10 Posts I Didn’t Write in 2010

Tonight I’ve been sipping on tea and taking a leisurely stroll through my gorgeous new heirloom seed catalogue… hard to believe that this year is already drawing to a close and that I am beginning to think forward to next spring and summer.

It is also stunning to me that another year has flown by here at Keeper of the Home and I am now onto my 4th Christmas of blogging.

As you have read posts day in and day out over these past several years, surely at times you must wonder, “What does she not do?”. Surely there is an end to the things that she is studying and learning, trying out in her home, and eager to share with us.

Yes, indeedy. Blogging offers a highly skewed perspective, as you continually see what I am doing, but you might not necessarily get a glimpse into the many things that I am not doing.

Just for fun, I thought I would go out in style this year by writing up a post full of the posts that I didn’t write, couldn’t have written, am certainly not qualified to write, or you truly would not have wanted to read coming from me!

In no particular order, here are 10 posts that I didn’t write in 2010:

1. Keeping Up With Mt. Neverest: How to Stay On Top of Your Laundry Pile

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. This picture is actually from my laundry room this very weekend. I have nothing to say in my defense. Yes, I’m tired this week and I was out of town and I’m a bit sick… but seriously, it looks like this rather frequently, so what’s my excuse all those other weeks?

2. How to Move Without Losing Your Mind (and Have Your House Unpacked in Less Than 6 Months)

We moved into our current house at the very end of June. As we approach the 6 month mark, I am sorry to say that I still have cupboards and closets in need of organization, and we have recently dubbed our extra office room as the “weird/messy room”. It is the place where things that lack a home find one. Then we close the door and walk away.

3. Three Simple Steps for Getting Your Garbage to the Curb in Time

I’m pretty sure we get hung up on step #1. Remember that garbage day is Friday. The same day that it has been since we moved to this area 3 1/2 years ago. Once of these days, we’ll get it figured out.

Image by Balancing Bedlam and Beauty

4. Green and Frugal Ideas for Decorating Your Home Beautifully

Ha. I may be able to sprout and grind my own flour then bake bread with it, and grow enough organic garlic in my garden to eat for the next year and use for medicinal purposesbut decorating? Not my forte. I love watching how someone like my friend Jen wander around a thrift store and pick up all sorts of inexpensive lovelies that she can re-purpose to add charm and beauty to her home.

Sadly, not a skill that I possess. I’ve tried and all I see are piles of junk. Every so often I get inspired and come up with an idea for using some such item and inevitably it makes its way back into our garage sale boxes by the following year.

5. How to Grow a Great Garden in the Shade and Rain

I really miss my last garden. A large rectangle in a wide open, sunny spot. I gave it my best shot at this new house as we moved in this summer, but quickly realized just how much shade I was working with. Add in a wussy summer with not nearly enough heat and too much rain, and it was a bit sad.

There’s no one good place for a central garden bed, and I was just not satisfied with really anything that I grew last year. This year I’m getting creative, building garden boxes from scratch to put over a sunny, gravelly area, using the side of the house, containers on the porch, etc. I’m determined that when there’s a will, there’s a way!

6. Sneaky Tricks for Getting Your Husband and Children to Eat Clay (but I’m working on it for 2011)

I’m sure you’ve read other bloggers talking about ways to sneak organ meats like liver into food without anyone noticing. My latest adventures have been in adding clay to our diet. Yes, you read that right. I’m now feeding my family dirt.

We’re beginning to use Azomite clay to address some mineral deficiencies and hopefully help in the fight against tooth decay, and now we’ve just added in Bentonite clay for a gentle way to detoxify and draw heavy metals and other dangerous toxins out of my husband and two youngest kids (but hey, we’ll all join in the fun). So far chocolate peanut butter banana smoothies seem to hide clay the best, but the jury is still out.

