Summer BINGO

There is something about summer that brings a smile to my kids’ faces!  I have done a summer reading BINGO with my kids for several years.  Thankfully, my kids have enjoyed reading from a young age so it has been easy to get them excited about this…especially when there are extra rewards involved! What Counts? […] Read more…

Daily Zone Cleaning with Kids

Keeping a house picked up is a never ending task when there are kids around!  I am always trying to get rid of things we don’t need or want…but the clutter is still there.  Routines keep things moving along and make everything happen.  One of our routines is our afternoon zones. Every once in a […] Read more…

No Brainer Dinner Ideas

It’s 5:00…and you have no idea what you are going to make for dinner!  Or…maybe you unexpectedly spend all afternoon helping a friend and now you don’t have time to prepare what you had planned for dinner!  It happens to every mom…even when you plan…life happens and plans change! Sometimes I just need a list […] Read more…

Where is the Parenting Manual?

Have you ever felt a little lost in your mothering?  Like you know you can do better but you don’t know where to begin? It seems like my kids are always growing into a new stage-I guess with 6 of them that is to be expected.  There is always something new to figure out…since of […] Read more…

Mom Mission Statement: Mom is a Person Too!

I love being a mom (although it isn’t always easy!).  Mom was a title that didn’t initially come easily to me.  When having babies finally did happen for me…it happened quickly…6 kids in 10 1/2 years!  It was an intense time of baby-growing, sleepless nights, baby snuggles, toddler cuteness (and tantrums)…basically I was hyper-focused on […] Read more…

Monthly Meal Planning with Printable

I know, I know…most people have a hard time meal planning for a week!  Why on earth would I want to plan out a month at a time?  I’ll tell you why….because monthly meal planning makes my life easier! Why Would I Do Monthly Meal Planning? I have to meal plan less often!  I only […] Read more…

Mom Talk Through Podcasts

As a stay-at-home-mom I just can’t always get together with mom friends and have a good chat.  Yet…sometimes I just need good uplifting conversation…someone to tell me “I know it’s hard, keep up the good work!” I have found that podcasts help fulfill a need for me…and I can listen to them almost anywhere or […] Read more…

Get Them to Bed…and Talk!

Bedtime is one of those prime parenting times when we can make a big impact on our children’s lives…we can connect with our kids without all the distractions of the day surrounding us. I try (and I do mean try…it is not unusual for me to put my little guys to bed and then fall […] Read more…

Family Traditions: Easter

Ever get the feeling that the holidays pass you by so quickly that it’s just a blur of chocolate and chaos? I know I do.  I have tried to create a Christ centered Easter tradition in my home.  We don’t do the Easter bunny.  We don’t do Easter baskets.  My kids fill their own Easter […] Read more…

Art Month: Harrison and Playing with Colors

I don’t always have the easiest time being the “fun mom.”  Even though that was my dream before I had kids, I find that I’m the more serious type!  But when I get the art supplies out…it helps me earn my “fun mom” badge! Here are a couple of easy art projects that will make […] Read more…

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