A Day in Our Home (and last sale day!)

With the arrival of autumn, I’ve been doing more decluttering and sorting. Boxes of donation items sit by my back door, awaiting the next trip to town. Shelves and drawers can “breathe” a bit more, and so can I. Old magazines, outgrown clothes, and other unneeded items from previous seasons of life are departing.

But there are some books that I refer to on a regular basis. Practically every day, I am making or using something from the Healthy Living eBook Bundle. (Which helps eliminate the clutter of old recipe & craft magazines and cookbooks!)

Here is a glimpse into a recent day in our home, using ideas from this book collection. (This is not an exhaustive list of every activity; just a bit to show you how these books are part of my daily life.)

Morning

While doing my morning Bible reading, I sip on a cup of herbal tea (such as to keep up my energy, mama’s milk supply, or to soothe seasonal allergies). We begin the day with a healthy breakfast smoothie and a hearty, but quick breakfast. I serve up spoonfuls of an immune-booster syrup (which is eagerly swallowed, since it has a nice flavor).

I check the jars of homemade yogurt that have been culturing overnight, and tuck them into the fridge. We go let the backyard chickens out of their coop. When coming back inside and washing up, I reach for a homemade lotion bar and lip balm before starting our homeschooling.

Mid-Morning

I toss some seasonal veggies and the organic meat I got on sale into the crockpot or soup pot for a quick supper that will simmer all day. I hand out healthy snacks (without packaging!), whether we are at home or on the road doing errands. The baby has recently begun exploring solid foods, so he gets a bit of baby food, too, for eating/playing with.

I turn my attention to the boxes of ripening fruit from our backyard trees. I choose a couple favorite canning recipes for my apples and pears, and start filling the canner and slicing fruit.

I apply a kiss and a homemade herbal ointment or homeopthic remedy to the inevitable owies that appear in a family of little ones.

Lunchtime

Since I am canning, the kitchen is full of jars, fruit, and hot water. I hand my children plates of a simple lunch, and cups of raw milk or kefir. (Someone comes back minutes later and asks for more homemade bread.)

Afternoon

While children are having their quiet time, I go over my “real food” budget and grocery list. I start meal-planning for the month ahead, and make sure to start a bit of budgeting/planning for stocking the pantry for upcoming holiday meals.

Once the canning is wrapped up, I start bread dough rising in a warm oven. Then I reach for that homemade lip balm and lotion bar again. I mix together a tea blend for an afternoon cup.

We take a jar full of scraps out to the compost pile, worm farm, or chickens.

Evening

We sit down to our seasonal, simple supper, and then direct the children toward their bedtime routine. I sprinkle some essential oils into the bathtub, and make sure I dash some herbal baby powder onto the youngest before tucking him into pajamas.

Bedtime

We close the chicken coop, and bring in the eggs. An especially excited child (after a special, fun day) gets a calming tea or homeopathic remedy to help settle and rest. I comb a natural oil or blend into our daughter’s curly hair, and braid it.

I wash up with my favorite homemade body scrub in the shower, and once again, reach for that homemade lotion bar and lip balm. After a healthy bedtime snack, I prepare a glass of water with a few herbal tincture drops added, and head to bed.

Midnight

Someone has a cough. We dose them with a homeopathic or homemade cough remedy, and go back to sleep. Sweet dreams!

You can Click Here to check out the full list of books included in the Healthy Living eBook Bundle.

Last Day!

Just a friendly weekend reminder: This $300 value set of books is on ┬ásale this week only for $29, and the sale ends today, Nov. 3rd! Plus, with the wonderful Free Gifts (worth $49) included in this deal, it is almost like getting “paid” to buy it!


Disclosure: I own all these books, and use them often- as you can see! I did receive some free copies for review purposes. I earn an affiliate commission from each book bundle purchased through my link. Thank you for your support of our family!

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7 comments to A Day in Our Home (and last sale day!)

