Embracing Homemaking

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Is a blog dedicated to helping encourage women in their many roles in life. Ashley writes about faith, parenting, friendships, money management, frugal living, and time-saving tips.

Ashley is a winner of Top 25 Home Management Moms - 2013

What's your best tip for keeping your home organized during the busy holiday season?

What's your favorite store bought or homemade cleaning product?

What's the most important home management skill a mom can teach her child?

Do you think the government should pay stay-at-home moms for their work of raising children and managing a household?

Ashley Walkup

While I think stay-at-home moms are worth a big salary I don't think the government needs any more control. If they offered me money then they would get say in how I run my household and I don't need any more of their regulations in my life
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What's the most common financial mistake families make?

Ashley Walkup

There are a dozen or so mistakes that I can think of off the top of my head but the most common would probably be going out to eat. Households across America easily spend $200+ a month on dining out and we're not talking about fancy restaurants. Quick stops at McDonalds add up to HUGE amounts of money wasted. Worst of all, it's being spent on something that doesn't last. That "value meal" really doesn't add much value to your life.
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What's the best gear for playing outside? Please include a link to any product you recommend.

Ashley Walkup

I love swimming pools! They burn off energy and keep kids entertained for hours. Just be sure to never leave kids alone in a pool of any size.
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If you were giving a commencement speech, what's one piece of advice you'd give to young women who want to include motherhood in their futures?

Ashley Walkup

Don't pile up a load of debt! Work hard through school and make sure you get a degree in something that can help you make money from home. No matter how much you love working, when you see your little baby in your arms you won't want to leave them with a stranger.
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What are your best tips for nighttime potty training, and are there any products or tricks you'd recommend that minimize night-time bedding changes? Please include a photo or a link if you have one.

Ashley Walkup

I'm still early in the process of potty training but I've recently fell in love with the disposable GoodNites bet mats. This saves countless sheet changes!
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