For the Messy Keeper at Home

“That they may teach the younger woman to be sober, to love their husband, to love their children  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”   Titus 2:4-5

     “Keepers at home…that the word of God be not blasphemed.”   Wow, that is a very daunting statement!   It shows the great importance God puts on us, mommas to be the managers of our homes.  While there is many responsibilities of being manager (child raising, meal planning, decorating) I want to discuss the cleaning and maintaining of our homes.

     Keeping up with house cleaning is a difficult task.  It’s a lot of work and often feels like it is never done.  There are some people (and I do believe they are the minority) that have a special gift that enables them to innately know how to maintain and clean a home.  You can walk into their home anytime and it always company ready.    Then, there is the rest of us who do not possess this gift.   We desire clean, and organized homes but have a hard time achieving this goal. It’s just sometimes overwhelming.

     Creating a cleaning schedule and developing daily routines can be a great help.  These tools provide the structure to maintain clean homes.  You can either develop a chore system of your own (sit down with a planner or calendar and get to it) or you could opt to use one of the many systems that others have already created. 

     There are many books and online resources (there are some on Pinterest) that have  ready-made cleaning systems at your disposal.  One very popular online system was developed by Marla Cilley, The FlyLady at the website, Her system takes you baby step by baby step to a clean house.  If you join her site she sends you daily email reminders to help keep you on track plus there is plethora of information available on her site, daily routines, advice, even has her own store of cleaning tools.  I find her very helpful and encouraging. 

     There are many other online systems and apps out there as well.  This morning a woman who is the administrator to the Face Book group, Organized Mom shared that she used the app, “Clean My House”, which is available in the Google Store.

     There are plenty of home maintaining books out there.  I have read quite a few myself.  Just now looking quickly through my shelves I found four books by different authors.  You would think that with all I have read on the subject that my house would be immaculate.  But unfortunately that is not so.  You have to do more then read about cleaning systems, either online and/or books, you have to implement them.

     A system that worked well for me many years ago (a system I am currently trying to implement again.) came from an older book.  Not even sure it is still in print but it is still available online.   The book is called, Sidetracked Home Executives:  From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones (the slob sisters).  It’s a humorous book that explains their 3×5 index card system.  It’s a bit labor intensive to set up (you have to write down every house chore on a separate index card and then you file them in you index box by what day and month you plan to do that specific chore) but it is very adaptable to your own home situation.  (I mention this “card system” in my video about our chores systems that I posted awhile ago.~Jenny

     Having a cleaning system can be very freeing.  You have a plan to get your cleaning done.  You don’t have to worry about when it’s all going to get done.  You just have to worry about the chores you have planned for the day knowing that you have a plan in place to get to that overflowing closet next week.  Also, then there is an end to your cleaning for the day.  Once you have crossed that last chore off your list you can go do something else without any guilt.

     So, it you are having a hard time in this area of being a “keeper at home”, I highly recommend adding a cleaning plan and daily routines into your life.  And if organization and making schedules are not your thing there are plenty of resources and systems out there for you to try.  If you try one and it doesn’t work for you, try another.  Just find something that works for you and helps you fill our obligation of being “keepers at home”.

Jennifer Hanley is a Christian stay at home wife to Brian and a mom.  She has 3 daughters ages, 15, 20, and 25. She lives in NJ and currently has started a blog of her own  at



DON’T FORGET  our Mary and Martha catalog party is still going on.   <——- THIS Grace for Today Dayspring dish is the giveaway item!! For every $30.00 order you get an entry into the giveaway! $60.00= 2 entries $90.00= 3 entries etc. Use Jenny Ervin’s shopping link:

How I take 7 Kids Shopping–and Survive!


Going shopping with young toddlers these days is an arduous and painstaking process. There are the carseats until they are 8 years old, in which everyone has to be buckled, the 2 hour plus long trips through megastores like Wal Mart and Target. No matter how good of a mood everyone is in when you start out, by the time you are finished, you are wrestling the wailing toddler and praying for sanity. Some people may be able to take both parents or have the one parent who is not taking care of the kids do the bulk of the shopping. Because my husband is often putting in 12 hour days, I am usually on my own when I shop.This is how I manage it.

