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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Clothing Storage & Access, Thinking Outside the Box

By | November 8th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Time Efficiency|

We purchased our current home when we had only 3 children…now we have 9! *smile*  So we had to start thinking “outside the box”, or in our case, inside our box. This has resulted in the Lord showing us over time many different do-it-yourself and inexpensive ways to adapt our house to fit the needs [...]

Charts & Lists That Save My Sanity

By | January 28th, 2014|Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Here’s an inventory of some of my lists: Master Grocery List Dollar Store list Weekly Schedule Morning Routine Chart Bedtime Routine Chart Kitchen Clean Up Chart Activity Ideas List Preschool Activities Idea List Homeschool Check List Meal Ideas List Do you ever find yourself making multiple trips to the grocery store because you forgot a [...]

Mom Tips – For Children’s Things, #2

By | December 21st, 2011|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 [...]

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