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So you're seeing all these bloggers advertise this Homemaking Bundle thing. What is it? Why are they trying to get you to buy it? Why are they all writing such glowing reviews? If you're looking for the truth about the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, good and bad, this is the post for you.Sigh. I’ve been reviewing these Ultimate Bundles for a few years now. And every year, for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle review, my fingers are always super crossed. And I seem to think that for some reason it’s going to be this awesome bundle. Possibly because for at least the last two years, I’ve tried to suggest the inclusion of more not-overwhelmingly-religious-centric and marriage-supporting resources. 

And then I wait and wait and wait for the bundle contents to be announced.
And then I’m let down. 

Oh – and if you haven’t already read my “Are the Ultimate Bundles Legit?” blog post, read that post first, then come back here to this review. 

So here’s how I’ll sum up this years 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle review:

You SHOULD NOT buy this 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle if you:
  • already bought the 2017 (or even 2016) Homemaking Bundle (there’s not really much that’s new or novel in this years).
  • are not an Evangelical Christian (seriously, sooo many Christian books. Unfortunately, I really think they should change the name to the “Ultimate CHRISTIAN Homemaking Bundle”.) AND if you find yourself unable to skip over the faith/bible study/devotional section(s).  
  • are on a tight budget and don’t really need to spend $30 on a non-necessity. 
But I guess you COULD buy this 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle if you:
  • really like all the topics below…or at least enough of them to make the bundle worth it.
  • think you’ll actually use at least $50 worth of the resources. 
  • are an Evangelical Christian, or if not, are at least willing to gloss over the large faith/bible study/devotional sections. 
  • have the discretionary funds to spend on something “fun” like this. 

If you’re on the fence, take a look at my thorough review below. Though I don’t have the time to review EVERYTHING, I did pick and choose the things that I thought might be the most interesting *to me* and you can find those details below. I’ve also included links to Amazon for further reviews where possible as well as noted if an included resource is an ebook, course, or printable. Hopefully it helps you make a decision!

**My FAVORITE items in this Ultimate Homemaking Bundle review are in larger font and include a thumbnail image**

 Budgeting & Finances  

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  • 2018 Budget Binder by Kaitlin Stearns ($7.00). – 112pgs. Dave Ramsey method, which I like (I use EveryDollar to track our personal budget), but I don’t really do the whole “binder-printables-to-organize-every-aspect-of-my-life” thing well. I’d never use these things. Maybe you would. 
  • Financial Foundations: Everything You Need to Build a Strong Financial Foundation by Jennifer Roskamp ($37.00) – you have to sign up for a download area of her website and then download a bunch of stuff. I didn’t. I wasn’t really interested in budgeting printables. See above. 
  • Finding Your Greatest Worth: A Starter Kit by Nicole Rule ($49.00) – 52 pages. Mostly a bunch of questions and then big blank spaces for you to write in your answers. I have NO IDEA how this says it’s being retailed for $49?!?! WTF? (which stands for ‘what the fudge‘, for those of you w/sensitive ears 🙂 )
  • Growing Up Centsible by Marnie Craycroft ($9.99) – 34pgs. I liked this as it’s a topic I’m currently interested in. I’ll come back and read it more in depth. But $10 is quite steep. It felt like it could’ve been a blog post series rather than an ebook. I would’ve maybe paid $1.99 for this, but def. not 10 bucks.
  • How to Make a Budget Work For You by Heather Schisler ($9.99)
  • Merry Debt-Free Christmas: Holiday Solutions For The Financially Stressed! by Joyce Zahariadis ($17.99)
  • Real Food Savings: How to Save Big on Produce, Dairy, Meat & Grains  by Angela Davis ($4.99) 
  • Real Life on a Budget Planner by Jessi Fearon ($19.97)
  • The 90 Day Budget Boot Camp Workbook by Rosemarie Groner ($7.00)
  • The Complete Grocery Budget Solution by Elise New ($49.00)
  • You Can Be A Stay At Home Mom on One Income by Becky Mansfield ($9.99)

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 Faith     

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  • Choose Rest: Biblical Self-Care Practices by Gina Poirier ($37.00)
  • Christ-Centered Holiday Bundle by Hal and Melanie Young ($15.00)
  • Come to the Well: How to Connect with God through Journaling by LaToya Edwards ($15.00)
  • Faithful Moms Summer Planner by Erika Dawson ($17.00)
  • From Chaos to Calm by Melissa Ringstaff ($8.00)
  • Giving God the Worst of Me by Dana White ($12.00)
  • Goal Setting for Greater Purpose & Balance at Home: Gospel Centered. Grace Filled. Goal Oriented. by Jami Balmet ($29.95)
  • Planting Seeds by Crystal Brothers ($7.99)
  • Revival: 6 Steps to Reviving Your Heart and Rebuilding Your Prayer Life by Christi Gee ($11.99)

