Homekeeping takes a team – build yours!

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When you stare at the laundry piles in the bedrooms, the dirty dish stacks on the counters, the crumb accumulations across the floors, homekeeping can feel impossible, especially as a one-woman endeavor. It seemed like it’d be so easy, but most of us come to the place of realizing that we’d flunk out of Homemaking 101, if there was such a thing. We desperately want to organize our lives, to be happy moms, to actually finish something for once and … Read More

How to enjoy being a stay-at-home-mom

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Do you enjoy being a stay-at-home mom? It’s easy to feel discouraged and undervalued, but our feelings – our attitudes – are under our control. It’s not impossible to be a happy mom, even when the little things accumulate into heavy, oppressive things. When the laundry basket – and hamper – are overflowing, the children are crying, dinner needs to be made, and you feel like you haven’t had a thought without an interruption all day – then what do … Read More

How to organize thoughts

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If you’ve wondered how to organize your life, you’ve probably also wondered how to organize thoughts about your life. If you’ve ever tried to be a more happy mom, then maybe you’ve realized how important your thoughts are to shaping your life – or at least your perception of your life. Even our thoughts – especially our thoughts – need to be organized. Let’s dig in and figure out how to make that happen. A mind is a terrible thing … Read More

5 Things I Learned in July

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July just whizzed right by – like most months, I suppose. But it’s good to pause and see what the big takeaways are from the month. 1. Constitutions 18 years after 18 differ. My husband and I celebrated our 18th anniversary in July. He asked for and received permission to take me out just before my 18th birthday (those swing dance lessons at 16 definitely were not dates). When we would go out to eat before we were married and … Read More

Beat perfectionism with iteration – Get Organized #5

Perfectionism slows us down and prevents us from making real, meaningful progress. If you want to know how to organize your life, know that one of the first things you have to do is overcome perfectionism. Perfectionism paralyzes our organization attempts. We need strategies for beating perfectionism so we get organize life and get things done. Iteration, or iterating plans, is how I beat my own perfectionist tendencies. If you’re a recovering perfectionist, this strategy will end your procrastination as … Read More

Get organized at home – #1 Shift your mindset

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The podcast is back, better than ever! Let’s kick it off again with a 5 episode special on how to get organized at home. If you want to know how to organize your life, this is how you get started. You can listen to the podcast version or watch the YouTube version or read the post – however you like to get your tips and tricks delivered. When you’re ready to dig deeper and get these steps established in your … Read More

The Importance of a Sense of Humor

A sense of humor is mandatory if we want to escape or recover from homeschool burnout, or even simple motherhood burnout. A homeschool lifestyle requires our attention – and the attention we give our kids will either be critical or humorous. Which do you think will be more effective? Let’s look at how to cultivate our sense of humor. A sense of humor connects us Science has proven it. Laughing together, sharing a joke, being amused at the same thing … Read More

2019-2020 School Year Plan for First Grade (with the youngest!)

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Again with the pesky grade levels. Geneva will be seven in November, and although she would be entering first grade if she were entering school, at home she’s in first-and-a-half grade. Just one more reason to love homeschooling. Math Geneva is already nearly finished with the first Math-U-See book and will likely finish Beta this school year, too. So I have Beta and Gamma ready on the shelf for her. Finishing Beta isn’t a goal I have for her – … Read More

5 Things I Learned in June

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Well, we’re more than half done with July, but I still want to share the 5 things I learned in June. 1. Internet-free vacations are a beautiful thing. Well, our 8-day June vacation was nearly internet-free. My phone was always in my pocket as a camera, but we were out of range for our budget phone plan most of the time – which was quite alright with us. We took a road trip with my in-laws in our 12-passenger van … Read More

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