Crystal Paine

Secrets to Goal-Setting Success

To get anywhere in life, you need to have goals. Not just dreams, not just lofty ambitions, but specific, realistic, achievable goals. If you don’t know where you’re aiming and…

When a Broken Furnace Doesn’t Seem Like Such a Big Deal

It was a bitterly cold Kansas morning. And our usually snug and warm home felt freezing because the heater had stopped working in the middle of the night. We shivered…

Saying “Yes” to a Mess

It was late Thursday afternoon. It had been a long day and I was very ready for my husband to walk in the door so I could have some back-up…

Stock Your Freezer With Delicious Food In Just an Hour Each Week

I don’t know about you, but there are some days at our home when life whizzes by so quickly and all of a sudden it’s 5 p.m. and dinner isn’t…

Instead of Yelling, Try Helping

Recently, I was frustrated with a few of my children who were dawdling with their room cleaning. As I walked into their still-messy room to reprimand them for being so…

Why Moms Need to Set Goals

As moms, it often seems like we do the same things over and over again. We cook a meal, only to turn around and find that it’s all been eaten…

How to Find More Time In Your Day

Want an extra hour to get things done each day? Here’s a simple solution: get up before your children get up. I can hear you groaning right now. And some…

7 Tips for Pulling Out of a Slump

After the holidays have come and gone and the New Year’s resolve has worn thin, it’s easy to find yourself in a slump. You feel lethargic, unmotivated, and in a…

I Gave Up on Trying to Be Superwoman

Recently, I was at a mom’s get-together. I don’t remember what we were talking about but, in the middle of the conversation, one of the moms said sheepishly, “Well, actually…

When You Feel Like Giving Up

One of my children is currently testing my patience to the max. The other day, it had been an especially trying day, and I was feeling ready to pull my…

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