Large family room by room series kitchen

Hello everyone.  Hope your day is going well.  Yesterday’s video was supposed to include this with it, but after realizing my video was too long, I had to chop it.  Thus the reason for not starting out with a “real” introduction on this video:)  I apologize.  But it at least has how we do our kitchen.  Enjoy your day and the video!

Large family room by room living room/dining room

Hello! Hope your all having a great week!  I decided to redo my room by room and make it work correctly.  My camera wasn’t working like I wanted it to, so now that I have that straightened around, I can continue my series.  Here is the first one of how we do our home in a large family.  Be blessed!

2017 Reader Award from Practical Homeschooling PLUS a new book!

This past year was my first year of advertising in a National Homeschooling Magazine.  I wanted to help reach out to a bigger audience then I could do from my little corner of the mountains and I felt through  a print magazine was the way to do it.

Through this endeavor I have met many more people and have been able to share my free curriculum to others who cannot afford it or who want a more simpler approach to homeschooling.

Anyways….to say all of that I was so excited to see that I had won a 2017 Readers Choice Awards from Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

This award is voted upon by the readers and I was so excited to hear that my home economics series  was nominated a few months back and then to find out that I had won a part in that, is exciting!!!

            

Since this is a readers choice awards I would like to be able to offer a way of saying thank you.  Most of my readers may have my home economics books or you have already been through the free course of the books here on my blog.  I thought I would offer something different.  I have been busy working on a new book this past month and I would like to offer it to you for only $5 through the month of March.  This book retails on Amazon for $20 and as an ebook normally for $10.

This book includes everything that I do as a homemaker in my large family home.  It has over 340 pages and  is packed full of systems, routines, inventory, lists, ideas, tips, recipes, etc.  You name it, I thought of it!

Everything that anyone needs to know on how to set up a home for the first time or how to simplify your home and make it work.  I’ve shared all of my tips and how I have made it work in our large family of 12!  The concepts are the same whether you have no children or you have 15.  Simplify your approach to homemaking and build it piece by piece!

Hope you enjoy and spread the news………..only $5 for a limited time!!!

Be blessed and have a wonderful rest of your week!

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Family meal time

Meal times should be a time of peace and not chaos.  We have had to work many times over the years to train our children in the “fine art of table manners.”  This is  a time that we consistently help them work at being able to sit at a table for a long period of time and be considerate of those around them.

I have a lot of little ones and it gets loud.  Sometimes too loud to want to even eat.  They are constantly all wanting to talk and interrupt each other, so it is a daily reminder to wait their turn.  Things we work towards achieving at each meal:

  1. The loudness factor. Lowering our voices while talking and waiting our turns as to not interrupt.
  2. Chewing with their mouths closed and not talking with food in their mouths.
  3. Not asking for more unless all of their food is eaten on their plate.
  4. Not getting up and getting their own food, asking first.
  5. Taking drinks while eating—they could go a whole meal and not drink.
  6. Asking the host, if they may be excused before leaving the table—we are working on this 🙂

Now that the second group of children are getting older, we like to work at having conversations around the table.  This is something that  maybe everyone does already, but in our home, it is more of eat and keep moving kind of time.  When the older set was younger we did conversational starters.  You place them in a jar and during meal time, reach in and grab a “starter” and everyone gets a chance to respond.

As a family, we have gone through our starters many times and now we have new questions to ask each other.

I have two separate question groups, one for the younger and one for the older children.  Print them off and cut them into strips.  Fold them up, and place in a decorative container near your table.  Let someone choose a ‘starter” to get the conversation going for dinner.

This is something that my children look forward to doing at every meal.

Conversation mealtime starters download

Have a blessed day today!

Setting up a cleaning system part 6

If you notice that typically four times during the year we have an extra week in our month.  The 5th week.  Hmmmm, what can we tackle on that day  For myself, that is when I would do my extra annual cleaning.  I don’t like to have to take a week out of the year for my “spring” cleaning.  When springtime rolls around, I want to be outside enjoying the sunshine.  These are the chores that we have under our annual list:

  • vacuum under and behind refrigerator
  • wipe all walls from ceiling to floor
  • clean out heater and cooling vents
  • defrost freezer and wipe out
  • clean behind washer and dryer
  • carpet clean floors
  • clean out basement
  • clean out garage
  • sort through and donate clothing
  • sort through toys and donate
  • sort through household things and donate
  • clean off videos and bookshelves and donate
  • clean out dryer vent
  • clean out fireplace
  • clean inside and outside of windows and sills
  • flip mattresses
  • test fire alarms/smoke detectors

I would divide up the number of chores that you have by four times per year.  Every time that extra week comes around, aim to get that set number of chores done.  If this list is on the wall along with your others, mark off the chores that are completed so that you don’t do them again in the coming months. If you keep it in your household binder, you can just check it off.

Maybe you just want to have that extra week to NOT have to do extra chores, that is fine.  You have to find whatever works for you.  The key is to have a list so that you know what you have to do each year.

Here is a free printable to help you with this task.

Annual jobs completed

Wow can you believe that you have organized all of your cleaning tasks into something tangible that you can actually use?  I know it may seem like a lot, but all you have to do is implement it into your life.  It will be okay if you forget to dust one day during the week.  Know that the following week you will get to it again.

This method or systematization takes time.  It takes time to sit and write everything out.  It takes time to learn to implement and see what works and doesn’t work. As with everything in life, time spent doing things that are important are well worth it in the end.  You want to be able to sit back and relax and enjoy your home don’t you? You want a smooth running home where your husband comes home and can sit at the table and have dinner with his family without all the clutter.  A home where you won’t be afraid if your friend just drops in for lunch. A home you won’t be embarrassed to entertain others in.  A place where your children know what is expected of them and they help contribute to it.  A place that they value and love because they work together to keep it nice.  All this starts with us and our willingness to make our homes a place of peace for our families.

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness

Proverbs 31:27

It is our job to see how our household ways are run.  Why not make it a place that everyone enjoys being part of.

Have a blessed day!