the time management advice I come back to again and again

time management advice to come back to again & again ~SteadyMom.com

From my post today on Steady Mom:

Mamas in the Western world always seem to be on the hunt for extra time. We have jobs to perform, meals to make, kids to play with, homes to clean, meetings to attend, and much more.

Inevitably the hours in the day do not equal the items on the to-do list. Is it any wonder that we’re overwhelmed and undernourished? That our souls ache with the busy-ness of it all? That motherhood is less joyful and more burdensome with each passing day?

But there is a time management tip that will help if we can just accept it:

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Note: This sale has ended and is no longer available. Thanks for your interest!

I remember several years ago when I first heard about the concept of “whole foods.” I had no clue what the term really meant, but I was intrigued. As someone who grew up eating a lot of fast food and drinking a lot of soda, I desperately wanted to feed my family well but had no idea where to start.

Whenever I looked up blogs or books about whole foods, they seemed so…complicated–at least to a newbie like me. If only I could find some baby steps to explain it all!

6a00e54f14494b883401157015090e970b-piThen one day I stumbled across Stephanie Langford’s ebook, Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time (title included in this week’s bundle). I downloaded it as fast as I could. It was exactly what I had hoped to find, and quite honestly, it changed the health of my family for the better.

In some area of homemaking–health, fitness, homeschooling, motherhood, cleaning, whatever–we all have that overwhelmed feeling from time to time. Haven’t you ever wished for a mentor who you could go to when you had a question?

Well, for the next six days you have the chance to gather around you a host of virtual mentors and teachers–supporting you in the art of homemaking.
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Weekend links

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Coming Soon:

Tomorrow morning marks the start of the Ultimate Homemaking Ebook Bundle Sale. It’s your chance to have lifetime access to an entire library of 97 homemaking (yes, that includes homeschooling resources, too!) ebooks and ecourses as well as $140 in bonus offers.

For six days only this homemaking library will be available for just $29.97–I’ll be back tomorrow to share more details and let you know how you can purchase it!

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“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” ~ Jim Henson, It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

Q&A Friday: What’s your favorite book about homeschooling?

favorite homeschooling books ~SimpleHomeschool.net
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

If it weren’t for the books I discovered back when I was considering homeschooling, I don’t think I would have had the courage to start down this path.

Without many real life homeschooling friends at the time, the books I read kindled my interest, answered my questions, and fueled the dream I was mentally crafting about what learning could look like for our family.

I love this quote by American journalist Edward P. Morgan:

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”

Most of us have been significantly impacted by at least one homeschooling book. Here are a few of my favorites:
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5 ways to manage home and school

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Written by Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats

Ours is a busy household. As you can imagine, with eight people, the sheer volume of dishes, laundry, and stuff to manage is fairly high, at least twice that of the “average” home. Coupled with homeschooling and being home-based in the truest sense of the word, our home boasts a very “lived in” look.

The walls bare fingerprints. The washing machine has a shelf life of about five years. The kitchen boasts a revolving door. Or so it seems.

Here are five tricks that I use to help me manage home and school: [Read more...]