Fun Updates about My Books, My Blog, Pinterest and More

(NOTE: This week only, you can download my entire collection for just $0.99. Keep reading to see how.)

My husband and I have been busy workers on Amazon!

My eBook “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” is now available on Amazon for just $0.99! (Don’t worry – blog subscribers will still receive their copy for free!)

This book has also been updated with several new links to help further expand on some ideas within the eBook.

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My other eBook “28 Days to Timeliness” has been updated
with all working links (a few in the book were no longer current), among a few other little things (plus, it’s on sale this week for $0.99, so now is a great time to buy if you haven’t done so yet).

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And I updated my Amazon Author Page!
It has a new(ish) photo, direct links to my books, and an updated author description.

NOTE: If you’ve read either of my books and found one or both of them to be beneficial, will you please leave a review on Amazon soon? It would be very helpful for potential readers to be able to see more reviews about my books, particularly on “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms.” Thank you so much!

In addition to Amazon updates, I’ve been a busy worker on my blog!

I improved my “About Me” Page with a little more content about myself and an updated family photo (plus a confession about my declutter obsession!).

I also updated my Contact Page which now includes direct links to my Facebook page, links to my book pages, information about where to start if you’re new, and more.

The first tab in the sidebar to your right has been updated as well, with links to all of my products in one easy-to-find location. You can download my entire collection for just $0.99 this week only, so make sure to check those links out!

That’s not all – I’ve also updated my Pinterest boards!

My home has recently become gluten-free and dairy-free due to sensitivities and intolerances, and my only Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free board had become one big mess.

So I separated things out and I now have GF, DF Information and Substitutions; GF, DF Recipes I Have Made (complete with notes about any substitutions I made and what my family thought of the final result); and a board for GF, DF Recipes I Want to Try (I just bought blueberries to make these muffins this week!).

Many of the recipes I’ve pinned are great for gluten and dairy eaters as well (like this incredible pizza sauce recipe) so take a look around on there if you haven’t yet!

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Dessert Tray (Truffles, No-Bake Cookies, and Fudge)

I also created a Small Home Ideas board so I can pin ideas to use if my family someday moves to a tiny house in the country. (I need help with this board, so if you know of any great articles or photos online, please let me know!)

And of course, many of my other Pinterest Boards have new pins as well.

How to Reach Me

I’ve already told you about my updated contact page, and I’m sure you know you can leave comments on my blog posts, but did you know that, if you’re a subscriber, you can reply directly to the subscription e-mails you receive in your inbox? Several people have done that and it’s a great way to quickly let me know what you’re thinking or to ask a question, particularly if you’re not comfortable posting those thoughts online.

2014 Goals

How are you doing with your 2014 Goals?

I plan to publish an update about my January progress on Friday, January 31. I’m looking forward to hearing about your progress as well!

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Reminder: please take a minute to leave a book review on Amazon if either of my books were helpful to you.
Thank you so much!

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Updates: my Pinterest account, share buttons, and comment replies

Want to know what I’ve been doing a lot of lately? Eating my words. Seriously. For example, I just warned against getting drawn into Pinterest last Wednesday. By last Saturday, I had my own account and was pinning away.

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I admit it: those of you who told me to give Pinterest a try were right, and I was wrong. I especially love all of the simple recipes I’m finding on there. I thoroughly enjoyed posting about books I love. I also have boards for camping recipes, dinner and dessert recipes, intentional living, motherhood, time-saving tips, and more. I’m enjoying sharing recipes with my friends. And I love that my eight year old found a simple chore idea and printable on a friend’s account and created a cleaning bucket for herself and her sister!

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I’m new to this and would love for you to send me links to your pins that you think I’ll enjoy (I’m especially looking for very simple recipes right now). So go ahead and check out my Pinterest page, then follow me if you’d like!

In addition to opening a Pinterest account, there’s something else new around here – my techie husband set up share buttons for me! So now when you read an article you really like, you can pin, post to twitter, share on Facebook, e-mail, etc. with one easy click! I’m really excited about that new feature!

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My husband is also working on having e-mails sent to readers after someone replies to their comment, but it may be a bit before that’s ready. In the meantime, I want all of you to know that I respond to every single comment on my blog. So if you’ve ever left a comment, take a look around to find my reply!

Happy back-to-school week, I hope your school year is off to a blessed start!

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Free Printable: Snowman Soup Poem

Earlier this week I posted a recipe to a “soup” that we enjoy making every fall/winter. Below is a free printable of the poem we use for our favorite way to drink the snowman soup (AKA: hot chocolate)! Just click the image below to open the printable as a PDF.

You can color the snowman’s accessories if you’d like. We like using fancy scissors when cutting these, but regular scissors will also do the trick!

UPDATE: United Kingdom Version

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Snowman Soup Recipe

Snowman Soup “Recipe”

We make this recipe every year and it is a huge hit with any age!  We like to put these next to cute coffee mugs at holiday meals or use them as party favors during any autumn or winter gathering.

Prep Time: Once supplies are gathered, about one minute per bag.
Yields: As many bags as you want to put together!

Ingredients

  • Hot chocolate mix
  • 1 or 2 boxes of peppermint candy canes
  • 1 bag of Hershey’s kisses
  • 1 bag of miniature marshmallows

Supplies

  • Sandwich size zip-top baggies
  • Tape or stapler with staples
  • Scissors (preferably fancy, but regular are okay too)
  • Snowman soup poem (Free printable here!)

Instructions

  • Place 1/4 cup hot chocolate mix into a sandwich size zip-top bag
  • Add  about three hershey’s kisses (still in wrappers)
  • Include around a dozen miniature marshmallows
  • Place a candy cane on top (still in wrapper)
  • Seal bag
  • Staple or tape snowman soup poem to top of bag

Making the snowman soup:

Follow the instructions on the poem.  Basically, you’ll just put a cup of hot milk into a mug (water will do in a pinch) and add all of the ingredients that are in the bag.  The candy cane can be used to stir the “soup” and adds a delicious minty flavor, which is perfect for those of you who enjoy mint chocolate! People who don’t like mint chocolate can just stir with a spoon instead.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Yields: approx 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less

Ingredients

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet or unsweetened baking cocoa

Instructions

  • Stir together and store in an airtight container.
  • To make hot chocolate, combine 1/4 cup of mix with 1 cup of hot milk (water will do in a pinch, but milk adds a much richer, creamier flavor).
  • If desired, top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce or sprinkles.

This recipe was adapted from Tammy’s Recipes.

NOTE: Visit DavonneParks.com/snowman-soup to see a fun kid (or party-favor) friendly addition to this recipe!

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