Simple Planning That Works Even for an Un-Organized Christmas


Let’s face it, not every Christmas is easy and organized. Circumstances change, activities vary from year to year and we have our own personal seasons of coping (or not). The good news is that even during less-organized years you can still benefit from some simple planning. Here are some ideas for ways to prepare a […]

Happy Holiday HoeDowns


It’s the perfect quickie holiday exercise move. It will help trim your lower body, give you a boost in energy and mental clarity, burn excess glucose from those holiday treats and more. This great move is T-Tapp HoeDowns! I’ll confess that HoeDowns used to be one of my least favorite moves. (Have you heard it […]

How to Be a Happy Homeschool Mom


As a member of the blog team at HipHomeschoolMoms, I recently contributed this article. It was published in the “Encouragement” category, and it’s my hope that it will indeed encourage you–and maybe gently change your perspective! What comes to mind as you think about your upcoming homeschool week? Anticipation and joy? Dread and frustration? Many […]

Quickie Workouts for Extra-Busy Times

Bottle of water and green apple. Healthy diet concept

“Fifteen minutes” is what attracted me to T-Tapp in the first place.  As a very overweight, very tired, very busy Mom, I had no desire to do a long workout and knock myself out with bands or weights.  The thought of a complicated system with an elaborate workout schedule was overwhelming.  Anything more than fifteen […]

These Small Hours: Living Intentionally During the Holidays


  Warning:  busy times are ahead.  ‘Tis the season for extra baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating and entertaining.  Starting with the Thanksgiving holiday and ending with New Year’s, the addition of extra activities on top of our regularly scheduled lives can be a mite stressful.   I’m definitely in favor of doing the extras.  Holidays mark […]

Handy Holiday Recipe List


Confession: My recipe cabinet is only semi-organized. The cookbooks stand in a row and there’s a notebook with old cooking magazines inside, but not one of the recipes is computerized or tagged. Random recipes written on loose cards or notes and torn-out magazine pages are stored in a big zip-loc bag. That’s the extent of […]

The Thanksgiving We Almost Died


The baby was six months old and he wasn’t quite crawling yet. He happily joined in the general noise and play of his two sisters and a brother, ages twenty-two months, three and four. Four little children, aged four and under. We were living in a small white frame house while my husband went to […]