How I get my kids to do ALL of the laundry! 👖👚👗

How I get my kids to do ALL of the laundry! 👖👚👗

My husband and I were having a discussion recently about this book he’s been reading with the youth group he runs (he’s an associate pastor). In the book, two college-age brothers discuss how they have an incredible work ethic {obviously, seeing that they are published authors at that age!}, mostly because of the fact that their parents gave them a lot of chores. While they were seeing their friends do one or two chores a week — only ONE TIME a week on weekends — they had 6-8 chores a day.  This is what my kids have. I have had several people gently suggest that maybe they Read More

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How to Take a Road Trip with ONE Parent {and not lose your mind!}

Recently I embarked upon an 11-hour drive with my four children and no husband to help. Besides one epic bout of carsickness, it all went pretty smoothly — thanks to some prepwork and organization on my part. Here’s how I did it! Plan 1 movie and 1 activity for every 2 hours of driving. If you can keep them in a constant state of entertained, then they won’t start squabbling. Now, I’ll be the first to say that you shouldn’t endeavor to entertain your kids every hour of the day. They need free, unstructured time to explore and be bored and be creative. Those things Read More

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FREE Canister Labels Printable!

You guys — my wonderful blog readers — never cease to amaze me! You probably know already that I feed my family of 6 for under $175/month. I do this WITHOUT coupons. (Because who has time for coupons, really?) I used to coupon like crazy, but since those shows came out and ruined it for everybody, coupons just aren’t as good as they used to be. And also, they’re mostly for packed, processed foods. The last 4 years or so, I’ve been transitioning to a healthier way of life, by cooking with raw, whole ingredients instead of buying packaged food. This means I don’t buy Read More

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30 Day Whole-Life Organization Challenge {FREE printable!}

If you’ve been hanging around the blog this year, then you probably already know that I’ve been doing twelve small 30-day challenges instead of a New Year’s Resolution. One of my local BFFs wanted me to get in on her annual yard sale in June, so I decided that May would be the perfect time to declutter, purge, and clean every area of my home. And since I just love fun printables, I decided to make my plan all pretty and share it with you guys, so you can join me on the challenge! So here’s what you do: Click here to download the challenge, and print Read More

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5 Ways to Stamp Out Clutter! 👞

Sometimes it feels like fighting an uphill battle to keep clutter at bay in my house. Let’s face it, we have 6 people in our house almost 24 hours a day. My husband is a full-time student in seminary, which meets 1 day a week, 9 months of the year. My kids are homeschooled. And when people are home all day, home gets messy. Here are some of the ways I keep my house somewhat cleaner. I’m not perfect, by any means. I look at homes like this and drool over the simplicity. Maybe someday I will get to that point, but everyone is a work Read More

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FREE Winter Desktop Organizer

You may remember that I posted back in September about my Autumn desktop organizer for my computer. I just LOVE how easy it makes my organizing and how pretty it makes my desktop! Here’s how to use it: Download my free winter desktop organizer here. Go to your computer’s settings and make the photo your wallpaper. Drag and drop your icons to the appropriate snowflakes! Easy, right? This is what mine looks like once I got it all set up. It’s so nice to have things sorted into different categories, and it’s SO much easier to find things when I need them, without having a Read More