7. Handmade Christmas Gifts to Give to Anyone on Your List

Did anyone notice that I shared gifts that could be purchased, instead of gifts that could be made? There’s no hint of homemade in our holiday celebrations this year. Mama is tired and there just wasn’t the time to do it. For everyone else who looked at homemade gift ideas this year and thought “Hmmm, what a nice idea… maybe next year“, you’re not alone.

8. Meal Planning: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

If you’ve been reading here for long, you probably know that I’m a huge advocate for meal planning. For the past several months, however, I’ve been practicing the “wing it” method of meal planning. Oh, you’re not familiar with that method? It’s the one where each morning (or late afternoon, even) you suddenly panic and think “What am I going to make for breakfast/lunch/supper today?”.

Granted, I have been doing careful planning long enough that I have a lot of simple meals tucked away in my brain, and I know the regular types of things to buy so that I have what I need to put together meals. I have been doing somewhat of a less-organized version of this type of planning, along with a whole lot of this type of cooking.

Image by familymwr

9. Conserve Water and Save the Earth by Bathing Your Kids Less

This is one is a bit tongue in cheek. :) I do think that there’s some truth to us North Americans not needing to bathe nearly as often as we do, and that we could all certainly conserve water by lightening up on our washing habits.

That’s not really why I’ve been bathing my kids less, though. I was spending some time with an older, wiser friend of mine recently and I confessed to her that one of the things that I drop when I simply get overwhelmed with life is baths for the kids. I figure they’re fed, they’re in clean clothes, we have washcloths for hands, face and bottoms. Surely they can go a week without a bath, yes? (Tell me I’m not the only mom who does this!)

10. How to Be Superwoman, Do it All and Never Get Tired

If there would be one statement about this past year that is absolutely NOT true, this one might be it. In truth, I did try to be superwoman and do it all, and guess what happened? I got tired. Really tired. And I couldn’t do it.

I’ll actually be sharing my own story coming up this January, as we delve into some really important topics for women like trying to do too much, adrenal fatigue, depression, and the bigger picture of what good health really looks like!

For all the things that I didn’t write this past year, I have absolutely loved having the privilege of writing so many other things. I continue to enjoy running this blog and wonder at the kindness of God to allow me to do something I love so much from within my home, fellowshipping with the likes of women like you.

So now that I’ve told you what I didn’t write in 2010, I would love to hear what topics you would like to read about in 2011!

Top image by d2k6

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I love this too!
    I personally bathe my kids too often when life gets crazy- they’re contained, happy, and I get to clean the bathroom!

  2. Love this post! I am learning to accept that certain things are just not going to happen in this house. I had to laugh about bathing the kids once a week. That’s what I do and I have no problem with it at all. As long as they’re not rolling around in the dirt or some other activity that makes an all-over mess, washing hands and faces is good enough for me…and them. I simply cannot imagine giving my kids a a bath every single night. Wow.

  3. Oh- I am so glad I am not the only mother who is lucky to get the kids bathed once a week :-)

  4. I’ve got to tell you… of all the educational, inspirational, and encouraging posts I’ve read from you over the last few years, I am most encouraged by this one! Thank you for both sharing your bathing secret and for drawing so many other woman out as well. I always feel like a terrible mother for not getting to bath time more often!

  5. Oh Stephanie…have you seen my laundry?? There are three CLEAN baskets in my room right now, half waiting to be folded, all needing put away. Plus a few more baskets that could use washed. That’s about how it goes here. People have clean clothes when they need them, but I can’t promise anything more! Garbage — they change our day every time there’s a holiday so I am always forgetting what day it is. Luckily my husband leaves for work really early, before they come, so if everyone else’s cans are out, he takes ours out too!

    I have no time for decorating. It’s more stuff to dust and for me to stop the children from playing with. Because my kids like the pretty stuff and they climb. A lot. High. I don’t have time for that!

    Bathing? Meh. If they happen to get in the shower with me once or twice a week, we call it good. Even if they just get wet. That’s clean, right? Especially when they are babies they might go a week or two without a bath. Like you said, we wash faces, hands, and bottoms. Good enough.

