Confessions From A Husband About Homemaking

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Confessions From A Husband About Homemaking

You may have heard – the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is here. Even I’m excited about it! And why shouldn’t I be? For the past two years I’ve seen how it encourages my wife with its excellent resources and helpful tips. Homemaking is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and anything that can help keep a spring in my wife’s step deserves my appreciation.

I didn’t always think in this way. My early views on keeping a home were, well, cringe worthy.

As you may have learned by reading this blog, I like to keep things clean. When I was in High School I began keeping my room, my car, and my things meticulously. My first job was at a local grocery store and I relished the challenge of finding efficient ways to fill a grocery sack as the food beeped across the scanner. A few of you out there might relate but at this point most of you are probably pitying Caroline for ever having married me. Read on. : )

Sean and Caroline

Years later Caroline and I met, and for all of the wonderful things about our courtship it failed to disclose just how different she and I were in this area. That’s not to say that Caroline likes a good mess. It’s just that messes don’t speak to her the same way they do me.

Random stuff on the living room floor likes to jaw at me. It laughs at me; calls me names. I have to shut it up. To Caroline its saying, “Here we are, out of our places. No hurry though. We know you’ll pick us up when its convenient for you.”

So, of course she walks by as if it weren’t there. I simply can’t. Or should I say “couldn’t”. Six children does something to you in this regard. The stuff just kind of grins at me now – no words. I think I’m improving – don’t you?

Early marriage, though, was different. I can remember coming home from work and Caroline telling me that she had taken a nap during the day. “A nap?” I thought. Whatever for? I mean, it’s just you here, in this tiny house. You shop for groceries and you clean this house and you need a nap? (Are you cringing yet?)

There were days where she only had energy or time to tidy up one room before I got home. I’d walk through the door, size things up and quietly make my displeasure known, never mind acknowledging the work she did accomplish. This always hurt her a great deal. Ok, now I’m cringing.

“Yes you fool, she needs a nap. And no, she doesn’t need you guilting her into keeping the house clean!” That’s the me of today talking to the me of yesterday, or, at least that’s what I’d say if given the chance.

Starting a home based business really altered my thinking on this. You see, I was home more, and the more I was home the more I was able to see just how difficult, how complex, how thankless, how physically draining, and how mentally taxing homemaking really is.

Simplicity Quote on Motherhood

I quickly began to realize that not only did my wife occasionally need a nap to help her through the burden of the day, she deserved something eminently more important – encouragement. On a daily basis. From me.

I saw so many needs pressing upon her every day. I saw, with my own eyes, how the tasks she performed were critical to the overall wellbeing my home. To the casual onlooker, of course, these are menial, unlovely tasks not worthy of respect. The mother’s role in society is not exactly an exalted one, and my wife had long since come to terms with the way the world views what she does.

But what about the way her husband viewed it? Did she find honor and praise for her work from him? Something a wife simply cannot and should not be expected to endure is disrespect from within the home, particularly from her husband. He is, without a doubt, the best person to provide the encouraging words of appreciation she so desperately needs and legitimately deserves. She can endure the slings and arrows of the world’s harsh judgement if only he will affirm her work and bless her constancy.

I could have spared my wife a lot of hurt feelings if I would have made more of an effort to better acquaint myself with the demands of her work in the home.

Now I’m a true believer. My wife is irreplaceable. Her work is legitimately difficult. Most men couldn’t handle it. I mean it – they couldn’t handle it. It places physical and mental demands on her that I didn’t know even existed until I spent some time by her side.

Joyful Motherhood!

Too many men treat housekeeping like professional sports. The greatest athletes make what they do look easy to the point that in some of our more delusional moments we think we could actually do what they do. It’s just like that with our wives. They make it look easy, and we think, “Homemaking – nothing to it.” What nonsense. If that’s the way we look at housekeeping is it any wonder that they receive so little encouragement from us?

So that’s my little plug for not only the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, but all forms of encouragement we can give our wives. Caroline gets excited about the bundle every year. It helps to keep her spirits up. It motivates and inspires her. I’m all for it. God knows she has a difficult job.

**Caroline here – I have to let you know my husband totally, completely surprised me by writing this. I didn’t ask him to do this, and I was deeply humbled by what he shared here. I love my husband so much, and am thankful for his encouragement!**

Surprise! It’s the very last day of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale! I would hate for you guys to miss out on purchasing this bundle, especially because the bonus offers are incredible. A free subscription to Right Start Media for a year, where you receive a streaming video library that includes films for all ages!

Some of the items include:

  • VeggieTales
  • Adventures in Odyssey
  • 3-2-1 Penguins
  • What’s In the Bible
  • Boz the Bear
  • Chuck Swindoll’s Paws & Tales series for kids
  •  Bible studies by Francis Chan, John MacArthur, Dave Ramsey, and John Maxwell for adults.

