To Do or To Die

Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. I mentioned before that successful home management is organizing your responsibilities in […]

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Birthday Traditions

Growing up, I always looked forward to the traditions that my mom had instituted. They were things that we could count on when special occasions rolled around. A special gift on Valentine’s Day, usually a gold, heart-shaped charm. Huge stacks of Christmas gifts, each child’s stack wrapped in different style paper. And Toffee Dream Pie […]

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What Makes You Joyful?

I’ve been thinking about this idea of “Joyful Motherhood.” I want my kids to remember me as being cheerful and not nagging. Patient instead of crabby. Pleasant rather than grouchy. I want to be able to keep it together when there’s paint on the floor — and the table — and the baby. one to […]

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Birthdays on the Cheap

Wondering how to economize and simplify at birthday time? Here’s how we did it. Someday you won’t always hear me talking about our new frugal lifestyle. But, until we are debt-free, we are following Dave Ramsey’s advice to “Live like no one else, so that later, you can live like no one else.” And so […]

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Summertime’s Coming! Plan to Have Fun

Years ago a friend mentioned that she needed to sit down with the kids to make their “to-do” list for the summer. This wasn’t your ordinary “Honey Do” list. In fact, they sat and brainstormed all the FUN things they wanted to do during their summer vacation. What an amazing idea! She posted it on […]

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Street Safety

Lately, my concern over my children’s safety in and near automobiles has been heightened. We recently watched Bella, a beautiful movie, though tinged with the sadness and pain caused by an auto accident. That coupled with the tragic death of Maria Chapman, daughter of Stephen Curtis Chapman, has tempted me to retreat into my little […]

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Bedtime Routines that Help Everyone Settle Down

Kids awake when you want them to sleep? Consider these strategies for happy bedtimes. Last week I recommended that me and all moms try to get a little more sleep. My weekend sleep goals didn’t quite go as planned as several children were up during the night due to snuffly noses and too warm weather. […]

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Ways for Moms to Get More Sleep Without Drugs

One of the biggest things that can affect my success and failure as a mom is the amount of sleep I am getting. I can’t function at my best if I am exhausted. I am slow to respond, lackadaisical, grouchy, and plain ol’ ineffective. Lately, I’ve been burning the candle on both ends: getting up […]

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