  • Sam

    I went to buy them and it is saying that the book deal is no longer available. And if it was set in the ejunkie program then day 5 would’ve been yesterday due to October having 31 days. Is there a way to still get them since the button says thru November 3? Thanks!

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  • Sam

    Hi again,
    I found on gnowfglins that the sale actually ended at 8am ET this morning, I’m bummed to have missed it and understand if it doesn’t work out to buy it when the advertisement button says through Nov 3 (being in Alaska buying before 8am ET on Nov 3 is t really possible :) . Thanks again!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Sam, Sorry, Sam, I was on vacation over the weekend, and wasn’t available to check on this. Since lots of readers were having trouble with the codes/download due to Hurricane Sandy, it looks like we may be able to make it available again, perhaps around Thanksgiving. Keep an eye out for the notice! :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Amanda

    It seems like in blog-land many people put up pretentious posts that only show the world one side of themselves. This reads as a “fantasy day” and is completely unrealistic. Please consider that failure to be genuine with your readers tends to alienate them. I have been a reader for a couple of years now, but I will be moving on and wishing you the best.

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    Michele @ Frugal Granola Reply:

    @Amanda, Amanda, thank you for reading, and, of course, you are free to move on. However, this is my daily reality, not fantasy. This is exactly how my day went on Wednesday.

    It was not intended as pretentious or to alienate you. I do not expect all my readers to have (or want) days like mine. However, for those that regularly ask “how I do it”, these are the resources I recommend. Using the materials in these books, I have been able to develop homemaking routines that have become habit now.

    I was intentionally vague about some of the tasks/materials, which may have given you the “fantasy” impression. If you have questions, I welcome them. Since you do not know me, I do not appreciate your rude accusation. You are welcome to visit us at http://hamptoncreekinn.com, where people from all over the world come to our home and see us live out this daily reality on a regular basis.

    Our day is spent as a family, with the support of all of us contributing to complete tasks. For example, my 3-yo knows how to do much of the care for our chickens, and our almost 6-yo manages much of the laundry. (The chickens are actually pretty quiet; since we don’t have roosters, they don’t make a lot of noise.) But yes, our days start early and end very late (we work from home).

    Our homeschooling does not have to be time-consuming, as long as we are focused and diligent. (And, there is much to be learned just in “regular” life, too.)

    I did not write down the other aspects of our day that did not pertain to the topic of the post, as I noted, but of course there were other activities, such as nursing a baby, child discipline, potty trips, a quick outing to the library, etc.

    You may also note that I do other tasks on other days. The homemade bread, remedies, lotion, etc, are all made in large batches at various times, so that it doesn’t consume my time daily. (Lotion or remedy batches can last us a year or two, and bread dough batches last us a week.) The next day, I made a gallon of yogurt to last us a couple weeks.

    Everyone has 24 hours, and the choice of what to do with them. I wish you the best in your day.

    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Annie Leos

    Amanda, it is not completely unrealstical. We all have off days or chaotic days. We are a military family. Who picks up our roots every 1-2 years. We accomplish so many amazing things. And learn many more amazing things in each state or country we live. It is just a matter of motivation and devotion . On Sundays we whip up tasty wholesome snacks. During the weekdays I work on soaps, lotions and canning for. Our local farmers coop. I buy in bulk from Azure. and network to find all sort of fabulous things. The one thing I have up on was homeschool. It may seem over the top. But it is advertisement. Cause you can bet your buttons. those chickens are squawking up a storm if not let out at the first spot of sunlight :)
    I loved the ebook bundle. It gave me some splendid new ideas. I just need to find out how make vinegar…

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  • Carrie

    I agree, this is easily doable, and looks like a typical day off for me. As I work part time, we don’t homeschool, but have very similar activities and routines. It is a matter of family priorities, and I think the author’s are right on track. I work, and would never feel alienated by a post such as this, just encouraged.

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