13 Reasons Why This Is Awesome

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        *Oops! Looks like you missed the 2015 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! To find out about future bundles click here. Well, this is it. Less than 24 hours to go. The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale--a library of homemaking resources, ebooks, and ecourses--ends tonight at midnight (Monday, April 27th)! It’s been awesome hearing from readers about how much you … [Read more...]

The One Thing That Helped This Messy Mom Keep a Clean House

Messy house? This is the simplest tip to keeping a clean house ever.

I’ve always felt over my head with homemaking. Keeping things clean AND tidy has been unattainable and once things get messy, it feels like it takes two straight days of cleaning to get everything in order. Or at least...it did. Before I did the stupid easy thing everyone said would fix it: GET RID OF THE STUFF. A few months ago I had an epiphany after clearing out the big kids room of most of … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Pursuing Your Dream When You Can’t Pursue Your Dream…Yet

5 Tips for Pursuing Your Dream (When You Can't Pursue Your Dream...Yet)

I recently shared about the crazy life-changing adventure we’re going on next year. But I also want to address a few things that have come up in talking about it with you in the comments or social media about pursuing passions. There are different seasons to life. There are times when opportunity strikes and when it doesn’t. There are times when either the budget or your time cannot be … [Read more...]

The Video in Which I Cry…Twice (And a Super Awesome Recipe to Beat the Breakfast Blahs)

Sweet Sweet Potato Hash Recipe (Gluten-free, Egg-Free)// Carrots for Michaelmas

Wow. What a crazy week! In addition to that post about why Voldemort hates homeschooling striking a chord (or...hitting a nerve, depending on how you look at it) I was completely unprepared for the amazing response to our moving-to-a-farm news. I didn't know how to say thank you, so I made a vlog. And then I cried in it.....twice. I have read every email, comment, tweet, FB message, … [Read more...]

Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling

Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling

In the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, there’s an interesting moment when educational rights are discussed in the wizarding world. In the final book of the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the three main characters Harry, Ron, and Hermione, are in hiding while the dark wizard Voldemort takes over the magical world. Their friend and former professor, Remus Lupin, visits them to … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Start Green Cleaning Your Home

5 Tips to Start Green Cleaning Your Home

Quick note from Haley: Thank you for all your amazing encouragement in response to yesterday's news. I have been scrolling through your comments and emails with happy tears in my eyes. If haven't had a chance to respond to most of your sweet words because we have a lot going on with house selling stuff, but I wanted to say that I have read each and every word and THANK YOU so much! OK, on to the … [Read more...]

When You Leave Your Comfortable Life and Change Just About Everything (THE BIG NEWS)

When You Leave Your Comfortable to Do Something Crazy

Since I mentioned in February that we put our house on the market, inquiring minds have wanted to know why we’re moving. And y’all, I have been bursting with this news for months. Months! Now that it’s actually time to share it, I hardly know where to start. Here's the basic idea: we’re selling our house and leaving behind Daniel’s stable job and everything we know to move our five-person … [Read more...]

When You Feel Like You’re Drowning in Survival Mode (A Library for a Song and a Free Kindle!)

When You Feel Like You're Drowning in Survival Mode

I got married at age 20 the summer before my junior year in college. I accepted a full-time job in publications at the university just before graduation and found out a couple of weeks later that I was pregnant with our first child. Two years later we tacked on a cross country move, a brief stint in grad school, two more babies after increasingly debilitating pregnancies (hyperemesis … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 124

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Last weekend we had our parish picnic. I LOVE Easter Egg hunts that happen DURING Eastertide. Hooray! Lucy spent most of the time finding eggs and putting them in babies' baskets because she was worried the babies wouldn't get enough. The warrior princesses got their faces painted like fairies while Benjamin opted for "The Monster Mask." Entire crew was devastated when bath time came and … [Read more...]

Daniel and I Each Snuck Into a Book

Rosaries Aren't (Just) for Teething

Guess what! A few months ago, I was asked to contribute to a book of reflections on the mysteries of the Rosary and motherhood. And it's almost out! I wrote about the Visitation which is my favorite mystery.     Edited by Michele Chronister of My Domestic Monastery!   With contributors including: Amy of Go Forth and Mother Kelly of This Ain't the Lyceum Cari of Clan … [Read more...]