Why Homemaking?

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why-homemakingI started my journey as a full-time homemaker later in life than most. And it was not my decision at first. I actually used to hate the thought of cleaning and cooking all day. But being a homemaker is so much more than that. Yes, there is a lot of cooking and cleaning involved, but there is also a lot of serving your family, having time to help with homework, and eating meals that are good for you and cost effective.

I have always been an assistant at heart; and it shows in my previous career. I loved being behind the scenes making sure everything went smoothly. Once I was able to apply that to my family, a transformation occurred. Now, instead of making sure surgeries are scheduled correctly, patients have all their questions answered, and surgeons’ schedules are run smoothly, I am able to make sure my family is taken care of.

Now I get to focus on healthy homemade lunches and dinners, clean and ironed clothes, and a clean, organized, structured place to come home to. I really enjoy making sure my husband has everything he needs to focus on his career and not worry about the little things at home. I also love that I am available for my daughter and all those mom-daughter moments and homework help. It is all these things that make a life.

Plus (and most importantly), this is how God planned for the family model to be. He created men and women differently so we would fill different roles within the family dynamic. Trying to change that (which a lot in society are doing) will only disrupt the balance at home (and we are seeing that with all of the broken families).

Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand there are families in which both spouses have to work and I am not knocking that one bit. Heck, we used to be one of those families! Working spouses or not, there are still certain gender roles within the family. But that is a post for another time. 😉

Blessings,

Kadie

Cleaning Up Your FB – Day 4

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fb-day-04Alrighty folks! You have made it to our last and final “FB Only” post. I will have another post soon about social media in general and what I use and why. 🙂 And this is more of a post to just help you clean up your own page and what information you are putting out there.

I hope these posts have been of some help and you were able to pair down all the noise on your FB page. I am hoping it will allow you to be more productive and spend less time on Fb so you can be more intentional with your time in your home.

Personal Information

The last section I would like to cover is your personal information. Yep, that’s right. You might actually be putting out there much more than you know. As you have probably gathered by now, I will be listing out the areas I don’t fill in information and why.

#1 – Work. I don’t have places that I work (other than my blog which links to the FB page) listed. If you are truly my friend, then you already know where I’ve worked. Plus, if you have it so it shows on your profile on the left-hand side, then it is public and anyone can see it.

#2 – Family. Yep, I’m the mean person who doesn’t have any family labeled in the about section. I just feel like it’s not necessary. People who know you, know who you are related to. And if they don’t, then it probably doesn’t matter. You are already connected on FB anyhow.

#3 – School. Again, if you know me, you know where I went to school. Or you probably just don’t care anyhow. 😉

#4 – Check-ins. I see a lot of people checking in at home. And I think it’s great. Except if you click on the “Smith’s Home Sweet Home”, it will literally GPS you right to the house. No thank you. If I check in at all, it is to places as I am leaving or the town in general.

#5 – Birthday. I will admit, I do have the month and day posted, but the year is under lock and key. 😉 But that’s probably just a girl thing. Actually no, read on…

Another random reason why I don’t post all of this information (and I promise I am not a conspiracy theorist) is really to do with security. Think about it…when you sign up for something, what are the questions they ask to help you identify yourself (or retrieve your password)? Maiden name? High School? Mascot? Birth date? Town you were born in? Anyhow, just food for thought.

Also, don’t forget to check your privacy settings in general. Go to the upper right-hand corner and you will see a little padlock. Go through your settings and see what apps, etc have access to your information. You may need to do some app clean-up. Also, there is now a box you can check that will email you if you log in to FB from a different place (ie phone/tablet/computer, etc.) other than what you have established already. Just an extra step in security.

Hope your New Year is off to a great start! Hope you see you back soon!!

