Secrets That Save the Day When Dad Works from Home

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My husband has worked from home for over 5 years now. The novelty has worn off and we’ve established our patterns. We’ve been married for over 17 years and get along quite well. We are, for the most part, on the same wavelength, and understand each other’s mindset, manner, and methods. We can (and do) tease each other, and we naturally pull together to accomplish desired ends (both being IxTJ personalities helps). So working from home was a smooth transition … Read More

Becoming a Better Homemaker

If people are important, then homes will always be important, also. People need homes. Even if it’s a mud hut, it is a home to be “made.” Homemaking is not about displaying middle class sensibilities or acquiring appropriate seasonal decor; homemaking is about loving people in practical, tangible, daily, mundane ways. Perhaps some have ambition to become better homemakers in order to glorify themselves. If we use our houses to display personal taste, showcase our style, or even minimize personal … Read More

A Cleaning Plan for Every Personality Type

Have you ever tried keeping someone else’s home routines and failed? There are lots of reasons that can happen, from a difference in situations (what works for a family of four will not work for a family of eight) to a difference in standards and priorities (some people care about dust and others are satisfied with clean bathrooms). But one contributing factor to why plans that worked for your friend might not work for you – and vice versa – … Read More

Accountability through camaraderie & care

If I pop into my husband’s office around 9 in the morning, I do so with as much stealth as I can, blending into the background as I grab my laptop or a book or more lined paper. It’s stand up time, and there he is, standing, listening to his coworkers on video chat explain what they’ve done since yesterday’s stand up and what they will be working on next. It doesn’t take much time, but it keeps the team … Read More

Intrinsic v. Extrinsic Rewards for Moms at Home

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We’ve all felt it. We sip our coffee and stare down at our list. We just don’t wanna. Maybe we just can’t even. Or, perhaps with the coffee we think we can take on that list, but come 10am or noon or 2pm, all the motivation is gone – poof – seemingly for good. What do we do? Give up? Trudge, grudgingly, on? Fuss and whine, whether internally or, worse, externally in the tone we mete out to the kids? … Read More

Two quick (and easy) ways to put meals in your freezer

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by Tracy Grossmann Do you make freezer meals? Some people are masters at this. Armed with carefully crafted lists and ninja-like cooking skills, they fill their freezers with a month’s worth of dinners in just one day.   However, though we love the results of this type of major freezer cooking day, traditional freezer cooking involves some pretty in-depth planning. First, we need to find the recipes we want to use (that our kids will eat+ like). Then we need to … Read More

Why Planners Are a Waste of Time

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So, January is nearly over. The new calendars have scuff marks, boxes on our year habits are left unchecked, and everyone on Instagram has a prettier planner than us. Are we going to give up and give in to February blues? No! Although the hope of a fresh new year often expresses itself in new planners, pretty markers, and a renewed resolve, the reality of life lived with and for others often undermines our planner-related ambitions. There are three reasons … Read More

Homemaking: what it means and how to do it better

Is homemaking old-fashioned and outdated? Do you picture a woman with a flirty apron and heels, hair neatly bobbed, red lips smiling? Is that a homemaker? Homemakers have looked like many things in the history of man, and few of them wore heels. In fact, we must remember that those pictures come to us from advertisers trying to sell us something – an ideal. That picture is just as false as the have-it-all-together career-woman-who-can-also-spend-quality-time-with-her-kids image television promotes today. For a … Read More

How to Declutter Your Mind

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We all know the feeling. Your head is spinning; your mind is in overdrive. You try to multitask, putting out a fire here and remembering something else halfway though. We jump from one task to the next, not always finishing one before starting another. You might call the feeling overwhelm or craziness or even panic. I have a solution: a brain dump. It’s simple, but surprisingly successful at calming internal chatter and chaos. Whether you’ve never tried this practice or … Read More

Email Detox: How to Empty Your Inbox

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Shhh. You can tell me. I won’t judge. I promise. How many emails are in your inbox?

 How many of them are unread? Now, lean in. Let me share a secret in return: email in your inbox creates stress. If you’re looking to calm the stress and the mess in your head, one quick (yes, quick, I promise!) and simple place to start is by taming your email inbox. Not only will it be a small win that helps you … Read More

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