Thursday, January 31, 2013

Individualized Attention in a Large Family

I want to be a better Mom and wife this year than last year. One of my highest goals is to spend individualized time with each of my seven children every most days. There are several ways that you can do this and I wanted to share a few with you. I also wanted to be more organized this year so I have made up some charts that are easy. To print the helps here, click on the chart picture and you will see a larger picture. Right click on that picture and save as and then you can open from your computer and print it.

  • Do something each night with your girls or with your boys that doesn't take long but can be done one at a time
   1. painting nails                                                  
   2. braiding hair                                                 
   3. exercise contest (push ups, sit ups, other)       

  1. sharpening knives
  2. shining church shoes 
  3. exercise contest
  • Take one or two at a time home from church in a smaller car instead of the family van. My husband does this with his work car. Here is the Schedule we are using to record their names so that we won't forget who's time it is.

  • Take one or two at a time to the store in the van like I do sometimes. I don't like to drive my husbands stick shift we don't get along.

  • I also like to spend time with them either doing a chore of theirs from their chore chart or just reading to them or focusing on a particular area of concern in their school work.

  • Grandparents can also provide your children with personalized attention that they so desire and need.

What do you like to do with your children?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mom, You Have What It Takes!

When I was just beginning to homeschool my first child, and that was shortly after his birth. a older women in the faith told me about just what that was supposed to look like and be like that inspired me all of these years.

Today I want to pass on that nugget of knowledge to you that are thinking about homeschooling and those that have been homeschooling for years. Satan would love for you to buy in to the idea that there is no way that you could possible provide for your children a suitable education. The world's philosophy is that everyone should have the same opportunities and the same options in their schooling.  This is NOT God's philosophy.

The bible teaches that parents are to bring up their children and that everyone has different gifts and that not everyone can be called to the same thing.

If we didn't have some that were manual workers then the scientist and presidents would have no one to build their roads or cook their meals or make their beds, you get the idea. Everyone has worth to God in whatever occupation that they serve in.

God has given mothers and fathers a responsibility to raise their children for the Lord. He will provide for you what ever you need to bring up your children the way he wants them to be raised. There will be somethings that you are not good at but then you don't need to be. Then there will be other interests that God calls you to learn and teach to your children. Sometimes, God will provide a way for your children to learn or experience a certain activity that you hadn't thought of like a internet class or a friend who wants to teach them.

Don't buy into the propaganda that there is no way for you to provide all of the equipment or all of the books or knowledge because God already has that under control.  That is his area of concern. The impossible will be made possible through Christ! What your child needs is what you can give them. Use the gifts and talents that are specific to you. Do what you enjoy. If its growing plants, crochet, baking or crafting. If its reading or writing, experimenting or building; do what God has put in to your heart to do. Teach those things to your children when you do them. Let them be your helpers as little ones as older ones give them your tools and let them try it for them selves with your supervision.

 For all of the other things that you have on your heart that you can not provide right now just pray about them and wait on the Lord.

When someone tells you that they could never do what you are doing as a homeschooling parent look at them and agree and then say no but God has made you unique and you could do it another way and have great results as well!

We are all called to put the same principles and the same gospel into our children but that does not produce adults with the same callings in life. Enjoy being who you are. God made you to be just the right parent to teach your child. He brought you together from birth or even if you have adopted he put you together. God does this with purpose he makes no mistakes.  Quit trying to fit into the mold that others have for you to follow and follow the path that God has for you to follow. Only listen to counsel that lines up with scripture.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Have you ever ran into this train of thought? Has this mindset ever slowed down your homeschooling efforts?   Please join in on the conversation so we can learn from each other and be encouraged in the Lord. 

Herb First Aid with 7Song

Making Something Out of Nothing; 10 Plus Depression Busters

Luke 19:21 

For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down , and reapest that thou didst not sow .

