Um, this is cooler than I thought.

I was digging around at the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle site yesterday, downloading more of my goodies, when I noticed something I missed before: The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Book Club and Facebook group. This is a really cool feature that I wanted to mention. It includes author interviews (so … [Continue reading]

Large family logistics: it’s all about systems

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I've been thinking a lot lately about systems, and how implementing them is the answer to solving so many problems, especially in a large family. It started with our embarrassing habit of arriving 1 minute late to our place of worship. Yikes. Week after week we couldn't get our stuff together to … [Continue reading]

Recent reads

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit - quick reviews of books recently read. All You Need to be Impossibly French by Helena Frith … [Continue reading]

Having one of those days? Watch this

I'll never forget an experience I had shortly after my first child was born. Just a few weeks old, I had dressed him up to go to our place of worship. … [Continue reading]

Kids don’t need toys, reason #578


At least once a week, my husband and I will look at one another, after watching a child play with a cardboard box, and say: "Kids don't need … [Continue reading]

Maintenance. Now.

Grumpy pug needs her sleep.

A lot of things are falling apart in my home, all at once, it seems. I doubt the appliances conspire against us to fail in precisely the same month … [Continue reading]

Why I got rid of so many books (and an awesome Grove offer!)

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A lot of spring cleaning and decluttering is going on around here lately. One of the toughest things for me to get rid of has always been … [Continue reading]

Recent Reads

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit. Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American … [Continue reading]

In which I am mean and force my kids to be bored


This post on Modern Mrs. Darcy (In praise of being bored) reminded me of a topic I'm passionate about: boredom and "kids these days". Our children … [Continue reading]



Printemps I love this time of year. At this moment I'm sitting on my deck sipping coffee while the kids play around me. And my coffee isn't getting … [Continue reading]