What We Ate This Week- Meal Planning Inspiration

It’s been hard to come up with ideas for posts lately. I’m in what feels like the 7 week slump of Stay Home, Stay Safe and it seems like most blogs are writing about the same things. Truthfully I just haven’t been inspired. But then a small thought started to sprout in my head… Most…

Meal Planning in Quarantine

    Meal planning. Even during ‘normal’ times that phrase can make even a seemingly otherwise organized person hide their faces and turn away. Meal planning can be hard. You know what makes meal planning even more difficult? Not being able to find the ingredients you need to actually make the meals you plan. Also…

Homemade White Bread

  With everything going on it can be difficult to find some of our most eaten food. Bread is definitely one of those foods. Flour and yeast certainly can be too, but not as scarce as already made bread. With that in mind, here is one of my best recipes for white bread! Ingredients: 2C…

The Easiest Saint Patty’s Day Cookies EVER!

  Want to do something fun, but low effort this Saint Patty’s Day? This is probably one of my favorite cookie recipes ever! It’s simple, it’s quick and yet still tastes great! This recipe can be adapted for any occasion, but I just can’t deny some good minty chocolate around this fun whimsical day! Easy…

Spring Clean Check List

The last few weekends have been amazing in Mid-Michigan! Nice temperatures, brilliant sunshine and there’s hardly any snow left. It’s fairly likely to stay that way too, for the most part at least. I get so excited for spring, I start making all the lists, making all the plans and I actually get excited about…

Perfect Al Dente Pasta- From The Instant Pot!

  The instant pot is great at locking in flavors and can quickly cook food in record time. Even accounting for the time it can take to pressurize! But one of my favorite foods to cook in the instant pot is one of the easiest foods to also cook on the stove. Yes, I’m well…

Instant Pot 101

  I was pretty late in the game when it came to Instant Pots. Just the word “pressure cooker” can send us jumpy people into a tizzy! I understood where busy people who were out of the house all-day might find these contraptions useful, but as a homeschool-stay-at-home-mom, I felt my slow cooker was good…

Plan With Me- January 2020

  I thought it would be good for me to do a good ol’ short and sweet post today! I write a LOT about homemaking, food, homeschooling, but this site IS called Planning This Home for a reason. It all starts with a good plan! So many people get inspiration from watching others decorate and…

Cheap Date Night Ideas You’ll Actually Love

  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! In just a week, to be precise! So in light of the oh-so-popular date night, let’s talk about cheap and easy dates! It can be hard to not spend a fortune on dates, especially when you have kids and need to pay a babysitter or find things…

How To Gain Control Of Your Laundry

Today we’re getting dirty by talking about something almost everyone has, an epic Mount Laundry pile! Sometimes it’s an anthill, usually, it feels like Mount Everest! If there’s more than one person in the house, you have at one time or another, fallen behind on your laundry. The hardest part is that, once you’re behind,…

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2020

  We say this with every holiday all year long it seems… but I cannot believe that it’s time to start thinking about valentine’s day already! The days are long, but the years are fast, right?! Sometimes Valentine’s day can be hard, we just got our love gifts for Christmas, and now here we are…

How Often Should I Clean That? Daily Cleaning Checklist

  January just always feels like an appropriate time to take a good long look at your life. Doesn’t it?! Just something about the crazy of the holidays being over and life settling back into place, the start of a new year and the illusion of a promising new organized and put together self… That’s…

How Often Should I Clean That?! Weekly Cleaning Checklist

  Last week was all about what to clean each month. You can read more about that here.  But, the trick to making the monthly cleaning easier is by keeping up on tasks every week! I have another list for you today to help you keep on track and you can decide what works best…

When Should I Clean That?! What To Clean Every Month

  It’s the start of a new month. Even better, it’s the start of a new year (and how crazy to think even a new DECADE)! What are your resolutions?! So many people I know have listed cleaning, keeping up with the house (or dishes, or laundry….) as part of their resolutions. It’s easy to…

Cozy Fall Meals: Slow-Cooker Chicken And Stuffing

  Want a little taste of thanksgiving early? Want it with minimal effort? You’ve come to the right blog! This chicken and stuffing meal is easy and perfect for a cold fall day! Ingredients: 1 Large chicken breast 2 10 oz cans cream of chicken soup Baby carrots Potatoes (any size will work if using…

Cozy Fall Recipes: Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

  This apple pie is easy, cozy, and perfect for fall! It is also a great breakfast pie. I mean, come on, cinnamon rolls, apples, you have all the important food groups all rolled into a pie. Divine! How is breakfast pie not a thing yet? Is it because ALL pie is a breakfast pie?…

How We Take Homeschool Breaks

  “Learning happens all the time!” Every homeschool parent will say this often, to anyone who will listen. But if learning happens all the time, why do you need a break from it? Isn’t it just life at that point? What are you breaking from? What do you do during breaks?! We’re eclectic homeschoolers. So…

6 Ways To Stay Healthy During The Cold And Flu Season

  Does this post even need an explanation?! Ugh, it’s definitely cold and flu season! Almost every family we know has been hit by the bug. And I’m sad to say I dropped the ball and didn’t do most of the things I’m going to tell YOU to do today, and we got hit too….

