October 18, 2017

Tacke It Challenge: We Conquered this Chore. How Did You Do?


Last month I shared my “Tackle It Challenge” with you all. Yes, attacking my outdoor plastic furniture and siding had to be done. Big chores like this are my downfall. Seriously. (Well, if you want the absolute truth, even many […]

Join Me in My Own “Tackle It” Challenge: What’s Yours?


Yes, I humbly come before you now to share a little piece of my back yard bedlam. Living on acreage, in the country, creates a dream life in some respects, but when it comes to the every day upkeep of […]

Join Us at our 2nd Annual Becoming Conference – Sept. 21 – 22


Last year, my sweet friend Jenny (Southern Savers) and I had a dream.  A dream to bring the topics that we are passionate about on our blog, and bring them in real life to our readers. Our desire was that […]

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Morning Run Smoothly


As a busy Mom of 6 young kids, I know that it can be a real challenge to get your kids out of bed, fed a hot and healthy breakfast, and have them ready to face the day in a […]

Brownie Recipe + Necessary Chocolate = Chaos


It started as a delicious thought; Mother-Daughter baking and bonding time. What better goal for a school morning that to conquer the perfect homemade chocolate brownie recipe. But alas, the recipe called for a chocolate baking bar. Hmm….it had been […]

Speed Cleaning – Join Me!


Somehow three weeks have flown by. In between traveling, severe personal sickness, and then followed by sick children, the house has deteriorated. In other words, it’s in shambles, and as I look around, I’m praying fervently for my personal cleaning […]

Confession Time: Is Your Christmas Decor Still Up?


Over the past few snow days, different teen guys have been in and out of the house. When not just one, but two friends asked my sons privately why their mom still had her Christmas stuff up, I started feeling […]

No More “Another Days” (31 Days to More with Less)


Just days after I reorganized my school room, my glass book shelf broke.  (I know…glass shelves, heavy books…not practical.) I quickly started unloading the books onto the floor, surrounding chairs, and the dining/ school room table. Some how a day […]

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances


When I first announced that I was getting stainless steel appliances, I had a lot of people thrilled for me because they knew what a beautiful addition to my kitchen they would be, but warned me about the hassle that […]

Weekly Menu Plan Update


Filled with a sea of middle school students, we hosted a discipleship weekend for our church. There was plenty of great food, junk food and miscellaneous food still to be determined, but it was a blessing to share life with […]

Frigidaire, Food, and Family Manager


As I read one astonishing email right before Thanksgiving, I literally started screeching. My kids came running. My husband wondered if I was alright, and I could barely catch my breath. Well, my breath is back, and I am ready […]

Just do the next thing…


Feeling overwhelmed with the day to day of life? Do you know the feeling? Whether it’s planning for a last minute trip out of the country (which is still surreal for me) or just trying to accomplish the day to day woman, mom, or wife kind of things, I always go back to one of my mentors, Elizabeth Elliot, who encourages, “Just do the next thing.”

How to Set a Beautiful Table


 One of the homemaking skills I am working on with our daughters is the ability to set a nice table – both functionally and beautifully. In the day and age where dinner is done in a dash, and paper plates […]

Organizing the Kitchen Pantry (for my stockpile)


In the last two weeks, I have had tremendous success with matching up the sales flyers with my coupons, thus enabling me to stock up on quite a few things that I typically don’t purchase. While the stockpiling benefits allow […]

Sharing the bedroom bedlam in my “haven”


Since  I passionately pursue creating a “haven of hospitality,” I thought I would share one aspect where I am consistently struggle. You remember one of my last guests, don’t you? Yes, only at my haven would I have that happen. […]