Welcome! My name is Glenda Embree. I am a Christian wife and mom, saved by grace and blessed to know Jesus Christ as my Savior. David and I have been married 30 years and have five children, ages 12, 17, 21, 27, & 29. Three beautiful grandkids (with one more on the way!) and two fantastic son-in-laws round out our family. I am a twenty-three-year homeschool veteran with a passion for family, abundant living on a limited income and cooking, baking and recipes. In October 2009, I married those passions with a love of writing, and launched Busy-at-Home, a blog for busy wives and moms. I hope you’ll always feel welcome here and that you will find resources, tools and ideas that help make the job you do at home more fun, efficient and simple. Busy-at-Home includes recipes, homemade household cleaners, homemade health and beauty products, cake decorating tips and ideas, freezer cooking tutorials and recipes, homeschooling experiences, plus a smattering of DIY projects, my gardening escapades and so much more. Reviews & giveaways of products relevant to busy moms and their families are regular features. Grab an iced tea and take some time to explore. I’m so glad you’re here!
My credentials as a homeschool mom do not include any formal degrees. I did attend the University of Nebraska for three years, studying elementary education, back in the early ’80′s and became so frustrated with the direction of the American educational system, even then, that I elected not to complete the program. Our oldest daughter started Kindergarten at a Christian school in 1989 and when the creativity, fire for learning and curiosity had been completely crushed out of her by the first few weeks of first grade, we brought her home and have never looked back. The grace and blessing of the Lord leading us to that decision, even though at that time we were not believers, have been multiplied many times over in the last twenty years. I continue to marvel at His protection and blessing as we were walking our own path, at that time, instead of His. Twenty years later, we are, of course, saved by His grace and can look back with great humility and amazement at His careful engineering of our progress.
I owned and operated a Christian homeschool curriculum business for seven years, between 1998 and 2005. I reviewed thousands of curricula and Christian educational resources in those years, and have experience with a wide array of titles. When their health necessitated moving my husbands parents to Nebraska, I continued to operate our business, homeschool our children and provide any daily care the folks might need. When their health became acutely critical, one year later, I could no longer keep up the business and provide the level of care that they needed and we closed our business doors. There are days when I certainly do miss the business, but I believe what I miss more is you, the people; and the service I can provide with the experience and knowledge I have gained over the last twenty years. That, and so much more, is what I hope this website will be about. I also LOVE cooking and “fine-tuning” recipes, plus I love a bargain and finding ways to trim the family budget. I want to share that with you, too.
I like to write and I enjoy meeting new people. My hope is that this blog will provide a meeting-place of sorts, where we can exchange ideas and knowledge that make life as wives, moms and homeschoolers a little simpler and a lot more fun. My goal is to encourage you, in every aspect of being a wife and mom, from saving money and raising your family and homeschooling, to sharing recipes and kitchen shortcuts to make life easier. I love to garden, and while I am still a novice, am totally sold on the square-foot gardening method. I hope to share everything I learn about that along the way, too. Over time, I want this website to be a one-stop information guide for the things that matter to all of us – living abundantly on a frugal budget, loving our families and our God and ways to make our job at home enjoyable, productive and interesting. I hope you will find much to encourage you here.
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I will also be sharing product reviews. The views and opinions expressed when I write a review are wholly my own. The product is provided to me at no cost, so that I may review it. You can always have the confidence that what you read are my honest and true opinions whether favorable or unfavorable, and unless otherwise stated, I have not received monetary compensation for writing the review. I do occasionally accept paid promotional posts for a product, if it is one I have personally used; and that it is a paid post will be clearly stated on the page. Payment for a post will in no way alter my commitment to give honest and true opinions of a product. My highest concern with this blog is your ability to rely on the information you receive here and trust the integrity and honesty with which I write it.
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Finally, I do accept paid advertising to help offset the costs of this website and earn income for my family. Again, any advertising will meet my personal standards before being accepted. That means it needs to be relevant to families and fit well with our theme, here at Busy-at-Home. I reserve the right to accept or reject any and all advertising.
Most important to me is your confidence in my integrity and I will not accept advertising or affiliate with links that compromise that. You can always trust that views and opinions expressed here are honest and wholly my own.
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This disclosure was last updated February 18, 2014.