Coping Strategies During Busy Seasons (Plus My Meal Planning eBook for $0.99!)

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Life on the road is more fast paced and full than I expected it to be. Keeping up with our two businesses, homeschooling, the daily cultural challenges of living in a foreign country (i.e. language barriers, grocery shopping, trying to accomplish errands, etc.), and planning our next steps as we journey around the world (accommodations, transportation, research & itineraries) keeps us on our toes, for sure. Add that to trying to make sure we we get out, see and do new things, and have the […]

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

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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 […]

Day in the Life: Rachel (Busy Mom of a 3 and 5 year old)

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer I am 30. This might be young to some while older to others, and even though age isn’t significant in motherhood, at 30 this year has been the hardest year of my life. Although I would like to give you my “ideal” scenario day, this is my life… for now and sometimes the day that I think would be better if x, y, and z, I know the Lord is preparing my heart for something beyond my dreams! God can do anything, you know—far more than you […]

11 Simple Meals for Busy Nights

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  As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer It’s already mid-November.   Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and after that is Christmas, and then New Year’s. With a myriad of family gatherings happening on or around these dates, plus Christmas plays and other school events, and holiday parties — […]

Cleaning During Stolen Moments

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I wish that I could simply set aside an hour or two each weekday to focus solely on house cleaning, in order to keep my home in tip-top shape. Yet when I try, up pop all manner of interruptions. A toddler who needs help on the potty or simply a snuggle from mommy. A 6 year old who needs help with her math word problems. A request for a snack to bring with him as my husband runs out the door. Interruptions and distractions are a normal part of this season […]

Finding Fulfillment in Being a Mother Only

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer For many years I’ve disliked filling out paperwork at a doctor’s office or school that asks for my employment status.  I struggle with knowing the right adjective or title to describe all I do in a day. Usually, I simply put “homemaker”.  That never seems fair to anyone.  Does that mean that the mother who works is not a homemaker, too?  No.  Does that mean that all I do all day is manage my home?  Of course not.  So […]

My Journey to Burnout: Proof That I Really Can’t Do It All

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Burnout. It’s a word that highly ambitious and driven people like myself often think that we are immune to. I have struggled with over-achieving and perfectionism for almost as long as I can remember. At the tender age of 12, I worked a steady babysitting job every morning and after school, while balancing schoolwork, private music lessons, city orchestra and serving in my church. Even in my 3rd and 4th years of university, I maintained a very full course load with a high GPA, volunteered […]

10 Posts I Didn’t Write in 2010

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Tonight I’ve been sipping on tea and taking a leisurely stroll through my gorgeous new heirloom seed catalogue… hard to believe that this year is already drawing to a close and that I am beginning to think forward to next spring and summer. It is also stunning to me that another year has flown by here at Keeper of the Home and I am now onto my 4th Christmas of blogging. As you have read posts day in and day out over these past several […]