Free Printable Christmas Coupon Book for Kids

Printable Christmas Coupon Book for Kids

One thing we try to instill in our children at Christmas and throughout the year is that Christmas has a whole lot more meaning than what we see around us each December.  It’s not about the presents, dinners, parties, performances, cookies, elves, or even Santa.  It’s about Jesus.  It’s about His decision to come to earth to save His creation. While we endeavor to nurture these truths in our children’s hearts, we do celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to each other.  I work hard to find gifts for each child that they will enjoy throughout the year.  Some challenge their […]

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Elf on the Shelf Free Printable Planner Calendar

Elf on the Shelf Planner Calendar

One tradition our family loves at Christmas is to celebrate advent – the coming of the King.  We read our favorite advent books each year (see my review here), but we’ve also jumped on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon and laugh at silly elf antics.  Pinterest is loaded with ideas from other elf owners to inspire your elf to get into mischief have fun after your littles have gone to bed. When we started doing the Elf of the Shelf thing, I had a hard time keeping up with the great ideas.  Some of them are SO funny, but […]

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Printable Homeschool Planner ~ The Expansion Pack

Printable Homeschool Planner Expansion Pack via Organizing Homelife

Over the last three years, I have received many requests from readers to share how I organize our homeschool with my Homeschool Planner. I am about to enter my eleventh year of homeschooling my children and have tried many methods of planning over the years.  I have made my own schedules and printables along the way and tweaked them over the years to make planning simpler and more complete. The Homeschool Planner with the Expansion Pack is very detailed, and will save you a LOT of frustration later on if you use it now.  Not only will it help you […]

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Homeschool Planner – How to Organize Your Homeschool

Organized Homeschool Planner New

In just a few weeks I will begin my eleventh year of homeschooling my kids.  I can hardly believe I just typed those words.  It’s crazy how fast the time has gone! Over the years, I’ve picked up a thing or two about homeschooling and finally feel like I know what I’m doing.  In the beginning I was so insecure and was afraid I would “break” my kids or fail miserably and deprive them of intellectual learning opportunities.  By God’s grace, I have grown in confidence and have enjoyed watching my kids grow and learn.  And amazingly, they are doing […]

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How to Organize Kids’ Games and a FREE Printable Organizer

How to Make a Game Instructions Binder with FREE Printable

We love games.  We love family game nights and late night fun and games with friends.  Now that our kiddos are growing up, they’re enjoying playing with the games, too.  Unfortunately, they don’t have the same interest in caring for the games as my hubby and I. No matter how much we “encourage” them to put all the parts away when they’re finished playing, it seems like the one thing I constantly find left out are the instructions.  We all know a game is no good if you don’t know how to play it, so keeping the instructions with the […]

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School Lunch Ideas & a Free School Lunches Printable Planner

School Lunch Free Printable

I love putting together a little “Back to School” gift pack for my kids each year.  Shopping for new pencils, binders, and backpacks, and just the overall feeling of starting fresh on a new school year is something I really enjoy. Although I homeschool my kids, we also participate in a weekly co-op school.  Getting up at the crack of dawn to make lunches is not one of my favorite parts of Back to School season.  It’s definitely not the time of day when I feel like being creative, but my kids get easily bored with the “same old sandwiches”. […]

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Craft and School Supply Organization


If you don’t already follow her, I’d love to introduce you to Kathy of Cornerstone Confessions.  I invited Kathy to guest post on Organizing Homelife today to share how she organized her craft and school supply cabinet.  Kathy shares homeschooling tips and organization, printables, blogging tips, and much more.  I hope you’ll hop over and visit her! Our first school year at home is quickly coming to a close. We have loved using our school room we organized last Spring but there is one space in our school room I never got around to–our craft and school supply cabinet. You […]

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A Family Advent Children’s Book Series Review ~ Jotham’s Journey

Celebrating Advent

Last year in my 12 Days of Christmas Planning series, I highlighted one of my favorite children’s book series in my Celebrating Advent post. I thought it was worth revisiting this year and sharing a short review for those of you who are unfamiliar with the series.  These books are highly worth the purchase!  I only recommend products and purchases to my readers that I believe in wholeheartely, and these are at the top of my “all-time-favorite-children’s-books” list. A few years ago, my friend’s family came over for dinner at the end of November.  She gave me an early Christmas […]

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How to Tie Shoelaces with an Easy-to-Release Double Knot

Easy to Release Double Knot Picture

Today I have a tip to share with you that is one of my all time favorites. This is a very simple way to keep your (or your childrens’) shoes tied without having to tie an old-fashioned double knot! My hubby’s grandmother taught him how to tie his shoes like this when he was a boy. He showed me how, and I’ve never gone back! I decided to do a video because it’s a little hard to share pictures of yourself tying shoelaces! For those of you who would rather have a visual reminder, I grabbed some snapshots from the […]

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Playdoh Play Mat

Playdoh mat

Every kid loves Playdoh, right?  Am I the only mom that sighs when the kids ask to play with it? Call me ornery, but I can’t stand picking Playdoh out of my carpets.  I also hate stepping in finding bits and chunks under the table that nobody remembered to pick up. So, I only let my kids play with Playdoh on the kitchen floor.  Fortunately, they like playing with it on the floor so they can spread out all the accessories. However, playing with it on the kitchen floor makes extra work for me, too.  Those hard little chunks of […]

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