Hospitality in Your Homeschool

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Hospitality is the relationship between the guest and the host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. Specifically, this includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. Wikipedia



I got the idea for Frienday from my friend, Cassie.
Having friends over for lunch and letting the kids tear up the house er…socialize.

It was great fun.

  • 12 Kids (ages 2-16)
  • 3 Mom’s
  • 2 loaves of bread
  • 5 cans of tuna
  • 3 bags of chips
  • 10 oranges
  • multiple red plastic cups with names written in Sharpie
  • Memories made

If you know me at all you know this was out of my comfort zone.

I don’t do girlfriends well.

I surely don’t do them at my house. With their kids. In the middle of the longest.winter.ever. (read they would be inside. All 12 of them)

It was a HUGE success. At least us moms thought so. We fed the kids then kicked them outside in their socks snow clothes to play.

We chatted. Jumped from one topic to another, never really finishing a thought, yet covering many. We enjoyed the fellowship with other homeschool moms.


Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

There is something about sharing a meal with fellow believers. Now, this wasn’t a quiet, lets sit and have tea, moment. I mean, there were 12 kids. We were HIGHLY outnumbered.

But we were moms. We ‘got it.’  It was OK that we were interrupted  a gazillion times for potty breaks or help with mittens.

We, as moms, are in this battle together. We are on the front lines while our devoted husbands are out working so we can stay home and homeschool. Sometimes we need reinforcements from others that understand us. That have been where we are.


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Katey K (14 Posts)

Mama Kautz is a self proclaimed Jesus Freak. She drinks her coffee iced, even in winter. She is a Patriot who writes about her homesteading and prepping journey, with teens, and a touch of their homeschool lifestyle. Married to The Principal, they live on 5 acres in North Idaho where she enjoys the simple life and watching her chickens.

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It’s Almost Here..the Countdown Begins!

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Did you know we are just-around-the-corner from nominating time? Seriously… look at the current time line:

  • Oct 8—Nominations Begin <<<Hey friends, that’s MONDAY!
  • Oct 12—Vendor Registration Closes (no new prizes will be added after this date)
  • Oct 22—Nominations End
  • Nov 2—Public Voting Begins
  • Nov 16—Voting Ends
  • Nov 19—Winners Announced

Is your blog ready for the traffic you’ll get? Are all your side bars updated and lined up nice and pretty? This is going to be so much fun!

Now pay close attention to this next item I’m going to remind you about.

There’s a category called “NEW Homeschool Blogger” and if you’re a new homeschol blogger you can still add your button to the Welcome Wagon.  Here’s why you’ll want to do this… because many people don’t know who’s NEW to the homeschool blogosphere. Be sure to submit your link and button there so people will know who to nominate!

Oh man, you’re not going to want to miss out on this homeschool extravaganza! Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a thing!


This yearly homeschool event draws in homeschool bloggers (and readers) from all over the globe! Being as close to the action as possible will get you exposure to many more homeschool parents and you’ll get a chance to make new friends. Just swing on over to our Facebook page and get acquainted with everyone!



You can let your readers, friends, and family know about this event and ask them to nominate you for whatever category you think fits. BE SURE to read the legal stuff to be sure you’re in step. Then feel free to grab a button and/or banner to spread the word along. Better yet, ask your friends to do the same. The more the merrier!

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Hosting a holiday cookie exchange

Tis’ the Season for food, friends and fun!

Hosting a cookie exchange is a great way to spend time with friends, share favorite recipes, and take home goodies to share with others. Or hoard keep for yourself.

Holiday cookie exchanges are a lot of fun for all involved, and are typically easy on the hostess as each guest brings food. As the hostess, you have more time to actually enjoy the party and the company of your guests. This may very well be the easiest party to host during the holiday season. You may find yourself wanting to make it an annual tradition.

If you’re the Martha type, here are a few extra special touches you can add to the event:

1. Be sure to send out invitations at least two weeks in advance. Everyone gets so busy this time of year and schedules fill up fast. Save on postage and time – send invitations using evite or Facebook. Try to plan the party between meals (i.e. mid-afternoon) so that guests will already have eaten and there will be no pressure to serve a meal.

2. Keep food for the party simple. Since everyone will be filling up on sweets, be sure to have something like a cheese ball or other savory appetizer to counter all of the sugar. Provide coffee, tea, and a festive drink, such as hot cider. This will add to the delicious Christmas aroma of your home.

3. Make labels for the cookies. This is an efficient extra that will identify each item on the table. It can also be used to tell who contributed which cookie.

4. Prepare a cookie buffet for everyone to set out their cookies. Make it festive. It should be large enough to hold a variety of cookies and accessible to more than one person at a time. Use tiered serving trays or cake stands if you have them. Dishes at different heights add character to the buffet.

5. Have everyone bring a few dozen of their favorite cookie, as well as the recipe to share. Each person will be able to take home a good variety of cookies. Baking large quantities should not be a burden since many recipes normally yield high numbers. Depending on the number of guests, you may also set aside a dozen or so from each batch for eating during the party.

Note: Suggest that the cookies be well suited for traveling and freezing; meringues may not make it home, let alone being jostled around in the freezer.

6. Plan a door prize. An apron, a fun cookie cutter, or a cookie cookbook – you, as the hostess, decides how elaborate you want it to be. Give everyone a number as they arrive. Have the drawing toward the end of the party before any guests begin to leave.

7. Be prepared for the SWAP. Provide Chinese take-out boxes (available at craft stores) with tissue paper for carrying cookies. Offer a bright, cheerful ribbon to tie on the box.

8. The formula to actually exchange cookies is simple – guests take home as many cookies as they contributed. Start by everyone taking a dozen each, rotating around the table so everyone has a chance to access all the cookies. Continue with another dozen and another until all the cookies are gone. This usually happens very quickly!

Whatever size your party, most importantly, enjoy yourself! Christmas only comes once a year. This is a great time to avoid the hustle and bustle and make memories with friends that will last a lifetime.


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