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20 Things To Do Today To Make Mommy Life Waaay Less Stressful

When you breathe a sigh of relief that your friend can’t come over tomorrow after all, that might be a sign that the mess is a little out of control.

Raising kids ain’t for wimps, you get that. But you didn’t think you’d be taking your life in your hands every time you walked across a floor in your own home!

If the chores around the house aren’t getting done the way you thought they would, do NOT worry!

The solution is actually a lot easier than you’d think.

You don’t actually need long chore charts or systems you’ll only remember for 2 days before you quit.

For our family of 8, it was really a few simple tricks that made all the difference in our home. And I’m gonna give them away to you right here!

That is, if you are looking for a little less stress in your life…


A Simple (But Different) Daily Summer Schedule For Kids

Get a daily summer schedule for kids that’s simple, doable, and will create the simple summer you’ve always dreamed of.

Whether you love summer or hate it, one thing is for sure…

when the daily routine meets a sudden a dramatic shift (like when school is out), everyone feels just a little crazy.

(Or a lot crazy, maybe.)

That’s ok.

Look, finding something to keep everyone occupied doesn’t have to take a lot of brain power from a tired parent. And you don’t have to scour Pinterest for every creative craft, elaborate bucket list, or new trip idea to have the best summer ever.

All you need is the right, REALLY GOOD ideas. (Check below.) And a routine that’s just the right mix of predictable but flexible.

Ready to start?


Cheap Meals For Large Families: Your New Favorite Go To Recipes

If you want easy, cheap meals for large families that you can go to any time of year, here’s the perfect solution.

Let’s face it; cooking for a big family can be a chore.

But if you have the right tricks up your sleeve, you don’t have to dread the 5:00 hour anymore.

These recipes for cheap meals for large families are exactly what you’ve been looking for!

Tried, true, affordable, simple…they are just perfect for busy moms like us.

So be sure to pin this list. You’ll want to come back to it over and over again!


Money Saving Techniques To Begin In 2024

The top money saving techniques you need to save money and fill your savings account in 2024.

Well, here we are again. After months of being encouraged to “buy, buy, BUY!”, we are all now in the hangover period that leaves us wondering…

How did this happen AGAIN?!

Saving money is more important than ever.

Unfortunately, we live in bodies that constantly want to do things that our brains know darned well aren’t good for us.

…and surrounded by people that think you’re weird if you celebrate spending less at the grocery store. (Are you doing alright, sweetie? Do you need a little extra cash this month?)

The truth is that saving money is just like dieting. There’s not a secret to it (no matter what people try to tell you).

When you diet, you need to eat less and move more.

When you budget, you need to never allow yourself to spend all of the money you bring in.

Sure, it’s simple. But no one is saying it’s easy!

And maybe what you really need is a few tricks, tools, and ways of looking at things in a new light to help you make it stick THIS time.


So What’s The Deal?


My name is Jamie, and once upon a time, I was a blogger here at Medium Sized Family.

😉 😉

Life in our medium sized family has been c-r-a-z-y for the past year. So much so that I had to let a ball drop. Unfortunately, that ball turned out to be the blog.

You know, sometimes I look around and see other rock star women who manage to homeschool their children, do a home makeover, and run an amazing blog, all while giving birth and keeping a well stocked freezer. And it turns out, I am not that woman.

(No, I did not give birth again in the past year. But the homeschooling and home renovation stuff, yeah. We did that. I also ran for a political office in our small town. And now we have 3 high schoolers, all in different high schools.)

But for now, let’s focus on that whole home renovation part, shall we?

We Have a Second Bathroom!

(Spoiler alert!)

A dream that we’ve had for the 13.5 years we’ve lived in this house is to have a second bathroom.

Having 8 people in a house with only one bathroom goes EXACTLY like you would think it would go.

There’s always a line. Always.

(Really? It’s 2 a.m. and someone is in the bathroom? Uh huh.)

The room smells like 5 boys use it all the time.

It’s not pretty, no matter how many ways I try to paint it.

That was life for 13 years and 6 months (almost exactly) (but who’s counting?).

But finally, my dreams have come true! I have my own bathroom in my own master bedroom!

It’s everything we dreamed of when we were living our #yearofno.

Exciting Stuff!

The addition isn’t done yet. And of course we ran into the kind of trouble you’d expect when you live in a 1950s home.

In 2021 and 2022.

When everything is running behind and/or held up on a boat somewhere.

Finding grocery bags where there should have been insulation was an interesting twist, though.

I do not recommend you use that as one of the five ways you save money this week.

Our Real Life Home Addition

I’ll dive in to the dirty details of our home addition over the next few weeks.

Just remember, this is no home decorating blog. This is real life.

We didn’t have any sponsors pay for anything, and we had to get creative in paying for things and making all those darned decisions.

But if you’re looking for ideas that work in a real live home, boy have I got those for you.

Want a Sneak Peek?

Here’s what the bathroom looks like!

The flooring isn’t quite done (we’re missing some transition pieces that haven’t come in yet) and haven’t had time to do the trim.

And since this photo, we did add a medicine cabinet and a little decor.

But, oh yes, this is my oasis. I can just come in here and sit.

And take a bath! With, like, 60% less banging-on-the-door-asking-when-I’m-getting-out than before!

It’s Been A Long Year

I never imagined that it would take us 14 months (and counting) to get this small house addition pulled together.

And we aren’t even close to finished yet.

But it’s been so worth it!

So Am I Back to Blogging?

If you’ve been a reader around here, you probably know that I’m a sucker for a new year and goal setting.

And this week, I’ve really felt the tug to get back to the blog.

So I’m looking forward to sharing what we’ve accomplished, and to hearing about how you have saved money lately, too!

Leave a comment or join us in the Facebook group! (By the way, I owe the other Jamie a huge thank you for helping with the group while I was away!)

See you soon!

Cyber Monday 2018 Deal!

Cyber Monday 2018 Deal!


Feeling a little pinched already this Christmas season?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to change that feeling next year?

If you’re ready to make big changes, you’re in luck!

Right now you can grab a copy of my book 500 Ways to Save Money: Build a Cash Jackpot for the Best Things In Life for just $3.99!

Hurry!  The price will be increasing soon, and I don’t want you to miss out on this bargain!

This book is packed with all the tips we used to get ourselves out of over $20,000 in credit card debt.  They’re tried and true methods that worked for our single income family of seven. 

And they’ll work for you, too!

Learn more about the book and grab your copy here.  (Why not gift one this Christmas to your fellow frugal friends and family?)

Click here to grab your copy of the book today!