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Mar 28 2018

CTL Episode 58- Practical Homemaking with Jodi McKenna

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Show Notes-

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Monroe talks with co-host Jodi McKenna about the less lovely and more nitty-gritty, practical side of motherhood and homemaking. They tackle a variety of housekeeping topics, including:


  • Jodi—every member of the family does his or her own laundry, with varying amounts of coaching and reminding
  • MacKenzie—the boys help with folding and putting things away, and the biggest struggle is to getting everything put away
  • Join the CTL Patreon group where we will be tackling the laundry room in April!



  • Jodi—kids help unload and reload in the morning, and they all take turns helping throughout the rest of the day
  • MacKenzie—the boys help loading or unloading the dishwasher, but the adults carry the bulk of the work and help each other out

Bedtime Routine-

  • the truth about how hard bedtime is when mom and the kids are both tired but kids don’t want to wind down
  • the struggle of being a work-at-home mom and needing that evening time once the kids are in bed to do other work

Meal Planning-

  • Jodi—used to just shop and cook spontaneously, but now her husband makes the meal plan and makes the shopping lists
  • MacKenzie—needs to meal plan and likes the structure it lends to her days


Making Beds

  • how Jodi and MacKenzie have both found the importance of making beds early in the day

Bigger housecleaning tasks

  • keeping a reasonably clean house without sacrificing relationships

Current Lovelies—

Jodi: is decluttering and donating things to the local thrift shops

MacKenzie: has a friend serving as Virtual Assistant to help with scheduling and keeping her on task

Resources Mentioned-

Jodi’s Customizable Homeschool Planner


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Find the Hosts-


You can find Jodi McKenna on her website, You can find her on the following social media: InstagramPinterest,  Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.

You can find MacKenzie Monroe on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course!

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