Check Out These Infinity Jars! (And Enter To Win Some!)

I’ve just been introduced to the coolest jars and bottles. Check these out:

Infinity Jars

Why are these jars and bottles so dark? They’re made with ultra-violet glass, so when you store your light sensitive oils or homemade lotions in them, they are completely protected from sunlight!

I started using their Square Glass Bottle with Pour Spout for my Homemade Italian Dressing. I love it so much! It keeps the high quality olive oil I use in the dressing from going rancid – and the pour spout saves us from messes.

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I’m using a second Square Glass Bottle for maple syrup since it makes it so much easier to pour than the 1/2 gallon jug I bought.

infinity jars oil bottle with spout

The tall square jars with spouts are my favorite of all the options Infinity Jars offers, and here’s my second favorite…

It’s an amazing Glass Roller Applicator Bottle that I’m using for essential oils. I pay good money for high quality oils, so I love that the ultra-violet glass protects the oil. I’m using this particular roller bottle for our “Pan Away” type oils so we can apply it easily to sore muscles. It’s fantastic.

infinity jars roller bottle

I keep getting lost on the Infinity Jar site because they have so many different varieties I want to check out. They even have Vanilla Bottles, which you know is what I’m looking into next for my homemade vanilla!

Considering the high quality of jars and bottles they carry, I’m very impressed with their prices and the fact that they offer freebies with orders as low as $25. New customers get a 10% discount, and orders over $100 get free shipping (plus additional freebies).

As if all those offers weren’t amazing, Infinity Jars is also offering us a giveaway this week! Because these are my favorites, they’ll give one winner one of each of these:

500 ml Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout
30 ml Glass Roller Applicator Bottle

Enter to win through the Rafflecopter, and I’ll inform the winner next Wednesday, August 24.

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Why My 11-Year Old Is Excited About History This Year

We’ve always had Legos or Magnetix or some other hands-on activity for our boys to work with while I read History to them. They listen and learn so much better this way, and I always recommend this to parents of young kids! But guess what we’re adding to this year’s History curriculum for Malachi?

These Christian History CDs.

Family Audio Adventures Set

This year Malachi gets to hang out in his Lego room (his favorite place in the world) while listening to History lessons from Heirloom Audio Productions. That’s right. School in the Lego room.

This is full on Christian History, in an amazingly fun audio format. Imagine “Adventures in Odyssey” as a history lesson that kids love. These CDs make history come alive! Kids and families can listen and learn while working in the kitchen, folding laundry, riding in the car, playing – anything!

Family Audio Adventures CDs

We haven’t officially started our school year yet, but I wanted to see how well these CDs would work for Malachi to learn while he builds his Lego city. He got the CD player set up and put in a disc. Every few minutes I’d pop in and say, “How’s the CD?” His responses?

  • “Good! These are really good!”
  • “The whole time I’m picturing everything that’s happening in my head.”
  • “Wait. I need to find out what happens…” (Silly me for interrupting at a peak point of the story!)
  • “Ooh, some of this is sad. Like what was happening to some of the people…”

And then he went on to tell me all about the story and the people, but then he stopped himself and said, “You know what? I think you should listen to these and I don’t want to give it away. You’d really like this.”

Love, love, love. This is school in its best form!

After experiencing just a few hours of Heirloom Audio Productions audio adventures, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to make these CDs a part of Malachi’s curriculum this year. I’ve always really enjoyed reading our history books to the kids through the years, and for sure I’ll still be doing that this year with Malachi. But these CDs share history in a way I never could. They make history come alive, with all the voices and sound effects.

What’s better is that Heriloom Audio Productions is offering all Heavenly Homemaker’s readers a very special deal on their great set of history CDs! Please do click over to read more about what they offer and take advantage of the special price. These discs can be listened to over and over and are a great investment for your family – for education and so much more. (Heads up – looks like the extra special low price is limited to the first few buyers!)

Special thanks to Heirloom Audio Productions for sending us these CDs and offering a great discount to all of us here!

Click here to learn more about this amazing way to learn Christian History with your family!

Drinking Snapple Straight Up Tea While Sporting a New Hairdo!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea. The opinions and texts are all mine.

It can always grow back, right? That’s what I kept telling myself when I was trying to decide if I was going to ask my hairdresser to take more than an inch off this time. Three inches, maybe? Four?

Phew, it’s a hard decision. I’ve had long hair for many years. I still want long hair. Matt likes my long hair. But I was feeling the need for something a little lighter, a little bouncier. So I went for it. (See pictures below. I’m loving it!)

Seeing as I was already in “the big city” nearby for my haircut, I took advantage of the opportunity to do some much needed grocery shopping before all my boys got home from church camp. While there, I grabbed a special treat for myself – this Snapple Straight Up Tea.

