Carpet Rakes and Other Homemaking Tips

I love things that make housekeeping easier and prolong the life of my stuff. These are some my favorite household tips and tricks, gathered over the years from a variety of sources. Carpet Rake When my split shag carpet was installed I asked the installers how best care for it. I was advised to buy an outdoor leaf rake for inside and rake the carpet weekly so the nap would remain fluffy. That is something I never in a million {Read More}

About Tracey Cagle

My God brought me out of a pit of my own creation and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. I am a second wife to my high school sweetheart and mother of four. I work part-time for a market research company and full-time as chauffeur, chef, and cheerleader to the children. I am active in my church home, where I teach a women's Sunday school class and facilitate bible studies. I enjoy volunteering. I write children's stories and have been rejected by some of the most renowned publishing companies in America. My daughter tells me Dr. Seuss was rejected on 17 submissions so I still have a way to go.

Making Clean-Up Fun for Little Ones

No kid wants to stop their fun to clean up! So don’t let them stop. Make the clean up part of the fun! Here are some ideas. *Have them pick up all the red toys, then the green toys, then the square toys, then the round toys. Give a little treat after each assignment. *Don’t let them wear everyday clothes for cleaning up – that’s boring! Instead call out a Firefighter or a Princess or a Doctor or a Baker {Read More}

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.

My House is too Small..Why be Hospitable?

My house is too small.  They won’t have a place to park.  The carpets are always dirty.  Sit on the floor?  Are you kidding me?  I can’t cook.  What if I run out of things to say…… Why be hospitable?  Do people even need your caring words or actions? Are people hurting today?  Yes.  Are they thriving or are they in survival mode?  Do they have peace or are they in need of peace?  Can you offer them a glass {Read More}

About Jan Nellis

Jan Nellis is a happily married mom of five children, three of whom are still at home. She spends her free time rediscovering the lost domestic arts with an emphasis on health issues. An avid quilter, crocheter, hand-spinner and cook, her desire is to rekindle the ways of her grandmothers, blessing her friends and family. She has spoken at women’s groups on forgiveness, following God's plan for your life and the joys of living with God. She currently blogs at www.atinylittleripple.blogspot.com.

Mission: Hospitality

Last year, I experienced one of life’s major moments: I bought a home. As a single-again woman, I beamed with pride on closing day. For most of the five years after my divorce, I lived in a decent-sized apartment. But I didn’t let that stop me from having people over. Now, with my very own home, I had a unique opportunity–welcoming even more people into my mission field. I didn’t know that God already had a plan in mind. Several {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

When Guests Drop In

It’s been a long day, the sun has just set, and dinner is over.  You’ve managed to clear the table and get the dishes to the sink–even to give the little ones a bath.  Whew!  Finally, the time you have been waiting for all day has arrived.  You settle down on the couch to cuddle with the little ones and your husband.  He turns to one of your favorite psalms and begins to read. You needed this–it soothes your soul.  You {Read More}

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Getting It All in Order This Summer

Having a plan for house cleaning and organization will help your summer run more smoothly. Here are a few techniques I use in my family of eight. ORGANIZING: What needs to be organized? Put like items in a similar location. Decide on area of home items makes the most sense to be in. o   Batteries – all over house? Put in one location such as a drawer or basket near games. Maybe a drawer in the laundry room? Three bag {Read More}

About Rhonda Ellis

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis

Jewelry Organization: Untangling the Mess

Do you have a drawer filled with tangled jewelry? I used to… Some prefer using a hanging system for jewelry organization such as Carla shared with us last year. She taught us how to use a bulletin board to create a fun and functional system here.   Rhonda Ellis has a system for those of us who like to shove it all in a drawer…neatly. Using clear Zip Loc style bags, Rhonda labels each with the date and if her jewelry is real or costume. {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Homes Opened to the World

Have you ever been overseas, across the country, or just so far away from home you don’t see  family or friends often. if at all?  I have.  I have and I’m sure some of you have. One of the loneliest times for me were the holidays and weekends. Everyone else was spending time with family – at least it seemed so. I’d sit at home wondering if I’d ever have a social life, fit into the new community or find {Read More}

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.

Fall Links to Enjoy

Here’s some fall links to enjoy… Autumn Pocket Folder …Dorie at Just Next Door shares a fun fall project for the kiddos. From MMCW’s fall archives… Simple Fall Crafts Judy’s Apple Dumplings Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting   About Kellie RenfroeKellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Small House Done Right

Our August guest blogger is Tea from Homemaker’s Heart . If you would like to join our blogroll and become a guest blogger, click here. I just saw the neatest video on yahoo! (Click here) It was all about this guy who builds and lives in really small houses. Our house is small, bigger than his, but still small. For a long time I’ve wanted to come up with ways to use our space better. Earlier in the year I {Read More}

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