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“How To…” Roundup: 7 Posts from ProBlogger’s March Group Writing Project

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Last week ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse issued a challenge to write and share a “How To…” post.  I was planning to write about how to shake a bad mood anyway, so I submitted my link and watched as the other posts rolled in.  There were so many fun and interesting topics covered that I wanted to share some of them with you.

Here are eight posts that will each teach you something useful or creative.

1. How to Make Banana Jam

Bananas are a staple in our house. Usually they get eaten up each week, but depending on breakfast cravings and how warm the weather is, sometimes I need to rescue them before they turn black. Often I just toss them in the freezer and make banana bread later, but one family can only eat so much banana bread. I’d never heard of banana jam before, but after reading this post from Confessions of an Overworked Mom I’m definitely going to try it.

2. How To Have a More Productive and Energetic Morning

I have a love-hate relationship with morning routine advice.  I love to have productive and energetic mornings, but I hate that most of the advice seems to be aimed at people without small children who are, by necessity, part of the routine.…

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How do I begin?

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How do I balance this desire to cast my urgent voice into the world against knowing that what I want to write about is mothering well, and with intention, attention and focus, when making space to write means possibly cutting corners on those very things?  How do I balance my belief that mothers must feed their own souls with the knowledge that to make space to feed mine, I must make sacrifices in my home and with my family? How do I decide what those sacrifices will be? How do I make peace with the burning need to achieve something for myself, to stretch and engage my brain beyond this world of new motherhood and the day-to-day demands of my child and the household that I am responsible for?  How do I walk that line day to day? And how do I offer you any advice on how to do that well when I don’t really know how to do it myself?

The seed of this blog settled into my consciousness much like my daughter’s first cells settled into my womb.  Both were unexpected, and were not on the path I thought I was setting out on. But in both cases, once I opened my heart to the possibility, I was deeply committed.…

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