We have the power to take what little we have and make something more out of it in Christ. If we give up because we have nothing then we will never see the miracles of God. Make something out of nothing today!
Here are some ways to see this unfold:

1. Clean a cluttered room.
2. Make a simple homemade meal.
    rice and beans
    baked bread
3. Clean out a really dirty cabinet, drawer, or closet.
4. Have a play day with the kids.
5. Read a book with your children.
6. Sing songs with the children.
7. Read the Bible with the children.
8. Tickle the children.
9. Is there a "dohicky" or a "whatchamacallit" that you are wanting, something that would make the house a better home but you just don't have the funds? Is there a cute "thingyhopper" that you have really wanted to wear or see your child in but can run out and buy?
 Sit down and find someone who has made one (pinterest is a good place to look) and then determine how you could make one too with what you have on hand. Don't complain about it. Do something about it!
10. Is there somewhere you need to go? Make it today and make it fun even if it is to the store or to the post office and you have to walk.
11. Plant something and watch it grow. Even if you have to plant it indoors and keep a fish tank light over it to help it grow. (that's my new project, growing tomatoes with a fish tank light)

Purpose not to be a defeated person. You are only defeated when you allow yourself to be.

II Timothy 1:7
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

If the Lord has only given you a little then don't waste that little that you have make it multiply.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I have posted the recipe before but I wanted to post it again and let you know about this wonderful "bail out." It is easy to make and cost a lot less than regular peanut butter. If you are in a bind this week- a lot more week and no more pay check-then this might help until things balance out a bit.

The other day we were out of peanut butter so I decided to come up with a new spread. It worked really well and we have had it on crackers and bread and even all by itself. I hope this helps out. If you decide to use it in another creative way please comment I would like to know how it works for you. 

2 cups of cooked brown beans (other bean would work too)
3tsp. vanilla (imitation is what we use its cheaper)
A good sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice (about three good shakes)
1/2 cup of honey

Blend all of the ingredients in your blender on a low speed for about a minute or two. Spread onto your favorite homemade bread if you have it and yummmm.

Let me know how your kids like it. Blessings to your family. God will get you through any tough time time that you have if you fully trust in him.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Treasury of Ingredient Substitutions

I have been thinking a lot about ingredient substitutions in my baking and cooking, especially since I don't run to the store every time I want an ingredient that I don't have. I usually find something else that will substitute or I will decide on a different menu plan. In fact I keep extra recipes that are easy to fix close by so that I can change on a moments notice.

Then there is another thing to consider, what do I have a lot of in my pantry that I need to balance. At my house it is spinach, rice and beans because people like to hand those things down to us. I don't mind them doing that at all, I consider that as a blessing from God. On the other hand, I need to try to make those items as tasty as I possibly can. that is where learning the art of substitutions is key.

Treasury of Ingredient Substitutions
(frugal and healthy)

Milk- water, milk and water, or any dairy product like cream or yogurt mixed with water to make the right consistency, oat milk or rice milk
Eggs- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons water or Applesauce, 1/4 cup per egg or 1/2 smashed banana, mayonnaise plus a ton more.
Buttermilk- milk with 1 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice
Vinegar- lemon juice

Flour- half whole wheat half white, rice four, oatmeal flour, bean flour, (depending on recipe)
Cake Flour- 7 parts all-purpose flour to one part corn starch
Baking Powder- 1 part baking soda 1 part cream of tarter
Baking soda- use 3 times as much baking powder
Corn Starch- use 2 times as much all purpose flour

Oil/Butter-unsweetened apple sauce, smashed bananas with a little oil, smashed cooked carrots with a little oil, kefir grains plus a little oil, avocados
Sugar- honey in equal parts (cook a little shorter or turn down oven 25 degrees), replace half the sugar with vanilla,
Light Brown Sugar- honey
Dark brown Sugar- honey or sugar with a little molasses or straight molasses

Cocoa Powder- two times as much melted chocolate
Chocolate Chips- chopped chocolate
Chocolate- 3 parts cocoa powder and 1 part oil

Peanut-butter- try beanUT-butter

Fresh Lemon Juice- equal parts unless concentrated then half with water
Fresh Lime Juice- lemon juice from a bottle
Fresh Orange Juice- lemon juice from a bottle
Pure Vanilla- imitation vanilla

Meats-try these great solutions!

