Are You a Frazzled Mom? 10 Tools to Help!

10 Tools to Help Frazzled Moms


Frazzled.  That is one word that I use to describe myself a little too often.  My house is in constant need of attention.  My kids are in constant need of attention and my dog….well, he needs attention, too, but that’s the kids’ job.  :)  My website/business really needs some attention and my man needs plenty of attention, too.  :)  There’s only one of me though and I’m in need of attention.  (aka, I need to lose weight and get healthier).  Sometimes my brain just wants to shut down and be selfish.  That doesn’t work too well though when you’re the mom of 7 and you have all of these responsibilities that you signed up for!


A little while ago, I did a survey of my Facebook page readers, asking what their biggest challenges as women and mothers are.  Do you know what they said?  It’s losing weight, getting organized/decluttered and having enough time & money to do the things we enjoy.  I must admit, I find each of those things to be a struggle, too.  If I get overwhelmed, I’m good at shutting down and not getting the things I need to do done.  I’ve been threatening to schedule out every 15 minute block of time that my kids and I have  to help us be more productive, but I’m not sure that I would stick with it.  My brain is not that type, if you know what I mean.  :)  I truly wish it were though!


Because I’m not the type of person who can do a really scheduled out life, I’ve had to modify the ways I do things to make my life easier.  I make systems.  Sometimes I use them, sometimes I forget (did I mention how very forgetful I am?), but when my systems are running smoothly, I feel like I can conquer the world!  Take, for instance, my crockpot freezer meals.  When I have a weekly meal plan in place, my life feels like it’s on autopilot.  When I’m not using them, I’m going to the grocery store nearly every night.


10 Tools to Help Frazzled Moms


10 Tools to Help Your Life Run More Smoothly!

Yesterday, I shared about the homemaking bundle and how you get all of my Freezer to Slow Cooker ebooks for free if you purchase it (that’s a $31 gift to you, just for being a reader!).  Today, I thought I’d share exactly how that bundle can help us frazzled moms out.

5 Helpful Books From the Homemaking Bundle That I’ve Read:


Here’s 5 of the books from the homemaking bundle that I actually own and love.  My favorite is the first one…but I love the others as well!


  1. Drowning in Clutter? Don’t Grab a Floatie…Drain the Ocean - This book was written by my friend Dana of A Slob Comes Clean.  She used to be a messy person with too much stuff (much like me, I’m afraid), but taught herself how to part with all of her clutter.  When I need a dose of motivation on how to get rid of all this junk I’ve accumulated, I definitely turn to this book!  She motivates you like nobody’s business!  She has completely transformed her home and she’s not afraid to show you just how bad it had gotten.  
  2. How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) – As a blogger, this book has been amazing!  I’ve been slowly building my business as a blogger and found this book very motivating and helpful.  If you’ve ever considered starting your own website, even if it’s just a hobby, you may want to consider reading this one.  It’s a gem!  She will explain the different methods of making money as a blogger and exactly what steps you need to take and in what order.  You would be amazed at just how complicated being a blog owner can be.  This book demystifies it for you!  
  3. DIY Breakfast Station – My friend Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed has a unique idea here!  She puts together a breakfast meal plan and makes packets/freezer bags, etc. full of breakfasts where her kids can grab what they need and go.  She gives you her complete plan along with recipes in an ebook!  It’s pretty cool!  Breakfast is the one meal I refuse to cook and this is one way to make it a little more interesting than cereal, fruit and toast.
  4. Paperless Home Organization – In this amazing ebook, Mystie Winckler has showed you how to free your life of all the paper!  She gives you systems, using tools like Evernote and she even teaches you how to use them.  This is such a helpful book to get you onto the path of organization in your home!  Paper seems to overtake the world, but this is one way to get it under control1
  5. That Works for Me: Tried and True Tips from Works for Me Wednesday - It’s been a while since I’ve looked through this book, but one of my tips was featured in this book!  It was the one on how to clean out your dishwasher (taking it apart and everything!).  It was a very popular post, but the book was even better!  So many amazing tips from moms just like you and me.  This one is a true gem!!  You will be amazed at what you can learn!  


5 Books I Can’t Wait to Read


The bundle has so many books and e-courses that I haven’t seen before, but so many of them look amazingly helpful to the discouraged homemaker!  Here’s the 5 that I can’t wait to read and think that I’ll take on my next trip with me…. (but first I must fix my broken phone screen, yet another thing for this frazzled mom to do!)


