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Homemaker’s Job Description

29 Sep

Making a home is a commendable job, whether you are a full-time or part-time homemaker, managing your home is well worth your time.   Being a full-time homemaker I will occasionally get the “Do you work?” or the “What do you do all day?” questions.   Normally my response is cheerfully saying, “I am able to stay home full-time with my daughter!” or, “I do whatever my family needs me to do for them.”

But what does this job entitle? Does staying home really constitute as work?   Of course it does! I’m always baffled by people who think that homemakers do not work.  Honestly, I believe working full-time job outside the home would be the easier route in many ways, as well as less rewarding.  Being a homemaker requires use of every skill that you have and then some!

Job Description of a Homemaker

Responsibilities: A homemaker must…

  • be willing to work 7 days a week, for the rest of your life.
  • understand that your family comes before yourself.
  • work diligently in the home for the benefit of the family and/or guests.
  • spend quality time with each child (if you are a mother)
  • maintain the laundry
  • keep the dishes clean
  • be willing to clean the entire home thoroughly and safely.
  • be willing to cook on a regular basis and provide nourishing foods.
  • be aware that you determine the atmosphere and character of the home.
  • practice thanksgiving at all times and in every situation.
  • maintain an organized and functional household, to the best of your ability.
  • educate yourself and seek out the most beneficial resources for the household.
  • be patient and able to shrug off any negative comments on your commendable work.
  • be able to maintain your work while in the midst of a difficult situation.
  • be a cook, home economist, nutritionist, dishwasher, interior decorator, organizer, writer, gardener, landscaper, teacher, housekeeper, and anything else your family may need.

Benefits:

  • Family – Time spent with your family is time well spent.   It is indispensable. Your bonds with each member of the family improves with every moment spent together.   Our culture wants you to believe that time spent bonding is no longer important – never listen to this lie.  Time with your family is essential and your family will benefit greatly from it.
  • Freedom –  To learn, to live, and to enjoy people!  Homemakers spend a great deal of time learning. One great benefit of being a homemaker is the opportunity to study anything and everything your heart desires! Homemakers also have more time spend developing their relationships with family and friends, time for hospitality, time for ministry, as well as more time to develop their skills and abilities.

Soap Nuts: A Natural Laundry Detergent

1 Sep

I know what you’re thinking. Soap nuts??

Yes, laundry soap that grows on trees.  Love it!

Soap Nuts are the fruits of soapberry trees and they contain saponin, a natural cleanser that’s been used to centuries for laundering.

It is (obviously) a 100% natural product and chemical free.  It costs about the same or a little less than other detergents, depending on if they are on sale or not.  It is great for people with allergies and they work great with cloth diapers!

“Soap Nuts are a 100% natural alternative to harsh chemical detergents & household cleaners. Eco-friendly, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, unscented, highly effective, yet very gentle. No more softeners & dryer sheets! ” – NaturOli Website

They have a 5 load sample you can buy for $2.95! I decided that if nothing else came out of this it would at least be a fun thing to try. So I bought it and within a couple days my little bag filled with 5 soap nuts arrived.

To my absolute surprise, they worked! Our clothes are fresh, soft, and clean! I didn’t even have to use any fabric softener or dryer sheets. I have done 2 loads with them so far and I can probably do about 2-3 more loads with these 5 nuts. The only “problems” I have:

1) Since I didn’t use a dryer sheet my clothes were staticy, which really has nothing to do with the soap nuts. I think I’ll continue to use dryer sheets until I find a new solution.

2) I LOVE the smell of regular laundry soaps. Especially the one I regularly buy. I know, I’m weird. I have always adored the smell of laundry rooms. The NaturOli company suggests adding a few drops of an essential oil to a cloth in the dryer if we want a frangrance but I’m doubting there is an essential oil out there that will resemble that of laundry soap, haha.

In addition to the raw soap nuts you can also purchase a liquid version, and an all-purpose cleaner. When you order the raw soap nuts you are also given instructions on how to make your own liquid soap and other household cleaners.

How to use the raw Soap Nuts:

It is very simple. Just throw 4-5 soap nuts into the little bag they send you. Close the bag, place in the wash before you put in your clothes. They work best in warm water. They send detailed instructions when you buy them, but that is basically it! Super simple!

Click here to find out about the Sampler!

For more information:

Soap Nuts FAQ’s

Soap Nuts Pro

Bake Night!

4 Dec

For the past few Wednesdays my friend Rachel has come over and we’ve been baking! We made the Peanut Butter Surprise cookies to begin with then the night before Thanksgiving we made 6 pies (the plan was originally for 4 pies but we ended up with enough to make 6 so we did).

We’ve decided to make it a weekly thing! I love to bake but I don’t do it very often so it’ll be fun to try baking new things each week. We haven’t exactly worked out a schedule but I think from now on we’re going to make dinner one time a month and a non-sweet snack or bread (so we don’t overload on sweets). Tonight Rachel is not feeling well so we’re not going to bake tonight. Next week we are going to make dinner or try making bagels, we haven’t decided yet.

Christmas Eve we are going to bake cookies! Anyone have any suggestions for some good Christmas cookies?

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Google Calendars

10 Nov

I’m a big fan of Calendars because I’m at home every day and I lose track of what day it is all the time. I’m also a big planner and its hard to plan if I don’t have a calendar right in front of me. I’m a huge fan of daily agendas! I am a very forgetful person and having lists and plans is something I must have.

