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Making Room For Purple Days

Today is a purple day. What is a purple day? Life is really full right now. Teaching homeschool, caring for a baby, and a commitment to a less expensive lifestyle (more cooking from scratch, etc.) fill a lot of time, and Easter musical is upon us now, too. Some days are full from start to … Continue reading

Bouncing Back from Mistakes

Bouncing Back from Mistakes

My least favorite thing about myself? I’m not perfect… I make mistakes. And sometimes it’s hard to recover from those mistakes. Really hard. Even the insignificant ones seem to be a screaming statement about my self worth. Like the other day when I was trying to find the dust pan. What does it say about … 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

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

Bringing the Food Budget Under Control – Part 1

Bringing the Food Budget Under Control – Part 1

Food is arguably the largest living expense outside of housing (and if you’re really reckless, it could be more than housing). It’s also potentially the most unpredictable. I knew I needed to bring our food budget under control, but kept hitting road blocks despite my best intentions. Busy schedules and active kids don’t care about our … Continue reading

On Balance

On Balance

We’ve established that keeping a clean home is hard work. So here’s a note on balance.   (image source) If you find yourself, as I have, tempted to lock the kids in their room until the dishes are done (for example), it may be time to re-assess priorities. Yes, a heavily cluttered and dirty home can cause … Continue reading

Dichotomy of Clean

Dichotomy of Clean

On my quest for clean, I talk to a lot of people about what a clean home is and how to go about getting one. Most people fall into one of four two mindsets when it comes to cleanliness: Getting/keeping my home clean is too hard. I work hard to keep my home clean. Cleaning … Continue reading

Keeping Promises and Resolutions

What? Christmas is in December this year? With a baby due (and born) on December 5, I was determined to have my Christmas shopping done, wrapped, and ready to ship by Thanksgiving. Why, then, do I have Christmas sewing still waiting to be ironed and put together to mail it out? The realization has come, … Continue reading

Help! I forgot to plan for dinner!

The Trap The phone rings, and it’s my husband on his way home from work. “What’s for dinner,” he inevitably asks. “Ummm… how about eating out tonight?” After a long, hard day of work or play, 4:00 always come around sooner than I expect it to. This is when it is tempting just run through … Continue reading