This Week’s Best Free Kindle Books

I’m so glad to have the free Kindle books list up again for you this week! I hope you can find something you like to read this weekend :)

A big thank you to Shelly from Frugal Family Home for contributing to this list!

Please note, this post contains affiliate links.

Free Kindle eBooks

Fiction

Fiction

It’s Complicated (Status Updates Book 1)

Diary of an Angel

Mail Order Bride: Summer’s Fury: Inspirational Historical Western (Pioneer Wilderness Romance Book 1)

Hollow (Bunny Elder Adventures Book 1)

Second Chance For Love

Non Fiction

How to Raise the Strong Willed Child

How To Raise The Strong-Willed Child: One Of The Best Ways Of Positive Parenting By Setting Up Clear Limits And Boundaries

Upcycle Your Garden: 18 Simple and Fun Projects to Reuse Everyday Items Within Your Garden

12 Hours Crochet Hacks: Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners in Fast, Easy, and Simple Steps

Remove Negative Thinking: How to Instantly Harness Mindfulness and The Power of Positive Thinking (The #GirlBizMind Series Book 1)

The Hydrogen Peroxide Handbook: The Miracle Cure for Your Health and Your Home

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

101 Quick & Easy 5 Ingredient Recipes

Dump Dinners: 50 Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Spice Up Your Meals

Superfood Green Smoothie Recipes: 26 Delicious Superfood Green Smoothie Recipes to Promote Weight Loss, Boost Energy and Supercharge Your Health (Smoothie Recipe Series)

Healthy Pasta Cookbook: The Top 50 Most Healthy and Delicious Pasta Recipes

Farm Girl Country Cooking: Hearty Meals for the Active Family

Kids Books

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Red Cat, Red Cat, Red Cat, Blue

FRANKY THE FROG

Molly of Mars and the Alien Syndicate

Fate of Thorik (Altered Creatures Book 1)

Children’s Book – Pixie Courage (Pixie Series 1)

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Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $79)

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3 Qualities of Good Teacher Gifts

I love to show my deep appreciation for my kids’ teachers each year by giving them gifts. We start the gift-giving right at back-to-school time with this pretty Back to School Teacher Gift, donate to the class gift at Christmastime, and end the year with a gift to let them know how much we have valued their time and talents throughout the year.

Give your teacher a useful and practical gift that's also pretty too! And it's easy to make for those of us who are not crafty!

We don’t have a ton of money to spend on good teacher gifts, so I usually make something fun or give a small amount in the form of a gift card or contribute to a much larger gift with several other people. But after trying to find ideas for gifts online, I’ve figured out three basic qualities of good teacher gifts:

1. They are useful. I don’t have any experience teaching in the classroom, but I can imagine that teachers get about 20 “Best Teacher” Christmas ornaments every year. If they’ve been teaching for any length of time, I’m sure they can open their own ornament store online. 😉 Give them something that they can actually USE.

2. They are relevant. Just because you found a good deal on a HDMI cable (or some other ridiculous item), it doesn’t mean that your teacher needs or wants one.

3. They are pretty. Everyone loves a beautiful gift!

Good Teacher Gifts Packed into a Pretty Jar

This year, I decided to try for something even more practical than a bouquet of pencil flowers (although we always get a ton of ooohhs and aaahhs when we carry that into school): a Mason Jar Mug filled with teaching essentials.

Teacher Kit Items

If you are not crafty whatsoever, this is the perfect teacher gift for you to make! All you have to do is be able to tie a ribbon into a bow, just like you do when you tie your shoes :)

Here’s what you’ll need to make your teacher kit:

  • cute drinking container (I found some great BPA-free plastic mason jars with straws at Target)
  • Single-serving drink mixes
  • Chapstick
  • Travel-sized tubes of Advil
  • Expo white-board markers
  • Post-It notes
  • Gum or breath mints
  • Anything else that will fit inside the drinking container
  • Pretty ribbon
  • Cardstock to print tag (or a small greeting card or tag)

You can print one of these school-themed tags to tie onto your mason jar. Simply click on one of the graphics below, print on a color printer, punch a hole in the one corner and thread onto your ribbon, then tie onto the jar.

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Teacher Gift Tag

My daughter’s teacher was thrilled with her teacher gift (we got lucky with the Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade drink mix…it’s her favorite!). My son gave his teacher his jar without the ribbon and tag because it fell off in his backpack…oops! I hope she didn’t think it was creepy :)

Mason Jar Teacher Kit

What you do think make good teacher gifts?

Free Mini-Course: The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families

Like me, I’m sure you worry a lot about the health and fitness of your family! You want everyone to eat good, wholesome food. You want to have plenty of energy. And you’re suspicious of all the unnatural chemicals in the products you use around the house – not to mention in the medication you give your kids.

But it’s tough to know where to go for more information, right? Where should you start? Who should you trust? You end up flailing around, following a few principles and pieces of advice when you have time, but not really having any sort of roadmap to follow.

Until now.

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My friends over at Spark Health and Ultimate Bundles have put together a FREE mini-course called “The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families” (affiliate link).

The course contains a collection of quick and easy-to-follow lessons from trusted bloggers:

  • Essential Habit #1: “Nurturing your Best Self” (with Heather from Mommypotamus)
  • Essential Habit #2: “Staying Fit as a Family (Gym Membership Not Required)” (with Crystal from Money Saving Mom)
  • Essential Habit #3: “From Scratch Meal-Making” (with Katie from Kitchen Stewardship)
  • Essential Habit #4: “Using Natural Remedies” (with Katie from Wellness Mama)

Each lesson comes with a 25-minute audio lesson, PDF transcript, and a practical “Take Action” guide.

If you want to get your family on the road to real health, it’s simple to get started: sign up for your FREE mini-course now!

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Menu Plan Monday

Good morning all! I hope you had a great weekend :)

We had a fabulous time on our vacation last week…we visited Stonewall Resort in Lewis County, WV. It’s such a beautiful area with lovely mountains. We enjoyed a family bike ride…during which we saw a group of about 9 deer crossing the road…boating, hiking, swimming, and even making s’mores at the resort’s fire pit.

The Falls of HIlls Creek

One of the best parts was visiting the Falls of Hills Creek in the Monongahela National Forest. Although we misjudged the amount of time it would take to drive there, we just loved seeing this beautiful series of waterfalls and thought it was well worth the drive. (See more pictures of our trip over at Instagram!)

Now that we’re home, there’s nothing more that we want than some good, home-cooked meals! So I’ve got some old favorites, as well as some new-to-us recipes on the menu this week, and no eating out :)

MENU PLAN

Here’s what’s on the menu at our house this week:

Monday: BBQ Meatballs, noodles, veggies

Tuesday: Fiesta Chicken, rice, chips and salsa

Wednesday: Homemade Pizza, salad

Thursday: Lemon Pepper Chicken Skillet Meal with Orzo, veggies

Friday: Breakfast for dinner–bacon, eggs, biscuits, fruit

Saturday: Spaghetti with Italian sausage, salad

Sunday: Marinated London Broil on the grill, baked potatoes, salad

Check out all my menu planning resources for help with your own menu: free menu planning printable, menu planning for busy moms, and easy-to-make recipes. Be sure to also visit Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday link-up for other menu ideas.

What’s for dinner at your place this week?