This Week’s Best Free Kindle Books

Here are some of the best free Kindle books for you today. A big thank you to Shelly from Frugal Family Home for contributing to this list!

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Free Kindle eBooks

Fiction

Fiction (5)

A Daughter’s Place (Family Matters Book 1)

Likely Suspects

In Name Only (O’Donovan Family Book 1)

Candle in the Darkness (Refiner’s Fire Book #1) (Refiner’s Fire)

Butterfly Garden: A Sensual Amish Historical Romance

Non Fiction

NonFiction (3)

How to Grow Fruit Trees – Beginners Guide to Growing Amazing Fruit

Personal Finance For Beginners In 30 Minutes, Volume 1: How to cut expenses, reduce debt, and better align spending & priorities

Couponing for the Beginner: A Guide to Couponing for the Uninitiated

Organic Lotion: Recipes for Beginners: How to Create Homemade Organic Lotions For Beauty, Nourishment, and Skin Healing

The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow: Simplify, Embrace the Chaos and Find an Abundance of Time at Home

Cookbooks

Cookbooks (2)

The Best Pumpkin Recipes In History: Delicious, Fast & Easy Pumpkin Recipes You Will Love

Freezer Meals: 25+ Delicious Freezer Slow Cooker Recipes, Money Saving And Easy Make Ahead Meals For Your Crockpot

35 Recipes For Comforting Winter Soups – Easy Homemade Soups For Wintertime

The Wok Cookbook For Beginners: Easy Step-by-Step Wok Cooking Recipes For Beginners

Ultimate Healthy Snack List including Healthy Snacks for Adults & Healthy Snacks for Kids: Discover over 130 Healthy Snacks Recipes

Kids Books

KidsEbooks (2)

Don’t Judge An Alligator By Its Teeth! (Benjamin’s Adventures Book 1)

Bye Bye, Boogeyman! (Monster Series)

Eville, USA (KiteReaders Monster Series)

Fun Learning Facts About Mars: Illustrated Fun Learning For Kids (Explore More Book 1)

Wagon Train Kids

Worms As Pets (Little Book Lovers’ Reading Series 3)

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Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69)

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A Great Snack for On-The-Go Families: Jif To Go Dippers

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Since my kids started school last month, we have gone through an extraordinary amount of snacks! I’m not kidding…each one has to have a snack in their backpack (in addition to their lunch boxes) for snack time at school, then there is the after-school snack and the snacks on the go.

A few days a week, I throw a bag of snacks and water bottles into the car and drive the kids to their various sports activities. My son has been doing a “little tykes” flag football program, and my daughter is in a running program twice a week, so we always need to bring something along with us to fuel their little bodies.

jif to go dippers snacks for hungry boys

Try as I might, I can never keep enough easy-to-eat (and pack!) snack food in the house….we’ve been going through a ton of bananas, grapes, apples, pretzels, cheese sticks and  granola bars to feed an army. I like to keep these kinds of things on hand for the kids because they are not only healthy, but I can pretty much just throw them into my bag and can be on my way. I don’t always have a lot of time to cut things up or put things in containers because we always seem to be late for everything.

That’s why I’m so excited about the new Jif To Go Dippers that I wrote about a few weeks ago. These snacks are the answers to a mom’s prayers. Not only do they contain a healthy bit of both protein and carbs, which little active, growing bodies need, but they are all wrapped up in an easy-to-pack container, and the kids don’t need anything but their fingers to eat them.

jif to go dippers at football

We take the Jif To Go Dippers to our football practices every week. I spread a picnic blanket down on the grass and the kids eat their peanut butter and pretzels before the coach calls the boys to start their warm-ups. The protein helps my little guy feel full the entire hour, even though he pretty much runs nearly every minute of the practice.

jif to go dippers chocolate silk

My daughter’s favorite is the chocolate silk peanut butter spread…she feels like she’s eating dessert, but she’s actually getting something healthy for her hard-working muscles.

jif to go dippers for snacking

In addition to our sports practices each week, I usually pack a few Jif To Go Dippers into my bag on the weekends for road trips, park playdates and the times when mom’s shopping goes a little long and the kids need something to eat. The dippers are perfect for the car…no mess!

jif to go dippers great snack for on the go families

To find out more about Jif To Go Dippers, head over to their website, where you can read all the nutrition information and find out where to buy them in your local area. Don’t forget to visit Jif’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for all the #GetGoing fun!

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

Good Morning all! Ooh…it’s so chilly here in Maryland this morning. I had to break out my warm winter robe this morning and turn on the space heater. What a change from last week!

Being that fall is really upon us now, I’ve loaded up this week’s menu with warm and cozy comfort food. Here’s what’s on tap for dinner this week:

Monday: Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, rice

Tuesday: Lasagna Casserole, kale

Wednesday: Taco Night

Thursday: Pan Fried Pork Chops, mashed sweet potatoes, spinach

Friday: Breakfast–eggs, sausage, biscuits, fruit

Saturday: Homemade pizza, salad

Sunday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts

For more ideas for your own menu, head over to Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday link-up!

