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Chores: Sometimes You Gotta Spell It Out

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I’ve mentioned before that each of our children above four years of age has regular chores to perform around the house. The quality of their performance ebbs and flows with the seasons, their attitudes, and my follow through. Recently, we were struggling with one job and his ability, or lack thereof, to clean the living […]

YOU are the Queen of Your Castle

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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, […]

Time Saving Tip: Make Lunch the Night Before

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I’m guessing that for most families whose kids attend traditional schools making lunch the night before is a pretty common practice. Since my children “do school” at home, it might not seem all that necessary. We’re home most of the day, so why do we need to do that? But, oh what a help it […]

7 Ways to Trick Yourself into Thinking Housework is Fun

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A few months ago I reviewed this great book called Queen of the Castle. I remember thinking at the time how much it resonated with me. I felt like I had found a kindred spirit of sorts. So how happy am I that Lynn Bowen Walker is guest posting today?! Today you’ll get to hear […]

Quick Kitchen Clean Up

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You and I both know that we should clean as we go when we’re working in the kitchen. And we should always put things away as soon as we’re done with them. And we should never go to bed with a messy kitchen. Your mother taught you all that, didn’t she? Well, sometimes life happens. […]

A Rainbow of Children

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You may not know this, but my kids are different colors. No, it’s not an ethnic thing. It’s an organizational necessity. Somewhere along the line between child number 3 and child number 4, I learned that the abundance of used drinking cups was going to drive me batty. Each child, concerned that he would get […]

Wanted: Food and Clean Underwear

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The new normal has been rather elusive this year. Survival is the name of my game these days. And, I think I’m okay with it. Food and clean underwear – if we’ve got those, we’re okay. But, I know from experience that if I don’t have a plan for food, we’ll be eating way too […]

How to Retrieve the Mailbox Key From the Storm Drain

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1. Reassure sobbing FishBoy that it is okay, and he is forgiven. It was a mistake to swing the key so that it flew into the sewer. One that he won’t do again. 2. Call your brother who doesn’t have to go to work or school too early in the morning. (FishPapa leaves at 6:30 […]