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Homemaking

10 Ways to Grow as a Person This Year

10 Ways to Grow as a Person This Year

Want to grow as a person and better yourself this year? Think you don’t have time to learn a new skill or break a bad habit? Take a look at these 10 small ways to grow and learn. They are painless, but practical! Learn something […]

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

I can hardly believe that my son, Matthew, will be home in a few days for Christmas vacation. The anticipation of the season has been sweet. We’ve purposefully marked our calendar to include times of rest and solitude which has made this Christmas the most […]

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

The Christmas season tends to scream URGENCY, from the way marketers flash goods in our face like theres a scarcity of products and we must grab them all up before someone else gets them, to the jam-packed calendars we cram full of good things we […]

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

I’m having so much fun making these sweet quilt-work looking Scandinavian Stars. I love anything  homespun or handmade,  so when I saw these online, I knew I needed to sit and make a batch. I used a few cute fabrics I found at Wal-Mart, but […]

The Beauty of Ordinary Homemaking

The Beauty of Ordinary Homemaking

I’ve been focusing my reading on home making recently, a subject which intrigues and inspires me and puts me at odds with the feminists in my life. Maybe I’m strange, but I love taking care of our home and the people who enter here. There’s […]

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

It’s Monday and time for another challenge. This week’s challenge is to make a special dinner or tea time for your family. Special doesn’t mean you have to cook all day. Special means thought and love went into the planning the details. I absolutely love […]

Cozy Home Challenge Week 2 {Front Door Decor!}

Cozy Home Challenge Week 2 {Front Door Decor!}

It’s Monday, time for another Cozy Home Challenge. First, the good news. The winner of the Gracelaced Book is RUTH MOORE. Congratulations! I’ll pop that in the mail for you! Today’s challenge: Decorate your front door. My sisters and I always say that if someone just […]

A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

I’m re-reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason and I stumbled upon this nugget of mothering goodness that stayed with me for months and wanted to share it, as I don’t recall ever reading it explained this way anywhere else. (And let’s be honest, you’ve seen […]

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

I spent most of the day outside, tending my herb and flower garden while my 3 year old played nearby. It’s warm enough now to plant, so I bought a few herbs to replace several that didn’t survive the winter: parsley, mint, and basil. I spent […]