How We Feed Our Family of 8 For Less Then $200 A Week

There has been quite a bit of interest in how we manage to feed our large family of 8 for less then $200 a week eating mostly organic. I mean can you imagine how much our family eats, we have almost 4 teenagers that work out in the gym at least 3 days a week. 2 of them work many hours during the week. So I'm sure you can imagine how much food has to be cooked at every meal for everyone to leave the table full. Today I am going to share my menu's for the next 5 weeks and the shopping lists I … [Read more...]

Our Homeschool Library and Where To Find Cheap Books

So I have already given you a tour of where we do our school each day, and a look into what curriculum we use in our homeschool. Today I am going to give you a look into our homeschool library. I have to admit that this is one area I have a little bit of an obsession  ;-) ! You see I cannot pass up a good book, especially when it is really cheap. Since there are so many good books out there we own a ton of books in our homeschool library. Our Homeschool Library Our books are split … [Read more...]

Absolutely wonderful, unique, and mobile Lego storage idea

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who's kids love Lego bricks and who struggles finding room for Lego storage. With all the gifts that come every year with 6 kids we have accumulated many, many Lego sets over the years. For a couple years some of the kids have asked for ONLY Lego's for Christmas and birthdays. While we are very picky with what toys come into the house, Lego sets are something that get used over and over almost daily they are played with many hours every week. They are … [Read more...]

Great Homeschool Organization and Storage Ideas

It has been a couple years since we have shared what our homeschool room looks like. The reason for this is that, even though we have an area in our basement that we can devote to a school room, we never use it. At this time the kids sit at the kitchen table or on the couch. Serena does school up in her room, away from the noise of us teaching younger ones using hands on methods. Since we decided to no longer do school in our school room, it has since then turned into a homeschool storage … [Read more...]

How We Store our Monthly Food

As I stated the other day I am going to give you a look into just how we store a months worth of food for 8 people. Like I also stated before we do things differently this time of year because we do not get our fruits and veggies from the farmers market anymore which means there is a lot more things in my freezer then normal. We also freeze strawberry jam and cut strawberries every year which equals about 100lbs of strawberries we prepare. We freeze corn and zucchini as well so our freezers are … [Read more...]

Monthly Meal Planning ~ This Months Menus and Questions Answered

I recently shared a photo of our monthly Costco shopping trip over on Instagram. I had a request for this months menu as well as a lot of questions. I thought there are probably others who have the same questions so I am just addressing them all on the blog in 1 spot. At the very bottom of this post you will find our menu's for the month, as well as links on how to do your own monthly meal planning. This includes making the list, putting it to a menu, shopping, and making our monthly meals. If … [Read more...]

Monthly Freezer Crock Pot Meals

Welcome back to another day of crock pot freezer meals for a month. I have covered a bunch of different topics already in this series. I have covered an overview of the series, menu planning for a month of freezer crock pot meals, grocery list making and shopping for an entire month of freezer meals, and yesterday I shared some of the tips and ideas on what to prepare in advance for monthly freezer cooking. Today I am going to be sharing what the day of meal cooking looks like in our … [Read more...]

Preparing for Monthly Freezer Cooking

Welcome to my Monthly Freezer cooking and planning series. So far I have covered topics about planning as well as list making/shopping for a month. Today I am going to give you some tips for ways we make our freezer cooking day easier. I'm sure we will continue to learn more as time goes on, but after doing it years ago and doing it once again during this busy season in our lives these tips have been crutial for us to get all of our tasks accomplished. Things We Do In Advance There are … [Read more...]

List Making and Shopping For A Month

Welcome back to the third day of our monthly crock pot freezer meals planning series. Yesterday I shared how to make your meal plans for monthly freezer cooking, today I am going to be sharing how I make my shopping list for a months worth of groceries for our family of 8. We do some things a little differently then most people probably do, which makes going to the store regularly a little less of a necessity. All of our poultry and certain fruits, veggies, organic flour/coffee and more … [Read more...]

Monthly Freezer Crock Pot Meal Planning

Welcome to our first in depth post of how we monthly freezer crock pot meal planning and cooking series! Yesterday I shared an overview of the steps I plan on sharing during this series. The last day of the series I plan on answering your questions, so please comment on any of the posts, on Pinterest on any of the series pins, or over on our Instagram. Today I am going to give you an in depth look into what monthly meal planning looks like in our house of 8. For MANY years now we have … [Read more...]