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Hairstyle ideas for curly hair

  I thought it might be fun to share some photos of hairstyles our girls have had over the years.  I've captioned each photo with a short description of the hairstyle.  It's definitely been a learning experience over the years, and some of my early attempts were a little rough.  I was inexperienced, and my girls were wiggly, and had very thin hair.  But I've gotten better … [Read More...]

Featured Recipe


Molly’s 10-Minute Chicken

  Folks who haven't done menu planning before sometimes assume it has to be this big complicated thing. Here's how it most commonly looks at my house-- a simple list of meals in a spiral notebook. (If I'd known I was going to show this … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Teens and Job Interview

Teens and job interview success

Okay, folks, I've got some questions for you this fine morning!  This spring several of our teens will be job-hunting.  Along with basic job interview hints like making eye contact, being on time, speaking respectfully, and dressing appropriately, … [Read More...]

Recent Posts


Book giveaway: The Perfect Score

The other day I shared some SAT essay ideas, and then forgot to mention the thing that got me thinking about the SAT in the first place– a book that I was recently offered for review.  It’s called The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT. It’s the story of a mom who [...]

Pork stirfry

When you’ve cooked it a hundred times

In the last few weeks while talking with mommas about the juggling act that is motherhood, inevitably some of the talk is about the stress involved in cooking, especially when lots of people really don’t enjoy cooking.  There’s nothing like uncertainty about your skill level to take the fun out of something. But when it [...]


Frugality this week

Whenever I read a frugality post from The Prudent Homemaker, it always gets me thinking about what I’ve done lately. I enjoy surrounding myself (virtually or IRL) with folks who encourage me toward wise stewardship. Here’s my list for last week. I’d love to hear yours in comments below. I bought 20 pounds of chicken [...]

with you


I am tired I am broken Unsure at every turn Though You told me where to go I lost the road Been a while since I have heard You And doubts are creeping in How can I continue walking on my own? I need to know you’re here With me Cause I become a desperate [...]

My girl

so that I will remember

She comes out into the kitchen in the morning in tired black leggings a touch too small and a black long sleeve shirt a lot too large and my first reaction is puzzlement, then a grumpy wondering why she’d chose to wear THAT this morning. This child has a quirky/adorable sense of style and LOVES [...]

coping on hard days

day brighteners

Sometimes small things can bring a smile and brighten an afternoon. How do you lift moods at your house on hard days?

SAT Essay Tips

SAT Essay Tips (news flash: say goodbye to the SAT essay!)

Today I happened across this really interesting article about plans to overhaul the SAT, again.  The last time it was changed in a substantial way was in 2005 when the dreaded ‘essay’ component was added and weighted to be 1/3 of the total value of the test. This part of the SAT gives each student [...]


My latest Stitch Fix

I got back very late last night from Created for Care in Atlanta.  And for anyone keeping track, yes, that is THREE weekends out of town during the last five weeks– way too many.  Each event was good and worth doing, but the cumulative effect of that much travel is pretty darned tiring.  This afternoon [...]

press on

Press on

I must confess that I still don’t get it all Lord I believe that all your words are true Doesn’t matter where I’m going if I’m going with You I press on, I press on, I press on When I still don’t get it

Cupcake-making for little hands

A cupcake tip

I’ve spent the day traveling to Atlanta to be at my second Created for Care session this year.  Though I’ve heard the main sessions already before, the speakers were so awesome last time that I’m really looking forward to hearing them again.  Plus I get to pick another breakout session to attend– very fun. I’m [...]