Taking Out The Christmas Tree

This year we cut down a HUGE Christmas tree for the new house.  We thoroughly enjoyed decorating it and the beauty it added to our Christmas season.  Disposing of it was quite an adventure as this video shows: I loved watching the children learn the “easy” way to drag a tree. LOL How do you […]

Jonas Family 25 Holiday Events

If you listened to my podcast about Simplifying and Organizing your Holidays, then you know that the first week of every October, the Jonases sit down and discuss what we’re going to do as a family for the first 25 days of December.  These events are very intentional and designed to build memories and make […]

How To Organize A Control Journal

http://traffic.libsyn.com/goatmilkstuff/BMSG028.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:52 — 24.7MB)Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Episode 028 Keeping a family of ten and Goat Milk Stuff running smoothly requires a lot of organization.  One of the things that I rely upon to help keep me organized is my Central Notebook or Control Journal.  It contains everything […]

Ulterior Motives

Everyone around here always loves Christmas. But this year, Brett, Cole, and Emery got really excited about it. Most of their gifts were very altruistic and something the receiver would really desire. But there were a few that I think were a little bit selfishly motivated. One of them was the box set of the […]

Read Alouds

OK, I’m about to admit to a very juvenile action on my part. But what can I say? I’m human. LOL It was a couple of weeks before Christmas and my mom called. She told me what she had gotten for all the boys and the little girls. Then she said, “I haven’t gotten Brett […]

Thoughts on our Hotel

We stayed at the Country Inn & Suites for almost a full week while we were in Pennsylvania selling soap at the PA Christmas show. We’ve stayed at lots of different hotels since we started doing shows and festivals. The children decided this was their favorite hotel. They loved the pool and hot tub (of […]

Almost Christmas

We love the fact that our business is growing. But it has interfered with some of our Christmas traditions. At the very least, it has pushed many of them back from the first half of December to the second half of December. For example, we finally got our tree up this week. We could have […]