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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

"Planning" for the Last Minute Will Keep a Smile on Your Face

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I love the Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared. It really should be the MOM motto. If you’re prepared, there’s nothing you can’t tackle. You don’t need to know what to be prepared for. Experience has already shown you that the unlikely or the unwanted will — and does — happen. Kids get sick, dogs eat […]

Home Management: The Power of the 15-Minute Blitz

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Photo Source: wwarby The following is a guest post from Mandi of Organizing Your Way. Her suggestions for a quick, speed clean are so timely. This month has the potential to be utterly crazy, but if you have her suggestions in mind, they may come in handy at the spur of the moment. Heading into […]

Freezer Cooking Day: The End

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Hanging it up for the night They say that if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it everytime. And while we both know that I aimed a little higher than humanly possible, it was good to dream a big dream for this freezer cooking day. In the interests of my family’s comfort and my sanity, […]

Freezer Cooking: Noontime Update

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My big morning of freezer cooking has gone off with fits and starts. I haven’t made as much progress as I hoped. But, you knew that would happen, didn’t you? A few things to report: Don’t EVER try to cook a turkey on a rimmed cookie sheet. I almost attempted it because I couldn’t find […]