  1. On the Road to Joyful Motherhood Find yourself struggling or grumbling as you go through your day as a MOM?…
  2. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Teaching Character - Inside you can find tons of spiritual and practical help, as well as printable Scripture character cards for daily encouragement and to pray over your children…
  3. Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts - If you enjoy dessert – and who doesn’t? – but don’t want to use junky ingredients, Treat Yourself is for you.  
  4. How to Save Money:  A 21-Day Challenge To Save $500/Month -   taking twenty-one days to make some drastic, but realistic changes in order to save at least $500 each month…
  5. How Do I Get It All Done?…and Still Have Time to Enjoy It? - Some days will be tougher than others, but with a few strategies, systems…


If you’d like the chance to buy this bundle, be sure to read about it here.  It will give you a list of the rest of the books, printables and e-courses in the bundle (99 of them!)  In addition, you’ll get my 10 Freezer to Slow Cooker Cookbooks for free!  (This is a gift, just for Sidetracked Sarah readers who purchase the bundle using my link.  You’ll need to fill out the form on this page to let me know that you’ve bought it.  And, the free gift from me is worth a $31.90 value!)  Now that’s a deal!  Hurry though, this bundle is not available for very long!  


About my Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal Plans:

I have developed 9 weeks of meals that you prepare a week at a time and pop into the slow cooker for an easy meal!  When I have a week or two made up in advance, I am so happy with how productive I can be! I don’t know about you, but when I’m in frazzled mode, meal time is one of the more stressful parts of my day.  The last thing I’ll want to do is think about what we’re eating. 


Speaking of deals…. don’t forget to get the pack of Huggies Diapers from TopCashBack.  Today is the last day!  You pay $18.97 plus shipping (unless you can get the site to store shipping to work) and you’ll get $21 back as a rebate.  I’ve used this company before….and it works!  .

Homemaking Bundle + Free $31 Gift for Sidetracked Sarah Readers!

Dear Homemaker,

(be sure to read to the end, for special offer for Sidetracked Sarah readers!)


Are the inmates running the asylum?


I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.


When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.


I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.


I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:


  • a school,
  • a playground,
  • a refuge,
  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,
  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and
  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.


And then real life happened…

…laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and the stain that won’t come out of my son’s favorite shirt… holiday stress, and teaching my daughter to read (and master long division)… a husband who works long hours, a kid with the sniffles, stomach aches and a fever… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home.


And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.


I can’t wait to tell you all about it!


To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…


… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.


It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.


What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.


Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family


… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.




Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?


Let me ask you a question.


Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?


Of course not!


Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”


But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.


Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?


So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.


Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?


In a word… yes!


To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.


They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.


And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…


The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!


For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs


…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)


That breaks down to 30 cents per book.


Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee


If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.


Don’t Forget the Bonuses…


Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.


  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)


One More BONUS for Sidetracked Sarah Readers ONLY!

Freezer to Slow Cooker Blank Week

If you purchase this bundle using my link, I will personally email you all 9 of my weekly menus, as well as my $250 One Month Walmart menu for FREE!  That is a $31.90 value!  This exceeds the value of the homemaking bundle itself!


Now It’s Your Turn


The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.


This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.


But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.


After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.


Act now!


Click here for more info or to buy now.



After you’ve made your purchase, come back here and enter your first and last name, as well as the email address you’d like for me to send your bundle to.  Once I check the list and show that you completed an order for the homemaking bundle, I will email you your extra products!  Just go to this form here.  I will check my list each night of the sale and email them out to all purchasers once per day.

Best wishes and happy homemaking!


Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.



Talking with My Daughter’s About Doing Hard Things + Giveaway!

This conversation is sponsored by GoldieBlox.  Please read to the end for a chance to win an amazing toy set for girls!  


GoldieBlox Giveaway


When you read the things that I write, do you assume that I live in a perfect little world, as I share with you all the perfect little things that I do?  Ha.  Well, maybe you don’t really think that, knowing that I’m sidetracked and all, but … as bloggers, we can give the appearance that we are better than we really are, because we like to show you the good stuff.  We often don’t sit around and tell you about what a rotten job we’re doing in certain areas of life.  We especially don’t let you see the backgrounds of our messiest rooms in our pictures, if we can at all help it.  Nobody really likes to dwell on their own negative qualities now, do they?


Even though I’m typically an optimistic person, sometimes I feel like such a failure of a mother and wife.  Here’s some thoughts that are often going through my head….