    Super woman? Please. Who can do it all? Right now I’m having a hard enough time just feeding my family. I still meal plan but I rarely want to eat what I’ve planned. (Just for a few more weeks, I hope!!) Today’s breakfast is soaked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and sausage. Umm…it could be worse, right? My husband tried to tell me that I CANNOT feed the children cheese cubes, fruit, and leftover meat instead of meals if I don’t feel well. Really? I’m pretty sure I can! They’re eating a lot of that, a lot of yogurt, a lot of sprouted bread right now. They’ll live. :)

    • @Kate, You didn’t get to see the two full baskets of clean laundry in my hallway either, LOL!

      I think your meals sound perfectly adequate in a challenging season. We’ve been known to eat organic popcorn with butter and brewer’s yeast, plus a fruit smoothie, and call that a balanced dinner.

    • @Kate,
      Oh my goodness! First the post and now this response! I’m in tears (from laughter… and relief). I’m a fairly new mother with a two year old son and I never really learned how to “properly” keep a home. My house is a disgrace most of the time, but I’m learning to get over it. My son is a quality time type of kid and I choose to spend my time playing, reading, and teaching. I love my life!

      And baths……I don’t even shower every day! I prefer to keep my natural oils and not strip my skin of them. I’ve always been fond of, what my family calls, “bird baths” (just washing up). I don’t use as much lotion as most people I know. And I certainly don’t want to dry my son’s skin out either! Wash cloths are just fine for lightly cleaning.

      Thank you for a great evening reading!

  6. Such a fun post! Thanks for being real :)

  7. thank you for your honesty.

    bathing – I am trying to bathe my son three times a week, we’re lucky if I get two. we are living with family and only have a shower. he had a few swimming scares this summer so is suddenly terrified of all water and showers and baths are filled with crying and screaming and hysterics toward the end of which I start to add my own. we had another family visit at thanksgiving and she bathes her kids everyday. every.day. her son has horrible excema and everyday she’s stripping his natural oils…I would never do that. kids just don’t get that dirty. even when I bathed him more often I only washed his hair once a week.

    hmmm for the new year – not sure. fun things to do with kids in the doldrums of winter?

  8. are we living some sort of parallel lives?! i LOVED this post! it was just the right kind-of honesty and humor that i needed to start my day!!

    and i’m so grateful to know that i’m not the only one who still isn’t unpacked or organized from a move that took place months ago, who can only manage to bathe the kids once a week (hopefully), is having a totally store bought christmas this year, etc., etc., etc.,

    merry christmas!

  9. I applaud you for your openness and honesty. I have made life-altering changes this year, and have blogged (it seems) about every one. What I haven’t mentioned are the numerous daily chores that get forsaken in my quest to learn something new. :-) Laundry being enemy #1 here too…

    God bless, and Merry Christmas!

  10. I’ve been parenting for 26 years now and have 8 children ranging in age from 26 down to 2. The teens tend to shower every other day because of the oil overdrive, but the littles are bathed 1x per week on average and they stay smelling and looking just fine!

    This was a very cute post Stephanie. It’s nice to see what things high achieving moms don’t have totally worked out! There are only so many hours in the day afterall!

  11. What a delightful post to end the year on! It made me laugh. Thank you!
    When I was a new mom (four years ago next month), I dilegently bathed my sweet baby each day. Now? I aim to bathe them twice a week. Saturday night and one other night.
    I was talking to someone the other day who still bathes her children almost daily and I didn’t say a word. I’m glad to hear there is someone else out there…
    {part of it is water conservation=$ conservation but the other part is just that it’s a lot of work and I’m tired! LOL}

  12. Oh I am so with you on the baths thing! Sometimes, especially in the winter, my daughter only gets one bath a week. It is easy to skip…it isn’t my favorite thing :). Also, my daughter has really dry skin and our ped recommended bathing her no more than twice a week in the winter, barring major messes, or if she is sick. If she has a cold, I tend to give her a bath every day. The warm water seems to help her.
    I know there are lots of people who bath their children every single night as part of their bedtime routine, but really it just doesn’t work for us. And my kid isn’t stinky or gross. We do a good face and hand washing, as well as um…the undercarriage.

