Category Archives: The Ones about Homemaker’s Challenge

Homemaker’s Kitchen, The Recipe Box

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The new Homemaker’s Challenge eCookbook: Homemakers Kitchen, The Recipe Box is out TODAY!!!

I am a contributing writer for Homemakers Challenge so I was excited to be able to contribute to this cookbook as well! It’s F.R.E.E. to subscribers so head on over to homemakerschallenge.com and sign up if you haven’t already!

You’ll find all kinds of recipes in the .pdf ebook.  Everything: family classics, breakfast, a list of substitutions, easy meal {which I’m featured under ;o)}, helpful tips, desserts and more.  I think it looks so professional! I’m pretty sure I used the remainder of my ink cartridge so I could have a ‘hard’ copy of my own :~D

Let me know what you think!

*There’s a blog hop going on as well.

How I Made (& Use) My Preschooler’s Routine Chore Chart

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This year my goal is to get my house in order! You know what I mean, everyone running on a comfortable routine that keeps things moving, but with room to grow.

Paper Pushing.

One of the things I made last summer was this chart, for lack of a better term, for my oldest daughter {3.5-years-old}. She is always asking, “What are we doing next?” “What are we doing today?” “Can I do _____ now?” She is also a huge help with some things if I have the time to train her how as well as reminder her to do them. I’m praying that, with a little consistency on my part, these tools can help our entire household stay in order this year.

Check out the step-by-step process to making and using this routine chore chart as well as FREE PRINTABLES so you can make one for your home simply and easily. I’m sharing all of this over at the homemaker’s challenge. While you’re over there, you should check out all the other GREAT new years posts! {Homemaker’s Challenge F-R-E-E Recipe eBook coming soon!}

How is your new year going? Start the conversation below!

Advent {Day 24}: Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Today I want to focus on mail carriers. They have one of the hardest jobs this holiday season:
Amist the lousy cold weather that produces horrible driving conditions and makes you want to do nothing but snuggle on the couch with a good movie, They make sure we all get our:

  1. Christmas cards to friends and family on time
  2. packages with the must-have Christmas toy to your house before the big day
  3. not to mention all those silly story fliers so we can find the best deals.

Today I’m sharing my last gift idea that fit perfectly into those adorably miniscule formula containers at minimal cost! Something WARM to help those carriers make it through their days a little cozier.

Wanna know How-To Decorating Cans? Click over HERE for step by step instructions.

Filling Cans

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix:

  1. Make homemade hot cocoa mix
    Today I am sharing my mother-in-love’s AWESOME homemade Cocoa Recipe over at the
    homemaker’s challenge dot com!
    Go grab it!
  2. Add cocoa mix
  3. Use the formula scoop as a cute touch for serving up the dry cocoa mix
  4. Place bow on top of the lid or printable tag (click  Cocoa Printables for free printable)

These people who serve us weekly can feel your appreciation through these simple gifts! Wouldn’t you? Homemade adds that special touch as well.

I would like to challenge you to think of those who make your life  you’re thankful for this season and recognize them with a simple gift to warm their spirits!

Advent {Day 14}: Packing with Littles

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As you know {I talk about it the ALL the time}, our family travels a lot with our littles (~3.5, 2, and 1)! I’ve learned a few helpful hints that help us making sure we have everythings we need when we travel 3+ hours from home and have to entertain for that drive time.

I’m sharing these simple hints over at homemakerschallenge.com! Go check’m out. Hope they help!!!

I’m sure I missed tons of helpful packing hints. PLEASE SHARE!

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party
Advent {Day 12}: eBook for ANY Woman! (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 13}: A Rock’n Angel Tree Gift

Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away

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As a family, we have begun the tradition of teaching our children to give Christmas away.

3 years ago we became even more intentional about this when we had our 1st child and it’s been growing ever since. I would love to share more with you about the adventure God has taken us on as a family. I’m over at homemakerschallengedotcom telling our vision for giving Christmas away as well as practical ways for your family to join in this teachable season!

Our family is learning that if we really believe that God loved us enough to give His Son to save us then we can be “His hands, His feet, His love”–the entire year–not just during the Christmas season.

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Please share your stories of Advent here or over at homemakerschallengedotcom! I LOVE hearing them!

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap and Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s

Gratitude Always Leads to Generosity

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IMG_0186 by ekhum, on Pix-O-Sphere

Today I’m chat’n about how gratitude does not always come naturally to me. Anybody else in this boat? I think that’s why the Bible continually tells us to be disciplined about giving thanks.

Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” as on of the principles for life in the spirit.

While imprisoned “…at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God…” (Acts 16:25)

Finishing reading my post over at http://homemakerschallenge.com/!!!

FALL In Love With Your Home

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Let’s not allow these things we purchase, store, sprinkle around our home be our treasure. Don’t FALL in love with the items but let the items help set the tone of a time and place that build lasting memories of relationships in the making. Let those effects be the treasure. Let the things aid your house in becoming a home. A memorable place not because of the surrounding adorableness but for the relationships built among the uniqueness. A home where an Eternal impact is made!

On a more practical note, I’ve included pictures of the simple decorations our family has around our home for this season. These were all inexpensive!

Check out the entire post @ http://homemakerschallenge.com/2011/10/21/fall-in-love-with-your-home/.

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Leave a comment and tell us your house’s story of becoming a home! Do you have an budget save decor ideas to share?

Fighting Inevitable Decay

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This, this is the face I picture on the face of my home as I attempt to clean it.
Laughing, taunting, so smug, thrilled in having conquered, conquered me.

That’s right. I feel like my house is simply laughing as I scamper about continually picking up. Then, hysteria sets in if and when I decide I’m going to, not just pick up, but actually clean something. It feels like a constant battle. My house has recruited civilians, aka my husband and children, to join forces in my demise. Toys wander from the playroom and scatter like dust across every inch of down stairs. The clean laundry awaits hangers and drawers in baskets on my bedroom floor. My kitchen floor colects…stuff regaurdless of the times I sweep it daily.

Check out the rest of the post over at the homemaker’s challenge today!

Homemaker’s Challenge

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Yay, it’s almost time! I mentioned a while back that I was being given the opportunity to be a contributing blogger and now it’s here!

Christin, of http://joyfulmothering.net/, is giving me the opportunity to share and challenge other homemakers. I am a bit intimidated by my fellow contributors who seem much more seasoned in the blogging realm but I’m taking the challenge from Sarah Mae’s newest post, “The thing I’m not going to say anymore”, where she explains that we often “disqualify ourself” by claiming we aren’t _____ {whatever the case may be} and encourages us to “…do the thing, and be the thing, and not be afraid to say it? You are.”

So, I guess I’m a…blogger!

Join me on this new-found adventure in sharing my blogging outside my homey little site over at http://homemakerschallenge.com.

We are kicking off the new site with a series on 31 Days to Clean {author Sarah Mae}. This series is about the book 31 Days to Clean Having a Martha house the Mary way. The book walks you through 31 days of encouragement and challenges both for the heart and taskful cleaning. Click the buttons on my side bar to find your way easily to the new site of the homemaker’s challenge.

Buy the book here  or {use the button on my side bar} to get ready for a challenging and fun-filled month of September:

If you are unfamiliar with who the Martha and Mary the book is referring to you can find a good picture of them in book of Luke:

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

Leave a comment and let me know if you plan to join the 31-days-to-clean community so we can support one another! Follow the challenges on twitter as well by using the hashtag #31daystoclean!