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Bible Studies & Devotionals   

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  • Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days by Arabah Joy ($15.00)
  • Four Ways to Study the Bible by Sarah E. Frazer ($18.00)
  • Girls Created To Shine by Lee Felix ($27.95)
  • Godly Character Traits: A Training Guide for Families by Bonni Greiner ($9.95)
  • Persimmons & Provision 30-Day Gratitude Journal by Erin Odom ($10.00)
  • Simplifying Prayer: A Practical Prayer Guide and Workbook by Tega Edwin ($17.00)
  • Wives of the Bible: 25 Easy Lesson You Can Learn from These Imperfect Women to Radically Transform Your Marriage by Jolene Engle ($8.99)
  • Write Through the Word: Simple Scripture Writing for Busy Women by Jennifer Thorson ($21.00)

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Marriage  

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  • 15-Minute Marriage Makeover: Refresh Your Relationship, Add Sizzle to Your Sex Life & Be Happier in Just Minutes a Day by Dustin B. Riechmann ($14.00) – 115pgs. Ok, yay – this one I feel like I can put my stamp of approval on! I only managed to skim through the first quarter of the book, but it feels real, approachable, and doable. Basic gist is that you find 15 min. a day to spend with your spouse for a month. Each day has a different topic or theme to discuss or do. And it wasn’t just cheesy “talk about your favorite vacation growing up” type of conversation starter. It encouraged talking about sex, beliefs, fears, relationship expectations, etc. You can check out the reviews on Amazon as well, but this ebook is a solid inclusion in the bundle. 
  • Date Night Kits. A Date-In-An-Envelope for an entire year! by The Dating Divas ($8.97) – 29pgs. I mention these on my Date Night Subscription Boxes post as well. The print-out-and-assemble-your-own-date printables that The Dating Divas put out are pretty popular and been around a few years. These aren’t the right fit for me (I mean, who has the time to print out and make something, amiright? I’d rather have it all done for me in a box that arrives on my doorstep 😉 ), but this will be a good resource and inclusion in the bundle for many of you. 
  • Five Foundations for Intimacy in Marriage by Keelie Reason ($49.00) – on their website, this course is only listed for $27, not $49. 
  • The Marriage Builder Collection by Kayse Pratt ($17.00) – 47pgs. VERY Christian. Should be in the Faith section. Includes a prayer calendar, scripture cards, marriage resources and Bible version recommendations. Unless you’re an Evangelical Christian, don’t bother downloading this one. (Eeek, sorry to the author, who is probably a very lovely person, but this is a huge pet peeve of mine so I’m taking it out here, lol. I strongly believe that husbands and wives committed to their marriages and building strong family units are the backbone of society and good for ALL humanity – but marriage is not owned by Christianity. Let’s support marriage using non-religious language everyone can learn from! Ok, sorry, rant over. 🙂 )

——–> The following items in PURPLE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOMEMAKING BUNDLE – but since I blog a lot about marriage, I figured I’d throw these other marriage resources in here for anyone who might need them.
—> my post: When Marriage Is Hard. Really, Really Hard.
my post: List of Online Marriage Counseling Programs
my post: List of Date Night Subscription Boxes
website: Marriage Friendly Therapists
website: OurRelationship.com
—> website: WeConcile – ooooh, Mike, the guy who runs WeConcile, just emailed me (on 4/13) and let me know that my link will now give you a 30-day free trial (worth $60)! If you need REAL marriage support for a really tough spot in your marriage, I strongly encourage you to check out my review post HERE first to see if it’s a good fit for you, and if so, sign up for the WeConcile FREE 30-day trial HERE. It cant hurt, and it it could only significantly help your marriage. I hope you find the marriage support you need!
website: The Gottman Institute 

book: The Five Love Languages
book: Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away

