This Month on Homemaking Organized

Welcome!   You want an organized home but you want a life too. You might feel that keeping up a home and all that it involves will completely destroy your sense of self and bring an end to your free time. Does that sound like you? Every day presents opportunities for growth. Every problem has a solution. Sometimes all it takes is to think a little differently than we have before.                  ~Emilie Barnes   Who doesn’t love an organized home? You can find anything of necessity within it’s walls. There are clear clean spaces wherever you look. There is seemingly a … [Read more...]

July Blogging Challenge – Day 2 – Quotes

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Welcome to Day 2 of the July Blogging Challenge where we're blogging all 31 days of July! Today I get to share my favorite quote with you today. There are so many good quotes it is very hard to pick just one. Okay so I haven't really learned yet to be oh so content but I do say this to myself often.   "Have I Ever Steered You Wrong?" ~ Cleo from Clifford the Big Red Dog. I know this show has been cancelled but when my daughter was watching it whenever Cleo says this right before doing exactly that, steering some poor puppy wrong that is, it just makes me … [Read more...]

July Blogging Challenge – Day 1 – Who Am I ?

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My friend Lynn over at This Day Has Great Potential has starting a lovely blogging challenge for July I need this like I need....well you know. But I want to work on my blogging a bit so I figure joining a month long challenge for blogging daily will help to keep me from procrastinating so much about blogging. Besides these are many of my partners in reviewing crime from the Schoolhouse Review Crew. For July 1 (it's 10:30 pm where I'm at) is WHO and we are to introduce ourselves. So here goes... I'm Kemi and have been married to husband for 17 years. We have one sweet daughter … [Read more...]

A Secret of Organizers – Labels and a Label Daddy Review

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I was reading an article the other day on some of the effective tools highly organized people use. Organized people are organized because they know what to use to keep things in order. Sometimes I consider myself organized and sometimes not so much. I know that perfectionism and procrastination can be my biggest downfalls to keeping things in order. Back to the list. One of the items on the highly organized list was something I try to use quite a bit in my own home. Labels! Organized people label everything...well most things. I actually didn't start labeling things until a few years … [Read more...]

A Heart’s Betrayal (A Journey of the Heart book 4) by Colleen Coble, Book Review

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About the Book:  Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac. Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie's heart and hand. Though Emmie resolves to keep her heart in check, it hurts when she sees that another woman has set her bonnet for Isaac. Then Emmie's dear friend extracts a costly promise: if anything happens to her in childbirth, Emmie will marry her widower and raise the baby herself. And it seems Emmie may have to fulfill that … [Read more...]

Monday Menu Plan and a Korean Taco Recipe June 29, 2015

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Happy Monday! In food news last week we continued to supplement one meal each day with a smoothie/drink thing from the .  My husband reports more energy, less sugar cravings, and better sleep. I report less sugar cravings, and more energy too. I already sleep well so... My daughter reports yumm! Now wanting to keep a good thing going I remembered a while ago I had read an article about juicing the same greens over and over can have a negative effect. Witnessing such a thing happening to my mom (with other foods not greens) I concur that too much of a good thing can backfire on … [Read more...]

Tales from the Circle C Ranch a Schoolhouse Crew Review

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I have a bit of difficulty when it comes to keeping my daughter in reading books. She has discriminating tastes, prefers books set back in past, lots of adventure, with a young girl as the heroine. So after hearing much about this author I was excited to review Tales from the Circle C Ranch by Circle C Adventures and  Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch Learning Lapbook for the Schoolhouse Crew Review. Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a soft bound book of little short stories that cover some aspects of, main character, Andi Rose Carter's life and adventures through the … [Read more...]

Dollar Stretcher Tips for June 25, 2015

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Protect Your Flower Beds My flower beds were always being dug up by my dog. Finally I put on the ground around the flowers. I used stakes to hold it down. Now my pooch leaves my flowers alone! A Protect the Fruit We have a few fruit trees. To protect the fruit from birds, I hang old CDs or Christmas garland in the trees. For some reason, this seems to keep the birds away. It might look a little strange, but I'd rather eat the fruit myself! Kathy Athlete's Foot Prevention The cheapest and most effective way to prevent athlete's foot is . Sprinkle a little between your toes before you … [Read more...]

SmartKidz Media Homeschool Review

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Our homeschool curriculum is great but like most homeschooling families we love supplementing our regular studies with videos and ebooks related to the subjects being studied. Getting another viewpoint on a subject can really help to drive home some ideas. That made us really excited to review SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers by SmartKidz Media for the Schoolhouse Review Crew. What Is SmartKidz Media? SmartKidz Medial Library is an online resource library specifically geared towards homeschoolers. It's packed full of resources including videos, music, ebooks and … [Read more...]

Menu Plan Monday June 22, 2015

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Happy Monday! It's a beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest. I've gotten up (early), exercised, and had a lovely breakfast. Today is National Chocolate Éclair Day.  I'm actually not fond of Éclairs but Thursday is National Catfish Day. Now that's one I can get behind. We buy our catfish in bulk for the freezer which is really wonderful. This is a reminder to for me to have my husband pick up another 15lb box. Continuing our quest for optimal health (hey, we do our best) this weekend we picked up a at Costco. It was actually a semi-impulse purchase. We've been hashing over the … [Read more...]

Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition)

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One of the thoughts that creeps into my mind frequently is, “Why couldn’t I capture that moment in time perfectly?” That beautiful sunset witnessed on a perfect vacation (we tried). My child’s great joy as she interacts with her friends. The expression of happy surprise on my father’s face at his surprise party. I don’t want to forget any of it. It’s SO important to savor it all… to relish those moments. But you know what’s equally important, if you ask me? To be able to look back and relish those moments all over again. A month from now. A year from now. Fifty years from now. And that’s … [Read more...]