Happy holidays: Make it more intentional this year

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So many people I talk to say they are yearning for more meaning and purpose in their holiday seasons. As soon as they start hearing “Happy Holidays,” they stress. For most Christians, the highlight of this season is Christmas. However, most people relegate it to just one day when, in fact, it is an entire [ keep reading ]

Gorgeous (and Easy) Christmas Wine Bottles

We’ve got less than two months to Christmas! Does that make you want to reach for a glass of wine? By all means, please do so (responsibly)! And when you’re done with that wine bottle, I’ve got a super-easy craft for you that won’t cost you a lot of money and looks really elegant. Invite [ keep reading ]

How to help toddlers improve brain health

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Ample evidence suggests increased screen time has potentially adverse effects on human health. (I’d add that it also has potentially negative effects on human relationships.) Today, we’re focusing on how to help toddlers improve the health of their little, magnificent, wonderful brains. Yes, I’m going to tell you to cut back (if not eliminate) their [ keep reading ]

Ticks: Are you sleeping with them?

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Do you let your dog or cat lie on your bed, perhaps even sleeping with you all night? Cuddling with ‘fur babies’ is a popular trend among pet owners. Some say they’d rather snuggle up to their pups than their snoring spouses. (Seems like there’s definitely another post begging to be written there.) This post, [ keep reading ]

Squeezing tea bags: What’s the real deal?

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My heart completely melts any time I come across an old photograph of my now-grown children having tea parties in their youth. We used to go all out with wide brimmed hats, flowers, fancy dresses and more. Once, at a geography fair we attended with a bunch of homeschooling families, a young lady gave a [ keep reading ]

Hay fever: Warning to those with curtains and carpet!

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I love autumn. Living in the woods of south central Pennsylvania is like existing inside a great masterpiece painting during October. Each day brings added delight with new tones of gold, orange and red. It’s also ‘sweata’ weatha’, which is an added bonus! (Cue hot cider and cocoa, campfires and crisp evening air!) There is [ keep reading ]

Housecleaning tips and why I like to binge clean

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We humans like to binge, but it’s a word that definitely carries negative connotations. You wouldn’t want to go on a gambling binge, for instance. If you know the potential disastrous repercussions of binge drinking, there’s no need to admit it to our Hot Mess Press community. That’s your business and hopefully, it was a [ keep reading ]

Birthday gift ideas for teenagers got you stumped?

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My family has six September birthdays. One belongs to my husband, and two to my grand-daughters. The other three birthdays are two   daughters and a son, all of whom happen to be teenagers. Come February 11, I will have six teenagers living in my home although one is away at college part of the year. [ keep reading ]

Give Your House a Quick Cleaning

I love having friends over to my home. However, it also gives me anxiety. Though I doubt that most of my friends would do this, I can’t help but picture them, wandering into each room and recoiling in shock and horror when they find…DUN, DUN DUUUUUN…A MESS! Water droplets next to my sinks! A bit [ keep reading ]

Gardening tips: No need to spend hours canning

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It’s that time. Summer’s winding down and moms are trying to get their acts together for the start of a new school year. Okay, so what does that have to do with gardening tips? How many times have you reached this point in your gardening season, only to feel completely overwhelmed at the amount of [ keep reading ]


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