Category Archives: Schedule & Organize

Homeschooling Schedule Summer 2013

Back: Alyssa (12), Matthew (13), Carter (11), Kaitlin (15) Front: Sadie (9) and Savannah (8)

In our home we homeschool year round. This makes sense to us because we believe that everyone (kids and adults) should always be learning and we make a big effort not to separate “homeschooling” from everyday life. Every single day (even weekends and when we’re at the beach on vacation) our children spend one to…

Routines, Schedules and Hooks: Getting it All Done

When it comes to managing our home, our routine (or schedule) has been the single most valuable tool. Many people are intimidated at the thought of setting up or using a routine or schedule. Many say that they function best without one, but I would disagree. The truth is that nearly everyone has a routine…

Keeping the Van Clean: 4 Moms

I’m not sure how it happens, but it seems that 10 seconds after cleaning out the van it is once again full of junk. Depending on your family and personality there are several ways to tame (or not) the car clutter. Ignore it If you are a mom with several young children and are struggling…

Preserving Food: 4 Moms

Food, food, food, sometimes it seems that half of my life revolves around food. As we work toward eating more natural, whole foods, I’m learning more about food preservation. Note: We do not own a pressure canner and we so our food preservation has, until now, been limited to freezing, dehydrating, water-bath canning and bulk…

Homeschooling, Homemaking and a Large Family: Bringing it Together – Schedule Fall 2012

I mentioned on the RO Facebook page last week that I was putting together a new schedule, revamping curriculum and compiling new reading lists for the children. Many of you asked if I would post detail on the blog and since it’s been a while, I figured I’d share some of our new plans. Although…

Q & A: Haircuts, Bed Wetting, Sleeping, College, Chores and Menu Plans

No, it’s not Thursday, but here on RO the 4 Moms post is coming a day late because I goofed when I read the schedule and wrote on the wrong topic. So today I’m answering some reader questions: Monique, my real life friend, admitted feeling guilty when she asked, “How do you cut little boys…

Menu Planning with Real, Whole Foods

Our CSA shares for the week (plus an additional bushel of broccoli)

I’ve mentioned before that the GNOWFGLINS website has provided significant help in our family’s move to (almost) all real, whole foods, prepared traditionally (we still enjoy the occasional batch of scrumptious homemade donuts). One of my favorite aspects of the GNOWFGLINS site is the weekly menu plans. We routinely use GNOWFGLINS menu plans along with…

Q & A: Beginning Homeschooling, Potty Training and Newborns

It’s time again for the 4 Moms to answer some reader questions. In this post I’m answering questions about beginning homeschooling, the first few weeks with a newborn, keeping the car/van clean and potty training. Maria wondered about potty training and how to prevent the process for dragging on for years. Bella (22 months) is…

Managing Blog Time and A Blogging Tip: 4 Moms

Bella (1), blogging

Welcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage since all of us are bloggers we’re talking a little about blogging today. For us the purpose of Raising Olives has always been clear: Offer practical help, advice and encouragement to younger moms. (Titus 2) Tell a little of our…

4 Moms Make Time for Managing the Budget

4 Moms parenting hardback

Menu planning and cooking for a large family, keeping up with the laundry and housework, homeschooling and being a wife and mother, when does a busy mom of many find time to balance the budget? In our house the answer is simple, I don’t. For the first several years of our marriage I was responsible…