This Week’s Best Kindle Books

Here are some of the best free Kindle books for you today. 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 (4)

The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club Book #1): A Novel

The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag: Skeletons in the Closet: Book 1 in the Misadventures of the Laundry Hag series

Trapped: Havens Creek Series Book One

Running on Empty

Once Upon a Summer (Seasons of the Heart Book #1)

Non Fiction

Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening: How to Grow a Luscious and Thriving Herb and Vegetable Garden Indoors

51 Ways to Love Your Enemies: How to love others when they are hurting you

Can I Know God’s Will? (Crucial Questions Series Book 4)

Knit: How to Knit. Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Introvert: Introvert’s Guide To Success In An Extrovert’s World How To Take Advantage Of Your Inner Power & Quiet Genius

Cookbooks

Cookbooks (1)

Slow Cooker: One Month Of Make Ahead Meals Including Carnitas, Jambalaya, And Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

The Greatest Gluten Free Recipes: Quick and Easy, Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes For Beginners

The Ultimate Christmas Cookies (In The Kitchen Cooking Book 3)

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals: Quick and Easy, Step-by-Step Slow Cooker Recipes For People With Busy Lives

30 Easy Halloween Treats and Recipes: Halloween Recipes For Your Family to Enjoy! (Simple and Easy Halloween Recipes)

Kids Books

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen. A Tale in Seven Stories (Illustrated) (Fairy eBooks)

Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor (Frankie Dupont Mysteries Book 1)

Minecraft Books for Kids: The Complete Minecraft Book Series (4 Minecraft Novels for Kids)

Touchdown Tony Crowne and the Mystery of the Missing Cheerleader

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You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can go here to download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69)

Please note: Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at ANY time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase.

Making Your Home a Haven: Music for Gentleness

making your home a haven 2014

I hope you are enjoying the Making Your Home a Haven challenge! We are following along with Courtney of Women Living Well, and this week, she suggests listening to soothing music and working on gentleness and self-control.

Working on Patience

I have to admit, I’m normally a very quiet, nice person, but when I’ve run out of patience or am just frustrated at something that doesn’t go the way I think it should, I can blow a gasket!

In fact, just a few weeks ago, after the painters had packed up all of their things and left, I had a little meltdown. My dad was here on his annual visit, the house had been torn up pretty much the entire time he was here, and everything was a mess. As soon as I closed the door on the last worker, I went to work myself, putting all the furniture back where it belonged, hanging up pictures again, vacuuming and mopping.

The kids’ rooms were also a mess. Because they had to take everything out of my son’s closet to get access to the attic, and they had also painted in my daughter’s room, I had a big job in both of those rooms as well. Oh, and did I mention that the majority of that day’s laundry still had to be dried and folded?

Normally, this kind of thing wouldn’t bother me so badly, but with my dad here, I wanted everything to be “perfect,” and clearly it was not. So I tried to hurry and right everything in the house before the kids got home from school.  We had plans to have a nice steak dinner at home to celebrate my dad’s birthday that night and I just wanted to be able to sit at our dining room table and relax afterward on the couch.

With most of the work done, I ran over to the grocery store to pick up some meat for dinner.  Of course, they didn’t have any of the kind my dad had requested, so I bought another cut of steak, hoping that he would still enjoy it. When I arrived home, I noticed all the work that still had to be done, and it put me over the edge.

There was…

no perfectly arranged living room

no perfect birthday dinner for my dad

a mountain of laundry to be finished

a week’s worth of dog hair covering the floor

…and a whole family sitting around playing with toys or online, not trying to help get things back in order.

So I lost my patience and yelled at my husband and kids for not helping. I created a mood in my home that afternoon where all my loved ones had to walk on eggshells lest they set Mom off again.

Luckily, I realized what I had done a few minutes later and apologized to them, asking for their forgiveness, but the damage was done, so to speak.

Of course, I had caused most of the trouble myself…I had not asked anyone to help with any of the work, I had just assumed that they would notice what was undone and get to work. And I had an unrealistic expectations of a “perfect” birthday for my dad in the midst of all the home repairs.

So, in addition to adjusting my expectations and communicating to my family instead of just expecting them to know what I want/need, I’m also going to keep these verses in mind:

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. –Galatians 5:22 and 25

Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife, but those who are slow to anger calm contention. –Proverbs 15:18

Using music to help with gentleness

Music has a way of influencing emotions. When you’re feeling sad, listening to upbeat music can change your mood. Likewise, calming music helps you feel more peaceful and more graceful.

In our home, we started listening to more instrumental music after I heard Sally Clarkson suggest it. I found several free and some very inexpensive albums on Amazon that help us promote a calm atmosphere during the often crazy dinner hour.

classical music for the reader

One of my favorite things to listen to is Classical Music for the Reader 5: Great Masterpieces for the Dedicated Reader (affiliate link), which I downloaded for only $.99. I play this album constantly, as it is very soothing and is over 2 hours long.

Celtic Music Sampler

We are also big fans of Celtic music, and I like to play it often. I picked up this Green Hill Celtic Music Sampler (affiliate link) for free several weeks ago, and highly recommend it. I also sometimes play our favorite Celtic Woman (affiliate link) CD during dinner.

Group VBS

The kids love to hear their albums from vacation Bible school (affiliate link)…I think we have 4 or 5 of them now! They are fun for getting the kids energized to clean up or just for having fun dancing around the kitchen.

I also love listening to podcasts while I’m cleaning or cooking dinner. Some of my favorites are The Dave Ramsey Show, So Here’s the Thing with Kathi Lipp (for moms) and Amplify (for bloggers).

How do you promote gentleness in yourself? Share with us some of your favorite music!