Ep #115 – Biblical homemaking is our calling

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With laundry and dishes and messy floors and dust and clutter, homemaking can seem a daunting and thankless job. When we let Scripture determine our categories and definitions and mission, however, we realize that biblical homemaking is a service to God and His people, and so we can rejoice as stewards in the place God has put us. Homemaking 101 ought not be about cleaning lists and chores, but about loving and serving people, making homes in which they – … Read More

Ep. #114 – Checklists for bite-sized routines

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Procedure checklists are the perfect solution for overwhelmed moms. Checklists are even more helpful when the steps they list out are for bite-sized routines, routines that are not themselves overwhelming or perfectionism, but small and doable. October’s topic inside Convivial Circle and here on the podcast is procedure checklists. When it’s hard to get started because there’s too much to do, a procedure checklist is the shortcut to momentum you need. This episode is an excerpt from a member-only mentoring … 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

Ep. #112 – Make your checklists priority-focused

When we as moms are overwhelmed, a procedure checklist 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 applies is keeping … Read More

Ep. #111 – Procedure Checklists for the Overwhelmed Mom

Are you an overwhelmed mom? Frustrated with too much to do? A set of procedure checklists is just what you need to get the traction you want. When you’re looking at how to organize your life, getting a few key procedure checklists is the perfect place to begin. This month inside the Simply Convivial Circle we’re talking all about procedure lists – when to keep them and how to keep them simple. We often think we need some fancy or … Read More

Ep. #110 – Wobble in Balance

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True balance is not a matter of perfection, achievement, or equality. It is about making the needed adjustments as you go. When you try to organize your life, seeking balance is good, but only if you have the right metaphor. The truth about any athlete able to maintain balance in awkward positions is that although they look stable and unmoving, their entire body is actually tense and continually on the move, adjusting and twitching to keep their position. It looks … Read More

Ep #109 – What to do when life feels wobbly, a conversation with Virginia Lee Rogers

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Balance is something that we all strive for – at least sometimes.  Sometimes we definitely give up. What’s the right balance in our home management duties? What’s the right balance in seeking balance? Today Virginia Lee Rogers and I are chatting about balance, why it’s so hard, and how to keep it in perspective. We want balance because life feels wobbly. Today my friend and Simply Convivial customer support manager Virginia Lee Rogers are talking about why we feel wobbly and … Read More

Ep. #107: A Balanced Life – is it a thing?

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People talk all the time about living a balanced life, but what do they mean? What do we mean when we say we’re trying to balance our lives? Some mean they are working on work/life balance, a seemingly elusive goal. On the hunt for how to organize their lives, it seems most moms are looking for some secret formula to make juggling our many responsibilities possible – and maybe even equitable. Inside Simply Convivial Membership this month, we’re talking about … Read More

5 Ways to Prepare Your Kitchen for Back-to-School

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We are pulling out the books and starting back to the daily school routine, and it seems like whatever time I once had in the kitchen evaporates as soon as the school books open. It’s a shock to the system- because not only do I have less time, but I care even more about what my kids are eating. Did they get fiber and protein for breakfast? How can I make sure they have what they need to stay focused … Read More

How to organize your calendar

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Learning how to organize your calendar is one of the first steps to take when you want to get organized, because your calendar is your most important organization tool. If you are are learning how to organize your life, your calendar is the best place to start. Learn how to organize your calendar! If you’re a busy mom and you want to be organized, you absolutely MUST have a working, accurate calendar. These 3 tips will have you using an … Read More

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