Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 114 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


This week is a holiday week.   Are you ready for it?

I have my turkey chillin' and thawing in the fridge.  The menu is all planned out and the food purchased.   

My home is pretty clean so I don't need to be having a cleaning marathon to get things ready for company.

But am I thankful?  Are YOU thankful?

So often we can spend so much time preparing our homes for an event that we forget to prepare our hearts.

How is your heart this week?  How is mine?  God has blessed me with so much, starting with His Son, Jesus Christ.  My precious family, my home, health, love, laughter, friends......

It really puts things into perspective when you think about everything you HAVE instead of thinking about everything you don't have.

This week, remember to be thankful and make your home sing!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 112 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


This last week was pretty busy for me.  I started to tell you why it was so busy but it just got all lengthy and involved.

Let's just say that my mom is now living just minutes away from me, instead of several hours away.  It is so wonderful to have her so close again!  So last week was filled with lots of phone calls, paperwork, visitations, decisions, and a long drive (some of it in the snow!) to pick up my mom and bring her back home again.

We have found her a really nice place that is able to give her the attention and level of nursing care that I cannot provide.  I feel so blessed to have her so near!

I have been busy helping her unpack and helping her to settle in.  So busy, in fact, that I nearly forgot to get this linky party up.  So let's get this party started!  :)


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Go Tackle Your Ugly" & MYHSM Linky Party




Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 110 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.





I have been "entertaining" myself lately with doing little extra cleaning "missions" around the house.

This past week I've been doing the extra cleaning in the kitchen.  I pulled the fridge out (hubby helped!) and cleaned behind it, cleaned the coils, and gave the inside and outside a very through cleaning.

I cleaned cupboards and the pantry and even cleaned the greasy stove hood filter.  See?





DON'T JUDGE.  ;)



Years ago we had used a small velcro strap on the fridge door to keep our toddlers out of it. After the kids got older we pulled off the strap but the sticky residue part of it was still stuck on the side of the door. 

I never really tried hard to remove it because I didn't know that I COULD.  I had tried to take it off with a minimal effort but it wouldn't come off.  So all those years it has remained on the door, an ugly eyesore that I eventually got used to.

Yesterday, I made a paste of baking soda and vinegar to clean the greasy stove hood, and I decided to try the mixture on the leftover velcro sticky stuff on the fridge.   I had to apply a little "elbow grease" but it worked and it eventually came off!

I had to ask myself, why didn't I try a little harder to remove it before?  Instead, I put up with something ugly for years because I didn't think I had a choice, when all I really needed to do was work a little smarter and a little harder at getting rid of it.

Image courtesy of marcolm at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What ugly thing are YOU putting up with today?  

But sometimes we don't have success because we are coming at it from the wrong direction. Sometimes we just need to ask ourselves some questions to figure out why something isn't working. Maybe the problem is a work problem, or a problem within the family or with a friend.  Sometimes it's something within ourselves that we need to sort out but not sure where to start.

Personally, I always think that GOD is a great place to start!  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  But sometimes, it really is something as simple as something in the home not working for us.

I am the LAST person who should be giving decorating advice, but if it's a decor problem, try to figure out why it's not working.  Ask yourself some questions:


  • Do I like the color?  If not, can you dye or paint it?
  • Do I like the style?  If not, have the styles changed or have YOU changed?
  • Is it working for me?  If not, why not?
  • Do I like the size or scale of it?  Maybe you can make it taller by putting some books or something under it, or make it smaller by adjusting the scale of items around it.
  • Does it seem to "go" with everything around it?  If not, try moving it somewhere else, or move the items around it.
  • Do you LIKE it?  If not, WHY not?  Do you associate it with a bad memory?  Or is it indicative of someone else's taste but not YOUR taste?
  • Is it time to let it go?  Sometimes it's just time to let go of something.  Remember, you don't have to let go of the memory of a beloved item.  But it's o.k. to let the item go and keep the memory.
  • Are you bored with it?  Maybe you should put it away for awhile and try something new in its place.  You can always bring it out again in six months or so if you're ready for a change.  Or, again, maybe it's just time to let it go.

Sometimes all we need to do is to try something new, try a different direction, a fresh approach, or a different point of view.

Sometimes we put up with the ugly just because we're USED to it.  

Don't get used to it.  Don't give up yet.  Today's a new day.