I hope that you enjoy this little chart and use it often. Be sure to pin it and print it with the green print button below. If you have a favorite substitution that isn't listed please let me know about it in the comments. I like trying new ones. Thank you.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Organizing and Containing Your Scissors

Have you had a hard time finding the children's scissors?  Are they hard to find when the kids need to do a project? I had this problem and wanted to end it. I have been searching high and low for a solution and one finally popped into my head.

When something pops into my head I like to go ahead with it because usually it is God trying to tell me something when I am trying to do something right.

Here is what I did!

  1. I found a short wide mouth mason jar that I had used for jelly.
  2. Then I found the metal lid and removed the center portion.
  3. Then I went through my plastic lids and found a blue one that I didn't have the container for any more.
  4. I cut the lid to fit the center circle.
  5. Then I asked my son for the box cutter and cut some small X's into the lid in the shape of a cross; four on the outsides and one in the center.
  6. I was all finished I just pushed the scissors into the plastic and yeah the children can now use the scissors holder for school.

The thing I really like about this is that now I can look and the holes that are not filled tell me that someone didn't replace a pair of scissors and I can find that scissors and get it put away quickly. I love that, don't you?

Up-cycled Lid Organizer in 5 Simple Steps

I have been seeing lots of really cool lid organizers on Pinterest but I didn't want to spend the extra money it took to buy them. I didn't have any of the materials laying around the house, so I decided to create one for myself that could be made from something that I already had around my house. 

We eat cereal for breakfast most days unless we are running low and them I bake breakfast. (I did that this morning with my girls but that's another story) That means that I have lots of large cereal boxes because we buy the biggest ones in the store so that they will last in our large family. 

Materials Needed:

1 cereal box
a box cutter
hot glue gun 
glue sticks
Optional- material to cover the box

  1. Cut off the front panel of your large cereal box with your box cutter.
  2. Heat up your hot glue gun and make sure you have lots of extra sticks handy.
  3. Apply little strips of glue every inch or so down and about two or three inches apart (making three one inch strips across on every row) to keep the lids from slipping.
  4. If you want you can now cover your box with your favorite material or whatever you have on hand. Glue that on.
  5. You are finished just set your finished lid organizer into your cabinet and add your lids. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

How To Make Homemade School Glue

It seems like every time I buy school glue it is gone in a matter of weeks. Then I wait forever before I buy more. This time when one of the children asked me for some glue I decided to make us some instead of going out and buying some. I think I will be doing this from now on. If really sames money and the kids like using the glue just as well. Maybe even more!

School Glue Recipe:

1 c. flour
1 1/2 cup water
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp. vinegar

Mix the concoction together in a small sauce pan or double your recipe and use a little bit larger one. Warm the mixture on a low temperature until it begins to thicken and then pour it into your containers. I ended up making a lot of glue. I wanted to have some in several different containers. I taught the little kids how to use their glue as paste by using a pop cycle stick to apply the glue. Store your glue in the refrigerator. It will last a very long time, over 6 months.

Ideas for variations:
  • colored glue with food coloring or natural colors
  • add glitter
Container ideas:
  • old vitamin bottles
  • old glue bottles
  • old baby food jars
  • mason jars
I hope you get to try this. Its really fun. One of the kids helped me make a batch up. Have you ever tried this?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Personalized Towels

This Christmas my husband asked for a monogrammed towel and I couldn't get him one because of finances but I really tried. He wanted a big thick white monogrammed towel so I was able to find him a big pretty thick, white towel but wasn't able to get anyone to monogram one. (I'm still working on that.) 

