A Day in the Life: Stephanie (Home Business and Homeschooling with Children Ages 7, 5, 3 and baby)

My days are full to overflowing. As if being a mom to four little ones didn’t keep me busy enough, our household also stays buzzing with: homeschooling our family business, Resound School of Music (the office is based out of our garage) our other family business, this blog that you happen to be reading :) gardening and preserving, as well as cooking plenty of real foods Tonight my husband and I made a video montage of our children to send to the grandparents, and watching […]

A Day in the Life: Work-At-Home Mom with 3 Kids (4.5, 3, 1 and pregnant)

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I’m a busy mom. Obviously I’m not alone!  Is there really a way to be a mom and not be busy?  Probably not.  I guess if you’re rich and you can afford a live-in nanny…but how many of us are in that boat?  I know I’m not! I am the owner of the Modern Alternative family of websites (there are now four — Modern Alternative Mama, Modern Alternative Kitchen, Modern Alternative Pregnancy, and Modern Alternative Health) as well as mommy […]

A Day in the Life: Natalie (Our First Day of School…With Nine Kids)

Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer Here we are, minus the baby, gathered around the table for lunch. Praying. It’s something I do a lot. I need to. I’ve got nine kids. I started my 15th year of homeschooling on September 4th, and this is the day I’ve chosen to share with the KOTH readers this month. The Perfect Plan So for starters, here’s my hopeful PLAN for our school day: 6:00 Wake up, exercise, Bible study and prayer, shower and dress. 7:00 Fill orders […]

Day in the Life: Stacy (Preacher’s wife and homeschool mom of an 11, 7, and 2 year old)

  Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer I’m a little anxious about this post. You see, I’d really like for you all to think I have it all together. But I don’t. There’s also the underlying fact that I am a preacher’s wife. Aren’t preacher’s wives really supposed to have it all together? Whatever “it” is? The day I am sharing with you is one in which I stayed up too late the night before. I started out on the wrong foot and was quite […]

Homeschooling: You Can Do It Too

*This giveaway has ended. Winners to be announced shortly.* This summer I was a part of an ebook project that I wish I could have read when I first began homeschooling. “You can do it too: 25 homeschool families share their stories” is the brainchild of Lorilee Lippincott, who blogs at Loving Simple Living. Along with her family’s journey to minimalism and simplicity in their lives, she is also passionate about encouraging families that homeschooling isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Knowing just how different […]

Postpartum Rest and Recovery Tips (From a Mama Who Learned the Hard Way)

Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer The following question came in my e-mail box a couple of months ago: I am a mother of a one-year-old girl, and I am due with our second in June 2012. :) After I had my daughter, I was told to rest when I came home from the birthing center. Instead, I was going up and down our stairs, trying to upload pictures of our newborn to email to the grandparents. I was more worried about pleasing other people […]

Preparing for the New Baby: How a Large Family Gets Ready

By Contributing Writer, Brandy Ferguson As a homeschooling mom of seven, and now getting ready to meet our eighth son in a matter of days, I’ve never been busier in my life! With so much on my to-do list added to my already full schedule, I admit to having moments of brief panic in which I think to myself, “what if I don’t get it all done before I go into labor?” or…”what if the boys’ rooms look like THAT when the baby arrives!?!”  or…”what […]

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom: How to Juggle It All, Part 3

Did you miss the first two posts in this series? Find them here and here.  Let’s continue on with the practical, shall we? Making Work More Productive Part of the balancing act is learning to work smarter, not harder. This includes developing the ability to see what doesn’t need to be done, and not just learning to do too many things more efficiently. Doing unnecessary work “efficiently” is still a waste of time! Here are some productivity tips that work for me: Batching. Rather than processing emails […]