Giveaway – More Than Rules: Exploring the Heart of Beauty and Modesty


Today’s giveaway is Bambi Moore’s e-book, More Than Rules: Exploring the Heart of Beauty and Modesty.  If you don’t read Bambi’s blog, In the Nursery of the Nation, you are missing out!

Black Friday special: get the PDF for $.99 or the Kindle version for $2.99!

But even if you do read her blog – or especially if you read her blog, you’ll want to read her e-book on the difficult and divisive topic of modesty.  Bambi bravely tackles the subject without laying down rules and drawing arbitrary lines on the arms, legs and neckline.  Instead, she delves into the heart of the matter.  What is modesty?  What is beauty?  Why should we care?  How can we seek God’s will when we choose our wardrobe?

An ebook I wrote on beauty and modesty

Here’s one of my favorite bits from the book.  When discussing modest dress, people often make the assumption that modest = ugly.  Some even refer to modest dresses in general as “frumpers,” i.e. frumpy jumpers.  Not true.

Our lives make public announcements. A Christian woman’s clothing should make an announcement of “good works professing godliness”, not “pride” or “sex.” But why? The function of a Christian’s good works is to glorify God.
Consider Matthew 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
It is self that drives us to steal glory that belongs to God alone, no matter the tactic. It is self that makes us desire the focus and attention of others, to want their admiration and praise for clever wit, high social standing or clothing that is too expensive, too tight, too short or overall improper. Incidentally, clothing that screams, “Just look at me! I’m more spiritual than you because I’m dressed in a jumper two sizes too big!” is also immodesty because it seeks to attract attention.


I love this review by Jacinda of Growing Home

“More Than Rules is, hands down, the best work I have ever read on modesty. In typical Bambi Moore style, More Than Rules delivers a timely and convicting message with humility and humor. Though generally a divisive topic among Christian women, Bambi breaks through barriers of legalism and antinomianism and presents a biblical doctrine with grace and kindness that will ultimately lead others to contentment with who they are in Christ. It’s an affirming and encouraging read for those who sometimes feel like living in the modesty trench is a losing battle, and for anyone just curious about what it means to be modest, consider More Than Rules your ticket to a whole new wardrobe! “

Interested?  Learn more here.  You can read the introduction for free.  Ready to buy?  Get it as a PDF, or get the Kindle version from Amazon.


Bambi has agreed to give a copy of her e-book to 5 winners!  To win, just enter any or all of the following ways.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Leave a comment here.
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  3. Like Life in a Shoe on Facebook.
  4. Follow Bambi on Pinterest
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  6. Blog about this giveaway.  I will choose 2 winners specifically from among those who blog about this giveaway, so bloggers will have a very good chance of winning!

I’ll leave the giveaway open for 7 days before I randomly choose the winners.

Fun deal: 5 Dr. Seuss hardbacks for $5.95 plus a 2014 calendar

I posted about this once before, but the deal has changed so it’s worth mentioning again.  You still get 5 fun hardback books for $5.95 (shipping is FREE), but now you get a free 2014 calendar too!

My boys have a calendar in their room, and they love marking off the days each morning.  It’s a much more natural way to learn the days of the week, months of the year, holidays, etc. than in a workbook!

And of course every home needs some Dr. Seuss books for beginning readers, and for reading aloud to little ones.  I think we’ve been through 4 or 5 copies of The Cat in the Hat.

I’ll admit I don’t like a lot of the newer Dr. Seuss titles – which have very little to do with Dr. Seuss –  but I find the older ones charming and nostalgic.

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

This is a monthly book club, so you will automatically be sent additional books each month if you keep your membership.  If you don’t want to, there’s no obligation to buy and you can cancel online or by phone anytime.


Friday Freebie on Amazon: The Busy Mom’s Make-Ahead Breakfast Cookbook

My friend Carrie who blogs at Natural Moms Talk Radio has a new ebook that will be free on Amazon for just one day:

Carrie is a mom of 7, so she understands the need for fast, easy, nutritious breakfast.  That’s why she’s sharing over 70 recipes in her ebook.  And that’s why you need it!

On Friday, September 27, The Busy Mom’s Make-Ahead Breakfast Cookbook will be FREE on Amazon!  Even if you miss the opportunity to get it free, it’s still a great deal at $2.99.  That’s less than the cost of a box of cereal.

