How to Break the Busyness Cycle for Moms

Everyone says they are busy these days. Life has a way of taking over our best intentions to slow down and savor the moments. Busyness looks different for everyone. Some people thrive on filling their days with enjoyable activities outside the home. Other people prefer to stay home and enjoy life within the quiet (or chaos) of their own four walls. There is a limit on the number of activities a person can squeeze into their schedule though. At some point, all of us will feel weighed down … [Read more...]

How to Balance Housework and Homeschooling

I'm one of those strange people who actually enjoys housework if I know that I can relax and enjoy my clean house after I'm all done. Throw in seven children and homeschooling and you'll find that I can barely keep one room picked up long enough to clean it. And that's if I can find the time to clean in between homeschooling, preparing meals, running errands and keeping track of my kids. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) It took me several years to figure … [Read more...]

A Simple Way to Organize Homeschool Records

Check out my simple system for organizing homeschool records. I've put together an instructional video to walk you through how to set it up and how to use it. I also included instructions in this post with helpful links to supplies and forms that you may want to use. Can't see the video? Click here. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Supplies Needed for Your Homeschool Records System Here are the supplies you will need to put together your own … [Read more...]

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Prepare for Company

I'm so excited to be guest posting over at My Joy-Filled Life where I am talking about three ways to prepare for company. It's not just about cleaning your home though. We are looking at ways to prepare your heart, your home and your kids for welcoming guests into your home. Click on over and read all about it! … [Read more...]

Gaining Control of the Game Cabinet

Our family loves spending time together playing games which means we have a lot of them. Storing all our games has been a challenge for years. Stacking board games on top of each other with card games tossed in usually leads to a crashing pile of games on the floor every time someone wants to pull a game out of the cabinet. {This post contains affiliate links.} My obsession with organization just couldn't stand it any longer! A few years ago I tackled our game cabinet and we've been … [Read more...]

Homeschooling? No Wall Space…No Problem!

My family does a lot of our homeschool work in the dining room which opens up to the rest of the living areas. This means that the dinning room only has two walls, one with a window and one lined with bookshelves. This doesn't leave any wall space for displaying posters or hanging a white board so I had to get creative! This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this blog, at no additional cost to you, by using these affiliate links. I purchased a large piece of shower … [Read more...]

How to Make the Family Road Trip More Enjoyable

We just returned from a three week road trip with our family of eight so I thought I would share with you some of the things I put together in an effort to make the trip more enjoyable for parents and kids alike. {This post contains affiliate links.} Road Trip Countdown Banner My daughter printed out this great road trip countdown banner and assembled it for our trip. I thought it would be a great visual marker for the kids and a fun way to mark our progress as they tore a sheet off after … [Read more...]

11 Tips for Homeschooling Older Children with Little Ones Around

Ever since my family began our homeschooling journey, I've had at least one little one to care for while attempting to home educate an older child (or two or three). This coming school year I'll be juggling an infant and a 4 year old while trying to homeschool a kindergartner, 2nd grader, 4th grader and a junior in high school. It will be challenging at times (okay, almost all the time) but I know that a successful day isn't determined by how quiet the little ones are or how much school work we … [Read more...]

Tackling the Laundry with Little Ones

Little ones bring joy and craziness to life. It can be difficult to to get household chores done while chasing after toddlers and preschoolers. When my children were all little, I had to set aside one day to tackle the laundry. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Now my older kids are mature enough to have their own jurisdictions. That means I handed off my laundry duties to my oldest daughter! Here's how I tackled the laundry when I had a bunch of little … [Read more...]

How to Homeschool with a Baby

Believe me when I say I understand the challenges moms face when homeschooling with a baby. My kids and I are resuming our school work after taking a few months off after the birth of my sixth child. I've been through this before and have learned some creative ways to keep baby happy while attending to the academic needs of my older kids. I wish someone would have given me pointers on homeschooling with a baby when I was just starting out. That's why I wanted to share what I've learned with … [Read more...]