Our Real Business is People

“The goal of a leader or a manager is to help the person expand and grow.” –Mitch Pogue   Homemaking can be a tough job. There’s so much to do each day. There’s laundry and cooking and cleaning and managing the finances. There’s juggling schedules and chauffeuring family members to school or appointments. There’s dealing with messesyou may have […]

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In the Kitchen: Substitutions for Wine or Liquor in Cooking

One of the nifty tools that clever homemakers acquire over the years is a collection of substitutions for ingredients to use when preparing meals. Whether you lack a part of a recipe by chance (because you forgot to purchase the needed ingredient) or by choice (because you don’t use or can’t afford the called-for item), it’s […]

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C.A.Y.GO: The Best Homemaking Habit EVER

One of the best cleaning practices my homemaking mentors ever taught me was to “C.A.Y.GO.” Are you preparing a meal in the kitchen? Then “C.A.Y.GO.” Are you shaving or doing your makeup in the bathroom Then “C.A.Y.GO.” Do you want to keep your home decently clean and tidy for most of the day? Then “C.A.Y.GO.” […]

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A Way to Work Smart

“…I’m beat! This is hard work.” “…why don’t you take a break…and sharpen that saw?…it would go a lot faster.” “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw…I’m too busy sawing!”                       -Stephen Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” One of the most vital […]

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Safety in the Kitchen (Part 2) –“4 Simple Steps” to Know

As noted previously, keeping our people safe from food poisoning is one of the most important responsibilities we have as homemakers.  To help you accomplish that objective, the federal government has condensed the current best-practices of food safety into Four Simple Steps: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.  Here are a few brief samples of what […]

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Is Your Linen Closet Beautiful?

“The foundation of beauty is cleanliness, order, harmony and symmetry.” –Beverly Pogue, The Homemaker’s Coach™ Go look at your linen closet.  No, really.  Go look at it.  Is it beautiful?  Never mind being “organized,” is it beautiful?  When you look at it, do you feel pleased? For a quick moment could you almost imagine you were in a nice […]

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Are You Letting Your Mail Pile Up?

Sometimes it’s hard to make decisions quickly and when we have so many other things to hurry up and get done, taking longer than 2 seconds to figure out what to do with the mail we just pulled out of the mailbox and carried into the house is one second too long.  So where does […]

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Safety in the Kitchen (Part 1) – New Guidelines

As a Homemaker, keeping your people safe from food poisoning is one of your most important responsibilities. Did you know that…? According to the FDA, “there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually—the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year…” At greatest risk to the bacteria or pathogens that can contaminate […]

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A Good, Frugal Resource: “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”

I still remember my first introduction to Amy Dacyczyn’s* “The Tightwad Gazette.” It was waaay back in the early 90’s before there was a computer in every home…back when we scrounged home management and home improvement ideas from the newspapers or magazines or from chats with each other face-to-face or via the phone (certainly not […]

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Why Can’t I Just Let Go?

Hi, Beverly, “I have [a] problem in finding a place to take the things I’ve finally decided to let go of. It feels like they are little pets that I have to find a good home for, rather than just dumping them off at the Goodwill. And for some items, I think they might be worth some […]

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