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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 [...]

Christmas Uncluttered

By | December 30th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

Decorating- uncluttered Simple delights Simplifying celebration plans Making a list, checking it twice Keeping the calendar uncluttered The Christmas story   We have been slipping out of summer here in Washington and in to the clean, crisp air of the fall season.  *smile*  I love our four seasons here in the United States, and I [...]

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 [...]

Christmas (or Birthday) Shopping Plan!

By | December 1st, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Toys and Activities|

Do you look forward to Christmas and birthday shopping but have been increasingly confused or overwhelmed with the whole process - especially if you're doing it large-family style?  Wondering how you can shop for just the right items for each person while not overspending the budget, purchase items the kids need but balance that with [...]

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

By | July 9th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Mom Tips, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

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 like.  If some people are reading our blog only because they’re curious about what large families are like, then by [...]

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

By | July 4th, 2016|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 always makes us chuckle because we’re “just us”, and we’ve become the larger group of “just us” gradually, one person [...]

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

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

In this part 1 we will look at: Why I began scheduling How I began scheduling My overall scheduling framework Additional benefits to scheduling In part 2 I will cover: Winging it vs. planning it The blessings of planning Common road blocks Additional benefits of scheduling You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.  This is what we desire in [...]

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

By | June 4th, 2016|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 foundational subjects.  I'm looking for practical helps.  I'm really struggling right now.  My children are 11 mo., 3 yrs, [...]

Large Family Laundry Strategies – More Tips & Practical How-To’s

By | May 27th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Time Efficiency|

Laundry is a very popular subject for people to ask me about.  *smile*  I've posted about it a couple of times ("Large Family Laundry Strategies:  How I Keep 9 Kids Clean, and Why That's Valuable", and "Large Family Practical How-To's"), but I'm always learning and improving my own strategies!  So I'll share some more great [...]

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