Sunday, July 20, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 117 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


This summer is going fast!  I have been sick for over a month now and haven't been able to enjoy it the way I thought I would.

Summer, for me, means getting to do some of the organizing and other cleaning projects that I like to tackle during the summer.

I get a lot of satisfaction out of straightening and reorganizing my closets and cupboards, or doing some deep cleaning stuff that I have been putting off until summer.

But the nice thing about being sick (is there anything NICE about being sick?????) is that I'm really experiencing a relaxing summer.  So I am actually enjoying it in a different way than I had originally planned.  

I've had to cut back on activities and basically stay home most of the time.  When I do feel well enough for an hour or two, I can go out and get some errands done and once I even went out for a pedicure with my bff.

She had been wanting to get together and do something for three weeks but I just didn't feel like it.  I had a good afternoon that day and off we went!

Sometimes we can fill our summers so full of activities that we forget to take some time out for some fun too!

I hope that you all are remembering to RELAX and have some FUN this summer!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Housecleaning Game & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 120 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.





Sometimes I feel like I clean the same things over and over.  Do you ever feel that way?  Sometimes it just feels like ALL I do is clean the kitchen.

Seriously.  All I do is clean the kitchen.  All.  Day.  Long.

If I'm not cleaning the kitchen I am straightening up the living room, or neatening up the bathroom.

Honestly, doesn't it just feel like you are ALWAYS doing laundry or washing the dishes or emptying the dishwasher?

That's because you are.  I am too.

This is how we stay ahead of the game.


The Housecleaning Game

Because it IS like a game.

In a game you either play by yourself or you are part of a team, but either way you are playing to get ahead and win.

There are rules in the game, and sometimes penalties.

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In the housecleaning game, the rules are simple:

  1. If you take something out, put it away when you're finished with it. Have a place for everything and put it in its place by the end of the day.
  2. Clean up the kitchen after every meal.
  3. Run the dishwasher after dinner if it's full or mostly full.
  4. Empty the dishwasher early in the morning.
  5. Hang up or put away your clothes when you take them off.
  6. Wipe up spills or messes as soon as they happen.
  7. Rinse dishes (if necessary) and load directly into the dishwasher so food doesn't harden.
  8. Have regular toy pickups throughout the day.  (We had three: before lunch, before dinner, before bed).
  9. Have a regular cleaning routine and follow it as best you can.
  10. Don't let the laundry pile up.  

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The penalties can be difficult:

  1. A sink full of dishes and a counter top full of clutter can make dinner preparation very stressful.
  2. Doing dishes can take a lot longer when food is hardened and dried on.
  3. Waking up to a messy kitchen or a cluttered home can get your day off to a bad start.
  4. The chaos and clutter of an overly messy home can be very overwhelming.
  5. Clutter can cost you money as you find yourself buying new things to replace the ones you can't find.
  6. The mess and stress of living in all that clutter can cause fights within your family.
  7. Feeling like a failure because you can't keep your house clean even though you try and try.
  8. Feeling as if people are judging you whenever they come over to visit.
  9. Stepping on a lego or another small toy in the middle of the night can REALLY wake you up, not to mention hurt.
  10. Getting further and further behind until eventually you feel defeated and don't even bother trying to catch up.

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But the rewards of the housecleaning game are awesome!:

  1. Peace of mind.
  2. No more embarrassing moments when people just drop in without notice.
  3. Starting the day with a clean slate instead of starting behind.
  4. Staying on top of things means you spend less time cleaning and more time having fun!
  5. Getting the kids out of the house on time and in a good mood, instead of screaming at them as they rush around trying to find their backpacks and shoes while you try to find them something clean to wear.
  6. Getting yourself out of the house without having to spend 10 minutes looking for your keys.
  7. Being able to relax for the evening without having to block out all the mounds of laundry, stacks of dirty dishes, and other unfinished business calling your name.
  8. Waking up to a CLEAN kitchen and clean bathroom.  Awesome!
  9. Being able to find what you need when making dinner because you know where everything is.
  10. Did I mention peace of mind?
So go ahead and play the housecleaning game today and make your home sing!  You'll be glad you did!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 110 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Well here we are again, another week has gone by!  We are well into summer, aren't we?  I am still sick (long story, won't bore you) but so appreciate you all linking up last week. 

