Introducing... Housewife MacGyver

Welcome to 2011, a year that, at least here, will be dedicated to...
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 MacGyver! 

I've mentioned the good Mac a couple times before (remember this confession?), but before you start thinking I'm completely 80's obsessed (and really, what would the harm in that be?), let me explain.

I will NOT be posting regular homages to Richard Dean Anderson. No, here on just Lu, the year 2011 will be dedicated to Mr. MacGyver in another way...


...with a new series called Housewife MacGyver, all about becoming more self-reliant by using resources wisely.

That's what makes MacGyver the ONE man for the job, every time -- his amazing ability to combine what he knows with what little he has available to escape from behind enemy lines, stop those poachers, or rescue a kid off the streets.

Most of us won't ever experience a high-risk situation like defusing a bomb or stopping a smuggling ring, but by applying our knowledge and using our resources wisely, we can definitely make a difference in the "high-risk" work that we do as wives, mothers, and women.

No man (or housewife) is an island, completely self-reliant -- nor should we be -- but if we can use what we have to address our needs without having to run to the store or call someone (even Mom!), we're empowered. We can do ANYTHING! Plus, it feels awesome.

The longer I am a wife and mother, the more I realize that there are so many things I just don't know -- and often I feel silly asking someone and end up just Googling it. Some things you learn with time and as circumstances require, but there are some basic things I feel like I've missed the boat on and other areas where I know I need to improve. So, between now and the end of 2011 and with a LOT of help from some fantastic guest bloggers, I hope to fill in some of these areas in my home and in yours.


This series won't cover topics such as defusing bombs or even living off nothing in the wilderness. Instead, I've chosen topics that will (hopefully) enrich each of us in our normal lives, help us to do the everyday things we do just a little bit better. Throughout 2011, guest bloggers and I will share information about becoming more self-reliant in nine different areas of family and individual growth:
  • financially
  • domestically
  • physically
  • in the kitchen
  • around the house
  • academically
  • in the car
  • spiritually
  • emotionally
Hmm... you're doing the math... 9 topics... 12 months... What about the other three months? We're starting off the year with two challenges (which are more like encouragements, really) in the form of the first two MacGyver commandments:  

commit thyself
(to be formally introduced tomorrow)
and  
organize thyself
(coming in February).

(And then to round out the twelve, December will be a review month, since December is the craziest month of the year both in and out of bloggyland!) 

But don't worry -- Housewife MacGyver won't replace everything that I usually do here, only supplement it. The Housewife MacGyver series will be 2-4 posts per month, mingled with my normal crafty-crazy posts.

Wanna join?  Grab the button below and tell everyone you're joining up! And, if you (or someone you know) would love to contribute, just contact me at iamjustlu at gmail dot com. Don't feel like you have to be an expert, either -- we're all still learning and we can all learn from each other!


Housewife MacGyver at just Lu


Here's to a very MacGyver 2011!
Thanks for reading!

If you need to brush up on your MacGyver, you can watch excerpts from seasons 1 and 2 here on YouTube.

11 comments:

Megan Harmeyer said...

This is an awesome idea!! Love MacGyver. Love your blog. I'm stealing the tag (so happy to be participating)!

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Ahhhhh! What a rad idea! Totally want to play along:)

Jocelyn Christensen said...

This is going to be fun!

*Katie* said...

Love it!! I love your cute blog!

Brandy@YDK said...

i'm totally intrigued

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Love this! So excited to be a part of it. It's going to be a great year:)

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...
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elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

I love that you included links for us to remind ourselves of the greatness of the Mr. MG.

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

I love that you included links for us to remind ourselves of the greatness of the Mr. MG.

Amy said...

I'm in!

I can't join you in your MacGyver love though. I watched a few shows recently and that was it.

I'll stick with this challenge....

Jenny said...

found you via Gwenny Penny.

This challenge fits with my goal for the year to have a "House of Order".
I am in and will fallow!

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