This Life

I live an extremely busy life. If I didn’t stay organized everything and everyone would fall apart. I work 60 hours a week, have a sewing business, a candle business and I home school my children. How do I do this? It sounds impossible right? I run my life on  written schedules and so does everyone else in the house. I have a daily docket that I keep on me at all times that is for my personal use. My children have a schedule on the fridge for home schedules and one in their binder for school. I have a cleaning schedule that spreads the cleaning, shopping and laundry out over  a five day span so nothing ever gets forgotten and everything stays clean and organized except the kids room and they are well….boys.

I have a budget that I use weekly as well. I plan my meals in 3 day intervals. I plan any outings even down to our bike rides in the park. I schedule time for myself and encourage everyone in the house to do the same. Once a week a sew 3 or 4 outfits that takes  6 hours and make 70 candles in 5 hours. I even schedule and plan my blogging times and subjects. It sounds very constricting but it has brought us freedom because we dont spend time finding things or heavy cleaning.

If you would like my Easy Peasy Daily Life Planner email me @ angelialewis01@gmail.com for a modest price.live simple

If I Could Just Get A Minute

I could sit and just relax.. If I could just get a minute I would eat right, If I could just get a minute I could pray more,  or take a hike, or a bike ride, watch a movie on netflix un interupted  I could eat cotton candy ice cream, or shave my legs, or get my nails done, or get my hair done, or do my eyebrows, or I could take a walk, or meditate, exercise more, educate myself more…. If I could just get a minute I could just rest….. But with all that goes into my life the exhausting, wonderful, hard, sweet, bitter journey that is my life I look around and If I could just get a minute I could be more thankful…. That I have my wonderful husband that is so much work training him..lol, My wonderful kids that want to play monopoly with me,  my kids that are very disciplined and do their homeschooling with little direction,  I would be thankful that my grownd daughters are doing wonderful in life,I would be thankful I have a home office that is quiet and calming to do my home school lessons and budgets for our family, I would be thankful for my sewing room that I can sew for my creative outlet, I would be thankful that I have a candle business that in which I produce natural candles people can enjoy, I would be thankful I am a private nurse, I would be thankful I am a Nursing supervisor in a wonderful facility, I would be thankful I love to can my own food and it nourishes my family from my hands, I would be thankful that I can buy for my grandmother what ever she wishes and see her smile, I would be thankful that I spoil  my wonderful mother, I would be thankful to have a wonderful loving husband that spoils me, and supports me in all I do… I would be thankful that I get just a minute in  this wonderful life God has chosen for me…

Being A Mommy And Wife Is Sometimes A Lonely Place To Reside…

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This is my home office. When I am not at work I spend many hours here alone in this small space surrounded by my photo’s and  my nursing gear. I work outside the home but all the work inside our home to keep it running smooth .. well I spend equal or more time on that. From schedules, budgets, bill paying, scripture reading, family home evening planning, homeschool lesson planning and records, grocery lists, recipes, the list never ends.

I rarely see anyone poke their head in the door to see if I am ok, or if I need help, no one comes to say hi.. but no one thinks of all the things that go on in this room, I wonder do they think it transpires by magic? My oldest daughters are grown and have lives of their own so now it is just the boys and I and I must admit it is a lonely place to be sometimes.

So behind the scenes… the mom and the wife… the teacher… the accountant… we are all the same and we are sometimes stranded in this lonely role… with just our blog followers to listen to us complain…lol

Home Schooling Record Keeping

I never imagined so much goes into homeschooling. I spend lots of time going over grade appropriate materials, grading, attendance records, daily tasks, just planning in general. But I love the fact that my children are learning in a safe, stress free environment learning what they need to learn . I started on this journey not sure about how well we would handle it. But it turns out we are pretty good at it.

I don’t have a lot of trouble getting them started or staying on task. They are really involved and eager to learn. I think we are getting the hang of this.. Here are some essentials for our homeschool… Excuse the handwriting but my dominant hand was crushed in a horseback riding accident… I kinda suck writing.. lol… Yes I could type but I need to feel the pen in my hand even though it looks rough. These forms cannot be copied please.. not that you would want to but just as a precaution. Just some ideas that some of you new homeschoolers could use. Hope this helps.. See how happy they are even in the morning … well the tween sits up too late… sometimes..14047360_1032093483577700_7299039481283564717_o

Simply Mommy Meets Simply Mommy

I am working two jobs now. Plus I have my simply Mommy sewing business and my Ribbons and Pearls Inc. Candle business. I literally meet myself in the middle! I am so pressed for time now. Not only do I run two business’s I also do homeschooling. I am meeting myself in the middle!

How? I make lesson plans for 6 to 8 weeks.. sew 6 to 7 out fits a week and 70 candles a week… Plus work 60 hours.,, how? I have no idea. But most women do the same thing. I dont know how we do what we do. We are literally out of this world. How else would we accomplish the things we do?

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Ribbons And Pearls Inc Candles

I just became a 50/50 owner/operator/creator of a handmade candle business. My days are really filling up. I am pleased to introduce you to Ribbons and Pearls Inc Candles. 100-120 hours of burning time with 100% Soy wax and 17 different scents. I am so excited to be doing all this handmade skills. This is going to couple nicely with my Simply Mommy 1 handmade clothing. I am just adding a highlight.

I am eager to keep all of you involved. I have an etsy online, several small business’s that I will be selling my items in. So join me on my journey..

Home School for the new year

I have experimented I have used worksheets, computer programs and unit studies. The best combination is all three. Yes I said it the combination is better but you have to be willing to follow unit studies and worksheet studies to a T. My kids do better with tactile learning I have discovered.

I have a system in which I use everything. I am eager to see what this next year brings.

I see my adhd/austisic child learns from my method. It is a mixed method that I think works.14047360_1032093483577700_7299039481283564717_o

I am so pleased to announce this is the best thing we have ever done for our children. I know the one on the left is not agreeable but keep in mind he is a pre teen that stays up until his body says he needs to sleep. But all and all a win win program.