Author: felipsha

Simple Steps to Managing your Time

Managing our Time, so we have time to Live!

There are so many things calling my name! Hockey lessons for the boys, homeschool conventions, homeschooling, hanging with friends, writing, dates with the hubs, and so many more. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Having eight children definitely stretches my time and forces me to manage it well or miss out on life’s wonderful moments. […]

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Stress free mealtimes. Enjoy these moments.

Stress-free Mealtimes: Moments to Enjoy not Dread

I love the idea of a beautifully set table, a full spread of delicious food and encouraging conversation. Can you picture it? A stress free meal where we enjoy the company of our children. But then I open my eyes and the baby is standing in his high chair, the 4 year old has food […]

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homemade gifts for Christmas that won't break the bank.

Homemade Gifts for Christmas

In a Homemade Christmas I told you about our family tradition of homemade gifts among siblings. Now let’s see what the year 2018 brought at the Johnson house. Wooden Blocks These sets of wooden blocks are such an easy, cheap, and fun addition to any boys room. The baby received painted wooden blocks from the […]

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budgeting with google sheets

Budgeting with Google Sheets

This is the last part of my google series. Be sure to check out Lesson Planning and Menu Planning with Google Docs. We can’t lesson plan or menu plan without money, right?! So let’s talk about budgeting with Google Sheets. Gone are the days of a simple checkbook ledger. In a household of ten, budgeting […]

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Homeschool lesson planning with google docs

Lesson Plans with Google Docs

Lesson plans are an integral part of homeschooling.  Lesson plans are a necessary part of homeschooling. I actually love writing lesson plans. I’m weird. I love administrative tasks and crave organization. Who’s with me?  I’ve tried so many printed and digital lesson planning sheets to finally just settle on creating my own on Google Docs. […]

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Meal planning with Google Docs

Meal Plan with Google Docs

We interrupt this Christmas spirit for some real life. We still gotta eat! I know we have all been focused on Christmas parties, Christmas food, Christmas presents, and Christmas decorating, but we still gotta eat! And during this busy season it’s nice to know I have meals covered. No surprises at 5:00pm! All my subscribers […]

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Homemade Christmas

Homemade Christmas

I’m not huge on the secular, materialistic side of Christmas, but I do love to give gifts to those I love. Coming from a small single income, we began a homemade Christmas tradition early in our marriage. I began making my children homemade gifts instead of store bought toys when the oldest were just little […]

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Best Gift Lists for Everyone on your List

Christmas is upon us and the pressure to wrap gifts and fill stockings has arrived. So here are ten gift lists that will feed your creative juices and not fill your homes with clutter! Non-Toy Gift Lists Check out the following blogs for terrific, non-toy gift lists. Sometimes we just have too many toys and […]

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Why I'm thankful for homeschooling

Why I’m Thankful for Homeschooling

Thanksgiving conjures up gratitude with “30 days of thankfulness” posts, words of gratefulness said over turkey and dressing, and a gentle reminder to just say “thank you.” We should be thankful year round, but Thanksgiving is that time of year we tend to be more intentional. As I’m reflecting on all the reasons I’m thankful […]

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Homeschooling with Company

The holidays are near and with that brings friends and family together! As great as this is, sometimes we struggle to keep up with our homeschooling with company around. Unlike public school kids, we can’t send the kids to school while we prepare for their arrival and entertain guests. Homeschooling must go on! Every year […]

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