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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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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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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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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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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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Organizing Failure: #1 Mistake

by Ivory Soap Simplify

You’ve cleaned the closets, the pantry, and set out a gorgeous workout schedule and meal plan.  And it all works…for three days.  Then it all falls apart and you’re back to your old habits.  What happened? Some would say that it takes two weeks to start a new habit.  Just gut it out.  As a […]

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Whop Biscuits and Bake Mix: A Summer Meal Schedule

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Now that I’ve automated the kids clothes and laundry for the season, I turned my sights toward food.  However, if the title didn’t tip you off, these menu selections will NOT be inspiring. (For you confused city slickers, “whop biscuits” are refrigerator canned biscuits. I use the generic “jumbo” ones from Aldi. The regular size […]

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5 Ways to Simplify Your DIY

by Ivory Soap Simplify

If you’re not paying attention, you can overwhelm yourself with “simple living.”  You can clutter up your life with so much DIY that you can’t see your way out.  DIY only simplifies your life if you keep your DIY simple. Pick double/triple duty products. DIY is empowering and fun.  It’s shouldn’t be overwhelming.  Don’t use DIY […]

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4 Lazy Ways to Simplify Summer Days

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I have been dreading it for a month already.  SUMMER. It’s not that the kids are home.  They’re home all the time.  It’s that the STRUCTURE of the school year is gone.  Whether you home-school or away-school, the day revolves around school time.  And for a few blessed hours, no one is wandering around making […]

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5 Ways to Live Seasonally In May

by Ivory Soap Simplify

1.  Find your farmer’s markets Most markets are open now. We have seven in our area. There’s one open every day of the week. Not only are there fresh greens, but the egg season has started (Valentine’s to Halloween), and the mama animals are making lots of milk. It’s time to find out what fresh […]

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Live Seasonally to Live Simply

by Ivory Soap Simplify

                  To everything, there is a season, unless you live in the burbs and the seasons are totally obscured by shipments from Mexico and California. Reduces Your To Do List Pioneer homesteaders lived seasonally.  There were no tomatoes in the winter, no acorn squash in May.  In […]

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Home Management Notebook 2012

by Ivory Soap Simplify

  I wrote a series of organization posts last year when I was having a baby, writing twice a month for the paper, gardening, writing a book, and homeschooling.  It was a complicated plan. But this year, life is less complicated.  So the plan is less complicated. First:  Think about your year Do you garden, […]

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Homeschool Day 12/2011

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Back in the day when I first started, homeschooling took a lot of time and involved a lot of books.  Then, after my fourth was born, I chose a classical, streamlined method.  It took almost no time, comparatively.  Good thing, since I was nursing like it was my job.   Now that the baby is done with […]

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4 Ways to Pay to Simplify Your Day

by Ivory Soap Simplify

photo by epSos.de Being stuck in the bed postpartum with two bouts of double mastitis has forced me to simplify my days even more than I thought possible before.   But note, this post is not titled “5 FRUGAL Ways to Simplify Your Days,” so you might have to cancel the cable to pull this off, […]

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Isn’t Homeschool a Lot of Work?

by Ivory Soap Simplify

photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom Homeschool is a mystery to those who don’t do it. Isn’t it a lot of work? It depends. It depends on the number of children you have, their ages, and the curriculum you choose. Age of children Kindergarten through third grade is a lot of parent-assisted learning. However, the day is much […]

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Home Management Notebook: 2011

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Most home management notebooks start with the minutae and work up, I do the reverse.  Here’s a quick list for building the book from yearly to daily.  Of course, once you look at it, you might not think it’s so quick, but we’re organizing your WHOLE LIFE here, right?: Builder Section (Yearly Plans): Do you […]

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Garden Planner for Notebooks

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

I promised that I would get a Garden Journal going for my Home Management Notebook, so here it is. Garden Journal Year XLS : Calculates the dates if you enter your area frost date and tells you what to plant.  Sheet one is Spring, sheet two is Fall. Garden Journal Year PDF:  Print out of […]

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