While typing an email at my desk, my mind started to drift. The email subject faded and a neon image danced in. Flashing slowly it said “home-ista… home-ista… home-ista…” I smiled and almost laughed at the silliness of the word. But it describes me and I suspect it describes many of you.

‘Hom-ee-stuh’ is a take-off on the word fashionisita. But instead of nurturing a passion for fashion, we have a passion for “the home.” Home-istas see the places where we live as a canvas to reflect our loves, personality, style and beliefs.

Subconsciously, I had been looking for this word, because it helped me embrace something that is a big part of who I am. It seems that we human beings like to describe our selves to others, but also to ourselves. I continually hear people declaring, I am an athlete, an entrepreneur, a teacher, an artist, etc. And as much as they are those things, I am a home-ista.

Like many of you, I get pleasure in the action that happens at home, even if I it doesn’t always go well or as planned. Like a golfer who has a terrible round, he/she keeps coming back, hoping to launch that elusive 300-yard drive. I love the cooking, the decorating, the organizing, the entertaining. I have to admit that I see the cleaning as a necessary evil, but that’s just me. I know there are many home-istas who even love, the cleaning.

I am writing this blog to:

  1. Share ideas, tips, how-tos related to running a home.
  2. Encourage people who love the home – to go for it. I say, love it, live it, declare it! (Side note – You don’t have to be proficient to love it. Case in point, have you seen Charles Barkley’s golf swing? I love Charles, but I’m just sayin.)
  3. Provide a forum where we home-istas can connect with one another.

I truly desire to provide information that can increase the level of what I will call “thrive” – which is enjoyment, productivity and the backdrop for great relationships – in and around your home.

Today’s information comes in the form of a challenge. I was talking on Friday to a teacher at my kindergartener’s school. We were talking about the challenges of being moms and the need for good routines and systems. So… I am asking you to try the following, and let me know how it works.

Set a timer for 10 minutes, on your phone, stove, etc. Then write on a sheet in your organizer, smart phone, or notebook.

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat.  Next to Sun – write what you will plan to cook/have cooked/or purchase for dinner that evening. Ideally most of the meals will be relatively healthy, tasty and easy to make/secure.

Last week my plan, typed in the notes section of my iphone said:

Sun – Hamburger, fruit, chips

Mon – Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, salad

Tues – Spaghetti, salad

Wed – Roast Beef, brown rice, zucchini

Thurs – Carry out (Freshman Football Game Day) Penn Station

Fri – Pizza

Sat – Scrounge (Which means everybody eats leftovers from the week)

Sometimes I only type the name of the meat and we eat frozen veggies, beans or salad.

This is the simplest of menu plans. You can do one in ten minutes or less. And yet by taking a few moments to think about what my household and me will eat, I save myself loads of time and energy because I can buy what I need in advance. I can budget my money more wisely by planning inexpensive meals like polish sausage and baked beans. I can budget my time by planning meals that take more time to prepare, for the days when I have more time. I can control the nutrition value. Maybe the most important benefit is when my 14-year-old, 190 pound, football playing teenager asks me within six minutes of waking up, what we are having for dinner that night, I can look in my phone as say “baked chicken, boo.”

I hope this is helpful and if it isn’t, this will be: By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; by knowledge its rooms are filled with all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures. (Proverbs 24:3-4)

Home-ista Kelly

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Hello world!

October 24, 2011

Hi!  The first subject post for “home-ista” will publish on Monday, October 31, 2011.

This is my birthday and this new venture is a birthday gift to me from me.

The picture below is a hint about the subject matter.

I hope you will come back to read and respond.

Kelly Wilson