Tag Archive: Family life

Oct 29

How many junk drawers . . . .

Once upon a time, someone informed me (at a moment in time when I was quite annoyed with all of the JUNK and STUFF that was over flowing the counter tops, cupboards, closets, and drawers . . . actually I was probably way more than “quite annoyed” but that’s another story!) that “Everyone has a …

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Oct 07

And for an encore . . . . .

Here’s a post that I actually wrote two weeks ago for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . . . . and then I got interrupted by our move, so I am now finally getting back to this adventure. Although this happened over two weeks ago, it is still pretty relevant in terms of describing …

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Jun 27

Today the kitchen sink . . . . tomorrow the world!

It is amazing to me how much I can actually accomplish in an (uninterrupted) hour! Even though we are in the midst of summer activities – recently completed a week of VBS, then a week of camp for the youth group, hair cuts, swimming, volleyball practice, summer festivals, piano lessons, and on and on it …

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Jun 25

A thousand little things

Now that I have the time to begin a project and (sometimes) finish it, all in the same week (month, year, decade . . . . ), it has been really great fun to tackle some of the projects around the house that have been neglected for the past many months. Or years. Recognizing the …

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Jun 18

Why are you a perfectionist?

“Perfectionism focuses only on the outcome, and it leaves no room to feel “positive” about it. Life isn’t about achieving a perfect outcome—whether it’s a dinner you’re making, keeping your house spotless, or the vision you have for how your life will turn out. It won’t turn out perfectly. Trust me. Life is about curves …

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Oct 12

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread from the kitchen of Vintage Mama

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread

My favorite recipe book is the original Betty Crocker Cook Book – the one that is a multi-ring binder with the red background. Mine is well over 40 years old, but I still turn to it when I’m looking for those classic recipes that my family loves. Here is a newer recipe from Betty Crocker, …

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Jun 15

Friendship Friday at Create with Joy: Vacations


Like many other families these days, we have not been able to get away for a traditional vacation for several years. Our Daddy’s job (for which we are very grateful!) does not provide for any paid time off, so we have to do all of our fun family adventures on the weekends. But we live …

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Jan 09

Cut Through the Clutter and Catch Your Breath – Day #1: Just Take the First Bite!

Pink Elephant

Have you ever heard of eating an elephant? Well, if you ever decide to do that, the best way to eat an elephant is . . . . . one bite at a time! That is good advice for starting out when you need to “devour” an overwhelming mess. So if you are thinking about tackling …

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Jan 05

Thursday Favorite Things: Clean Laundry

I confess . . . . I love the opportunity of getting everything organized, washed, and back to normal after the holidays. Don’t get me wrong. I love everything that comes with the celebration of Christmas and fun and festivities of the entire holiday season. But once January sneeks up on us, I am ready …

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Nov 03

Thursdsay Favorite Things: Little Girls and Ice Cream


When your baby girl has her own baby girl . . . . and then you are blessed with two more baby girls . . . . ice cream will always be part of the equation! Our daughter Erin is the mama to three baby girls, Kyra, Liesl, and brand-new baby Klara. So when we …

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Oct 24

Cut Through the Clutter and Catch Your Breath!


This is the first chapter in the new ebook that I’ve been working on, “Cut Through the Clutter and Catch Your Breath.” This will be offered in seven chapters here as well as on the More From Ruby website in the next few weeks. Just thought it would be fun to share a little bit …

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Jul 22

Hurry Up, Slowpoke!


When I was a little girl, riding my bike was one of the endless activities that filled my summer days. We lived by a lake, and our road was a dead-end, so most of the cars that drove by our house were either people who lived there or perhaps strangers who were lost. In any …

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