Five Back to School Tips & Tricks

11
Sep
2017

5 back to school tips and tricks

We just started back to school on Tuesday – much later than many of you.  Our family ended summer with a nice beach fire and it was delightful!

The transition to the school year can be hard, but I have found several tips and tricks that help our family get back into the groove with less stress, anxiety and losing our patience!  

I cover many awesome tips in my Back 2 School Survival Guide – a wonderful resource with topics every parent wants to be in the know about, as well as editable PDF printables to help things run smoothly!  It has been a life saver for many of you who have grabbed it over the years.

Let’s cover some of my top tips to help with the beginning of the school year!

Rhythm and Routine

Just like a rhythm and routine is critical to our success as a mother and manager of our home, our kids need a very similar routine to succeed.   I shared specific steps to create a morning routine for your child in a previous post and know it will help you.  We all want to send our kids off to school with a feeling of success, instead of failure.  

When expectations are not clearly outlined for our children, they lose focus, control and feel lost.  It is up to use to help them have an outline.  The same goes for after school expectations.  Creating a printable list for tasks for your child to complete after school helps develop independence as well as a pride in their work.

Promote Healthy Focus

Oh mama – this is an area we deal with daily!!  We have a little guy who struggles with focusing and staying on task. I have had to come up with some effective ways to keep us both sane!

This is where we open my mom toolbox of beloved essential oils.  I am able to easily mix up a blend of Cedarwood, Vetiver, and Lavender essential oils in a roller ball bottle, add a bit of carrier oil – like Young Living’s V-6 or some coconut oil and we are armed!

I’ve been using this blend on my seven year old since he was three – because it works!  It helps him stay focused, calms his little mind down from racing and helps him have a successful day by completing tasks and schoolwork successfully.  Don’t we want that for our kids?

And, if you happen to struggle with focus, I mean… some of us amazing moms do….this blend is for you too!  All ages and stages – one of the reasons I love having essential oils in my mom toolbox!

the focus roller - cedar wood, vetiver, lavender essential oils

Prep for Healthy Lunches

We all know a healthy breakfast will help your child have a great morning, but do you really take into consideration the lunch you pack and how it will either help your child with great energy during their afternoon, or perhaps impact their body in a negative way? 

Last year I bought a small compartment bento lunch box and it was the best investment I have made in helping me with packing a fun and healthy lunch.  Not only did the lunchbox last the entire school year, we are using it this year too!  

I love the compartments and that I can easily find healthy items to put into each section, like lunchmeat rolled up with some cheese, some diced kiwi (my sons favorite!) dry roasted almonds, carrots, celery and even olives.  I also grabbed these small containers and they fit right inside the container slots and I can add things like the olives without the juice flowing to other items and the main lid just fits right on.

Sending sugary items, foods filled with lots of additives can really affect your child in a negative way.  Some food can even make them irritable and groggy, so take some time to send good for them items!

Good Sleep

You might think this is just for your child, but we all need a restful nights sleep.  Allowing our body to regenerate and rest. 

Does your child struggle to wind down at the end of the day?

Do they toss and turn until late in the evening before they settle in to sleep?

Do they wake in the morning finding it hard to get up and get going?

Perhaps you fall into one of those situations?

Here again, our essential oil collection provides an easy and totally natural way to promote a really restful nights sleep.

Back-to-School-Restful-Sleep

Our favorite blend to apply topically or use in our diffuser, is Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils.  However, we love having other oils to interchange in order to clam us down in the evening.  I will often put some Stress Away in the diffuser while we are settling down after dinner and the magic begins!  Bedtime routines are much easier, as everyone is ready to brush teeth, read and snuggle down into bed.

Space to Exhale

Our lives are busy and with the beginning to the school year often comes many after school activities.  However, I have found it very beneficial to have some down time immediately after school, instead of just rushing off to the next thing.

When your child comes home, spend a few minutes with them to ask about their day.  Finding time to just exhale from all the activity of the day is a great transition for kids.  Depending on your schedule and your day, I suggest allotting at least 15-20 minutes for your child to just relax.  Just like you and I need some downtime, your child really benefit form it too.

