Organize your Home and Homeschool with this Loop Scheduling Workshop

Are you allergic to planning and schedules like I am? I have been through a number of planners and calendars over the last decade, promising from one year to the next that I am going to “get my act together,” only to see my neat little plans unravel before my very eyes. It leaves a mom feeling totally discouraged. Can you relate? I tried a new planning method this year called Loop Scheduling and it has rocked my world. This is the schedule for the mom who hates schedules. What is Loop Scheduling? At the beginning of the 2017 homeschool year, I took a webinar from my good friend Tauna over at The Proverbial Homemaker. Tauna is a busy stay-at-home, … Read more

The Homemaker's Friend 2018 Planner GIVEAWAY

The Homemaker’s Friend 2018 Planner GIVEAWAY {Ends 12/8/2017}

Mama, are you juggling a lot of balls as a homemaker? How do you get it all done?  When you are homeschooling, paying bills, keeping house, and possibly even working from home on top of it all, it is enough to make any woman feel like she is losing her mind. We need to stop being just busy and start being more productive! You need a friend to help carry a bit of the load for you. The Homemaker’s Friend 2018 Planner can be that tool you need to help you get organized and focused in your homemaking. With its very practical and uniquely designed tools, you will find it is indeed a helpful friend during your day! Weekly Planning … Read more

5 Ways to Declutter Your Schedule

5 Ways to Declutter Your Schedule: Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive!

I joke that my days are fueled on coffee, stress, and the grace of God, but honestly, that isn’t too far from the truth. I find myself rarely feeling content to just be still because my mind is always racing to the next thing on the list. If I am sitting with my husband in the evenings, I am thinking about how messy the house is. If I am homeschooling the kids, I am obsessing over all that needs to be completed at work. When I am working at home, I feel guilty because I would rather be with my kids. I do many things, but I never do any of them well, because I am doing too much. As … Read more

How to Create a Method to the Madness that is Homemaking

How to Create a Method for the Madness that is Homemaking

Unrealistic Expectations I was one of those women that always knew that when I had kids, I would be a homemaker.  I definitely had an idealized version in my mind of what a stay at home mom would look like. I was sure that I would keep a tidy house, never yell at the kids, even stay in shape between babies … well, you know the story, life happened.  Trials came, joys overwhelmed, and I am not that little June Cleaver I naively assumed I would be. What about you? Homemaking 101 I definitely could have used a course (or two!) in homemaking.  I am not good at it and I didn’t have very thorough training. Where was that course … Read more

6 Ways to Stress Less as a Mom

6 Ways to Stress Less as a Mom

I am that mom. You know the one that shows up at least ten minutes late to an event, and who rolls in on two wheels because she’s in a hurry. You know the mom who always seems out of breath because she is literally running from one thing to the next. You know the mom who just seems disorganized and frazzled. Yes, I’ve been a mess as a mom, and been so stressed out I could cry in frustration at any given moment. But there came a time a few years ago that I knew I couldn’t go on like that anymore. When I am stressed to the max, I struggle to be the mom and wife God desires me … Read more

Making Your Home a Refuge

Making Your Home A Refuge

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. – 1 Peter 4:9 Hospitality is a very important aspect of making a home a refuge. I have a few practical suggestions that I think you might find helpful.  I am trying to practice these within my own home.  Every family is different, so feel free to find what works for you according to your abilities and needs. Please comment below with any ideas for other mams trying to do the same. Making Goals I think it is important to make a goal of how often you can and will show hospitality. For my family, our goal is every pay period. That would be bi-weekly for us, so every other week, just about. For you, … Read more