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Money Secrets of the Amish

by Lorilee Craker

Take one thoroughly modern gal with a recessionary income problem, mix with the practices of a culture that has proved to be recession-proof, and what have you got?A financial planner in a straw hat.When writer Lorilee Craker learned that the Amish are not just surviving but thriving in the economic downturn, she decided to find out why. What she found was about a dozen tried and true financial habits the Amish have employed for generations that will make your cash last longer and help you build wealth. Craker provides tips to...use it up, wear it out, make do, or do withoutrethink your gift givingrepurpose, recycle, and reuseeat like royalty for a peasant's pittanceEndorsements:Packed with practical, simple, and smart money saving ideas and teeming with great insight into the sensible Amish ways, Money Secrets of the Amishwill entertain you with stories and retrain your brain to be the savvy money saver you always dreamed you could be. --Beth Wiseman, best-selling author of Plain Promise and Seek Me With All Your HeartSometimes touching, sometimes humorous and always helpful, author Lorilee Craker pulls us into the family rooms of the Amish and shows us how they make ends meet. Story after story illustrates savvy money management: trading for goods and services, shopping for bargains, living with less, avoiding debt, curbing the desire to impress others. And Craker's journalistic bent provides plenty of takeaway value for the non-Amish. A very worthwhile read whether your bank account is bursting or busting. --Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Lancaster County Secrets (Revell)This book is like an Amish basement shelf loaded with Mason jars full of Plain money wisdom. Self-confessed "Fancy" gal Lorilee Craker rolls up her sleeves and cracks them open one-by-one, figuring out how to fit Amish principles to a non-Amish life. She succeeds, and so can you--read Money Secrets of the Amish and add weight to your wallet. --Erik Wesner, amishamerica.com; author ofSuccess Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses ThriveMoney Secrets of the Amish is a practical, doable guide, and it's such fun to read. Lorilee's voice is as engaging and lively as ever, and the wisdom she shares from the Amish community is both inspiring and instructive. I just finished the last page, and my mind is buzzing with all sorts of ways to waste less, want less, and spend less. --Shauna Niequist, author of Cold Tangerines and BittersweetLorilee inspires and impacts your everyday life with this marvelous little read. From buttons to bakery you suddenly realize this conversation is not about just pinching a few pennies but about transforming how we view our everyday lives. I applaud Lorilee for asking the hard questions and pressing in to find honest answers. Forget the mall, kick back and soak up the delicious wisdom of a life well lived. Thank you Lorilee for shaping my everyday! --Tracey Bianchi, author of Green MamaMoney Secrets of the Amish isn't so much about making money; it's about family, discipline, and redefining what wealthy means. This is a great read that helps us all to see more clearly what's really valuable in our lives. --Jeff McMahon, award-nominated musician and national director/runner with the Team McGraw endurance program

O for a Thousand Nights to Sleep: An Eye-Opening Guide to the Wonder-Filled Months of Baby's First Year

by Lorilee Craker

Designed to fuel the new mommy's body, mind, and spirit, this indispensable, eye-opening guide to baby's first year provides can't-miss help from veteran moms. A new mother will have a few good laughs and get the scoop on her life as a walking zombie, how to get more sleep, breast-feeding 101 (and no-guilt bottle-feeding), and much more.

See How They Run: An Energizing Guide to Keeping up with your Turbo-Toddler

by Lorilee Craker

Equal Parts Saintly Cherub and Demanding Emperor- Who Is This Child Formerly Known As Your Baby? Faster than a speeding bullet...Is it Superman? Nope, just your high-energy toddler, keeping life interesting-and mom on the run! Once, you dreamed of the day your precious baby would walk and talk. Now, you are constantly dragging your child out of the dog's dish, making up answers to unanswerable questions ("Why, Mom, why?"), and engaging in power struggles with the world's most adorable 25-pound dictator. Do other mothers of toddlers have days like this? You bet your sweet potty chair they do! Here are veteran moms' stories and from-the-trenches advice on what works when dealing with the often challenging, always entertaining one- and two-year-old crowd, including: * What to do when your tot glues himself to your leg for no apparent reason (other than to yell) * Toys to boost your toddler's brilliance-including freebies she'll love most of all * Taking the "toil" out of toilet training (itisrocket science, no matter what your mother-in-law says) * Tantrum-tamers you can use from the mall to your mother's house * Getting your toddler to eat more orange and green (gummy worms don't count) * Ping pong prayers and other ways to connect Junior to God Here at last is the help you've been longing for: a hilarious but practical bimonthly guide to surviving, enjoying-and laughing your way through-the exhausting, crazy-busy, glorious toddler years.

Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World

by Lynne Spears Lorilee Craker

The autobiography of Lynne Spears, singer Britney Spears' mother

We Should Do This More Often

by Lorilee Craker

Because 18 Years Is a Long Time to WaitIn a recent poll taken by Parents magazine, 87 percent of moms admitted they don't make love as often as they did before having kids, while one-third confessed their love life has taken a "major nosedive." Experts say a whopping majority of moms suffer from low libido, and many of the reasons aren't biological. So how can you get your mojo back and start to love making love again? Get the scoop on these and other extremely hot-and often hilarious-topics, including:* Timing that works for everyone (we're not talking the next decade)* Keeping the ankle biters in their beds when you desperately need them out of yours * Why you need to make the effort (if not for your marriage, at least for your sanity)* Reclaiming your sexual self (she's not gone forever, but is probably sleeping every chance she gets)Lorilee Craker explores the factors that put a dent in your "lust life" and offers plenty of fun ideas for stoking the home fires again. Don't miss Lorilee's own "Tales from the Love Shack," dish from other real-life moms, and insights from professionals to help you get in touch with your inner "Red Hot Mama." Who knew that rediscovering romance, passion, and closeness with your husband was possible-or could be so much fun?From the Trade Paperback edition.

When the Belly Button Pops, the Baby's Done

by Lorilee Craker

"This is your brain...This is your brain on progesterone!" Have the hormones of pregnancy pushed you slightly over the edge? Here's permission to give in and have a few belly laughs as a mother of two and a panel of experienced moms revel in the humorous side of pregnancy. This warm and funny month-by-month guide contains serious wisdom for pregnant moms looking to have a joyful pregnancy. Reassuring and helpful for both body and soul, Lorilee and her Pregnant Pals address the whole mother-as only good friends can-with sidebars, checklists, quotables, and down-to-earth help such as: ·Tips on conquering nausea, narcolepsy, and general nuttiness ·How to panic-proof your pregnancy ·Good food and good exercise for great pregnant bods ·Chic, no-tents-allowed fashion tips ·Survival strategies for labor day Serving up spiritual encouragement for the whole nine months, this is the essential pregnancy book for Christian moms!From the Trade Paperback edition.

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