What you need to know about the In the Kitchen category of products in the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
As I mentioned in my own meal planning tips post, we all need to eat. And so it was with great interest that I dove into the final category of products I’m reviewing from the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for all of you.
Although I’m pretty happy with the current state of my meal planning, I’m always open to anything that can make my processes easier and/or more streamlined. And the products in this year’s In the Kitchen category will, I believe, do just that.
Want to see if these could be a good fit for you? Jump into my 100% honest reviews of the products below!
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Products Available in the In the Kitchen Category of the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
Anchored Women Meal Planner: a Simplified System
Baking Supplies Pantry Labels: For a Beautifully Organized Kitchen
Fabulously Festive Meal Planning and Food Storage Printable Pack
*Meal Plan Makeover: Transform Your Meal Plans to Save You Time and Money
Old Fashioned Recipe Binder Pages
The Humbled Homemaker’s Meal Planning Printables Bundle
Ultimate Baking Bootcamp
*Note: this product is a live workshop that will be offered May 11 and 13. Since it’s live, it wasn’t available to me in advance, so I’m not able to review it. I do offer, below, a detailed description of the workshop provided by its creator.
Anchored Women Meal Planner: a Simplified System: eBook, video & how-tos by Kayse Pratt
Description: This is a unique meal planning system that will help you simplify the meal planning process, save time by creating a thematic monthly meal plan, save money by planning based on what you already have, and cultivate a family-loved collection of favorite meals to make meal planning a snap.
The eBook is hosted in a course-type portal that offers a video, printing directions and binding resources, the actual planner PDF file, and then a selection of recipe resources.
I loved the video! It’s a walk through of the meal planner itself that explains how to use it and get the most out of it. This was my favorite thing about the planner being hosted in this portal, is that you have the chance to see this video and understand how the planner works.
The planner itself looks like a great resource. It’s divided into parts by active meal planning, favorites lists, lots of great resources and references, and shopping lists.
I also appreciate that the planner is undated. That means you can print out a clean copy every year, and you don’t need to buy a new copy.
The printing instructions are fantastic, especially for folks who aren’t used to printing out planners at home. I also appreciated that you get binding options.
I’ll be honest, though. My favorite thing about this product is that you have the opportunity to try out Kayse’s Anchored Life Kit, which is a sort of membership program, for a $1 one-month trial. (The Kit is normally $15 a month.)
For $1, I couldn’t resist trying it just to see what it was all about.
When I got into this portal, my jaw DROPPED.
It, too, has a video to explain what it’s all about, and man, this thing is LOADED with awesomeness.
Here are just a few of the things the Anchored Life Kit offers.
There are two sets of resources: one that changes with the seasons, and one that changes every month. My portal, for instance, currently has the springtime seasonal resources, the April resources, and the May resources.
You’ll get meal plan options plus shopping lists; suggested book lists (these revolve around a theme, which changes every month); a Connection Guide that offers suggestions for connecting with your family, friends, and community at large; a Self-Care Guide; budgeting resources; Bible studies; and decluttering guides.
There are also bonuses (I’m not sure if these change every month); mine currently include a Stop Settling for Overwhelmed course, a Time Blocking Workbook, and a video on setting up your phone to limit distractions, among others.
For me, the Anchored Women Meal Planner and the one month’s worth of the Anchored Life Kit are easily enough to justify the $29.97!
I’m eagerly anticipating a little bit of free time so I can dive into the Anchored Life Kit and check out all the resources! I’ll let you know if I decide to stay with it after my $1 trial ends.
Baking Supplies Pantry Labels for a Beautifully Organized Kitchen: Printable PDF by Susan Santoro
Description: Five different styles of labels in three different colors and one 2-color combination allow you to beautifully organize your baking supplies.
We’re going from the most complex and comprehensive product in this category to the simplest; however, this was also one of the products I was most excited about, and for good reason.
They are beautiful! And I love all the different styles of labels. I’m going to have fun deciding which is my favorite and which will be the go-to in my kitchen, for sure.
I also like that many of the styles have several blank labels, in case you want to label a product that isn’t listed in the labels.
The only thing I really didn’t like about this set of labels? Many of them are for items that I would ordinarily keep in their original packaging. These include things like corn meal, cocoa powder, baking soda, and so on.
However, the labels are so pretty that I would absolutely start keeping them in clear or even colored containers just for that purpose. I wish that the creator had offered recommendations for such containers! I mean, I’m sure I can find them myself, but this would have saved me a little time.
Having said that, I do love the labels, and I can’t wait to print some out and use them in my baking cabinet!
Fabulously Festive Meal Planning & Storage Pack: Printable PDF by Susan Nelson
Description: With this printable pack, you’ll have all the tools you need to breeze through planning, shopping, and preparing for a perfect holiday meal with those you love.