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I really love a fun treat while I’m out on the town. I found Snapple Straight Up Tea at Hy-Vee for an affordable price.

How very great that the Snapple Straight Up Teas also come in so many varieties. I am particularly impressed that they have not just Sweet and Unsweetened – they have a Sorta Sweet option and a couple others too. These teas nix the high fructose corn syrup and instead use real sugar or honey. Your options are:

  1. Sweet
  2. Sorta Sweet
  3. Unsweetened
  4. Sorta Sweet Honey Green
  5. Sorta Sweet Rooibos

Snapple Straight Up Tea

I love that Snapple Straight Up Tea uses real sugar and natural ingredients. It’s great to have this as an option when I need a pick me up! I chose the unsweetened flavor. That’s always been my favorite. With my new hairdo and my fun drink, I felt all kinds of refreshed as I was stocking up on good deals and groceries.

So speaking of good deals – Hy-Vee has an entire page of digital coupons, one of which offers you Buy-One-at-Hy-Vee-Get-One-Free savings on Snapple Straight Up Tea while they last. With that, you and your sweetie can both have a treat.

Snapple selfie with photo bomber

Don’t let the photo-bomber in the back of the van distract you from what is actually me, taking a moment out of my hectic summer afternoon to enjoy refreshment from what remained in my tea bottle. I’ve found that the tea has just enough kick to help me re-focus on everything that needs to be done for the afternoon – which in this case meant some focused ministry brainstorming with Matt while we were on the road to camp to visit our older boys.

One last bit of information I need to let you know about. While you’re sipping you’re Snapple Straight Up Tea, you can tune into the Snapple Straight Up radio station on Pandora. Yes, it’s actually a thing. Type “True Tea Tunes” into the search bar. Your summer just got better, didn’t it?

Great for Your Kitchen and Home Remedies! Win a Stainless Steel Zester/Grater!

For some reason that we shall never understand, it took me until recently to grate the zest of a lemon, lime, or orange into recipes that called for this delicious addition.

Actually, I can attempt to offer some reasons – such as:

  • I don’t like recipes that take too many steps.
  • I only had a big stand up grater for a while, which actually did make zesting quite tedious.
  • That’s it. There are no other reasons.

Then I got a hand-held zester. Suddenly the job of rubbing a lemon rind across a grater to utilize that natural and delicious flavor was easy and quick. I think it goes without saying that my Low Sugar Cookies taste much more amazing when I take the few extra seconds to zest. Here, you need those recipes:

Low Sugar Lemon Melt-away Cookies

If you haven’t been a zester for all the reasons mentioned above, I’m happy to share that this little gadget can be a game changer in your kitchen.

zester grater

This, my friends, is a ECALOO Classic Stainless Steel Zester/Grater. I like the nice non-slip handle, but mostly I like the versatility in that you can use it to grate or zest cheese, lemon, citrus, ginger, garlic, onions, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate and much more (even veggies). That it’s stainless steel means it’s safe for our food and easy to clean.

Today, they are giving one away to five different winners. Sign up below!

In addition, they are offering a 35% discount to everyone! Use the code H7WAL8BT to receive your discount from now to  7/30/2016.

As I’m learning more about making home remedies and trying new recipes, I’m finding that this zester/grater is fantastic for fresh ginger to use in the recipes. Ginger is a staple in home remedies, so I love that this gadget makes grating it so easy!

Here’s your chance to win one! Sign up here, then watch for an email on Wednesday, June 29 sharing the five winners.

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Big Discounts on Vanilla Beans and Coconut Oil

Typically now I only post deals like this directly to those on my Homemaker’s Savings Club list – but when the prices are this good and are being offered for two of my very favorite and most loved items – I’ve gotta share them with all of you!

First – Vanilla Beans are 20% off for three days!

This is perfect timing because June is a great month to begin making a batch of Homemade Vanilla Extract. It takes 4-6 months for the extract to “brew” so if you start now, you’ll have delicious vanilla extract in time for Christmas gifts and baking!

I always buy my beans from Olive Nation because they are the best quality for the best price. Getting 20% off is huge, so take advantage. Use the code SAVE20 through June 15. As long as you don’t add anything else to your cart, you’ll also get automatic free shipping!


54-Ounces of Coconut Oil as low as $11.94!

Amazon is offering a 25% off coupon for Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Plus, you can pair it with your 15% subscribe and save discount. This takes the already low price of $19.89 all the way down to $11.94 – which is amazing! I’ve taken advantage of this deal several times because it’s too good not to. The quality of this oil is great!

spectrum coconut oil

In other fun news, I’m currently playing with two fun and refreshing summer recipes that are huge money savers and very delicious! Or at least they will be delicious with a little more tweaking. I’m still experimenting. :) One of them calls for two teaspoons of the Homemade Vanilla Extract I talked about above. That makes the recipe what it is!

