Is It Worth Spending Money On a Budgeting System? Plus a Budget Focus Giveaway!

What can you get for five bucks?  A coffee at your favorite coffee shop.  A bucket of popcorn at the theater.  A box of cereal and a container of cookies.  All fun things, and items people often toss out five dollars for without much thought.

But what if?  What if, for just five dollars per month, you could find financial security and peace?  What if, instead of blowing a few bucks here and a few bucks there, with nothing to show for it, you could put just five dollars each month into getting yourself on the right track with your budget?  Would it be worth it?  Well, I’d say it would be very worth it.

If you are ready to be in control of your money, I really want to encourage you to sign up for BudgetFocus.  It is such a simple system, and it will walk you through every aspect of setting up and sticking with a budget.  For as little as $5/month ($59.99 for an annual plan), you’ll be all set up with a spread sheet, online envelope system, and all the guidance you need to set up and stick to a workable budget for your family.

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Five dollars a month.  That is a tiny price to pay for a system that can change how you manage your money.  What a breath of fresh air!  BudgetFocus even offers everyone a free 14 day trial period just so you can get started and see how great it is.  After that, you can pay monthly, or purchase a discounted twelve-month plan – a very inexpensive resource for budgeting!

Now here’s the very fun question for you:  Who wants to win a year’s worth of Budget Focus services for free?!  BudgetFocus is giving away two annual plans this week.  Interested in winning?  Leave a comment on this post for a chance.  I’ll draw two random winners on Wednesday, April 2.  Be watching for a post stating the winners as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen.

In the meantime, check into the pricing plans offered by BudgetFocus.  Try it for free, then consider investing in all they offer you.  It’s money well spent.  After all, what do you have after spending five dollars on cookies?  I think we all know.  :)  But five dollars for a budgeting system?  Relaxed, stress free financial planning.  Love it!

Lilla Rose Giveaway Winners ~ And A Special Buy-3-Get-1-Free Bonus!

Look what Paula, our very own Lilla Rose consultant is offering us!

During the month of March, buy any 3 items or more from her website, then message her, requesting the Heavenly Homemakers March Special.  She’ll then send you a free item, valued up to $16!  This offer is good for new customers or for her existing customers only.  If you are already a customer of another consultant, please stay loyal to her!

In addition, Paula will honor any purchases of 3 or more made from her website this week, since the giveaway went live.  So if you already ordered this week, you can still take advantage of the freebie!

And now for our giveaway winners:

1) T. Gates: gatest2002@
2) ashley: ajawee83@
3) Rachel: bigbearbuds@
4) Hope: roundyh6490@
5) Katie Comstock: kcomstock@

Winners, email me and I’ll forward your info on to Paula at Lilla Rose for your prize!

Keep Your Hair Healthy! {Plus a Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip Giveaway}

A few weeks ago, I sat down in the chair at my hair dresser.  Since she always washes my hair before cutting it, she prefers that I don’t wash it before coming in.  I pulled my hair out of its Flexi-Clip, shook it out and said, “Here you go.  I haven’t washed it since Sunday.”  She couldn’t believe it.  My hair still had life and bounce, even though I had not shampooed it in four days.

Sundays and Wednesdays.  Those are the days I now wash my hair.  It’s amazing really.  I used to have to wash my hair every day.  Then I was able to cut back to every other day.  Now the healthier I become, the healthier my hair is.  I’m able to only wash it twice a week and be just fine.

I know everyone is different when it comes to how often their hair needs to be washed, so we certainly don’t need to use my head as a standard.  :)  But here’s what I’m learning:  Eating healthy food does so much more than just help us to feel better.  Our skin and hair can be healthier too, simply because our bodies are being fed great nourishment.  Healthy fats, lots of good fruits and vegetables – it all contributes to healthier hair!

I believe washing it less frequently helps maintain its health too.  Less blow-drying and curling, less shampoo (even though I use a healthier variety), fewer products with chemicals – it all helps my hair stay healthier.  Which leads me to the subject of my Flexi-Clip

I love that I can pull my hair back in a Flexi-Clip and know that it will not hurt my hair.  Rubber bands often break my hair.  I’ve had very little breakage since I switched to wearing Flexi-Clips.  Plus, they’re pretty.  And easy to use.  And durable.  I’ve been wearing my favorite one for 4 1/2 years!!  Talk about getting my money’s worth!  Rubberbands get stretched out and become unusable within just a few uses.  Flexi-Clips stay good forever.

Paula, our lovely Lilla Rose consultant, is giving a Flexi-Clip to five winners this week!  You’ll be able to choose which size will work best for your hair type, and the style will be chosen for you.  I’m so excited that not just one, but five of you are going to be blessed with one of these!

Here’s a great video to help you know which size you would need for your hair type:

To enter this giveaway, visit Paula’s Lilla Rose site, then leave a comment here letting us know which item you like best.

For additional entries, like Paula’s page on Facebook, follow Paula on Pinterest (awesome video hairstyling tutorials!), and/or sign up for her personal monthly newsletter.  Leave a separate comment here for each entry.

I’ll chose five random winners on Friday, March 21.  Be watching for a post stating the winners as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

More Than Alive Real Food Package Winner Plus 10% Discount

The winner of the real food package from More Than Alive is:

Adrianne: abu1017@

Adrianne, email me and I’ll forward your information on for your prize.

