8 Tips for Organizing and Managing Your Family

13
Feb
2017

8 Tips for Organizing and Managing Your Family

I’ve been doing this “mom” gig now for almost 25 years, so I feel that I have gained some “secrets” to keeping my home organized and running smoothly. I realize many of us didn’t learn these things at home. Homemaking and motherhood are not “classes taught in school”. But they are learned in the home. Many of us didn’t observe, or didn’t have role models that provided a great learning environment.

I know I receive many emails from moms asking for ways to simply their days and get more organized. This post is for you! Basic steps that can have HUGE pay-off!

#1: Have ONE Family Calendar

This transformed our lives, especially with having older kids who do not live at home. I use an electronic calendar so it’s synced from anywhere. We use i-Cal now, but we have used Cozi in the past, as well as paper. It doesn’t matter which you choose, but picking one and stinking with it for all appointments and activities is key. If you choose paper, like the one Master Family Calendar that you print from the Supplemental Pack, make sure you post it so everyone can see it!

#2: Quick Pick Up

Before going to bed, be sure the kitchen is clean! This one task is really helpful for ending your day well and setting the scene for morning. It’s refreshing to wake up in a clean kitchen – especially when grabbing my coffee!

#3: Have a Housekeeping System

I have this one down now! After years of experimenting, I need to have big tasks broken down into smaller ones. I don’t have one specific day a week to clean, so I created the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner. It breaks down tasks for cleaning every room in your house and a few other areas too. This system has kept my sanity!

#4: Delegate

I have shared this secret for years – but even I don’t use it as often as I should. Kids are amazing with tasks like emptying the silverware from the dishwasher, folding towels, taking garbage out, and wiping down remote controls and light switches. It helps them develop life skills and also helps us get a bit more done!

#5: Establish Routines

This simple step will be so life changing for everyone in your home. Have a simple morning routine, afternoon routine and bedtime routine. I use to think routines were boring, but NOPE! They provide freedom and especially help children feel comfortable because they learn to know what to expect. Can you imagine not having to repeat directions about what to do after school each day?  

#6: Meal Plan 

Life is good when I know what is for dinner. I have been using Pinterest as a help. I love my Family Favorites Board and plan meals out for two weeks. I also use eMeals and have saved many recipes and meal plans from my seven years of using this fabulous service. If you’ve never tried it, you can grab a 14-day trial for FREE!

#7: Don’t Overbook

This is an epidemic in my opinion. Our current society spends more time away from home than at home. It’s very easy to sign up for activity after activity and commit yourself to helping others or volunteering for different events, but you are truly running everyone ragged. Overbooking can create stress for you and your family and it will play out in anxiety, troublesome behavior, and illness.

#8: Find “Just for Mom” Time

This is non-negotiable. Yes, I am serious. I do believe every mom needs some down time – with no one else. Find what nourishes you. For me it is a once a month massage, getting up before my family and enjoying my coffee and quiet time, getting a nice walk at sunset, and meeting a friend for lunch. No one will make it happen for you – you need to schedule it in yourself!

8 Healthy and Quick Weeknight Dinners

30
Jan
2017

8 Healthy and Quick Weeknight Dinners

Quick, homemade healthy meals and weeknight dinners – we all are looking for the secret, right? Seems like during the week I often struggle with keeping dinner fresh and tasty. We easily fall into a rut with our favorites, so it is time to shift things a bit.

Here are a collection of simple recipes to liven up your dinner hour and help you keep your sanity. I love using my Instant Pot – cooking up whole organic chickens that I find on markdown at my grocery store truly makes my heart SING! I am kind of funny that way, but saving money on our grocery budget and getting healthy real food that nourishes my family really makes me happy!

Needs some dinner inspiration? Put one or two of these on your menu for this week!

#1: Fall-Off-The-Bone Pressure Cooker Chicken (in 30 Minutes!)

Fall-Off-The-Bone Pressure Cooker Chicken (in 30 Minutes!)

#2: Texas Beef Chili (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

Texas Beef Chili (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

#3: Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

#4: One Pan Blackened Cod, Sweet Potatoes, and Zucchini

One Pan Blackened Cod, Sweet Potatoes, and Zucchini

#5: Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

#6: Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

#7: One Pan Ranch Pork Chops with Crispy Potatoes

One Pan Ranch Pork Chops with Crispy Potatoes

#8: 4-Ingredient Salmon Patties

4-Ingredient Salmon Patties

Which one caught your eye or made your tummy grumble?

2017 Weekly Household Planner

29
Nov
2016

2017 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner

It’s here – the much awaited 2017 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner (which, by the way, is in it’s fourth year as a FREE resource for busy moms). It’s ready and waiting for you to download!

I know you’ve all been so excited to grab your copy for 2017 and begin to get organized. We changed a few things for 2017: added a blank page with no date correlation so you can fill in and print out a page and use it for multiple weeks, added a new Donation Tracker printable, added a Freezer/Pantry Inventory printable, and added a Multi-Store Shopping List in the Supplemental Pack.

Check out the 2017 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner NOW!

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You can grab your FREE copy here. Don’t forget to grab your Supplemental Pack that is available for $7 with all the printables you could ever need to get your family organized for 2017! I loved adding new forms to the pack this year so moms can stay even more organized and on track.

