Review: Silicone Baking Cups by The New York Baking Company

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I was sent this set of dozen reusable muffin liners, also known as silicone baking cups, by The New York Baking Company for review purposes. I admit I was a little skeptical. I had purchased a different brand of silicone baking cups a few years ago and they were disappointing. This set from The New York Baking Company arrived, and I was prepared to be disappointed again, because this set is thinner than the other set I own. Well, it … Read More

Make a Digital Home Management Binder

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It’s a simple fact: We need to track the details of running our households in order to maintain sanity and reliability. Our job isn’t to impress others, but it is to serve others, and we can do that better when we have a grip on the details involved in doing so. A home management binder is a tool to collect, organize, and use those details, and it can be done digitally! Create your own digital home management binder Introduction Calendar … Read More

What is Intrinsic Motivation? Motivating Without Stickers

So, if Daniel Pink, in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is correct in his conclusions, extrinsic motivators should be taboo whenever the work we assign requires creativity or when it is something that touches personhood (virtue, learning). So what tactics are left to us? If we aren’t to use sticker charts or play money or marbles or other superficial reward structures, are there any tactics we can use? Intrinsic Motivators in the Home & Homeschool … Read More

Book Review | Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Back in January I listened to a library audio copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. It was one of those synchronicity books: unaware of the book, Matt had come across the RSA summary and shared it with me and then a day or two later I was browsing my brother’s Amazon wishlist and saw the title there. So I opened a new tab in my browser, went to the library’s site, searched for … Read More

Digital Home Management “Binder”: Daily Docket

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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? It certainly can. Series to Date Introduction Calendar … Read More

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