October 7, 2015

A Buy-Less Mindset

I love this post with some great questions to ask yourself. Buy less, choose well, make it last.

There is a lot of hype surrounding the one-in-one-out decluttering system. Whenever you buy something new (or used), you give something away (or throw it out). But really, does it work? It doesn’t work for me. One-in-one-out sounds like a […]

Join Me Live On the Porch (Periscope)

Find me on periscope

As technology continues to emerge and I spend time online with varying forms of social media for my blog, I often scream “STOP. NO MORE!!!” As you can tell, I’ve stepped back from posting as much on my blog. After […]

Easy Ideas for a Wonderful Housewarming

Setting the Tone Tips for Hosting Your First Housewarming (1)

I remember our first home gathering as a couple. I was over the top excited to welcome our friends. We lived in a tiny apartment, but it had its own door out onto the grass, so it felt like just […]

50 Fabulous Uses for Baking Soda

Baking Soda Uses

A few years ago I shared my post, “For the love of Baking Soda.” It was my salute to this all natural, penny pinching, miracle product that is one of the staples I use most often in my home, and I […]

Easy Ways to Share Spontaneous Hospitality

Farmstyle rustic table setting

I finished leading the last worship song and it just kind of came out, “I know it is last minute, but after the service today, I’d love to invite you all over for lunch. I have some chili on the […]

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


Since my  Clutter Countdown Challenge, that began in October and continues to trickle on, I’ve come to realize that it’s an issue in my life that I will continually need to tackle and address. Everyone has something in their life that […]

Easily Divide Hosta and Daylilies (and have free plants for life)

Follow these simple tips and have free plants for life

For the last few months, we’ve been tackling just a bit of our backyard bedlam. Just to make you all feel better about your yard, I showed you just how aggressively the weeds had taken over. I shared that the […]

Love the Home you Have (and what I’m still learning)


I’ve never completely written the story about our generational decision to uproot our entire family, move 1000 miles from northern city living to the south and buy acreage with our family members. How is that possible? I speak often of […]

Stock the Frugal Pantry: $10 free shopping

Mrs Meyers free product today plus $10

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared any of my “great deals and steals.” I’ve gone on and on in past posts about my love of Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. The’re natural, which is pretty important to me considering how much […]

How to Declutter Books

Wonderful suggestions for decluttering books. It's so hard to get rid of them.

When we put in our new flooring last year, I had to come to terms with my huge problem of book hoarding. As an avid reader and homeschool mom, books were my friend and who doesn’t want more friends, right? […]

Best Ever Magic Carpet Cleaning Tip

Magic Carpet Cleaning Tip

If there is any one who knows something about cleaning carpets, it is moi! With four dogs, five children, and more guests who track dirt from our gravel driveway onto our carpet than I care to think about, people think […]

How to Clutter Your House in 12 Simple Steps

How to Clutter the House in 12 Simple Steps. It's easy!!

My home is our haven – soothing, beautiful, comforting, but sometimes, cluttered. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my biggest home hurdle is dealing with aspects of clutter. Some days, I manage it well, other days, I step […]

Clutter Countdown: Parting with Sentimental Baby Clothes

how to declutter baby clothes

As this new year hits, I’m continuing on with my Clutter Countdown Challenge. It’s so easy for me to get sidetracked and yet, slowly but surely, I will conquer this. Just last year, I finally got rid of our boxes […]

Pizza & Doritos: Why Can’t Every Night be an Eating by Candlelight Night?

Eating by candlelight every night

As small children, the five senses are drilled into us during our preschool years – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch, yet as we reach adulthood, we often forget their importance. Within our loving, fun, chaotic home, I am passionate […]

Baby Steps to our Southern Living Landscaping & Home

On our way to Southern Living landscaping

I’ve spent years celebrating with my friends as they buy their dream homes. Some have purchased perfectly ready move in gems, while others have done renovations to create just the look they desired. When I was a young mom with […]

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