Out of all the meal planning resources in the bundle, this one is my favorite just in terms of aesthetics. It’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s so fun and colorful that it makes me want to use it.
I love the holiday cooking plans; the storage, thawing, and reheating information; and the shopping tips and lists for holiday meals.
This is a delightful resource for holiday meal planning!
Meal Plan Makeover: Transform Meal Plans, Save Time and Money: Live Workshop by Jessica Fisher
Description: Great meals don’t have to be complicated or expensive. There’s a better way — and it won’t take all afternoon. Make over your meal plans in this live workshop, designed to help you make tasty meals on a budget.
With a printable workbook and a live video coaching call, Jessica Fisher wants to help you transform your dinnertimes. She’s fed 6 children on a budget, paying down debt and eventually living debt-free, and she can teach you how to pull it off without freaking out, no matter the size of your table — or your bank account.
My own explanation: Registration for this workshop takes place during the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale, and you’ll be able to submit your questions for her to answer during the workshop.
You’ll also have the opportunity to choose between two live workshop dates: Saturday, May 11 and Monday, May 13. If for some reason you aren’t able to watch live, you’ll receive a video replay via email.
Though I can’t tell you much about it since I haven’t seen it, I’m very much looking forward to it!
Old Fashioned Recipe Binder Pages: Printable PDF by Merissa Alink
Description: These lovely downloadable binder pages were created so that you could create an easy-to-use, easy-to-organize place to store your recipes and other important food info.
“Old Fashioned” is quite accurate, and I mean that in the best possible way. The vintage aesthetic of these pages is strong from the cover onward!
In addition to the beautiful recipe card-like pages, I love the resources like substitutions, preservation information, freezing guide, and bonus spice blend recipes.
The only thing I really didn’t like about this collection is that sometimes the “old-fashioned” heading font can make things a little difficult to read.
This is, however, an absolutely perfect recipe book for someone with vintage tastes who just wants somewhere pretty to write down their favorite recipes. Simple, clean, and gorgeous.
Humbled Homemaker’s Meal Planning Printables Bundle: Set of Printable PDFs by Erin Odom
Description: In a meal-planning rut? Erin at the Humbled Homemaker has you covered. This bundle comes with a beautifully-designed two-week ALDI Meal Plan, including the plan, recipes, and shopping list!
This is rather simple. This bundle includes a list of recipes, a plan for using the recipes, and shopping lists. Having said that, the recipes look absolutely delicious. And I’m a huge fan of Aldi, so I love that you can get everything you need there!
I should add that this bundle also has a 7-day gluten-free meal plan, also using groceries from Aldi, so that’s helpful too.
Oh, and this bundle also gives you a space to write down your own meal plan, which can incorporate Erin’s recipes if you so wish!
Ultimate Baking Bootcamp: eCourse by Heather Perine
Description: If you think baking is too difficult, or you don’t have the skills or confidence to bake, then friend, you are in the right place. What you need are the tips, tricks, and techniques to start baking with confidence.
This, my friends, is a COURSE with a capital C. And I mean that in the best. Possible. Way.
Now, full disclosure: I love to bake. Even so, when I was looking through the first two modules of this course, I started to learn new things right away! (The first module is basically an “introduction to baking,” offering baking tips, terms, equipment, and so on. The second is on the “blending method” of baking.)
This course thoroughly covers 6 different baking methods (including the “blending method” I just mentioned, which I overviewed quickly because it’s the easiest). It also offers 2 bonus modules: pie baking and cake frosting.
Each module is designed to take a week, so you could easily spend 6 weeks learning how to bake yummy desserts. (And honestly, I’m thinking that over the summer I will be doing exactly that!)
When I said this is a COURSE with a capital C, I mean to be sure you know that this is not a quick trip through a video and then you’re done. This is something you’ll want to spend concentrated time on every week. But the rewards will absolutely be worth it!
The only nitpick I have — and this is truly a nitpick, but I’m being honest, here! — is that Heather doesn’t use commas as often as she should. Sorry, Heather!
But most of this is video content, so that doesn’t really matter!
Of all the products in this category, this one and the Anchored Meal Planner & Life Kit are the ones I’m most excited to dive into. Each of them alone is worth at least $29.97, in my opinion!
The fact that all of these products together are $29.97 is absolutely insane to me. And the fact that you get two more awesome categories to go along with them — AND a whole lot more categories!? My gosh! I feel like paying Ultimate Bundles $29.97 for all this is almost robbing them.
I hope these three reviews have helped you decide whether you’d like to try a bundle for yourself. And don’t forget: Ultimate Bundles offers a 30-day happiness guarantee, so if you decide it’s not for you, you can always request a refund within 30 days of purchase.
But don’t wait too long to try it out, because after May 6, the sale will close!
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