I’m Taking a Sabbatical…and You Should Too

I’m Taking a Sabbatical…and You Should Too I'm Taking a Sabbatical...and You Should Too

Find Joy and Meaning in a Simple Christmas

Find Joy and Meaning in a Simple Christmas Find Joy and Meaning in a Simple Christmas

The Tummy Team–The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…and a Great Deal

The Tummy Team–The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…and a Great Deal The Tummy Team--The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...and a Great Deal

How to Clean Burned Milk From a Pan

How to Clean Burned Milk From a Pan How to Clean Burned Milk From a Pan

60 Homeschooling Tips From 60 Years of Homeschooling

60 Homeschooling Tips From 60 Years of Homeschooling 60 Homeschooling Tips From 60 Years of Homeschooling

I’m Taking a Sabbatical…and You Should Too

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It used to be, and occasionally still is, that people would take sabbaticals. In the Old Testament, the ground was rested every seven years. Today, professors and other professionals occasionally take every seventh year off to pursue a writing or research project. It’s a worthy practice. It comes from the Latin word sabbaticus which literally means ceasing. I have been running The Simple Homemaker for…

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Find Joy and Meaning in a Simple Christmas

Make This Christmas Special by Making This Christmas Simple

Christmas is just around the corner. Did that statement make you a little queasy? Did your heart start pounding a little faster? Did you instinctively stiffen, bracing yourself for a mad season of busyness during which you would grit your teeth and push just to get through it? Or did you smile and relax deeper into your seat, thinking of the peaceful, joy-filled time of…

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Disclosure: I am a Tummy Team affiliate. I am also a Christian and tell the truth. It’s a good combo. In fact, even though I was participating in The Tummy Team, I didn’t become an affiliate until I knew I loved it!  (If you’re just here for the good deal, the first ten people to use the code SIMPLE25 by November 20 save 25% on…

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How to Clean Burned Milk From a Pan

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Argh! I burned the milk again! I know, I know, it’s my own fault–I have the attention span of a caffeinated fruit fly, and milk burns very easily. It’s a bad combination. Lucky for my pots, I know how to get that stuck-on mess off the bottom of my pans. And soon you will, too.   How to Remove Burned Milk From a Pan What you…

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60 Homeschooling Tips From 60 Years of Homeschooling

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{This post contains affiliate links. They don’t bite. If you want to skip my yammer and check out the book 60 Homeschooling Tips From 60 Years: Inspiring Tips and Ideas from Two Veteran Homeschoolers, click here.} We’ve been homeschoolers for 13 years if you count from kindergarten…or 18 years if you count from the moment every parent becomes a teacher. As our firstborn approaches her…

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The Value of a Homemaker

The Value of a Homemaker

It saddens me when I speak to women who feel they are not contributing to their families or to society if they do not bring home a paycheck. Some believe their contributions need to be measured monetarily to be of value. Others are nagged with guilt at the thought of their degrees growing dusty on a closet shelf, while they pack lunches or potty train…

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A Personal Note About Heartache and Truth

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My grandpa died this past spring. Before that my godparents both died. It’s been a tough year. It’s been hard on a lot of people, but right now, for this moment, I’m going to focus on me. I knew my Grandpa was going to die. I thought I was prepared. I thought I could handle it with grace. I was wrong. I don’t cry. The…

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