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...

It's up!  The paperback of Time Well Spent: Raising Confident, Independent, Financially Responsible Children (I know, I know--same title as my blog--I'm super creative) is finally ready to go! The e-book version will be released on Thursday, September 1st for those of you who subscribed a while back for 20% off our ebook--I promise I didn't forget you. When our family started this hair-brained book-writing adventure one year ago, I honestly didn't know if this day would ever come. But it has. And in the...

So, I'm late. Summer has already commenced and with it--the summer bucket lists of all the elaborate and simple adventures your family is going to cram into the weeks before school starts again. Lucky for me, however, there's still time (and possibly still room on your summer bucket lists) to post about a resource we made that I think you're going to love us for. At least I hope you will. So what is it? Well, we've created a bunch of lists that are chuck full...

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