Posts Tagged ‘Waxing inspirational’

Tips for Reducing the Cost of a Healthy Menu

Dear Home Ec 101, I just got back from the grocery and I’m despairing. I’m trying to be frugal these days, but still I don’t want to intake HFCS and I like to choose organic eggs and milk when I can. And I feel like it’s a balancing game to keep my family healthy but…

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Menu Planning, Revisited

Heather says: I have a confession. I fell off the menu wagon. I can’t remember exactly when this cycle started, but I think it was just before we left for our trip to Minnesota. Some of you have noticed that the recipes slowed down, others were happy about that. –I can’t please everyone, which drives…

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10 Things My Grandfather Taught Me

Brian says: Growing up in a house without a father meant two things: playing “catch” was primarily a spectator’s sport and by default, you were last when it came to hot water and most other bathroom privileges. This also means acquiring a great deal of manly advice from one of the most influential males in…

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Squeamish Talk

Heather says: Life is messy. A few days ago, I was pulling apart a rotisserie chicken for chicken and dumpling soup. My mother-in-law walked past and commented something to the effect of, “I don’t know how you can do that.” (She didn’t say it in a rude manner, it was just a casual comment). I…

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Someone Has a Case of the Mondays

Dear Home Ec 101, I’m overwhelmed. There’s stuff everywhere, I was late to work again, there’s no food in the house, it’s hot, the kids are cranky, and my butt hurts. Signed, Not really a single reader, but a compilation of about 30 conversations over the past few weeks Heather says: Dude. I feel your…

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A Little Friday Encouragement from a Reader

Heather says: I’ve been fighting a sense of burnout, lately. I’m down to the last bit of the book, but the deadline is looming closer and paralysis is setting in. This morning, before I even poured my coffee this landed in my inbox. It made my day, so I thought I would share it with…

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Customizing the Chore Routine

Dear Home Ec 101, I love your site and I want to love this chore list, but I don’t know how to make it work for our family. We have a 6 month old, a toddler, and two hairy cats. I work part time and have two days during the week to do chores. Can…

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Dear Home Ec 101, I’m Overwhelmed

Dear Home Ec 101, Okay, so I have a ton of things I want to ask you. I was searching the internet for cleaning tips and I came upon your site, which I have now subscribed to.  I need some pointers. First, my mattress has yellowed stains on my husband’s side for some reason, but…

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The D Word

Heather says: January 1st is an excellent time to take stock of what needs to change for positive growth. Life’s rough enough without creating additional problems. Just opening my calendar app makes my stomach clench and causes  my eye to start twitching -truly an attractive quirk. Is my calendar that jam packed? Well, no it’s…

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Sunday Confessional 9/20

Heather says: Some weeks it feels like I have a lot more to own up to than others. I don’t know if it was the husband working night shift, being completely off track with my own sleep schedule, a stupid head cold, or just plain old emotional upheaval that made me feel and act just…

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!!!!!!!!!

Ivy says: Yes, my post title does require that many exclamation points. I was away this weekend and it appears my husband and kids decided to trash the house beyond the limits of what I can stand. Awesome. Luckily, this year my youngest son goes to kindergarten so I’ll now have the house to myself…

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Household Management: Determining Your Management Style

Ivy says: As I’ve said here about 50 million times, Mr. Ivy is a restaurant manager. One of the common themes in our conversations is how other people manage the restaurant and how it meshes (or doesn’t mesh) with his own management style. Within your own household, you and your significant other will have different…

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A Sunday Soapbox: Small Things

Heather says: Almost every year in the late summer I take a road trip from my home in South Carolina to Minnesota. Along the way I get to visit friends and relatives, it’s one of the highlights of my year. Is it easy? Heck no, I’ve got three small children. Each year when I start…

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A Funny for Friday and a Cautionary Tale

Heather says: Fearless Friday will return next week. I decided to cut myself some slack for the the holiday weekend. Also, everyone thank Ivy who has been so generously picking up my slack while I dealt with allergy testing. The tests itself weren’t bad, it was the five days prior to each where I could…

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