Why a gratitude list will get you nowhere.

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You can hardly find a planner these days that doesn’t direct you to write down three things you’re grateful for every day. Does a gratitude list actually make anyone more productive? I’ve written before that gratitude makes us more productive, but it’s not universally true. Your gratitude list only makes a difference if it’s true gratitude. The dictionary definition of both gratitude and thanks confirms it: Thanksgiving must be directed to a person. If it’s not addressed to someone, it … Read More

Ep. #116 – Homemaking Hacks with Virginia Lee Rogers

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When we think of homemaking basics or homemaking hacks, we should not let HGTV or Pinterest or Martha Stewart be the standard or the ideal. Homemaking is not about achieving a certain look or state in the home. Homemaking is a process, a service, of love through hospitality to those who live in and enter into our home. In this episode I’m chatting with Virginia Lee Rogers, my customer support manager and fellow NTJ personality type about unconventional homemaking hacks. … Read More

Transformation Tuesdays: Expecting & Enjoying Entropy

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Transformation Tuesday is one of my little homemaking mottos that helps me tackle housecleaning in small bites and tame my attitude at the same time. When we wonder how to organize our life, we usually think about containers, labels, and homes that magically stay clean without further effort. But someone who is organized is someone willing to continue taking the effort of homekeeping, to maintain the work consistently. Entropy is real, and it’s not an enemy to conquer. It’s a … Read More

(Easy!) Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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Today I want to share with you a super simple, delicious cookie recipe. Goodness. So simple it’s almost embarrassing to share. Those are the best kind, though, right? My favorite recipes are ones you can memorize. Why? Because I am almost always cooking around small children, with other things on my mind, and intense recipe-reading or complicated steps are almost always a recipe for disaster. Case-in-point: As I was finishing up the last batch of cookies for this post, I … Read More

Homekeeping takes a team – build yours!

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When you stare at the laundry piles in the bedrooms, the dirty dish stacks on the counters, the crumb accumulations across the floors, homekeeping can feel impossible, especially as a one-woman endeavor. It seemed like it’d be so easy, but most of us come to the place of realizing that we’d flunk out of Homemaking 101, if there was such a thing. We desperately want to organize our lives, to be happy moms, to actually finish something for once and … Read More

Making a good house cleaning routine for you.

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We all want to have a clean house without spending all day getting and keeping it clean. It is possible! We just need a good house cleaning routine that works for our lives. Once we figure out the best house cleaning routine for our own homes and habits, we can turn it into a checklist and make it happen regularly. Checklists are even more helpful when the steps they list out are for bite-sized routines, routines that are not themselves … Read More

How to Grocery Shop

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Ack! No milk! Off to the grocery store! Was there something else you needed? There was, wasn’t there? What was it?

 Oh, look, this is on sale. That isn’t, but I think I need some. Might as well wander down this aisle to shortcut to the other side. Oops – walked straight past the pasta, and we definitely need some of that. How many grocery store trips feel like a random grab-bag and confused wandering? It happens to us all, … Read More

Tips for procedure checklists with Stefani Mons

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A procedure checklist is simply a list of specific, small actions to take in a clear and logical order. Instead of doing what feels best in the moment, we take the time to think it through, make it clear, and so save ourselves not only time but also willpower points. Because making decisions takes energy and willpower, having the checklist to work from keeps us on track more consistently. A procedure checklist is the best tactic for overwhelmed moms at … Read More

How to enjoy being a stay-at-home-mom

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Do you enjoy being a stay-at-home mom? It’s easy to feel discouraged and undervalued, but our feelings – our attitudes – are under our control. It’s not impossible to be a happy mom, even when the little things accumulate into heavy, oppressive things. When the laundry basket – and hamper – are overflowing, the children are crying, dinner needs to be made, and you feel like you haven’t had a thought without an interruption all day – then what do … Read More

Prioritizing tasks with a smart checklist

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When we as moms are overwhelmed, a procedure checklist by prioritizing tasks might be just the ticket to calm our stress and help us start doing what needs to be done. We need to stop hunting on the internet for how to organize your life and just start doing the right thing. This month inside the Simply Convivial Circle we’re talking all about procedure lists – when to keep them and how to keep them simple. One key principle that … Read More

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