Money Making Mom | Book Review

Crystal Paine’s brand new book, Money Making Mom is definitely going on my list of favorite reads of 2015!

If you don’t know who Crystal Paine is, you need to check out her work. She is a blogger at and one of my favorite parts of her awesome platform is her Morning Motivation show on Periscope which is fantastic. She’s the author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and this, her latest book, Money Saving Mom just came out last week and, while my book buying budget is really tight these days, I’m sooooooooo glad I preordered this one! 

Money Making Mom Book

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Money Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine

Rating: 5.0 – 5.0

My Thoughts: Okay, I’m not a mom but I’ve had the entrepreneurial bug since I was a child and wanted to set up a lemonade stand. I never did but I did have a business selling hand-stamped and embossed greeting cards. I also spent hours pouring over one of my all-time favorite books, Moneymakers: Good Cents for Girls from the American Girl Library. I was constantly flipping through it, dreaming up ways to make my own cash. 

Money Makers American Girl
Anyone remember this book from the ’90s?

Money Making Mom is to my adult life what Moneymakers was to my childhood. That entrepreneurial desire has only increased with age and Crystal Paine perfectly outlines the steps you need to take to start a business and travel the road to financial freedom. She talks about her own experience and the shares stories of other women who have started business of her own. The book is clear, concise and full of inspiration and practical tips and tools you can use no matter what your situation is. 

But Crystal’s message extends far beyond just making a living (which is, of course, extremely important!) because the tagline says “earn more and make a difference“. She talks about the importance of living generously and using financial freedom as a means by which we can give to those around us. It’s what she and her family have done in their life and it’s what she’s passionate about teaching others. This is something that resonated with me because as I make plans for my own future, one of my biggest desires is to have enough time and money to invest in others. And that takes intentionality and hard work! 

This book isn’t about getting rich quick, it’s a practical look at a mindset, establishing goals, putting in the hard work, cultivating a lifestyle, and experiencing the satisfaction of making a living at what you love. It’s worth every penny and I recommend it to anyone who would like to escape the 9-5 and start a business. CHECK IT OUT!


November Reading

I love reading in the fall! Favorite pastime during my favorite season :). 

At the beginning of the year, I set out to read 100 books by December 31st. I realized by about July but have been in denial until October that 100 books isn’t going to happen so I’m cutting it down to 50 — a goal I should have no trouble meeting. I mentioned in another blog post that I was going to quit book blogging at Unscripted and move everything over here but I’ve decided against it. I’ll keep my site up and do book reviews on that site and do everything else on this site. It may work, it may not, I’ll just have to try it out and see what happens! In the mean time, I’m going to list my monthly reads at the beginning of each month and then a follow up post at the end of the month. Here’s what I’m currently reading and planning to read in November.




Money Making Mom – I started reading it the day it came in the mail last week and I’m a couple chapters away from the finish. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Crystal Paine is so awesome and I just love all the great wisdom and information she offers in this read. 

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions – I’ve already read both The Best Yes and What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa Terkeust so when Proverbs 31 Ministries announced that the next online Bible study book was going to be Unglued, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I love Terkeurst’s honesty and transparency and so far, the book is a great read!

Dating With Pure Passion – I got this book shortly after the BF and I started dating last year and have yet to read it! So I’m determined to get through it this month. I’ve flipped through it a couple of times and I think it’s going to be really good!

Happier at Home – I started Gretchen Rubin’s second book early this year and just haven’t finished it. It’s on my TBR list for the year and I need to get through it! Especially since I really want to read her other book Better than Before.


An American Tragedy – I bought a softcover copy of this last fall at an airport bookstore. It’s on my Classics Club list and my TBR for this year. There’s no way I’m going to get through the print version so I’m listening to the audiobook. So far, pretty good!

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters – I love Jon Acuff. I listened to Do Over earlier this year and loved it. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while and put it as an alternate on this year’s TBR. Since Acuff does such a great job reading his own books, I figured I might as well enjoy this one on audio as well. 

In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars – I know absolutely nothing about this book, I think I got a free copy of it somewhere but I don’t remember exactly – maybe But the title is intriguing so I’ll give it a try!

I’m off to a good start already so I’m hoping I can finish all these titles and maybe even complete the other stragglers that I’ve been reading on the slow for the past several months!

What are you reading this month?