When my 3 kids ( 3 and under) were able to say basic phrases, we began a mantra before we went in the stores and while we went through the stores, which I still use now for a reminder at times. “DON’T TOUCH THE STUFF, STAY WITH MOMMY, DON’T HIDE IN THE CLOTHES, AND DON’T PICK YOUR NOSE.” We would chant this through the store, remind them when they reach out to touch that towering stack of canned goods, when they ran ahead of Mommy, you name it. It covers the basic principles of store shopping, except for the picking the nose, that we tacked on for certain children.🙂 Once my oldest 4 were trained, the other 3 followed most of what their brother and sisters did, with occasional reminders.

But what about boys? My oldest son, would race through the store as I was beginning to shop and before I could say“ stay with mommy” he was off. Here is what I did with him. I had to pick up bread and milk once, and my husband was able to stay home with the others, so I took him through the store, and before putting him down ( he was 3) I told him he had to hold onto the side of the cart and not let go. I helped hold his hand onto the cart for the first aisle.We practiced that reminding him up and down the aisles all the way through the store. After that, he did much better and remained holding onto the cart probably until he was 4 or 4 ½ and could control his ability to stay with me.

The last thing I do is look constantly around me , probably every 30 seconds while moving to make sure that all my kids are still with me, especially when I turn a corner, or pass the toy section ( or something incredibly interesting) then I check every 10 seconds until we pass the distracting area.🙂 We also do our bulk grocery shopping once a month. For a great tutorial and awesome grocery list visit this blog: .

Are we perfect? No. Do I let my kids sit and touch the toys in the checkout area, knowing they have the full knowledge that they will never get anything, but it keeps them quiet while I unload a month’s worth of groceries with my kid’s help onto the conveyor belt? Yes I do. ( Except for the one time when the toddler walked off with candy and we came back and bought it because he was already eating it). Parenting is NOT easy! And toting 7 children 10 and under into 6 hours worth of shopping and 7 stops is not a picnic, but it can be done!


24826241_1524592284242674_104482287_oJanelle is a homeschooling mom to 4 of her 7 kids. She loves encouraging other moms in the overwhelming world of parenting and homeschooling! Her kids make her laugh and shake her head in horror on a daily basis! She uses her Norwex business to help them clean up the messes they leave behind!



Just a reminder to check out our Mary and Martha online catalog party we are currently doing, take a look directly and see all the amazing things to add scripture to your home!

Acts 2:46 DIY Wall Decor

I am super thrilled to have Jane Martin sharing a beautiful way to add beauty and scripture to our homes!  I am actually having a Facebook party, so head over there to purchase your tea towel also be entered into the giveaway!
Acts 2:46 DIY Wall Decor Using Mary & Martha Tea Towel


Hi!  I was asked if I would do a few blog posts on here, and I am delighted!
Our Acts 2:46 tea towel is being transformed into wall art.  What a statement of blessing!
Customer’s, consultants and bloggers are using this statement in parts of quilts, pillows and wall decor!
If you would like to know how to transform it into wall art, here it is in 5 easy steps!
  • A Mary & Martha Tea Towel of your choice: Love & Grace or Acts 2:46
  • 20×24 Canvas
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples
It is recommended to iron the tea towel to remove any creases in the fabric that may have formed in the packaging.
Step 1: Lay your canvas on a flat surface and lay your tea towel on top of the canvas. Position the tea towel how you will want it to appear on the canvas.
Step 2: Once the tea towel is in position, grab the sides or top and bottom of the canvas and tea towel and flip canvas over so the tea towel and canvas are now facing down.

Note: When flipping canvas over, be careful not to move the tea towel. This would change the positioning of the tea towel on the canvas. If you felt your tea towel move, repeat steps 1 & 2.

Step 3: Pull tea towel tight, without moving it under the canvas, and staple top and bottom of tea towel to the canvas.


