26 Steps to Simplicity: Routines

You knew it was coming didn’t you?  The dreaded R-word.  At least, that’s how I view it. However, as much as I struggle with them, routines are the secret weapon to a life of simplicity. As a free spirit who is always on the lookout for the next new experience, setting and especially keeping routines often feels like drudgery to me. Even as I write them down on paper, some part of my mind is already planning to sabotage them.[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Intention

The word intention gets a bad rap, especially when paired with “good.”  It implies that you mean well, but do nothing.  I fall into that description more often than I’d like to admit. However, to live with intention, to be intent upon something, implies focus and determination, and it is a key element to achieving a life of simplicity.  When we are focused on attaining the life we truly want to live, we take the steps necessary to get there. [Read more]

Eight Cleaning Routines for Children

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Well, we are over the hump!  Here we are, on the back half of our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  We have covered Workouts and Worship, Homeschooling, Writing 500 Words Daily, and Planning/Preparing Healthy Meals.  I originally started this as a nine-part series.  Only, after reading an excellent post at The Humbled Homemaker, I realized that I forgot to add cleaning to my list!  I wish I didn’t have to, but there is no avoiding it:  cleaning is indeed essential[Read more]

Four Steps to Success with Homeschooling

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Last week, I began a series on Life’s Essential Ingredients where I listed ten things that I would like to accomplish each day. We have already covered steps for success with the first two Workouts and Worship.  Today, we will look at homeschooling. 3.  Guide the children through their schoolwork. I hate to admit it, especially as a homeschooling mom, but this is the hardest part of my day to accomplish consistently and successfully.  Therefore, these will be the focus of[Read more]