A New Blog Planning Kit and an Upcoming Mom Planning Kit!!!

By July 15, 2013General

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The Blog Planning Kit

Some of you know that a couple months ago I started a new blog called HowTheyBlog.com. The site has gotten off to a fantastic start featuring interviews with incredible writers like Emily Freeman, Tsh Oxenreider, Annie Downs, Amy Lynn Andrews and NYT Best Selling author Melanie Shankle.

Today I crossed a new milestone and released my first resource for bloggers (and if you’re not a blogger, keep reading, this relates to moms too) – The Blog Planning Kit. The forms, ebook and video in the kit take you through the process of creating a complete plan for your blog. It ties your long term goals to your day to day activities.

Click here to learn more and get your copy of The Blog Planning Kit.

The Mom Planning Kit

What does this have to do with InspiredToAction and motherhood? Well, I’m planning on making a version of the kit for moms! It will combine some of the concepts from my ebook Mission Statements for Moms with a whole bunch a beautiful forms and the system I use in the Blog Planning Kit to help you tame the overwhelm and have a solid plan for your home and your job as Mom. And just like with my Blog Planning Kit, I plan to include an ebook and video tutorial so it will be the perfect thing for a Saturday morning planning retreat.

Win a Copy!

Before I move forward on designing and developing the kit, I’d love your input! Does it sound like something you could use? What aspects of Motherhood are the most overwhelming for you?

Click here to comment and let me know you’re interested! I’ll pick 3 commenters to win a free copy of the Mom Planning Kit as soon as it is available.

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  • Um, yes PLEAZzzzz!! Life, juggling 4 businesses, My PRESH family, one fab JESUS & a blog…

  • Avatar Kristin says:

    This sounds amazing Kat! I think you should go for it! I would be excited to use it and know many friends who would agree.

    Blessings,
    Kristin

  • I’d love to get more ideas of how to make blog posts a part of my life! We are living/working overseas, and keeping our family and supporters updated would be much appreciated, I’m sure. 🙂

  • Avatar Rachel says:

    This sounds great! I am adjusting to two children, a new home, and trying to stay caught up with house work! Any tips on keeping up and enjoying your children in their toddler/baby years would be great! 🙂

    • Avatar Andrea says:

      I’m in the same boat as Rachel, except I have 3 kids (3 and under!) Anything to help me – I would say to help me stay in control. That’s what I want really – I really don’t like feeling out of control. I should say, anything that will help me stay under the Lord’s control! Thanks Kat!

  • Avatar sherrie mckinney says:

    Yes PLEASE!

    I struggle with scheduling our homeschool life, our cleaning schedule, our church family responsibilities, and other activties…plus finding time to be an obedient daughter of our Most High God

  • Avatar Lily George says:

    Looks like a fantastic planner. And I need all the help I can get! Thanks for offering it. 🙂

  • Avatar Rachel Faulkner says:

    This Mom Planner sounds Awesome! The biggest time struggles I have are with food shopping/prep/cooking. Thanks for what you do!!

  • Avatar Laura says:

    This sounds AWESOME! My biggest three struggles:
    1) keeping on top of housework
    2) balancing work + family (since I work part-time from home)
    3) planning dinner (and cleaning up afterwards…ugh)

    • Avatar Erica says:

      I am in agreement with Laura. Working part-time is almost harder for me to balance work and home/family. I would love to be more organized in our meal-planning and grocery shopping. I would love to be more organized, but never seem to get there.

  • Avatar kelly says:

    I am always FASCINATED by organization…LOVE the idea of lists and writing down everything so it HOPEFULLY will be put into action!! just never blooms so to speak…maybe this kit will help??

  • Avatar Sunshine says:

    YES, YES, YES…I would LOVE a mom planning pack from you. Your ideas have been SO inspirational and encouraging to me on my mom journey. Sunshine

  • Love the idea! I can’t wait to use the blog planning kit and I’d be super excited to try the mom kit – goodness knows I can use the organizational help!

  • Avatar sara says:

    Yes please! Want to start a Blog and just need some help. I am a very visually learned and love the idea of a Mommy planning Saturday morning retreat!

  • Avatar Savanna Mullan says:

    I would definitely use the mom planning kit. I struggle with have some kind of track to follow throughout the day. I forget what I planned for dinner, so I forget what ingredients to have ready. I forget what errands I had planned until 3 in the afternoon and by the its too late. It would be nice to have a mom planner to take a look at in the morning to help me plan a structured day.

