All posts tagged 2013 January Challenge

When Mama Loses Her Cool: Practical Tips for Tough Moments

By | January 26, 2013

image by anathea Daily Tip: a friend to help if you’re feeling stuck.  Friends can be your motivators and cheerleaders. By Joanna Rodriguez, Contributing Writer A new year is here. You’ve created goals and started working towards them. You’ve been organizing your homes, fine-tuning your schedules, and planning healthy meals. You want everything to run smoothly Read More

7 Tips for Honestly Evaluating Your Goals

By | January 25, 2013

Image by mikebaird Daily Tip: If something “sometimes” works for you, give it a good three weeks before calling it quits or switching to something else.  It may just be the difficulty of learning a new habit. We’re getting towards the end of our challenge.  That means it’s time to evaluate: what is working for you, Read More

Top 10 Natural Cleaning Tools I Use

By | January 10, 2013

Image by KOMUnews Daily Tip: Don’t be afraid to buy items that you really need to help yourself succeed.  Frugal doesn’t mean cheap, it means carefully chosen. When I first got married, I bought all the same stuff my parents had used — things like Soft Scrub, caustic toilet cleaner, regular ol’ dishwasher detergent, bleach….  Those Read More

Taming the Toy Tornado — Let’s Plan the Playroom

By | January 9, 2013

Daily Tip: Place items in the areas of your home where you’ll use them, to increase the chances that you’ll follow through. By Malissa McClintock, Contributing Writer The playroom. Out of all the rooms in my house, I am fairly certain it is the room I like least. I wish that weren’t the case. I have Read More

Taming the Clutter: Finding Tools to Make it Work for You

By | January 7, 2013

Image by peapod labs Daily Tip: Make a list of everything you need to have or do to achieve your goals, so that you don’t get stuck without something important. A lot of our readers have been talking about how they struggle with clutter.  There is stuff in every direction and on every surface.  I can relate. Read More

Why Setting Goals May Not Be Your Best Approach

By | January 5, 2013

Image by Vinni123 By Megan, Contributing Writer Daily Tip: Avoid discouragement by focusing on what is best for your family and not what “The Jones’ are doing.” (Danielle Tate, More Than Four Walls) At the beginning of every year it is not uncommon to hear people setting New Year’s Resolutions–usually a list of goals or ambitions Read More

Tackling Home Organization: Finding a Routine That Works

By | January 4, 2013

Image by Sadie Hernandez Daily Tip: Write down your goals in a place where you can refer to them easily, and do so often to motivate yourself. We’ve been enjoying getting to know our Challenge participants this week.  They’re all in a private Facebook group and we’ve been chatting about their personal goals and offering ideas Read More

Improving Your Family Relationships

By | January 3, 2013

Daily Tip: Start with just one or two goals; if you have too many, you will be less likely to keep up with them. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post called Lose the Mommy Guilt: Your Feelings Matter Too.  This is all about relationships, specifically a mother’s relationship with her children, and how her Read More

Creating a Vision for Your Home

By | January 2, 2013

Photo Source By Beth Declercq, Contributing Writer Daily Tip: Create realistic goals, not grandiose goals: you’ll be more likely to stick to them. Every year after the holidays I feel as though my house is overflowing with new and out of place items, piles of packaging, irrelevant decor, and various luggage from traveling. I’m ready to Read More


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