One day I was visiting Etsy to look for handmade items and I found this shop that made really cute personalized towels. I loved the pictures of beautiful towels with brightly colored names on them so I thought to my self that maybe my husband would like them as well.

The lady at the Etsy shop agreed to send me a towel to review and I was really happy to have a chance to make my husband happy. 

The things I liked about the towel:
  • The towel was a nice large size
  • It was bright white
  • they used a really nice bright color for the letter I asked for 
  • the letter i on the towels in the pictures has a heart on it for the dot
The things I would have changed if I could:
  • The towel could have been thicker (although it probably would have been more expensive)
  • I would have liked to have an uppercase letter (although I don't think there was an option for that)
All in all I would love to do business with this shop again in the future. I would order some towels for the kids with their names on them. I think they would just love them! Plus that would be really neat for all of the kids to be able to keep up with their towels better. Organization is my middle name right now. I have been really working on that for the past few weeks.

we were excited to receive a package in the mail
when Daddy was gone to work

I hung it with care on the bathroom
 rack for a little surprise.

He was very surprised to his new white towel.

h is for Harrod but it also works for happy as well.
Please visit her shop and tell me which color you like in the comments. Also please let her know that You found her from Feeding Nine On A Dime. 

I was given a free towel to review for this post and give my own unbiased opinions for others to consider before purchasing.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I Just Love our New Curriculum

Today, all of our schooling didn't get done in the early part of the day but the kids still wanted to do their schooling. After supper while I was serving supper to my husband and talking with him and one of the children, Zoi my oldest girl was sent to help the twins do their preschool/kinder home school.

She had already helped her brother Zeb do some reading so I knew that she could handle the smallest ones. She had so much fun with them she even printed out their craft and helped them cut it out and put it together. That is a beautiful thing about this curriculum we can home school and I can be free to do other things because big brothers or big sisters can help the little ones when it is needed.

I am thanking God once again for leading us to this program. It has been a life saver.
Have you checked out this free online curriculum?

You can check out our other home school resources on the tab above.

Inspiring Entrepreneurial Spirit in Children

My oldest son likes to grow and propagate plants like his Mom. Sometimes he sets up a plant stand outside the front yard and sells the plants that have started multiplying and he even makes a little money. He has come up with a name for his business so we decided to make some labels for his plant containers so that it would look more professional. If your child has a hobby like this and needs some labels I am sharing some free labels today. Print them with my print button above and you can had a nice pdf of them.

Here is what they looked like on the plant pots.

These are not perfect so don't look too closely but I thought maybe they would be fine because you can cut them out and write whatever on them. Let me know if your child uses them for some great business adventure!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Get $20 Off Tax Preparation At Jackson Hewitt

The other day my husband and I got to take a little break without the kids and get some errands done. One of the first things that my husband wanted to do is take me by the Jackson Hewett booth at Wal-Mart and get me to sign the papers there so that we could get our taxes filed. Sure I wanted to get that done but I was really looking forward to sitting down for a meal with my husband.

After we finished up there the man at the counter gave us coupon codes for my blog. He said that I could share them wherever I wanted so I brought them to you.

If you have never used the Jackson Hewett services and its your first time to use them this code will save you $20. They are really great folks who get you in and out in a timely fashion. I love that you can get your shopping done at Wal-Mart and not have to make a second stop at a separate office in most cases. To find a store near you visit their web site.

Here is the code:


Or you can print this out with my print button above this post.

How To Make Homemade Spray Starch

I've always had a desire to make my own homemade spray starch for ironing my clothes.  It always seemed to me that it would be easy.  I thought that before people had all of the conveniences that we have now days they must have used something. The other day I was researching it out and I came across a blogger who had made spray starch for a long while just using two ingredients. My husband likes it extra starchy so we tweaked the recipe for to our own needs.

