With 2020 just around the corner, I have been thinking about blog posts for next year. One of my goals, besides keeping the Living Our Best Life weekly questions, is to review at least 6 books that are written by an author who is chronically ill.
Not only do I know what it is like to live with multiple chronic illnesses, I also know how much work goes into writing and self-publishing a book and the enormous amount of effort it takes to promote your publications. So next year I would like to help out my fellow spoonies and promote their work.
If you would like me to do a review of your book, that I will purchase, please leave me a message in the comment section. The book does not have to be about illness, but the author must live with at least one chronic ailment.
I look forward to reading your work!
~ wendi is the author of 3 books that you can view here and all her books can be read FREE with KindleUnlimited
“Creating the best memories requires no money.”
~ Charlie Lee Austin
It is that beautiful time of year again when we celebrate Advent, the time we prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus.
Raising a family of 6 on a budget, I understand the stress that Christmas can create, a time when we feel the need to overdo everything, gifts, parties, meals, decorations…….but all of this costs money and can distract from the real reason of the season.
I have written a book that lists many of the ways my family has celebrated the hoidays while living on a tight budget – Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season on a Budget. It can be read FREE with KindleUnlimited and is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback.
I would be humbled if you would take a moment to check it out, thank you.
~ Wishing all of you a very blessed Advent Season.
( this is not a photo of the actual book )
In the spirit of Christmas and as a huge thank you to all of you who have blessed this little blog with such great comments in my “best life possible” series, I am giving away my copy of The Power of Illness To Change Your Life by Kavi Jezzie Hackaday who blogs here on WP at Live a Holistic Life
Although he does not blog often, when he does, his posts are full of wonderfully helpful health filled content.
I purchased Kavi’s book through Amazon, and I did not want to put it down, finishing it in two days. This is a major feat for me as I am a very slow reader. I found it easy to read and understand, with it being part autobiographical and part how he healed his autoimmune disease that he was told was incurrable.
Please leave a comment if you would like to have an opportunity to win my USED (very used) copy. I am so very sorry, but this is only available for those in the US due to shipping costs.
The winner will be drawn December 10th, 2019 from names of those who leave a comment, by one of my children. I will contact you immediately for your shipping address and the book will be shipped via USPS media mail.
~ wendi is the author of three books focusing on how to save money. You can check them out here. Thank you.
The Holidays, even if you budget for them, have a way of putting a strain on your wallet. While my kids were younger, I worked very hard to make sure they didn’t notice our limited budget by keeping Christmas a fun and active time while remaining focused on the true meaning of this holy season.
In my latest book, Frugal Seeds Christmas Edition: 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget, I share many of the ways we celebrated the Christmas season while keeping our focus on the reason for the season.
I would be greatly humbled if you would take a moment to check it out. It is now available on Amazon in paperback and e-book and can be read FREE on KindleUnlimited. Thank you.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”
The title of my blog gives away the fact that I live with at least one chronic illness. Now, I don’t want to brag, but I actually live with several, and as interesting as it sounds, it is not a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately I am not the only one in my family who lives with such a burden. Every person in my immediate family lives with at least one chronic illness.
As a result of all of our medical bills, we have learned to live on a tight budget. Over the years I have had to learn to be frugal and about 6 months ago I decided to put some of my frugal ways into a book, Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar. It is now available in both paperback and e-book on Amazon. The entire book can be read for FREE with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited membership.
You will notice it is written under a pen name. This has been done as I working on additional books and I am determined to keep the lives of my children private. Thank you for understanding.
If you are anything like me, you need to watch your pennies. My chronic illnesses have put an enormous of strain on our budget requiring me manage it closely. As with de-cluttering books, I have read many (and I mean many) books on how to save money, budgeting and frugality. Some of the books were a total waste of time, others have been very helpful, but the one that changed my life more than any other money saving book is, The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn.
The Complete Tightwad Gazette is not a typical book that reads like a story, instead it is based on the subscription newsletters that Ms. Dacyczyn published from 1990 – 1996. Therefore, the book is divided up into smaller articles ranging from………..should you let a bar of soap dry out before using it, how to make a volleyball net with plastic rings from a 6-pack, to a basic muffin recipe, and everything in between. Because the newsletters were published in the 1990s many of the money saving tips are now outdated and no longer relevant. Despite the book having some out dated money saving tips, I found it extremely useful. I did read the entire book cover to cover, all 959 pages, and it was the only book I have read that encouraged me to start thinking of as many ways as possible I could save us money, how to creatively use up what we already have, and make the most out of every single penny. No other book has pushed me past my comfort zone, to think creatively and encourage me to search for even the smallest ways to save…………hey, it all adds up!
Because this book has been so wildly popular you should be able to check it out from your local library. If you cannot find the Complete Tightwad Gazette, you maybe able to find one of the first three volumes: one, two and three………the later ones would probably be more beneficial. I have seen copies of her books at Half Price Books and Goodwill. In my very humble opinion, it is worth the time and effort to find a copy of her book.
~ wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Save, Make or Stretch a Dollar
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I have read many, many books on decluttering. For a while, I would say it almost became a hobby of mine to search out and find books on the topic. I would search shelf after shelf in used books stores, Goodwill stores, libraries, and occasionally websites of full-price retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Despite the numerous books that I have read, many fell very short in their benefits. In fact, many books I read were down right disappointing. In my very humble opinion, there was one book that stood out among the rest for readability, practicality, and relatability.
My all-time favorite decluttering book is, Clutter’s Last Stand by Don Aslett. This book is the only decluttering book that kept me interested from beginning to the end, I didn’t want to put it down. Mr. Aslett drew me in with his humor and casual writing style, putting me at ease with the fact that I did not have my clutter under control. If you would be interested in checking it out, you should be able to get it through your local library in order to save money. If your local library does not carry it, many libraries will try to find a book for you through an inter-library loan at no cost to you. Otherwise, you may be able to find it at a used bookstore.
Until next time……happy reading.
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