15 Simple Ways to Improve Your Diet

I’m not a fan of dieting. Too many diets that I read are nutritionally unbalanced, wrapped around a single principle, such as grapefruits, and selling something, like a magic pill that melts all the fat away. You can’t google anything without something diet related showing up. They all guarantee quick success while showing you the […]

Starting With What We Have: A New Homeschool Year

Homeschooler or not, the end of July means one thing. School is just around the corner. For us, it’s next week. More or less. That just means we’re starting some subjects, but not everything. I’ve been a little slow pulling everything together for a couple of reasons. First, we didn’t have the money to get […]

Eight Healthy Cooking Substitutions to Jump Start a Healthy Diet

Changing cooking habits can be a bit intimidating.  You mean I have to read the recipe to find out how to do it?  What in the world is that ingredient?  What if I don’t like it, or what if the kids don’t like it??  My head might explode if I have to learn a new […]

Eleven Tips to Spritzing Up the House

I love the expression, “Cleaning the house with kids is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.”  Doesn’t get more real than that.  When lots of people, especially children, live together in a contained space, it’s going to get dirty and messy.  But there are ways to minimize the chaos in everyday life.  Then, when […]

Memorial Day: The Reason We CAN Barbecue In Peace

Memorial Day is not National Barbecue Day.  Shocking, I know.  Memorial Day was first proclaimed a holiday in 1868 as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in Arlington Cemetery.  By 1890, all the northern states recognized the holiday.  After World War I, all the states began recognizing the […]

Day 21: Kill the TV Time-Killer

Today is Day 21 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life. I’m no fan of television.  That doesn’t mean I never watch TV shows or movies, but it […]

Spring Clean by Eating the Freezer Leftovers

I’ve been strangely silent recently because we are preparing to move.  If you haven’t moved 7 people twice in 14 months, you’re not walking on the wild side.  Anyway, in preparation for moving, I am trying to clean out the freezers.  Yes, we have two.  The goal is to use something each day from the […]

Day 20: Menu Planning Reduces the Stress of Healthy Meals

Today is Day 20 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life. Today we talk about one of my favorite ways to simplify my very busy life…meal planning.  Simplifying food doesn’t […]

Day 19: Reclaiming Floor Space Gives Me Room to Breathe

Today is Day 19 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life. I’ve learned a lot from sharing 1,300 square feet with six people, five of them children.  I […]

Day 18: Relationships Are The Best Kind Of Investment

Today is Day 18 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life. There is more to life than stuff.  That’s a no-brainer, so let’s talk about relationships today.  The […]