Archives for February 2015

Your Husband Can’t Read Your Mind

Before I got married, I had a mental list of things I would and wouldn’t do in marriage. I’ll always have my husband’s work clothes washed and ironed when he needs them. I’ll never stay in sweatpants all day and let myself look like a slob. Ha! What a difference a few years make! One of the … [Read more...]

Tips for Tear-Free Tummy Time

Tummy time—time spent on their bellies instead of on their backs—can be a trial for many babies. When it’s tough on them, it’s also tough on their parents and other caregivers. My daughter, Amaris, used to cry during tummy time. I began experimenting with our approach and searching for ideas … [Read more...]

Oat Outburst! (Oat Information and Recipe Roundup)

Given that oats are nutritious, affordable, and versatile, it’s no wonder that a warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal can help me have a great start to the day. Unfortunately, at first glance, oats can seem kind of boring. They’re not, though! There are so many delicious was to prepare them. Need … [Read more...]

Keeping It Real While Practicing Hospitality

When I have guests over, I typically try to make things nice. I do my best to get the house in tip-top shape, I cook my best meals, I use formal serving dishes, and I smile and act cheerfully (even if I’m having a rough day). I’m beginning to realize that this nice façade may not be … [Read more...]

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

My husband is dissatisfied with the breakfast sausage available where we shop for groceries. We’ve tried every brand they sell, but he’s always been disappointed. While he was searching for breakfast ideas a couple of weeks ago, he came across a recipe that he asked me to try. I was more than … [Read more...]

Ways to Increase the Humidity in Your Home Without a Humidifier

When I lived in Texas, we welcomed the dry air of winter as a break from very humid summers. Now that I’m living in the north, the dry winter air is problematic. We’re suffering from dry skin, irritated nasal passages (this increases the likelihood we’ll come down with a cold or flu), and … [Read more...]

Maintaining Friendships Across Life Stages

Years ago, when I was still single, I noticed that something weird happened as my friends got married: An invisible wedge developed between us and our friendships were tested. The same thing happened when they began having children and I remained childless. I’ve heard other women share about similar … [Read more...]

Handling the Endless Work of Homemaking

Not long after I got married I realized that the work of a homemaker is never complete. There is no 9-to-5 work schedule. There are no days off for the weekends or holidays. There aren’t even meal breaks. Instead, the sink fills with dishes every day—especially on weekends and holidays. The … [Read more...]