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The Duggar House Guidelines

5 Mar

I may think they’re kooky, but they have good household guidelines to follow.

Q: What techniques do you use to handle discipline problems and keep your homeschooling on track each day?

A: The Duggar House Guidelines:

  1. Always use soft words, even when you dont feel well.
  2. Always display kind actions, even if you have been mistreated.
  3. Show joyful attitudes, even when no one is looking.
  4. Have sincere motives with no thought of self-gain.
  5. Think pure thoughts.
  6. Always give a good report of others. Never tale-bear unless physical harm will come to someone. Use Matthew 18.
  7. Never raise a hand to hit.
  8. Never raise a foot to kick.
  9. Never raise an object to throw.
  10. Never raise a voice to yell.
  11. Never raise an eye to scowl.
  12. Use one toy/activity at a time.
  13. Never let the sun go down on your wrath.
  14. Dont go to bed angry or guilty
  15. J.O.Y. Make serving your family a priority. Put Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.

via Homeschool View | The Duggar Family on Homeschool Organization – Alpha Omega Publications.

Funky playroom mood board

20 Jan

Color Scheme: Chalkboard paint on walls. White trim. White Roman Shades on windows.

1. Paint existing bookcase white and get cute boxes (about $10 each) to store toys.

2. Slipper Chairs – diy instructions at the link. ($20 each)

3. Black and White Striped Rug – paint it from a remnant. ($15)

4. Floor cushions - sew it yourself ($20 each)

5. Table – I expect Dad to make this, along with the rolling storage underneath!

6. Colorful curtains to hide laundry area.

7. Fun Art – Print cool images at home and use a frame from a 2nd hand store. An over-sized Scrabble tile would be simple to make and look tres chic! A gallery wall isn’t complete without an artwork display frame ($15) – for all those art projects that mysteriously multiply.

My Boring Ass Life » Witness the birth of the SMonologue!

21 Dec

Ignore the flock of Wah-Wahs, focus on what you love to do, and earn off it. And remember: once you get paid to do ???it, doesn’t matter whether someone thinks you’re good at it or not; opinions pay imaginary rents, kids. You get paid to do it, you’re a pro.

via My Boring Ass Life » Witness the birth of the SMonologue!.

Seth’s Blog: Is effort a myth?

13 Dec

Effort is a choice, at least make it on purpose:

1. Delete 120 minutes a day of ‘spare time’ from your life. This can include TV, reading the newspaper, commuting, wasting time in social networks and meetings. Up to you.

2. Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:

  • Exercise for thirty minutes.
  • Read relevant non-fiction. (though this eats up a lot of my time already)
  • Send three thank you notes.
  • Learn new digital techniques.
  • Volunteer.
  • Blog for five minutes about something you learned.

3. Spend at least one weekend day doing absolutely nothing but being with people you love.

4. Only spend money, for one year, on things you absolutely need to get by. Save the rest, relentlessly.

If you somehow pulled this off, then six months from now, you would be the fittest, best rested, most intelligent, best funded and motivated person in your office or your field. You would know how to do things other people don’t, you’d have a wider network and you’d be more focused.

via Seth’s Blog: Is effort a myth?.

Best of 2008-2010

12 Dec

These are the best links from the past 2 years of the web, according to me!

on business

on crafting

on decorating

on family life

on fashion and sewing

on finances

on romance

on food

on gardening

on homemaking (cleaning, organizing, etc)

on homeschooling


Quick little faux-cleaning tip for you.

6 Dec

Take your counter spray and spray a little whiff of it on your door frame. Your house will smell divine every time you walk through or open and shut the door. And your husband will assume you’ve been cleaning today instead of reading blogs. Yes. You’re welcome.

via My Secret House Cleaning Ritual REVEALED. | The Inspired Room.

be better, be different or be cheaper

6 Dec

Seth Godin makes a great point about the age we live in.

The law of the internet is simple: either you do something I can’t do myself (or get from someone else), or I pay you less than you’d like.

He goes on to give an example about the music industry, but I feel like it’s life in general.

via Seth’s Blog: The one who isn’t easily replaced.


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