Planning for the Holidays? Already?

September is almost halfway over.  I've started pulling out the fall decor for my house.  We're eating chili and watching football on Saturdays.  I love it!! But, this heralds the beginning of the craziest season of the year ... October through December are pure chaos as far as the calendar and schedule go.  Anyone else feel that way? I'm over at Not Quite Amish today sharing some tips for planning now for the holiday season you really want to have.  Join me there?   ... [Read More]

Life Coaching, Laundry, and Learning to Focus

  Once upon a time there was a girl who was Type AAAAAAA. Schedule and routine were her BFFs. She nurtured her relationship with them and gave them plenty of attention. She consulted the mighty duo before accepting any obligation. She paid attention to how she spent her time and took pride in accomplishing her daily goals. All was well in her world. Until ... She had a three-week-long headache due to stress. Her husband started a new job at a church in a new community. Her daughter ... [Read More]

School Clothes, School Supplies, and Boots for Momma! {Back to School Preparations}

Two weeks from today, my daughter will start her last year of middle school. {Hold me, please.} It's not that I want to go back to the days of diapers and late night feedings. Nor do I wish to return to potty training and the never ending sounds of Barbie princess movies.  I really don't even miss spelling lists or working on multiplication tables {probably because we still end up needing to do those}. But somehow knowing that this time next year we'll be staring at her first high school class ... [Read More]

10 Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving

I know ... Thanksgiving is happy.  But it's also very stressful and chaotic, especially for the mom/chef/baker/photograph taker.    So, I thought I'd offer some ideas for the most frantic demographic on Thanksgiving Day - the moms. Make double of whatever you can.   This won't actually save you any time now; but, at Christmas when your mac & cheese is already mixed up and in the freezer ready to be thawed and cooked, you'll be glad you did it!  {I make double mac & cheese, ... [Read More]

Beat Holiday Chaos: 4 Ideas for Staying Focused

Less than a week until Thanksgiving ... just over a month until Christmas.  Perhaps your calendar looks a little bit like mine ... c.r.a.z.y. But, before the mayhem begins, I'd like to share with you four ideas for staying focused on what really matters during this holiday season. Read the Gospel of Luke during December.  There are 24 chapters so reading a chapter a day takes you through the life of Christ before we celebrate His birth. Involve your family in the decisions.  Ask each ... [Read More]

{Top Ten} Ways to Use a Silverware Caddy

Sometimes you get something and it's just too cool to use exclusively for its intended purpose.  Ya know?  That's how I feel about the Give Thanks Wooden Caddy I received recently from Dayspring.   It's absolutely gorgeous ... and so I decided to figure out some ways to use it beyond the obvious.   I did find quite a few! 1.  The Obvious image from 2.  A Cornucopia 3.  Candles 4.  Dish Rags 5.  Art Supplies 6.  Facecloths 7.  Flowers 8.  Bookend 9.  Remote Control ... [Read More]