Digital Home Management “Binder”: Random Pieces

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Whether you call it a control journal, household management notebook, home organization binder, or your “brain,” it is helpful to have all the information you need to run your home in one handy location. This is my experiment taking the project digital with my computer, iPad, and iPod Touch. Series to Date Introduction Calendar & Contacts Task Tracking Lists & Notes Budget: Mint A spreadsheet to do the math for you makes budgeting electronically a no-brainer. Of course you can … Read More

Capturing Contentment: Declutter Toys

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Spring decluttering time! We’ll do our pretty–happy–funny–real backwards this month for a before & after effect. Real — Before This week Simple Mom’s Project Simplify area was children’s toys, an area that can always use attention at our house! My first step was to grab some empty buckets and tell the kids to simply find as many toys hidden in nooks and crannies (and not) and fill the buckets. They didn’t have to put them all away in the right … Read More

Essential Techniques: Deglazing a Pan

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Is “pan juices” and “deglazing” part of your kitchen vocabulary and repertoire? If not, your cooking is missing an easily-achieved depth of flavor and richness. It sounds fancy, but deglazing and creating pan juices is a simple step whenever cooking on the stove, and — mark this — it actually makes cleaning the pan easier to boot. So, what is deglazing? Deglazing means adding a liquid to the pan after meat or vegetables have been browned to dissolve all the … Read More

Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own: Law of the Language

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The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory explain not only how to teach, but even more importantly, how people learn. We must be students of learning if we want to be effective homeschooling moms. Unless we understand the work we’re about day in and day out, we will be less fruitful than we could be. The world’s best work, in the schools as in the shops, is done by the calm, steady, and persistent efforts of skilled workmen … Read More

Universal Order – Simply Convivial

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This is my little tangent for Cindy’s Book Club on Roots of American Order. Other posts on chapter 3 are linked here. Restoring Justice Lacking unity of purpose, self-control, and prudence, the Athenians had flung away everything they had gained since Solon had restored justice in the commonwealth. Certainly I could use that quote to take a shot at American society right now, but that would hardly be productive. What if, instead, I put it this way: Lacking unity of … Read More

Simplified Pantry Giveaway!

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Many of you already know and have been a part of the preparation of Simplified Dinners, receiving pre-release early-edition copies (first under the title “Pantry Meals”), giving me feedback and reviews, and generally being very encouraging. Thank you! Our site is now up, thanks to my marvelous web developer, my husband. He also made a colorful cover for the book and helped me get the inside looking a little more snazzy than my original black-and-white version. Most home management books … Read More

Making a Convivial Home: The Need

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Whether it be Chinese-Are-Superior Mothers or French-Are-Superior Mothers, these foreign parenting-commentators point out that American mothers are afraid to be in charge, and that’s why they raise hellions. That is a particular side of the ditch, but it is not my temptation. My husband and I are both rather authoritarian parents, and happy and comfortable being so. My mom was a “mean mom,” not afraid to make unpopular decisions or enforce them. She told me (and I needed to be … Read More

Menu Plan Monday: First Week of March

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It’s granola season again! Wahoo! We’re tired of oatmeal and ready for a change. Monday Breakfast: granola Lunch: pbj Snack: pretzels Dinner: *chicken & black bean soup, rolls, salad Tuesday Breakfast: granola Lunch: rolls, cheese, pears Snack: popcorn Dinner: *asian penne, salad Wednesday Breakfast: muffins Lunch: tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches Snack: pretzels Dinner: *baked potato bar Thursday Breakfast: granola Lunch: pbj Snack: pretzels Dinner: chicken stir-fry Friday Breakfast: granola Lunch: grilled cheese sandwiches Snack: pretzels Dinner: *orange black … Read More

Digital Home Management “Binder”: Lists & Notes

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Home Management Binder, Control Journal, Household Notebook: It doesn’t matter what you call it, having it helps keep all the tasks involved in homemaking in front of your face when you need them to be, but off your mind when you don’t. It’s usually done with paper, but can it be adapted for the technologically savvy? Or at least the technology-owner? Can it be done with an iPad, Netbook, smartphone, iPod Touch, Android tablet? It certainly can. Series to Date … Read More

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