Time for MOM: Spend Time with a Friend

My friend Jessika and I have known each other for about 15 years! It’s so fun to walk through motherhood together. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis It’s good for mom to get out. […]

Need a Last-Minute Gift for Dad?

The pressure can be something fierce when Father’s Day roll around. The purpose is to honor the dads in your life, but it can become this, “Oh-my-I-better-get-him-something-good” frenzy. And “something good” can often be translated into “something expensive.” But it doesn’t have to be that way; you can honor Dad and still respect the wallet. […]

Are Girls Different?

I’ve successfully potty trained four boys. And I’ve lived to tell about it. While I still step in the occasional puddle, for the most part the experience has been painless. In fact, most of them trained in less than a week. My method has been to wait until they were 3 and more than capable […]

My Own Indiana Jones

A few weeks ago the kids and I ran to Target after school. One of the tasks at hand was to take advantage of a granola bar deal. Buy so many boxes, get a $5 gift card. Since they were some of our favorite bars, and I had good coupons, I was all for it. […]

Unsolved Mysteries

Why do they insist on going outside in stocking feet? Why do these little girly strollers always come apart? Why does sauerkraut have only 5 calories per serving, but chocolate ice cream has 140? Why are there never any spoons? Where did all the other socks go?

Why I Bake My Own Birthday Cake

Yesterday I was 36. But, today I’m not. Yes, it’s my birthday. And this morning I baked me a cake. Some people think this is odd that I would make my own cake. Even my husband said, “Is it a bummer that you’re baking your own cake?” Good question. It’s a wise man who asks […]

50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Five

Motherhood is not without its challenges. You know this. There are many demands on your time. And you just can’t do it all. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you. But, what you can do is simplify and adjust. Make changes that allow peacefulness to reign in your heart, mind, and home. […]

Frugal Friday: Free or Almost Free Hand Soap

Yes, back in the old days, Gramma placed a bar of soap at the sink and we called it good. But, somewhere in my childhood some wise chemist developed soft or liquid soap. And our lives were changed. And as the years passed, mothers everywhere became addicted to soft soap. It reduced the mess at […]