Help With the Laundry

Posted by mrssmythe on February 23, 2016 in Crafting, Housekeeping |

During the past week (when I was recovering from my cold), the kids were on school break. And, since I was stuck around the house, chained to a box of tissue, they were stuck around the house. All of our plans for break week outings were suddenly put on hold. The girls were pretty good sports […]

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Coming Full Circle

Posted by mrssmythe on January 18, 2016 in Critters, Housekeeping, Musings, Seasons |

Recently, I looked back at some of my old posts to see what the family was doing a year ago. Did we have snow? What projects was I working on? Were we enjoying the winter? Imagine my surprise when I hit the archives and found that our life right now is pretty much the same as it was in […]

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First S’More of the Season

Posted by mrssmythe on April 13, 2015 in Celebrations, Housekeeping, Musings, Seasons |

Sunday was amazing. We hit seventy degrees. It was sunny. It was warm. The only thing that wasn’t ideal was the fact that everyone was outside working. I noticed it on my way to and from church. Homeowners were out in droves – raking, sweeping, tidying. Sure, they were wearing tank tops. Sure, they were outdoors, getting […]

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Magical Tidying

Posted by mrssmythe on January 30, 2015 in Art, Family, Housekeeping |

I’m in the midst of a cleaning frenzy. It probably has something to do with the weather. But, mostly, it’s a reaction to a book I read called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I enjoy reading housekeeping books – they keep me motivated – but, the tips in this one are easier (and better, I think) than most, […]

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The Toys

Posted by mrssmythe on May 17, 2014 in Family, Housekeeping, On the Home Front |

This week, I decided it was time to do something about the girls’ toys. Despite repeated sortings, their various collections had devolved into three large cardboard boxes of this: So – on a rainy afternoon this past week, we went through all three boxes and played my favorite game: “Keep/No Keep”. Keep/No Keep is basically […]


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