Minimalism: A Bigger Life with Less Stuff

Over the past several weeks, I have begun to seriously attempt to adopt a minimalist mindset as we prepare to reconfigure the basement space of our home.  Daily, I read articles by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist, and I just finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I read minimalist material daily to keep myself motivated on the quest for less.  I read to gain the tools I need to let go of things instead of[Read more]

Friday Reflections: Disconnecting from Devices and Reconnecting with My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s what’s been going on in my world this week.  In honor of this week’s content, I am only including the featured image of my children, the inspiration for this post.  I’m reading Hands Free Mama again- for, like, the third time.  I read bits and pieces of it often, to remind myself of the life I want to be living: a life that is fully present with those I love, not consumed[Read more]

Our Summer Schedule and a Summer Kit Giveaway!

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Yesterday, I shared our family’s summer theme verse, Colossians 3:17.  It fits well with our summer schedule, now getting underway . . . at the end of June! This summer, we are following a hybrid of two summer schedule ideas.  I am using the model we implemented two summers ago from FlyLady; our camp is simply called Wiley Family Camp.  We use camp terms like kapers (for chores), mess hall (for the kitchen/dining area), and bunks (for beds). FlyLady uses[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Fun, Frugal Birthday Party and Our Summer Theme Verse

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s what has been going on in my world this week. Is it really the end of June?  I feel like I’m just starting to get my bearings with the summer schedule, and one-third of summer has already passed!  I am realizing that I can’t put off summer until I get this or that out of the way.  Busy weeks with camps and birthday parties and work coming due are all part of[Read more]

Four Steps to a Successful Tomorrow

Day after day after day.  They all seem to roll together, like endless, crashing waves upon the surface of our lives.  How do we live with intention when we don’t take time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future?  What went right?  What was left undone?  What am I trying to do with my life?  How do I make it happen?  Today, as we wrap up our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients, let’s put some steps in[Read more]

Listen, Laugh, Love- Keys to a Happy Family

You would think, in a family of seven, the opportunities to listen, laugh, and love would be endless, and you’d be right; they are. Yet, taking advantage of those opportunities is an entirely different thing. Some days, I go to bed and realize I never once laughed with my children or really listened to what my husband was saying. I always love my family, but how often do I love on them? In today’s installment of the Life’s Essential Ingredients[Read more]

Are You Lacking Life’s Essential Ingredients?

What do you hope to accomplish at the end of each day? Recently, I read an article which made the parallel between planning our days like a chef plans a big meal. Before he can create a satisfying meal, he has to make sure he has all the essential ingredients. In the same way, what are the essential ingredients you need to create a satisfying life? In life, as in meal preparation, I often find that I am missing some[Read more]