I usually focus my Christmas in July posts on topics that will help us plan early so we won’t have a chaotic Christmas season. This year I’m focusing on a slightly different topic. One thing I love about Christmas is the “Christmas spirit” that often surrounds us during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We tend to be more … [Read more...] about Christmas in July: Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive Year Round
If you were to eavesdrop on my household at random times throughout the day, it’s likely you would hear me singing more than once. This isn’t because I’m particularly fond of singing and it’s certainly not because I’m gifted at it. I began singing to my children before they were born. When I was pregnant with my first, I would sit in … [Read more...] about Why I’m a Singing Mom
I came across this recipe while searching for frugal dinner ideas. In addition to being frugal, this no-frills dish is easy to prepare and uses common ingredients, making it perfect for nights when you’re short on time or need to make a trip to the grocery store. Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe for Porcupines Skillet.) 1 pound … [Read more...] about Beef Tomato Rice Skillet
My husband and I have come to a crossroads. We’ve been debating how to proceed in regards to purchasing books: Should we continue purchasing print books or should we begin purchasing books in an electronic format? In my household, we’re all bibliophiles. Subsequently, we have hundreds of books. After a year and a half in our current … [Read more...] about Should I Start Buying Ebooks Instead of Print Books?
Though marriage is becoming less common in our society, our culture still has a lot to tell us about it. Unfortunately, a number of myths are among the things our culture tells us about marriage. If we believe these, then our marriages will pay a price because our expectations will be unrealistic. What are some of these myths? Here … [Read more...] about 5 Myths Our Culture Tells Us About Marriage
I opened the door to my youngest daughter’s closet the other day and realized that something had gone terribly wrong. This closet, which was once neat and organized, had become a disaster. There were untidy stacks of baby clothes on the shelves and pieces of equipment that she no longer needs were haphazardly placed on the floor. I could … [Read more...] about Cleaning the Hidden Places
When my house is brimming with hungry guests, I try to prepare a well-liked dish that is easy to prepare and affordable. French bread pizzas fit the bill and they also happen to be fun! To make French bread pizzas, you need some bread. French bread is the normal bread used to make them (as their name indicates), but in a pinch you can … [Read more...] about French Bread Pizzas: A Great Meal for a Crowd
A couple of weeks ago we considered the secret to getting everything done. In short, if we want to complete everything on our to-do lists, then we have to change our schedules so we’re only trying to complete 24 hours’ worth of tasks in each day. Some of us may be able to accomplish this by getting more organized and rearranging when we … [Read more...] about 4 Strategies for Prioritizing Everything You Need To Do