Goal Setting is (can be) Overrated

Goal Setting

I didn't make any New Year's resolutions. I rarely do. There's nothing magic for me about the New Year that suddenly makes me able to do things I know I should do but haven't done yet. It's just another day. That doesn't mean I don't ever set goals. I do. But I don't rely on a day of the year or day of the month or day of the week to set them. I set them when I need them. Sometimes I don't … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas


I don't say a lot about my faith on this blog. The reason I don't is because it's a homemaking blog and not a spiritual blog. But the truth is, my faith permeates everything I do, including homemaking. It's the reason I get up in the morning and the reason I live the way I do. I’ve had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ since I was 12-years-old when I attended a Youth for Christ … [Read more...]

Christmas Favorites: Strategies & Recipes

Christmas Edit 1

I’m a little late getting this post out – okay, a lot late.  But better late than never right? Here are a few Christmas articles I’ve written in the past that could be helpful as you finish your Christmas preparations: 5 Things I’m Going to Do Different for Christmas Dinner Uh, Oh – Need a Christmas Gift FAST! Remember Christmas (Journaling) Countdown to Christmas: 7 Tips for Dealing with … [Read more...]

Why I Write Boring Blog Post Titles

Post Titles

I read an article recently about how blog post titles need to be something special in order to get the reader’s attention.  I’ve also heard from a few of you (really just two) that my blog post titles are a little boring.  But I’m okay with that and here’s why. I don’t intend for you to read every single post I write unless you just want to. So I make my titles very clear so you know whether … [Read more...]

How to Deal With Friends Who are Chronically Late


This post is NOT about how to deal with a chronically late spouse, child or boyfriend/girlfriend.  That’s a topic for another day.  This post is about dealing with a friend who is chronically late.  A friend isn’t quite as frustrating as a spouse, child or boyfriend/girlfriend, but they’re still frustrating.  It would be nice if you could wave a magic wand and cause your friend to be on time from … [Read more...]

Homeschool Record Keeping & Scheduling

homeschool record keeping

It’s been ten years since I last homeschooled.  I have fond memories of those years although I’m also glad they’re done. I’m not one of those people who believe everyone should homeschool.  You have to do what’s best for your family.  Homeschooling was a good choice for us. I’ve had several readers ask me about my homeschool recordkeeping and time management practices so I thought it was … [Read more...]

When You Smell Natural Gas, Don’t Ignore It!

natural gas

No, nothing happened except that I did smell natural gas yesterday and it was a little scary. The temperature dropped during the night so David turned the furnace on when he got up.  When I got up a few hours later, I smelled natural gas.  We’ve had some issues with our furnace so I was worried there was a problem.  I shut it off.  I didn’t worry about it too much since I had turned the furnace … [Read more...]