Never-ending Housework

You’ve seen the memes. “The NeverEnding Story as a kid: a kid’s movie. The never ending story as an adult: THE LAUNDRY PILE.” The meme is successful because it’s true. Being “done” with laundry, or dishes, or mopping, is a short-lived victory. As soon as you finish cleaning the kitchen you realize the dirty washcloth and hand towel need to go in the laundry. No sooner do you mop the floor than a cup of juice gets spilled, a muddy dog walks through, or a trash bag leaks. It’s a continuous cycle. “Done” is elusive. Early this morning, just before

Menu Plan Monday (and Whole 30 Week 3)

*Post contains Amazon affiliate links.* WEEK THREE! The first two weeks of Whole 30 went really well. I’m feeling pretty good and I’m losing weight at a safe pace (3.3 lbs in the last two weeks.) Here are some pictures of some of the things I ate. I have some new recipes to try this week! I also have a recipe of my own to share with you later this week. Let’s see what is on the menu for all of us, and what’s on my Whole 30 plate this time… (The asterisk, again, indicates a meal where I will

Menu Plan Monday (And Whole30 Week 2)

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.* I survived the first week! I knew I would. I did really, really well, too. There were a couple of times I discovered something had a hidden ingredient, or I didn’t read a label well enough. I “stole” a swig of ginger ale in a weak moment (I don’t even LIKE ginger ale!)  But overall I did really, really well. I think there’s a little bit of grace in the first week as you learn to read labels well and learn to overcome bad habits (purists might disagree,) but moving in to week two

Menu Plan Monday – Whole 30 Week 1

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Hello, Day 1 of Whole 30! I conquered this once, I can do it again. 😉 To make sure I do it well, and feed the rest of the family, too, here’s a thorough menu for the week!! Anything I eat will be Whole 30 approved, so if I say “bacon,” use a sauce, or add something to my coffee–it will be W30 compliant. Everything will also be as natural and simple on ingredients as I can find. If a meal has an asterisk after it, it means that I’m making the same meal

How to Save Smelly Towels

Post contains affilate links. Why do towels get so smelly?? You dry off your clean body with them–so what’s the deal?? Water.  Apparently, it comes down to the water.  Bacteria + Water = Bad. See, when moisture gets left inside of fabric, bacteria breeds. And when bacteria breeds, it stinks. And because the main purpose of a good towel is to act as a fluffy skin squeegee, it deals with moisture all day long. One of two things happens: The towel doesn’t get properly hung to dry completely The towels don’t get thoroughly dried in the dryer before removal. It only

Homemaker’s Challenge: Staying Inside A Cash Budget At the Grocery Store

Do you use a cash system? We don’t have a cash budget for everything (maybe we should,) but I have been using a cash system to stay on budget at the grocery store. When the kids were much younger I was on a cash system also, and it was ROUGH. Super rough. My brain finds it difficult to multitask numbers and talking at the same time. Whether the kids were being good and just chattering or whining and asking for things, I would lose count in my head every single time. I finally developed a little trick that helped me