Maybe you DO have a choice.  Go tackle your UGLY again and see if you can make something beautiful out of it, and make your home sing!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Living Proverbs 31

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Conversations With My Family #2 (The Spider Apocalypse)




My 21 year old son: "I'm not afraid of the Zombie Apocalypse. I'm afraid of the Spider Apocalypse." 

Me: "I'm going to buy you a tarantula for Christmas."


Son: "No. No you won't. No. Because I'll destroy it, and you will have wasted all that money on it. I will! I will kill it."


Me: "Seriously. You. *YOU* are going to kill it."


Son: "Well, I'll have dad do it.


Me: "I just wanted to buy you a pet. So that during the Spider Apocalypse, you know that you have one little spider friend who has your back."

Son: "I hate you."

Me: "You can call him Squishy, and he will be your Squishy. Then when you squish him, you can say 'I squished Squishy.'"


Just for the record, my son doesn't really hate me, we were obviously just joking around! However, he does hate spiders.     :)



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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 117 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


Boy this week went fast.   I hope you all had a great week!  Let's get this party started!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 121  linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


I  don't have a post for today so I am just going to go ahead and get the linky party up.   I hope you all had a great week!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 Ways To Sabotage Your Cleaning & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 118  linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Image courtesy of Mister GC at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Are you bored with your cleaning routine?  Do you want to spice it up a bit and make it harder?

Are you wishing you could spend MORE time cleaning and less time relaxing?  

Well, I can make that happen. Follow these 10 guidelines and soon fun and family will be a thing of the past:

1.  Don't clean up spills right away, let them harden.  Don't soak or rinse dishes or load the dishwasher after dinner either.  Just let the food harden so that you can spend an hour cleaning up the kitchen instead of several minutes.  Better yet, wait until morning when you are more rested.  Can you think of a better start to your morning than trying to remove dried on mashed potatoes from a pan?

2.  Run all over the house instead of staying in one place to clean.  That way you will get distracted and more likely to forget about cleaning and will soon find yourself relaxing and reading a magazine or watching t.v.  Wooohoo!

3.  Don't carry your cleaning "tools" with you.  If you need something, just go and get it, one at a time.  Don't plan ahead.  Once you've used it, put it back right away, even if you're going to need it again in ten minutes.  Running from room to room and up and down stairs all the time is great exercise so who cares how much time you're wasting?

4.  Get angry and resentful.  Feel sorry for yourself.  Make yourself a martyr and think mean thoughts about your family.  After all, feeling angry and miserable is great motivation and will give you extra energy to clean, once you get over the desire to sit down and cry into a carton of ice cream.

5.  Don't take any rest breaks.  Just power through no matter what.  Do not stop and rest for even five minutes, less much fifteen or more.  Just keep on working like you're a robot until you drop with exhaustion.

6.  Don't stick with anything.  Spend a few moments cleaning the kitchen sink, then go and start cleaning out your closet for a few minutes.  Then go and start cleaning out your pantry, then go out and begin to mop the kitchen floor.

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7.  Don't allow anyone to help you, they'll probably mess it up anyway.  Just insist on doing it all yourself and doing it YOUR way.  After all, your way is always the right way, right?  Your family will probably be thrilled that you are picking up after them all the time, and the benefit will be a happy family!

Too bad you're too busy to spend any time with them.

8.  Don't follow through on anything. Start but don't finish.  Load the dishwasher but don't start it.  Wash the laundry but don't fold it.  Mop the floors but don't put away the bucket or mop......you get the picture.  Just leave everything out because you're probably going to use it again in another week or so.

9.  Don't plan anything or clean logically, just clean whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it.  So what if you're having a big party?  Just reorganize the medicine cabinet, who cares if your floors are crunchy and the rest of the house is a mess?  At least the medicine cabinet will look good if anyone opens it.

10.  Don't ever put anything away when you're done with it, that's just overkill.  Just leave things out and let them pile up.  You can spend a couple of hours on the weekend picking up!

After all, you've got nothing better to do, right?  Do these 10 steps and you'll sabotage that cleaning in no time.  You will also have the added benefit of making yourself miserable and if you do it right, you will make everyone else miserable too!  :)

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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I am linking up to these linky parties:

 PhotobucketStrangers and Pilgrims on Earth
Living Proverbs 31

marriage mondaysWhat Joy Is MineTeaching What Is Good Messy MarriageFamily Home and LifeWise-Woman-Builds 125 Titus 2 Tuesday Button Photobucket