mrs. hines and the ordinary, beautiful, so good, smart lighting day


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Do not ask your children 
to strive for extraordinary lives.
 Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
 Help them instead to find the wonder 
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
 Show them the joy of tasting
 tomatoes, apples, and pears.
 Show them how to cry
 when pets and people die.
 Show them the infinite pleasure
 in the touch of a hand.
 And make the ordinary come alive for them.
 The extraordinary will take care of itself.
-William Martin, “Make the Ordinary Come Alive”


There is so much beauty in the ordinary, in routine.

Every day when I get up, I walk down the hall, adjust the thermostat, then walk through the living room to the kitchen, and turn off the back porch light.


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I glance out the window and up at the glowing sky. The promise of warm sunshine or a brisk cool front sometimes beckons me out onto the porch.

As I walk back through the kitchen, I think of the activity that filled the room the night before: me cooking dinner, everyone cleaning up, and Hannah packing her lunch for the next day.

Once the laundry is started, I sit down at my computer for work.  The sound of the laundry machine swishing, coupled with the fresh scent of detergent wafting through the air, brings me great satisfaction.

It’s the perfect backdrop for my day.


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Time whiles away as I create, write and share.  The quiet is eventually interrupted by the faint sound of the back gate being opened.  Hannah’s home.

We chat about her day, and I can’t help but smile at how cute my girl is…inside and out.

We work side by side, her on homework and me on my latest post. Then, in predictable fashion, Mr. Hines calls on his way home from work to check on his girls.


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Just as the sun sets on the day, the sound of the garage door signals Mr. Hines’ arrival. 

Our evening is a flurry of dinner, more homework, baths, pajamas…until we settle down to watch our favorite show.


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After we’re all snuggled under blankets and have our show cued on Netflix, we realize that we didn’t switch over to “evening lighting;” turning off overhead lights and turning on a lamp.

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That typically means that someone, usually Mr. Hines, has to give up their warm, cozy spot on the couch to turn off and on all the appropriate lights.

We watch an episode or two of t.v., and then Mr. Hines and Hannah go to bed.  I stay up a little longer to wind down from the day.

So ordinary. So beautiful.

Recently, we added a little something to our routine; one of those things that brings us great satisfaction and peace of mind.  

Instead of someone having to give up their comfortable spot on the couch to adjust the lights, we just use the #GELink Bulbs with the Wink Hub.


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You can schedule all of the turning on and off of lights through the system.  This will come in handy not only for our evening lighting ritual, but for security as well.  The lights can be controlled from the app even while you’re away.

The extraordinary does indeed take care of itself.  

And now, it’s your turn for a little something extraordinary.  Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway (below) to win your own GE Light Kit.   Two winners will be awarded the GE Lighting Kit that includes 1 GE Link LED bulb ($15 value) and 1 Wink Hub ( $54 value). The kit also includes set up information.


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If you’d like to purchase the smart lighting system, The light bulbs and Wink hub are available at Home Depot for a very reasonable price, especially considering one bulb is expected to last for 22 years.


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