Stay cool (assuming you’re experiencing the heat wave we are here in Nebraska)!

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Lodge Cast Iron Griddle – Only $22.00!

Just a quick post to share that one of my favorite kitchen tools is 52% off right now!!!

Amazon has the Lodge LDP3 Reversible Double Play Grill & Griddle back on sale again for only $22.00.  I grabbed one of these a few months ago and am loving it!

lodge griddle

How to use your cast iron griddle

It’s great for pancakes, great for grilled cheese sandwiches, and great for my Cheesy Cauliflower Cakes recipe. I love that I can crank out a lot of food at one time because of this large cooking space. The griddle covers two stove-top burners. Once I get the heat regulated, this griddle works awesome!

My fav pancake recipes for your dining pleasure:

Grab your griddle before the price goes up. This price is amazing!!

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Get a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” DVD FREEBIE!!!

star wars free!

Freebies like this. This is why you want to be a member of our Homemaker’s Savings Club!!

I just ordered my boys the latest Star Wars movie FOR FREE! All I have to do now is to pick it up.

Sound too good to be true? It’s true!! Every once in a while TopCashBack offers a freebie like this and it is for real. The movie is free. I ordered it online yesterday. I’m picking up our free movie when I go to Walmart for groceries today. My boys are just a little bit excited.

Sign up for our Homemaker’s Savings Club to learn how you can get Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD and Blue-ray for FREE! The deal ends April 10. Grab quickly!

54-Ounces of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – Just $11.94!

I posted this a couple weeks ago, but (brace yourself) THE PRICE JUST GOT LOWER!!!! Get this while it’s available. We bought them out when I posted before, so I wouldn’t wait. Plus, you never know when the price will go up!

spectrum coconut oil

It’s deals like this that inspired me to create our Heavenly Homemaker’s Savings Club. But then, this one is so good I decided to make space for it here because everyone needs to see this! 54-ounces of organic virgin coconut oil for as low as $11.94?? Amazing.

How to get this price:

  1. Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is priced at $19.89 – a great price to begin with!
  2. I added this to my subscribe and save order, which gave me 15%. This brought the price down to $16.91.
  3. Amazon is offering a 25% off coupon on top of the other savings, which brought the price all the way down to $11.94!

I’m not sure if it was a glitch or not, but Amazon let me take advantage of this deal more than once – and so I did. When it’s priced that great, one must take advantage and stock up, right?

I offer no guarantees as to how long this price will stay this low. Amazon prices tend to fluctuate without notice.

If you haven’t joined our Heavenly Homemaker’s Savings Club, please do! Not only is it free, it will save you money!

Savings Club Free Membership

P.S. Learn more about how Amazon Subscribe and Save works here.

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That One Time I Rode a Hoverboard Like a Boss

You guys. We got a hoverboard.


Why? How? Well, the boys have been wanting one – I mean so very much wanting one. They’ve been asking passive-aggressively (“So…when you get get us a hoverboard…” and then downright aggressively (“Please we really want a hoverboard…”) for months. Matt and I have been barely listening and completely, “Hmm, we don’t really see the point” about their requests because we’re really cool parents who usually only spend money on practical items. (Happy Birthday. We got you shoes.)

Then a couple weeks ago, I got an email from a company that offers AlienWheels Hoverboard for sale. They wondered if our family might be interested in choosing one of their hoverboards to review. I calmly and professionally responded something like, “No stinking way are you even stinking kidding me right now?!”

Of all their amazing products, we chose the Purple Bluetooth Hoverboard – because well, hoverboarding while bluetoothing? It’s like the best just got better.

Please feel bad for me for all I endured during the days between the “we’d love to review your purple bluetooth hoverboard” email and the actual delivery of said hoverboard.

  • “did they send it yet?”
  • “when will it get here?”
  • “think it might get here by tomorrow? thursday? friday? saturday? whennnn?”
  • “can you track the package?”
  • “can you track the package?”
  • “can you track the package?”
  • “i know you just tracked it but will you track it every five minutes until the moment it arrives?”

This was not at all distracting from our school work each day.

Thankfully and impressively, it arrived within just a few days. The three boys still at home had been very sly about keeping the surprise from Asa (our college boy living in the dorm). They made a plan as to how to tell him. It went a little something like this:

If you’re a subscriber who didn’t get to see that, click here and invest the 8 seconds it takes to watch me on a hoverboard.