You also receive a free cleaning kit from Grove! As you all know, Mrs. Meyer’s are my favorite cleaning products, and I LOVE getting my cleaning supplies and diapers from Grove!

Bonus offers with Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Here is the complete list!

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($19.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

But there is MORE!!!

I’ve given out an incredible amount of flexi clips already. It’s crazy how many I’ll be shipping out, but it’s about to get even crazier!

40 more ladies have a chance to obtain an item from Lilla Rose, today only! And it’s the first 40 who purchase an Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my link!

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It’s going to be a little different this time around. Some of you will be receiving bobby pin sets from Lilla Rose, and some of you will be receiving flexi clips. Just fill out the form with your top 2 preferred sizes of flexi clips, and you will be surprised when your package arrives. It might be a flexi clip, or it might be a pair of bobby pins!

Remember, it’s the first 40 only! These went super fast last time! There is a small shipping fee you pay for these, but otherwise they are free! And it’s only for USA customers, unless international customers want to pay for the extra shipping!

Purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and receive a FREE Flexi Clip, plus a $10 gift certificate to Deborah & Co.

After you grab your bundle, fill out this google form to receive your item from Lilla Rose and the $10 gift certificate to Deborah & Co. 

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(Republished  – Originally this post was written April of 2015)

 

 

7 Tips For An Easy To Clean House

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We all need life to be just a little bit easier. There never sees to be enough time in the day and keeping your house clean can feel like it takes more time and energy then you have to spare. What if you stayed consistent and I gave you a few new tips and tricks that can give you an easy to clean house?

7 Tips For An Easy To Clean House!

1.  Teach each member of the family a new habit that will be their job to do every day. Simple small habits like wiping off a counter, picking up items on the stairs, giving the toilet a quick wipe, or straightening the cushions on the sofa. Pick jobs that are age friendly and remind them repeatedly until the habit sticks. When the whole family joins in these small things become big and no one even notices.

2. Have a one touch policy. When the mail and other papers come into the house, sort them right away. A file box with folders for important things makes this job easy. If it does not go into a file it goes into the trash.

3. Take advantage of tools that make cleaning faster. From dust mops to the dishwasher any tool you have in your disposal to do any cleaning for you should be put to work. Let technology work for you. Did you know your dishwasher can was other items around the house like toys, and decor?

4. Learn to multitask. While cooking dinner get dishes soaking and give the floor a sweep. My mom was super good about always soaking the dishes while she cooked!  If you really want to take advantage of that time prep more than one meal at a time and freeze everything ready to go. Not only do you save time you only have to clean once.

5. When decorating your home pick easy to clean materials. Get rugs small enough to toss over the porch railing or laundry line and hose down for an easy cleaning. Buy curtains that can go right into the washer and keep decorative elements to a minimum so you can dust less.

6. Use tricks to clean less often. Dusting the house and wiping baseboards with a dryer sheet can repel dust making dusting a chore you can do less often. Spray the shower down with a bit of vinegar between uses to break down and prevent build up.

7. Keep the dirt outside. Have children clean up before coming in and leave shoes outside the door to reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do.

Want more great cleaning tips and tricks or maybe a planner to make keeping the house clean even easier? Check out this years Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for a great deal on great books, classes, and products to help. It’s $1300 worth of products for less than $30! You only have until Monday to grab a bundle though, and then it’s gone!

If you need help on organizing your house, there is a huge section just on that!

Or maybe you need help in the kitchen? Never fear, they have a section on that as well!

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Don’t forget, you can get a $10 bonus gift card to Deborah & Co. when you purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through this blog! After you purchase it, just fill out this form to receive that bonus offer!

Are You Discouraged As A Homemaker? The Homemaking Bundle Is Here To Help!

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*Happy Dance!* It’s my absolute favorite bundle sale of the year to promote. Why? Because The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle provides an incredible amount of value, for not very much money! There is something in it for everyone, and I’ve even had single young ladies say they purchase it because they are wanting to learn more about being a homemaker.

Get the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for less than $30, and retails for over $1300! A HUGE resource for homemakers, designed to encourage you in all your many tasks!

If you have never heard of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle before, it’s a resource filled with ebooks, courses, and bonus offers that are worth over $1300! And you get it for – get this – less than $30.

Yes, it’s an insane offer. 

That’s why it’s only available for six days!

 

I know you are striving to cultivate a lovely home for your family. I also know that homemaking is rough, and I constantly need encouragement to keep going.  That’s why I love promoting this bundle. It contains the encouragement I need, for one amazingly low price.