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Motherhood     

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  • ADHD Parent Manual by Elaine Taylor-Klaus ($27.00) – a 25-min video. I didn’t watch it. Ok, wait, I’m kind of lying. I skimmed the first half-a-minute or something, then scrolled and watched a few more seconds here and there. Pretend you’re at a conference you don’t really care about, and end up sitting through some presentation on ADHD, complete with the typical ppt slides and some person up there talking about whatever. That’s how this feels. And it’s usually $27. That’s more than $1/min for you to sit there and watch this thing. Idk if it’s actually helpful for ADHD parents…maybe it’s amazing. All I can can is that the delivery is bland. Plus, I don’t have the attention span to sit and listen to videos. Maybe my parents should’ve watched this video. 🙂 
  • Create Coping Skills Champions at Home by Janine Halloran ($49.00) – ooh, I kinda like this one! Granted, it’s a video course, and I’m not so much a fan of video courses (see my above review), but getting stuff for practically free in this bundle means I can’t always be choosy. Plus, if the info presented in them is good enough, I’ll give them a chance. I’m glad I gave this one a chance. The author/presenter feels professional, as though she actually does this for a living. I like that she includes her references and links to studies and articles that she uses. I plan to come back and watch these more.
  • Family Culture: Building A Strong Family Identity by Rachel Norman ($12.99) – So I really like…the idea of this. I wish this was more. Or different. I think creating a family culture is an awesome thing. I sometimes wish we had more of a cohesive identify together rather than just our current haphazard life. I liked the 2 pages about choosing your family’s values, mottos, and beliefs. But I can’t imagine myself ever printing these things out and actually using them. I almost wish this were a ebook or something instead. But no, it’s a whole 13 pages of printables. For $13? The topic is worth it, these printables are not. 
  • So Many Littles, So Little Time: Worn Out Mom’s Guide to Mothering Little Ones by Amy H. Roberts ($7.99) – 81pgs. Ha, I like the title. The title is my life. However, the rest of the ebook isn’t. Another book that should be in the Faith section, as it’s pretty Christian. While the rest of the ebook might be fine, page 3-4 and are pretty heavy handed, basically claiming that ‘turn to Christ’ is the only motherhood inspiration you truly need. I didn’t read any further. 
  • The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide: Joyful Motherhood on Your Own Terms by Jamie C. Martin ($2.99)
  • Unplug + Unlock: The Step by Step Guide to Conquer Screen Time Battles for Good by Julie McCorkle ($16.00)
  • You’re a Good Mom: 31 Days of Printable Affirmations to Inspire and Encourage by Lauren Tamm & Rachel Norman ($5.99) – 11pgs. Eh, there’s like 4 little quotes on each of 8 pages. I guess you’re supposed to print them out and then read them each day and then feel good about yourself? They also try to get you to sign up for their newsletter so they can email you new quotes every day, and also offer you a discount on buying more printable affirmation cards. Look, I’m into honest Words of Affirmation from my husband who knows me well as a ‘Love Language‘…but I otherwise don’t really get happy vibes from reading generic quoted “affirmations”. So these cards are totally not meant for me. 

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Home Management     

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  • Instant Hospitality, Just Add Guests: The Go-To Guide for Last-Minute Gatherings by Mauri Jane King ($15.00) – 37pgs. This feels very “Southern” in the way the information is presented and the expectations of what having a house guest should involve. Even still, I kind of liked it. I guess because the author is from Texas and I’m from Texas, ans so it feels homey to me? 🙂 Most of the book is quick and easy recipes, but there’s a section at the beginning and end about how to quickly clean or prep for a last minute guest without having to go overboard and tackle the whole house. I don’t think I’d ever pay $15 for this, but maybe a few bucks and it was kind of helpful/cute.

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Chores     

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  • 12 Months of Simplified Living: Printable Calendar Subscription by Stephanie O’Dea ($47.00)
  • 31 Days to an Everyday Clean Home: One Month to Calm the Chaos and Simplify Your Life by Amy Scheren ($8.99)
  • Housekeeping Chore Box by Kemi Quinn ($9.00)
  • How ADHD Affects Home Organization: Understanding the 8 Key Executive Functions of the Mind by Lisa Woodruff ($7.99)
  • Living With Less by Stacey Ogden ($10.00)
  • Motivated: Caring For Your Home When You Don’t Feel Like It by Hilary Bernstein ($9.99)
  • The LWSL Ultimate Cleaning Guide by Ruth Soukup ($20.00)
  • The Peaceful Press Chore Pack by Jennifer Pepito ($5.00)

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Decluttering     

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  • Clutter: Sorted: Take Your Home From Chaos to Calm, Step by Step by Chrissy Halton ($67.61)
  • Clutterfree: Declutter Your Home to Create Space for Joy by Christina Tiplea ($49.00)
  • The Clutter Handbook by Clean Mama (Becky) ($10.00)

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Home Decor  

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  • Home in Progress: The Ultimate Home Decorator’s Guide by Jenna Shaughnessy ($20.00)
  • Home Wall Art by The Dating Divas ($9.97) – not really my style, but popular design wall art. The yellow link takes you to their site where you can check out what the images look like.

