Posts Tagged ‘homemaking’

Knowing that the best way to get anything done around here is to do it with Meadow and Granite on my team, I sat them both down last week and pointed out that we really need to figure out a schedule that will help us do what we need to do each day. We talked about how life has been a little crazy since Canyon was born, how mama has been very tired and distracted, how the house has been pretty messy and the laundry stacked to the ceiling in the laundry room (I am barely exaggerating) and how a schedule could help get us back on track and make our needed tasks more manageable. So with a pen and paper in hand, I posed the question, “What should go on our schedule each day?” and then listened as they each gave me their suggestions, before adding my own ideas to the list. What ensued is a classic example of the contrast between my two oldest children, and so indicative of their personalities. There is never a dull moment in this house.

Now I just need to work on converting these lists into an actual schedule. In the meantime, I feel compelled to share…


As stated at our dining room table:

Meadow’s List:


straighten house

pump (Obviously, this one will be on mama’s schedule, not hers. But I love that she thought to list it!)

take care of Baby Canyon

spend time with our family

eat dinner/eat healthy


exercise to make our bodies healthy

wash hands


get dressed


Granite’s List:


king (He may not have completely understood the assignment…)

look at the stars until they are all gone


after drinks (???)


twinkle think…just like in Abby’s flying fairy school.

Me: Huh?

MG: It’s from Elmo.

Me: Oh.

G: I don’t like twinkle think.

MG: I do.

G: I don’t. Are we done?

Me: Can you think of anything else?

G: Done. Now let’s play the thankful game.


And added later (after playing the thankful game):

Mama’s List:

feed Canyon/change diaper/playtime/nap

make/serve/eat/clean up from breakfast, lunch, dinner

shower, get dressed and ready for the day

morning chores (unload dishwasher, start laundry, make beds)

activities with G while MG does school (games, books, learning activities)

afternoon chores (fold and put away laundry, clean kitchen, straighten house)

take walk

nap/rest/quiet time

playtime/outside time

bedtime routine (baths, pjs, brush teeth, read books, pray, sing songs)



read Bible

time with hubby (after munchkins are in bed)


I think between Meadow and I (and Granite??) we remembered everything that needs to be on our daily list. There will also be days of grocery shopping, errand running, doctor and dentist appointments, play dates, and random projects, but if we can make a flexible schedule for the above to stick to on “normal” days, I’m convinced that order will return and chaos will no longer reign.

Now if I could just get a good night’s sleep, the fog might clear and doing all of this might actually sound possible! 😉

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In my ideal world…

…every day begins before my children wake up, with a quiet breakfast, a time to read Scripture and a conversation with my God.

…my house is clean every night when the lights are turned out – dishes washed, floors swept, laundry put away and all toys in their place – allowing a fresh start to each morning.

…my life is organized. My home stays organized.

…all, or at least most, of my family’s meals are organic and nutritious, prepared at home and served at our dining room table.

…I have the wisdom and the vision to homeschool my children well – to fill their minds with knowledge and their memories with experiences that will equip them to do anything, to be anyone.

…I have the wisdom and the patience to train my children well – train them to pursue righteousness and purity, to love God deeply and to honor Him by loving and serving people and by telling His story to anyone who will listen.

…my children know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I adore them, that I want what is best for them, that I accept them and that they mean the world to me.

…my husband and I have – and consistently follow – a clear and intentional plan for our finances – for how much and to what we give, save and spend, including a clear and intentional retirement plan.

…I have passionate sex with my husband several times a week, every week.

…I read two good books a month – the kind that inspire, make you think, make you see the world a little differently than you did before.

…I never stop growing or learning or improving.

…I am an injury-free ultra-marathoner.

…I am a world-traveler (as are my husband and children!).

…I am a published author.

…I love my husband, my children, my family, and my friends well – that is unconditionally, loyally, with deep compassion  and no judgement.

…I have my very own Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte.

…the romance never dies.

…my purpose is clear, my calling known, my direction steadfast, my path straight.

…I have unwavering Faith (you know, the kind that moves mountains).

What is your vision for your ideal world?

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This is the list of goals that I handed to a friend, Sunday night of last week, before asking her to keep me accountable to them:

1) Be out of bed before 7 a.m. Mon-Fri

2) Workout in the a.m. at least 5 days this week

3) Keep a daily food journal

4) Drink at least 64oz of water daily

5) Go to bed with a clean kitchen every night

6) Finish one load of laundry daily

7) Plan (and execute!) one sex date this week

8 ) Have one couple over for dinner this week

9) Keep the tv and computer time to a minimum

10) Make doctor and dentist appointments and order oils diffuser


And this is what I learned from them:

1) For me, getting up early really is…better. The night owl side of me hates that this is true. But it is. Getting out of bed by seven changes the tone of my entire day. And there is something delicious about early morning air, early morning light, and the quiet and peacefulness and productivity of being the only one in the house awake.

2) A.M workouts are also, I am slightly hesitant to admit, better. Starting the day with my blood pumping seems to keep that blood pumping till bedtime! And it guarantees that the workout will happen cuz the later I wait, the more complicated fitting in a workout seems to get.

