Teaching Good Things

Practical Skills for Real Life

Teaching Good Things - Practical Skills for Real Life

The Real Purpose of Eating Together

purpose real of eating together

When you share a meal with someone, whether it be a gourmet seven-course meal or a burger and fries, it intensifies your relationship.

Eating together binds hearts.

As often as possible, a family should eat at least one meal together each day.

Sitting at the table together over a meal seems to connect us in a way that doesn’t happen in any other situation. This is my favorite time of day, not so much because of the food, but because of the conversation and laughter. It’s not always good, always happy, but we are together and working through issues.


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Easter 2015 – Because My Family is Worth It

This year between being so slammed with bakery orders and the new addition to the family it was hard to keep our usual Resurrection Day/weekend routine, so we just learn to be flexible and do what we can.

I love, absolutely love tablescapes.

Our table isn’t always pretty, but on special occasions I like to go the extra mile. Some people may say it’s not worth the extra work but I beg a difference.


Peach Turns 6

This was her last day being 5. We kept telling her the older she gets the more responsibility she will have.

While doing one of her morning chores (sweeping) she was distracted by the toys.  I got a little frustrated with her because she is the one I have to keep guiding back to her responsibility.

Isn’t this what we all struggle with? The war of doing what we need to do against what we want to do? The Battle of Distraction always calling to us ?


Singer Sewing Machine Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be able to give one of these Singer machines away to one of my readers! This is only for my US readers, thank you for understanding!

This machine is easy to use and is great for a beginner who may get overwhelmed with the options of most machines.

  • 21 Built-in Stitches with stitch guide included in the manual
  • Fully Automatic Needle Threader – sewing’s biggest timesaver
  • Adjustable Stitch Length helps keep seams strong and prevents bunching
  • 1 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonhole – professional results at the touch of a button
  • Free Accessories Included with on-board storage

Think birthday gift… Christmas gift… or give it to someone who just wants to learn!

I will choose a winner via Rafflecopter on May 1st.


Make Ahead Brunch Ideas

Brunch Ideas

If you have been a reader of this blog for any amount of time you know I’m all about family and community. I love gathering people around my table and practicing hospitality.

I find it interesting that there was a table with food and drink in the temple. That one of the sacraments of the Church is around a communion table.  Jesus often used the gathering around food to teach and satisfy. One of the last times He spoke intimately with his disciples was around a table.


Locket Filled with Organic Lip Balm Giveaway

When I was growing up my mother loved Avon, and I was the only daughter so I was spoiled with all kinds of trinkets.

Some of my favorite things she’d buy me were the pins that had chap-stick or perfume in them! Anyone else remember these? I just LOVED them!

(This one was my favorite! The legs swung back and forth.)

Last week I was contacted by Katie, at Maidens for Modesty who is making and selling these nice lockets with organic lip balm in them. What a flood of memories that came to me.


10 Attributes of the Fierce, Fearless Femina

 10.) She’s meek.

She’s powerful, but self controlled.  But her whit and wisdom keep her power in check, she keeps a tight reign on her force.  She understands that power restrained builds empires,  where unleashed force can only destroy.

 (Didn’t you see Frozen? Yeah, don’t let that go…)

9.) She has a plan.

She’s not out there living willy nilly, hoping that good things happen. She knows what she wants. She has goals, a vision and nothing is going to stop her. She has an in-writing, achievable timeline for getting what she wants.