  • Avatar LaShawn says:

    I would LOVE to have the Blog Planning Kit – not a mom yet, but I’m sure I could benefit from the mom info as well!

  • Avatar HeatgerB says:

    Yes! I struggle with balancing my to-do’s and being present with my young boys. Routine’s. And pouring into them spiritually.

  • I would LOVE to be more organized! I am involved in SO many things and keeping track of them all is getting harder and harder and I am adding in homeschool for my son this year! It is only preschool but still a start!

  • Avatar Amy says:

    Kat,
    I’m not a blogger, but LOVE action plans to help me with my journey in Motherhood. I struggle with being structured as I am more of a fly by the seat of my pants gal. I love the idea of: menu planning, having specific days to do laundry, clean, etc., but the fact of the matter is-I don’t! I want to enjoy the journey of motherhood and not be a task master, but instead enjoy this precious time with my children. Thanks for all you do!
    Amy
    Temple, TX

  • Avatar Tiffany Whalen says:

    I would love to get my hands on the mom planning kit!!

  • The Motherhood Kit totally sounds like something I would use. I always want to do something like that but have a hard time deciding where to start. I hope I get the chance to try it out.

  • Avatar Chris D says:

    need help with managing paperwork and daily goals and time schedule juggling housework, business calls, paperwork, incoming mail, outside chores, time with hubby and time 1:1 with the kiddo’s

  • Avatar Chris D says:

    need help with managing paperwork and daily goals and time schedule juggling housework, business calls, paperwork, incoming mail, outside chores, time with hubby and time 1:1 with the kiddo’s.

  • Avatar Chris D says:

    this sound sterrific – I need help with managing paperwork and daily goals and time schedule juggling housework, business calls, paperwork, incoming mail, outside chores, time with hubby and time 1:1 with the kiddo’s.

  • Avatar valerie says:

    Oh goodness, could I ever use this! My blog has been sorely lacking lately, as I just can’t seem to find the time to fit it in! Sounds like a great resource!

  • Avatar shauna says:

    I am interested in the mom planning kit. I struggle with being consistent, as well as meal planning and housework. I try to be organized, any help given by the mom planning kit would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Avatar Kathy says:

    I love the idea! Personally, my kids are 16 and up which presents its own set of challenges, I still struggle with time management. Time management and routines seem to be more important as my kids get older. They are more active outside the home and I begin to feel like I’m running out of time with them. Soon, too soon, they’ll be gone and out on thier own.

  • Avatar Katherine says:

    I think that sounds really helpful! I get overwhelmed with the paper clutter, laundry, keeping track of all the appointments, meals, finances, so many things to keep up with that things get stressful. Plus doing it all with a good attitude is a challenge I do not succeed at all the time, it is definitely hard work. I could use some planning help, and help when the plan goes off track!

  • Avatar Ashley M says:

    Sounds awesome! I have a tad bit of the OCD, and I LOVE to organize and plan and make lists. This sounds like a great resource to have.

  • Avatar Kara says:

    Super-fantastic idea! We’ve already implemented a couple of your clever ideas this summer (bubble chart and lawyer mom – my crazy-fave) and things are going beautifully so far…would love a peek into more of your thoughts and processes. Our consistent struggles are 1: sibling drama and 2: along-the-way room tidying. Thanks so much for your gracious online presence – you have a truly refreshing voice.

  • Avatar Melanie says:

    I would love this – what a great idea! I’ve taken an unintentional month long hiatus from my blog because my ideas are outweighing my ability to get them completed for the blog. I also just had my fourth child and will be homeschooling my previously charter schooled 4th grader next year due to an unresolved bullying situation. Unfortunately I am the not-so-organized type, so I would love to take advantage of your natural skillz. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Avatar Ana says:

    Yes! I need help setting up systems! My worst mommy offender? Laundry! With 7 people’s laundry to I am always burried in clothes… The bottleneck is the folding and putting away:)

  • Avatar Laura Pratt says:

    This would be a great resource to have!

  • Avatar Amanda G. says:

    I think this sounds like a wonderful idea!!! I love the pointers and organizational helps you give to us.

  • Avatar Kim says:

    I am interested! The three places I have problems with: 1) creating and sticking to a routine that works, 2) creating a cleaning schedule, and 3) finding time to take care of myself.

