All-Natural Easy Shower Cleaner

I got tired of looking at the streaks on my shower. I needed a way to get rid of them without using a ton of chemicals. Here is an all-natural easy shower cleaner I made with everyday household items. Enjoy!  ...more

Why Our Kids Do Housework - Tips for Getting Kids to Pitch In

Growing up I had little responsibility. There were things that were expected of me, of course, like being polite, brushing my teeth and not talking back. But when it came to actual cleaning up, I was a literal mess. My room was a huge disaster....more
You are totally right. In the 90s I wrote a book about this, published by Berkley Books titled, ...more

5 Ways to Split Household Chores and Avoid Fights

Cleaning the home when you live together is not the easiest thing on earth. First and foremost, you will have to see where each of you stands on the cleaning scale. A neatfreak living with a clutter bug is just a recipe for disaster.#1 Accept the fact he may do things his own way...more

It's Time to Come Clean

I really did some sucking up this week. Or, more accurately, my vacuum cleaner really did some sucking up this week. It sucked up a squishy ball from under my son’s desk. It sucked up a 3rd place basketball medal from the depths of the abyss under my daughter’s bed. It sucked up a long-forgotten stuffed animal- two actually – from under a dresser. It sucked up hairballs and dust bunnies and - oops - coins. You could almost see sparks flying from the machine as I wedged that thing into spots that haven’t been touched in months. Many, many months....more

Parenting by Better Homes And Gardens

iNeed a Playdate's Ultimate House Cleaning Playlist

Happy Housewife Day!No, I am not a housewife....more
PardonMyRandomness I really need a hug playlist too. Maybe that will be next!more

Men aren't children or horses

Everyone who knows me knows that in our household, D is the main cook. He’s brilliant AND passionate about it....more

How to Stop 'Why'ning

'Why' is a spiky, sharp, penetrating word; a word  that can stop you in your tracks. A question containing 'why' is rarely welcome unless you are a philosopher, (and everyone knows how annoying they are. Socrates was sentenced to death for asking 'why' one time too many). Young children, being natural philosophers, often ask why....more

A Friendly Vocab Refresher for Our Children

To Our Beloved Children: As your parents and first educators, it is our job to make sure you understand the meaning of things. Lately, we've noticed that there are some terms you seem to be confused about, so we wanted to help clear things up. We've gone over these definitions at least several billion dozen times, but since repetition doesn't seem to be doing the trick, we thought some visual aids might help. Ready? Okay. ...more
I love this! I will be sharing this with my children in hopes that they will grasp some of the ...more

The Tao of Tidying Up

My husband has been in Texas for the last 9 days, on a (work related) adventure. He returns tomorrow, at 8am. My first reaction to this is, should I shave my legs in honour of this occasion? My second: should I tidy the house? I am not a naturally tidy person. Although I like the house to be clean and to smell fresh, and am prepared to don rubber gloves and wield a wet cloth to this end, tidying gives me no satisfaction. In fact, it hurts my brain....more