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After School Snack – Healthy, Easy, & Proactive

By | April 14th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

I don't know about your children, but when ours arrive home after school they are hun-gry. *laugh* Even after having had a great lunch at school, it's time to eat again for these growing Muffins! And to avoid them raiding the pantry and choosing to eat less-than-nutritious options *smirk*, it's good to be ON PURPOSE [...]

Twins – Beginning With Them

By | March 17th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Mom Tips, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Twins|

If you are expecting twins, and especially if you've got intense "nesting" going on *laugh*, then you are likely desiring to be prepared as much as possible for when you get to bring your precious muffins home finally. *smile!* (If you'd like here is my post on how to prepare for twins before they are born.) I've been [...]

Preparing for Twins

By | March 7th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Mom Tips, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Twins|

"We're having twins! ...Oh my gosh...we're having twins..." *smile* If you have been told that you're having twins then this may have been what went through your mind. *laugh* Elation and surprise! And then... reality!" How do people feed two at once? Will I ever sleep again? What do I need two of and what not?" [...]

Mom Tips – For the Kitchen

By | February 26th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Mom Tips, Organization, Time Efficiency|

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Scheduling Weekends: what to do

By | August 18th, 2016|Family Fun, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

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 that is the season most of our readers are in; but these principles apply beautifully also to older children as [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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