Here is our Stiffer Starch :

1 table spoon of corn starch
8 to 10 ounces of water
(you can add a few drops of a fresh smelling essential oil if you would like but test it on a rag first to check the color it produces, I wouldn't want your white shirts to come out a different color)


Combine the ingredients and shake well. Store it in the refrigerator because if you don't it will clog and stain your clothes. Then I always shake before using just to make sure it stays mixed.

I couldn't believe how easy this was to make and it was right under my nose all along.  Who would have thought it was so easy?  Do you use homemade spray starch? Let me know if you have and what you use in your recipe in the comments below.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hurting Wives

Hurting wives are everywhere. I would like to take a moment to express ways to help the hurting and to encourage someone who may be at the brink of giving up on their marriage. Maybe you have come to this blog as a last resort. Maybe God brought you here to find the help that you need from an elder women. I have never even thought of myself as an elder woman but my age is climbing steadily and I must admit that God has been using me in this capacity of late.

Titus 2:3-5
3 The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

There are people out in the world who may even be your friends or women in the church you attend that mean well but don't have the wisdom from God about how to guide you. If there is ever a time for God's women to speak up it is now!

If you know that the family and marriages are trying to be torn apart by Satan then you should realize it is in harsher ways and even in more subtle ways than before. The enemy will use any device available to sabotage your relationship with your husband and your children. If he can he will do both at the same time.

Don't let "nay sayers" as the Bible calls them bring you to the point of divorce. The only one that should lead you to that point is God. If you never feel him leading you to leave your husband then don't let others contradict what he is telling you through his word. If your counsel is against the counsel of God then you should listen to the wise counsel of others.

I've read all of the scripture of marriage in the Bible and yes there are times when God allowed for divorce but he never commanded anyone to divorce anyone. There are times when he allows it and it is good for your health to leave but never was it commanded that you should leave in a marriage. Don't let others unrightfully divide the word of God just because they hate to see you suffer.

Many times God is refining us in the refiners fire or remodeling us as the potter his clay. Suffering isn't always bad. Sometimes we suffer so that we can identify more with Christ and be brought even closer to HIM.
Now I don't see being brought closer to God as an event I would want to miss out on just because I listened to the wrong counsel.

To those of you who are giving the counsel to leave in a marriage make sure that you have a right to give it. IF you can't find a Bible verse to support you ordering someone to leave their husband then you need to go and apologize to your friend and tell them that you are not sure what God would have them to do but that the scripture is saying they could if God spoke to them about it.

The Devil is out to kill and to steal marriages. Even if you married the wrong person when you got married doesn't mean that God can't make you happy where you are. Then again if God tells you to move on because of a certain sin that has been committed in the marriage then you should do it! Don't allow the world to become your only source of counsel, for when you do, you risk the counsel to mortals and not to God.

The Bible sates about counsel:

Proverbs 8:14
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

To sum it all up; what I am saying is this. If God has not counseled you to give up or leave then don't do it just to please someone else or even yourself. Never go against what God has given you peace about even if it is difficult to do. Look for ways to lighten your journey and ask God to send them. He said that, " my yoke is easy and his burden is light."

Matthew 11:28-30
King James Version (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Don't try to change your husband pray that you will change all that you need to and that God will lead your husband to change where he needs to. Leave that up to God. If you began to take that all on yourself then you are messing with God's plan and it may take twice as long. Just work on those things about yourself that God has been dealing with you about. Leave the husband work to God! GOD changes people and situations not YOU!

Look to the scriptures for your strength. Don't feel sorry for yourself because you were chosen by God to carry your cross! Thank God for the opportunity to share in His sufferings for such a time as this. Remember when your load gets heavy to put it back on his shoulders and look to Him for a lighter load. You may even want to start painting pictures of just such a God. Ones with Jesus lifting your burden and carrying it for you. This is a known form of healing of the soul.

Women be encouraged today if this is you. I would love to hear from you and know how this post has been a blessing to your life. Please email me or write me in the comments. My email is in the tabs above the post.

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