas Celebrations by Kerry @ How to Homeschool My Child ($14.95)
Katie and Addie (with J.D.) Love Washington, D.C. by Michele Wetteland & John Rose ($8.99)
Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit by Michael & Carlie @ Managing Our Blessings ($4.99)
Saying Yes to God As a Family by Kristen @ We Are THAT Family ($1.99)
Thanksgiving Heart by Stacie @ Motherhood on a Dime ($3.99)
The Singing Bible by Lightwave Publishing ($24.95)

Business & Personal Finance

Bible Incorporated by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($10.00)
Born to Win by Zig and Tom Ziglar ($9.99)
Christian Business Legends by Rick Williams and Jared Crooks ($10.00)
Christian Wealth Building by John Muratori and Michael Pink @ MichaelPink.com ($77.00)
Discover Your Purpose by Jory @ JoryFisher.com ($19.97)
Managing Money God’s Way by Bob Lotich @ ChristianPF ($5.99)
My Father’s Business by Peter Tsukahira ($13.99)
Rainforest Strategy by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($25.00)
Selling Among Wolves by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($15.00)
Taking Back the Gates of Commerce by Michael @ MichaelPink.com ($77.00)
The Art of Storytelling by John Walsh ($10.49)
The Road to Purpose by Carlos L. Malone, Sr. ($12.81)
The Untold Secret that Creates True Wealth by Brig Hart & John Beehner at Ask Wise Counsel ($13.84)
Wired for Success Programmed for Failure by Dr. James B. Richards ($13.49)

Married Life

25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband by Jennifer @ Loving Life at Home
100 Ways to Love Your Husband by Lisa @ Club 31 Women ($9.99)
100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matthew @ MatthewLJacobson.com ($9.99)
365+ Ways to Love Your Wife When Your Kids Are Young by Leah @ LeahHeffner.com ($4.99)
Intentional Marriage by Crystal @ Serving Joyfully ($4.99)
No Longer Two by Jennifer Miller ($8.99)
Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gr1esh & Dr. Juli Slattery ($8.99)
Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater ($10.49)
Worth the Fight by Kayse @ KaysePratt.com ($3.99)
Your Supernatural Marriage by Bob & Audrey Meisner ($12.61)

Christian Classics Series

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray ($13.99)
All of Grace by Charles H. Spurgeon ($13.99)
Answers to Prayer by George Mueller ($14.99)
Fellowship of the Burning Heart by A.W. Tozer ($13.99)
God the Creator by John Clavin ($15.99)
Names of God by Nathan Stone ($5.24)
Power, Passion & Prayer by Charles G. Finney ($14.99)
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards ($15.99)
The Classic Collection on Prayer by E.M. Bounds ($18.99)
The Holy Spirit & Power by John Wesley ($14.99)
The Incomparable Christ by J. Oswald Sanders ($6.74)
The Overcoming Life by D.L. Moody ($16.99)
The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan ($17.99)
The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink ($15.99)

Christian Living

Equipped for Effectiveness in Spiritual Warfare by Al Pittman ($11.99)
Extraordinary Grace by Gary Chapman & Chris Fabry ($17.99)
How Big is Your Umbrella? by Sheila @ SheilaWrayGregoire.com ($2.99)
It Happens After Prayer by H.B. Charles, Jr. ($9.74)
One Kingdom Under God by Dr. Tony Evans ($6.74)
One Minute After Your Die by Erwin W. Lutzer ($5.24)
Relationships for Life by Richard Marks, PhD ($9.99)
Watching God Work by Carolyn Koontz Dearteaga ($13.99)
Who Are You and Why Are You Here? by Dan Miller @ 48 Days ($35)

Devotional Life

#Disciple by Scott @ Simple Life, Abundant Life ($4.99)
30 Days to a Life Made Full by Shanti @ Life Made Full ($14.99)
30 Daily Appointments with Heaven by Dr. Reggie Anderson ($2.99)
A Thousand Years by Stanton Lanier ($8.99)
Good News of the Day by Yo Snyder ($16.99)
Guilt-Free Quiet Times by Emily @ Glo-Girl ($9.99)
Mornings with Tozer by A.W. Tozer ($13.49)
Pause by Chris Maxwell ($9.99)
Prayers & Meditations by Christin @ ChristinDitchfield.com ($10.00)
Prayers That Change Things by Lloyd B. Hildebrand ($9.99)
The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss ($14.99)
This God We Serve by Rev. William J. Morford ($12.97)

Reaching the Lost

How to Know God Exists by Ray Comfort ($7.50)
Reach: How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God by Laura @ LauraKrokos.com ($4.99)
The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort ($7.69)
They Call Me Dad by Philip @ Stella’s Voice ($12.95)

 

Inspirational Novels

Junia: Woman Apostle, Only a Girl by Wanda Vassallo ($14.26)
Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar ($9.99)
The Prodigy Project by Doug @ All Truth is God’s Truth ($9.99)
The Turning by Davis Bunn ($9.99)

Also….. The Ultimate Bundles team asked several sponsors, with no strings attached, to provide meaningful BONUS GIFTS. One of the first to step up was Dayspring Greeting Cards who offered a choice of heart-warming gift card packages to choose from.  Another, is a downloadable DVD workout series for getting in shape and maintaining health. With a retail value of $62.99 it includes a Biblical study guide for stewarding your health. Bonus gifts alone have a total retail value of over $160

For as little as $34.95 you can receive over $1,140 worth of valuable eBooks and eCourses that address the issues of life most of us face at one time or another, from a profoundly Biblical worldview. The BONUS GIFTS alone are worth more than four times the price of the bundle! So, if you want to ignite your faith, strengthen your family and help your professional life, there’s no better place to start! All the hard work has been done for you…

The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, November 10th.

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have a full month to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s life, you’ll get your money back in full!

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5 until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10 (or until 18,500 bundles are sold)

What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

And one more thing …….

I have a fun surprise!

I have this lovely bundle of goodies to give away to one of you!!! This bundle includes some of my very favorite things, most of what can be used while you are relaxing and reading your eBook bundle!!

How to enter (must do both to enter):

1. Purchase The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle by clicking HERE through The Better Mom site.

2. Copy and share the following with your friends on Facebook—>>> Have you seen The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle?!?! Over $1000 worth of Christian Living eBooks, eCourses + music for only $34.95 for only 6 days!! http://bit.ly/1xZ6HBy

ONE winner will be announced next Friday November 14th, 2014!!

{Set of 3 Tea Towels from Anthropologie, Love Came Down Lantern from Dayspring, Set of 2 Owl Mugs from Anthropologie, Walk by Faith Notes from Dayspring, Matching Redeemed necklace and bracelet from Dayspring, Set of 3 Notebooks from Anthropologie}

The Ultimate Christian Bundle Giveaway

Happy reading my friends!!!

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

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