  • Avatar Melissa Q says:

    Seriously, am I interested? You actually had to ASK me that? You bet, Kat. The areas that overwhelm me the most are (practically) meal-planning and (more visionary) thinking about what kind of children I want to raise – what characteristics are the most important to me that they develop and then how-on-earth to grow those things in them. And, I’d like to know more about what responsibilities I should expect from my boys based upon their age (hmmm… maybe that’s a tie-in to their character development)

  • Avatar Christy says:

    Oh I’d love to be a tester for you!!

  • Avatar Abby says:

    I loved your entry way command center, and you wrote about taming kids artwork and school papers, I would love to see some of those systems and the thought behind them. I love your practical systems. Chore char fill in the bubble:) I found inspiration from the moms mission statemen ebook as well. Looking forward to this next ebook.

  • Avatar Jen says:

    I think a Mom Planning Kit would be awesome! My biggest issues are making sure I’m spending enough time with my kids instead of continuously working in the house and yard, and actually following through with whatever routine/chart I’ve chosen. I don’t know if I choose the wrong one’s or just severely lack follow through…

  • Avatar Tracy H says:

    I would LOVE it! I am always trying to figure out how to be more orgainized.

  • Avatar Tracy H says:

    I would LOVE it! I am always trying to figure out how to be more organized.

  • Avatar Susan H-G. says:

    I was just laying in bed last night praying and telling God that my life feels so out of control. I just don’t know how to do it all – kids, housework, life. I would looooove this planning info and it would be a perfect meeting idea for my MOPS group as well!!

  • Avatar Carolina says:

    This sounds great! I am just now trying to come up with a similar concept for myself…maybe now I don’t have to! Here are some things I need help with.
    1. I crave structure. But don’t really know what type of schedule is realistic for a stay-at-home-mom with two littles. Quick ideas for activities for my two year old.
    2. Staying on top of chores, menu planning and cooking real food (trying to eliminate processed).
    3. Staying in the Word. Would love some bible verse cards that I can post in my kitchen and around the house to remind me of my purpose, that God loves me and to encourage me to be disciplined etc. I have yet to do be able to do this on my own time.
    4. Something to keep me on track with my goals in life. Quick ideas to inspire me to remember to nurture my relationships. Something to help remind me to be intentional and not live my life without aim.

  • Avatar Anna says:

    Getting things structured, keeping the is occupied. Finding time for myself for writing and art.

  • Avatar Brittnie says:

    This sounds fantastic! I struggle with balancing housework, blogging, exercise and quality family time.

  • Avatar Brittnie says:

    This sounds fantastic! I struggle with balancing housework, blogging, exercise and quality family time.

  • Avatar Teresa Manucy says:

    This sounds like something so many of us could use! I have always struggled with multitasking. What a wonderful resource!

  • Avatar brittnie says:

    This sounds fantastic! I struggle with balancing housework/needs, blogging, exercise, and quality family time. It’s hard to fit all of these in and do all of them well!

  • Avatar Kristine says:

    A system for Moms! What a great idea. My daughter is on the swim team and takes music lessons. It can be tricky keeping track of schedules, forms and instrument rental info! I would love one spot for all that info. Thanks. I got the blogging kit. I’ve printed it out and ready to start dreaming and blogging.

  • Ooohhh! Sounds fun! I would love to win!

  • Avatar Catherine says:

    This would definitely be useful! I could use a mama kit that included ideas for creating systems and rhythms in the home, especially with homeschool and with strong willed kids 🙂

  • Avatar Cari says:

    Me! I’m starting a new phase in our life as this year my oldest, who just happens to have Down Syndrome, will no longer be in school as he graduated in May. We have plans for him to attend some training 2 days a week but that leaves me with 3 days to fill for both of us. My younger two boys will be entering 6th and 8th grade this fall. We’re praying the 6th grader can remain at the elementary school through the year (they are building a new junior high that will incorporate 5th-8th grades and rumor has it they may make all the kids move mid-year — not our ideal plan).

  • Avatar Carrie Holt says:

    I would love this…never seem to have enough time to keep up the blog, homeschool, be a wife, mom, and take care of a medically fragile special needs child.

  • Avatar Carrie Holt says:

    I would love this…never seem to have enough time to keep up the blog, homeschool, be a wife, mom, and take care of a medically fragile special needs child.

  • Avatar Carrie Holt says:

    I would love this…never seem to have enough time to keep up the blog, homeschool, be a wife, mom, and take care of a medically fragile special needs child.