In addition to hanging 3 calendars in our home (one in our bedroom, one in our living room, and one in the kitchen), I use my Microsoft Outlook calendar as my main calendar because I see it when I open my e-mail and I can type everything in rather than having to hand write it all out, I can use different colors, repeat items automatically, etc.

Last week I discovered the Google Calendars. At first I was not sure of it because I’m so used to my Outlook calendar, but I’ve come to love these calendars for a few reasons. You can:

  • View multiple calendars at one time (even calendars that belong to your friends & family!)
  • Turn on and off specific calendars.
  • Have your daily agenda e-mailed to you.
  • Share your calendars with friends with friends and family! This way Gage and I always knows what the plan is for the day and we can access it from the internet, we don’t need to be at home on our own computer to view it.
  • Post your weekly menu plans for your family to see!

The image on the right is an example of the Dinner Calendar turned off. I

currently have the following calendars (and Gage and I share all of them): Gage’s Calendar, Shaina’s Calendar, Special Days Calendar (for birthdays & anniversaries, holidays, etc) , Dinner calendar (since we have a 6 week menu plan it only took me about 5 minutes to put this together), and our Family Calendar that is specifically for everything our family does together (church, family get-togethers, vacations, etc). Each calendar has its own color so that when you see “Bible Study” on Thursday morning in purple, you can know it is my study and not Gage’s.

There are also special calendars you can add to your google calendar such as: a to-do list, weather forecasts, national holidays, and more.

I am so grateful for this! Gage has two jobs and he goes to school full time so his schedule is all over the place, this has helped me keep track of what he is doing each day so I can plan my days around his schedule. It’s wonderful!! If you are like me and need to plan everything to get anything done, this is definitely something to check out. 🙂

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A Simple Home

10 Nov

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris (British craftsman, designer and poet, 1834-1896)

I’ve been trying to simplify lately. I’ve been organizing just about everything in sight, re-arranging things, finding new ways to do things, ways to use what I already have rather than buying new stuff, ridding my home of the items that serve no purpose like old magazines and items that were given to us that I saved just because…they were given to us. It always amazes me how much stuff we Americans have. Do we really need all of those kitchen appliances? 500 channels on TV? 5 radios in the household? Do I really need 25 plastic containers to store leftovers in?

That’s my thought for today. I’ve been thinking a lot about my home lately. I was unable to go to church this morning because my daughter is sick. So I have been home all day taking care of her. Now I’m working on a project for a friend, which led me to come across that quote 🙂

I Love Evernote!

6 Nov

In our world today we are constantly bombarded with information. So much information that we often forget things we really didn’t want to forget. Personally, I forget just about everything that I want to remember and this is why I need schedules, plans, notes, pictures, lists, agendas..etc.

Do you ever wish you could save just a quote from a website that you come across (and not have to go through the trouble of giving it it’s own notepad or word document, taking up space on your computer)? Or maybe just part of an e-mail you received yesterday? How about a recipe, along with its pictures that you saw on this great recipe website? An item that you plan to buy on ebay in a week? Driving directions to an airport?

Check out Evernote.

Rather than having to bookmark every single site I come across, I can save just the parts that I want to save and place them in specific notebooks that coincide with their topics. It’s like having virtual hands to pull out pages in a virtual magazine (that is the internet), or like having virtual scissors to cut out the parts of the pages that you want to keep for future reference.

I just discovered it a couple weeks ago and it is *awesome*. I don’t have to deal with Microsoft Word’s crazy formatting when I try to save a recipe (and its pictures) from a website because it saves everything as is. There is no copy, paste, fix, save, file… just highlight whatever it is you want to save, click the green elephant button that is in your browser and poof! It’s saved.

With Evernote you can:

  • Create, clip, and share notes on the web and see them everywhere.
  • Search through all your notes, even find text within images, whether online or off (on your desktop)
  • Also – depending on what kind of phone you have you can: Take snapshots, read to-do lists, record audio whenever and wherever you like. Evernote also has special software for your iPhone.

This program can save you a lot of time and a lot of hassle, it also helps you to stay organized. I absolutely recommend it!

Bloggin’ Plans and 6 Week Menu Plan!

29 Oct

I have all these plans for my blog but I haven’t been doing a good job of keeping up with them! I have many recipes that I’d like to share, thoughts on Biblical womanhood and marriage, organizing tips and other ideas to make the home a place that you want to be. I’ve decided I need a set plan. I work well with set plans and schedules. Without a schedule, I have such a hard time getting everything done. Monday came and went and I still haven’t figured out our menu plan. How do you keep up with your daily tasks, and how do you keep up with your blogs?

As far as our menu planning goes – I came across a woman who plans her menus in 12 week time periods and I love the idea! So, to start, I’ve decided to do a 6 week plan and only go shopping every 3 weeks, and maybe I can even stretch it out to a month. This will help with grocery shopping planning and will be less stressful because I won’t be trying to figure out our menu on a weekly basis and examining what we have and what we don’t have and what meals I can make with what we do have. Of course we’ll have to go one other time in there for fruits, veggies, bread, and milk but that’s it. The goal is $250 a month on all groceries and $50 a month on non-food items. I’m finding that by going grocery shopping every 2 weeks I end up spending more than I want to because I forget what I have at home and I re-buy items. I think if I change it to 3 or 4 weeks then we’ll literally be out of food and then I won’t end up buying items that I have at home because there will be no food left at home ;o)

I’m way too easily amused. Just the thought of stretching our food until we have no more is exciting to me! hehehe