Cozy Fall Meals: Chicken BBQ Pizza

  We’ve been covering a lot of slow cooker meals, but this week I’m turning my attention to the oven as I give you my recipe for one of my favorite pizzas- chicken bbq! We really beefed it up this time with some fresh onion and green pepper from our family friend’s farm! Veggies just…

It’s Not About Patience

  We all hear it at some point. Someone learns that I homeschool my kids and the first thing they say is, “I could never be so patient!” Or, “You must have so much patience!” When I’m told this I want to evil laugh and scream, “Seriously? I HAVE NO PATIENCE!” Just ask my neighbors,…

Cozy Fall Meals: Beefy Pasta

  This is another meal that seems to be a hit with the whole family! There is the extra set of browning the meat, but otherwise, this is a simple dump and go meal, with most ingredients already in your pantry! (Especially if you use my fall stock up list to prep your pantry! *wink*)…

What To Stock Up On For Fall

  Okay, the alarms are set, the backpacks are packed, the homeschool curriculum is settled (If you homeschool). It’s getting to be that time of the year. The first real proof for me that fall is on the way is when everyone is in full back to school mode! The mornings are cooler, the days…

Cozy Fall Meals: Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta

  Today’s straight to the point, no-frills recipe idea is definitely a family favorite! Do you like mozzarella? Do you like Chicken? Do you like Pesto? How about pasta? (DUH! Right?!) This is a great recipe for any kind of weather in every single season. Ingredients: 3 large chicken breasts 8 Oz Pesto (this last…

Our Fall 2019 Homeschool Morning Routine

  Are you sick of waking up frazzled? Greeted by complaints, fighting kids and demands before you even use the bathroom or take a sip of coffee? Then, my friend, you need a routine! I personally like the term rhythm, but for SEO sake, I’ll use the term routine. I will, however, NOT use the word…

Cozy Fall Meals: Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

Today’s short and sweet post is a family favorite cozy soup meal! Taco Soup in the slow cooker! Ingredients: Chicken breasts- 1 large is perfect or 2 smaller ones 4 12 cans of your favorite beans- I switch this up every time depending on what I have on hand 2 cups water and 2 bullion…

Homeschool In A Disaster-Free Zone

A difficult part of homeschooling (or just being a stay at home parent) is the kids. I’ve mentioned before that I foolishly thought that being a stay at home mom meant that my house would be clean more often. Feel free to laugh. Seriously though, the hardest part somedays is trying to keep a semi-clean…

How To Homeschool Mindfully In 7 Simple Steps

Chatter. Noise. Constant to-do lists. And some days this is just what’s going on in my head. Then adding the kids into the mix, the noise really picks up! When our minds are busy with everything we need (or think we need) to get done, or analyze, or fix, it’s nearly impossible to be in…

6 Simple Ways To Keep Your House Clean

  Do you know someone who watches cleaning videos on Youtube? Did you get caught up in the Konmari method, or just binge-watch Hoarders when your house is a mess? We’re always looking for some new motivation to keep a tidy home, or some new method to try. Keeping a tidy house seems to be…

Teaching Kindergarten With Themes

  Kids have short attention spans. That will come as no surprise to any parent! And the younger the child, the less attention they can give to anything. That’s why a huge part of teaching younger kids is through play, with small concentrated learning throughout the day. But even then, after a few weeks of…

Our Curriculum Choices For Third Grade For 2019-2020

It’s that time again! Back to school, shopping, and for us homeschool families, obsessing over curriculum choices! This year we are trying something new! We’re just changing everything around here this year! For the past three years, we have used a Comprehensive Curriculum with a few sprinklings of other books. Last year for science and…

Our New Homeschool Schedule

  I think one of the biggest challenges of being a homeschool parent is the added stress of taking on responsibility for their entire education. All of the decisions, all of the planning, all the choices are in my, and my husband’s, hands. That’s also a lot of extra work that needs to be done…

Happy Planner Spread for August 2019

Today’s post is short and sweet! I’m sharing my spread for August 2019 in my Happy Planner. I’ve been taking a break from this planner for the past month and I’m so ready to get back to it! My Happy Planner Mini just doesn’t cut it for my day to day tasks and keeping me…

My Favorite Back To School Supplies!

