Why I changed my coffee habit

Starting in July, I made a radical change to my coffee habit.  A month of vacation had given my husband and I a LOT of chances to drink bad hotel coffee, over priced coffee drinks, and a few really spectacular cups of handcrafted heaven-in-a-cup.

I was looking forward to getting home and curling up in my favorite chair with my coffee every morning.  I’d expected to return to my time-tested routine.

Stumble downstairs, grope for the power button on the Keurig, count the seconds until it’s ready to go, and then inhale the fumes until I can actually DRINK the coffee.

Except…

We were out of k-cups. [Read more…]

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Four reasons to STOP keeping a to-do list

When I decided to quit keeping a to-do list, it felt weird.  It felt like it should be this shameful, hidden secret.

I was definitely out of step with a world where everyone is focused on doing more, being more productive, and optimizing their efficiency.

But for me, it was the right choice.  At least for now.  I’ve got four good reasons why living list free is a good decision. [Read more…]

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Spring Break means Spring Cleaning

Today’s post on spring break and spring cleaning is inspired by a writing prompt I spotted on Pinterest.

Spring Break at my house means spring cleaning.
There are jobs I don’t mind doing and jobs I hate.
Write two lists of chores you hate and chores you don’t mind doing.
How do you make the chores you hate more fun?

The pin came with a super cute graphic.  It’s from a blog called Artistry of Education.

(Why yes, this is part of the week long series on writing prompts for adults. I’m so glad you asked.) [Read more…]

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That’s not my job.

Last week, I asked my older son to sweep the dust bunnies on the (wooden) stairs.  He looked at me and said simply “that’s not my job.”  Then he walked off.

This could easily be a story about me yelling.  Believe me, I did.  At least at first.

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The biggest victory of 2013

In the days before Christmas, I celebrated my biggest victory of the year.

But before you understand the victory, you have to understand the battle. [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday! I’m a hostess with the mostest!

It’s my MOMtor Monday at Mothering From Scratch.  In honor of the holiday season, I’m dishing up some words on finding your sweet spot as a hostess.

How to hostess with spirit, not stress.

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But… I want to do things that MATTER

In the three weeks since I had knee surgery, I’ve seen and heard some amazing things around my house.  My favorite phrase so far has to “but… I want to do things that MATTER.”

It came from one of the three males that live in the house, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out who said it.

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The Guilt Trip

So….. now that I’m back from my trip to Atlanta I can tell you all the details of my trip.  My guilt trip that is.

While I was in Atlanta, my in-laws came to visit and hang out with my husband and kids.  Since my husband isn’t exactly communicating about the details of what happened, I’m left to fill in the details.

You know how that works right?  I fill in the details with the worst possible scenario.

And I end up on…

The Guilt Trip. [Read more…]

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Cleaning out the pantry

Last night, I posted a comment about my pantry on Facebook.

I’m not snacking.  I’m cleaning out the pantry.

My friends loved it.

How I Clean Out The Pantry [Read more…]

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