Seed-starting Greenhouse Giveaway from Burpee

Several years and four children ago, we lived in a more rural community on a two-acre parcel of weeds land. We did our best to “take dominion” of that land, and I had a great time learning to garden. Wow! That was fun! Then life got busy and then busier still. With a baby or […]

The Cure for Dish Pan Hands

I’ve told you before how much I love my plastic dishwashing gloves. They are, indeed, a blessing from the Lord. I don’t think I’d be able to keep up with the amount of dirty pots and pans I generate each day if it weren’t for some type of hand protection. Hot water and grease-cutting soap […]

Planning Worksheet for When Mom Goes Out of Town

I’m leaving. On a jet plane. I do know when I’ll be back again – on Sunday. I’ll be attending the Blissdom Conference in Nashville, meeting Dave Ramsey (or at least seeing his face in the same room), and keeping my eyes peeled for Sarah Palin who will be speaking at another conference in the […]

Going My Way? Travel Tips for the Old and Young

Photo source: kthread I’m in the midst of planning my first trip without my family. Ever. Ever. Did I say ever? Oh, I was supposed to fly to see my sister after she had her first baby, but I got the Flu from Hell and stayed home, dying a slow painful death. And I have […]

Recovering the Lost Art of Hand Dishwashing (Tips for When Your Dishwasher is Broken)

In case you hadn’t heard, our dishwasher broke three weeks ago. I didn’t realize what a vital member of the household it was until it broke. I know, a dishwasher is a luxury. Our pioneer mothers lived quite productive lives without them. Our sisters in other countries regularly experience dishpan hands. I didn’t know how […]

Personalized Household Notebook – Doing It My Way

personalized spiral bound notebook

Every successful woman uses some kind of organizational method. I’m not saying that she uses something complicated. But, unless she’s got a photographic memory or a million hired hands, the with-it woman has her ducks in a row, and someway to organize them. And I want to be a with-it woman. So, I’ve been working […]

Christmas: What About Next Year?

So, it’s all boxed up, right? Ready to be stored away until next year. The red boxes on the right gave way this year to the six red boxes on the left. Each kid has his own box, labeled with his name. This should make decorating SOOOOOOO much easier next year. I can’t take credit […]

Ready to Remodel Your Bathroom?

The New Year is full of goals and aspirations. Perhaps this year is yours to remodel a bathroom. If we owned this house, the bathrooms would be the first rooms to get a makeover. I realized today that I don’t like cleaning them because the flooring is so trashed. Make it pretty, and it will […]