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Homeschooling     

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  • A Montessori Inspired Life : An Age-Appropriate Guide to Montessori with Your Young Toddler by Holly Daniel ($16.00)
  • My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool by Jennifer Bly ($9.00)
  • Organize Your Homeschool in 20(ish) Days by Lisa Marie Fletcher ($4.75)
  • The Organized Homeschool Planner™ by Carlie Kercheval ($20.00) – 39pgs. Man, I actually need a good homeschool planner and was hoping that maybe this would knock my socks off and be perfect…or at least have a couple good layouts I could use. Nope. There was maybe 1 page (a curriculum tracker), that I maybe could’ve used. Maybe I should give up on the idea of ever finding a perfect planner for myself and just go back to making my own (see The Planner For Those Who Do Too Much 🙂 )

Speaking of The Planner For Those Who Do Too Muchjust for checking out this Ultimate Homemaking Bundle review (you don’t even have to buy a bundle w/my affiliate link!though if you’d like to PIN THIS IMAGE for me as a thanks, I’d love that too 🙂 ), I’ll give you either the Academic or Yearly Planner version for free with this code: UHB18FREEBIE

Wouldn’t my The Planner For Those Who Do Too Much make an awesome inclusion in one of these Ultimate Bundles someday? Yeah, I thought so too. I submitted it. Twice. It’s been rejected two years in a row. Whah, Whaah, Whaaah.
Whatevs. I like sharing for free with all you fine folks anyways. 🙂

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Activities for Kids   

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  • 101 Independent Activities for Kids by MaryEllen Bream ($9.99) – 42pgs. Every page of this has 2-4 activities listed on it in HUGE font. And by activities, I mean the NAME of an activity. No instructions, or guidelines, or details. It’s like someone jotted down a long list of things they could think of for kids to do, typed them up, made them a huge font so there’s tons of white filler space and would stretch out to 42 pages…and then slapped a $10 price tag on it. 
    (Quick rant: I mean really, THIS was considered high-enough caliber for inclusion in the bundle, but not my planner? Maybe I should change the price to $49 and try submitting it again?? Sorry, I’m a bit bitter. 🙂 )
  • Super Sensory Invitations to Play by Cathy James ($14.99)
  • Teach Me To Serve: 99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn to Serve and Bless Others by Kristen Tiber ($3.99)
  • Tiny Signs Jumpstart: An online mini-course to get you started signing with your baby in less than 30 minutes!  by Lane Rebelo ($27.00)
  • What Every Parent Must Know Before Sending A Child to Kindergarten by Amy Mascott ($9.99)

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In the Kitchen     

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  • 26 Ingredients: Make Over 100 Delicious, Frugal Recipes From a Pantry of 26 Ingredients by Kylie Travers ($4.95) – 83pgs. Oooh, this is great! I’m not really a fan of recipe books, but I LOVE simplifying my life. I get overwhelmed with all the things I’m supposed to have on hand in my kitchen to make meals, and I’m awful at meal planning, so really, this is something that’s perfect for me. Oh, and look, they are appropriately priced! No over-inflated sense of worth and claiming that their ebook is worth $25 or something. Yay for this one! 
  • Bread and Roll Making Basics for Beginners by Rachel Paxton ($49.00) – This is 8 bread recipes, and then a 5-10min video to go along with each. I didn’t even bother watching a video. Do other people watch videos when baking/cooking? I don’t. I read recipes and recipes w/pictures are even better. And why would someone pay $50 for this? You can probably find these same kinds of videos for free on youtube. Also, I just got into the whole sourdough thing and have an active starter and was hoping for some sourdough recipes. Nope. (Interested in sourdough too? Here’s a helpful, and FREE, link I like: https://everydayfull.com/sourdough-bread-recipe/)
  • Canning Jump Start Guide: 4 Easy Recipes & Equipment Checklist to Get you Started Canning! by Jennifer Gomes ($5.00)
  • Cooking Camp for Kids by Rebekah Sayler ($8.00) – 91pgs. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the time to do this, but this was kind of fun. Lots of great info for cooking skills for kids. Right on the first few pages in, there’s some name tags for kitchen position – I admit that I learned the difference between a sous chef and line cook since I never really knew, ha ha. So yeah, maybe *I* should do this cooking camp too!
  • Freezer Meal Club Guide & Success Course: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run a Successful Freezer Meal Club by Amylee Udell ($49.99)
  • Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal Plan 3 Month Subscription by Sarah Robinson ($29.99) – this is technically a membership site, not a course, and idk, I didn’t even sign up for it. Once A Month Meals is already a pretty awesome website with tons of features and customizations that handles all my freezer meal needs. If you’re not already a member of OAMM, you might want to check it out
  • Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids by Erin Myers ($2.99)
  • Homemade and Healthy to Go: Packing Healthy Lunches on a Budget by Angela Coffman ($7.00)
  • How to Organize All Your Recipes (For Easy Meal Planning) by Laura Smith ($39.00) – I didn’t even open this course. Because, well, because I use Plan To Eat for all my online recipe storage & meal planning needs, and PTE’s pretty much the greatest thing and nothing else will ever compare for me.
  • Let’s Make Meal Planning Simple: Complete Meal Planning Guide + 1 Week Pre-made Meal Plan by Christine White ($12.00)
  • Perpetually Prepped Kitchen: The Simple Method for Meals in Minutes by Jennifer Mason ($13.99) – 101pgs. Hmm, this is an interesting one. I kind of like it. There’s a bunch of printables, which I don’t love as they feel like filler, but there’s not too many to turn me off. This whole ebook revolves around the idea of creating “pantry baskets” where you keep shelf-stable ingredients for a particular meal. That way, when in a rush to make dinner, you just grab a basket and don’t have to think. I like this. I’m going to read this book some more and get some ideas. 
  • Preservation Planner by Lisa Barthuly ($9.95) – 6 pages of actual helpful info. 26 pages of ‘nothing special’ printables. 
  • Printable Pantry Labels by Lauren Fowler ($8.95)
  • SIt Down & Eat: Fun Ideas for Making Mealtimes Memorable by Jennifer Flanders ($9.95)
  • The Ultimate Guide to Once a Month Grocery Shopping: Save Time and Money with Less Trips to the Grocery Store by Joanie Boeckman ($7.99)
  • The Ultimate Kitchen Printable Pack by Megan Duesterhaus ($22.00)
  • The Weeknight Dinner Survival Guide: 5 Step Dinnertime Game Plan for Busy Parents by Ruthy Kirwan ($9.99)

