Mary’s Books

Mary Ostyn is the author of FAMILY FEASTS FOR $75 A WEEK, FOREVER MOM: WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE ADOPTING and A SANE WOMAN’S GUIDE TO RAISING A LARGE FAMILY.

Family FeastsFAMILY FEASTS FOR $75 A WEEK

Whether you ‘re overhauling your entire budget or just trying to save a little here and there, making a dent in your grocery bill may seem challenging in today ‘s market. A typical supermarket trip can easily cost a minimum of $100, and if you ‘re feeding an average family or larger, that number can soar even higher. What ‘s a mom on a budget to do?

Family Feasts for $75 a Week to the rescue! Written by blogger mom and penny-pincher extraordinaire Mary Ostyn, who prepares three meals a day for her family of 12 for $800 to $900 a month, this book is stuffed to the gills with Mary’s expert, in-the-trenches tips on savvy food shopping, plus 200 delicious recipes for homecooked meals that make the most of economical ingredients.

Selected by Good Morning America as one of the best cookbooks of 2009, Family Feasts for $75 a Week offers real-world advice teaches real-world families how to save in more ways than one.

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FOREVER MOM: WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE ADOPTING
What to do when you’ve been called to adopt and practical advice to make it work

Mary Ostyn and her husband adopted two boys from Korea and four girls from Ethiopia. In this book she reveals how to:

build heart connections
prepare your other children for new siblings
help babies, toddlers, and older children settle in
implement attachment parenting
address misbehavior while remaining connected
nurture your marriage in the midst of it all

Whether you’re the parent of an adopted child or interested in pursuing adoption, Ostyn’s warm advice and fresh perspective will inspire, inform, and affirm. You’ll walk away confident you will be the perfect mom for whatever child God brings into your life.

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SaneWomanA SANE WOMAN’S GUIDE TO RAISING A LARGE FAMILY is written from the practical, experienced perspective of a mother of ten and answers the kinds of questions every mom of more than one wonders about:

  • Can a mother really do a good job meeting the needs of multiple children?
  • Can a moderate income stretch to include more children?
  • How can you make space in your home work for you?
  • How can you win over Mount Laundry?
  • Can you still find time for yourself and your marriage?
  • How can you manage multiple children and their activities?

Includes tips on organization, helping kids succeed in school, affordable vacations, and large-family economics.

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