Blessings,

Kadie

 

Cleaning Up Your FB – Day 3

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fb-day-03Welcome to Wednesday and Day 3 of our FB Clean-up! I hope you are starting to notice some positive changes in your newsfeed. If not, you probably will after today. 😉 If you are just joining us, you can find the Day 1 in our series HERE, and Day 2 HERE. 🙂

Today is one of the tougher days, but also the day you will probably see the most results. It’s “Friends Day”. Or maybe it’s “Unfriends Day”. This was a huge process for me when I cleaned up my account.

For a year I was working with a direct sales company that pushed adding friends every day. Add people for any reason, friends of friends, people who liked the same things on FB, you name it, we added them (if they’d have us). It was crazy folks! I ended up with over 1,800 “friends”! I know for a fact I don’t even know that many people!

Now, even though I got rid of a lot of friends, there are some that I can’t get rid of because, well, family. But maybe I don’t appreciate what they post. Maybe its negative, or filled with profanity (although, those I usually remove anyhow), or I just don’t want to see their ____ for the 100th time. There is always the option to “unfollow”. This allows you to still be friends, but you won’t see their stuff on your newsfeed. You will have to actually seek out their page to see what they are posting.

As always throughout this process, you will have to use your own guidelines. But I will list mine for reference. Mine is pretty strict because my marriage is my main priority and I don’t want any misconstrued information on FB.

#1 – Do I know you? No seriously, if you don’t know who the person is let them go. Maybe you don’t want some stranger looking at the pics of your kids, or cats, or both.

#2 – Males. I have two reasons men can be on my FB friend list. a) they are a single friend and are friends with both my husband and I (although I leave most of our single guy friends to him). b) they are married and I am also friends on FB with their wife (although usually in this case, just stay friends with the wife).

#3 – How do you feel? Really, it’s an honest question. Do you have “that friend” who you look at their posts and it makes you feel poorly of yourself in some way? Is it the way they look or the things they have? On the flip side, do you have “that friend” that you can always peek in on to feel better about yourself? Feel like you have it more together or have nicer things? If so, you might also want to consider letting them go. It’s not good to compare yourself to others for either purpose. It’s hard to be thankful for what you have if you feel you are superior or inferior to someone else. (But that is a whole blog post in itself 😉 ).

#4 – Keep in contact. Is the only contact with this person through FB? And I don’t mean this is the only means of communication with them and you interact regularly. I mean, if it wasn’t for FB would this person even be apart of your life? Are you “friends” without interaction? Then it may be time to cut the clutter and move on. You can catch up at your high school reunion. 😉

#5 – Kids. Having a teen daughter means having a lot of teen kids on my page. Which is fine, and I try to be friends with their parents as well since I think it’s weird otherwise. But that’s just a personal preference for me. (Okay, well I guess technically all of these are personal preferences ha ha)

By cutting out the “friends” that don’t make sense for you, you will see more of what you want to see on your feed and interact with those you really want to. I remember way back when I first signed up for an account. It was just to keep family and close friends updated on my daughter and our little family. It is nice to be working our way back to that again.  ❤

Be sure and come back let me know how your friends list de-cluttering went!

Blessings,

Kadie

Cleaning Up Your FB – Day 2

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fb-day-02Good morning and welcome back!! I hope you were able to make a difference in your newsfeed already by just cleaning up your likes. If you missed it, you can read about Day 1 HERE.

Today should be a bit easier. Ha! It will still be work, but hopefully you are not in 600 groups! 😉

GROUPS

Aw yes, the groups section. We are all apart of groups. Maybe we have asked to be added. Maybe we have been added and didn’t even know it. Maybe we were added by friends. Whatever the situation may be, I’ll be you are like me and are apart of more groups than you care to be. Which ones do you actually interact with? Are there some that just aggravate you? Again, you will need to set your own guidelines for which groups you stay apart of and which you leave, but here are the ones I have used.

#1 – Business groups. This one actually hurts a little. I love supporting my friends who have direct selling businesses. But I know who they are and where to find them. And I am trying hard this year to make a big dent in our debt snowball and I don’t need anymore shopping temptations than I already have. My friends know I care about them and their businesses and will support them when I need to order.

