Simple Ways to Have Kids Help Around the Home

As a parent, we wear so many different hats. One day, you’re a teacher, the next day, you may be a seamstress…Seriously, each and every day that you wake up, you have no idea the skillsets that you’re going to be using. Exciting? Yes. Exhausting? Of course. The one constant that never seems to change on a daily basis around the home? The need for the house to be picked up and cleaned.   When you really stop and think about it, the amount of clutter and dirt that can form inside the four wall of your home is truly Continue Reading...

Ideas For How To Homeschool Without A Classroom

Having a homeschool classroom at home is one of those spaces that many parents feel is a must when wanting to start homeschooling. It makes sense, right? It’s an area that is separate from the other aspects of the home and allows for you and your children to really concentrate on the curriculum at hand. But what happens when you just don’t have that extra space in your home to have an entirely separate homeschool classroom? It happens, but it shouldn’t be something that deters you. There are plenty of ways to homeschool in other areas of the home or locations Continue Reading...

30+ Quick Meal Ideas For Families

If there is anything I know I am regularly looking for as a mom of many, it is not only healthy but also quick meal ideas. Between having 6 kids of my own and then adding some days 8 daycare kids in the mix some nights I can plan to have a monthly freezer meal to make, but some nights for one reason or another, it just doesn’t happen. So having some great ideas to quickly whip up are always such a blessing for us. Well they are also a money saver as well, since the alternative is going out Continue Reading...

Being Inspired To Do What You Love

This post was sponsored by Twinings of London in partnership with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. However, all opinions are the honest opinions of my children or myself. We only share products that we truly love and use with our followers. Read our full disclosure for more information. I truly feel that we go through different stages of life. During each of those stages, we have different passions we are meant to pursue. During the stage that I’m in right now in my life, I believe that teaching my children while showing them love as well as for the Continue Reading...

Balancing a Job and Homeschooling Your Children

Over in the Sonlight Facebook page, I have often seen people asking how people can balance a job and homeschool their children. While I realize that it can be challenging, it isn’t quite as hard of a task to do as you might imagine. I have been running a daycare for many months now, and homeschooling our 5 children. Let me tell you it is exhausting, but it sure can be done. I can imagine it wouldn’t be much different for any job either inside or outside the house either. Sometimes in your life, you need to add in a Continue Reading...

Why Our Big Family Loves Sonlight

When you have a big family working on the logistics of your homeschool is pretty important. We have used many different homeschool curriculums over the years. Grouping as many of the kids together is something that we found out is really important to our homeschool running smoothly…  Well and also to keep my sanity. Which means many of those curriculums we have tried over the years did not work very well for us. When we started using Sonlight curriculum I was slightly concerned about having enough time to teach all the kids. There is quite a bit of teacher involvement Continue Reading...

Homeschool Management During The Holidays You Need To Know

We have been homeschooling our 6 blessings for the last 13 years now. Deciding our homeschool management during the holidays is something that I decide at the beginning of our school year. I think making sure that the holidays are as less stressful as possible is very important. I want everyone to make fun and happy memories not be stressed out with everything going on. Our homeschool has changed drastically over the years and even from year to year. Some years we have little ones underfoot, other years we have 6-8 hours of therapy a week to balance in, some Continue Reading...

How We Manage Screen Time

I have discussed in a previous post just why we don’t have cable and why we’re much happier without it. In that post you can read what we use instead of cable. Today I am going to share with you how we manage screen time in our home. Now I’m not here to judge anyone, or say our way is the right way and yours is wrong. How ever you choose to mange screen time in your house is completely up to you and that is one thing I’m greatful for is that we all have the freedom to choose Continue Reading...

50+ DIY Natural Cleaning Products For A Non Toxic Home

As time goes on we have been slowly working on taking toxic chemicals out of our cleaning supplies and making our own natural cleaning products. Not only is it healthier for our family, often times it saves us money in the long run as well. Depending on what type of cleaners you are using there can be an array of toxic chemicals. Many of these chemicals have been linked to serious health problems such as cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive problems, among others. In studies 90% of dust samples taken from homes have been found to contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals Continue Reading...

Why We Don’t Have Cable and We Are Much Happier Without It

Shortly after moving into our house 9 years ago, my husband and I decided that we wanted to lower our monthly bills. In order to do this we decided that our cable was one of the things we could cut and we would be saving quite a bit of money in doing so. Yes that means that we don’t have cable and haven’t for the last 9 years. We are much happier without it too. Not only would it save us money, but we have been quite appalled at the things that were starting to be on cable television. We Continue Reading...

The Age Old Question… How Do You Do It All?

There are so many questions other parents have asked me over the years. After 12 years of homeschooling 6 children and over 18 years parenting some pretty great kids, I sure have learned a lot along the way, often times the hard way 😉 . While I surely don’t claim to know everything, here is a look into the age old question I get all the time, how you do it all? Lets start with me giving away my #1 secret, I don’t do everything, I can’t do everything. Once you realize that you are not Superwoman you will be Continue Reading...

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, plus 6 daycare kids. 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 Continue Reading...