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Motivated Moms . . . T. O. S. Review

We moms are all super organized, right? Especially those of us who are homeschooling, stay-at-home moms (why DO they call it that, anyway, we are hardly EVER home!), right? Well, maybe YOU are, but me? Not so much. So, when I was given the chance to review the Motivated Moms chore planner, I jumped at it.

There are a variety of Motivated Moms Ebooks and I chose the 2014 Motivated Moms Chore Planner with Scheduled Bible Reading {Color}

Right off the bat I will let you know that I am a definite list maker, so I thought this might just be perfect for me. I mean, the list is already made for me, and even has those handy-dandy little check off boxes, right?

However, there are a LOT of things listed that are just not now (or ever will be) part of my routine on the specified days, and for some things, just never, at any time, like watering indoor (or outdoor, for that matter) plants. Plants don’t even try at my house, they know coming in that they are on death row, lol!

There ARE a lot of things that are part of our family’s routine, they are just not listed when we actually do them, so I am still trying to work out the best way to use this planner in our home. During this review period, I actually was dealing with some unexpected medical issues, so we really didn’t manage to make this planner work as well as I think it can for us.

I really like that I can simply print out one page at a time and it gives us the whole week at a glance, including daily Bible reading. I like that in the left column, we have a list of daily chores, even though some of them I have to cross right off, as they do not fit our family, for example, “feed pets”, because we do not have (nor do I want to have) pets.

I like that in the column on the right is a day by day list of chores that you can do in small amounts of time. If you don’t get it done, it will be there again during a future week.

I don’t like that it is not more customizable. For example, we don’t do chores on Sunday. Not ANY chores. Even dinner for after morning church service is done in the slow cooker, and I (generally) try to get that set up the night before if possible, so the crock can just come out of the fridge, be put into the base, and plugged in. Sundays are very busy for us, so my husband and I really like to try to get in a short nap before needing to be back to our church in the afternoon.

I like to make my shopping list as we notice we are low on something, adding it to the list right then. If I wait to make the list until a scheduled day, I WILL forget something. My husband takes care of paying/filing bills every other week, so having it scheduled on Tuesday, for example, just doesn’t work for us.

There ARE a lot of upsides to this though, in that there are things listed that we rarely think about. I mean, I honestly do not know when the last time the bathroom light fixtures were cleaned, for example, but it’s listed in my planner, and then it will come around again in a few weeks.

I like that there are spots on the list called “pamper yourself”, and “spend time on craft or hobby”.

I think with some “tweaking”, I could probably make this work for my family, but I am not sure if I can wean myself from my current system of writing a list of tasks and crossing them off as they get done. I am the type of person who, if I see (and do) a task that isn’t on the list, I write it down after doing it just so I can cross it off!

Bottom line, if you need or want the accountability of a chore planner, this may be the one for you. I do like it, I just need to tweak it some to make it fit with our family’s schedule.

The ebooks are available in a large variety of choices for $8.00. As I said above, the one I chose allows me to just print one page at a time, each week, and put it on the fridge, however, you may also choose to print the entire planner and put it into a book, and there are some versions which work with smaller binders, as well.

One 100 crew members reviewed various forms of the Motivated Moms planner, including a version available as an iOS App. To read about what they all thought of their time with this planner, please click the graphic below!
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Our November Homeschool Group Activity . . .

Our church, Mesa Baptist Church has a thriving homeschool group, and each month during the “official” school year we try to have an activity or field trip. You have already read about the trip we made to McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in October, and now I am going to tell you what our November activity was!

Since our church was having our annual Missions Conference this month, our homeschool activity centered around missions. One of our very organized ladies, who just happens to be one of my favorite bloggers (her blog is The Ministry Mama) put the whole thing together for us!

We divided up into three groups of families, with each group taking one of the missionary families that would be here for the conference, and each family was also given one of our college students who are away from us for school.

Our family, along with two others, got the Herndon Family. They are missionaries to the Zuni and Navajo Indians here in Mew Mexico.

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This is an older picture that I found online . . . the Herndons have six children now!

Each family provided a gift for Mrs. Herndon or her husband, and two of their six children. We took the two youngest children, and I got them appropriately aged baby toys. 🙂 I also made a set of notecards and a notebook for Mrs. Herndon.

For our college student, one of our young men who has gone off to his first year of Bible college in Fargo, ND, we filled a box of goodies!

Here is a picture of the kids in our group, with the missionary gift already completed, and the college student gift still open in front of them . . .
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Here is part of one of the other groups . . .
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And last but not least, the third group, at least the moms, having been abandoned by their children at picture time, lol!
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After we did the boxes, my friend The Ministry Mama led the children in singing missions songs, gave them a little lesson on missions, and told them her personal testimony of having been called to the mission field, and how God changed that call when she was in college.

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After all of that, we ate lunch!
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I think it was a fun, productive morning! Our children learned more about missions and giving, and we all had a good time together as well. Bonus! 🙂

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Weekly Wrap-Up . . . Oh What A Busy Week We Had! :-)

I think that Monday was the ONLY day we stayed at home! Tuesday, as I posted earlier in the week, Our church homeschool group had a field trip to McCall’s Pumpkin Patch, in Moriarty NM, followed by Ladies Bible Study at church that evening for me.

Then Wednesday of course, “The Batman” and “The Artist” had Teen Choir, after which we had Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at church. On the way home after church, we needed to stop and buy milk, because nobody had told me the day before that we were almost out (I don’t drink it, so I didn’t know).

Last night, our church had the annual Chile Cook-off and Fall Festival. I’ll be doing a post in the next few days with pictures from that, but here’s one picture of some of the Chile entries before we began sampling! 🙂
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This morning, our church homeschool group met for our November activity, which was a missions project, as our missions conference is this month. We divided into groups, three families per group, and we each filled a box with gifts for our assigned missionary family, along with a box for one of our college students who are away at school.

Here are our packages, with the kids in our group . . .

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I’ll do a full post about that later, too, with more pictures. Meanwhile, that’s how our week has been, and now I am finishing this post, doing laundry, getting things together for a Close To My Heart Gathering being held tomorrow, and then getting my ministry card that I do each week made.

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Reasons For Homeschooling . . .

I came across this really good article “Comparing Homeschooling vs Public Schooling: Ten Reasons For Homeschooling (A Public School Teacher Tells All)“. I think it’s well worth reading, so I wanted to share it with you.

Some of MY reasons for homeschooling are:

It is the absolute best choice for my kids. That is more important than making the best choice for ME.

My kids are not being indoctrinated with a secular worldview.

My kids have a variety of special needs, so homeschooling allows us to work at their own paces, and in the ways they each learn best.

My kids do NOT need the sort of “socialization” found in schools, whether public or private.

We are not tied to a formal schedule. We can take off days for other things as we wish to do so, and we can work school in around life, as opposed to the other way around.

I’m sure if I sat here and thought about it, I could list a whole bunch of other reasons, but these are just the ones that came to mind right now.

Whether you homeschool, or your kids are in public or private school, I hope your choice is being made solely based upon what is best for YOUR children, not based on what other people may think of your decision. It’s not their decision, it is yours. Make it count.

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All Along . . .

Occasionally, I am scheduled to sing special music at church. This is a song I sang in the Sunday evening service on October 13, 2013. I chose it because I thought it might be an encouragement to those who feel a need to be encouraged . . . I know this song helps me when I hear it!

Here is the video of “All Along” . . .

I hope it is an encouragement to you, as well!

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