This week I have been frustrated with my messy house. I find it difficult to juggle my many responsibilities. My home most often gets ignored because it is not a “paid” position.

This week I have been reminded of other ways that having a clean, healthy, and safe home is a “paid” position. Strom writes of the influence that environment has on mood relating a study done. The study showed that subjects viewed pictures of people as generally more attractive if they were seated in a beautiful room. The study also found that an “ugly room created a sense of monotony, fatigue, headache, discontent, sleepiness, irritability, and hostility” (2009, p. 80). (more…)


I’m sorry to have disappeared on you all. It has been a busy week. We decided to rearrange some of the rooms in our house this week. Hopefully we will be a little more organized. We moved our bedroom upstairs and our former bedroom is going to be my office/craft room! I’m so excited! I can even lock the kids out so that they don’t ruin all my stuff anymore! Yippee!

In the process, though, we managed to break our internet connection, so I haven’t been able to blog. I have a call in now to get it fixed, but they probably won’t come till the middle of next week. Chris can still get internet on his Mac via a neighbor, but I haven’t had a chance to use his computer, either. I’m at work right now, so I wanted to update you all. Hopefully, I’ll be back in full force soon!