Organization

Organization: Lean strategies for efficient home management

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Radiant Living

Radiant Living: Encouragement to shine brightly every day

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Hospitality

Hospitality: Creating an atmosphere that draws people in

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Money Matters

Money Matters: A look at saving, earning, and spending wisely

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Taking Control of the Paper Mess

Taking Control of the Paper Mess

What do you do with papers? Do they pile up around the kitchen, office, living room… pretty much everywhere? If you are like us, you might have lost an important paper before, even though you were just certain it was in that pile over there. Or was it that other one? Or the other other […]

Stewarding the Family Finances

Stewarding the Family Finances

When I first got a vision for this blog, I felt strongly that I would be able to get the wisdom and direction for how to run my home by studying the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. On the topic of finances in particular, I feel there is much we can glean from this chapter. […]

Cleaning Out Our Hearts, Daily

Cleaning Out Our Hearts, Daily

Someone near and dear to me is in the throes of planning the most important day of her life – her wedding. As I’ve been helping in little ways, memories of when I was in that season of my life have flooded back from the not-so-distant past a few years back. While our day was […]

Managing Your “Home Away From Home” –...

Managing Your “Home Away From Home” – Staying Organized While Traveling

We are on the road for a short trip so I can attend a national convention for my home-based business, Mary & Martha. Just recently having finished 8 months of living in hotels while our belongings were in storage, I feel like I have learned a thing or two by making my own mistakes and […]

Healthy Family Initiative

Healthy Family Initiative

Part of living a healthy, happy life and having the energy to keep up a home is staying active with regular exercise. But sometimes there are so many obstacles to working out. “The weather is too hot/cold to get outdoors.” “I can’t take my baby to the gym.” “We don’t have a jogging stroller.” “I’m […]

“So, what do you do?”

“So, what do you do?”

Last night I was at a social event where I didn’t know anyone. On two occasions, while I was chatting it up with some nice folks, the question of occupation came up. “So what do you do?” they asked. To which I responded, “Nothing… well I stay home with our 1 year old daughter.” Later […]

“How’s that working out f...

“How’s that working out for you?”

It’s been a few weeks now since I implemented and shared the new organizational tools I developed to keep me focused during the day. If you’ve been following along, right about now you might be wondering, “How’s that working out for you?” I am so glad you asked! So far I have loosely stuck to […]

Confessions of a Martha

Confessions of a Martha

Some people have a knack for entertaining. You walk into their home and they make you feel like you belong there. When you leave, you are nourished, refreshed, encouraged, and grateful. I’ll be honest – entertaining doesn’t come naturally to me. At least it didn’t used to. I always had reasons why I shouldn’t have […]

Hit the Reset Button

Hit the Reset Button

The clutter keeps piling up, dust bunnies are multiplying in the corner, and dinner is consistently last-minute. Sound familiar? I have seen many aspects of my home environment spin wildly out of control. When I finally would get fed up and take the time to clean a room or prepare a large batch of dinners […]

A Lean Introduction

A Lean Introduction

Looking at the description of the Proverbs 31 woman can be a bit daunting sometimes. How does she do all those things so gracefully? And does she even sleep? In addition to having her life organized, I’ll bet she also knows how to run her home efficiently, like a well-oiled machine. I imagine she doesn’t […]