Managing Homemaking and Homeschooling

Homemaking was never my top pick for job choice. ;) I am sure it wasn’t yours either, yet regardless of your career choices you are also are responsible for managing a home.

With managing homemaking and homeschooling, comes meals, dishes, papers to grade, toilets, floors, laundry, laundry, and oh did I mention laundry? It is enough to make me want to scream some days! And often times I feel far from joyful.

Managing home making and homeschooling

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As a work at home, homeschooling mom, I have had to learn that the best way to bring joy back into my home, is by giving myself grace. My home will never be as clean as I would like it to be. We live here, every day. I will probably always have something on my to-do list, and that’s okay. As moms, we have to learn to give ourselves grace. We need to realize that not everything HAS to be perfect, and my level of clean and organized, may look different than yours.

When it comes to managing our homes and homeschools I want you to ask yourself:

Am I doing my best? Remember that everyone’s best looks different. Homemaking will be a lot different when your kids are school age, than when they are toddlers. Remember your best is just that — YOUR best, not mine, your neighbors, or that mom from playgroups.

Are my kids fed? I didn’t ask if they were fed gourmet meals. I asked if you provided them with something to eat (yes chicken tenders count!).

Are we dressed? Meaning that you woke up with an option of getting dressed for the day, whether or not those clothes came from a basket or your closet does not matter.

If your answer to those is yes, then you are a success. Don’t beat yourself up, if you are managing homemaking and homeschooling to the best of your ability then everything else will fall into place.

For more homemaking, homeschooling and parenting encouragement check out the 2015 Spring Clean Bundle! It is jam packed with resources that are perfect to help you manage your heart and home.

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Misty (9 Posts)

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.


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Quick & Easy Trim Healthy Mama Recipes {that kids like too}

 

Guest post by Linda Rose.

I began my THM (Trim Healthy Mama) journey this past summer. In June I started training for a 5K using the Couch to 5K training program. Shortly after that, a friend started up a Trim Healthy Mama group at her house. At first I was like, ok sure I’ll come, but you can’t make me eat anything green or weird. After hearing people talk about THM, I still wasn’t convinced, but ordered the book out of curiosity anyway. I read the book and it just made sense. I had a light bulb moment! You see I had always thought that in order to lose weight I would have to eat weird or green food, but it turns out that isn’t the case at all.

It’s been slow going, and there are days that I find it challenging to eat on plan all the time, but even so, I’ve lost almost 27 pounds! I feel healthier, have more energy, and am still running. It almost feels strange to be able to eat some of the foods that I do eat and be able to still lose weight. And I don’t have to eat any weird or green foods (unless I’m feeling adventurous). I’m a pretty picky eater (so are some of my kids). In order to make THM work for me, I’ve had to make foods that the whole family will eat and love. I’m not about to make a meal for them and then make a separate one for me.

 

Many of the recipes in the THM eating plan are extremely quick and easy. If you are like me, you can appreciate that because honestly who has the time or the energy to slave away in the kitchen?

A couple favorite recipes at my house:

 

Chicken Alfredo (S meal for THM)

Ingredients:
6-8 frozen chicken breast tenders (or 3-4 whole chicken breasts)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 cups mozzarella cheese
garlic powder (or fresh if you have it)
salt and pepper to taste

Serve over Dreamfields spaghetti pasta or steamed broccoli.
Place the frozen chicken breast tenders into the bottom of the crockpot. Pour the heavy cream over the chicken. Sprinkle the garlic powder over the cream and chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the mozzarella cheese. Turn the crockpot on high. I like to stir the ingredients every hour or so. It just prevents the cream and cheese from burning on the edges. As the chicken cooks it becomes tender and breaks apart easily. I use a fork to pull the chicken apart before serving. I serve the alfredo sauce over Dreamfields spaghetti with broccoli on the side. It’s so easy and delicious. I put the ingredients in the crockpot at lunchtime and it is ready by dinner time. If it’s ready sooner, then I just turn the crockpot down to warm until we are ready to eat it. The house smells delicous while this is cooking! (adapted from a recipe in the THM book, which you can purchase here)

Ham and Cheese Scrambled Eggs (S meal for THM)

Ingredients:
6 eggs
4-6 thick slices of ham–diced
1-2 tablespoons of cream cheese
1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk everything together. Melt a couple tablespoons of butter into your frying pan. Add the ham and cheese egg mixture, stirring to help everything cook evenly.
 
You can use more or fewer eggs; this is what I use for our family. Alternately you could substitute the ham for some other breakfast meat–bacon or sausage is yummy too. Be careful if you choose to substitute store bought pre-packaged bacon bits as many of these have sugar in them.

 

These are quick, easy, and yummy–perfect for a quick breakfast!

 

Linda RoseLinda Rose blogs at Rose Academy and Sew Happily Ever After. She has 15+ years of teaching experience in public, private, after-school, and home school settings. She enjoys homeschooling her own children as well as teaching small group English classes in her home and at local co-ops. Sewing has become an important creative outlet for her and allows her to use her talents to bless her own family as well as others.

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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Homemaking and Recipes Blogs

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Each week through May we will be highlighting the Top Ten Bloggers from each category of The 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards. We understand the hard work that is involved in running a successful blog. Kudos to all who were nominated, all who made the top ten and to our winners!

This week we are highlighting the 2013 Best Homemaking and Recipes Blogs!

Best Homemaking and Recipes Blog

We were looking for blogs with content regarding homemaking, housekeeping, tips, ideas for making your life easier, information about raising multiple kids, or recipes that you enjoy trying. These bloggers needed to be homeschoolers, but their blogs did not need to be exclusively about homeschooling.

Winner 2013 Best Homemaking and Recipes Blog

Home to 4 Kiddos was our big winner this year! Lisa’s blog is full of fun homeschooling posts, reviews, homemaking tips and recipes. She has a couple of regular posts “Field Trip Friday” and “Try a New Recipe Tuesday”. Looking for some encouragement? This blog has it.

Top Ten 2013 Best Homemaking and Recipes Blogs

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Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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