Improve Your Shower Habits

Is there anything better than a nice shower? Whether it’s the way you kick off your day, unwind after work, or clean up post-workout, a warm shower feels like a little slice of heaven. Unfortunately, we’ve all been doing it completely wrong! There are several bad behaviors many of us engage in (myself included) that [ keep reading ]

Ironing clothes is a thing of the past

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Apparently, millennials are not buying irons. This means they are either wearing their clothes as is or their parents are ironing clothes for them. I have nothing against millennials. I delivered three of them. And I taught each and every one of them how to handle an iron, especially my son. A lost skill? When [ keep reading ]

Christmas Decorating for Dummies

There always seems to be way too much on my to-do list during the holidays. The older I get, the more quickly the holidays seem to arrive. What’s worse, if I’m too busy, I get through the hustle and bustle and feel as though I didn’t really get to enjoy myself. One of the easiest [ keep reading ]

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!

hay fever, curtains, carpet, toddler

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 ]


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