Have a Cup – It’s On Me


The excitement just never ends — there are all sorts of fun and prizes around here. And more coming up. In recent weeks I’ve given up the bingo cage and drawing names out of a hat. Instead, winners have been chosen randomly by Random.Org. If you see your name as a winner, please contact me […]

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, […]

Challenges, Challenges

Woman Stretching Before Workout ca. 2002

There are quite a few blogs out there hosting challenges of some sort. Many are to encourage you to develop good, new habits. Others are to encourage you to encourage others. Either way, sounds like a good plan to me. Here are a few I’ve seen: No Spend Month from Mom Advice Earn a Vacation […]

Time For MOM: What Will Get You Further Down the Road?

Unpaved Rural Road ca. 1980s-1990s South Australia, Australia

On Saturdays this month, I’ve been thinking aloud about the road I’m on. It’s called Motherhood. It’s a long road. And it’s one that takes some planning and forethought. I’ve mentioned determining your destination, or recognizing your mission. For me it’s this: I want to be a joyful mom who is encouraging to my children, […]

What’s Your Question for Me?


Just for fun, I am sponsoring my own giveaway. Ask me all those burning questions you have, anything you’ve ever wanted to know about little ole me, raising a large family, homeschooling, or home management in general. Not that I have all the answers, but I’ll sure try. Fill in the form below for a […]

How Do YOU Travel?


This post was originally run on May 10, 2008. I thought it was pertinent to revisit as we make our roadmaps for 2009. Each of us has a slightly different path and each travels in a different way. Different is how it should be. As you determine your destination as a mom and plot out […]

One of the Finer Things in My Life: A Good Cafe Creme


My adult years have been characterized by a love of good food. Ok, yeah, it’s been a lifelong love affair. Me and good eats, we go way back. Though I am as cheap as a summer day is long, there are some things that I choose not to scrimp on. Good coffee is one of […]