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Keeping it real
The delicate net of home, with its everyday doings, projects, gatherings, relationships, laughter, cooking, baking, crafting, plans and friendships is a joy and blessing. However, we cannot forget that home and family means life - real, down-to-earth life. Sometimes this life is not as clean, neat, pretty and peaceful as we wanted it to be, or thought it would be. Sometimes our plans go amiss - and it's normal. [This is a fantastic post to print out and keep on the fridge. We all need to keep it real as we walk through the day-in, day-out of life with its messes and mayhem, its joys and its triumphs.]

Read Article (Outside Link) Nov 25, 2008 - 12:42:50 PM

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Managers of our time: the challenge of following our own schedule
If you've never seen a healthy and balanced home life in function, it's easy to give in to the world's expectations, feel useless, and conform to the idea that "there's nothing to do at home." When you become the manager of your time, disappointment and frustration are guaranteed if you don't learn to use it wisely.
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 2, 2007 - 1:12:01 PM

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Learning the art of homemaking: how long does it take?
While browsing a couple of blogs, I came across a comment which made me smile. I don't remember the exact way it was worded, but here's the general idea: "I really don't get all this homemaker-in-training thingy for unmarried women. After all, how long does it take to learn to do laundry or change diapers? Can't girls just learn these things in a jiffy and then be free for exciting experiments with their lives until they get married?"
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 12, 2007 - 9:30:42 PM

Homemaking and Other Practical Topics
About this section...
This category is here to encourage you in all that you do at home, from preparing meals to entertaining friends and neighbors, from organizing rooms to caring for the sick at home. We welcome new submissions or link recommendations!


Jun 29, 2003 - 9:32:00 PM

Homemaking and Other Practical Topics
Just being home
A welcoming, cozy home is important for bringing the family together. A good home is a center of relaxation, comfort, support, refreshment, and fun. It doesn't mean everything needs to be perfectly clean; it doesn't mean you must serve five-course dinner every night, or sew every item you and your children wear. It simply means our focus should be drawn inside.

Read Article (Outside Link) Dec 3, 2008 - 10:22:21 PM

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The spirit of home--a blessing rediscovered
There is something especially warm and uplifting in the smells, sounds and the general spirit of a home which is lived in during the day. When you come in after a long day outside, the homey scents and the tidiness unmistakably tell you that floors have been mopped, clothes ironed, and a dinner cooked. Maybe there are even some cookies in the oven when you come in, giving off their delicious aroma.
Read Article (Outside Link) May 12, 2008 - 11:21:16 PM

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A Frustrated Homemaker
Mrs. C left the work force after many years of climbing up the career ladder to become a stay-at-home wife and mother. She now has a wonderful husband and two lovely children - but she finds it hard to adjust to her new lifestyle.
Read Article (Outside Link) Mar 29, 2008 - 7:47:07 PM

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Home Decorating Ventures
For those of us on a tight budget, decorating (especially seasonal) can be a bit of a challenge. Because of this challenge, I had become somewhat of a minimalist....but then realized that's not really what I wanted. Instead I took on the harder task of making do with what I had - asking the Lord to reveal Himself in how I decorated my home and made it beautiful for all who entered.
Read Article (Outside Link) Dec 26, 2007 - 7:58:58 PM

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Little By Little
How my Heavenly Father helped me change from a woman who could not keep my home above the chaos level to being a fairly organized Momma-of-Many, starting with one little medicine cabinet. May this be an encouragement to those (newer or older) homemakers who still haven't quite gotten on top of things with a bit of practical advice regarding how I stepped out of the pigpen for good. [This article not only contains a lot of practical advice, it is also wonderfully humorous and human! For chronic "messies" out there and those with lots of messes under the roof, here's a word of hope!]

Read Article (Outside Link) Dec 26, 2007 - 7:55:26 PM

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Baking from the Last Frontier: Sourdough
I developed a taste for sourdough when my family lived outside of Anchorage for five years. When I got my first apartment, I tried my hand at sourdough baking. Over the years, Iíve learned that sourdough can be a little finicky, but if you experiment, it can last a long time.


Feb 28, 2007 - 4:11:52 PM

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All Things Are Possible
"All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me!" Inspired by a LAF article dealing with homemaking for those with a chronic illness, I have been impressed to share my own experiences as a homemaker with a disability.

Oct 31, 2006 - 2:46:00 PM

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Howard Dayton's 10 Steps to Getting Out of Debt
With the personal debt of Americans reaching an all-time high this year of over $800 billion, we get more and more questions from people seeking to escape the two-income trap and debt-based spending. The old adage, "Spend no more than you make" was long ago dropped by the wayside in our era of easy "credit" and impulse buying. Ready to stop the madness? These ten steps are an excellent starting point. We'll post more helpful financial articles as often as we can. If you really do want to escape the "rat race," it can be done. But don't be decieved: it may take radical lifestyle changes that extend beyond the pocketbook. Yet there is every cause for hope if you stick to your purpose and discipline your habits!
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 31, 2006 - 2:21:00 PM

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Common errors that lead to debt
When evaluating family debt, a common shortcoming seems to run through all unmanageable debt experiences: the lack of thorough planning. Sometimes this deficiency is amplified even more by ignorance or indulgence. In order to recognize this shortcoming and then to change its progression, families must consider the two common errors and the three common expenses that lead to debt and seek either to avoid or control these errors and expenses.
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 31, 2006 - 2:20:00 PM

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The Home and Its Management by Mabel Hyde Kittredge
We found it! This is the online ebook copy we linked to a few days ago, only to have the ebook vanish from Google! This one is in an online library, and we hope it stays put. Enjoy this 1917 book on how to manage a productive, warm, and vibrant home. [Thank you so much to LAF reader Melanie for her help in locating another copy of this book!]
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 28, 2006 - 8:04:00 PM

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Have a Merry January
Only October, and it's already starting: the Christmas shopping season! What starts slowly in September and October comes to a pinnacle in December, then crashes down with a thud come January. Many people are so focused on having a Merry Christmas that they don't plan for a Merry January, too.


Oct 27, 2006 - 4:20:00 PM

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