And if you’re into feeding your family a nutritious diet without breaking your budget, you might be interested in another of Carrie’s ebooks:

This one isn’t free right now, but if it doesn’t help you save at least the $2.99 purchase price, you might be reading it wrong.   You can definitely Slash Your Grocery Budget & Eat a Whole Foods Diet With Aldi.  I remember Aldi’s from my 11 years in Ohio, and I can’t wait to get one here in San Antonio.  I had a serious case of sticker shock when I moved here and had to shop at regular grocery stores.  I think our food expenses must have risen by 30-40%.

Have you read either book?  I bet Carrie would love it if you published your review on Amazon, and I would love to hear about it in the comments!


Who Lived in a Shoe?

Since we’ve moved into a bigger house, the title doesn’t quite fit like it did for the first 7 years, but this poem made me smile nonetheless:

Who Lived in a Shoe?

You know that old woman who live in a shoe?

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do?

I think if she lived in a little shoe-house

That little old lady was surely a mouse.

Beatrix Potter

Question: finding appropriate reading material for kids

Diana asked the 4 Moms a great question on facebook.  I don’t have a good answer for her, but I’m hoping somebody does.  Can you help?

 I have a 15 year old sister who is struggling to find appropriate reading material. I’ve run out of ideas and my mom is struggling because she doesn’t feel like she has adequate time to preview books before my sister gets them. Any suggestions that would be appropriate, specifically avoiding “romance”? Do you have a trustworthy reference that my mom could use to give her the scoop on a new book without having to read the whole thing?

What do you think?  Does such a resource exist?  It sounds like for books instead of movies.  We find it useful because rather than just saying that a movie is safe for kids, it gives a very detailed list of all the scenes, topics, and expletives that viewers might find objectionable, even touching on worldviews.  This is useful to us because we are far more concerned about sex scenes or implied sexual relationships than we are about rough language or alcohol, for example.  I would love to know if such a resource exists for books.

I have been remiss. You can be a better homemaker.

Edit: This sale has ended.  I hope you bought your bundle in time!

Friends, I’ve been bad.  I knew weeks ahead of time, but I’ve been too lazy to blog and tell you about the HUGE ebook sale going on this week.


I knew ahead of time because the 4 Moms book is part of the bundle.  If you already bought your copy of our book, you’ll have digital rights to an extra that you can give as a gift when you buy this bundle!

This week only, you can get any or all of the 97 ebooks in this Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for just $29.97, plus $140 in free products!  No fair jumping to the bottom to see the freebies!

Prepare to be overwhelmed.  Here is a complete list of the books included.  Remember, you don’t have to take them all unless you want them all.  You can choose just what you will use yourself – but your links are only good for a limited time, so do download anything you think you might want in the future.  At 30 cents per book, you can’t go wrong!




But wait! There’s more!



But if you’re like me, you jumped ahead to see what else you could get for free.  Right?  Everything below is included free when you buy your ebooks.


A FREE Two-Month Membership to Fit2B Studio, where their wholesome workouts for the whole family are tummy safe and particularly target Diastasis Recti (split abs). ($19.98 value. No shipping restrictions.)

A $15 store credit to TruKid. With products like their aware-winning sun care, they are dedicated to providing all natural skin and hair care for kids, babies, and now pets. ($15.00 value. Standard shipping applies. International shipping available.)

Your choice of incredible natural products like sea salt and clay for FREE. Choose from the Redmond Trading Earthpaste Bundle ($24.90 value) or the Facial Mud Bundle ($26.90 value). (Standard shipping applies. Continental US only.)

Your choice of a FREE heirloom sourdough starter or FREE yogurt starter from Cultures for Health, the leading supplier of starter cultures and supplies for making cultured and fermented foods ($12.95 value. US & CAN addresses only. Standard shipping applies.)

Your choice of: a FREE 3-Month Subscription (for new accounts) or 30% off a One Year Subscription. Plan to Eat is an online menu planner that uses your recipes, scheduled for the days you want them. ($15.00 valueNo shipping restrictions.)

A FREE Culinary Herbs Assorted Seed Pack Check just in time for spring planting from, a living whole foods company. ($11.95 value. Standard shipping applies to all US states and territories- no international shipping for seeds.)

Get $10 off Union28’s original “my husband rocks” tee. Their marriage apparel lets you celebrate your spouse in style. ($10.00 value.Standard shipping rates apply. International shipping available, but free shipping only available within USA.)

A $10 store credit plus 1 FREE lip balm from Bee All Natural. Their whole body products nourish and heal, and are made using only the highest quality, food grade, organic ingredients. ($13.49 value.Standard shipping applies. International shipping available.)

