Back to the basics: batch cooking

Photo by Martin Kingsley Quite a few of you mentioned that you’d like the topic of freezer meals and batch cooking covered in our Back to the Basics series. I’m definitely not an expert in this field, but it’s something I want to incorporate more in my own home management, so this is a refresher (read more…)

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Weekend links

Photo by Mary Thompson 10 Questions to Help You Declutter :: Simple Nest 40 Things to Teach My Kids Before They Leave Home :: My Super Charged Life (from Sherri of Serene Journey) 20 Tips to Waste Less Food :: Small Notebook 15 Ideas to Improve Love and Marriage During Tough Economic Times :: Simple (read more…)

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Using aromas to lift our moods

Have you been overcome with an emotion when you’re met with a certain smell? Ever walked into a room that just smells inviting or relaxing? Do you have sharp, vivid memories attached to some scents? The science of scents and their impact on our brain chemistry and overall health is called aromatherapy. Using natural scents (read more…)

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Back to the basics: menu planning

It’s Monday morning, the start of a new week. I’m not a fan of them either, but I choose to look at Mondays as the day that sets the mood for the rest of the week. When I wake up to a relatively straightened-up home with a penciled-in sketch of a game plan for the (read more…)

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Share your family purpose statement

I originally first heard the idea of a family mission statement from my friend Cherie. She was kind enough to share her thoughts on how a mission statement best works for a family — I’ve listed my favorites below. Tips for creating an effective family purpose statement 1. Just get started. The biggest hindrance to (read more…)

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