A Simple Life: A Little Shift In Perspective


What is on the “menu” for A Simple Life in this new season of blog writing? 

I am going to make the blog more about the reality of my life and the life of my family, and a little less about trying to come up with snazzy blog posts that I think people want to read… and that I think 1000’s of other Christian Homeschooling moms are writing about.

There will be more about the missions, relief organizations, and ministries that I really am supporting and praying for. 

There will be more about working from home and how to make some supplemental income – legitimately and without feeling sleazy or like you are just trying to sell to your friends all the time. 

There will be more about food and natural living, natural healing – and the reality of the need for western meds on occasion:-)

There might be a bit or two about travel – frugal travel, of course. 

And there should be more than I have currently written about homeschooling and home life. 

But what I want most is interaction. How did you come to this blog? What do you want to know more about? What can I do for you? 

Blessings on this new season of life. 

Moms of Master Books Reviews: The Flood of Noah

Master Books Review


How is it possible that there are over 500 global flood stories from different cultures – most of whom have never met each other? This isn’t rhetorical – I want you to answer it. Why would almost every culture on earth have in its ancient history a sweeping epic of a global flood, if there hadn’t actually been a flood?

If you are ready to answer these questions and want to do it in a useful, interactive way, I really recommend the new Master Books book: The Flood of Noah.

Why Master Books And The Flood Of Noah?

I pursued Master Books to become a reviewer of their materials. They always impress me with the through research of their content and the quality and beauty of their presentation and ‘The Flood of Noah’ exceed my expectations.

Admittedly, the facts and tables were a little over the heads of my youngest children (3 ½ and 6), but the older child (7 ½) was interested in all the facts and read through the whole book. The various flood stories were the more interesting part of the book for the younger children and the interactive aspect of the book (pull-outs, lift the flaps, amazing illustrations, and more) made this a great experience to start reading and learning with all of them.

I would call this a coffee table book for the Christian family. May you be blessed as our family was by reading it, using it, studying it and even “playing” with it.

Click here for the book trailer

A Simple Truth From Holley Gerth: Yep, You’re Growing



MMMMM. Sometimes you just read things that are so good that you must share…  Holley reminds us that walking with God, with Jesus is a continual growing process. One day, you wake up and realize that you aren’t doing some really annoying thing that you used to do. Jesus has changed you, little by little. What a blessing.

Read from Holley’s blog:

Dear You,

When we belong to Jesus, because we never stop growing. Moment by moment, day by day, year by year, we become more like him.

And here’s the interesting part: we hardly ever notice it. Picture a child with her back to a growth chart, grinning ear to ear as she hears that, yes, she is taller than last month! “How did that happen,” she wonders, “when I was just playing and eating and sleeping and living?” CONTINUE READING HERE.


Tips And Tricks From Richard Syrop’s Effortless Savings – Part 1



I was given the opportunity recently to review Richard’s Syrop’s frugal living / simple living book: Effortless Savings: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Saving Money Without Sacrifice. Instead of just a basic review, I thought I would share some tips from his book, along with some tips and commentary of my own and turn this into a Saving Money 101 series. This might sound cliché, but following just one tip from this book would be worth more than the purchase price!

Richard starts his book business with a very smart move, not only does he write a book with tips that can save you $1000’s per year, but he ties the book into the Effortless Savings Website, which includes links to many of the money-saving programs he mentions.  Please note that this review is not an endorsement of the businesses in the book and on the site, since I have not take the time to research them individually. Therefore, it is recommended that you research the companies before purchasing anything through them.

On To the Tips

We are going to start at the beginning, Chapter 1 – Telcom Services, and share a couple of great tips (but certainly not all – you have to get the book for that):

  1. You can save up to 40% on your mobile / cell phone plans by going with a MVNO (a Mobile Virtual Network Operator), which is basically a wholesaler for mobile phone services. Each major carrier has someone wholesaling their service, including Verizon (Page Plus Cellular). There is also a pre-paid wireless version for most of the major mobile carriers.
  2. You can usually negotiate your telephone/internet/TV bills down, especially after the end of a promotional package. Although Richard suggests having a “poker match” with phone / utility company and take the route of trying to cancel the service to get the rate, I found that up-front honesty worked for me – maybe this is the difference between a male and female approach. About two months ago, I called our phone company as our intro rate had ended and our bill had gone up about $20 per month.  I just told them that this was more than we could afford and that I had shopped around and seen that I could get phone and internet for $20 – $30 less per month, but I didn’t really want to go through the hassle of changing companies. The rep was very helpful and our bill dropped by nearly $20 a month going forward.

