This week, spend $5 on something that matters

by Mandi

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.

One of the greatest privileges with this gig as a blogger is the opportunity to make a serious difference in people’s lives. Mandi from Life Your Way recently told me that earlier this month, a friend of hers lost her husband after a sudden, unexpected illness.

Jenny is a stay-at-home mom to five kids between 9 months and 11 years old, and is suddenly facing the task of meeting not only the emotional, physical and educational needs of her kids, but their financial needs as well.

Mandi reached out to a group of bloggers to put together a one-time ebook bundle as part of a benefit sale for the Barlow family. I’m happy to contribute One Bite at a Time to the bundle, and this week, I’m asking YOU to make a tangible difference in Jenny’s life.

For three days only, pick up the following collection of e-books—worth more than $50—for just five bucks. 100 percent of your purchase will go directly to Jenny and her kids. (Or if you’d rather donate directly to this precious family and skip the e-books, you can do that here as well.)

Head here to purchase your ebook bundle.

You’ll receive the following collection of ebooks and printables:

Update: Thank you so much for your interest in the Barlow Family Benefit! At this time, the sale has ended. Thanks to your help in getting the word out, we sold 5,619 bundles and raised more than $26,000 for the Barlow family (not including direct donations)! My heart is full for the gift you’ve all given Jenny and her kids as they walk this difficult road. Thank you! If you’d still like to donate directly, click here.

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  1. Love this idea, what a simple yet effective way to make a difference in someones life. Going to place this deal on Facebook and pin it to Pinterest (oh and also buy it too!).

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    Robin from Frugal Family Times says:

    Thanks to all of your for doing such a beautiful thing for this family. I bought the bundle and will be sharing this everywhere possible.

  3. Is there any other way to contribute? I already have all of the books listed but would love to give in another way.

  4. What a thoughtful way to make a difference! I hope you all raise a lot of money to help this mama and her kiddos. So sorry for their loss.

  5. Thank you for your contributions to this effort. i just bought the e-book bundle.

  6. Done – bought mine & posted on FB. Happy to help.

  7. What a wonderful idea. I purchased the bundle. I love to hear about cyber ‘families’ efforts like this. Let us know how the numbers come in. The cyber community never ceases to amaze me… Thanks.

  8. Thanks to Mandi and all the other bloggers for making such a contribution. Will be tweeting and posting this one.

  9. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to this family. I just purchased the bundle and will be sharing on my FB page as well.

  10. Just shared it on all three of my blog’s Facebook pages.

  11. Ordered! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to really help someone!

  12. What a great idea! Best wishes from Germany to Jenny and her children!

  13. Thank you for the opportunity to bless this family… will keep them in prayer as well!

  14. I’m so sorry for their loss. This is such a thoughtful way to help out; I hope I can help make a difference…I made my purchase.

  15. I tried to buy these but the website wouldn’t take my credit card. It’s a Visa, which I use regularly. Has anyone else had this problem? Or should I contact my bank?

    • Hi Amy! Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon problem, and it seems like there are a million possible reasons listed in the Paypal forum. You may want to check with your bank just to be safe, but unfortunately I don’t have any other suggestions other than to use a different card. I just tested a debit card, so I know some at least will go through.

      I’m sorry to not be more help!

  16. I just purchased the bundle, but I think I missed something because I’m not sure what I do to actually get them now. Yikes. Can you help? Do they get emailed to me?

    That aside, I am very, very sorry for their loss. I can’t imagine what they are going through.

  17. What a wonderful way to give back to a family in need. Please keep us posted on how many people contributed. My thoughts are with the Barlow family during this difficult time.

  18. Praise God for author platforms that help others in need. I’m honored to participate.

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    Conni Czarnecki says:

    Wow – I just found your blog the other day and subscribed to your updates. This was the first email I received. What a wonderful thing you are doing!!! I just made my purchase and I’m glad I can do something for this family. Thank you for spreading the word, hoping things will be a little easier on the Barlow Family.

  20. This is an amazing idea! Prayers go out to their family, I can not even imagine the pain and sadness they are going through! Thanks for the opportunity to help out. I am going to post this on my blog / facebook just to get it out there.

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    Laura Amann says:

    Blessings and prayers to the Barlow family.
    So wonderful that all of you are coming together for them. The books will be even more meaningful to me.
    What an amazing community of bloggers!

  22. Just bought my bundle… excited to have all of these ebooks, but moreso thrilled to be able to bless the Barlow family. I’m interested in purchasing a few more bundles as gifts for friends (and in doing so, be able to contribute even more to the benefit). What do you think would be the best way to do this? Buy the bundle and then forward to the gift recipient the email with the download link? Will the link ever expire if not used in the immediate future (ie. if I waited a month or two to actually “give the gift”)? Sorry for so many questions! Just thought this would be a beautiful thing to gift to some soon-to-be mommies in my life.

  23. Thank you so much for sharing this story and this way of helping out a family in need. I’ve tweeted about it and written a blog post about it…hopefully that generates a few more donations!

  24. A worthwhile $5. Thanks a lot.

  25. Hi!
    I’m thrilled to contribute with my grain of sand, but I’d like to ask this question: Will there be shipping fees? It’s that I am in Portugal, so…
    Thank you for this wonderful idea. I’ve shared it on Facebook.

  26. thank you for giving us a way to help this precious family, I do truly know how much this will mean to them at this incredibly sad time

  27. I’m oldschool, can I buy these in printed version and have them mailed? I would love to support her and am inspired by all of these books :) Thanks a lot, I like having paper books to write on and have on hand…!

  28. I friend of hers lost her husband after a sudden, unexpected illness.

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