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Recipes & Meal Plans    

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  • 25 Crock Pot Soup Recipes: Family Approved Easy Slow Cooker Recipes by Arlene Mobley ($4.99)
  • Awesome Fats Recipes by Desi Ward ($19.99)
  • Easy Dinners for Busy Moms: Slow Cook Once, Eat Twice by Andrea Green  ($4.99)
  • Healthy & Happy Fan Favorites: A 4-Week Meal Planner and eCookbook by Alisha Hughes ($14.99)

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Intentional Living     

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  • Simply Happy Living by Brianna Pool ($17.00)
  • The Essentials: 7 Projects to Sane-ify Your Life by Tsh Oxenreider ($37.00)

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Goal Setting    

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  • 2018 Joyful Life Quarterly Planner by Kimberlee Stokes ($22.00) – 206 pgs. This planner was not designed for people like me (what planner WAS designed for me?? Scroll up to the Homeschooling section. 🙂 ), but if you’re a person who needs to hear constant affirmations and have your hand held in order to figure out your goals and passions, then maybe this will be for you. 
  • Dreams by Design 2018 Planner by Karen Schravemade ($19.00) – 150pgs, comes in both half-page and full-page size. There’s only a little bit of fluff in there at the beginning about goal planning, but for the most part, this planner is fairly decent compared to most female/mom kind of planners out there. 
  • Fresh Start Planning Kit by Jessica Fisher ( $12.00) – 35pgs. Eh. This was blah. A bunch of words, then some worksheets that reminded me of being in school when teachers would hand out those “thinking map” things and try to force everyone’s minds to process information the exact same way.
  • The One Focus Method: A Step-by-Step Guide to Transform Yourself From Overwhelmed to Accomplished by Julie Hage ($3.99)

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Printables & Planners     

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  • Medical Binder Printables by Jayleen Zotti ($7.00)
  • Organized Motherhood Planner by Alison F. Lange ($17.00) – 22pgs, 12 of which are monthly calendars. This is your everyday, run of the mill planner. With lots of hearts. Not worth $17. Honestly, not worth any money; you can find better stuff for free on Pinterest (or HERE 🙂 )
  • Simplify: 35+ Printables to Help You Organize Your Life by Abby Lawson ($14.00)
  • The Purposeful Life Planner by Helena Alkhas ($47.00)
  • The Ultimate Busy Mom Planner by Jennifer Slavich ($19.95) – 168pgs, divided up into 9 different folders/types of planning pages. Yes, there’s a planning page for probably anything you might want. But OMG, the colors and design!! It’s like some weird mashup of early 1990s Print Shop Deluxe w/early 2010s Chevron-&-Ribbon-Banner-all-the-things. I mean, sure, maaaybe the creator was going for the “vintage” 1990s feel….but…I just don’t know what’s going on here. 
  • Travel Planner Printables: Plan, Organize, and Journal your Next Trip by Emily Bredeson ($2.00) – 25pgs. Hey look, a resource that retails for only $2, which shows that the creator understands the appropriate value of their resource! Kudos to them for that right off the bat! And actually, this is a decent printable. 
  • Ultimate Daily Visual Cards by Kimberly Huff ($4.99) – 54pgs Ok, I could actually see a use for these, but they probably would be for everyone. Good for little kids, to print out and put in a daily schedule so they can see what’s happening each day. These would work well if you already have some sort of calendar system for your kids (think preschool/very young elem. age)
  • Year Round Holiday Planner: The Ultimate Tool for a Year of Memorable Celebrations by Laura Rizer ($14.99)

