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Keeping the Butter

Keeping the Butter

If you are lucky enough to have a good windowsill in your kitchen, it makes a perfect place to keep your table butter once the weather gets cold. It stays cool, but spreadable. I love this butter crock, which I purchased while vising the Red Wing Pottery factory awhile ago. (It is a worthwhile stop … more

Buying Toys

Buying Toys

Since it is Christmas-shopping season, it seemed a good time to publish this post I’ve had on my mind for awhile. I think one of the ways in which our culture is most consumerist is in the area of TOYS. Don’t you agree? The average big-box store has aisles and aisles of colored plastic ready … more

My Favorite Tote

My Favorite Tote

Every woman needs a tote bag, right? And we all have ideas of what a tote should be. One sees everything from posh designer leather to plastic grocery bags being used as totes. (Don’t be too quick to discount the grocery bags. There really is nothing better for putting wet or poopy clothes into.) I … more

A Minimalist Beauty Routine

A Minimalist Beauty Routine

I don’t know if there’s anything more overwhelming than shopping the vast beauty industry. At least for me. When I was younger, it seemed like every other girl had a natural knowledge of skincare, haircare, and makeup that I lacked. I floundered for awhile, then was swallowed into the super-conservative world for several years. Faces … more

A Linen Organizing Idea

A Linen Organizing Idea

One of my spring cleaning projects this year was to go through my linen closets, which probably has not been done since, well, at least the last baby (four years ago). I purged and washed and folded. The built-in hallway linen storage that came with our 100-year-old house has the old-style drawers on wood runners. … more

A Bullet Journal Update

A Bullet Journal Update

Have you started a new planner with the advent of a new year? I am still using the Bullet Journal. After three years, it continues to work for me, though I have made a couple modifications. For my lifestyle, I found that daily logging got a little tedious and repetitive. Did I really need to write “laundry” … more

A Simple Wardrobe

A Simple Wardrobe

No, not a capsule wardrobe, although I do like that concept too. But something smaller and simpler and higher quality than a typical American closet stuffed with polyester. I had to laugh when I found a post describing someone’s “accidental capsule wardrobe,” forced upon them through the constant figure changes of several pregnancies. That’s pretty … more

How to Declutter

How to Declutter

It’s spring. And it seems appropriate to post on a favorite subject of mine–decluttering. I won’t spend any time extolling its virtues or power to change lives. I feel we all have been coming to a realization of that over the past decade. I will say that it is something that one should do every so often … more

One More Point About the Laundry

One More Point About the Laundry

. . . that will make it easier. Don’t have too many clothes. Too many clothes causes stress. More to wash, more to sort, more to match, more for kids to stash under the beds, more for them to throw into the hamper because it’s easier than putting away, more to swap out for the … more

Laundering at our House

Laundering at our House

Laundering just sounds nicer than Laundry, doesn’t it? What mommy-blog would be complete without a post of “how we do laundry”? Yes, it is a mundane subject. But laundry is one of the hidden gears in the machinery of life that must turn smoothly for the more important gears to turn. Besides, I don’t want all of my … more