  • Avatar Vanessa Murphy says:

    I love all things organizational, especially when it comes to home life. Great idea!

  • Avatar Jessica Hamer says:

    Getting the kids out the door for school has to be the worst for me. Breakfast, getting dressed, brushing teeth and hair, packing lunches, finding shoes, jackets, mittens, hats, snow pants, homework, planners, library books, snacks, aaahhhhh!! After a long day, I don’t want to lay everything out for the next day, but we suffer when I don’t. I need to be inspired!

  • Avatar Jennie says:

    This is what I need. I blog about my family and faith, going to include some fitness and health soon to help encourage others. I struggle with balance.

  • Avatar Nicole brown says:

    Yes please! The over arching , most difficult thing I have found to over come is time management and the motivation to accomplish those things within those time blocks. I would say within time management comes the struggles to spend time getting tasks/errands done, household cleaning management, quality time with the kiddos where they have your Un devided attention, and running a business from home (or blog) ;). It’s hard to be disciplined in those areas for me, much less accomplish everything. Hope that helps!

  • Avatar Pamela says:

    This would be a great resource. I had a blog once upon a time and loved writing so much. I still have it and would love to find a way to fit it back into my life. As for mothering I would like help with scheduling cleaning into daily life (instead of a massive clean when things get really messy).

  • Avatar Adie says:

    I would like this resource, although admittedly, I’m a bit of a resource addict and a lot of what I subscribe to or print off just ends up in a pile, unused. I need something that gives me ideas I can manipulate easily for my life and home. And I’m learning I’m a “smaller-chunks” person in that rather than larger, weekly tasks, I need smaller, daily tasks.
    And specifically, my blog needs some TLC!
    Thank you!

  • Avatar Megan says:

    I love that idea!! I LOVED your maximize your mornings book and another resource would be awesome!

  • Avatar Beth Leatherman says:

    I love this idea! Thanks to your tip on ‘Plantoeat.com’, I have meal prep under control. Now I need to tackle a cleaning schedule for my house, so I’d love to have that included in the kit!

  • Avatar Angelina Degelder says:

    This sounds like a completely wonderful idea! So often I read or think of great things to remember as a Mom~to be able to record them all in one spot would be amazing.
    What I find most overwhelming about Motherhood? We have 7 children ranging in ages 4~22~does that say enough? My spirit is oh so willing~my flesh, weak. Constantly feel like I’m behind the 8 ball. Working hard to get on top of organizing so relations run smoother. A tool like this would be helpful.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Avatar Shelly says:

    I’m sure the blog planning kit will be great, but the ‘mom kit’ really got my attention. Here are some of my biggest challenges:
    1) discipline and motivation to do planning at home after doing administrative tasks all day at work
    2) setting aside time to plan when cooking/cleaning/family/sleep all seem more important
    3) “speed bumps” that make it just that much easier to put things off (printer is out of ink)
    4) working out family plans with my husband who is not a planner (e.g. calendar planning, divvying up errands, etc)
    Thanks!

  • Avatar Monika says:

    Ooh, I’m not a blogger, but the Mom Planning Kit sounds fantastic!! What a great idea!

  • Avatar Rebecca says:

    Sounds awesome! I love learning new planning techniques and tips 🙂 I’d be most interested in “Inspired to Action” tips — ideas and inspiration for making all my beautiful goals and plans into real life habits and routines.

  • Avatar Amy says:

    You were one of my inspirations in getting away one morning a week to plan for my week, have at least one real quiet time, and pray over my family. This was three years ago after my third little girl was born. What a blessing that has been and a sanity saver! I love all your resources and podcasts (listened to them multiple times)! Thanks for all you do!

  • Avatar Elisha says:

    Would love the mom kit! I have four small children and love any new organizational tips!

  • Avatar Elizabeth W says:

    The mom kit sounds great! Tips for keeping on top of cleaning (not just picking up) the house and spending plenty of time giving the kids undivided attention would be great. Trying to add meal-planning back in now. Loved your Plan to Eat tutorial.

  • Avatar Jennifer in Iowa says:

    I would love a Mom kit! My first reaction to the question was after school time- it is like the “witching hour” with everyone wound up, complaining, hungry, and off to the next activity!

