Win a Copy of My First National Release (in Chicken Soup for the Soul)!

For those of you who don’t receive my newsletter (yet), you may not have heard that my story, A “Be-the-Gift” Birthday, was chosen out of thousands of submissions to be included in the upcoming release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness.  It hits bookstores next Tuesday, February 7th, and in celebration, I am giving away two, free copies to my readers at Whispers of Worth. All you need to do to enter the drawing is leave[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: More (Plus a Giveaway!)

Simplicity means less . . . and more.  In fact, as the title of Joshua Becker’s newest book implies, simplicity is the discovery of The More of Less. For those of you who have been trekking along with me to today’s halfway point in this Blogging from A to Z Challenge, your commitment is about to be rewarded:)  One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Becker’s The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything[Read more]

Wake Up Happy: Clean Your Kitchen (Plus, a Giveaway!)

If you want to wake up happy, you need to clean your kitchen before you go to bed.  I know, life gets busy, and the day grows long.  We run out of energy after dinner and think, I’ll take care of all this tomorrow, before turning off the light and leaving the kitchen in total disarray. However, even if you are a morning person who can tackle a full day’s worth of dishes, including those streaming in from breakfast, nothing[Read more]

Minimalism in the Bathroom and a Beauty Giveaway!

Over the past few weeks, I have slowly been working my way through our bathroom drawers and closet.  We currently have one bathroom to service our family of seven, and lines are frequent in our hallway.  The good news is that we will hopefully have a second bathroom installed this year yet- hallelujah! I don’t care how minimalist we become, a second bathroom is a necessity with a family of our size and ages. One thing our current bathroom has[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]