#2 – Community Groups. This can be your hometown or a group of friends, etc. Community has many different meanings. If you are not actively involved in the group, then I would kick it to the curb. Those are just more posts, etc, that are taking up your precious time and clogging your newsfeed.

#3 – Buy, sell, trade, give, free, donation, etc. If you are not actively selling/giving on these sites, then get out. Plus, again, for me, I don’t need the shopping temptation of things others may have for sale.

In a nutshell, if you aren’t active, or avoid the notifications, then just say “Adios”!
Let me know how your group pruning is going!

Blessings,

Kadie

Cleaning Up Your FB – Day 1

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fb-day-01Hello! Welcome to the first Monday of 2017! Hopefully you are lucky enough to have one last day off before heading back to work! I know today is probably going to go by much faster than we all want it to. My day will be filled with laundry and groceries and making sure everything is ready as we charge into the new week.

This coming year I plan to blog about 3 times per week, with the exception of a special series. So of course I am starting the year off with one! 😉 This will be a 4 (or 5) day series on cleaning up your Facebook account so you can be more productive. This is more than just about cleaning up your friends list or deciding to completely delete your account. This will be able cleaning up what you see, so you are able to spend less time browsing and getting stuck in a time-suck. I want you to be able to get what you need out of FB and then move on with your day (life, etc) so you have more time to do what you want. If you want to spend all day browsing FB, then this will at least help make sure you are seeing content that you enjoy! 🙂

LIKES

This is probably going to be the longest task of all. I was surprised when I looked to see I had over 600+ likes!! I know I am not interested in following that many things along with all of my friends! I know these like pages are taking up a lot of precious real estate in my newsfeed.

If you go to your personal page, click on “more”, and then click on “likes”. There you will see your likes – and I’ll bet they are a plenty! 😉 You will need to set up your own guidelines for what stays and what goes, but I will show what I am using.

#1 – I follow a lot of blogs and therefore I have subsequently followed their FB pages to show my support. However, over the years I either a) don’t read them anymore, b) they have stopped blogging, or c) are not active on posting on their page. So I am un-liking any of the pages that fall into one of those categories. Time-consuming to check them all – yes! But very much worth it!

#2 – I was surprised to find FB had automatically liked any places I had checked-in to, movies I said I was watching, or games I might have played. Unless it is a small business that I am supporting, those things have got to go! I don’t need all that stuff on my feed. I am well aware of what movies I have seen and whether or not I enjoyed them or not.

#3 – Business pages. This one is tough since I have quite a few friend in direct sales and I love supporting them. But if a) they had stopped their business, b) I don’t use their products, or c) don’t keep their page up-to-date, then they are gone as well. I plan to keep “regular” businesses that I have used and would recommend.

You can either go down your like list as a whole (which can be overwhelming), or you can click through the different categories to trim the fat, so to speak. I like doing the categories as it is more like a game to watch them disappear. But that is probably just my twisted way of doing things. 😉

As I said before, this is probably going to be the most time-consuming activity, and it may take you more than one day, but you will feel better for it. And your newsfeed will already start to clear up and feel so much better and more personal.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for the next item on the FB cleaning checklist!
Let me know below how it went with the cleaning of your likes!

Blessings,

Kadie

{P.S. At the time of this post I went from 600+ to under 200…and still going! ;)}

2017

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2017Welcome to 2017 – the year of the detox! This year we are looking forward to getting out all the proverbial junk! I am excited to go on this adventure with you as we work toward making our homes, and our lives, more efficient and enjoyable!

Around here in the Pacific Northwest, the Space Needle is our big thing to watch, and it rarely disappoints! 😉

There will be more recipes this year (yay!). There will be more fun homemaking posts. There will be more focus on helping with biblical womanhood and marriage. There will be more focus on getting out the gunk and living more simply, and happily!