In case you missed it above, I have a planner called The Planner For Those Who Do Too Much…and since the Ultimate Bundles team rejected it (twice 🙁 ) for inclusion in a bundle, I’m just gonna give it to you! Just for checking out this Ultimate Homemaking Bundle review of mine! (You don’t even have to buy a bundle w/my affiliate link!though if you’d like to PIN THIS IMAGE for me as a thanks, I’d love that too 🙂 ), I’ll give you either the Academic or Yearly Planner version for free with this code: UHB18FREEBIE

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Self Care     

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  • Better Days by Janica Khemlani ($17.00)
  • Mental Health Masterclass by Faith Hawks ($29.00)
  • My Yearly Self Care Planner by Betsy Kay ($9.99)
  • The Literary Medicine Cabinet: How to Nourish Your Soul with Good Books by Haley Stewart ($7.99) – I don’t have time to read books anymore. 🙁 I spend too much time reviewing and researching a zillion ebooks for Ultimate Bundle reviews! lol. But I follow Haley on Instagram, and she seems lovely, and I’m sure her book is lovely too…if only I had time to read it. 🙂 

>> I’m interested in learning more about the bundle. Take me to the
2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle WEBSITE
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Creativity     

*orange denotes an Amazon link to see further reviews* 
*yellow denotes a non-Amazon link*

*turquoise denotes online course* 

  • 1 Hour to a Better #bookstagram by Anne Bogel ($15.00)
  • 100 Coloring Pages: For Every Occasion & Every Age! by Lindsay Bartelt ($20.00)
  • Be Your Own Inspiration Online Workshop by Allyson Bright ($99.00)
  • Comprehensive Brush Letter Practice Guide by Olivia from RandomOlive ($32.00)
  • Creative Reflections: 365 Days of Journaling Coloring Pages by Gina Kleinworth ($8.99)

>> I’m interested in learning more about the bundle. Take me to the
2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle WEBSITE
. <<

    

Fashion     

*orange denotes an Amazon link to see further reviews* 
*yellow denotes a non-Amazon link*

*turquoise denotes online course* 

  • Closet Staples: Casual Capsule Wardrobe Builder by Alison Lumbatis ($39.00)
  • Full Year Wardrobe Plan for Moms: The Complete Guide by Corina Holden ($29.99)
  • Outfit Mastery: Walk Into the Room and Know You Look Good by JoAnn Crohn ($97.00)

    >> I’m interested in learning more about the bundle. Take me to the
2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle WEBSITE
. <<

Weight Loss & Fitness     

*orange denotes an Amazon link to see further reviews* 
*yellow denotes a non-Amazon link*

*turquoise denotes online course* 

  • 28-Day Smart Start Weight Loss Challenge by Martha McKinnon ($27.99)
  • Healthy Moving Focus Bundle from Jen Hoffman ($29.97)
  • Suzanne Bowen Fitness 3 Month Subscription by Suzanne Bowen ($39.99)

>> I’m interested in learning more about the bundle. Take me to the
2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle WEBSITE
. <<

    

Time Management     

*orange denotes an Amazon link to see further reviews* 
*yellow denotes a non-Amazon link*

*turquoise denotes online course* 

  • 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life by Crystal Paine ($17.00)
  • Be the Boss of Your Time: A Step-By-Step Guide by Brianna Berner ($37.00)
  • Brainbook: Bullet Journaling Your Way to a More Organized Life by Kalyn Brooke ($27.00) – 116pgs. If you’re into bullet journaling (which is, like, apparently all the rage right now), then you might like this book? Idk, I just don’t get the whole “bullet journaling” craze. It seems like so much work to try to impress yourself into getting stuff done. (But I’m clearly a “no frills” planner kind of girl, so…)
  • Crush Your Week: The Complete Guide To Designing An Intentional Weekly Routine by Emily Counts ($15.00)
  • Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman by Cara Harvey ($27.00)
  • Do Your Thing: How to Make Time for All the Things You Were Made to Do by Melissa Camara Wilkins ($5.00)
  • Finding Time: Home & Children by Sarah Phillipps ($97.00)
  • Smart Mom Smart Mornings: A 30-Day Plan to Transform Your Mornings from Chaos to Calm by Rachel Newcomb ($10.00) – 57pgs. I am a night person. Largely because KP gets home late and staying up in the evenings is the only time we have together. It’s my only time for quiet and for me to get things done. But I’m tired at night. I’m fresher in the mornings. I should probably force myself to get up early to start the day nice and calmly and not be in a rush every morning. I know this. I KNOW this. I just need the motivation to make that switch. This book was not that motivation. Also, Day 8 is entirely about “Read Your Bible and Pray”…because apparently all the non-Christian heathen moms are not worth helping? lol
  • Your Life Made Easy: The Ultimate Parent’s Guide to an Organized Work Week by Brittany Wise ($19.00)

