Living like Downton Abbey

In my modest black dress, as I helped my son into his ring-bearer tuxedo, I felt like a staff member at Downton Abbey. The illusion was completed by our comfortable little "below the stairs" room. As we ascended the winding staircase to my sister's expansive suite, she greeted us in a filmy peach dress. Clearly, she was a member of the nobility. ...more

Flylady Helps Me Clean and Vomit Simultaneously

As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help but obsess about a clean house.I don’t care about the food. Food is easy.But cleanliness is always an issue in my house. We have three kids and a dog — plus I’m pregnant and have no energy right now. So yes, my house is in constant disaster mode. We keep on top of it the best we can, but some things just have to slide while I’m pregnant. It’s frustrating, but I just have to deal....more

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

This is my post for the January NaBloPoMo challenge question for January 14, 2013....thought you might get a chuckle out it.O.K. dear readers, here comes Superhero week…brace yourselves.If you were a superhero, what would be you hidden powers?I’ve had to mull this over for a little while….not really into superheros. So, I decided that if I could be any fantasy character, I want to be Samantha on Bewitched. ...more

It All Falls Apart (Or, Defining Myself as a Stay-At-Home-Mom)

This picture pretty much sums up how I've been feeling lately. No matter how hard I try, it all falls apart anyway....more

Thanks for the Nomination and Aunt Mary Goes on Strike

First of all, I need to say THANK YOU to whoever the 3 people were that voted to make this blog a finalist in the 2012 Mom’s Choice Award that Triad Moms on Main is holding. Actually I don’t know how many voted.....more

Outsmart Corporations...With a Sharpie

Have you ever wondered why the measurement cups for laundry detergent are so impossible to read?Consider that the outside of your box, carton, or bottle is stamped in bright colors in a giant font. Yet the cup they send you to measure out the high performance serum (or powder) is barely legible.  This is not an accident. ...more
I've been doing this for a while..... too much detergent leads to dirty looking clothes here in ...more

A Housekeeping System that Works!

I posted earlier this year asking for advice on how to keep our home clean and organized while still devoting time to my social life, family fun and other obligations.  I have to admit, I got some good advice and didn't really follow any of it.  We stayed with the same routine of keeping the house just looking OK and counting on the housekeeper to make it really pretty.

The Purge Project: Cleaning out the Clutter

Do you ever find yourself standing in your garage, looking for something you know is out there- but you just can’t find it? But you can find about a zillion other things that you haven’t used in three years and know you likely won’t need for at least five more?...more

Urgent Questions

I need to know.  Who first started calling them "Dust Bunnies".  Whoever it was hasn't been on safari, checking out the wildlife under MY bed.  More like "Dust Buffalo". I need to know.  How do you learn how to cook smaller dinners when your nest empties?  I'm drowning in leftovers. I need to know.  Am I approaching the years of wearing granny-panties? I need to know.  Why do we women keep piling more on our plates (more chores, more responsibilities, more caregiving, more more more), without ever letting any of it go?  I hones...more