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New School Year Resolutions

by Daisy Simplify

I’ve never made New Year’s resolutions. Maybe because it doesn’t come at a point in the year when I felt in need of a real transition. The end of summer vacation and the beginning of the new school year, however, is a significant adjustment in my house. It also marks a change of seasons (soon), […]

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Amazing Attic System

by Ivory Soap Simplify

A little over a year ago, I was nesting.  I was looking for organization books at Barnes and Noble and the lady helping me gave me the best tip!  I can’t remember what book it was from, but it’s revolutionized our attic. Here’s what you do. Get a bunch of the same size boxes.  We […]

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No ‘Poo For Me

by Daisy Body Care Products

Did the people who named the shampoo-free movement “no ‘poo” really think that one through? Besides being confusing (it’s hard to communicate that apostrophe in spoken communication), it’s a bit inelegant. But what’s done is done. I’ve gone no ‘poo and I think I’m sticking with it. It’s been about three weeks and I’m liking […]

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Simplified Household: Calendar-in-a-Box

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Do you have weird school papers strewn all over the house?  A calendar that is so cluttered with information that you can’t hardly read it?  Did you forget pajama day at school AGAIN this year?  How long has it been since you went to the dentist? Well, this is an old homeschool trick that I […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Build With Pallets

by Ivory Soap Green Up

I have more than a couple of friends who working warehousing and retail and shipping and all that and I’ve been quizzing them over using wood pallets. Here’s what you need to know: 1)  They aren’t always discards.  Many companies store the pallets outside before they are returned, recycled, etc.  If you take them, it […]

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7 Things You Should Know Before Making Citrus *Enzyme* Cleaner

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of citrus cleaner and this what I found. The usual formula 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1 teaspoon yeast 1 liter Water 2 cups Lemon and/or Orange Scraps Mix and ferment for a month.  Strain into bottle and use. Good News: It does […]

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I Couldn’t Do Without . . .

by Daisy Simplify

This gigantic plastic bowl. This cheap, mass-produced plastic bowl is one of the most useful things in my entire kitchen. It’s lightweight, somewhat flexible so I can squeeze it into one side of my divided sink, easy to clean, and LARGE.  I use it every time I put up fruit or vegetables, and I can […]

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Old Schooling: The Four R’s Approach

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Our house runs like an old one-room schoolhouse, except for the rampant technology that makes my life SO much easier. Our day starts with the kids reading a little Bible story on their own and saying hello to Jesus in their heart.  If they’re too young to even read an Early Readers Bible, I read […]

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Teaching Kids to Read the OLD School Way

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I like old stuff. A few months back I read this DREADFULLY sad book about the first American born nun, Lydia Longley, but it gave a great example of how an old school horn book lesson went. I started using it on my younger son and WOW, it is helpful. First, what is a horn […]

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Homeschooling Styles and How I Screwed Them Up

by Ivory Soap Simplify

There are plenty of methods out there, and many are all jazzed about their own way being the best and that anything else is garbage.  Please don’t get waylaid by the propaganda.  Almost anything will work if you stick to it (which I have obviously not done.) The goal is to find something that fits […]

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How To Start Homeschooling

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Used to, another mother looked at you like you had four heads if you said that you homeschooled.  These days, it’s akin to sainthood.  “Ooooh, I couldn’t do that!” Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, I know I was born to do it.  That’s my reason.  I can give lots and lots […]

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BYOB Daily Planner

by Ivory Soap Simplify

BYOB Daily Planner PDF link I have a problem with most printable planners.  They don’t reflect my spontaneous, forgetful nature.  They’re usually written for methodical folks who remember to take showers and stuff.  Not me.  I need a planner that says, “Hey, is your phone charged?  And are you feeling kinda yuck?  Any chance your […]

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Freezer Cooking Winner: Ground Beef and Sausage

by Ivory Soap Tutorials

Of all the things I’ve frozen, this has been the most useful.  Whenever I go to the store for the “big trip” of the month, I buy LOTS of ground beef, a bag of onions, and a pile of sausage.  The first night that I cook anything, I cook all of my ground beef and […]

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Meal Planning for Spontaneity

by Ivory Soap Simplify

If you’ve known me for more than a month, you know I can’t stick to a schedule.  Every month I find a new and different way to plan something that I then end up disobeying.  I love to stitch, but if I make a*goal* to stitch so many times a week, I WILL NOT HAPPEN. […]

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Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack

by Daisy DIY

With preschool and primary school-age kids, I struggle to organize their clothes.  I thought about taking a picture of the laundry room floor before I cleared it up, but nobody would believe it was really that bad so I am sparing you the image.  Suffice it to say, I was repeatedly heard to say to […]

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How to Homeschool Multiple Ages

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Running a one room schoolhouse can be pretty overwhelming, but it can be done! School Starts With Baby’s Nap My baby goes back down for a big nap three hours after she gets up in the morning.  So, school time moves depending on how lazy I was that morning.  The key to homeschooling with a […]

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5 Simple Rules to Reduce Child Laundry

by Ivory Soap Simplify

With six people in one house, I am lately obsessed with reducing laundry.  A few month ago, I reported in THIS POST that I was trying a new laundry experiment.  I reported the results HERE and then my new shoe shelf innovation HERE.  After months of experience, I feel I have arrived at a realistic child laundry philosophy.  (P.S. […]

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Handmade Gifts for First-Timers

by Ivory Soap Simplify

  If you DIY, August is the planning time for the Fall DIY season.  We need time to cure that soap and crochet those afghans.  And for newbies, it’s the time for perusing the possibilities.  What can I make that doesn’t require months of practice?  Well, good news.  I have put together a list for […]

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4 Ways to Live Seasonally in August

by Ivory Soap Simplify

‘Tis the Season Back to school?  Yes, but August is about a lot more than that if you DIY.  August is the advent of a whole new season for DIYers.  As we explained in  THIS POST: Winter is Building Season.  The leaves are down and the saps’s not running, so this is the time to build […]

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Shoe Shelf Weekly Clothing Organizer

by Ivory Soap Simplify

  I officially have TOO much closet space.  I even stuck the kids’ chest of drawers in there to take up some room.  The fun part is, the chest is EMPTY.  It’s ready to be filled with all that nonsense kids collect: gum wrappers, beads, string, little pieces of paper and tape, etc. What you […]

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