  13. Great post! I’m sending you a particular hug for #7. You’re not alone, girl!

  14. Our toddler gets also gets a bath once a week (or if he’s having a sleepover at Grandma’s). Not to conserve water, not for the good skin bacteria, but because it’s one less thing to do and as long as his hair doesn’t look greasy no one will know the difference. Yep, I’m that mom. But at least he eats nourishing real food and plays outside for hours a day.

    • @Heather, I also tend to think that kids who aren’t bathed really often probably have stronger immune systems. It’s just my theory, but my kids do tend to get sick less than other kids (taking into account the fact that we eat well and don’t use anti-bacterial anything). So that’s interesting to note the good skin bacteria.

  15. I was just telling my husband that I was feeling like a bad mama because our son hadn’t had a bath in 5 or 6 days, then I remembered that is what my mama did, and she was a good mom. I like the thought that it is saving water….I will have to add that to my list of why we don’t have our son bathe every night. Mostly, it is because I don’t want him to go to bed with a wet head, since our house is a little drafty.

  16. We “save” lots of water around here by not bathing the kids very often! It just isn’t needed. I think it actually builds up a great network of good skin bacteria. My son’s eczema is so much better too!

    • @Carla, I have a similar theory! :) We wash off all the oils, so we need lotion. We wash off all the beneficial bacteria, so the bad stuff takes hold and we need deodorant! Tongue in cheek, I have wondered whether the Middle Ages folks who bathed annually were not nearly as stinky as we imagine them to have been….

      However, I have not been brave enough to bath less frequently, myself. My son, though, gets a weekly bath. :)

  17. I concur on the baths! When my oldest was a baby, I bathed him nearly every night because all the books said we should have a bedtime routine. (Blech!) Each new baby seems to have made baths more and more infrequent. Now I aim for twice a week but settle for Saturday nights.

  18. lol — one bath a week is normal for the Teal kids too!

  19. I love this post! But seriously, your piled high laundry room is still so neat. My piled high laundry room does not look so nice! Not to mention all the baskets of clean laundry that take a special occasion to get folded. Ha!

  20. Totally with you on the baths.

  21. I absolutely love this post, Stephanie! You have no idea. I am so relieved by some of this! I am totally lacking the decorating gene, too.

    I’m really looking forward to reading more about gardening from you. You are such a trusted, accessible resource. I would also love more insights in your family life, just because I love behind-the-scenes stuff (like this!).

  22. Love this post. It made me laugh, too.
    So true, we all fall short. So glad we have Him to give us permission to release us from that anxiety. I once had a pastor tell us (a mom’s group), “I release you from your mediocrity!” So funny, and so true!

    Have a great holiday season!
    Sarah M

  23. Great post. I am (recently) thrilled with my Franklin Covey planner. There are pages I added for weekly goal-setting and meal prep. One side of the meal page is weekly menus for each meal; the other side is grocery shopping lists, separated out by category.
    We shop monthly from our local food coop, and weekly for fresh foods. And, I’ve even found a way to stop throwing out old produce.
    It’s become my BEST TIP EVER. Tupperwares Fridge Smart storage set. They have a venting system, based on the type of produce you are storing. It’s like kryptonite for your fresh veggies and fruits.

  24. Ha, I love this post. I do believe these are ten posts this mama could have written also. Fear not, I was not the mama that bathed my kids every night without fail either (although most of my friends did). The children have all survived and at some point taken over their own bathroom habits. Thank you for keeping it real. Merry Christmas.

  25. Love love love this post!!!!


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