Save Time and Promote Responsibility with The Homey App

I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review All opinions are my own, you can see my full disclosure here. We’ve had at least 8 people in our household for the last 12 years, and cleaning up, doing dishes and managing laundry for at times 13 people is just plain nuts. This is why early on in my large family parenting days we began assigning chores. We’ve had kids helping keep the house clean as young as 2 years old. How do you handle the chore situation at home? I’ve tried all sorts of methods. I once had a 3 foot long, color coded room by room and person by person checklist hanging in my laundry room. I had it laminated, and each family member was responsible for specific tasks each day. My chore lists have evolved through the years, some very elaborate, some simple and some on a giant whiteboard in the laundry room. I’ve used apps, reward systems, and spent literal DAYS obsessing over the to-do’s of large family living. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I tend to have an obsessive personality. I’m obsessive when itREAD MORE

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, I’m exited to share some Christmas traditions, and how we celebrate Christmas in Bolivia; my homeland. (This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) My family immigrated to the United States when I was just 11 years old, my husband’s family arrived from the Philippines in the same year. Seven years later, we married and formed a family that has managed to keep Bolivian and Filipino traditions, while also adopting American traditions, and in recent years British traditions. I guess you can say we love Christmas, and we love to pass down traditions. I’d love for you to grab a cup of hot chocolate, and learn a bit about how Christmas is celebrated in Bolivia. The Nativity and The Christ Child In the latter weeks of November, every family sets-up elaborate nativity scenes. These include lakes, hills, houses, all sorts of animals, shepherds and angels. Many of these take up entire rooms in many homes. I remember working on our nativity setting for hours with both of my parents. Just take a look at some of the pictures below. The central piece of the nativity of course is the Christ childREAD MORE

I am the oldest of 4 girls raised by a single mother, who worked 2 and sometimes even 3 jobs at the same time. We all took on chores early on, and learned to help mom in any way we could at a young age. There was no way our household would have survived, and that mom  would have kept her sanity if some of the daily responsibilities had not been taken on by us. 1. Chores allow kids to see themselves as important contributors to the family. A few weeks ago, I overheard my son jokingly telling the girls that mom and dad had done it the right way, by giving themselves ‘six-built-in-slaves’. When he noticed I had walked in the kitchen, he smiled and said he was grateful we had taught him and his sisters to contribute and not to be lazy. This was a big win for me. My kids understand that every time they sweep the kitchen, clean the bathrooms and take out the trash, they are taking part in the running of this household. They understand that these trivial tasks keep our home clean, comfortable and pleasant. 2. Chores equip kids with skills to function outsideREAD MORE

Have you had one of those days when all you want to do is absolutely nothing? Those days when you are just fed up. The house is a mess. There are at least 15 loads of laundry scattered in the laundry room. The chicken you are supposed to cook for dinner is still frozen solid, and it’s almost 5pm? That’s pretty much how my week has been. Sunday night as I eagerly planned our school week, outings and science labs I had energy to burn. I could not wait for Monday to get here. Monday morning came and I rolled out of bed, late for work, exhausted from a very packed weekend and all the excitement about the school week just vanished. As I walked the 15 foot long hallway from my bedroom to my office, I wanted to hide. I wasn’t just tired; I was depressed and I’m not sure why. I logged on to the work server and as I started my work day I decided that Monday, needed to be cancelled. I declared Monday a ‘school holiday’ and after my 4 hour morning shift I went back to bed. As I laid there I made plans to switch things up;READ MORE