The Irony of Discipline and How to Use It to Your Advantage

Over the last few days, we have been dog-sitting the family dog. When she came into our lives about 10 years ago, her and I became really close. She would follow me around the house and would almost always let me hold her. I took care of her day-to-day needs, and even had a little…

Don’t Let this New Year be an Accident

There are a few phrases our parents mutter that, for whatever reason, stick with us. Maybe the phrases are funny, sweet, sad, or just truthful. I can remember many examples, but I choose to dwell on one my dad said that taught me a great lesson. He told me once, very simply, "Good things don't…

How to Keep Your House Clean (the Karla Edition)

I have to confess that I don't like to clean, but I dislike dirt more than the action of cleaning, so, I clean. Our house is not immaculate but we do maintain it regularly. I, like I assume we all do, have a dream where I won't ever have to clean. My homemaker duties quickly…