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I Did a Scary Thing with My Breakfast Dishes

Finish Quantum

This week, I did something that made me shiver as I anticipated the horror that would await me as a result of my actions.  I'm the kind of gal that completely rinses off all of my dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.  It was how I learned to use the dishwasher, and that's just what I always do.  But, not one day this week, my friends. You see, I was contacted by Finish to take the … [Read more...]

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Being Able to Fix Small Sewing Needs { Joie de Vivre no. 4 }

Being Able to Fix Small Sewing Needs

I am no seamstress.  Heck, I can barely do anything as far as sewing goes.  I do, however, thinks that it's good to have at least a few skills in the sewing department, which is why it's a whole section in my eBook Training Your Children in Home Economics. So, why in the world would I count anything sewing related amongst my joys of living? I was struck one night as I was using a basic … [Read more...]

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10 Tips for Helping to Keep up with Your Laundry

10 tips for keeping up with laundry

The irony is not lost on me that I am going to share a post on keeping up with your laundry when I just admitted that I had washed the same load of laundry three times before it finally hit the dryer.  Still, I'm going to carry on and share this list of tips anyway because I think they're good tips.  I just don't always manage to follow them. 10 Tips for Keeping up with Your Laundry 1. Set … [Read more...]

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Free Printable Weekly Menu Planning Page

Free Planning Page for a Weekly Menu Plan

I have this ugly thing to admit.  I haven't been doing very well (at all) with my menu planning.  We've been doing too many meals that consist of things like sandwiches or convenience foods, as well as too many meals out.  Not only is that bad on our budget, it's just not good for our health either. Since I'm a person who loves forms and checking off boxes, I sought out a menu planning page … [Read more...]

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How to Teach Your Children Home Ec Skills


I know it was just yesterday when I was sharing information about my relaunched eBook, Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places (and it's on the Kindle too).  So, it may seem crazy, but I'm going to tell you about my new eBook today! I don't know if you're like me at all, but there's a reason that I say I'm domestically challenged.  And it's, well, because I'm domestically … [Read more...]

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Teaching Children about Kitchen and Food Safety


Now that we've talked about making menus and preparing meals, it seems like it's a great time to talk about teaching children about food and kitchen safety.  While you probably (hopefully) know all about kitchen safety, there are things that you probably take for granted about what is safe in the kitchen and what is not. Kids don't start off knowing how to be safe in the kitchen.  While they'll … [Read more...]

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Teaching Children Simple Sewing Skills


Simple sewing skills.  That's about where I am in my sewing life, and I suspect that's where I will stay.  Even these most basic skills, however, have been picked up by me in the last few years.  So, prior to that, I was still taking things to my Mom that needed things like buttons put back on or a small rip on a seam. I know that we all love to be helpful to our children and hope that they … [Read more...]

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Teaching Children the Gift of Hospitality

Name Place Cards

One of my favorite Home Ec skill is hospitality.  It is just in my nature, as a people pleaser (who is trying to learn how to say no more often), to love hospitality. In fact, when we were converting to Catholicism and I was faced with needing to pick a Confirmation name, I struggled with the choice, even though I knew in my heart that I knew which saint's name to pick -- Martha.  Indeed, one … [Read more...]

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Why You Should Be Teaching Home Ec Skills to Your Children

Molly and a chicken

I would hope that it is obvious why you should be teaching home ec skills to your children, because, of course, they are life skills.  No matter where your children go to school each day (the local public school, a private or parochial school, or your kitchen table), they are depending on you to teach them how to function in life.  These are some of the skills they need! Before I get into my … [Read more...]

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Fighting Ants with Just a Few Ingredients


Ever since we disturbed the hangout of the ants in our yard by putting in a screened-in porch, we have had ants show up in our kitchen (closest to the spot they were in our yard) from time to time.  We have tried all kinds of things, but mostly lots of exterminator visits. However, the last time they arrived, I battled them with a much cheaper method.  And, funnily enough, they were gone in … [Read more...]