Anybody else watching their tomato plants put on lots of green fruit??
Me, me! *hand raised*
OK, guys. Last week I learned two housekeeping tips that totally rocked my world! I excitedly told my sister about them and now I’m telling you! Seriously, these are two seemingly little tips in and of themselves, but they have made a big impact- both visually and mentally.
Don’t you just LOVE the smell of homemade bread baking?? And what better way to define your homesteading abilities than a proficiency at making homemade bread, right?? Well, I’m here to share the best bread recipe ever with you!
Bread can be very intimidating to most people, but it really doesn’t have to be and its much more forgiving than you think. Humans have been baking bread since the beginning of time, so, let me tell you, YOU CAN, too! Continue reading “The Best Bread Recipe Ever!”
Do you love all the farmhouse decor that’s so popular these days??
Especially, since I live on a farm and have always kind of decorated that way (I use “decorated” loosely…. I’m so not talented in that area!)
When we remodeled our house a few years ago, I ended up with a large, blank, windowless wall in our living room. I had no idea what to do with it (remember the lack of talent in the decorating arena??), so I lived with it for 3 years and pondered.
Just a little background on my lack of the decorating gene… we lived in a farmhouse south of town for 4 years and I didn’t hang a single thing in the living room the entire time we lived there!! And we had a GIANT blank wall! Yeah….
Anyway, back to my original story and how to get that trendy farmhouse style the easy way! Continue reading “Easy DIY Farmhouse Decor”
Do you want your family to eat most of their meals at home? How do you do that when you hate to cook? Well, I hear ya. We eat at home almost all the time. Literally. Like we go out once every few months. Crazy, I know. But I’m going to let you in on a couple of secrets for how I manage to feed my family at home all the time and do most of it from scratch.
My first secret is a practical one I learned from my mom: Continue reading “How to Eat at Home When You Hate to Cook”
Ok, so technically, we do have chores around our house and farm, but the farm jobs are the only ones we deem “chores.” I have never implemented the “chore chart” idea or assigned anything to anybody. I’ve often pondered it and once bought an expensive magnet chore chart system at a homeschool convention, but after attempting it for a week, I gave up and a couple years later, I sold it.
Yet, my kids still help me around the house daily.
How do we do it? Everything I’ve read maintains that assigned chores are the way to go and I’m one of the only moms I know who doesn’t “assign” their kids specific tasks for a specified amount of time.
There are two reasons:
- I’m somewhat lazy and disorganized and I’m not a list fan.
- My kids don’t want assigned chores.
Of course, you say. What kids want assigned chores?
So, here’s the deal. My kids are 14 and 11, so I’ve been doing the parenting gig for awhile and while I don’t pat myself on the back often for perceived parenting wins, I think I may have done something right way back in the day when they were toddlers and preschoolers of which I am now reaping the benefits.
Here’s what I did:
They constantly “helped” me around the house every day, all day.
And now, after a decade of it, it’s totally normal for my now big kids to help me when I need it, sometimes without asking (some things are just automatic) and sometimes with asking (but in a cheerful, non-nagging way). We work together all day. When we have our weekly deep cleans, they help- no complaining. When we have meals (which is every day, 3 times a day), they help clean it up, do the dishes, and clean the kitchen- with me. Sometimes we divide and conquer- “Elisa, you sweep the floor, while Lindy loads the dishwasher and I’m going to switch out laundry.” It works beautifully.
I asked them a couple months ago if they would rather have assigned jobs or do they like our current non-system. And you know what? They liked the status quo.
I think our lack of chores fosters a better sense of actually working together as a family rather than each individual completing an individual job because that what the boss (me) assigned. Yes, someday they will have jobs in the real world and that might be a scenario for them. But they will also have families in real world and I think a family home should be a much different place than a work environment.
So, let your littles work with you everywhere in the house (I know it can often seem counterproductive at the time!). That stage is so short in the grand scheme of things and before you know, you will be seeing the results of your hard work and patience. Clearing the table isn’t such a chore when you all work together and you can talk and chat and laugh.
And that is why we don’t have “chores.”
What do you think? Do you have a chore system? What is something you did when your kids were little that has benefited you and them now that they are older?