Quote of the Week ~ July 29, 2014

| July 29, 2014

“Every one must have remarked how pleasant is that household in which a cheerful spirit of energy is cultivated by the mistress and mother. It is a pleasant thing to dwell with one who is not troubled by trifling annoyances, who is skilled in looking at the bright side of things, and hoping for the […]

The Magic of Ordinary Days: Making Memories with Your Children

| June 6, 2014

From Charlotte Siems at This Lovely Place: Ordinary days are so, well, ordinary. We are busy, to be sure, and we cut corners and look for shortcuts. I’m all for ways to make home management easier and more efficient. The effort required for a big result in making memories with your children is usually small, yet we […]

How to Keep a Beautiful Home

| January 15, 2013

Some excellent, much needed (by me at least!) reminders from Bambi at In the Nursery of the Nation: Even as busy moms who have crumbs that seem to permanently reside in the kitchen chairs, we can still have lovely homes if our hearts are willing.  Fresh paint, colorful adornments to the walls or fancy furniture will […]

Easy Old-Fashioned: Homemade Egg Nog

| November 21, 2011

From Tammy’s Recipes: I’ve made this homemade egg nog several times over the past month, and everyone who has tried it is amazed by the creaminess and delicious flavor! This recipe should earn me a few points with “real foodies”, too. 😉 The ingredients are all natural, “real” foods. Of course, this egg nog is […]

Homemade Pie Tutorial

| November 21, 2011

From The Pioneer Woman: The following tutorial is from the wonderful Pam Regentin who graced the Lodge with her presence a couple of weekends ago for a pie workshop. Pam inspired everyone in attendance with her pie talents and has now compiled her best instruction and tips for the perfect pie crust. Follow her directions […]

“How to keep going joyfully when everything you do quickly becomes unraveled again.”

| July 20, 2011

Listen to this encouraging message from Jenny of A Mother’s Heritage on today’s Morning Motivation.

Clean Your Dishwasher Filter Day!

| March 21, 2011

Today is Dishwasher Filter Cleaning Day! Well, at my house anyway… it isn’t quite enough of a holiday for Google to create one of those special “Google” logos – though apparently the birthdays of modern artists and Nobel Peace Prize winners I’ve never even heard of before make the cut – but I digress. Did you know that dishwashers have […]

Putting the “Make” in Homemaker

| March 15, 2011

Here is an amazing website for those of you (like me) with Pottery Barn taste on a realistic budget.  Ana White is a homemaker who offers a huge assortment of free (relatively) simple plans and how-to tips for building your own Pricey Catalog inspired furniture.  You’ll find plans for beds of all sizes, nightstands, tables, bookshelves, desks […]

The Singing House

| August 26, 2010

From a story originally published in 1932: ‘Now can I go over to Jimmy’s, Mother?’ he asked. ‘But Fred,’ I remonstrated, ‘you were over there yesterday, yes, and the day before. Why not have Jimmy come here today?’ ‘Oh, he wouldn’t want to.’ Fred’s lip quivered in spite of his six years of manhood. ‘Please, […]

Put Your Life in a Binder !

| August 22, 2010

Guest Post by Kendra Fletcher ~ Originally posted Nov. 29,2006 Managing a household is never a small task, no matter the size of your family or the square footage of your home. We have seen both the size of our family and our livable space expand over the years, and with it all comes a […]