Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping Trip

If you missed my Facebook live, here is a recap on my menu plan and shopping trip for this week! Even if you saw it, this will be here for you to easily come back to and reference.

Meal Planning

Meal planning is my number one tip for saving money on groceries. That, and shopping at Aldi! We love Aldi and I am so glad that there is one close to us. I don’t have to clip coupons or compare prices. It is rare for me to find something cheaper at Walmart or Kroger. Also, we eat almost every meal at home. So, 7 people, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week on a budget of $200. I think I do okay! 🙂 I eat to be healthy not skinny, so you won’t find a perfect meal plan here, just real life of a homeschool mom of 5 who wants to stay sane. Read More

are you making time or excuses?

If you want to do something, you make time for it. If you don’t, you say, “I wish I could!” then make excuses.

I say I can’t give more, but I’m happy to treat myself to a cup of coffee or lunch from Panera. I make the excuse that what I spend on those things isn’t enough to give. But if we saved our $5 from getting coffee every day from just Monday to Friday, we’d have $25 a week to give. If math isn’t your strong point, that’s $100 a month! You can’t tell me $100 a month wouldn’t have an impact on someone in need!

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my quiet time {summer blessing giveaway!}

my quiet time {summer blessing giveaway!}

My quiet time is really important to me. As a homeschooling mama, I like having the quiet of the morning to get myself ready for dealing with the day and any attitudes one of my five children may bring with them when they walk down the stairs for breakfast. I don’t have a consistent “how” in the way that I enjoy my quiet time, but there is always a cup of coffee involved! I’ve been asked in the past if Greg and I study the Bible together. The answer is– yes and no. We study individually, but at some point during the day usually discuss what we are learning. It is very edifying to hear what the Spirit is teaching my husband through his own time in the Word! Read More

misconceptions of homeschoolers

Last week, I was hanging out with a fellow homeschool mom and we got to discussing misconceptions people have about homeschoolers. I want to share this with you because whether you homeschool or not, you most likely come into contact with a homeschooling family. It is quite possible that you, yourself, are guilty of some of these self-imposed ideas you place on homeschooling families. The following misconceptions can lead to frustrations as a homeschool mom: some of them make us feel like we can’t be real, while others just make us shake our heads. Read More

don’t be a chicken! {have ‘the talk’ with your children}

don’t be a chicken! {have ‘the talk’ with your children}

“The talk.” Sometimes most parents seem to dread having with their children. Depending on how you were raised, sex may have been a very taboo topic. You might have been told how bad it is or not to do it before you were married or you’ll get pregnant. Possibly, your parents never even had ‘the talk’ of any kind with you and just figured you would find out on your own. Mayne you had the ‘birds and bees’ conversation. No matter how you were raised, now that you are a parent you have a responsibility to talk about sex with your children. Don’t be a chicken! I’m not going to leave you stranded here, so stick with me! Read More

children, don’t exasperate your parents

children, don’t exasperate your parents

Don’t you wish the Bible included the clause “Children, don’t exasperate your parents!” right after it says “Fathers, don’t exasperate your children”? I know I do! Just the other day, Aliyah, our almost 6 year old, was asking me one question in a million different ways. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. If you’ve ever had a 5 year old, you know what I’m talking about! I just looked at Greg and said, “Why doesn’t the Bible say ‘Children, don’t exasperate your parents’?” Read More

Strong over Skinny

Strong over Skinny

Once upon a time there was a girl. Dealing with disappointment, comparison to other women, unmet expectations, feeling the need to keep the eyes of her husband (because let’s face it, he’s pretty cute and other women think so too!), this girl turned to Dr.Google for losing weight. She learned if she worked out and cut calories, she could lose some pounds.

And so she did. She worked out with one of the most popular fitness professionals via DVD. She used My Fitness Pal to track every bite of food that went into her mouth. She could eat less during the day to splurge on dessert that night and still stay within her calorie range. Guess what? She lost weight. She thought she had found her value and worth by being skinny again. While not pre-pregnancy weight, it was the least she had weighed since having kids and well, that felt good to her.

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Kiss It Goodbye!

Summer is upon us. Well, at least here in Georgia it is! My children are daily asking if we can go swimming because it’s “SOOOOOO hot!!!!!” If you are anything like me, you’re not the mom who likes to play in the pool – let alone get in a bathing suit. No, this is not about telling you to get in the pool with your children. Mine are just as happy knowing I’m there to watch them jump, slide, do cannonballs, and splash me while I’m on the sidelines! But this summer, I’ve decided to wage war against guilt and body-shaming. I’m starting first by kissing my scale goodbye. Read More

5 Things I Love About Homeschooling

5 Things I Love About Homeschooling

This week has been full of challenges. Between exhaustion from adrenal fatigue and discipline issues, it’s been rough. Homeschooling isn’t always easy. I often feel in a constant state of evaluation. This week has shown me that there some things that we could be doing better and more efficiently. I’ve been sharing some of my struggles with a  friend, and she encouraged me to write down 5 things I love about homeschooling.

And so I did. Read More