Hey there! It's been a little while. Life is busy--you know this. So let's get to it. Today, we're talking about Norwex. Somehow, I've gone fifteen plus years of my adult house-cleaning life without brining these blessed products into my life. Why? I'm "allergic" to parties--as in anaphylaxis social reactions to parties and most of life's social events in general. Sigh...

School shootings. They're one of those truly evil and ugly things we wish weren't part of our children's world. But the reality is, they are. So as parents, we need to talk about these hard topics with our kids. How much should we share with them? What do they need to hear? Thankfully, Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After Inc. (and the blessed woman who wrote the "tricky person" concept that made such an impact in my family's life) wrote this blog post with twelve helpful tips for talking...

Hey there. It's been a while. And yet this is still going to be short and simple so you can get back to being the glue that holds your family together. Today I want to introduce you to a rule of thumb a wise mom of eight (yes, eight) shared with me that helps her keep order in a house full of ten peoples' things. Ready for Laura's family's rule (or reminder, or way of life, or whatever)? Here it is: TOUCH IT ONCE. Three magical words that essentially mean "don't...

Today has been memorable. It's my daughter's 5th birthday. She got that special red baseball cap she wanted and she's worn it nonstop. I'll remember that. But unfortunately, this day of hers will always carry with it the memory of my integrity being slandered and put into question before the world by someone much bigger, and much louder than I. Maybe you haven't read the article in The Daily Beast featuring...

January has brought an influx of storage container displays in stores, and organizational posts on Pinterest. It must be time to get organized for the new year! Decluttering, organizing, simplifying--these words and what they entail excite me to no end. Even if you're not a nerd like me and don't enjoy the act of decluttering (not just re-arranging your stuff, but actually purging it from your life), surely you can appreciate the results. Unfortunately, we as parents may be on board with dejunking our stuff,...

Who needs one more thing to do during the busy Christmas holiday? You're not raising your hand, are you? Haha. I wouldn't have either had I been posed that question. But, what if this "thing" you'd be taking on would bring a little more love, a little more kindness, a little less selfishness, and a little more of whom this season is all about-- Jesus Christ--into your family and the lives of those around you? Since everyone could use more of all...

My favorite "payable" of all time has got to be a job we've titled "dinner helper." (Check out this blog post, or our book if the word "payable" is throwing you for a loop.) I've mentioned before that we consider some life skills to be payables--including (but not limited to) anything that goes down in the kitchen! "Dinner helper" is the eventual catch-all chore for many, if not all of the skills that fall under the "Feed Myself" category on our "I Can" lists. When my kids...

I'll make this brief. I'm a total school nerd. I dive into my boys' backpacks the moment they walk in from school in search of graded schoolwork, calendars, and notes that need my attention. Because of this, my kids have never missed a reading calendar signing, t-shirt order form, field trip permission slip, etc. (That sounded as if I think I deserve some kind of Most Paper-Attentive Mom award, as opposed to the awkward social silence this weirdness probably warrants. Haha.) It dawned on...

As promised, our Time Well Spent e-book is live and available for purchase today. Wahoo! You can check it out right here. There were many of you who subscribed to blog notifications on our website for twenty percent off our e-book when it became available. Well, since you had to wait so stinkin' long, we're going to do you one better. (I'm not sure that last sentence plays nicely with the rules of the English language, but hey--it's personable so I'm going...

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