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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle: Connecting, Encouraging, & Equipping You For a Natural Lifestyle

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle: Connecting, Encouraging, & Equipping You For a Natural Lifestyle

Back for Black Friday weekend!  We’re having an encore sale for only 4 days, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Friday, November 29 to 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, December 2. After this time, this bundle will never be available for purchase again. Additionally, 25% of this flash sale’s proceeds go to a few of our favorite non-profit organizations… Shelter Box (specifically for Philippines relief aid), Compassion InternationalHope for Women, and Love146! If you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance to get this resource collection and support some very worthy causes too!
Living a natural, healthy lifestyle is important to me, not only for the benefit of my family’s health and well being, but because I’m firmly convinced that it honors and glorifies God and His creation. 

Home With Purpose exists as a way for me to encourage and equip others to do the same. Some like-minded friends of mine in the blogging community have been hard at work for the last several months putting together a comprehensive package of resources to do just that for all of us on this journey.

I’m really, truly, excited to be a part of bringing The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle to you.

This one is different from any other bundle I’ve seen. It includes a collection of over 80 ebooks, membership to a 12-week mentorship series with interactive online conference calls and private support groups with well-known bloggers, and multiple other bonusesMuch more than just a set of ebooks and/or products to purchase, it’s designed to encourage, equip, and connect you with a like-minded community!

That’s what I really love about this collection: it’s purpose isn’t just to just sell you a bundle of products, but to create a community with interaction, encouragement, and support! I’ve already seen that in action these last few weeks as the authors and team members have worked together to get everything ready to launch. What a wonderful group of people! The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle embodies what I’m striving for at Home With Purpose: encouraging and equipping others to live in a way that honors and glorifies God in every aspect of home and family life. It’s been a real blessing to be part of it!

I’ll be sharing some of my favorites and a few sneak peeks here on the blog and in our Facebook community this week, so you may want to subscribe to updates and join us on Facebook too!

With that said, I’m thrilled to share the details with you! Read on for a list of exactly what’s included, and click the links for even more details! 

Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you! 🙂 [Read more…]

A Kitchen Tip: Five Reasons to Grate Your Own Cheese!

Grate Cheese


A cheesy kitchen tip.



Did you know that you can not only save a lot of money, but that it’s much healthier to grate your own cheese rather than buy the pre-grated stuff? I never buy pre-grated. I buy blocks (usually from our raw milk co-op) and we grate them ourselves.


Here’s why you should too:

  • You get more for your money! Not only is block cheese usually priced less per ounce, freshly grated cheese also has greater volume than pre-grated that’s been sitting in a bag. So, an eight ounce bag of grated cheese is equal to two cups, while an eight ounce block will yield as much as three to four cups (depending on how tightly you pack it). I pack mine loosely and haven’t found a recipe yet that didn’t work this way.
  • It lasts longer! A block of cheese wrapped in foil will last for weeks as opposed to a package of pre-grated cheese, which only lasts three to five days.
  • It’s healthier! Pre-grated cheese is coated with an additive to keep it from clumping and to inhibit mold. This is often cellulose, potato starch, or something similar. Some of these additives can particularly be a problem for anyone with any kind of gluten sensitivity, since they’re often derived from gluten-containing sources.
  • It tastes better! Cheese grated the old-fashioned way melts much smoother and tastes much better! This was an unexpected benefit we found when we made the switch, but it makes sense! There’s nothing coating the cheese to keep it from melting very smooth and creamy. We can all tell the difference immediately now, just by taste and texture.
  • It’s easy! Grating by hand only takes a couple of extra minutes, and it’s a great job for one of the kids to do! 😉
We’ve been grating all of our own cheese for several years now and don’t miss the convenience of buying it pre-grated at all.


So, there you have it…a simple way to be frugal and healthy, not to mention improving the taste and texture of your meals! Give it a try!

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Kitchen Tip: No Mess Bacon!

My family loves to have bacon and eggs for breakfast…or lunch…or dinner. 🙂

I love it too, but I hate the mess cooking bacon makes. Cleaning up greasy splatters all over the stovetop and backsplash is no fun. Standing over the bacon while it cooks is also time consuming and something I rarely have time for on busy weekday mornings.
A couple of years ago, I discovered a solution to this.

The ONLY way I cook bacon now is in the oven on my Pampered Chef bar pan!

I put the oven on broil, lay the strips of bacon out side by side on the pan, and pop it in…then I go about my morning business, peeking at it every 5 minutes or so until it’s done. It usually takes about 10 or 12 minutes. The lip on the pan contains all the grease, and when it’s done, it’s fairly simple to pour the it off the pan and rinse the pan.


Tasty bacon with no fuss and no mess!

What’s your best kitchen tip?