Here’s to a great school year for you and your family!

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You can get a starter set of essential oils called the premium starter kit (with 11 oils and a diffuser) as well as $25 cash back, reference material and MORE from me! You’ll also get access to my members-only online community to learn how to use your oils and get lots of education and support.

7 Money Saving Hacks for the Minimalist Want To Be

19
Jul
2017

Money Saving Hacks for Minimalists

For the past year, our family has been on a journey to “less” – now commonly known as minimalism.  It has been amazing and I would encourage you to look at how you can shift your lifestyle as well.  

One area I get asked about often is how we are living on less and saving more.  Here are just a few quick hacks I have for you in the area of saving money when living with less.

Use Amazon to it’s Fullest

Since moving to a more remote location, it is even more critical that we use services that deliver items we use consistently to our home.  It means less driving, less gas used and less stress.  I use amazon for almost anything I can, because it just makes plain sense.  We have a monthly subscribe and save order with my favorite coffee creamer, organic pumpkin for my favorite no sugar smoothie, cocoa powder, and more.  Items we need every month are in our order, delivered right to our door.

One Product for Multiple Uses

Since simplifying our life and also focusing on a healthier toxic-free lifestyle, we’ve managed to save money and eliminate things that were not only wasting our money but promoting illness.  Since going into remission from Lupus, through helping my body to heal itself (so so grateful!!), I’ve learned the chemicals I were using in my home were poisoning my entire family.  Now I use one cleaner for all our needs – cleaning stove-tops, counter, floors, showers, windows and more.  One bottle taking space under my counter instead of ten to twelve.  Thieves Household Cleaner is the one for me!  It’s concentrated, all plant based and I can make up a bottle with the exact level of cleaning I need for a job.  

Stop Buying Bottled Water

We make this decision several years ago and are so happy.  Instead of wasting the money on bottled water and adding to all the plastic bottle waste, we purchased a BIG BERKEY and have amazing filter and fluoride free water at our finger tips.  Each family member have glass water bottles and we fill those when we are headed out and re-use them.  Yes, the cost of the Berkey is an initial expense, but the savings over time is great.  We even have the Go Berkey to use on the road.

Wash in Cold Water

Most detergents work just as well in cold water as they do in hot. We have been using cold water on all but our sheets and it has worked great.  My favorite detergent in the Thieves Laundry detergent, also a concentrate and amazingly effective.  When you can switch to cold, your clothes and your energy bill will thank you!

Get Rid of Clutter

This is a process – we’ve done the clutter reduction and purging three times in the last year.  It feels amazing to live in a small space and not have every counter or table top covered in stuff!  When you have less around, you reduce the risk of buying soothing you truly don’t need plus you can easily find things, so you are not wasting time.

Be Smart About Organic

As I have grown in my journey to give my family the best of toxic-free living, I’ve learned where it’s important to prioritize.  We can’t buy everything organic, so it is helpful to know what is most prone to be contaminated with chemicals and worth buying organic.  You can check out the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” and determine what is truly most important to buy organic.

Reduce Your Wardrobes

Just how many pairs of jeans does a person need?  I am in the process of reducing my wardrobe and really want to dive into the Project 333 — still thinking, but in the meantime I have cleared my closet considerably and it is so freeing!  By investing only in clothes you actually love and enjoy wearing it is easy to keep things organized and you actually look forward to getting dressed each morning!  I am in the process to do this with my  seven year old – to reduce his clothing as well.  

 

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.

11 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaning Recipes

10
Oct
2016

11 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaning Recipes

Who wants to save money cleaning their home? Yep, I know – everyone is raising their hand! Here’s the deal – making your own homemade cleaning products is not only good for your budget, but amazing for your health too!

I began looking at the ingredients in my cleaning products about three years ago as I started seeing great improvements in my health when I began eliminating chemicals in my diet, my personal care products, and cleaning products.  

Pull out the products in your pantry and take a look at the ingredients and see how they rate on EWG – the Environmental Working Group. This is stuff you will want to know!

I do feel confident and empowered knowing that when I make my own products, I can control what goes in and limit my exposure to ingredients I don’t want.

