Are you so overwhelmed with the mess right now, that you don't even know where to start? Dirty kitchen, dirty dishes, piles of dirty laundry, and no clean clothes? No idea what's for supper tonight? ... Read More about I’m Drowning in a Mess and I Don’t Know Where to Start
I call this recipe "Emergency Chicken Enchilada Soup" because it can be ready so quickly! It can be made entirely from cans, so you can keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry for weeks or even ... Read More about Emergency Chicken Enchilada Soup
Laundry. It's not the cooking. Not the dirty dishes. Not the kid's schedules. Not the shopping. Not the noise. Not the chaos. In the spectrum of large family challenges, it's the laundry that ... Read More about Taming the Laundry Beast
In our crazy life, we pack a lot of lunches for the whole family to take on the road... kid's ballgames, field trips, etc. We get bored of regular cold sandwiches pretty quickly. However, this huge ... Read More about THE Sandwich
Sausage, eggs, and cheese give this breakfast dish its delicious flavor! It is a straightforward recipe with simple ingredients that kids and picky husbands won't turn up their noses at! My mom made ... Read More about “The Big One” Breakfast Casserole
Mom life is hard and exhausting. It just is. There are days when chaos reigns, and pancake syrup and dog poop are everywhere you step. Figuratively speaking. Or literally speaking. But it doesn't ... Read More about Choosing Joy in the Chaos of Life
Pork Loin is a cut of meat that I can buy at a great price point to feed my supersized family. This is my favorite way to prepare it, and it gets rave reviews from my adoring fans hungry people! ... Read More about Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin
My family loves these delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! We had our first flurries of the season last night, and the snow on the ground this morning called for baking! The chocolate chips are ... Read More about Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Physical Exhaustion is nearly universal among mothers, especially for moms with littles and large families! Every health expert and their dog is yelling, "Get more sleep!" But every mom I know, is ... Read More about “Baby, Your Mama Needs Sleep!” Practical Tips that Really Help
One of the first things that comes up when I talk to moms about my large family is "How do you feed everybody?" (I have 17 kids, but don't be alarmed, I'm mostly sane. Mostly. If you want the ... Read More about “Help Me!” How to Plan Menus and Shop for a Big Family
The Struggle is Real Mama, I feel you. Some days are so hard, it's like nailing jello to a tree. All day long, you run on fumes, feeling overwhelmed and overstressed. There are so many people ... Read More about 8 STEPS TO SELF CARE FOR OVERWHELMED MOMS and why it’s so important
Potty training can be one of the most difficult tasks in motherhood, but it doesn't have to be! Let me introduce you to a fun, effective, method to potty train in 1 day. It really works, I've used ... Read More about How to Potty Train in 1 Awesome Day!
(Alternate Title: Amanda Panda, the Dragon Warrior) The toddler years can be a very difficult time, but they are precious too! The busiest toddlers, in all their craziness, can grow up to be world ... Read More about Surviving the Roller Coaster of the Toddler Years
As a mom of many, everywhere I take my tribe I hear the question, "How do you do it??" (I'm a mom of 17, you can read more on that here.) Some days, as I listen to the sound of my head throbbing and ... Read More about How to Implement a Buddy System in Your Home that Will Save Your Sanity!
In a world of entitled, lazy people (and it keeps getting worse every day), it is still possible to raise responsible young people who know how to work! Here is how and why I do it, and why you ... Read More about Raising Responsible Kids Who Know How to Work
If you have a large family, or if you grew up in one, you've heard them all! The things people say! Let me tell ya, sister... there is a time to smile and turn the other cheek, and then there is a ... Read More about Don’t You Know What Causes That??!! Snotty comments about large families
When teens and adult children make bad choices, it can be one of the most heart-breaking things that parents face. Many parents are left wondering where they went wrong, and if the years they spent ... Read More about Hope and Truth When Your Teen Makes Bad Choices
That is an excellent question. Let me tell you how I got here... My first baby was born six weeks before I graduated from high school. I was a good student and I intended to go to a private ... Read More about Are you crazy?? Why would anyone have 17 kids??