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PennyRaine.com

I recently mentioned that I follow the blog of Penny Raine and enjoy her eBook collection, Creatively Simple.  She sent out a newsletter today announcing the arrival of 4 new eBooks.  These eBooks are “Best of” compilations from her newsletters and they do qualify for the 50% discount announced earlier this week.

In addition, she occasionally posts a FREEBIE on her web-site.  She has one there now and the title is 101 Ways to Save Money: Study Guide.  I downloaded it earlier today, but haven’t had a chance to take a look at it yet.  Since this blog is dedicated to frugal living, I thought you’d want to know about 101 ways to save money!  🙂

[Edited to add]  DUH!  It’s a good thing I usually double-check my published posts!  I forgot the link for Penny’s FREEBIE!  Here it is…PennyRaine.com.


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Homeschool Freebie of the Day: Wednesday Reminder

Don’t forget to visit Homeschool Freebie of the Day to get Part IV of The Big Handbook of Nature Studies.

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Blog Recommendation: PennyRaine.com

One of the bloggers I follow, Penny Raine, has her own line of eBooks called Creatively Simple with a variety of  home-maker-friendly titles .  She also sells other eBooks specifically related to cooking.  Late last year, I purchased a package of her Creatively Simple eBooks for a ridiculously low price.  The eBooks are easy-to-follow basic instructional books with helpful pictures.  One of the titles that I particularly liked and plan to use soon is Creatively Simple:  How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap.  I have already purchased several of the items needed to make the soap and am just waiting for my current supply of eco-friendly laundry soap (purchased in bulk from Costco) to run low.  Other tiles from the series that really caught my attention were How to Make Homemade Bread and How to Make Chocolate Cobbler.  I have been making homemade bread for several months now and have a couple of favorite recipes, but I’m looking forward to trying the recipes in Penny’s eBook.  As for the Chocolate Cobbler recipe, I’m pretty much game for trying anything chocolate at least once.  (OK, maybe not chocolate-covered bugs!)

Penny has special subscriber-only sales.  Check out her store and, if you’re interested in ordering from her, be sure to sign up for her newsletter subscription for all of her great specials!

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Homeschool Freebie of the Day: Tuesday Reminder

Here’s a friendly reminder to visit Homeschool Freebie of the Day today to download the third file from The Big Handbook of Nature Studies.  The Tuesday file is Part III:  Amphibians, Reptiles, & Mammals.

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This Week @ Homeschool FREEBIE of the Day: The Giant Handbook of Nature Study

I love what Homeschool FREEBIE of the Day is offering this week!   This week’s FREEBIE download is so big, they’ve divided it up over the whole week.  I’ll try to remember to remind you every day so that you (and I) will not miss any part of it!

Here are the details from their Heads Up email:

Well, this week we’re doing something a bit different at HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay — bringing you ONE great resource that is so big, we had to divide it into SIX separate ebooks:


THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY

This is a HUGE (940 pages) and absolutely wonderful teaching guide full of hundreds of nature study lessons,
activities and discussion questions. It is a complete multi-year nature study curriculum that you can use
for years to come. It is so big (over 100 megs in size) we had to divide it into six manageable ebooks for you.

Here’s the rundown:

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Monday, January 18th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART I – TEACHER’S GUIDE & OVERVIEW plus THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART II –  BIRDS & FISH

In PART ONE, you get a very helpful and practical teacher’s guide, including an overview of the purpose, scope and style of the handbook… how each lesson is set up… what nature study should do for your children… how to to tie math, art, geography, gardening, agriculture & science into your nature study, and more. Each lesson begins with a “teacher’s story” which can be read to students along with suggested activities & methods, followed by great discussion questions.

In PART TWO, we jump into the actual lessons, this time devoted to birds & fish. As you’ll quickly see, these lessons are wonderfully written, blending history, humor, a bit of poetry, and a delightful sense of wonder into these nature studies.

Over the rest of the week, then, we’ll bring you the rest of the book:

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Tuesday, January 19th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART III – AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES & MAMMALS

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Wednesday, January 20th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART IV – INSECTS & INVERTEBRATES

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Thursday, January 21st:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART V – PLANTS AND TREES

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Friday, January 22nd:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART VI – EARTH, WATER & SKY

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Check these out all this week and see why we decided to devote the full week to bringing you this excellent study resource curriculum!  It is just great.

You can find each of these resources on their respective days at:

http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

NOTE: If you ever have any trouble accessing the site with that link, try
http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/

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christianaudio – Christian Audiobooks

christianaudio has a FREE audio downloads page with numerous selections.  The topmost selection changes monthly and is available for one month only.  If you subscribe to the site, you’ll receive email updates that will inform you of the FREEBIE of the month and special offers. Freebies cannot be automatically downloaded; you must add them to the cart and checkout.  Once you’ve checked out, each download will be available in your account for a full year.  You will have multiple attempts to download each freebie in your account.  So, if anything goes wrong with the download, you’ll have additional chances to try again.

The FREEBIE for January is the devotional Jesus Calling (Unabridged) by Sarah Young.