  • Why can’t you be thin like ___________?
  • If you would actually stick to a weight loss program for longer than 2 months, you’d be thin by now!
  • Why can’t you be more organized like _____________?
  • If I were a better mom, my kids would be clean right now.
  • I bet all of my friend’s have already gotten dinner on the table and I’m just now trying to figure out what to have.  I’m such a bad mom and wife.
  • If I were a better blogger, my site would be in better order, I’d have more consistent content and I’d have a million pageviews like ________.
  • My kids would be happier if we did all those cool science experiments like __________.
  • Everyone will love you more if you’re ______________ (thinner/more organized/awesome/fill in the blank).
  • You’ve been trying to lose weight for so long, nobody believes you ever will.  (Ouch)


Are you hard on yourself, like I am?  It’s not an all the time thing, but sometimes those thoughts start creeping in and, suddenly they start taking over, making you feel miserable!  In fact, my biggest failure mindset lately has been about losing weight.  Even though I’ve done well, I tend to fall back into old habits when I reach a certain timeframe and I have really struggled with if it’s really worth the effort to lose the weight.  I know in my mind that it is, but I have a hard time implementing it with my actions….making me feel even more like a failure.  It’s like I’m going round and round with myself.


I have 5 daughters and we’ve been talking about doing hard things.   I want my daughters to know that they can do most anything they put their mind to.  While I want them to be feminine and lady like, they can also be strong and confident.  In order to be strong and confident, they must embrace some basic principles.  Like…..


1.  Stop Comparing Yourself to Others!

If you look up at my list, you’ll notice that most of the things I’m hard on myself for are because I’m comparing myself to others.  Comparison is such a bad thing to get wrapped up in, if you are doing it in a negative way.  Who cares how clean, organized, fun, skinny or whatever else anyone is.  Who cares if I don’t do things like my next door neighbor.  I am not my next door neighbor!  Each of us has a unique way we handle situations, and that is based on all of our experiences in life so far.  So, please, ladies, don’t compare yourself or your children to anyone else.  Lets teach our children, that it’s OK to be unique.  Imagine how boring life would be if we were all exactly the same.  There would be no spontaneity at all!


2.  Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

One of the ways that we help instill confidence into our daughters is by making them do things that they may think are too hard.  Things that they wouldn’t normally tackle on their own.  We have been known to have them mowing the lawn and painting right alongside us at an early age, just to instill that confidence that they can do this, even if it seems hard.  I grew up believing I could do anything and I want my daughter’s, and all of my children to think in the same way.  There’s no need to be inhibited by self doubt.



Last week, we received a neat little toy set in the mail called GoldieBlox.  It is a building set for girls, where you can build many different architectural type designs…one of which is a zip line that a cute little doll named Goldie can ride down.  I was heading for the store and my girls were dying to get into the box, but weren’t sure they wanted to tackle it without mom by their side.  There were lots of pieces that they weren’t sure what to do with.  I assured them that they’d be OK and to just give it a try and see what they think.  Not only did they figure it out, but they had a ball doing it.  (It’s fun when you’re not afraid to try hard things!)


Later they decided to take it outside to the playhouse where they could tie the zip line at a much larger angle and send their unsuspecting doll crashing gliding down the zip line.  Here they are, getting ready to launch her:

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They were so proud of themselves for figuring this out without my help!  I was proud of them, too!


3.  If You Fail, Dust Yourself Off and Try Again


If you fail, do you just quit?  Do you say never again?  Do you know how many times I’ve failed at losing weight?  Can you imagine how much larger I’d be if I never tried again?  While I have not ever met my long term goal, I have not all out failed either.  I have hit bumps in the road.  Life happens.  Habits and happenings get in the way of the best laid out plans, but all that means is that you must continue trying.  Don’t roll over and play dead.  If we quit trying, we teach our kids that it’s OK to give up.  We must not go there with them.  I want my daughters to know what to do when they hit those bumps in the road.  It’s OK to cry for a short time, but it can’t last long, because there’s work to be done!  Wallowing in self pity simply is not allowed.  Nobody conquers the world while they’re feeling sorry for themselves!


We must never let fear of failure stop us from trying!

Do you know how many times famous inventors have failed before they found the winning idea?  Thomas Edison is famous for a quote that says,

I have not failed, I have just found 1000 ways that won’t work.  


Let me encourage you to embrace the habit of trying hard things.  Let’s teach our daughters that it’s OK to fail as long as we learn from those failures.  Failure can lead to innovation!


Are you interested in learning more about GoldieBlox?



We received this kit in the mail and had a ball putting things together.


GoldieBlox - Excited


My girls’ favorite was making the zip line, but then went on to build a dog house, by following the carefully laid out instructions in the spiral bound instruction book.




They will be building more and more as time goes on.  I was so impressed with how they made their instruction book spiral bound.  It will be so much harder to lose those instructions full of ideas of what they can build now!    Of course, they can always explore on their own and come up with their own creations, too!  You can get 20% off of any purchase for GoldieBlox toys by using this discount code before April 5th:





GoldieBlox Action Figure

GoldieBlox Builder's Kit

If you’d like to be entered into a giveaway for a Goldie Action Figure and Builder’s Kit, please leave a comment below sharing about a time that you failed and bounced back.