In this screencast, I”ll show you a package of framework and child theme that can be used pretty much “out of the box.”
Have a look and then check out the links below for everything you will need to be up and running quick and easy.
Genesis Framework (affiliate link)
The eNews and Updates Widget comes with the Genesis Framework.
Do you think this package could work for you? Do you have any suggestions of other packages. Thoughts? Comments?