purposeful homemaking

A Holiday Cleaning Checklist (for You and Your Kids!)

I’m not sure what happened to October, but I feel like I woke up one morning and we were hurtling at the speed of light into the season of turkeys and decorated trees! My husband is already listening to Christmas music but I’m not even thinking past this weekend, much less Thanksgiving or the Christmas […] Read more…

Make Menu Planning Easier with Freezer Cooking!

Summer isn’t always as busy for family schedules, but we definitely want to be soaking up all the warmth we can without wasting extra daylight hours doing lots of cooking! Plus…hot weather + ovens = yuck. So, what to do when you need meal ideas but don’t want to heat up the kitchen every night? […] Read more…

diy essential oil respiratory relief blend

DIY Respiratory Relief Essential Oil Blend

We held out so long, I thought we were in the clear. But then it hit us. An “upper respiratory infection” that, while it wasn’t quite influenza, had many of the same symptoms and discomforts. It cycled its way through all six of us in our family, putting us in close company with coughing, sneezing, […] Read more…

Family Summer Cleaning Schedule Free Printable

During the summer, our daily schedule tends to go out the window. I think it’s because we need a break from the structure of scheduled activities, schoolwork and other events. Or maybe it’s because where we live, the weather is finally nice and all my kids want to do is play outside and hang out […] Read more…

autumn pear bread--a delicious fall baked treat

Autumn Pear Bread

Make the most of your ripe pears by baking this delicious Autumn Pear Bread Recipe!  Ever wondered what to do with ripe pears (besides make them into baby food?) You can make some Autumn Pear Bread! My aunt Brenda gave me this wonderful recipe and in my usual style I changed some ingredients to try […] Read more…