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About Erika

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Bob, for 19 years, and I am a Christian mama of 9 children. Bob and I co-author this blog together. I write, and Bob is the editor and blog technician. I have a BA degree from Western Washington University in Early Childhood Education. I love to organize, I enjoy singing, scrapbooking online, camp fires on the beach, tennis, taking walks, spending quality time with family, and coffee with dear friends. I'm very practical. I enjoy the simple. I love my slippers. I like to eat Pop Rocks candy and laugh with the kids. I love to laugh and cry in the same movie.

Living Life on Purpose – “Isn’t It Exhausting?”

By | February 2nd, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Sometimes doing life On Purpose can seem like it might be harder than just winging it, or letting things go and dealing with things as they arise instead of being proactive about it.  *smile*  I received a question the other day which I think is a common one, "Do you ever get exhausted doing everything with [...]

School Pick Up: pleasant, peaceful, and restful – With a Plan

By | January 30th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

One of my big adjustments to having our children in public school was simply dropping them off and picking them up again. *laugh* Right now we would rather do this than have them ride the bus, but at first it was a very frustrating experience. However, did you know that it can actually be very [...]

Fun Games for Young Children and Families

By | January 28th, 2017|Character Training For Children, Family Fun, Toys and Activities|

It is so good for families to play games together! They can bring so much laughter, and also important character development such as delayed gratification, patience, perseverance, good sportsmanship, being a kind and respectful friend, and fairness. *wink* But it can be harder to find games that the whole family enjoys, especially if you have [...]

Organizing School Backpacks, Lunch Bags, and Papers – With a Plan

By | January 22nd, 2017|Character Training For Children, How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Do you ever find that when it's time to go out the door to school that your child doesn't know where their backpack is exactly, which means they didn't put that paper you signed into the backpack either. The lunch bag is up on the kitchen counter ready to go, but only because you had [...]

Orderliness – A Closer Look

By | January 19th, 2017|Character Training For Children, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Time Efficiency|

The concept or "orderliness" can be a vague one often times when we think about it more in depth. Most of us know how to put something into order, like our shoes or our bed; however many people do not know why that's valuable, how to go about it, and how it very practically and [...]

A Public School Stay-at-Home Mom – Time Management, On Purpose

By | January 12th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

In fall 2016 my world was turned upside down. *chuckle* At least it felt that way. It has been my first year as a public school mom after 13 years of homeschooling. Talk about a life change, ho-ly-cow. *laugh* Over the course of the past 18 months I have had a number of circumstances converge [...]

De-Cluttering: The First Steps to Organization

By | December 29th, 2016|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 spaces Bob and I had an experience that transformed our ability to de-clutter our home effectively.  We have always been strong advocates of trying to clean-out things we no [...]

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION: “De-cluttering – The First Steps to Organization”

By | December 28th, 2016|Organization, Surrender and Blessings, Videos & Podcasts w/ Erika|

~ Strategies & methods for de-cluttering ~ De-cluttering principles to keep in mind ~ Where to begin ~ How to be careful with others family member's spaces   By de-cluttering well one can literally double the amount of space in a home. Even the smallest of spaces can feel and look spacious if it’s not [...]

Delightful Hot Cocoa – Home made, Fat-free, Sugar-free, and Sooo Yummy!

By | December 1st, 2016|Favorite Recipes|

I created this recipe for those in our family who are trying not to eat sugar but who delight in a nice, sweet hot drink on these chilly fall days.  It serves as a nice after dinner dessert for us many nights. And I've come up with 7 different flavors so far to add to [...]

Gifts In a Jar! – Sweet Homemade Happiness

By | December 1st, 2016|Family Fun, Favorite Recipes|

Sweet recipes of desserts or hot drinks in varying sizes of jars (depending on the recipe), and with a decorative lid and label to fit the occasion. I love to celebrate Christ's birth by giving gifts especially at Christmas time!  And our older daughters love to give gifts as well, but we also need to [...]

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