Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Thanksgiving

Oldie but Goodie Repost 2012   Last year I wrote about listing your Thanksgiving “Lessons-Learned” to track those once-annual thoughts of adjusted recipe measurements and where the fancy serving platter is stored. (Mine was in the guest room closet. Obviously.) I’m sharing my notes from this year’s feast, because sometimes the best you can be […]

How Does a Mother Balance a Writing Career with Homeschooling?

Home-schooling is already a full-time job, so how does a mother balance a writing career along with it? There are some specific things that we can do to adjust our teaching lifestyle so that we can also enjoy the talents and passion that the Lord instilled in us. In my last article, I spoke about […]

Preparing for Holiday House Guests

Let’s see, by now you’ve decorated the tree, sent cards, wrapped presents, baked cookies, roasted chestnuts and sung carols, all while achieving a daily average of 2000 words, and your house is ready for hosting the perfect Christmas, right? Or maybe not. The holidays are always busy, particularly if you’re preparing for a houseful of […]

Beating the Bugs During Cold and Flu Season

No one likes being sick over the holidays, so it’s time for a round-up of popular tactics to beat colds and flu. Which remedies actually help if you do get sick? One caveat: always discuss treatments and therapies with your doctor first! Staying Healthy Take a multivitamin? As their fine-print labels declare, multivitamins and supplements are […]

Little Fixes to Prevent Big Problems (Part 2)

Last month, we discussed the toll unexpected home repairs can take on your household budget and looked at preventative maintenance for the kitchen, laundry zone, and roof. Today we’ll list some interior and exterior checkpoints to keep emergency repairs from becoming a major interruptions in your writing time! If your home has a garage, oil […]

Little Fixes to Prevent Big Problems

I’m blessed to have a husband who is very good with schedules. I like to think I manage our daily routine well enough, but I tend to concern myself with whatever’s right in front of my face. Meanwhile, minute by minute or month by month, my husband excels at keeping up with meetings and appointments […]

Plan a Great Yard Sale

Yard sale season is in full swing! Here are a few tips to make yours a success. -Set a goal. Planning and executing a successful yard sale is a lot of work, and as with any big job, setting a goal at the outset is key. Are you primarily interested in reducing clutter? Augmenting your […]

Making the Most of the Minutes

  My greatest challenge in balancing writing time with household responsibilities is avoiding my own tendency toward the all-or-nothing approach. I’ll happily use every available hour to write – except those times when I studiously ignore my manuscript in favor of chores and errands. The problem is that total lack of progress in one priority […]

The Big Picture Perspective in Running a Household

My husband and I enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles, but it’s been a while since we’ve done one. To remedy this, I picked out a grand thousand piece puzzle depicting a classic scene from Beauty and the Beast. (Hubby took this selection as commentary, but it wasn’t meant as such – honest!) Right now, we’ve […]

Spring Cleaning: Getting Rid of Distractions

The notion to get an early start on spring cleaning has taken hold of me. My husband and I have been thinking about getting rid of things, but it’s a little more than a desire for fewer surfaces where dust can accumulate. My head is full of projects: better manage my online/social media presence, do something with […]

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