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Chores: Sometimes You Gotta Spell It Out

I’ve mentioned before that each of our children above four years of age has regular chores to perform around the house. The quality of their performance ebbs and flows with the seasons, their attitudes, and my follow through. Recently, we were struggling with one job and his ability, or lack thereof, to clean the living […]

Reclaim the Romance! The (At-Home) Date Night

Date Night. Those words have quite a ring to them. But, for parents, sometimes a romantic evening out can seem more like a distant fairy tale. Maybe the budget doesn’t really allow room for a carriage ride and an elegant dinner out. Perhaps fairy godmothers, I mean, babysitters are hard to come by or too […]

YOU are the Queen of Your Castle

Updated: This contest is now closed. 2/11/09 No matter where you spend your days, you are the queen of your castle. And as such, it behooves you to know what you can do to make your home a happy, healthy, welcoming place to be. One way is to have a good attitude. And this book, […]

Time Saving Tip: Make Lunch the Night Before

I’m guessing that for most families whose kids attend traditional schools making lunch the night before is a pretty common practice. Since my children “do school” at home, it might not seem all that necessary. We’re home most of the day, so why do we need to do that? But, oh what a help it […]

Upcoming Recipe Swaps

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Birthday Cake Round Up. I enjoyed seeing all your cool cakes. If you missed it, you can still link up until Tuesday night, midnight, PST. Winner of the Sally Russell apron to be announced on Wednesday. Here are the upcoming themes for Recipes Swap Thursdays. February 5 – […]

Milk: It’s Not Just for Drinking

Saturday I had a MOM’s morning out. My friend Erin and I met at Panera for an early lunch. FishBaby accompanied us and attracted the attention of everyone nearby -she’s so cute! But, otherwise, it was a kid-free time. I’m not one to run from my children every chance I get, but it was nice […]

7 Ways to Trick Yourself into Thinking Housework is Fun

A few months ago I reviewed this great book called Queen of the Castle. I remember thinking at the time how much it resonated with me. I felt like I had found a kindred spirit of sorts. So how happy am I that Lynn Bowen Walker is guest posting today?! Today you’ll get to hear […]

How We’re Rolling This Week

The days are just full, aren’t they? My baby is already five months old. Can you believe that? How did that happen? She rolled over last week for the first time. So fun! This weekend we had a great time visiting with friends and eating all sorts of fun food. The days just flew. Now […]