• large family logistics,  organization

    Basket System Organization Hack

    I shared a while back over on my YouTube channel (are you subscribed? If not, click here!) about my life changing 3 basket system! It is an organization hack that allows you to be 100 times more efficient at cleaning up, and it will ALSO put your kids in charge of keeping up with their own toys. ALL WITHOUT NAGGING! Seem too good to be true? Think again! The reason this hack works wonders is because it is SUPER easy to implement! With a family of 10, things get left out constantly. We need to have consistent “pick up times” to combat the clutter. Our usual pick up times tend…

  • Homeschooling

    5 Homeschooling Hacks to Make Learning Fun!

    Being that I am a homeschooling mom, teaching my kids is, well, kind of… my job! BUT it can get monotonous sometimes. Today I am going to share with you five easy and seamless tips to keep learning fun and also fit into your daily life. This post contains a giveaway, so make sure you read to the end! This site contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. 1. Cook with your kids. Cooking is something we already have to do three times a day! Include your kids. Cooking is a life skill they will use forever. Do we really need…

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    large family logistics

    Kids’ Birthday Gift Ideas

    Even with a ton of kids, Mike and I sometimes struggle to come up with unique birthday gifts for our children. To make matters more crazy, half of our family’s birthdays fall in a 6 week period in the summer. The last of those birthdays will wrap up next week, so I thought it would be a great time to review some of the gifts we have purchased as well as some others that we have considered. We usually do our shopping on Amazon because, lets be honest, it’s easiest way to shop. I don’t have to put on a bra. It is delivered to my door, and review on…

  • Homeschooling

    Quitting Homeschool?

    I’ve shared informally that my oldest, who is 16, will be attending public school this fall. Many of you were curious why and how we came to this decision. This post will share some of our reasons. AJ is our oldest. He will be 17 at the end of this year. Wow, even typing that seems crazy! This is the same boy I have homeschooled since he was 4. He is almost a legal adult now. Keep in mind, even though I have 8 kids, I am ALWAYS a first time mom with him. We jokingly tell him he is our guinea pig child and, at best, we are winging…

  • crochet pattern baby booties shoes cute
    crochet,  Homemade

    PDF Crochet Pattern – Tie On Baby Booties/Shoes

    I have crocheted baby shoes for over a decade now. I used to sell them locally and via the internet. I LOVE crochet baby shoes, but like ALL other baby shoes – they fell off SO easily… #bummer. I started brainstorming how I could design a beautiful, yet also fully functional, baby shoe that I didn’t have to put back on 13,294 times each hour. After my 5th baby was born I came up with this pattern and successfully used it for each subsequent baby! I honestly don’t think my 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th child ever wore any other shoes for their first 1-1/2 of life. They are THAT…

  • faith,  Home Life,  parenting

    When being a parent sucks…

    When being a parent sucks it totally sucks. I’m not talking about the physical demand of toddler-hood or the sleepless nights of infancy. That stuff is a cakewalk comparatively. It’s watching your older kids find their footing in the world when they choose a hard path. When they stumble but don’t want your help or input. When your council, no matter how high-caliper your experience, is rejected and thrown out like trash. When you remember how ignorant YOUR own parents seemed in your teenage-mind and you KNOW that the rebellious streak that ran through you flows fresh through a child you bore. The part that takes great faith is trusting…

  • printable custom planner homeschool curriculum
    homeschool digital products,  Homeschooling

    Perpetual Homeschool Planner

    AHHHH!!! I am so excited! My perpetual, customizable homeschool planner has launched, and I am so pumped to get it into your hands! It’s the planner I have been using with my large family for years now, and I just know you’re going to LOVE it too! Please note there are TWO versions of this planner. Both are included with your purchase. #frugal  The editable version requires Microsoft Excel to open and edit. The other version is a PDF. Keep in mind you CAN edit PDFs with free PDF editing programs online if you would like an editable planner but do not have Excel. You can purchase it by clicking…

  • life update

    February 24 – March 2, 2019

    What’s up, Farmhouse Family? Last week I shared an ever popular grocery haul, but made some big mess ups… opps! Oh well, can’t win them all, right? I also was tagged to do the “assumptions” video that has been going around YouTube. That was a really fun one to film, and I even had a few visitors toward the end. Keep in mind, too, guys, that YouTube is doing a major “housecleaning” of channels and comments to make it a safer platform for kids. I respect the swift and severe action they are taking, but that does mean that things are a bit wonky right now. Most of my past…

  • Home Cooking

    Berry/Spinach Smoothie Recipe

    This smoothie recipe is such a hit with my whole family even though it gives them a good serving of SPINACH! Yep, nobody is the wiser – I still have to hide when I add the spinach for some of my more picky kids… SHHH, don’t tell them.   I use a vitamix blender to make these smoothies. If you don’t already have one they are AMAZING! I resisted spending the money (they are kind of pricey) for it for YEARS and finally got it as a birthday present for myself a few years ago and it was some of the BEST money ever spent! I got mine on Amazon,…

  • crochet,  Homemade

    FREE Crochet Patterns

    Today I wanted to share a few new crochet patterns with you! They are included in my favorites video and I needed a place to tuck them away on the internet so they could be accessed! They are all my personally designed patterns and I welcome you to share them with your friends and family! Enjoy! This little pattern came about after my niece asked me for a “messy bun hat” when they came into popularity a few Christmases ago. This year my daughter asked for one. I found the notes on my old phone and used them to recreate a SUPER easy and SUPER fast beanie that cradles those…