Category Archives: Homekeeping

What Do You Mean By, “Keeping It Real?”

The posts and conversations have been flying from the fingers in effort to show that life or people are not all what they seem. We talk about “keeping it real” but maybe, just maybe, some of us know reality all to well and work hard to better it. How do we “move on” when we are “keeping it real”? You… Read more »

Strengths and Weaknesses | This Thing We Call Parenthood

As I sat digging in the soil and planting my spring flower bed, I  contemplated on the things that parents are plagued with day-to-day; namely, am I doing a good job as parent? I was thinking about how we need to cultivate our children’s strengths and then as I really sat moving soil, pulling weeds, and seeing a beautiful picture… Read more »

Decluttering, New Year Goals, and Life Lessons

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Last week (?) I issued a challenge on my Facebook page; I challenged my readers to get rid of 5 things that “will help you in the new year.” Please don’t think that because this challenge has passed that you shouldn’t jump in. In fact, stop reading right now, take a quick glance around you, or maybe you already have… Read more »

What is it like living in a small home?

I get asked this question a lot. “How do you manage it?” “How many bedrooms again?” “How much square footage?” “Are you one of those small house people?” “How many people live in that house?” and many more. The reality is this, we’re working towards moving, but I have done this for 10 years and complain and grumble about it… Read more »

Freezer Meals- Gluten-free and budget friendly

I love freezer meals. There have been many a day where I have been saved by the Crockpot phenomenon.  Dinner is waiting for us when we get home from Church or a long day away. On our crazy activity days (ballet, jiu jitsu, and my daycare in one afternoon) I can schedule dinner for the crockpot and not even be… Read more »

Parenting from the Shopping Cart

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(My favorite “parenting” book) Grocery shopping with little’s are the pits. They are hungry, they have to stay by the cart, they are trapped by all the colorful items that they can’t touch and play with. But sometimes you don’t have a choice but to take them. Parenting is so much fun to watch and judge when you are grocery… Read more »

A Conversation with Mothers

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If we could have a cup of coffee together I would tell you that you are doing a good job.  “How do you know?” You might ask me and I would say, “Because you care. You want to be a good mom. You want to succeed with your children. Because you care, this is how I know you are doing… Read more »

What Could Today Possibly Bring? Wednesday on the Homestead

It is after 10:30pm. I am enjoying the quiet evening hours. The house is asleep and apart from the dark barking across the street at random intervals, the silence is the only thing I hear. Home-school this week has been a little bit more difficult then the blissful beginning that last week brought us. But, I kind of knew that… Read more »

Sodbuster Homestead Update: The Garden of Mojave

This is what our Summer garden looks like. This is why we have Fall and Spring gardens out here in the Mojave desert. Dying pepper plants, although I will be able to pick a few before we give them to the chickens. That sunflower plant thinks its a stinkin’ tree! Getting ready for the Fall planting. Oh yeah! It’s been… Read more »

The Christian Walk: The Next Text Message?

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I wish I could say I was intentional about my Christian walk and faith. I would love to say that I wake up refreshed every morning and pour my heart and soul into God’s Word like King David but I am more like that verse in Psalm 119:62 that says, “At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You… Read more »

Financial Friday~ Grocery Haul, Budget Shopping, and Menu/Meal Planning

Today is grocery shopping day! Sometimes these days are the dreaded days as I watch the totals go up, or the best day of the week as we see the fridge stocked once again. I shared on Facebook a Youtube video I had found on meal planning. Now, you all remember that I found that shopping every two weeks, was… Read more »

Mundane Monday: Mom’s survival tactics

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Image courtesy of http://www.clipartsheep.com The weekend is over. The weekends always seem so busy of household events for us! We went swimming as a family, the first time this year! We also did more kitchen renovations, set the chickens loose in the garden, we decluttered again in the children’s room, did our monthly recycling haul, and of course, planned for… Read more »

Monday Morning Coffee with Me

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Yes, you read that right. I am drinking coffee. So much for the three week goal right? Oh well. This week on the homestead, we are focusing on getting ready for the new school year and baby girl’s golden birthday! I can’t believe she is going to be 2. Where does the time go? The Meal Plan Includes; (See Note… Read more »