Keepin’ it real: a tour of my home.

Keepin' It REAL Home Tour | SimpleKids.net

For those of you who are new to Simple Kids, welcome! I’m Kara and I live in a small town in central Indiana with my husband Christopher, my sister-in-law Angela (who is a special needs adult), four kids ages 3, 6, 8, and 13 and our Boston Terrier Nickey Disco Doggie.

theFlecks2015

You can learn more about me and my family here and more about Simple Kids here.

Keepin' It Real Home Tour | SimpleKids.net

So, why am I flinging my front door wide open to the internet today?

I have seasons where homemaking comes easier to me and I am on top of things and I also have many times, like now, where it seems like I’m 20 steps behind my To Do list and the laundry pile is towering and there’s six weeks of dust coating every surface.

I’ve learned to save the guilt for sin, as they say, and I don’t beat myself up if my home isn’t always tidy. As you know, I’m a believer in the 80/20 rule and I apply it to my homemaking, too.

However, sometimes it’s nice – very nice – to know I’m not alone. I’m not the only one whose home isn’t always sparkling. There’s beauty in the messes, too, if you look for it.

It’s life and life is seldom neat as a pin (a phrase which takes on new meaning in the post-Pinterest world, am I right?)

[Read more…]

Kara’s Journal: Wednesday morning

Kara's Journal: Wednesday morning | SimpleKids.netPlease note there are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for your support!

The view from the middle of the week … This week feels like the first week we’ve really gotten back to our normal rhythm and routine. It feels good, more relaxed. And, I’m noticing a significant drop in the bickering and complaining that had started to creep into our days over the course of the last month or so of chaos. We’ve all needed this return to the steady “normal.”

I am thankful … for a husband who has a head for numbers and the patient ability to explain things like reducing irregular fractions to a child who would never list math as one of her favorite subjects.

[Read more…]

A FREE Craftsy class plus more bonus offers, when you purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle


It’s that time of year: time for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale!

I personally love this sale and I’m sharing it with you both as a happy customer and as an affiliate.

What is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? It’s a collection of some of the best ebooks and ecourses relating to homemaking. Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle to make simple, and effective tools available that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

This bundle is designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm. Because, seriously, who needs more overwhelm?

[Read more…]