Calm, Cool, and Connected- 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life- Review

I’ve got a bit of a dilemma. As a blogger, vlogger, and writer, technology plays a huge role in my life. Every day I spend hours upon hours on my laptop working, marketing, and interacting with those looking for homeschooling advice.

As a mom of 11, I find this very. very. draining.

You could say I’ve got a bit of an aversion to technology. You’d think that would make it easy for me to limit the time I spend on my phone and computer, but no. I get pulled in just like so many other people.

Did you ever notice that there’s always one more notification to check? One more email to respond to? And one more blog post to read? Before you know it, your “quick check-in on social media” turns into a 3-hour marathon tuning into everything, except for the reason you logged on to begin withContinue reading “Calm, Cool, and Connected- 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life- Review”

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13 Unique Gift Ideas That Inspire Learning

Now that fall’s in full swing, the Christmas season is creeping ever and ever closer. As a mom who tries to be practical in every way, I try to steer clear of presents for my kids that are mere “fluff.” I want their gifts to have substance; I want them to inspire learning, and I want them to last.

Sound like a tall order?

I used to think so, but the other week, some lovely ladies in my Facebook group shared some of the most unique gift ideas I’ve ever come across.

Today I’d like to share them with you. 🙂  Continue reading “13 Unique Gift Ideas That Inspire Learning”

20 Blind Bag Stocking Stuffers for $5 or Less!

As a mom of 11, Christmas shopping can be tricky for me. Since I have so many children to buy for, I have to make sure that:

a. The gifts are affordable, and

b. They’re something that my kids will actually play with.

In the past, I strictly stuck to items from the dollar store for stocking stuffers. The problem was that, while they were only $1, they always ended up either getting broken, lost, or thrown away within a week after Christmas was over.

Not a good feeling.  Continue reading “20 Blind Bag Stocking Stuffers for $5 or Less!”

Inspire Your Kids to Write with Basic Invite Stationery

To those who know anything about me, I have made it no secret that I try to incorporate writing into my children’s lives in as natural a manner as possible. I’ll admit that sometimes it isn’t easy. After all, they’re kids, and sometimes anything that looks like “work” to them is going to make them protest just a bit.  Continue reading “Inspire Your Kids to Write with Basic Invite Stationery”

Teach Your Active Preschoolers About God in a Way That Impacts Them!

As a Christian mom, it is my responsibility to raise my children to know what the Bible says and what it doesn’t. 

I often have conversations with fellow believers who describe their family devotion time as peaceful, loving, and holding everyone’s attention perfectly- even the family dog. 😛

I’ve got news for you. That’s not my family. My littles are a force to be reckoned with. Yes, they need to learn obedience. Yes, they need to learn reverence. But I can’t help but ardently believe that God gave these children energy for a reason, and by George, I think we need to use that energy for His glory and not squash it out of them.  Continue reading “Teach Your Active Preschoolers About God in a Way That Impacts Them!”

Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson- Review

Have you ever imagined a world parallel to our own? A world in which whimsy and magic are as commonplace as electricity is to us?

Such a place can be found in Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson. The second installment in a fanciful seriesJorie and the Gold Key picks up where the first book, Jorie and the Magic Stonesleft off.  Continue reading “Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson- Review”

How to Keep Your Sanity When You’re a Mom of Many

The Most CRUCIAL Thing I’ve Learned as a Mom of 11!

I love being a mom of many. It’s that simple. The funny thing is, when I try to tell someone that, they often look at me like I have a third eye. Inevitably, this question always comes up sooner rather than later:

How can you have that many children without going a little insane?

I can’t blame them. Our oldest was an only child for 5 1/2 years, and I remember what used to run through my mind whenever I saw a family with a large number of children.  Continue reading “How to Keep Your Sanity When You’re a Mom of Many”

The Most Counterintuitive Piece of Parenting Advice You’ll Ever Receive

Not looking forward to your kids’ summer vacation? Read on. This simple advice just may surprise you.

As summer break begins or quickly approaches, it’s quite common to hear parents stressed out over this additional time with their kids. Not being acclimated to having their kids home all day, summertime and other school breaks can often be a great source of anxiety for people who just aren’t used to having their kids around all the time.  Continue reading “The Most Counterintuitive Piece of Parenting Advice You’ll Ever Receive”

How to Find One-on-One Time When You’re a Mom of Many

Other than being a wife, being a mom of many is my favorite thing in the world. There’s just nothing like a house full of laughter, noise, and…yes, clutter.

One of the drawbacks of having this number of kids (11 for those who don’t know…) is the number of times I’ve had people insinuate that they feel sorry for my kids because I must never get time alone with them.  Continue reading “How to Find One-on-One Time When You’re a Mom of Many”

7 Reasons School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids

Last week I published the second of two posts listing the many reasons that I believe homeschooling is better than school.

So, it should come as no surprise to you when I say that, unlike many other homeschooling families, my kids do not have the option of going to school. (At least until they go to college.)

One of the beauties of homeschooling is the freedom for each family to do what is best for them, so I am not in any way denigrating homeschooling parents who always keep the possibility of school on the table. I used to feel the same way. In fact, I actually did send my kids back to school for two years, so maybe that’s why I’m so adamant now about not doing it ever again.  Continue reading “7 Reasons School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids”