How to Conquer the Sunday Night Blues

No more Sunday night depression! Mondays, I can handle you.

Do you get them, too? The Sunday night blues? Even as a child, I always felt morose on Sunday evenings. It would hit me as Dad hollered to us kids that it was time to go home. (You have to literally "holler" when your children are running wild over the church property, flushed with Capture the Flag and bellies full of ice cream.) It was always the same: I stared out the window of the back seat as we drove home, happy but sad. The fun, glorious weekend was over, and it was back to school and business as usual come Monday morning. The feeling didn't go away in college. In fact, it was even worse. Probably because when you're in college ... Continue Reading

The Secret to Organizing Your Lists, Once and for All

If you love making lists but have never found a way to keep them organized, this post is for you!

Have you ever had a friend confide to you that she looooves making lists? And you smile enthusiastically and say "Oh, me too!!" You talk about how you love your lists, how you need your lists, and you feel like the two of you share a secret. You've got a special personality quirk in common that makes you both tick! Now that I've been on one side or the other of this conversation over a dozen times, I've come to this realisation: We all love making lists. Or a lot of us do, at least. Finding a fellow list-lover is about as common as discovering that another woman likes dark chocolate. Yeah, pretty common! What's far less ... Continue Reading

Watermelon Lemonade Ice

A fruit ice is the perfect cold dessert for summer! Here’s a simple recipe for watermelon lemonade ice that you can prep in no time…and later enjoy on the porch or poolside with friends.

When summer heats up, no homemaker wants to use the oven any more than she has to. That might mean that you bake less cakes and cookies than you do the rest of the year, but it doesn’t mean that you have to give up dessert until September. Keep your kitchen cool and enjoy cold desserts instead! Cold desserts are perfect for a laid-back summer because you can make them ahead of time and then pull them out of the fridge or freezer whenever your family is in the mood for an after-dinner treat. One of the easiest frozen desserts you can make is a fruit ice. Head over to Keeper of the Home to read the rest of this post and get my ... Continue Reading

How to Make Any Apartment Feel Like Home

I don't need to wait for new circumstances to create the home of my dreams. I love these 5 tips for breathing life, comfort, and joy into even the most cramped, uninspiring, and beige-y apartments! You can transform any boring rental or temporary living space, if you just use a little creativity!

Please welcome Bethany, the author of today's post! Bethany and I "met" online a few months ago and instantly hit it off. We have a lot in common, and I love her blog. Bethany's writing is always smart, sometimes hilarious, and tells a good story. I haven't read her whole archives yet, (as I often like to do when I discover a new favourite blog), but I'm looking forward to doing so, with a good cup of coffee. I know you'll love her post today about transforming any apartment, rental, or temporary living space to feel like a home with personality and style! Guest post by Bethany of Dandelion Pie I felt hopeless when we moved into our ... Continue Reading

What to Do on Your Summer Staycation

These ideas for a summer staycation look really fun...and super frugal! I want to do them all!

Most of us are far too busy to explore what our little corner of the world has to offer. We zigzag through town to get to commitments and activities, rarely taking time to discover what’s off our own beaten path. When we’re at home, we have infinite tasks and to-do lists to work through. We squeeze leisure time into the cracks in our day, hoping it will be enough to fix our frazzled lives and give us the glue to stick with our hectic schedules for another week. As summer break approaches on the calendar, we’re desperate to get out of town and leave our busyness behind. Unfortunately, travel isn’t always possible. Preparing for a ... Continue Reading

79 Ways to Practice Self Care

Hands down, this is the best list of self-care ideas I've come across! If you ever lack for inspiration and ideas for practicing self care, refer to this list and pick something that refreshes your body, mind, or soul.

Self care waters our dry roots and helps us to flourish no matter what life throws at us. We practice it every day, whether we realise it or not, but sometimes realising it and taking note makes a little self care go a longer way. If you want to learn about the heart health and longevity benefits of self care or how it produces endorphins, you'll have to look elsewhere. I'm not here to cite studies and convince you that a good thing is good. My aim is to inspire you. To get you musing about all the ways you can practice self care on a daily, ongoing basis. To point out to you, as you browse this list, that you're likely already taking ... Continue Reading

5 Old-Fashioned Habits That Are Due for a Comeback

In our technology-seeped, drive-through culture we've lost a few things that used to make us slow down, connect with each other on a more personal level, and put our own best self forward. It's high time we revive the old customs that made life better--and made us take our time.

Do you want to pull out of the fast lane? To take a slower, more intentional approach in your day-to-day? In our technology-seeped, drive-through culture we've lost a few things that used to make us slow down, connect with each other on a more personal level, and put our own best self forward. It's high time we revive these old customs that made life better--and made us take our time. Writing letters Like many of you, I grew up in a flurry of stationary and stickers with half a dozen pen-pals and no such thing as an email until junior high. When a letter arrived for me I'd abscond with it to my bunk bed or a tree to pour over ... Continue Reading

7 First Steps to a Clutter-Free Home

These 7 first steps to a clutter-free home will help you lay the groundwork for all the sorting and purging to come.

You can dive into decluttering haphazardly, enjoying temporary satisfaction from your efforts, or you can declutter with a plan, transforming your home into a space that breathes personality and welcome. I've taken both approaches, and it's no surprise I prefer the latter! Systematic decluttering takes longer and requires more work, but it will permanently change the way you view stuff, alter your spending habits, and even make you a better homemaker! These 7 first steps to a clutter-free home will help you lay the groundwork for all the sorting and purging to come. 1. Get motivated It's hard to make any headway with your stuff if ... Continue Reading

The Little Women Guide to Homemaking

Little Women is one of my all-time favourite books and movies! As I've re-read the novel, I've realised there's a lot you can learn about homemaking from Little Women!

Millions of readers will be eternally grateful that Lousia May Alcott chose to spend one New England spring writing "a story for girls." Little Women was based on her own family, and she churned out the first volume in a matter of weeks, falling into the same writers' vortex that she would send Jo into during the course of the novel. It's surprisingly difficult to put your finger on what makes Little Women so endearing, as I discovered when I re-read the book this year. Perhaps it's because Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are so realistic and undeniably human. The first chapter, when they complain about poverty and chores, makes it obvious that ... Continue Reading

How I’m Overcoming My Biggest Homemaking Distraction

Do you have a homemaking distraction? I sure do, and here's what it is...and how I'm fighting it.

Distractions aren’t always bad things in and of themselves, and that’s what makes them so hard to spot. Several times in the five years since I got married, I’ve gone through periods where I felt like I could barely keep my head above water with all the homemaking things that needed to be done. I wondered why I never felt on top of things. Why getting supper on the table before 8:30 was such a battle. Why I hardly managed to get the floor vacuumed and the bathroom cleaned each week, much less do extra chores like wiping down appliances or organizing the pantry. Although crafting routines and implementing a very simple ... Continue Reading