  The flyers have started arriving in the mail. The emails are pouring in, and it seems every advertisement you see is geared towards one topic: Back To School. Are we ready? Probably not! But should we get started anyway? YES! You don’t want to be left in the dust having to pay full (outrageously,…

My Favorite Homeschool Planner

It feels like we just put all the school supplies away. I really JUST did because we have been slowly working on changing up my office. And yet as the last firework shot into the air, every single store flipped a switch and suddenly school supplies were EVERYWHERE! Each post this week will be all…

Family Favorite 4th Of July Desserts For Every Kitchen

The smell of charcoal and fresh-cut grass. Burgers, hot dogs, hot summer days. The sounds of children playing and livin’ their best lives, seeing fireworks (and if I’m honest, watching my kids see the fireworks is the BEST part, right?!). It sounds amazing, doesn’t it?! Even my husband who lives for the cold winter months…

How To Plan Your Stock-Up Grocery Trips

Click away from this blog if you LIKE running out of toilet paper! Still here? That’s what I thought… No one likes to be caught without their essential household staples! The problem is that it can be hard to really stock up on these essentials when sometimes they end up being the most expensive things…

Our Simple Daily Routine For A Fun Summer Break

Well, we made it! We made it through the year! This year felt like it was really long, so I’m so happy that we’re finally taking a break and really slowing down again! So happy in fact, that we’re switching up our school schedule for next year, but I’ll tell you more about that on…

More Grocery Tips To Save You Time And Money

Almost immediately after I hit publish on a grocery and meal plan tip post, I start thinking of even more things I can cover in the next one! So today I have ten MORE tips to share with you that make grocery shopping and meal planning on a budget that much easier! More Grocery Tips…

How To Make Your Budget Fun Again!

Sometimes I feel like I have the attention span of a squirrel. I can zone in on something for a bit, but then before I know it, I’m off on a new tangent and the old fascination is long forgotten. I have done this with craft projects, books, exercise and eating right, bullet journals, even…

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Here at Planning This Home, we talk a lot about moms. The reason why is really simple: I am a mom. But today we’re shifting gears and we’re talking about the other half of the equation, dads! Dad’s are just as important as moms, there’s no doubt about that! Since it’s June, I want to…

Summer Food: Death By Chocolate

I hate blog posts that go on for paragraphs talking about how they made this fantastic recipe for their aunt that one summer in 2006. You have to scroll allllll the way to the end of the post to get the recipe. I get it, food means something to us, and it brings up memories…

My Favorite Homemade Cleaners

It’s no surprise that many household cleaners these days have a LOT of chemicals. Sometimes, we want some of those extra chemicals to disinfect, but most of us agree that a lot of it just isn’t necessary. And most disinfectants have you rinse off the areas that you clean with water after you use them….

Should You Worry About How Much Time You Homeschool Each Day?

As parents (and moms in particular) a major part of the gig seems to be worry.  We worry constantly about every little thing in our children’s life. Are they eating the right foods? Did they brush their teeth well enough? Did WE brush their teeth well enough? Did that head scratch mean lice? What’s the…

How To Start The Cash Envelope System

Allow me to take you back in time… Not too far, just a few months. Lets start right at the beginning of the year. As most people do, I set a couple goals for myself and my family for 2019. Among those goals was having at least $1,000 in savings. That was it, just $1,000….

My Favorite Subscription Services For Homeschool Families

Be warned: this isn’t your Martha Stewart meets crunchy homesteader type of homeschool post (though I do day dream about being that one day…). This is real life. This is going to be all about some of my favorite things that help make my busy life as a homeschool-mom-who-wears-multiple-hats easier! This is what gets me…

How to Plan Your Happy Homeschool Yearly Schedule

  We’re almost to the end of our year! While homeschooling is fulfilling and awesome, and just, all that good stuff…. I’m tired! So tired! We’re ready for lazy summer days, going to the splash pad and easing into the sweet life for a bit. It’s time now to start wrapping up the school work,…

How To Start Homeschooling: Answering The 11 Most Asked Questions

  Homeschooling has picked up popularity in the last decade. As more and more families research homeschool, more and more questions are being asked about it. Today I have a list of questions I’m most often asked, and questions I see in homeschool pages all over the internet. These are some of my favorite, thought…

Self-Care Morning Routine For Stay at Home Moms

Hey moms! Today’s short and sweet post is all about my morning routine! I want to start out with a couple things first. Depending on your kids’s age, or amount of kids you have, your work schedule and a whole bunch of other reasons, this routine might not work for you. There have been times…