It seems that over the last 100 years or so, the ART of homemaking has been lost. What used to be something that we coveted as little girls, became somewhat of a burden. We were no longer taught that we should desire to be homemakers – that it was LESS THAN. Instead, we should desire a career only and also wanting to keep a home was beneath us.
When the Instant Pot became all the rage, a lot of my friends get rid of their slow cookers because they didn’t think they would ever use them again. It became a Crock Pot vs. Instant Pot “thing” for some reason. But they’re both pretty amazing in their own ways.
Nothing New Under the Sun
Pressure cookers are nothing new – they’ve been around for a long, long time. I had already been using a stove-top pressure cooker for about two years when Instant Pots became popular, and yet I still had my Crock Pots. Why? Because I used (and still use) both.
While the Instant Pot (or other like versions) do offer the slow cooker option, a lot of times (from what I have read), they don’t work as well as a “real” slow cooker and have a tendency to burn food. I know that’s likely not the case for ALL Instant Pots; however, I think it makes sense for me to have both and I’m going to tell you why.[Read more…]
Part of making-your-home (homemaking) is the decorating part. I’d be lying if I told you that was my expertise. The truth is, I get all my inspiration from Pinterest and then I just copy it. Ha ha! They say imitation is a form of flattery, right?
If you were to come into my home, you’d be instantly aware that I love words.
There are words EVERYWHERE.
I have printed words on the wall. There are printed graphics that are framed. We have blocks of wood with words painted on them. I have painted chalkboards in the kitchen with scripture. There are chalkboards in the bathroom. There is a whiteboard in the kitchen. Letterboards galore live here. I have window clings on the mirrors. Jewelry? Yup, words there too.
Scripture is everywhere. Funny sayings are in abundance.
Why surround yourself with truth and laughter?
Because if I don’t, my inner voice with negativity is louder. Lies are loud.
I take the Scripture about writing things on your doorpost (Deuteronomy chapter 6 and also chapter 11) to be very literal.
It is crazy important to surround yourself with truth. Every day. It’s a daily, hourly, minute reminder of what’s really true.
Laughter is good medicine. You are God’s workmanship. A joyful heart is good. No one can snatch you out of His hand.
And here’s a homemaking bonus – it’s really easy to decorate your home with words. Find free prints on Pinterest and go to town with some Dollar Tree frames. Don’t like the color? Hello, spray paint!
Letterboards and chalkboards are easily changed as often as you like! Change it up with the seasons! 🙂
Don’t know how to letter? No problem – you can use my cheater method.
Find phrases and scripture that speak to your soul and make you laugh.
And then, surround yourself with them. Words have power.
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Listen up – I hate to exercise. It’s the lowest thing on my GET IT DONE list each day. But regardless, I knock it out every day before my kids wake up.
Why am I doing this thing that I don’t really like…especially when I’d rather curl up on the couch with a good book, under a blanket, when the house is nice and quiet?!
Well, the short answer is…I just feel better when I do it. But after trying lots of different methods of exercise, I’ve landed on rebounding as my favorite (see what I did there? Ha!). Let’s talk about why jumping on a rebounder is awesome.[Read more…]
Everywhere we look, it seems like we’re inundated with things to do for Christmas:
- Beautiful trees
- Fancy desserts
- BIG gifts
Is there anything wrong with any of that? Absolutely not! Those are all wonderful things!!! The problem is, when those things stress us out, and keep us from enjoying our time with family, we don’t really need them.
I remember when I first learned about menstrual cups – and it’s totally not a normal story. We were at Bible study and everyone knew I loved coffee – so they gifted me a coffee mug that says: Domestic Diva. For the record, I still love and use that mug regularly.
But then, the men started calling it my Diva Cup. And somehow, someone got on the internet and found out what a Diva Cup really was…and I was ABHORRED. No really.
What!?! No Way!
People do this?! They put a cup up in their hoo-ha?! What a bunch of tree-hugging weirdos!
And now, here we are. In the place where I always find myself…falling off my high horse and eating lots of crow.
Hear that? It’s the crows in my front yard.[Read more…]
I’ve been making Overnight Oats for many years. At first, I started because it was a cool breakfast to eat in the summer months when it’s HOT as soon as your feet hit the floor and you just want to sit in the nude and eat cold food. What? Oh, that’s just me? Oh well.
And then, my kids fell in love with them so I found myself making them all the time.
Until recently, I never rested. No really. I didn’t.
I thought rest was for PANSIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, I have work to do!!!!!!!! We’ll just rest when we’re dead!!!!
Yup – you sure will. And you’ll go much earlier if you don’t learn how to slow the heck down.[Read more…]
I have always thought negative thoughts about myself. Things like:
- You don’t deserve anything
- Boy, you’re dumb
- She’s WAY better than you
- You’re stupid
- No one really likes you
- You’re not good enough
I can’t pinpoint WHY I thought those things…I’m sure some of it is because kids are just cruel and certain things stick with you. But sometimes things just get in your head.
It’s NOT humorous when you can’t poop.
It’s even more UNhumorous when your child can’t poop.
I remember thinking Eli had some kind of really incurable disease and I worried for days, finally taking him to the doctor and the ER – and guess what?
The poor boy just needed to poop.
With certain kids (or adults) it can be hard to get enough fiber into them for them to poop regularly – or maybe they DO eat enough fiber and still can’t poop.[Read more…]