So let's get this party started!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 114 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Well, I am still sick but have another doctor's appointment this week, so I'm hoping (and praying) that things will start to look up for me!  ;)

I hope you all have a great week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 



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Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 115 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

I have been sick this past week and so did not feel like writing a post!  So I am just going to go ahead and get the linky party up.  I hope that you all had a great weekend!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 



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Sunday, June 15, 2014

"Don't Tell Dad!" & MYHSM Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 112 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.



"Don't tell dad!"

Sometimes these words would pop out of my young children's mouths when they had done something wrong.   They already knew that they had done something they shouldn't have and they didn't want their dad to know about it.

Some of their reasoning may have been that they didn't want to disappoint him, and some of it may just have been that they didn't want him to know in case he had something further to say about what they did.

"I don't keep secrets from your dad," I would remind them.

I usually gave hubby an update when he came home about how my day went (sometimes the minute he walked through the door, lol!).

But there were times when they hadn't done anything wrong.  In fact, maybe they had done something RIGHT or something awesome or funny had happened.  I would encourage them to call daddy and share their news with him as well.

I wanted my children to see their dad as my parenting partner.  I did not want to create a little "club" that their dad was not a part of.  I did not want him to be an outsider in his own family.  I also wanted my children to believe that they could come to their dad with anything.

I don't keep secrets from my husband, but I have kept confidences from him.  There is a difference.

In my position as a pastor's wife, I will often have someone's confidence and I do NOT pass those onto my husband (unless they ask me to, of course).

I also kept my children's confidences.  To me, the difference between a secret and a confidence is a secret involved holding back a wrong-doing and a confidence held back a thought or feeling.

So there were times that I kept my children's confidence, but I would also urge them to talk to their dad about it, telling him "He will understand and he can help!"

Later, I would usually discover that my children had talked to their dad, and they found that sometimes daddy had a different perspective than mommy on the situation.  They also learned that daddy did indeed understand, and did indeed help, and that he wouldn't laugh at them.

Sometimes children can get very used to confiding in mom from babyhood on, but they need a little more encouragement to confide in dad.

What YOU can do to help this along is:

1.  Pray for your husband's willingness to "court" his children and recognize the importance of spending individual time with them.  The goal is to win their hearts and when you win their hearts, you will have their confidence.

2.  Encourage your husband to plan some one-on-one time with your child.  It can be something as simple as going out for a coke, taking a walk, reading a bedtime story, or more involved such as a movie or a sporting event. A lot of talking can get done in the car on the way to an event!  Quality time is great, but you're looking for some quantity time here too, so pray that he will be consistent about setting time aside on a regular basis.

3.  Encourage your husband if he gets discouraged.  Conversation can take time (especially if the child is older and not used to confiding in daddy).  It starts out small and builds up.  Remember, he is building a closer relationship with his children and that takes time, but the rewards are immeasurable.

4.  Offer to plan something for them to do if you see that he is struggling in this area.

5.  Encourage your husband to let your child talk and not shut them down right away by trying to "fix" it.  Encourage him to just listen and, if advice is asked or guidance needed, to offer his opinion as an opinion instead of a directive.  Remember, we are talking about sharing confidences here, not a confessional.  If the child is confessing to a wrong he has done, that is a bit different, of course.  But if he is just sharing his feelings or confusion about a decision, remind daddy to listen FIRST and not fix. Fixing is for later, let your child get all his words out first.

As I said earlier, children can get used to talking and sharing their confidences with mom, and as much as they love their dad, they might be a bit intimidated to talk with him at first, if they aren't used to it. They may believe he's too busy or just assume he "doesn't care" about the little things as much as mom does.

It's up to daddy to show them that he DOES care by spending time with them, whether it's carrying them on a piggy back ride to bed, a tickle fest, a pillow fight, taking them out for a coke, etc.  One-on-one time means a lot.

A fun shared moment ending with daddy asking "So how was your day?" will eventually reap huge rewards in your child's life AND your husband's as the answer to that question will continue to knit their hearts together in love.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 



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