For the first seven years of our marriage, I cooked through cookbooks. I rarely ever cooked the same thing twice. If it was a big hit meal, I might have made it 3 times. I simply loved trying something new every time I cooked.
It can be tempting to look back on those early years of marriage and cooking and think I really set myself up for failure. The standard I set for myself in the kitchen was onerous. But I like to think of it as a season that was special. The season may have changed, but the things I learned in that process made me the cook and homemaker I am today.
A friend of mine came up to me at church last week and asked, “I was wondering – now that you have four kids, do you still cook something new each time you cook?” I kind of laughed and said, “Those days are long gone.”
I have been on an extended run of diaper duty: SEVEN YEARS (!!) with no end in sight! Four kids under 7, means A LOT of diapers and A LOT of, ahem…smells. I know I am not the only homemaking mama that has tried it all to make sure that when welcoming guests into her home, they are not immediately tipped off to the fact that my day is full of diaper duty. Because, let’s be real:
It took me almost 5 full years of diaper duty to discover the real-deal solutions to the diaper stink problem in my home, and I know you are going to want to know this, too!
We currently have two little ones in diapers. Ugh… and I have been working on this problem since long before we had our second baby. We discovered some things along the way that helped; but I solved the entire diaper stink problem.
First: You are Doing it Wrong!!
I was, too! Don’t worry, you can fix it! Here are the common STINK situation problems and how to remedy them. Continue Reading
I get up in the morning around 5 AM. I try to get to bed between 11 PM and 12 AM. And I am usually up with our baby at some point in the middle of the night. So there are a LOT of hours in my mothering/homemaking day. Wow, writing that just now made me realize just how many! Dang…I deserve a medal! And there are moments of my day that are a breeze. There are moments of my day that are exasperating. There are moments that are indescribable. But there is a section of my day that I would definitely title: “THE HARDEST.” Strung together near the conclusion of my many waking hours are the hardest 15 minutes of my day.
I have a major, major temptation to just avoid these fifteen minutes altogether.
They are that hard.
These minutes come at the end of every day, no matter what that day has thrown at me. They knock on the door of my psyche and say, “It’s time.” And I groan and say, “Really? Do I really have to do it all over again?”
And the answer comes from within my own heart – most days – “Yes, it is worth it.” Continue Reading
I have been doing this homemaking thing for almost 12 years. In that time I have learned a TON of things. And in that time I have discovered that there is something I can always improve, some system I can tweak, some organizational system I can streamline, some easier way to clean I can add to my cleaning routine. And in that time I have discovered that I can’t do it all. I need help!
And modern technology has made it easier than ever to get information and encouragement, instruction and motivation. There are countless blogs and books written to help us in our homemaking endeavors. So sorting out the resources has become a task in itself! And honestly, I don’t have the time to waste on things that are not helpful to me on my homemaking journey.
I am so happy that there is a place to get the MOST AWESOME content available on EVERY topic related to homemaking that I can think of. There is this really cool set of resources, bundled together and hugely discounted, perfect for helping me get the help I need to make my homemaking goals and dreams into realities. And it is only available once a year for only 6 DAYS!
In the past couple of years I have had a number of friends mention a problem they are having with their leather furniture. And they all seem to be having the same problem and saying the same thing: “I have a leather sofa that is wearing pretty heavily on the arms. The leather is cracked and is peeling away. What is wrong with it?”
While I do not claim to be an expert about leather goods, I have put a lot of thought into the problem and its solution. And I own a vintage leather chair and a custom leather sofa, so I have put a lot of thought into how to care for them. So today I am going to share with you my thoughts about the proper care and maintenance of leather furniture. I have a number of things to say about it before we get to the care part. Continue Reading
We are so close to being ready to reveal our remodeled downstairs bathroom…so close! (UPDATE: See our full bathroom all done and pretty here!) And the patience that has been wrought in my heart as a result of this project is indescribable – it has been over a year since we started working on it! But we have had almost everything done in that room for months now and are waiting on finishing touches. So, I thought I would share a little preview of the made over bathroom along with a quick tutorial about keeping glass shower doors clean from day one. Continue Reading