We all have to eat. But what we fix and how we serve it can make a huge difference in how much enjoyment we give ourselves and those with whom we share the meal. I can remember growing up that my mom always made the table and the food a special part of each day. I don’t go overboard on a regular day, but I try to make the food and the table inviting. Today’s post is just a little glimpse into how I set the table and what meals we’ve been enjoying recently.
Al Fresco Dining – Once the weather turns warm, we eat outside as often as possible! One morning recently I took breakfast outside to the front porch where the sun was shining and ate sitting in a rocking chair. That’s even better than Cracker Barrel! Continue reading “My Kitchen Table – Settings & Sustenance”
I just heard a comment from a high school senior on her senior trip to Disney World say, “This has to be the happiest place on earth!” Having been there I can understand her sentiment. With beautiful flowers everywhere, light-hearted music, Mickey and Minnie, fun food, fun rides and fun times. of course it’s a happy place!
There is another place that should be one of the happiest places on this earth – home. Home should be the most loving, secure and fun place for a child. What will you do today to make it that way for your children? Are you homeschooling? Are you sending your children off for the day? Dealing with adult children living at home? What can you do to make this the BEST place to live in or return to? Don’t get so caught up in the day-to-day routines that you forget to make more than a house – make it a home…a place to nurture, love, accept and have FUN!!
For your little ones – Change things around today or even on April Fools Day. Let them eat their dessert first! Have lunch under the table instead of on it. Go to the library and get new books – perhaps books about spring, baby lambs or even a child’s cookbook. Read together in a new place – build a comfy spot on the floor with pillows and cushions or make a tent using all the kitchen chairs as props.
Play uplifting music – Patch the Pirate, The Donut Man, Veggie Tales, etc. Let the atmosphere of your home be encouraging for them. It’s easy to play what we like instead of what they would enjoy.
How about some fun food? Cut their sandwich into shapes using cookie cutters. Peanut butter and jelly can take on a whole new taste when it’s cut differently!
For your older kids = be there for them. Sit and listen to them. Do something fun together. Cook. Bake. Shop. Scroll through Pinterest for ideas and then rearrange her room. Stay up late with them. Watch their movie or ball game. Talk. Nod. Love. Pray.
Make your home the “happiest place on the earth” by taking time to be with your children, using creativity and thoughtful action to make each day one they won’t forget!
What are you doing to make your home the HAPPIEST place on earth?
We all want to spend time with our family, but we’re so busy with everything else going on in our world, how do we do it?
How do we respond when so many others need/want our moments, hours and days, yet we long for more time with our husband? More time pouring into our children? Here are some points to ponder when you consider how yo will spend your days:
- Establish an eternal perspective. How will this decision effect eternity? If it won’t, then is it pressing right now or should I do something else?
- Remember when you say “yes” to someone, you’re saying “no” to someone else. Who should I be saying “no” to? Is this person in my priority order?
- Respond to each opportunity on the basis of how it will affect your ability to fulfill your current obligations. Will doing this make it more difficult to do what I have to get done today? Will doing this help me accomplish what is before me?
- Try to do only the right things for the right reasons at the right times in the right seasons.
Now, how will you spend TIME with your family this weekend? Perhaps you should start by asking yourself these four questions, then make decisions about what you will/should do!
Your family opportunities won’t be there forever! Grab them while you can!
Refresh your family time,
Tennessee finally got a snow day! I’ve been waiting for this since Christmas time! In honor of all restful Snow Days, I’m going to wait to post a video today, but will get one out next week.
Let’s just do a fun post today about ways to make leisure days restful, but still productive. We all know how to rest, but how can we take a rare day at home both productive and restful? Is it possible? Yes! Here are a few ideas:
Let’s start with what we need to get rid of in order to rest:
- Computer “stuff”
Let’s lift our face out of a screen and up around us at the people and place where we are!
- Pick up a magazine and get inspiration for decorating your home.
- Go through cookbooks and mark new recipes you want to try.
- Read through an old journal and be blessed at the memories you recorded.
- Read a book – one you’ve started and not finished or one you’ve wanted to get into.
- Take a nap – Of course!
Things to do with others:
- Play board games
- Read aloud
- Go outside
- On snowy days – walk in the snow, build a snowman, shovel someone else’s sidewalk.
- On warmer days, clean up the yard. Take a walk. Sit on the porch swing or rocking chairs. Read out there!
- Bake together
Around the House:
- Work on a project you’ve neglected – hemming jeans, sewing buttons on, crafts like stamping, calligraphy or memory books.
- Rearrange the furniture – a favorite of mine!!
- Redo the decor on a mantle or bookshelf.
- Straighten out drawers.
- Oraganize something that is messy – a closet, a pile on the counter or floor.
- Freshen up the kitchen by decluttering the countertops.
Don’t let snow days or leisure days be wasted by just hanging on the couch all day. A little rest is good, but leisure days can be productive rest!
