Friday Five: links, hacks, and more

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Every Most Fridays at Simply Convivial, I post a 5-point quick-take about our week. I thought I’d do something similar over here, but with a life and link focus instead of a homeschooling focus.

Enjoy!

1. Formative Fundamentals

A quote on time management to mull over for the weekend.

The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness. – Michal de Montaigne

This wise cheerfulness is not a bury-your-head-in-the-sand variety, but one that comes because our eyes are fixed ahead and our hopes are pinned on our ultimate goal. With that perspective, we become able to cheerfully bear however God takes us to that destination He has in store for us: His glory, Heaven.

2. Feasible Feat

A quick hack to move into next week more prepared.

As you approach a new school year, whether your kids are going to be heading out the door on time with a packed lunch every day (no small feat!) or whether you’re homeschooling and having to show up with your A game every morning, keeping a brain dump notebook at hand can do much to quell the rising panic feeling that comes when all the details of all the things start beating down.

Keep a notebook or scrap paper close at hand, and write down all the details, information, and ideas that come your way. You’ll feel less like you’re drowning if you keep it all written down on paper than if you try to keep it in your head, even if you don’t turn it into a perfectly organized system.

Start your brain dump now with my free guide with prompts and instructions
to get you decluttering your mind today!

3. Family Food

I had cooked up extra ground beef one night, and I was going to make burritos with it, but then we ended up using a freezer meal one night which was tortilla-based and using tortillas to eat with the crockpot roast the next day, so I didn't want to do a third tortilla meal in a row.
So here's what I did: I made a pot of rice with some canned diced tomatoes as part of the liquid, and also stirred in some taco seasoning. Then when that was cooked, I stirred in the beef and some more diced tomatoes. My pot was not quite large enough to hold it all at this point, so I moved it to a casserole dish and topped it with cheese. Because it was hot, I used the microwave to melt the cheese on top rather than putting it in the oven. It was a quick and simple and delicious meal, and half of it is left! So I covered the dish and stuck it in the freezer with these instructions: Thaw. Stir in cooked beans. Top with cheese.

4. Fun Feed

I did a Periscope video this week on paying children for chores.
Find more replays and the related links on my Periscope watch page.

5. Favorite Finds

Links you should know about.

Plain Cooking: Surviving Morning Time and More

Okay. I have some strategies for you to cope with morning sickness, and some tips. With my admittedly scant experience and surveys of truly morning sick friends, this post will help. The main issue is how to feel a little better; but also, how to feed everyone when you feel lousy. The solution to this two-horned problem: Plain Cooking.
I adopted plain cooking when I was in the midst of pregnancy and small child life and I haven't looked back since. Leila's advice is always worth listening to. If you aren't already subscribed to Like Mother Like Daughter, make sure and do that while you're there.

Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More.

It can be tempting to blame failure on a lack of willpower or a scarcity of talent, and to attribute success to hard work, effort, and grit.
It's worth the time it takes to set ourselves up for success by simply setting the scene. This is a good reminder before we head into a new fall routine.

So You Think You've Failed?

I am a failure. No, I'm not attempting to be melodramatic, just brutally honest. Here we are, having almost survived another school year, and instead of looking back at how far we've come, how much we've grown, and how successful we've been, the past month has provided my husband and me ample opportunities to see the ways in which we've failed.
This isn't a homeschooling post. It's about the realities of life we all face, and the place we've all been at one point or another (like, pretty much most days). If you've ever felt bad because you haven't met your goals or kept your plans, you need to read this post.

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