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Scheduling: What To Do With Weekends?

By | August 18th, 2016|Categories: Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

I've had many questions about whether or not I schedule weekends.  The answer to this is yes, and no.  *smile*. I'll share with you what our plan was like with mostly very young children since [...]

Scheduling for Fall – How I Create Our Schedules

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: How Do We Do That, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Having a weekly schedule (click here for what that means and what it doesn't mean) for our family of 11 is crucial to fostering family life and healthy relationships.  With a schedule we have productivity, predictability, [...]

De-Cluttering: The First Steps to Organization

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Surrender and Blessings|

~ Strategies & methods for de-cluttering~ De-cluttering principles to keep in mind~ Where to begin~ How to be careful with others family member's spacesBob and I had an experience that transformed our ability to de-clutter [...]

Large Family Practical How-To’s: Professional Photos, Meals, Errands, & Bathing Kids

By | July 9th, 2016|Categories: Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings|

We personally love to network with other large families for ideas that enable us to be more organized or more time efficient.  It’s encouraging, and it helps give vision for what large families can be [...]

Large Family Practical How-To’s: Transportation, Birthdays, Hair cuts, 1-on-1’s, & Laundry!

By | July 4th, 2016|Categories: How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Surrender and Blessings|

When people see our family of 11 people out and about doing life, they often tip their head to the side, get a puzzled look on their face, and ask, “…How do you do_____?”  This [...]

Scheduling & Routines: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. – Part 1 of 2

By | June 25th, 2016|Categories: Large Family - Small House, Marriage, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

In this part 1 we will look at:Why I began schedulingHow I began schedulingMy overall scheduling frameworkAdditional benefits to schedulingIn part 2 I will cover:Winging it vs. planning itThe blessings of planningCommon road blocksAdditional benefits of schedulingYou can’t have your cake [...]

Naps & Play-Alone Times

By | June 18th, 2016|Categories: How Do We Do That, Schedules and Routines|

Our sleep principles Older children who need less sleepA young child who needs unusually little sleep2 or 3-year-old's who "quit" nappingEnabling naps, not forcing themNapping aloneNapping twinsSleeping in on SaturdaysMy "play-alone time" strategyWhen I gave birth [...]

Large Families On Budgets – Making More Out Of Less, Part 2 of 2

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Surrender and Blessings|

In part one I began addressing the topic of how a family can do life well on a small income.  Large family - small income - can they co-exist?   The answer: absolutely.   I [...]

Large Family Matters: Parenting Young Children While Successfully Managing Your Home

By | June 4th, 2016|Categories: How Do We Do That, Large Family Matters, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

 Here is the question I will be answering this time:"I was wondering if you had any insight to those hard years when you have a lot of littles [only] but still need to teach the [...]

Green Smoothies for Energy and Clarity!

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Favorite Recipes|

When I first posted about green smoothies that we have with our breakfast we were thoroughly enjoying them and how they were making us all feel so energetic, clear in our thinking, satisfied and full until lunch [...]