My Children Have All They Need, Plus Me

All they need is my connection, and my support, and they do everything else happily on their own. This post is part of BlogHer's My "I'm a Mom Moment" editorial series made possible by 7th Generation. ...more

Bite-Sized Hearty Breakfast for Busy Mornings

I can't remember the last time I slept past 9 a.m.! Ever since my kids were born, I've been up early, my showers are rushed, breakfast is rushed, and we struggle to get out of the door on time every morning. Does this sound familiar to anyone? That said, I love being a busy mom of two boys and wouldn't trade it for the world! ...more

Following My Maternal Instincts and Going for a Walk

Before I knew I was pregnant with my first child I knew I wanted to give birth without drugs or interventions. I never questioned that it was best for my baby and myself. When my husband and I agreed to a Cesarean birth for our second daughter, that was also instinct. Our instinct as parents was to do whatever was necessary to keep our daughter and myself safe and healthy. ...more
I couldn't agree more about the importance of walking - I don't have kids yet, but I do have my ...more

Inventive Breakfast Bento Boxes

It's 6:22 a.m. and I've already been nudged awake three times by four different children. I roll over and ask them for five more minutes--just five--because I'd been up 'til midnight, finalizing assignments and folding neat fresh piles of laundry. And five more minutes of sleep sounds just too, too good to give up. ...more
what fun breakfast ideas!   LOVE itmore

Morning Routine Sanity-Saving Checklist

People often ask me how I manage to get all these kids up, dressed, and out the door every morning. Hahahaha, that's a lie. People rarely ask me that, possibly because you'll note the above sentence lacks the phrases "cheerfully," "with their teeth brushed," or "without large clumps of hair sticking up in every direction." ...more

Got Teenagers? Tips for an Easier Morning Routine

When the Foodie children were younger, our mornings were easy enough to navigate—or, as easy as mornings ever are. For several years, both kids went to the same day care center; then to the same elementary school. They got up at the same time, got dressed at the same time, ate at the same time. We rushed to get out the door some mornings, but we were, at least, rushing on the same schedule. ...more
This is a great article - I have one teen and one tween, and the battle to get them out of bed ...more

How To End Hectic Mornings

With three school-aged children and two working parents, our busy household needs a plan to make mornings run as efficiently and smoothly as possible. After a few years of chaos and disorganization, my husband and I brainstormed ways to makeover our morning routine. The plan we devised makes even the most time-crunched days start off on the right foot for everyone. ...more
These are great tips! I always, always, always wish that I would have packed lunches for my four ...more

Sugar-Free Cinnamon Toast for the Morning Rush

When I wake up in the dark hours of the morning, it is the thought of that steamy hot cup of tea that gently coaxes my feet out from the covers and onto the floor. If I hurry, I can take my first sip, in silence, before the mayhem starts. ...more

Homemade Granola and Other Tips for Easier Morning Routines

One of the conveniences of homeschooling is that we don't often have to rush in the morning to get everyone up, dressed, groomed, fed, together, and out the door. However, when there are six kids in a family, mornings that have commitments need to be carefully orchestrated. ...more
I do too! My aunt gave me a good recipe. My parents use granola on top of almost everything! ...more

30-Minute Evening Routine to Prevent Morning Meltdowns

My daughter's private school switched buildings this past summer, turning what used to be a trip around the corner into a 20-minute drive. This also meant that my husband could no longer do the morning drop-off, which meant that I, a work-at-home mom, would now have to -- Gasp! -- get dressed in the morning and venture out in public before 8 a.m. ...more
The clothes picking out part is a great idea - and we kind of do that AND the opposite of that ...more