The Hope Beach Collection: $3.99 in Kindle Format


If you are looking to curl up with a good fiction series this coming weekend you are going to want to grab The Hope Beach Collection by Colleen Coble. It is currently just $3.99 for the entire 3 book series in Kindle edition.

Price could change at any time. Grab your copy here.

I read the first two books in this series and fell in love with Colleen Coble’s contemporary fiction writings.

psst…. my favorite way to pay for kindle book deals is with Amazon gift cards earned through Swagbucks and/or  InstaGC

Plus! Have you checked out my Hot Deals Page where I share deals like this one.


Bookworm Wednesday: The Fringe Hours


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As I announced earlier this year, Wednesdays here on the blog this year are going to be short and sweet, yet personal. I want to get to know you better and help you get to know me better. I want to build relationships.

I am still working on figuring out exactly what that is going to look like, but for now I am sharing mostly things from my week that made me go…”Hmm, wonder what my audience would say about this.”

The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You

As you might know from reading my monthly goals or from following me on Instagram, one of my passions is reading and when I find a book that lines up with what I believe so perfectly as The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You does, I can’t help but share it with everyone.

So I decided I would create Bookworm Wednesdays and when I find one of those ‘Oh so good I have to share’ books, I will share it with you on Wednesday.

Two Quotes From The Fringe Hours That Made Me Go, “Oh, Girl. You Get Me!”


I love the quote from The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You in the picture above. It is my life philosophy on so many levels.

I have talked about my family’s good enough attitude and how it effects our finances in a positive way before and I have also talked about how this same attitude is one reason I can find as much time as I do to blog without taking too much time from building the important relationships in my life.

I think women especially needed to be reminded almost daily that trying to create a perfect home, a perfect physical image, a perfect job report, and on and on is going to leave you ragged. You need time to refill you, and in our busy lives as homemakers the only way to make that time is to let certain things slide.

Talk with family members about what is enough when it comes to keeping the home tidy, to preparing meals each night, etc–it might not be as much as you think.

Quote from The Fringe Hours

Jessica was preaching to the choir when my eyes fell on this quote above in her book.

I think some people mistake my blog as only a thrifty lifestyle blog, but if you read my blog mission it is to…

Help moms find the time and money they need to pursue their passions while maintaining balance in their lives.

I want you, as a homemaker, to manage your money well so that you can have money to invest in you. Money to put into the passions that refuel you and help you go on to fuel those you love within your household.

Yes, I write money saving tips, but I also write time saving tips as well. Money and time were the two things that use to hold me back from pursuing passions, but then I found both a way to carve out more fringe hours in my day as well as ways to earn money or save money in some of those fringe hours that I could then use to spend on activities that refueled me in other fringe hours.

If you are struggling with trying to find time for you or you know what time you could be using but you won’t because you feel guilty taking time out for yourself, read The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You. The book addresses both issues, You will come away realizing that you are worth investing time in and you will also discover where exactly to fit that time into your day, your week, your month, and your year.

What book have you read lately that has caused you to go, “Oh yeah, girl. You get me!”

psst…want to know how I pay for my love or reading? Check out this article.


2016 Goal Update: January


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Goals for 2016

Here is how I did in January with my goals for 2016.

My Mind

Read one business book each month

I listened to Do Over by Jon Acuff on the Hoopla app this month. I learned that he and I don’t define hustle the same way, but I might just switch to his definition because then that would mean I do hustle, it is just that blogging isn’t my main hustle. Nope, I do what the author of Do Over defines as the family hustle. I work hard on my blog in the spare moments, but my number one job is helping to launch 4 amazing products into the world, my 3 children and my husband.


After finding the Hoopla app through my local library website this month, I am not sure if I will continue to use Audible after my free trial ends mid February. The app has a great selection of business books in audio form and it is free.

 You can try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks when you use this link (words in blue).

tri-goalsMy Fitness

Return to cross-training

This month I concentrated just on yoga. I have never taken a yoga class before so I was a little bit nervous, after all I can’t even touch my toes.

I am now a month in and am hooked. I plan to continue classes three mornings a week for the rest of the year.


I even invested in some wild workout capris just for yoga–bought new with tags through ThredUp (psst…use my referral link to sign up and you get $10 in credit off your first purchase)

In February I plan to add in one to two days of swimming to my workout routine.

I really miss running, but I am taking it just one plantar fasciitis approved sport at a time until my foot is good and healed. Unfortunately running is so not a plantar fasciitis friendly exercise.


Just one treat--goal 2016My Eating

One daily treat only

This is not going well. I knew it would be my hardest goal and boy, was I right. Still, I am making some progress down to 1 treat. Perhaps 5 days out of 7 and then 2 treats the other two days. I need to work on portion control though, sometimes my one treat was a bit on the large size.

Date dayMy Marriage

1 date day a month with my hubby.

My husband and I had a 1/2 date day in January. We got home from church around 11:00 a.m. one Sunday and marched right upstairs to our bedroom to take a nap. After snoozing for an hour or so we had lunch and headed out to see the new Star Wars movie. We finished up our date with dinner out.

30 times 12 challengeMy Home

Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.

I tossed 30 items for January and it was much easier than I thought to find those items. I think our home breeds clutter.

Blog goalMy Business

Finish an eBook.

Final word count

THE ROUGH DRAFT OF MY EBOOK IS DONE!!! Sorry to yell, but I am so stinking excited. It will still be a while until it is ready for purchase, but it feels good to have the words out of my brain and on paper.

One new recipeMy Culinary Creativity

Try one new recipe a month.


I made a new recipe out of two recipes I already love. All the details will be on the blog next Monday. Let’s just say for now that the experiment was a yummy success.

Set a wow goal!My WOW Goal

As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.

Update: Going slow on this goal but progress is progress right?


My Word For 2016

This. Is. So. Hard! So many times this month I have gotten off track in one of my goals and then remembered–one thing.

I think I will be listening to a chapter or two of the book that inspired the word ONE as my word for 2016 each and every month just to help me keep focus.

How did you do with your goals this month? Share with me in the comments.


Want to set goals but not even sure how to go about achieving them? Crystal Paine’s eBook, 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, can help. Inside the pages of this book you will learn how to break down your goals into achievable steps and how to find time in your day to achieve them. I read this eBook in an afternoon and it revolutionized how I set and break down goals.  I went from thinking I could to knowing I could.

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