3) 64oz of water (or more) makes me feel lighter, healthier, and more energetic.

4) Keeping a food journal helps me eat better. Knowing that what I’m putting into my mouth will be recorded on a piece of paper makes me stop and think, “Do I really want there to be evidence that I ate this?”

5) Going to bed with a clean kitchen every night is…hard.

6) Washing, drying, folding and putting away one load of laundry every day prevents Laundry Mountain from growing big enough to take over my laundry room, my laundry baskets, the top of everyone’s dresser or chair, my thoughts, my energy and my couch.

7) I don’t care who you are, how old you are, how long you’ve been married or how much sex you are already having- if you want to improve your sex life with your spouse, having weekly sex dates is the way to do it!

8 ) Having one couple (at least) over for dinner each week is a true blessing to us (and hopefully to them). I don’t know why we ever get out of this habit. It’s benefits are too great.

9)Turning off the TV and limiting internet time is worth the challenge. At times it takes all of the self-control I can muster to stay away from these time suckers.

10) Nothing really. Other than, it is such a relief to knock items off the to-do list that have been on there for weeks!

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Here is another simple, easy, and in my opinion, delicious recipe! I brought it to our book club meeting last Saturday. It makes a great lunch when served on croissants with pita chips and hummus and a serving of fresh fruit on the side! Thank you Meg for sharing this with me!

Yummy Chicken Salad


3 cups chicken (boiled then shredded)

1 cup grapes (sliced into halves or fourths)

1/2 cup celery (finely chopped)

1/4 cup slivered almonds

3/4 cup mayo

2 teaspoons Greek seasoning


Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix with large spoon until well blended. Chill 30-60 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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Today I am glad that I…

got out of of bed at 6:15 a.m.

worked out with my Hubby.

texted with a close friend about how both of our days were going.

read a few chapters from James and 1st Peter in “The Message”.

got to hear Granite talk. (His vocabulary amazes me! So exciting.)

worked on a dinner calendar and sign up list for a friend who just had a baby.

read books to Meadow.

cleaned my kitchen.

ate a fairly healthy, balanced diet (no sweets today!) and drank lotsa water.

got to talk to my sweet Hubby who provides for our family so that I can stay home with our children.

played games with Meadow.

spent a few minutes working on my “Happiness Journal”.


And I am not so glad that I…

cannot escape this cold, dreary, awful weather.

got frustrated with Granite for fussing sooo much!

did not finish the laundry. Again. Sigh.

told Meadow “just five more minutes and I can play with you” about sixteen times in a row (probably fifteen times too many).

felt overwhelmed in the moments when two or three people were talking to me at the same time, needing my attention and/or my help.

spent too much time on Facebook. (Anyone else need to join Facebookaholics anonymous?)

had to listen to my son cry as I left his room at bedtime.

spent a little too much time in my head. I gotta get out of there more.

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I try to stick to pretty easy, simple, (but still yummy!)  recipes; otherwise I get overwhelmed and find myself dreading dinner time or just not cooking at all! If I can’t pronounce the ingredients or don’t already know what aisle to find them in the grocery store or if there are lots of steps that require perfect timing, probably not the recipe for me!

Easy Texas Chili is a recipe I found a few months ago at allrecipes.com. It has been a regular in our house this winter. Yum yum!


2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey, thawed

1 small onion, diced

1 bell pepper, minced

3 (15 oz) cans pinto beans

2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes

4 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder


1) Cook and stir beef, onion and bell pepper in large sauté pan, over medium heat until beef is brown and onion and pepper are tender (around ten minutes). Drain grease from beef.

2) Stir remaining ingredients (including water from the bean cans and tomato cans) into large pot over medium heat. Add beef, onion and pepper when cooked.

3) Bring mixture to a slow boil; cover and reduce heat to low.

4) Simmer chili at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it does not stick. (This chili can be simmered for several hours; the longer you simmer, the more flavor you will get!)

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think! Happy cooking!

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I have come a long way since being a nineteen-year old newly wed entering the world of all things domestic; a long way since those early days of struggling to keep a one thousand square foot apartment clean (and with no munchkins under my feet! sheesh!); a long way since practicing the inefficient habit of stopping by the grocery store four times a week because I couldn’t seem to plan for anything more than two days in advance; a long way since feeling like I was trying to read a foreign language every time I picked up a cook book.

This May marks seven years that I’ve been married; seven years of growth, seven years of learning, seven years of figuring this whole homemaker thing out. I still have a long way to go in some areas but I am getting there and thankful for it.

So my Aspiring Domestic Diva series will include some of these things that I have figured out. I want to share them with you in hopes that all of you who have already earned your Domestic Diva Diploma (or anyone else, for that matter!) will give me some feedback on them. And with the hope that it will bless those of you that are still aspiring! 🙂

I welcome any and all thoughts, tips, ideas, suggestions, criticisms or affirmations you might have.

Thanks for reading!

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