>> I’m interested in learning more about the bundle. Take me to the
2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle WEBSITE
. <<

    

Work at Home  

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*yellow denotes a non-Amazon link*

*turquoise denotes online course*    

  • Balancing Diapers and Deadlines: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Minimizing Decisions, Integrating Kids, and Getting More Done  by Lisa Tanner ($47.00)
  • Blog Boss! Profitable Blog From The Start by Chelsea Clarke ($145.00)
  • Blog by Number by Suzi Whitford ($18.00)
  • Building Your Business by Jeanine Lett ($238.00)
  • Get Started: Gaining MOMentum by Gabriella Ribeiro ($397.00)
  • Jumpstart Your Virtual Assistant Career by Gina Horkey ($29.00)
  • Mom Boss on a Budget by Holly Chubb ($79.00)
  • Social Side Hustle: 21 Days to Becoming a Social Media Manager by Heather Montgomery ($197.00)
  • The Complete Digital Cake Business Startup Kit by Rebekah Allan ($149.00)
  • The Secret Sauce to Freelance Writing on the Side by Jodee Redmond ($3.99)

So…..just throwing this out there. But if you’re interested in blogging from home (which is NOT easy or simple and I you have to be really drawn toward blogging in order to have the stamina to be successful, but hey, if it’s what you want to do, there’s no stopping you…) – there’s a lot of really expensive programs out there that claim to be the ‘holy grail’ in blogging programs (cough, cough, EBA). If you’ve researched and researched and are looking for programs to get your blog off the ground, or ‘to the next level’, here are my two suggestions:

1) The Ultimate Blogging Toolkit, put together by the same people who put together this Homemaking Bundle. I’ve purchased the Toolkit each year and it’s given me a lot of really great blogging tools. It’s probably my favorite of all these Ultimate Bundles they put n each year. It’s $99 and they’ll likely be doing a flash sale again soon. Sign up to be notified when the sale is live HERE.

2) Billionaire Blog ClubA lot of bloggers who participate in this Homemaking Bundle sale will recommend a program called the Elite Blogging Academy. Oh gosh, I researched and researched this thing and aaaalmost signed up. But it was $900! And I could only find glowing reviews, which seemed suspicious. And all the bloggers who’d done the program felt so cookie cutter and not at all what I wanted to do with my blog. Luckily I happened to stumble upon another option called the Billionaire Blog Club. It’s totally got a pretentious title, I know, but I signed up for the emails anyways. I really liked the style of the founder, Paul. He felt honest and truthful, and I didn’t feel like I was being B.S.ed. Way more my style. And it was “only” $250 (though I think it’s $350 now). BBC is actually open for enrollment RIGHT NOW until 4/13 but even if you miss the enrollment, I encourage you to sign up for Paul’s free emails and see if BBC is the feel you want. You can always sign up later in the year if you think it’s a good fit. 

I hope these two other suggestions were helpful!

> I’m interested in learning more about the bundle. Take me to the
2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle WEBSITE
. <<

    

**BONUSES**

Overall, I was not impressed with this year’s bonuses, sadly. I usually love the bonuses. This year, I just didn’t care. 

  • FREE 3-month subscription from Scribd, $26.97 value
    **New customers only, subscription automatically renews after 3rd month

  • FREE 1-month subscription from BookRoo, $18 value (U.S. shipping: $5, Canadian shipping: $16 CA) **FREE download of 3 minimalist Bookroo posters for existing customer – this has been a bonus for the past few bundles. I haven’t taken advantage of the offer because I don’t really want to have to sign up and later cancel. And we have tons of kids books.

  • FREE printables collection (coloring calendar, note cards & stickers) from Hope Ink, $52 value – Hope Ink is practically always a bonus in the bundles. I’ve never redeemed it because its not the right fit/style for me.
  • FREE Natural Eye Shadow Kit from Orglamix, $15 value (shipping starting at $6.99, calculated at checkout, international shipping available – Orglamix has been a bonus partner before. I might actually be interested in this, but I just haven’t ordered it yet.

