Before I share my word for this year, let me just be real with you for a minute. I don’t know that I have ever actually made a New Year’s Resolution. To be honest, I always kind of thought they were stupid. But then as all the chatter around resolutions has shifted to this “word for the year” thing, I was intrigued. I figured, well everyone else is doing it, why not me? No, I’m kidding. Y’all know me well enough to know that I didn’t do it because it was popular. I just decided a word for the year was something I could benefit from doing! It is good to set a “theme” for your year to give you something to reference and see how you’re doing, just like it is good to set goals so you can measure how well you’re doing on something you want to accomplish. [Read more…]
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning and my family of six is nestled together in our church pew, listening intently as the pastor brings a good word from the pulpit. No more than five seconds pass and I look over to see my 3 year old has drawn a mural on the cover the hymnal and my 5 year old has torn his bulletin into about 800 tiny pieces. While I’m distracted by this, my one year old in my lap manages to tap her snack bowl in just the right spot to baptize the women in the row in front of us with a shower of Cheerios. Yep…church is hard right now.
Can I just say that again? Church is hard!!
Is work-life balance a real thing?
As homemakers, whether we work inside the home or outside the home, the work-life balance struggle is real. It’s something that y’all ask about quite often. For years, I struggled to find that balance, I have read books, listened to podcasts, and done research online. I was trying to determine if am I giving enough to my family, my work, my friends, my church, my neighbors and my community, and myself, personally?
And you know what? I always ended feeling defeated. I felt like I was bashing my head against the wall. Like a total, complete, utter failure.
What even is work/life balance?
Dear Stacy… How in the world do you get so much done?
I get asked this ALL the time. And I promise you I do NOT do it all. Which means this is something I need to talk to y’all more about! If you think I’m going to tell you how I do it all, you’re reading the wrong blog. Today, I’m sharing how to chose what to bomb.
Don’t worry, we’re not destroying anything… in case you’re wondering about that.
Because we eat almost all “homemade” food, I often take an entire day to dedicate to cooking things from scratch. I actually bake twice a week – Wednesday and Saturday. But Wednesday is my true Kitchen Day or “Baking Day.” When first trying to tackle a baking day, it can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
What is a baking day?
Did y’all know that I haven’t always been an organized person? it’s only been in the past few years that I finally learned how to keep my house from turning into crazy town, I want to help you finally get control of your home too!
When I was young child and even all the way into college, I was really messy. Lots of people say, “But Stacy, I’m just not an organized person. ” “I don’t know how to get my life under control.” “I’ve tried, but I just can’t do it.” And for a long time, that was me!
For several years, I felt like I just couldn’t get control of my home!
I couldn’t get meals on the table. I couldn’t get ahead of my laundry. My house always looked like a giant pig pen. Y’all, if someone were to stop by without giving me a heads up, I would have been so embarrassed. If you can relate, you might be saying… “Yes, Stacy!” And you might be thinking that you can never get control of your home and your life.
I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN get control of your home.
I’ve had a whole lot of questions recently about whether or not I’m still using capsule wardrobes. Drumroll please… I have said goodbye to capsule wardrobes!
If you have never heard of a capsule wardrobe before or aren’t familiar with what a capsule wardrobe is, you can check out the post I wrote a while back about it/them, but I’ll also give a quick explanation. Basically, a capsule wardrobe consists of a minimal amount of pieces of clothing – most people try for around 30 – that you can use create the maximum number of outfits. All the skirts and pants go with pretty much all the shirts and cardigans, and vice versa. All the pieces you choose for your capsule are neutral or coordinate well together.
I learned, however, my problem was I didn’t really know how to dress.
One of the more popular non-food questions I get asked is where do I buy my clothes? And the answer might surprise you!
I almost always buy my clothes ONLINE! Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went to a store to buy clothes! I hate shopping in the store because dressing rooms always make me feel ugly. Y’all, I don’t know that I ever go to a dressing room to try on anything and leave feeling good about myself. I don’t think that’s ever happened. Every time I leave a dressing room, I feel like a big fat failure.
I don’t know if it’s the dressing room mirrors. Or maybe it’s the terrible lighting. But dressing rooms are just not my friends. Thats why I like to buy my clothes online. The merchandise comes to my house. I can try everything on right here in my house, in my room, with my mirrors, and my lighting. Everything feels and looks better when I’m comfortable! So let’s dive in to learn about the actual places I get my clothes on the interwebs. [Read more…]
Some of you may know right away what I mean when I say I’m going to talk about how to find a Titus 2 Mentor. Others may be asking, what is a Titus 2 Mentor? Some may even be saying Titus what now?
The idea of a Titus 2 mentor comes from the Bible in, wait for it, Titus, chapter 2.
I have mentioned this lots of times when I share helpful homemaking and parenting tips that are not mine. The majority of what I share with y’all, I have learned from people who are older and wiser. I have learned from people who have been there, done that.
When Barry and I got married, we asked his second cousins (related to me by marriage) to mentor us. We shared the same faith, we loved what we saw in their obedient, happy, grown children. And we loved how they homeschooled and how they ran their house in general. We wanted someone in our lives to help us grow and mature in our marriage and eventually as parents. [Read more…]
How do you keep house when you are sick or pregnant?
I have four kids. That means every day is tiring, and some days are downright exhausting. But then there are those days where I’m not only tired, but I’m also sick. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean my kids are cool with me calling it a day and staying in bed resting and recuperating. “The show must go on!” How do I get it done…and how can you? Read on… [Read more…]