• How to Deal with Disrespectful Teens or Teen Attitude

    Oh, the teen years. Do you remember when you were a teenager? Sometimes I still FEEL like a teenager…so, it’s hard to believe I HAVE teenagers! With five girls and two boys, I KNOW how difficult it is to deal with disrespect. It’s DIFFERENT from sheer disobedience because you can’t always pin it down. It just smells…like wrong. That’s actually what I tell my kids, “I don’t know where the funk is coming from, but I can SMELL it all over you.” I do a lot of circular hand motions to drive home my point. Disrespect can come in the form of: tone of voice slamming doors huffing and puffing telling…

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  • 7 Positive Steps to Take for Your Marriage While You Are Pregnant

    As I waddled around Target, pregnant with baby #6, all I could think about was ‘When am I going to have my body back?’ My feet ached, I couldn’t sleep well, and indigestion commonly came to visit. But pregnancy doesn’t come without its perks. When people saw me coming, the moved out of the way, opened doors for me and told me how good I looked pregnant. As someone who likes the limelight, I relished the praise and attention. What (or should I say ‘who’) most people forget when they notice a pregnant woman is the figure behind her…carrying the bags, lifting the heavy objects and giving the occasional, but much-needed…

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  • The Truth About Working at Home as a Supersized Family Mom

    Working at home with all the other chores moms are responsible for is sheer insanity. My WAHM life is not pretty. It’s not perfect. And some days I wonder if it’s even worth it. My Schedule: 10am-11am: Wakeup, eat, coffee, Bible(ish) time, feeding people 11am-12pm: Who knows? 12pm-4pm: Start homeschooling 4 of the 6 kids 4pm-5pm: Avoiding the kids at all cost, showering, brushing teeth (I’m not even kidding) 5pm-6pm: Dinner as kids binge watch YouTube 8pm: Kids in bed (at least I hope!) 8pm-9pm Convincing children to stay in bed 9pm-4am: Work The Truth About Schedules Schedules are a bit of a farce, even mine. Any moment is interrupted by a dirty diaper…

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  • How to Reach Your Personal Goals as a Supersize Family Mom

    I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to make time for my own personal goals. How can you do other stuff when you are a mom, wife, homemaker, employee? It seems impossible, right? By the time I get the kids in bed, and get the hubby…um, you know and the house cleaned, I have only a little time just for me.  Does anyone else experience this? It feels like every single second of our lives has to be accounted for in order to keep our proverbial ducks in a row! UGH! Remember Evie from Out of this World? It was an 80s sitcom where the character would press the…

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  • Being a Parent Makes You Awesome

    “Are you Effie Trinket?” the movie attendant asked me. “No, sir. My name is Flitter, this is my husband Flutter and my daughters, Coconut and Vespa.” I scurried away in a series of tiny-tiny-tiny steps in my silver stilettos with one gloved armed held high and the other arm hold a large heart box that served as my purse. I was wearing the only Capitol-esque shoes I could find in my closet and the box belongs to my daughter. My husband leaned over to me with his Capitol-styled goatee (filled in with brown eyeshadow for effect) and said, “Did you hear what he said after you walked away?” “No, what?”…

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  • Books You Won’t Mind Your Teenage Daughter Reading

    At my house, we love books. But finding books that are within our “okay” range for our teens is super-duper hard. At the highest standard our values in books are: no cussing no teen dating no magic no sex no overly graphic scenes no drug use no homosexuality no indulging in sinful behavior That said, we’ve had to let our “perfect” standards loosen when if we want our children to enjoy reading without feeling like everything secular is off-limits. For our older children, we allow mild cussing here and there, a party-scene if it’s pertinent to the storyline, a few kissing scenes and mild violence. We strive to keep everything…

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  • Motherhood is like a Casserole (with Recipe)

    Have you ever said, “I feel like I am messing up my kids?” Me, too. I tell you a little secret I learned while struggling to make a casserole with a messy house, crazy hungry kids and only a few ingredients. It will definitely change the way you view motherhood. Motherhood can be messy, but if you make sure you add some KEY ingredients you will come out with a delicious kid. (Okay, don’t really eat your kids). They are hungry…again. With six mouths to feed, nourishing my children can feel like a never-ending task. I raided the fridge to figure out what I could shovel in their mouths for…