A FREE 2 oz. bottle of your choice of liquid herbal formula from TriLight Health. They specialize in fast acting, great tasting natural herbal remedies. ($12.95 value or moreStandard shipping applies, within the USA only.)

Your choice of 3 FREE ePlanners OR a 3-Month FREE Membership toListPlanIt, whose mobile lists will help to organize your life. ($15.00 valueNo shipping restrictions.)
What’s your favorite part of the deal?  I love the mission and designs of Union 28!  Wouldn’t their shirts make a fun wedding or anniversary gift?

5 Hardcover Dr. Seuss books for $5.95 (free shipping)

5 Free Dr. Seuss booksHere’s a fun offer: Get 5 popular hardcover Dr. Seuss books for $5.95 total!  Shipping is free, and it comes with a cute little backpack to hold them, too.

Several of these titles are favorites in our house, and we have gone through many copies over the years:

  • Go, Dog, Go!
  • Ten Apples Up on Top
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo!
  • The Tooth Book
  • The Cat in the Hat

For an extra $5 you can also get Dr. Seuss’s ABC and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – that’s $11 for 7 hardback books.

This is a monthly club, so watch out for unwanted shipments.  You can cancel as soon as you like, without buying anything, but it’s really not a bad deal if you’re big on Dr. Seuss: additional shipments are still less than $5/book.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  I love The Foot Book and The Cat in the Hat.

PS.  This one is not my cup of tea, but there is a similar offer for Disney books: Receive Toy Story 3, The Lion King, and 2 other books of your choice plus an activity book for $3.96.  That’s less than dollar each for hardback children’s books!  Wreck It Ralph is one of the available choices, and I’ve actually heard good things about the movie.

42 Days to Fit eBook

My friend Brandy, a mom of 8 boys who blogs at the Marathon Mom, emailed me this week asking for a small favor.  Brandy and two of her blogging friends have written an eBook for moms who want to shape up and lose a little weight.  It’s called 42 Days To Fit, and it will be FREE on Monday, February 4!

Since Calvin arrived, I have been a little frustrated.  I only gained 20 pounds when I was pregnant with him, and at 9 lbs. 4 oz. he was my biggest baby by far.  I was very excited to find that I was within 5 lbs. of my beginning weight just a week after he arrived.  But then my weight loss came to a screeching halt.  Calvin is over 3 months old now, and I haven’t lost a pound since his first week.  The worst part is that I’m not just hanging onto an extra 5 lbs.  I also have 5 lbs. from Parker…and another 5 from Bethany.  I have never struggled with my weight, but I have seen it creep up 15 lbs, and I don’t like that pattern.

And now Brandy wants to know if I’ll help spread the word about 42 Days To Fit, which will be FREE 2 days from now.


I’m in.  My 42 days will start asap after I get my free copy on Monday.

Who’s with me?

Snapshot: reading to little ones


The older girls have been going out of their way to spend some time with the little ones each morning. Lydia is reading Eric Carle’s book, Dragons, Dragons to Parker, taking time to discuss each illustration.

Do you love Hentys?

If you know what a Henty is, you’re probably a fan.  G.A. Henty wrote some of the most famous boy’s adventure books of the 19th century!  Don’t worry: they’re not just for boys.  Our girls have loved them too!  Vision Forum has sold them almost since the beginning, but years ago they had to switch to a new publisher when the beautiful old Preston Speed version went out of print.

While the newer version is still very nice, the older version had more of an “old book” look and feel, and some people who had already begun their collections refused to buy the newer ones.

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Well, here’s some news that might excite old book aficionados: Vision Forum recently found a very limited quantity of Preston Speed Henty titles from a wholesale supplier who had purchased all of Preston Speed’s remaining Henty stock.  The price is $325 for a set of 20 heirloom quality out-of-print hardbacks.  That’s $16.25 per book, and you get free shipping on your entire order.

The Preston Speed’s Heirloom Hentys Collection includes the following 20 G.A. Henty titles, which are also available individually.

There are just a total of 70 sets, so I don’t know how long the deal will last.  If you want them, you’d better grab them.

Not sure what a Henty is?  Here’s a brief summary from the Vision Forum website:

When your child picks up a G.A. Henty historical novel, he will travel back in time to some of the greatest events in Western civilization. He will rejoice with an ancient barbarian who receives Christ, ride with Lee through the battlefields of Virginia, travel with the Conquistadors to distant lands, and watch the fall of the Temple of Jerusalem. Most importantly, he will see the world through the lens of biblical Christianity. In this world, he will learn that men are to live a life of duty and sacrifice, and that God requires even young men and little boys to act with nobility.