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    Large Family Home Tour: Bedrooms

    Sleeping arrangements and room assignments in a family our size are topics I get asked a lot about. Room sharing, while something that used to be commonplace, is not as common today in the world of 4 bedroom houses coupled 4 person families. In bigger families or families with small homes room sharing is something that needs some consideration. We have recently changed up our room arrangements and thought we’d share what has worked over the years. In the first video HERE I discuss the evolution our house has been through starting from a 3 bedroom home holding a family of 4 to a 3 bedroom house holding a family…

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    Encouragement to Mom’s in an Overly Critical Culture

    With the aftermath of any tragic news story involving a child I feel like every single parenting decision falls under a highly critical lens of public opinion. Instead of rallying around parents in the aftermath of a tragedy we lie in wait ready to attack every minuscule parenting decision they have every made and then ascertain why it certainly led to the tragedy that ensued and how it could have been avoided if the parents where only more like themselves – perfect. The fact of the matter is we live in a fallen world and some accidents are just that – ACCIDENTS. Some with favorable outcomes. Some with life changing…

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    My Tribe!

    THIS👆🏽. This right here is my #tribe, y’all. My beginning. The people who made me ME! These are the women who have surrounded me and built me up. Mother, grandmother, sister, aunts, cousins. We’ve giggled together, got in our fair share of trouble together and probably fought like the best of them. They have walked along beside me and instilled confidence and boldness deep within my soul. They have encouraged me when I was down and knocked my butt to the ground if I got overly arrogant. And those men: dad, grandpa (although not in this picture as I have been missing him for over 15 years…), brothers, uncles, cousins.…

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    Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara

    Years ago when I was sitting at the stove stirring a batch of my homemade marinara I got to thinking, “Couldn’t this be done in the crock pot?” I figured the least we would be out was one meal if it didn’t work and I’d throw everyone a PBJ and toss the sauce. BUT. IT. WORKED! Beautifully, at that. The sauce turned out great and no stirring and it could be prepared before the dreaded “witching hour” and be ready when we were! SUCCESS! Below is the video tutorial I posted several weeks ago that shows me (yes, barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen – and with a toddler hanging…

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    Baby Buys: Garage Sale!

    I really thought taking 7 kids on a Saturday (sans husband) to a garage sale that was almost over was going to end up in a bust, but BOY was I wrong. I scored some MAJOR deals and was happy to support a local women’s charity. I got 48 pieces of clothing for  TEN dollars, y’all! TEN BUCKS! At that price it makes the clothing work out to be less than $0.21 a piece. Below is a video on what everything I picked up.  

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    Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Rice and “Peas” Recipe

    Mike and I honeymooned in Jamaica and it was amazing. The beaches. The sun. And, YES, the jerk chicken! But finding something even remotely close in the states was a bust. While there is food truck in our area that serves amazing Caribbean cuisine it is pricey for all 9 of us to eat. Not to mention having to go 30 minutes to go get it. (Because it takes 20-30 minutes to get ANYWHERE when you live out here!) So here is my favorite go-to Jamaican jerk recipe complete with rice and “peas”. I say “peas” and not just peas because traditionally that is what the dish is called but the…

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    Baby Buys – Consignment Clothes

    I had a little credit at my local consignment shop and decided to pick up a couple of things for baby Cypress. Here is the price break down on what I spent: Onsies (6): Rock Star – $1.00 Orange striped – $1.00 Illini football – $2.00 Pirate – $1.00 Little Man with a Big Plan – $4.00 Older chicks – $1.00 Subtotal: $10 Shorts: Jean – $3.00 Blue/orange plaid – $3.00 Aqua/black plaid – $3.00 Subtotal: $9 Polos: Car – $2.00 Boats – $3.00 Subtotal: $5.00 Sleepers: Blue sleepsack – $3.00 White/sports – $1.00 Blue baseball/#27 – 2.00 Subtotal: $6.00 One piece outfits: Carters blue/navy striped – $4.00 Brown/orange striped…

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    Time Lapse of Our Large Family Homeschool Morning

    Ever want to be a fly on the wall for a day of homeschooling in a large family? Well, it is your lucky day! The below attached video is a time lapse of our morning homeschool for our growing family of 9 (almost 10) with children aged 13, 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1, and I am due with #8 in August.  I hope you enjoy!

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    Grocery Haul and Menu (5-11-2016)

    Our weekly grocery haul: Aldis: $184.26 Meijer: $71.85 Total: $256.11 Detailed Price Breakdown:   Weekly Dinner Menu: Dinner 1: Salmon fillets, roasted asparagus (from the garden), rice and salad Dinner 2: Eating out to celebrate my dad’s birthday Dinner 3: Jamaican jerk chicken, Jamaican rice and peas and salad Dinner 4: Bacon cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato and onion, baked beans, salad and corn Dinner 5: Fettuccine Alfredo with peas and salad Dinner 6: Subs with meat, cheese, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, banana pepper, bell pepper and mayo, yogurt and fruit and probably some crackers Dinner 7: (our one meal Sunday): Chili with cornbread or grilled cheese and salad

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    Blue Ribbon Point System

    Above is a short explanation of our Blue Ribbon Point system. It is used to reinforce positive behavior in our homeschool, but it would be easy to adapt to a family that does not homeschool as well. Feel free to download the printable below and use them in your own home/homeschool! BLUE RIBBON PRINTABLE I simply printed these out on cardstock on my inkjet printer and laminated them with my laminator. After cutting them apart I store them in a pencil box like this. (This link contains affiliate links)