Asa’s reaction after seeing that on his phone was, “Mom? You’re on a hoverboard? Whose is that?” He didn’t believe his brothers at first when we told him it was really ours. I have no idea why.

I can’t tell you how much fun we are having with this. I really had no idea a hoverboard would be so enjoyable! It’s actually much easier to ride than I ever thought it would be. The boys are all becoming pros at it. The wheels are not affecting our nice wooden floors in any way, so we let them ride it all over our kitchen and living room. They’ve taken it up to the college campus where they can really go fast! Saturday night Asa had a big group of college friends here at the house and they were loving that thing!

It would seem that a hoverboard isn’t so impractical after all. I love anything that makes for fun social interaction with friends!

About the only negative thing I have to say about hoverboards is that they are a bit pricey (and also I wish they had a little vacuum attachment because wouldn’t that be amazing?). But now that I’ve experienced the Alienboard, I see why they cost what they do. These aren’t wimpy little toys. These are sturdy riding machines of the highest quality.

If your kids have also been passive-aggressively or just plain aggressively asking for a hoverboard, I can attest to the fact that they are incredibly fun and even useful for getting from point A to point B. AlienWheels made us an exclusive coupon code which is bigger than any discount they ever offer! Use the coupon code heavenlyhomemakers to get $100 off any B1 or to get $200 off any Alienboard Batwings.

A huge thank you to AlienWheels for blessing our family with a hoverboard. We’re loving this.

From Traveling to Camping to Potlucks, Gardening, and Saving Money – These Are My Favorites, and It’s Not Too Late

Before I start writing this, let me remind you: I’m not going Paleo. An exclusive Paleo diet doesn’t work for me, for my family of growing sons, or for my already enormous grocery budget. I wrote all the details about how I love-paleo-recipes-but-am-not-going-paleo here.

What I also shared there and on almost every post I’ve written the past few years is my love of nourishing food. My focus is not on the DO eat and DON’T eats as much as it is on this: Our bodies need nourishment!!! Let’s not make it hard. Let’s just eat good food. And please somebody hand me a strawberry. (Seriously. Last night I dreamed I got a price-match on strawberries. I was so excited that I bought a cart-full and then I woke up and there were actually no strawberries in my entire house. I was so sad, but then I made coffee and all was right in my world again. But if strawberries don’t hurry up and be in season, I don’t even know what.)


I dream of strawberries!!!!!

Today I want to remind you about the package of free resources being offered right now by PaleoDork. THEY ARE FREE and they are going away at midnight Friday. I’ve spent the last several days working my way through these books and videos – and you guys? It doesn’t even matter what you think about the Paleo diet. Maybe you eat that way or maybe you’re like me and eat those foods with a side of potato or bread. But these sources are worth having – and they are FREE so just go get them. There’s not even a catch.

If you’ve been waiting, I understand. But you can’t wait anymore because Feb. 12 is it for this offering. If you don’t get this now, you won’t be able to get it later. Want to see my favorites in this package so far?

Eat Beautiful ($0.00)

I can’t even believe we can get this for free. It has 273 pages of really great recipes. Some are more complicated than I choose to tackle – but many are amazing and perfect for my family. This is the book I’m most impressed with so far as I make my way through the list. The recipes list everything from sweets to main dishes.

eat beautiful

Family Camping Handbook ($0.00)

Katie’s books are always amazing. I’m struck not only by all the great recipes in this but even more with all the great tips and ideas she shares –  like camping with babies and toddlers, making homemade wipes, and ways to save money.

family camping

Apartment Gardening ($0.00)

This book shows that almost everyone can have some sort of garden!! I’m loving how simple this book lays out the basics of gardening. Plus, I’m really hungry for a fresh strawberry, but we’ve been through this already.

apartment gardening

$5 Meal Plan ($0.00)

This one includes 6-weeks worth of really simple recipe ideas that are very low in cost! Enough said, right? Of course I love this one.

5 meal plan

Eating Out and Traveling on the Paleo Diet ($0.00)

This resource is great for our family because we are on the go many Saturdays because of sports. We pack a lot of food to-go, and it’s great to have more sandwich-free options. My favorite part of this book is the fantastic list of 30+ foods to take to a potluck or party. What a great, healthy resource to have on hand!

eating out

I am really enjoying several of the other books too – but these rise to the top for me as I search out great tips and recipes for my fam!

There are over 50 resources in this package, all of which are free. I don’t need and won’t use about half of them, which of course doesn’t matter in the least – I simply won’t download the ones I don’t need.

Hurry to get your free package here – and have fun! Not having to pay a penny for these resources is like a big present handed to every single one of us as we work hard to put great food on the table for our families.

Remember, this offer expires midnight February 12!!!

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