My standard cleaning mix in my house is the amazing and versatile Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living – but when I need some specialized cleaning or feel like mixing things up, I use some of these family-friendly recipes.

All-Purpose Cleaners

DIY Kitchen Cleaning Wipes via Recipes with Essential Oils

#1: DIY Kitchen Cleaning Wipes via Recipes with Essential Oils

DIY All-Natural Cleaner via TODAY.com

#2: DIY All-Natural Cleaner via TODAY.com

For Your Dishes

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent via Joyful Adorations

#3: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent via Joyful Adorations

Homemade Dish Soap via Oh Lardy

#4: Homemade Dish Soap via Oh Lardy

Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid via Whole New Mom

#5: Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid via Whole New Mom

Silver and Crystal Cleaner via The Greenbacks Gal

#6: Silver and Crystal Cleaner via The Greenbacks Gal

Pots and Pans Cleaner via Mom 4 Real

#7: Pots and Pans Cleaner via Mom 4 Real

For Your Appliances

DIY Homemade Oven Cleaner via Rooted Blessings

#8: DIY Homemade Oven Cleaner via Rooted Blessings

Cleaning Your Coffee Maker Naturally via The Creek Line House

#9: Cleaning Your Coffee Maker Naturally via The Creek Line House

For Your Floors

DIY Wood Floor Cleaner & Polish via O'Boy! Organic

#10: DIY Wood Floor Cleaner & Polish via O’Boy! Organic

Homemade Tile Floor Cleaner via Recipes with Essential Oils

#11: Homemade Tile Floor Cleaner via Recipes with Essential Oils

Many of these recipes call for essential oils. To learn more about the huge benefits of Young Living Essential Oils, click here.

Young Living new member special

If you put it off, you’ll be sorry! Take time now to be proactive and protect your family. 

Online Homemaking Conference: Finding Balance

4
Oct
2016

Online Homemaking Conference: Finding Balance

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed? Has the fall back-to-school season thrown you and your family for a loop? Are you like me and perhaps in a season of transition and finding it hard to get new routines set into place?

I have got something that I know will help you get back on track and find some practical solutions to prioritize your role in your home.

Introducing the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2016!

The theme of this year’s conference is Finding Balance in Your Home and all of the amazing speakers will address different aspects of learning how to better balance all of the roles and responsibilities that we juggle every single day. 

20 Sessions All Addressing Different Aspects of Finding Balance Within Your Home

Online Homemaking Conference

Wonder why this conference is so special? Anyone can attend! It’s all online! It is perfect for those of us who cannot travel to attend a conference. Whatever your reason, this conference has a spot just for you!

You can view the sessions live October 25, 26, 27, & 28 or have access to them anytime! How awesome is that?  

Even after 23 years of motherhood, I have seasons of struggling – wondering if what I am focusing on is where God wants me, determining how much time and where I need to prioritize, etc. Our lives are a constant influx of change, so when we can intentionally take time to feed our soul in our most important job – motherhood and homemaking – we will be blessed and find peace that only He can bring!

Two Ticket Options This Year:

Basic Ticket ($29.95)

Includes full access to the conference and all live events during October 25-28. Great ticket if you are on a budget and just want access to the conference!

Register Now

Premium Ticket ($49.95)

Includes full access to the conference and all live events during October 25-28, as well as:

  • Immediate access to Jami’s brand new Goal Setting for Greater Balance and Purpose in
    Your Home
     course and workbook! (Normally $30!)  This offer was originally suppose to expire on October 3rd, but the FREE Goal Setting course and workshop has been extended!

Goal Setting Course and Workbook

Keep reading for more details about these amazing bonus items! The premium ticket is great for those who want to get even more out of this year’s conference for finding greater balance and purpose in your day!

Ticket price increases after October 24th. Grab your ticket today!

Register Now

I will be attending and please know I would never share this with you if I didn’t think the value and content will be helpful in your journey as a mother.  

I encourage you to pray about this and decide which ticket price would be best for you and your family.  Why not share this blog post with a few friends and start your own small group covering some of the material you will learn during the four-day course?  

What a great way to grow together! 

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