“Are they all yours?” and “How do you do it?”
These are two questions I get asked almost daily by anyone and everyone who happens to see me with my eight children.
Raising eight children is no easy task but I do believe that all busy mama’s need simple solutions to help them with daily routines! The more organized we are the less chaotic our life is. So this post is dedicated to letting you in on a few things I do to keep my house of plenty happy and fairly organized!
In the vehicle (aka my 15 seater bus!)
I always keep an extra pack of baby wipes for washing the children’s faces and hands if needed – which is almost always.
In the trunk I keep a duffle bag that holds extra clothing for all children – you never know when you might need them!
My ipod so I can hear my music. Okay I confess it’s really to block out the children’s screaming, fighting, constant chatter and baby’s crying.
Bag of emergency snacks (usually reserved for me).
In the house:
With so many young children, toys and clothes end up all over the place so I keep laundry baskets in every room. At the end of the day, each child is assigned a room and they put any toys, clothes, and junk in the baskets. This is also great for quick clean ups when friends call to announce they will be dropping by in a few minutes!
Cubbies – I love them and use them! Each child has their own cubby in our front hall where they put their shoes, mitts, and hats in.
Homework bin – each day after school the children put any homework they have to complete in a special bin. This allows me to keep track of who has to do what, and ensures that it gets done!
Before bed time each child under the age of 10 must pick out their clothes for the next day to save time in the morning.
The most important tip I can offer to all parents is a go to list of easy to prepare tasty meal solutions. Moms want to serve a meal that they can feel good about and one meal that I love is the great tasting Chef Boyardee “Red Pepper and Spicy Sausage Skillet”. Its heartiness and convenience is what makes it one of my most used recipes. My kids love it, it has no preservatives, and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare so what’s not to love?
Red Pepper and Spicy Sausage Skillet
1 package (about 450 g) spicy Italian sausage, uncooked
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cans (425 g each) Chef Boyardee® Spaghetti & Meatballs
1/2 can (340 mL) Hunt’s® Thick & Rich Spicy Red Pepper & Chilies Premium Pasta Sauce, or if prefer less sauce, 2 tsp (2 mL) cayenne pepper
Spray large frying pan with PAM.
Chop sausage into ½-inch (1-cm) wide rounds and add to frying pan.
Sauté sausage and pepper over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Add cans of Spaghetti & Meatballs, pasta sauce or cayenne pepper. Heat through (about 3 to 4 minutes).
How easy is that? My kids love it, it has no preservatives, and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare so what’s not to love? Why not save yourself some time tonight and give it a try! For more great recipes visit Chef Boyardee’s facebook page.
Until next time,
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