5 Great Books for Baking

In the market for a good cookbook? The following are tried-and-true books that I go to often, particularly for baking. Obviously, I like specialty books. I’ve found that if I want to prepare a certain type of food, a book dedicated to that genre is the best way to learn how to do it well. […]

50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Two

Go here for the beginning of this series on ways to develop systems and routines that help you be more efficient and effective in your Life as MOM. 8. Spend time regularly to plan menus for your family’s meals. Whether you plan a few days, a week, or a month at a time, menu planning […]

Counting My Blessings

I seem to have been in a funk lately. A little hormonal. A little out of sorts. Last night I was wracking my brain trying to figure a way out. The thought came to me to write out a list of I’m thankful for’s. While this doesn’t necessary solve every ill in the world, it […]

Time for MOM: 50 Ways to Streamline Your Life

(A few months ago I started examing how to grow as a wife and mother. The conversation begins here in case you missed it.) We’ve been talking about time management. Having a plan is key. But, part and parcel with planning is having systems and routines in place that are quick and efficient. Over the […]

No Shirt, No Shoes

See this kid. He’s one of the most hot blooded kids I know. He’s constantly walking around without a shirt, no matter the weather. Last week we headed down to the harbor to try some local fish and chips. It was sunny and 64 degrees along the coast. Nice, but not bake-in-the-sun weather. At least […]

Time for Mom: What’s Your Plan?

(This post is part of an ongoing discussion about how to become “a woman you can count on.” You can start at the beginning or just jump in here.) Successful time management is essential to a well-run home and a sane family life. There are plenty of books out there that address this topic. But, […]

Streamline Your Morning Beauty Routine

Time is a valuable, nonrenewable resource. And the way my life is going these days, I need to make the most of every moment. That means I got to get in and out as quickly as possible. Getting in and out of the grocery store super fast means going alone or with as few children […]

Time for MOM: Just Enjoy Them!

You know you’ve felt the pull. Since your first child was born, you’ve felt that tension between playing with the baby and getting the laundry done. Between reading a story to your littles and unloading the dishwasher. Between taking a walk in the park and paying the bills. Whether your work is mostly at home […]