Step 4: Pull tea towel tight on the left and or right side and staple to the canvas. Repeat on the other side. All sides should now be stapled!

Step 5: Fold each corner of the tea towel down and staple.
Now, turn your canvas over and viola, a beautiful and inspirational decoration for you home!

Head over and join our current Facebook party  (email me at to request to be added) to take a look and learn more and get entered into a GIVEAWAY!

Or you can take a look directly and see all the amazing things to add scripture to your home.

26696807_972282902939582_1710489310_nJane Martin is from the heart of Pennsylvania!
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Do you wanna build a snowman?

Do you wanna build a snowman?

The winter season is a great time of year to really focus on some fun crafts for the kids as it tends to be too cold to be outside all day. Of course, that all depends on where you live, but many of us have low temperatures, snow, and ice. So, what better way to keep those little ones occupied than with a fun craft for them to do. Plus, you can use these for school treats or gatherings as well. The kids will love these, and in the end, they can even eat them! How awesome is that!
To begin, you will need to gather your supplies. Some items you may have at home while some you may need to run to the store and grab. This is an inexpensive project so no worries there.

Here is what you’ll need: some small goody bags, big marshmallows, pretzel sticks, mini chocolate chips, 10 gum drops, 10 orange tic tacs or candy corn, licorice string (the pull apart type), and toothpicks.
First, you’ll want to determine how many kids you are making them for. Then, you’ll want to begin by sorting your items out. If you are doing it for say 5 kids, then you’ll want 5 baggies, 15 marshmallows, 10 pretzel sticks, 10 licorice strings, 10 gum drops, 10 orange tic tacs or candy corn, 10 tooth picks, and 40 mini chocolate chips (2 eyes, 4 for mouth, and 2 for buttons). You can increase the number of items by increasing kids. So, if you had 20 kids you had to do baggies for, then just portion your items based on that. I will include a break down at the bottom of this for those who would like know total of each item per snowman, so you can time that item by number of kids.
Next, you’ll put each item into a baggy. This puts all the children’s craft pieces in a safe place so that you know they have everything that they need. Now, if these are younger kids doing this craft you can opt to hold toothpicks until ready to do the project so that no one accidentally gets hurt. Sometimes, one must take precautions based on age range. The toothpicks are used to hold snowmen together. So, keep that in mind.
Once the baggies are put together, you can attach a cute printable to each that shows that these are snowmen, and directions on how to put them together. Basically, it comes down to taking the toothpick and inserting it through one large marshmallow. Then, take the other two marshmallows and insert onto ends of toothpick. From there, they can wrap their licorice string around the neck and gently tie in place for his scarf. Then, push the pretzel sticks into sides of body for arms. From there, you can push the mini chocolate chips into place for eyes, mouth, and buttons. Next, take the tic tac or candy corn and insert for nose. Then, take the gum drop and use for hat. *Sometimes a little icing helps with the chocolate chips and hat (or cut bottoms of gum drops off so it’s a little sticky. So, if you wanted to include a small tub of it for them you could and add a small spoon to bag*
Disperse to the kids to enjoy building their snowmen and they can eat it as well. All the kids that I’ve done this project with have enjoyed it, and always ask if we can do it again the following year. Even my own kids whom are 11 and 12 still enjoy this craft as well. It’s a great way to build a snowman without being out in the cold, no worries of him melting (though he may get eaten), and no worries of catching a cold.

I hope you enjoy this project, and will share it with friends and family who may enjoy it as well. Have fun!

Breakdown of items needed for an individual baggy –

1 baggy, 3 large marshmallows, 2 pretzel sticks, 1 licorice string, 8 mini chocolate chips, 1 gum drop, and 1 orange tic tac or candy corn, and 1 toothpick.

fullsizeoutput_2558Misty is a mama of 2 special needs kids, one of which she virtual schools.  She is a wahm (you can check out one of her sites HERE) who enjoys being involved in her kids’ lives both in and out of school. She enjoyed writing and crafting, being outdoors but especially being at home snugging her babies.