The 2017 Weekly Household Planner Supplemental Pack includes handy fill-in forms, enabling you to add your information directly into the form. Just type your information, save, and print! This is a wonderful feature when you are adding lengthy information or important names and numbers!

The Weekly Household Planner Supplement includes the following digital fill-in forms:2017 Planner Supplemental Pack

  • Master Family Planner – Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner – You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet – Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form – This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts – Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form – Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form – it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids – An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me – A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet – Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • Household Maintenance Log – Record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
  • Special Occasion Reminder Chart – To help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
  • Gifts Received List – For recording gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
  • Let’s Plan a Party Form – Helps you keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • Blessings For Your Home – Because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
  • Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List – So you arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • Monthly Bill Schedule – Never miss a payment again when you record your monthly bills and payments on this new form.
  • NEW – Track Donations – Make tax time easier when you write down all your donations on one form for the year.
  • NEW – Freezer/Pantry Inventory – Helps with meal planning and also saves you from purchasing something you already have on hand.
  • NEW – Multi-Store Shopping List – Get rid of all those little sticky notes and scraps of paper! List all your shopping list items for different stores on one organized form.
  • Bible Bookmarks – Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire Bible in a year.

Go grab your FREE copy now, and you can add the Supplemental Pack too for only $7! Be sure to pin this page to Pinterest to pass around this FREE household planner so other moms can grab a copy too.

Simple Crustless Quiche Recipe

14
Nov
2016

Simple Crustless Quiche Recipe
This recipe has been a lifesaver on so many occasions – providing breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. It is perfect for a potluck or to whip up last minute.

My basic recipe is just that – the base. You can add most anything to it and make it uniquely yours.

Here’s the base:

  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Then feel free to add any combination of the following:

  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped ham
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups organic spinach or kale
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese – cheddar or mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in the other ingredients (spinach, bacon, etc). Pour into a greased 9 X 11 inch baking dish and top with tomato halves and any cheese.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the quiche is set.

I really love this recipe because I can be creative and use little bits of ingredients I can find in my fridge! If I am out of fresh basil, I will use a drop of Basil Vitality Essential Oil – which will really bring some fabulous flavor too. You can easily make it Paleo, 21 Day Sugar Detox compatible, and it is gluten-free too.

6 Things Moms Must Do Every Evening

25
Oct
2016

6 Things Moms Must Do Every Evening

You would think I would have this motherhood gig down now since I’ve doing this nearly 24 years – but alas, I mess up and get off track too!

I began looking at my evening routine as part of some struggles I’ve been having lately keeping my patience. Ugh, I hate to admit it, but it’s true. This is even more frequent when I am single parenting and my husband is on the road. And, I am sure I am not the only one.

Here are some key pieces I have determined I need to be sure to put into motion to close out my day with a patient and gracious heart, as well as preparing my mind and soul for rest. I hope you can take a few of these ideas and incorporate them too!

Check Your Calendar for Tomorrow

This won’t necessarily make your evening better, but it will certainly make your morning better! When I can check my calendar for the next day and get a basic plan in my head the evening before, I tend to settle down more easily. Whether you have a calendar digitally or a paper version, get into a habit of checking your next day’s activities so you can do what you can the evening before to start your morning off right.

Connect with Your Husband

If you are married, this is a MUST! Since I have been caring for my body with better food, all-natural products, and using essential oils for my mama mode and moods (aka. occasional stress), I tend to not be as exhausted by evening. It has been a shift for us that as soon as our son is down for the night we can connect. Sharing about our day, talking about upcoming plans, or just watching a favorite show without distractions. My husband is my second priority and I need to be sure I am displaying that in my actions.

Practice Some Self-Care

This will look different for everyone, but for me it is pretty simple. It may be just washing my face with my favorite Orange Blossom Facial Wash to get the grime off me and apply some lavish night time face cream with a drop of Frankincense. Or it may include a nice soak in the tub for 20 minutes with some Epsom salts and essential oils. It is certainly my happy spot! Do you know what your happy spot is? What brings you joy and calms your body? Maybe it’s going for a walk – alone! These are all things that can nourish and refresh us!

Read

I have found more joy the past few months sitting down and reading at the end of the day. It’s not usually for more than 15 minutes, because I do tend to get tired. But the wonderful books I’ve been diving into have been complete bliss. Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist was so good for me. Perfect for my season of life. I also recently enjoyed Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes but Shauna Niequist as well. My current read is The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison.

Get Enough Sleep

BINGO! I know so many moms who try to burn the candle at both ends and it takes its toll. Please, for the sake of your health, your family, and your spirit – get enough sleep. This is the time your body refreshes itself. It needs this downtime to run the way God intended it to. I try to get in bed no later than 10:00pm and then I have been sleeping until 6:00am. This works for me, maybe not for you. I encourage you to find a schedule that works and try to stick to it. Research shows a bedtime routine is great and having a set bedtime and wake up that is consistent each day is even better for your body.

Pray

Ending your day with prayer is the best way to leave everything at the Lord’s feet. Some find it helpful to journal their prayers, other’s like me just talk out loud. This has helped me so much to have a grateful heart and reset my soul even if it’s been a rough evening.  

What tip here will you begin to incorporate?

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