A Day in the Life: Kelly, Meal Planner and Mom of Two (13 and 11)

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By Kelly, Contributing Writer I have to be honest, there really isn’t a typical day at our house, other than one of my favorite days of the week – Meal Planning Prep Day! That’s the day I spend some time prepping meals for the week ahead. Because frankly, if I didn’t, getting a homemade healthy meal on the table just wouldn’t happen! You see, I’m really no different than most moms trying to run a busy household –  I struggle with keeping all the balls […]

What Do You Do When Simplifying Isn’t So Simple?

What Do You Do When Simplifying Isn't So Simple?

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Too many times over the past year my husband and I have looked at each other in exasperation and exclaimed, “TOO MUCH STUFF!” It happens when… …our laundry pile has stopped fitting inside the hamper and has, instead, exploded over the top, down the sides, and all over the floor of our room. …our kids seem to have dumped out every container of toys that they own and then whine and complain when we tell them it’s time to clean […]

Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mama

Encouragement for the Weary Work at Home Mama

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 5:00 pm. I’ve been staring at the computer screen for the past hour/hour and a half. My husband sends me a text that he is on his way home from work, 30 minutes away. I look around the house – toys, art supplies, books and the leftovers of a blanket fort are scattered everywhere, evidence of the kids basically having free reign of the house while I worked. I have no idea what we’re going to have for dinner. […]

I Don’t Do Spring Cleaning

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer I’m coming out of the cleaning closet. Are you ready for this? Much to my mother’s dismay, I do not do spring cleaning. Yes, I know – your eyes are bugging out of your head. I see all these posts all over the internet about 10 Easy Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Home or Spring Cleaning Your Home Using Only Vinegar and One Towel! I’m keepin’ it real, y’all…I just send those posts directly to my trash folder. Booya. I’ve […]

What On Earth Do You Do With 97 eBooks?

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I was hesitant back when I bought my very first eBook, and even more so when my husband encouraged me to purchase a Kindle a couple years back. The feeling of holding a book, its pages beneath my fingers, being able to flip from section to section, and all of those tangibles that make a book a “book” had me questioning whether eBooks were really something I would ever come to appreciate in the same manner. Note: This post is from last year, but the […]

97 Ways to Solve Your Biggest Homemaking Challenges

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Note- This sale has now ended. Hopefully we’ll be doing it again next year! :) Let’s face it. Being a homemaker is a hard job. (Can I get an amen?) Not only is it the hardest role I’ve ever taken on, but it’s also one of the most important. Homemaking encompasses how I care for my family, how I nurture my relationship with my husband, how I raise my children, how I steward the time and resources that I’ve been given. It’s this incredibly crucial […]

Why This Pen and Paper Gal is Turning to Digital Organization (A Review of the New ListPlanIt)

Why this pen and paper gal is turning to digital organization

One of my favorite ways to stay organized has just gotten even better. I’ve been using ListPlanIt’s printable lists and organizational pages in my homemaking binder, menu plans on my fridge, shopping lists tucked into my purse, and anywhere else I needed them for the last several years. Personally, I still love printable lists. I’m a pen and paper gal at heart. These days, though, I’m sort of without my pen and paper. As we’re traveling this year, we don’t have printer access, nor do […]

Keeping a Morning Routine During Busy Seasons

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I just recently had my fourth baby.  My oldest turned 5 a couple of months ago. As you can imagine, it’s pretty busy around here!  I have been lucky enough to have my husband stay home for two weeks (as he has after each baby), and my mother came to stay for two more weeks. So I had help from at least one other adult during the first month. I know a lot of moms don’t have that kind of […]