There are six additional featured devotional downloads:  My Utmost for His Highest (Unabridged) by Oswald Chambers; Moments Together for Couples (Unabridged) by Dennis & Barbara Rainey; Morning & Evening (Unabridged) by C. H. Spurgeon; The Imitation of Christ (Unabridged) by Thomas Kempis; Diamonds in the Dust:  60 Sparkling Devotions (Abridged) by Joni Eareckson Tada; and Faith Alone (Unabridged) by Martin Luther & James C. Galvin.

But, that’s not all!  They have even more selections available for FREE download, such as God’s Story As Told By John (Unabridged) by Crossway and Even The Demons Believe (Unabridged) by Timothy Williams.

Happy downloading!  :o)

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Coupons.com

Coupons.com has a wide variety of printable coupons for registered users.  Clicking on the link will open up their current list.   Generally, each coupon can be printed twice.   [A coupon printer must be downloaded to your computer in order for coupons to print. It’s free, quick, and easy.]

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Update from Homeschool Freebie of the Day

Earlier, I posted the FREEBIE resources for Monday through Thursday of this week.  I had to leave out Friday because it was a surprise. Well, the Friday surprise didn’t work out as planned (It’s actually a GREAT thing for them!) and so they have released a regular FREEBIE for Friday.  They’ve also made a special announcement about changes to the Friday format.  Below is a cut & paste from the email with all the necessary details.

Friday, Jan 8th:
WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?
Five Hundred Games & Pastimes (PDF ebook)

A wonderful volume of delightful activities, projects, and
things to do compiled by Dorothy Canfield back in 1907,
especially for any child who’s felt bored and wondered
what to do next. In this book, you’ll discover the things
your great grandparents did for fun back when they were kids.
It is just great.

Some of our favorite sections are the sections on building
your own dollhouse furniture, things to make indoors & out,
writing & drawing games, how to enjoy the countryside,
rainy day games, and lots more.

This is a huge book, chock full of fascinating, fun stuff.
We suggest you keep a copy on your computer and refer to
it from time to time whenever your tribe is bored and wondering
“what shall WE do now?”

You can pick up your copy of this resource tomorrow at

http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

(Tip: If that link doesn’t work for you, go to
http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com )

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Second…

We also wanted to let you know about a brand NEW Friday
feature that we adding to our regular daily resource this
new year:

Each Friday, we’ll be featuring our “Deal of the Week”,
which will offer – for one week only – one of our wonderful
resource packages, toolkits or collections at a
a rock-bottom, deep DEEP discount. We’re talking uber-cool,
recession-busting, kick-yourself-if-you-miss-it deals.

So be sure to stop by the site tomorrow — both for our regular
daily resource, AND to check out our first incredible
“Deal of the Week” for 2010! You’re gonna be amazed.

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This Week @ Homeschool Freebie of the Day

Homeschool Freebie of the Day, one of my favorite sources for free downloads, is back after taking a holiday break.  Their Heads Up email has hit my inbox, so here’s a cut & paste of what’s in store this week:

Monday, January 4th:
Supermom’s Simple Guide to Healthier Eating for Beginners and Beyond (PDF ebook)

“I know I should be eating healthier, but I don’t know where to begin!”
“A healthier diet would be nice, but my husband and kids will never go for it.”
“Healthy food doesn’t taste good.” Have you ever had any of these thoughts?
Many people do! Incorporating healthful habits is important for all of us,
but it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do, how to do it,
all the while wondering whether or not we’re going to like the taste.

In her long-anticipated first book, “Supermom” Erica Johns shares her
philosophy of taking realistic baby steps toward your healthy eating goals,
rather than burning yourself out on extreme health plans. A homeschooling
mother of six, she understands the unique challenges of time management
and healthy living on a modest budget.  A must for homeschool moms that
want to start out the new year with a practical plan for health and
weight loss that works!

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Tuesday, January 5th:
Living Book for the Ears:
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter” (MP3 audio)

Classic old time radio adaptation of one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s
best books. Can the Ingalls family and the rest of the town survive
one of the longest, harshest winters on recordwhile starvation looms?
Find out in this great half hour “Living Book for the Ears” audio program.

(PLUS… we’ll also have TWO MORE great “wintertime” audio stories
for you today!)

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Wednesday, January 6th:
“FireSide Cheer” (PDF ebook)

A full length HomeMaker’s Mentor lesson offering inspiration
that will warm you and yours! This lesson includes a photo tutorial on how to make
pinecone firestarters, ornamental gift match boxes, a checklist for your fireplace,
reminiscing about hearths in the homes of yesteryear through all four seasons,
and warming recipes for cups o’ fireside cheer! A great resource for those
chilly winter evenings!

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Thursday, January 7th:
Cursive Writing printables (PDF ebooks)

Courtesy of Copycat Books, today we have a neat little collection of
cursive writing printables. Included are: Pangrams (sentences containing all 26 letters
of the alphabet); the Pledge of Allegiance; the Preamble to the Constitution;
the books of the Bible; and a selection from Proverbs 31 on the Virtuous Woman.
Three versions of each printable is provided: traditional script, modern & italic.
A great tool to provide your students penmanship practice!

[Please note:  Friday’s freebie is a secret and only available to email subscribers.]

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Download a FREE Healthy Recipe eBook from Recipe Lion

Click here for the download link.  To download, right click with your mouse and select Download Linked File or  Download Linked File As.

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