Have you had snow this week? What fun things did you do while you were home?
Happy snow days to you, my friends!
We often view household chores like a fire breathing dragon waiting to be slain. They’re breathing down our necks and we would like to run, but we know that killing that beast is necessary and needed. I’d like to give you a different perspective of those tasks, because God created our work at home (and outside our home) to be done for His glory. You see, with just one little change, we turn the word
So, too, we could make just one little change in our household work and turn it into a joy, rather than a drudgery.
What picture would give us a right view of dusting, laundry, washing dishes and mopping the floor? How about an artist standing before his canvas! Let me tell you why.
- An artist has to have an end in mind. He has to know what he’s going to have when he’s finished! Is it a painting of a sea, the mountains or a vast valley? Is it to be a portrait?
- As workers, we need to know what our goals are. What do we want to have accomplished in the end?
- An artist has to have the right tools. The right paint brush can put leaves on a tree with a simple stroke, or cover the canvas with the background color needed for a sunset.
- As workers, we need the right tools to accomplish each job. It will make it easier and more effective!
- An artist has to have a time table to complete the work. He may have a time limit because of the person for whom the work is to be done. He may have time limits because of the mediums with which he is working. Clay hardens! Acrylic paints dry quickly!
- As workers, we should use our minutes wisely, not wasting time by making the work more difficult, or by distractions.
So, artist, let’s think about our housework and how we can apply these principles!
- Each day have a plan as to what needs to be done. Don’t try to do it all in one day.
- Divide the weekly chores into the days of the week.
- Write down what you need to do.
For daily chores, like beds being made and dishes washed and put away, you may want to write that into your goals as well, but not necessarily each day unless it’s not a habit yet. If you need to get into that habit, write it each day!
Know what your desire is – should the beds be made right after rising? Should the dinner dishes be put away before you head to bed? Seeing chores written down will help you to accomplish them, and then have the satisfaction of checking them off!
- Dusting – Don’t use the nastiest rag you have in the house. Use a cloth you’ll want to see, like a swiffer duster, or a microfiber cloth to dust your home. Get an extension duster to use on the ceiling fans and behind the headboard of the beds.
Invest in a dusting spray. I love the Pledge multi-surface anti-bacterial cleaner.
It helps pick up the dust and it leaves everything smelling fresh and clean!
- Mopping – Swiffer mops are my favorite. I made my own covers for dry mopping and I can wash them and reuse them! But I do buy the Swiffer brand for wet mopping. They, too, make the house smell nice and clean!
- Cleaning Windows and mirrors and bathrooms – Put your mirror/window cleaner as well as your bathroom cleaners in pretty little spray bottles from the Dollar Tree. I have several – one in each bathroom, and one in the kitchen ready for use!
I use my own recipe for windows and mirrors – 50% water 50% white vinegar and a few drops of Dawn Dish Soap. Shake it up and spray it on! It works great and doesn’t leave streaks!
- A cleaning caddy can carry all your supplies without you having to run from room to room gathering the needed cleaning sprays and cloths. You can buy something similar at the Dollar Tree.
You don’t have to spend hours cleaning! As a matter of a fact, you could spend less than 30 minutes a day and get more accomplished than you can imagine, but you have to be diligent. Here’s how:
- Set a timer. Play a game with yourself (sounds silly, but this works wonders!). Set a goal to try to accomplish a,b,and c before the timer goes off in, let’s say, 15 or 30 minutes. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in a short amount of time!
- Set aside distractions. Put your phone in another room, or on vibrate and vow not to touch it until you’re finished! Turn the television off. Focus on the work at hand.
- Do the least liked job first! You hate cleaning the oven, but it got splattered from the roasting chicken? Do it first. Then you can move on to the easier jobs!
With these three simple ideas, you can complete that work like an artist and you’ll end up with the beauty of a home that no painting could capture! The audience will be your family and friends. There’s no embarrassment of people seeing an unfinished project on the easel! Oh, and the
A JOB can be turned into a JOY
with just one little change.
What change do you need to make in your housework to change it into a joy?
Ever wonder why someone puts themselves out on social media, inviting the anyone that so desires to get a front row seat on their life? Me too. Here’s my secret reason…
I hope the reason is clear. Was it to you?
With a thankful heart,
A sweet reader recently asked me if I had a daily cleaning routine. My immediate thought was, “No, I don’t. I just clean when I see a need.” THEN I began to go through what I do each morning, and I realized that I certainly DO have a routine! It’s so ingrained in my morning, that it’s just natural and doesn’t even feel like I’m working on a list of household chores!
I’ve made a short video to take you through what I do in the first hours I’m awake – just as I go through the regular parts of each day. I work as I go along, and by mid-morning, many tasks have been completed! Come along and see…
Just as I ended my video by saying, let me repeat – the comment from a reader inspired this video. If you have a question or comment, let me know and perhaps it can be answered in a future post! I ‘d love your input!