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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 [...]

School Lunches: Normal, Simple, and Yummy – With a Plan

By | March 13th, 2017|Favorite Recipes, How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

When we were preparing to begin this year with public school, I really wanted a great plan for our children's lunches. As simple as it sounds, I wondered how I could make sure our children have enough nutrition in that little bag? How can I make sure they'll eat it and not give it away or [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Scheduling: What To Do With Summer?

By | April 20th, 2016|Family Fun, Schedules and Routines|

Routine...with sunshine? Rain, rain, go away... Fill the children's time - or take a break and wing it? How long should summer be? Hot-hot needs water play! Summer begins in June here in Washington and most parents are probably thinking ahead to it with eager anticipation. *smile* It's tempting and common for parents to approach [...]

Large Family Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping

By | November 16th, 2015|Favorite Recipes, How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Striving for organization, time efficiency, and for a low grocery budget... *smile* My meal planning strategy Using a Master Grocery Shopping List Using an Inventory Chart Minimize and rotate Utilizing additional freezer and refrigerator space Having a "deep pantry" for longer term food storage How I do shopping with the kids Creating a food pantry [...]

Large Family House Cleaning – Getting it Done, & When To Do The Big Jobs

By | May 18th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Managing my time & utilizing a schedule What do the blocks of cleaning time look like? How do I get to the big, deep-cleaning jobs? How do I keep up? Learning to include the children How much to expect from a child When I had a college roommate we would have a cleaning day where [...]

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