Every year, I say I'm going to declutter my home. And guess what? (shocker) Every year, it doesn't happen. According to Psychology Today, clutter causes stress in part because of its excessive visual stimuli. It also signals to our brains that our work is...
One of the Instagram trends I’ve liked recently has been the #Realstagram posts—where people post makeupless selfies, not-so-pretty homemade meals, and messy living rooms with toys strewn everywhere in an effort to be transparent. But sometimes these #realstagram messy...
"We'd like to make your house our home." My husband and I are currently in the process of selling our house and buying a new one. We did this once before, almost exactly five years ago. Things are a bit...
Spring into the housing market with a house prepared for sale. People say the best time to sell a house is in the spring and summer, and for good reason. These seasons bring out the most buyers, and the...
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The Lesson of Legos

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Recently, my husband and I found ourselves in the Lego Store, alone, without kids. We both have an affinity for these colorful bricks, and we love perusing the sets without a child begging us to buy. them. all. As...
After our kitchen remodel, I was dreading putting everything away. We had transformed our living room into a temporary kitchen, and the extras were stored in several different rooms. My cabinets all were different, some oddly shaped, and the...
Laundry: a chore I kind of enjoyed until I became a mom of three. It's all fun and games when you're pregnant, washing those teeny tiny clothes with Dreft and folding them so neatly. You place them gently in...
I'm sitting in a clean living room, a basket of folded laundry pushed aside, cutting up an old sweater I've been planning on upcycling since I put it in a storage bin about 5 years ago. See, I said to...
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A Meditation for Chores

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I hate chores. Before kids, they were a mild annoyance.  I could do them when I felt like, or, more accurately, when I absolutely had to because I was out of underwear or spoons. Now, it is a chore to get...

Mom vs. the Laundry

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Christmas break was awesome as usual: hot chocolate, movies and forts in the living room, and bonding with my kids again. While we all had our heads in the holiday clouds, my laundry was making a mad dash to...
Do you have access to a Netflix account? Then you have definitely watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. If only for a little bit, out of curiosity for why your friends have been trying to balance pairs of folded...
My neighbor is a miracle worker. Like a legit miracle worker. Let me explain. Whenever I go into her house, which is a lot, it always looks so nice and it makes me feel calm. I know that sounds...
I was 8 months into a very high-risk pregnancy, awkwardly sitting on my couch as my sister-in-law cleaned my entire house, top to bottom. It had been so hard to accept her incredibly selfless offer of help in those...

Why I Make My Bed

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My mom always makes her bed.  For as long as I can remember, she always has. I never understood why. It seemed silly to me to spend time and energy doing something that would be so quickly undone. So,...
Talking about laundry doesn’t usually get me very excited… in fact, I’d rather talk about most anything else. Can I confess something? Lately I’ve kinda been wishing people would bring up laundry in everyday conversation.  Something’s wrong with me. Maybe...

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Guide to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City

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Over winter break I took my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for a fun staycation. We only stayed one night but packed in a...
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