Reader Survey 2017:  Let’s Improve Medium Sized Family Together!

Reader Survey 2017: Let’s Improve Medium Sized Family Together!

This blog exists for one reason: to serve my readers.  I work to become a better blogger every day, and I can really only do that with your help.

It’s been over a year since I last surveyed the Medium Sized Family readers, so it’s definitely time to do it again!  Tell me a bit about yourself.  Whether this is your first visit to Medium Sized Family or you check in often, I’d like to know how I can help you out.

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15 Cheap or Free Things to Do For a Birthday

15 Cheap or Free Things to Do For a Birthday

Inside: Looking for things to do for a birthday that don’t cost an arm and a leg? Get a few new tricks to spring on the birthday boy or girl this year!

After 8 1/2 hours of pitocin induced, unmedicated labor, I was finally holding my first born baby boy.  My Hubby and I examined him and beamed at each other.  We weren’t quite sure what we’d just gotten ourselves into, but we were ready to give it a go!  And we knew that this birthday would always be special to us.

Over the years, we’ve kept the birthdays of every family member special.  There are so many things to do for a birthday without spending a ton of money!  You can make the birthday boy or girl feel special with a few touches that don’t have to empty your bank account (or take a ton of planning!).

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The One Thing This Mom Does At The End of the School Year

The One Thing This Mom Does At The End of the School Year

Inside:  Looking for a special way to mark the end of the school year? Try this awesome low cost idea…but you better be good at keeping secrets!

My high school graduation was certainly memorable!  The staff member in charge of seating made arrangements so that couples were seated by each other, so I got to share the day with the man I’d later marry.  (So thoughtful!)  Later, I had a graduation party and received special gifts including a nice flute that would improve my playing abilities as a music major.

But the most special gift I received was a copy of Dr. Suess’ “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”  Inside was a special note of encouragement my Mom had written just for me.

I never forgot about that book (in fact, I still have it!).  And as my first born son was wrapping up his kindergarten year, I decided to go ahead and buy the book for him, too.

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4 Lists To Look At Every Day to Run Your Crazy, Beautiful Life

4 Lists To Look At Every Day to Run Your Crazy, Beautiful Life

Inside:  My to do list feels never ending, and I bet yours does, too! I run my family of 7 more smoothly when I keep up with these 4 lists every day.

My phone beeped with another text and I gave it a quick check.  With four kids playing baseball and softball, there’s always something to add to my to do list.  A last minute practice, a rained out game, concession stand duty (just to name a few).

This time it was a note that one of our games was rescheduled for this Thursday.  Which was good, I guess.  We needed to get these games in!  But it also meant that we now had to be in four different locations at the same time.  Yikes!

It’s hard to keep track of everyone’s schedule, especially once your kids are school aged.  Everyone has products due, places to be, and it’s never easy to remember to schedule appointments and meetings.  Most Moms can’t keep it all together without some type of system in place.

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12 Homemaking Blogs That Will Help You Get It Together

12 Homemaking Blogs That Will Help You Get It Together

Inside: Do you feel like a scatterbrained homemaker? Choose the homemaking blog from this list that’s the best match for you. You’ll love their tips!

When I first became a stay at home mom, I floundered.  To be fair, I gave birth to our third son the same month I quit my job.  And adjusting to a newborn takes time no matter how many kids you have.

Still.  It was nice to not have to rush the kids to the sitter and have myself ready for work every day.  But going from a rigid schedule to no schedule was tough.

After a period of not accomplishing much, I finally began searching the internet for homemaking blogs.  I needed ideas to get myself out of the rut and help me make a plan for getting things done.  And the little tips for simplifying life along the way sure didn’t hurt!

The first website I came across was Flylady.  It changed my life!  With her baby steps, I was able to create a plan for cleaning the house and organizing our busy lives.  Over time, I tweaked these ideas until they fit our unique situations.  There is no one size fits all solution, right?

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16 Bright Verses for Mothers Day Cards That Will Make Her Smile

16 Bright Verses for Mothers Day Cards That Will Make Her Smile

Inside:  Add your own special touch to show love for your Mama with these verses for Mothers Day cards! Loving, funny, poetry…it’s all here!

When I was in second grade, my Sunday school teacher gave each child in her class a one dollar bill.  She told us that we should use that money to go to the grocery store and choose some food for the poor.  It was a lesson in helping others.

When I got home, I told my Mom about the assignment.  After that, she was on a mission!  By the time we got done shopping, I had a paper bag half filled with groceries for the price of a dollar.

Granted, this was the ’80s, so my dollar stretched further than it would today.  But the truth is that my Mom knew how to pinch a penny.  She’s one of the most frugal people I know.  This woman raised five kids on what would be considered a meager income…but we never knew the difference.  While we didn’t get the fancy shoes and trips that some of our friends had, it was really a life lesson of need versus wants.

People who know her agree with me.  My Mom is a pretty amazing person.  She has more energy than most people my own age!  She bends over backwards to help people whenever she can.  Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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