  • $15 gift certificate from Cultivate What Matters, $15 value (shipping starting at $3.95, calculated at checkout, international shipping available) – not really my style, but you might love these planner styles?

  • FREE 1-month subscription from Kiwi Crate, $19.95 value (U.S. shipping: $4.95, international shipping: $9.95) **$15 off $50 shop purchase for existing customers I love Kiwi Crate! But we’ve been subscribers in the past, so this deal won’t work for us. And the “existing customers” bonus of $15 of $50 doesn’t really sound enticing. 

  • FREE SPOT -or- $15 off any product from Bloom Naturals, $19 value (continental U.S. shipping: $6.99, Alaska & Hawaii: $9.99, Canadian shipping: calculated at checkout) ** excludes 32 oz. refills – I still have, and use, the SPOT treatment I got a few bundles ago.

  • $15 gift certificate from Strawesome, $15 value (shipping starting at $6, calculated at checkout, international shipping available) – I do looove my glass straws, but I buy mine on Amazon. Still, if you’re new to glass straws, Strawesome is a fun website to check out and maybe try them.

>> I’m interested in learning more about the bundle. Take me to the
2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle WEBSITE
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16 comments on “2018 Ultimate HOMEMAKING Bundle Review – Eh. Don’t Buy It. Unless You Reeeally Want To?”

  1. Thanks for your thorough review! The 2017 Super Bundles I found quite useful, and I used your post to decide on that, as it is the clearest, most thorough review on the bundles. I probably downloaded about 60% of that one. (I found your post when googling Bundles review)

    With this Ultimate bundle,I will probably only download approx. 40% or maybe less, but it’s enough with 4 of the bonuses, to make the cost worth it. I never purchased the bundles before this year, so it is mostly new info for me. I don’t think I’ll order future ones, as there’s lots of info, with plenty to read here, and between this and the previous bundle, I have quite a wide range of things, in addition to the books I own on some of these topics. I like print books.

    And according to your posts, they don’t change that much. (As I am another religion, those 2+ sections are not useful for me, but there other categories which have enough info.)

    Thanks again for your honest, thorough reviews! It should be a highlight on google search.

    Now I will begin downloading the ones I like.

      • I ended up finding about 50% of the information useful, and downloaded.

        For the parenting things- I found the info in the Parenting bundle way better. The visual chores- there was a better one in the Parenting bundle. Most of the budgeting and cooking was also not my speed, so I deleted almost all of them. Some of the clutter and organization is really good, and they are different than the decluttering in the 2017 decluttering bundle I purchased during the sale in January.

        The LWSL cleaning guide is clear, good images for the family chores and charts, and I am overall impressed. The ADHD organizing book is also good. (I skimmed through all the books, and courses I downloaded, and only kept the ones I liked. Spent too much time on this today!)

        The bonuses with shipping, don’t really end up being the biggest savings.

        Some of the produce are really, really good.

        • Thanks so much for your additional insight CS! I agree that the Parenting Bundle is a good one. It’s one of the few bundles that I admitted that I actually really liked. Unfortunately, I don’t think they are going to do any more Parenting Bundles, and the one that’s being offered now is the only one. 🙁 It’s cool that that are doing a Homemaking/Parenting Bundle combo deal right now. I didn’t know they were going to do that, so that was a nice offer to take advantage of.

  2. Thank you so much for the review! I saw it promoted on another blog I follow and was wondering if it would be worth it. This really helped me decide!

    I also wanted to mention the code you provided for your planner doesn’t seem to be working? Maybe I’m doing something wrong? I keep getting a “requirements for this code haven’t been met” message. If it doesn’t work I will probably just purchase it. It looks so helpful!

  3. I wanted to buy this Bundle, because it included one thing that I was intrigued by, but refused to pay $45 for! I went looking for a blogger who wasn’t bombarding me with annoying e-mails about the bundle. I chose you, because of your honest and down to earth review.

    • Sharon, thanks so much. I really appreciate that you recognized the effort I put into being honest about these bundles. I don’t always make friends with other bloggers this way, lol, but transparency and truth are more important to me. I’m glad you got a good deal on the originally $45 thing you were intrigued by!

  4. This was really helpful, and I appreciate your honesty! I was leaning towards buying it- despite the evangelical bent- but decided to save my $30 for something that I’d get more use out of…so thanks:)

  5. Thanks for the review 🙂 I don’t mind the Christian stuff, but I still have many resources left from the 2017 Bundle (the first one I bought), so I’ll probably wait for 2019/2020 to buy a new one, since there is nothing I REALLY need this year.

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