Remember, More Than Alive is even giving Heavenly Homemakers readers an additional 10% discount!  Use the code HHBLOG10 to receive 10% off  any order over $50 (not including shipping).  Don’t forget you get free shipping on orders over $100.  This discount code is good through January 25, 2014.

Focus on Stocking Your Kitchen With Real Food Ingredients (A Giveaway Package from More Than Alive)

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Grocery stores and online resources offer plenty of prepared foods.  Some of them are even of the “healthier” variety, giving us some handy snacks to have on hand that are at least made from “better for you” ingredients.  I appreciate having a few of these items on hand for when we’re traveling or for those days I truly can’t find an extra minute to make something to eat.

But what I find it better to focus on is simply purchasing real food ingredients.  If I stock up on all the staple ingredients that I use frequently, I can be assured that with just a few minutes of work, we will have something great to eat!  Even better, I find that if I have basic staple ingredients on hand, if I find a few extra minutes in the day, I can mix something up to put into the freezer for those days I don’t have time to cook (which is happening more and more as my kids get older).

Read more about my preferred staple ingredients here.  And here’s something super fun to help us all get going with our real food stock pile…

More Than Alive, which carries many wonderful ingredients that I use daily, has put together a perfect package to give away.  The quality of the food they offer is wonderful.  I love that you can purchase in large quantities, or just by the pound if you prefer.  (Although I found that if you purchase a larger quantity, typically the price per pound is much less!)  They offer free shipping on orders over $100, which is a huge money saver.  I love it when healthy ingredients arrive on my porch!

Today, More Than Alive is even giving Heavenly Homemakers readers an additional 10% discount!  Use the code HHBLOG10 to receive 10% off  any order over $50 (not including shipping).  Don’t forget you get free shipping on orders over $100.  This discount code is good through January 25, 2014.

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If you win this giveaway, you will receive one pound of each of the following:

  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Rapadura
  • Real Salt
  • Amaranth Seeds
  • Baking Powder (actually, you’ll just receive 1/4 pound of this)
  • Coconut Flour
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Raisins

Do you know all the wonderful foods you can make with this package?  Love this!

For a chance to win this giveaway from More Than Alive, leave a comment on this post.  I’ll draw a random winner on Friday, January 17.  Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

 

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Win an Annual Plan to Eat Subscription

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Plan to Eat is awesome, that’s all there is to it.  For everyone who struggles with menu planning, for everyone who is short on time, for everyone who would like to become more organized…for everyone.  Plan to Eat allows you to store your recipes all in one place, drag and drop your menu items into a handy calendar, and will even help you formulate a grocery list.

Take a look through this video to learn more about their great online menu planner:

Plan to Eat – The Online Menu Planner from Plan to Eat on Vimeo.

You can help yourself to a free 30-Day trial so you can see how great it is.  With the new year coming, I think Plan to Eat can help you get started on the right track!

In addition, Plan to Eat is giving away two annual subscriptions!  Interested in winning?  Leave a comment on this post for a chance.  I’ll draw two random winners on Tuesday, December 31.  Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen.

Scarf Winners from More Than Alive ~ Plus 25% Off!

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The winners of the wonderful scarves from More Than Alive are:

1) Karen: owencol317@
2) Rachel: wesleyhanson@
3) Mary Linville: mjpiano@
4) Melissa: aarons2nm@
5) lisa: lisabellplair@
6) Mary Beth Elderton: bethelderton59@
7) Kathy: skrkdale@
8) Deborah: deborahsloniger@
9) Kim: krsafritt@
10) Cassandra Tillman: Jcetillman@
11) Sharon S: shsherrill@
12) Karen L: karenaleak@

Ladies, email me with your scarf choice and address and I’ll forward your info on for your prize!

And now for the huge discount!  Don’t forget:  Check out all the wonderful, high quality scarves More Than Alive offers.  Use the code DECSILK25 and it will take 25% off of the already discounted scarves!

Beautiful Silk Scarves Giveaway plus a 25% Discount from More Than Alive

More Than Alive has been wonderful to work with here at Heavenly Homemakers!  They’ve offered food package giveaways and even a Berkey Water Filter giveaway.  Today, they’re offering a giveaway that is perfect, and so much fun right before Christmas!

Scarves, scarves, scarves!  They carry a huge variety of beautiful silk scarves.  Right now, they are heavily discounted.  Plus, you can use the code DECSILK25 to get 25% off.  And, the best news of all:  Today they are giving a scarf of your choice to 12 of you!!  Twelve!  This is so much fun!

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More Than Alive sent me several of their scarves to try out and I love them!  Every single one is beautiful.  These are classy, practical, soft, and comfortable.  I love that there are so many to choose from.  These scarves are wonderful accessories and make great gifts!

Head over to the Clothing Accessories section of the More Than Alive website.  Look through all of the scarves they offer (notice their great sale prices!).  Come back here and let us know which scarf you’ll pick if you are a winner of this giveaway.  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.  I’ll draw 12 random winners on Thursday, December 12.  Be watching for a post stating the winners as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

And don’t forget, if you’re making a scarf purchase, use the code DECSILK25 and it will take 25% off of the already discounted scarves!