31 Days of Imperfect Homemaking

31 Days of Imperfect Homemaking - a series on imperfecthomemaker.com

 

 

I didn’t name this blog Imperfect Homemaker for nothing.  Before I started blogging, I enjoyed reading other blogs, but often would walk away discouraged.  On one blog I would see these wonderful ideas for organizing and decorating, on another I would see all the things I should be doing for my husband and children, on yet another I would see so many healthy changes I needed to make for our family.

I was overwhelmed!

And it paralyzed me.  I couldn’t do anything because I didn’t know where to start.

So I created this blog as a place where I don’t pretend to have it all together.  If I post a recipe or craft, it’s because I found something easy.  If I can do it, I know you can too!  If I post some spiritual encouragement, it’s because the Lord revealed a weakness in my own life that had to be addressed.  If I post something about cleaning or organizing, it’s because I’m desperately trying to figure out how to keep my own home clean and organized!

A couple years ago, I had a theme on the blog for an entire year called “Anti-Procrastination Year”.  I challenged myself to do one thing every day that needed to be done but always got shoved to the bottom of the pile, and I blogged about it. In spite of simultaneously battling chronic fatigue, it was one the most productive years I have ever had!

But it’s so easy to fall back into the rut of overwhelm.  Of constantly saying “I need to do {fill-in-the-blank}, but I just don’t have time right now.”

The truth is, I do have time.  I just don’t have time to do it the way I’d like.  I don’t have time to organize every cupboard in my kitchen, so I leave them all a mess.  I don’t have time to prepare the coolest craft ever for my kids, so I don’t do a craft with them at all.  You get the idea.

I have a feeling I’m not the only woman out there with these struggles.  No — I know I’m not the only one.  I’ve seen your emails and your comments on Facebook.  And you are not alone.

So here’s what we’re going to do.  We’re going to overcome our overwhelm!

We’re going to serve our families, even when we don’t have time to do everything exactly like the picture-perfect (unrealistic) ideals in our heads!

 

I’ll be giving you one simple task to complete each day, and we are going to do it together!  Anything we do, no matter how imperfectly, will bless our family more than doing nothing at all!

The  challenges will be in the following areas:

    • Sunday – Your walk with the Lord
    • Monday – Loving your husband
    • Tuesday – Taking care of your own and your family’s health
    • Wednesday – Ministering to your children
    • Thursday – Taking care of yourself
    • Friday – Managing your finances
    • Saturday – Housekeeping

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I’ll be adding the link to each day’s challenge to this page. If you happen to miss a post, just click the “31 Days of Imperfect Homemaking” button on the sidebar and it will bring you here!

 

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Pumpkin Recipes Made with Real Food Ingredients

15 Pumpkin Recipes made with Real-Food Ingredients!  These look amazing!

 

I cooked up a bunch of pumpkin over the weekend, and I knew I needed to check with some of my favorite healthy living bloggers to see what they had in the way of real food pumpkin recipes.  Once again, they did not disappoint!

 

Here are some of the links they gave me:

 

 

Beverages:

 

Real Food Pumpkin Spice LatteReal Food Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

 

 

Superfood Pumpkin Pie SmoothieSuperfood Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 

 

 

Breakfast:

Gluten Free Pumpkin PancakesGluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Grain Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Dishes:

Healthy Main Dish Pumpkin Recipes3 Healthy Main Dish Pumpkin Recipes

 (Crab and Pumpkin Quiche, Stuffed Pumpkin or Acorn Squash, Autumn Stuffed Pumpkin)

Healthy Pumpkin Soup RecipesPumpkin Soup Recipes

 (Roasted Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup, Apple Pumpkin Bisque, Autumn Pumpkin Stew)

Snacks:

Sourdough Pumpkin BreadSourdough Pumpkin Bread

 

 

 

 

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Quinoa RecipeHealthy Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Recipe

 

 

Desserts:

 

 

Healthy Pumpkies Recipe - GF, DF, etc.!Pumpkies (GF, DF, EF, NF)

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin SnickerdoodlesPumpkin Snickerdoodles

 

 

 

 

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Panna CottaDairy Free Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Pumpkin CakeGluten Free Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Mini TartsPumpkin Pie Mini Tarts (Gluten Free)

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesPumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

 

 

I’m pretty sure I’m going after those Pumpkies first!  Which recipe are you going to try?

(If you missed the apple recipes, you can check those out here.)

 

15 Pumpkin Recipes Made with Real Food Ingredients - Some of these look absolutely amazing!

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Travel Tips for Toddlers

Last year I would have told you I am no expert on traveling with little ones.  I would still say that I am not an expert, but being a missionary on deputation has afforded me lots of practice!  We are gone every weekend and many weeks in between.  Next year we will be gone for […]

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