Want to know more about how to get the best rate on telephone, mobile phone, internet and other services? Purchase a copy of: Effortless Savings: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Saving Money Without Sacrifice today!


Disclosure: I was given this eBook for free. I was under no obligation to do a review, but chose to do so.

WAHM Bios: Travel Expert Angela Paige


Meet Travel Expert Angela Paige


Welcome to the first installment of a new series on A Simple Life blog: Work At Home Mom (WAHM) Biographies.

There are so many smart, amazing women out there who have chosen to stay at home with their children and still find a way to supplement their husband’s income. It becomes even better when one can get their families involved with them and/or the work is also something they really love and enjoy.

Meet Angela Paige

Angela and her son and the blessings of being home together.

Angela and her son and the blessings of being home together.

I had the pleasure to meet Angela through the Facebook Group that she founded and Administers: Work From Home Moms. Now, there are quite a few Work from Home Moms groups out there, but Angela’s is different. Instead of a bunch of people just posting their businesses and leaving, she engages her group every day with encouragement, discussions, and posting the bio’s of her group members – which is where I got the idea to do this series on my blog.

Angela’s business is as a work from home Travel Agent. She “got bitten by the travel bug” years ago when she visited her sister who was living in Budapest, Hungary. During her visit she also traveled a bit around Europe and was forever in love with seeing our amazing world. Angela had the good fortune to be able to study abroad in college – twice, once while an undergrad and once while in grad school.

Cinque Terre, Italy.  Angela's favorite place to travel.

Cinque Terre, Italy. Angela’s favorite place to travel.

Angela says that she tried a few different things to work from home. When she finally found her travel business, she knew it was the right thing for her. The company impressed her, the team she would work under impressed her, and being able to get discounts on her own travel was a big bonus! She finds this business an easy sell, since most people travel at one time or another, and she is just helping them save money in doing so.

Angela chooses to stay at home to be available to her son more and also be able to travel with him and share such wonderful experiences. She is married, her son is 5 years old and they have a dog named Maddie. Angela also has a heart for service and in her “free time,” she organized a meet-up group that is dedicate to serving others’ in her community. To relax, she exercises and likes to read.

WAHM_Bio_Angela_3 WAHM_Bio_Angela_1

Connect With Angela

Are you interested in learning more about Angela or her business? You can connect with her on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/meetangelapaige or send her a friend request at: www.facebook.com/angela.paige .


10 Things For Children To Do This Summer Under $10: #3 – Arts and Crafts With What You’ve Got

10 Things To Do This Summer

Arts & Crafts Projects

As much as we would like to be outside every day in the summer, the reality for most of us is that we just can’t. Sometimes it rains (thank God), sometimes someone doesn’t feel good, sometimes we all just get burnt out, or like many moms, sometimes we just have work to do.

Two of these things happened this June – it rained, which is a real shock here in Idaho – and mom needed a couple of quiet hours to write. With no money in the budget to purchase something, I looked around at our supplies and found:

  • 4 of the least favorite colors of construction paper leftover from the school year

  • a little bit of glue / paste
    (affiliate link in case you need to order some)

  • a drawer full of magazines, old cards and calendars

And there you have the makings of a classic collage project! I remember doing these in school many years ago.

10_Things_3 001

Basically, you give the children a pile of pictures (mostly magazines), they pick out things that are interesting to them, then they cut out the pictures and paste them onto construction paper.

10_Things_3 00210_Things_3 003

My children spent nearly two hours looking through the pile of pictures and cutting and gluing. Even the 3 ½ year old was able to do most of the project on her own and was occupied nearly that two hours.

10_Things_3 004

One side benefit of this project is that you learn something about your child after doing the project – what they like, what interests them, and why. My girls love pretty girly stuff, like pink bedding and kitties. But I also found that my oldest was becoming interested in weapons. I may want to give her archery lessons in a year or two, but I also realize that a few of the shows they were watching (Star Wars, for one) was more violent than they need to be seeing and so we will wait until they are older to watch such things.

10_Things_3 007

The end result of the project was a great success – two hours of purposeful, useful time and some insight gained into the thoughts and likes of my children.



145986: The Pirates Who Don"t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie,  Fullscreen Edition on DVD The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, Fullscreen Edition on DVD

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.