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Milestone Motivators: Happy Birthday to Me!

Remember as a kid when we wanted “cool” stuff for our birthdays? Toys, clothes, experiences, special meals and our favorite cake decorated with our favorite colors or characters? And now as grown-ups, our birthday requests are centered more on other people and making life more manageable. Stuff like vacuum cleaners and time spent with family. … Continue reading

Too Soon to Party?

Too Soon to Party?

We’ve just come off of what is quite possibly the busiest season of our lives. And we wanted to celebrate with some friends. So we sent out invitations and cleaned like CrAzY! There was a point in time when I doubted my decision to have people over so soon. After all, we had been in … Continue reading

But I Just Cleaned That!

I spent the entirety of nap time in the kitchen yesterday. I made two loaves of banana bread (which takes virtually the same amount of time as baking one), and washed the dishes and cleaned the counters while they baked. My feet hurt by the time I was done, but the sight of the clean … Continue reading

7×7 Day Eighteen: Breakthrough!

It’s a  long-held belief of mine that discipline breeds desire. How many necessary things do we avoid in the day because we “don’t want to?” Too many! From exercise to forgiveness, anything is hard to do and harder to want to if we aren’t used to doing it. But if we wait until we “want to,” … Continue reading

7×7 Day Three, plus modifications

7×7 Day Three, plus modifications

Yes, I skipped day two. I didn’t actually skip it, I just skipped writing about it. Don’t tell my publisher. (Just kidding, I don’t have a publisher.) Today’s my third day working on a morning routine and making it a habit. Routines take considerably less time than muddling through the morning because I don’t spend … Continue reading

One Habit at a Time

One Habit at a Time

Confession time: making the bed is no longer on my to-do list. It used to be, but it isn’t any more. Why not? For the same reason brushing my teeth and going to the bathroom aren’t on my to-do list. They are habits. Besides focusing on one thing at a time on a day-to-day basis, … Continue reading

Lessons From A Toddler: Too Much!

Lessons From A Toddler: Too Much!

The Story After stuffing her mouth full of banana slices, Little R found herself with a dilemma. She still had more banana slices on her high chair tray, and no room in her mouth. The only logical choice, of course, was to keep stuffing until she could barely breathe, let alone actually chew the food … Continue reading

Busyness Strikes Again

It’s been a while, again, since I’ve posted anything fresh and new at Help My Home. We’ve had a lot going on! Here’s a sampling: Housework Putting into practice all the ideas and disciplines previously discussed on Help My Home. Laundry, dishes, de-clutter, repeat. Health Eating at home more Establishing a fitness “routine” Life in … Continue reading

Taking Friday “Off”

Taking Friday “Off”

Two perspectives on the Stay-at-Home Mom (SAHM): They don’t work. They never stop working. Both perspectives contain a degree of truth, although I swing toward the latter. Dishes, laundry, cooking, repeat. Now, throw in educational enrichment for the kids, relationship building with the husband, commitments outside the home, and  time for ourselves (if we can … Continue reading

60 Days Notice – Tackling the Monster Box

60 Days Notice – Tackling the Monster Box

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time” – Dave Ramsey Paper Paper generally arrives in one of three ways Mail Stowaways from purse, pocket Purchases and their packaging It comes in many forms Legal documents Reference Material Entertainment Junk Sentimental And ends up in several places Inbox Recycle/garbage Filing cabinet Shred … Continue reading