The Hidden Costs of Working at Home

I come downstairs most mornings, and my husband is home. His work fills the dining room table and spills over into the floor all around him. I step around boxes to begin fixing breakfast. I serve it buffet style, and we find an available spot in the living room to eat. Sometimes the clutter of

August Building Blocks

August. The days were hot and full as we moved from spontaneous schedules to preparation for school to start. Building Spiritual Life I finished up my study on Proverbs 31 and studied the book of Esther. I began Deuteronomy as well. The Lord continually teaches me new things in amazing ways. Building Relationships Our oldest

How to Invite Your Kids Into Your Life

Being a mom is not very private. Some of us moms begin parenthood by sharing body space with our little ones. And all moms give what is left of their hearts to that little person long before they lay eyes on them or sign the papers. That, of course, is just the beginning. I don’t

Guest Post: 5 Keys to Homeschooling Multiple Children

This is our first week of school. We have a lot of firsts this year…..first year with a highschooler, first year running school and a business in the same space, and the first year trying some new curriculum. I’m over at Organized Homeschool talking about our curriculum choices this year and how we homeschool multiple

Three Tips for Easy and Healthy Smoothies

One of the most difficult things about living, working and educating at home is mornings. They are always crazy with kids doing chores and preparing for school. Occasionally, my husband or I are trying to meet a last minute work deadline. And there’s always that one child who just won’t. get. out. of. bed. Somewhere

Five Favorite Planning Resources

  I love to plan even more than I love to implement. Yep, it’s true….although I’m working on that. On the other hand, the adage of “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” is absolutely correct. So here are a few of my favorites: Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner I met Sue Hooley, the designer of this

July Building Blocks

  July. The lazy days of summer just seemed to pass us by, and we were running full speed all month. Building Spiritual Life I finished the New Testament epistles and did a study on Proverbs 31. You will be hearing more about that later. Building Relationships We spent time with Jeff’s family for Independence

Interviewing a Work-At-Home Mom: Kimberly Bagley

Kimberly has been homeschooling her four beautiful daughters since 2008. She loves to organize and find awesome tools to help make life simpler for others. Get 100’s of Tips on Organizing your Homeschool, Family and Business on her website at Here is the conversation we had over e-mail in the “fringe” hours of our

Five Tips to Organize Your E-mail

  Everyone in business laments the amount of e-mails they get. It is one of the biggest productivity blockers, but at the same time it is necessary. I will venture to guess that even if you don’t work on the computer, your e-mail inbox is often overflowing. Some people have a goal of inbox zero.

June Building Blocks

June. The first month of summer and so many other things. Building Spiritual Life I read Hebrews, James, I and II Peter this month. The Lord taught me more about faith and fear this month, and I’m learning to rest in His will for me. Building Relationships Jeff and I celebrated our 17th anniversary this month. We