Category Archives: encouragement

Learn To Cook

I believe all wives and mothers should learn to cook for their family.

Don’t worry, many of us have been there.

The disappointment of a tough roast. The horror of a burnt cookie.

Its easy to get down about those type of things when you are trying to do your best.

The fact is, unless you went to culinary school, you probably will have to invest time into learning how to cook. (Actually that’s what culinary school is-investing time and money.)

Once you improve your cooking skills, you will be confident enough to cook for special occasions- birthdays, holidays, anniversary’s, dates, or you can just cook comfort food because you want to.

This year for my birthday, I actually wanted to cook. I knew it would be cheaper and I knew it would taste better.

Here are a few tips for you to improve your cooking skills.

Start simple-

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Ways to Lower Your Holiday Stress

Are you looking for ways to lower your holiday stress this year?

For too many of us, the thought of the end of the year being here can be a stressful one. When we think of the holidays, often there are negative things that we think of. Money being tight, getting the right gifts for everyone, the stress of seeing all of our not so favorite relatives, having to be in two places at once, etc.

But if you think about it, these are all things that society tells us to do; it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are correct or the best things.

So what are some things we can do to make our lives simpler in this very hectic season? Continue reading

8 Reasons To Love Fall

Sometimes the change in seasons can have an effect on your mood. Everyone has a favorite season (or two).

Just in case you are feeling down about summer being over, here are some things to look forward to in fall.

Leaves changing color/beauty– In some regions of the USA, there is a magnificent display of color every year. Orange, yellow, and red make a brief appearance on the leaves before they all come falling to the ground.

Sports– are you ready for some football? Whether it’s your child playing or your favorite college or NFL team, it’s fun to watch a game for a few hours. Throw in a meal and that makes it even better!

Cozy fabrics-hoodie weather, flannel, blankets. Sweaters and your favorite pair of jeans. Do I have to say more?

Great temperature-60-70 degree days, perfect for a hooded sweatshirt or light jacket. You no longer have to worry about the oppressive humidity like you do in the summer.

Last chance to do outdoor chores– This is the time of year that you remember all the chores you mean to do over the summer and weren’t able too. Like cleaning the gutters or the back porch.

Some of my favorite memories are of raking leaves with my kids. Raking for me, jumping in the pile for them!

Sales on summer things– those cute swimsuits and sandals that you didn’t need will all be on clearance soon. Great reason to stock up for next year.

Great season for get-togethers, indoors or outdoors– I love the smell of a cookout and campfire. Fall is the perfect season to have a get-together outdoors or inside. It won’t be too hot around the fire or picnic table, but also it isn’t too stuffy inside either. You can open your windows or even your screen door for a nice breeze.

Corn mazes and pumpkin picking/carving– Another one of my favorite memories with my kids has always been pumpkin carving and corn mazes. We haven’t carved a pumpkin for a couple of years. Now that they are older, they would probably enjoy a pumpkin carving kit.

Whatever you end up doing this fall, I hope you and your family have fun.

 

Is It Possible To Change Your Day?

Is it possible to change the way your day is going?

Have you ever heard the saying “If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy?

This saying has a lot of merit, although there are some days you may not believe it.

Mothers and wives have a huge effect on the attitude and atmosphere of the household.

There are several versus in Proverbs about the attitudes of a wife and one that stands out in particular to me is

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” (Proverbs 14:1).

This is a serious statement.

So what are some ways that I can build my house or reinforce it?

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Learning to Say No

The word no implies a negative meaning; however it is not always a bad thing.

I love being a wife and mom. It makes it even better that I can homeschool too. Often, I have to guard these things.

Sometimes there are seasons in your life that will make it a challenge to run your school. Other times, unfortunately, there are people that make it a challenge for you. Continue reading

Two Tips For Time Management

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Over the years, I have had trouble with managing my time. I can’t tell you how many times I have done a web search for time management and looked for tips that would help me.

(That alone sounds like a time waster).

Sometimes the tips they list don’t even sound like they are coming from people with time management problems.

For instance, “Just get up and do it.”

What?

If my mind worked that way, it would have been done yesterday! Continue reading