First up…the Facebook detox! And no, I am not starting a movement to have everyone delete their accounts. Facebook can be a great tool; as well as a giant time-suck. I want to help you make the most out of your time online, so you can make more of your time offline.

Over the next 5 days, I will be walking you through how to clean out 5 key areas of your FB account that you may not even realize have gotten so clogged. There is no magic formula or hidden secret, just what I have done to help make my time on FB more meaningful and efficient. I will be honest, some of these steps will take a lot of time because they have become overrun. And some will take a lot of prayer. But by next weekend your account will be clean, streamlined, safe, and ready for the year ahead!

Are you ready for a FB detox? I’ll see you tomorrow to get started!

Blessings,

Kadie

Goodbye 2016

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goodbye-2016And here we are at the end of another year! I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly! Although, I feel like I say that every year, so there’s that! 😉

I am going to keep this fairly short and sweet since I have some super fun posts coming up as we prepare to detox our lives, homes, and social circles. Time to focus on the here and now and what is important. You will see what I mean very soon!

2016 was another rough year. But I am blessed to say it was better than 2015. I did a lot of healing this year and I have nothing but positive feelings going into 2017. I really feel that this is my year to finally break free of some of these chains! God has been so good and I have been learning the devil’s tactics and he will not have power over me anymore! It is going to be such a wonderful year!

We will be having a quiet (as quiet as you can get with 9 people amped up on sparkling cider) New Year’s Eve at home thinking back over our blessings and looking at the promises to come. We are wishing all of you a happy, and safe, New Year’s!

Blessings,

Kadie

12 twenty 8

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15-years15 years.
180 months.
782 weeks.
5,475 days.
131,400 hours.
7,884,011 minutes.
473,040,691 seconds.

If you’ve been around here for long at all, then you already know today is my absolute favorite day of the year! Today is our 15th wedding anniversary! And I couldn’t be happier!

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
John 15:12-13

We started out young (He was 24, I was 19) and we had the world stacked against us. But we had our Lord and our family behind us as we navigated those early years of marriage and parenthood. I still remember our wedding day like it was yesterday. I don’t remember all the details of decorations or gifts (except for those 4 microwaves, who can forget those). Most of all I remember the excitement. I just wanted to be married to Thomas. I didn’t care where or how. And our family was amazing at pitching in and giving us a great evening!

We’ve had our ups and downs. Our challenges and successes. But we’ve never wavered in our hope, faith, and love in our marriage. We are currently in a season of struggle with my “illness”, but I know we are going to come through it all the stronger for it!

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

I couldn’t have imagined the man God would place in my life. He made us so perfectly for each other that I can’t even imagine it any other way. When you just step back and let Him do His work such amazing things happen!

I am blessed beyond words to be able to love life with this amazing man! The first 15 years have brought us into parenthood and a move across the state. College classes and career changes. Full-time career couple to bread-winner and homemaker. It’s been a thrilling ride and I can’t wait to see what the next 15 years brings us!

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Blessings,

Kadie

 

{Advent} Christmas Day

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advent-05And here we are, on Christmas Day! We have reached the end of our advent study in, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu. This will be the last post in the series for 2015. One last time we read Luke 2:1-14:

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

The eternal God entered this world as a baby in a manger, as a Gift for all people: rich and poor, educated and unschooled, young and old. What does this tell us about God? How can we respond to God’s great gift?

Blessings,

Kadie

{Advent} Love

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advent-04And now we are starting week 4 of our Advent devotional entitled, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu. Again this week we read Luke 2:1-14:

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

This week we discussed the love God has for us in that He sent His Son to die for us. He could have wiped out the earth and started over, but He didn’t. This week’s activity we will be writing a letter of a special Christmas memory to our daughter.

The names we will be studying this week include:

  • Good Shepard –John 10:11
  • Immanuel – Matthew 1:23
  • Son of Man – Mark 10:45
  • Man of Sorrows – Isaiah 53:3
  • Lamb of God – John 1:29

Blessings,

Kadie