The bundle contains 93 superb eBooks and eCourses designed to help you:

  • cut down your time in the kitchen with crockpot freezer meals and make-ahead breakfasts
  • organize and declutter your home
  • teach your kids to clean (and create a chore system that works)
  • save money by making DIY personal care and cleaning products
  • create realistic weight loss plans and add more healthy movement to your life
  • learn how to keep your kids safe online
  • start your own business or find a great work-at-home job
  • get the mothering encouragement you need on the hard days (no matter what stage or age your kids are at)
  • and even relax and recharge in the evenings with a little adult coloring

The combined value of everything in the bundle is over $1,000, but you get everything for a humongous 97% off, less than $30 for the whole bundle! 

 

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale, with 70 ebooks, and much more! Worth over $1300, you get it for less than $30! How crazy is that?!

Worried about information overload? Don’t be: there’s a handy Interactive Quick Start Guide to help you take action right away.

You might be one of those people who likes to think about it, and purchase at the very last hour of the sale. I totally get it! However…there are some really good reasons to purchase today, and I don’t want you to miss out!

A lot of people want to upgrade their bundle and have it on their e-reader. It normally costs an additional $10, but on Wednesday and Thursday you get that upgrade for free!! 

(If you don’t have an e-reader, you can totally read all of these on your laptop! That’s what I do!)

I’m personally offering a super special bonus offers for those who purchase through this blog post!

For all six days I’m offering a $10 gift certificate to Deborah & Co. Yes, that’s right! You will receive a code that will take $10 off any order, no minimums required!

Purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and receive a $10 gift card to Deborah & Co.

Fill out this form for the bonus offer from me!

You might be thinking “This sounds great, but it also sounds overwhelming! How am I ever going to use 70 ebooks?”

I get it. I’ve felt that way myself. The answer is, you won’t use 70 ebooks. But you might use 50 of them. You might use 10 of them. You might even just use one of them! But let me put it to you this way – one of the courses included in this year’s bundle (the Cozy Mom Minimalist) is one I’ve longingly looked at for quite some time, but it was $39. Just that alone is worth the cost of the bundle, plus all the super duper bonus offers I will receive!

Feel the freedom to be selective and to pick and choose what you will use with your bundle once you receive it. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Remember – you own the bundle, not the other way around!

Enough talk! You seriously need to go check out the Homemaking Bundle now!

Did you want to know what other bonus offers are included? Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only. You’ll get:

 

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

 

Disclaimer – Yes I’m an affiliate for the Homemaking Bundle, and earn a commission when you purchase the bundle though these links. Which is a win/win for both of us, I get to offer you an outstanding bundle deal, and we get to keep saving up money to purchase a house!  Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

 

Make Over Your Evenings Course Is Here! One Day Low Price!

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Do you feel like life is overwhelming and exhausting? (Yes!) Do you run out of energy and focus before the day is even over? Are you ready to make a change? (Yes again!)

If you are, then join me in taking Crystal Paine’s brand-new 14-day Make Over Your Evenings course.

Make Over Your Evenings Course with Crystal Paine!

Her Make Over Your Evenings course is a simple, effective 14-day course designed to help you stop sleep-walking through life and start making the most of your days…and your nights!

In just 15 minutes a day over two weeks you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish a Realistic Evening Routine that works — and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • Design a Prioritized To Do List for each day — one that you’re actually excited to wake up and tackle!
  • Create a Best Stuff List of the most important activities and commitments you should be invested your time, life, and energy into right now. 
  • Eliminate calendar conflicts once and for all — and how to do so without guilt or frustration. 
  • Nourish your body, nurture your soul, and no longer put your health on the back burner — even in the middle of a busy and full life. 
  • Assemble a wardrobe of simple outfits you love and that make you feel great — so you can finally, as Dear Abby Leigh says, “Dress for the day you want to have, instead of the one that’s trying to have you”!
  • Develop a contagious, positive attitude — so you can experience and express more joy in your everyday life.
  • And more…

Here is the awesome, one day only sale prices! You won’t want to wait, because the prices go up as the day goes on! However, I feel this course is worth this much and more!

12 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET on April 21, 2016 – just $5!!! (probably the lowest price it will ever be!
7 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET – just $7!
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET – only $10!
5 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET – only $13!

The great thing about launch day is that 25% of all profit goes towards a special project in South Africa!

Remember, a successful day begins the night before! Head on over to MakeOverYourEvenings.com and get in on the rock-bottom price for this fabulous course today!

I’m really looking forward to starting the evening challenge with you all in our private FB group for The Modest Mom readers! If you haven’t seen that challenge, go here to read more about it!

Crystal made this course for women. It’s practical, real life information that speaks to me, and I think it will speak to you as well! I love this course because it’s a combination of high quality videos, a workbook, and a lot of extra material as well!

One last thing! 

If you never purchased the Make Over Your Mornings course, when you go to check out for Make Over Your Evenings, you will have option to add it on to your cart for just $7.00! That’s a great deal, and I highly recommend going through both!