Balancing “Perfect” and Family – MBFLP 153

 

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Don’t blame Pinterest – there has always been a temptation to seek the perfect house, the perfect project, the perfect celebration … and frustration that our very imperfect spouse and children gum up the works. Before there was social media, there were glossy magazines, and before that, critical in-laws and neighbors to keep up with.  While it’s nice to have nice things and impressive events, we shouldn’t ignore that the skills we teach and the memories we make with our family will be a large part of the legacy that remains when children leave home and grandparents pass away! This episode we talk about balancing the desire for perfection with the reality of our family!

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Teaching Your Kids to Cook – MBFLP 135

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In the hurry and distraction of modern life, one critical skill which is falling aside is cooking – and we don’t mean microwave dinners or shake-the-box mac and cheese! Having the ability to plan and prepare even a few simple meals will open doors for independence, family life, and even ministry opportunities. You don’t have to be an executive chef to win this game. This episode, Melanie goes to the home of great American cooking, the Pelican State – Louisiana – and talks with our good friend Jan Smith about how to teach kids the basics of good, balanced, and delicious home cooking. It’s easier than you think … and you can start earlier than you probably imagine!

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MBFLP 114 – Three Days to Un-Stress Dinner

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“I’m hungry, Mom!” or “What’s for dinner, Honey?” – two statements that strike dread in your heart?

We tried the once-a-month cooking plan and came to dread it!

Instead, Melanie created her own plan which can help you save time and money but offer more flexibility in your menus – and less destruction in your kitchen!

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MBFLP 109 – Christmas Baking

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We love Christmas for so many reasons, but one thing we look forward to the most is the baking — and since we’re a large family, we do a lot of it. If you’ve got the recipes, the trick becomes how to manage it all – what to cook when, deciding which child should help with which thing, and keeping the creative destruction from annihilating your kitchen! This episode, Melanie shares some of her secrets for filling a home with sweet aromas and memories that linger even longer —

Laundry and Dishes and Dust–Oh My! FAH Episode 8

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Laundry and dishes and dust–oh my! Laundry and dishes and dust!

Do you ever feel like you’re walking through a dark, creepy forest, but instead of the unknown threats of lions and tigers and bears, you’re facing a never-ending mountain of laundry and dishes and dust?

Sometimes the busyness of life can overwhelm us and tempt us to forget the profound significance of our work as homemakers. In this episode, we’ll consider the importance of homemaking with a grateful heart; learn some practical tips for housework, organization, and cooking; and find encouragement in the real significance of even the seemingly small tasks of our daily lives.

 

 

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