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The Mess Means People Live Here

I’m surrounded by evidence that I have four children. In my house. My car. My garage. Even on my stained clothes. Depending on the day, my inner pendulum swings between embracing the mess and resenting every crumb-maker in my family. read more


Homemade Laundry Detergent

According to Procter & Gamble, the average American family washes 330-390 loads of laundry a year and spends $180-$600 per year on detergent. That’s a lot of money. If you’ve got 40 minutes, you can make your own homemade detergent that lasts around six months and costs less than $25 a batch. read more


Kitchen Stories

The kitchen of our souls is that place where we store the memories of life experiences that have shaped us into who we are. These include dreams that define what we want most in life, along with memories of places where “doing life” has been surprisingly hard. read more


There’s No Place Like Home

“There’s no place like home.” Oh how I longed to feel that way when I was young. I was a child with two houses, but no real home. My parents had divorced when I was very young, so the concept of “home” was almost as unbelievable as a green-faced witch and talking scarecrow. read more


Taming Housework

The number of tasks we have to accomplish each day can feel overwhelming. To make life easier, first, prioritize tasks according to their abc's. Then, plan what tasks will be completed by using steps 1,2 and 3. read more