  • Avatar Jasmine says:

    Would love to win the mom kit…..! I homeschool and have a hard time balancing that with five kiddos and my beloved husband

  • Avatar Nicole S says:

    I love this idea for Moms! I am hoping to start a blog someday too, but have some other goals to reach first. I would say meal planning, grocery shopping, and ‘unusual’ housecleaning – you know, the things you do just once a month, or twice a year, or whatever – are my top needs for organization and great lists and tools. 🙂

  • Avatar Ashita Jain says:

    Hi!
    I have been following your blogs for a while and find them very fresh and inspiring. It would be good to have a few tools to organize my daily hectic life and take out quality time for my daughter. Would really thank you for this.

    Regards,
    Ashita Jain

  • Avatar Traci says:

    I am a week old mom today and want to start this journey well to the glory of God!

  • OH PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME! I need to win this! My husband wants me to win this! My children want me to win this! I’m almost positive the neighbors want me to win this!

  • Avatar Kirstin says:

    A mom planner – I so need this! I have three girls under 5, a fledgling artistic career, a hubby who is studying + a life that is spinning out of control. I would love to win this!! x

  • Avatar Allison says:

    I would love it! I love how you simplify things even when life is not simple! planning for me is like solving an algorithm- seems almost impossible. I can’t seem to find a system that works for me and my add brain!
    However, I love your blog, and I am super excited to see what nuggets of wisdom I will be able to use! You challenge me and encourage me on a continual basis to keep the main thing the main thing! Which is super hard right now. I usually find that it is hard to implement someone’s planning advice because their system is particular to their roles that may not coincide with mine. I love specifics but am also sometimes discouraged by them when I feel like my specifics are so different. For instance, I am praying in how my priorities and schedule need to look with my husband working long hours, I work 2-12 hr days, and we both have side businesses that we have much more control over the schedule but they still take brain power…..and we homeschool (6yr old and 4 yr old.). Might be tmi, but since you asked what would help:). So, I look forward to seeing your mom plan!!! Since the other important stuff doesn’t matter if we don’t have our priorities straight:).

  • Avatar Christie says:

    I would love to win one of your kits!

  • Avatar Rebecca says:

    I’d love to win the mom planning kit!! I find meal planning and house cleaning the hardest areas to organize.

  • Avatar Emily says:

    Your blog and e-books have really been a blessing to me! I would love to win the next book you’re putting out!!

  • Avatar Elizabeth says:

    The most difficult thing for me, as a mom, apart from feeling like my life is no longer my own is the difficulty of switching gears. Maybe it’s because I was 30 when I had my first child, but when she goes down for a nap, my instinct is to either (a) sit and just be still or (b) try to get the house clean. I really struggle to work on my creative writing or blogging or anything requiring thought because it’s hard for me to switch out of mom-mode. Since my occupation before my babygirl was born was as a writer, editor, and blogger, this has been a constant struggle for me.

    Maybe you can address this in your mom planning kit.

  • Avatar Sayle says:

    Definitely interested in the Mom Planning Kit.
    Would love guidance in structuring our days. I also really like the idea of short and long term goals. Very excited about this kit.

  • Avatar Aubrey Carey says:

    I would love that! I struggle with balancing “me” time, feeling guilty when I do take it, and with feeling lazy if I sit down for awhile and read a book when there is always housework to do.
    Just the everyday demands, menu planning, keeping up with laundry, and S’s pending time with the kids..I struggle with getting a consistent schedule or routine.
    I have tried the Flylady approach, and it works for awhile, but I can’t seem to find or figure out a planner or schedule I will Use!;)

  • Avatar Marisa says:

    Sounds really awesome! I love your posts, podcasts and resources you offer so I am sure I will love this as well. Thank you!!!

  • Avatar Brada says:

    A mommy planning kit would be great. My biggest struggles are making time for God, scheduling and staying on track of the household chores so that I can have time to spend with my 3 kids (ages 4-7) without being distracted by what needs to be done. And finally getting in my exercise and working around my husband’s crazy schedule. I love your site and podcasts. You have inspired me more than you know. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    Brada(Mgcmom)

  • Avatar Jennifer Mobley says:

    Oh my word! This sounds like something that I SO need in my life! I would love to win one. I will be sharing with all of my mommy friends!

  • Avatar alyssaz says:

    How to entertain babies? Can that be included?? 😉
    I think having calendars is an obvious answer. But also perhaps some ways to keep sane and keep YOU would be the most beneficial. Perhaps ways to set goals or challenges for yourself to work on to become the person you want to be.

  • Avatar Amy says:

    Inspiration and intention. I like it. 🙂

  • Avatar Carol Oakes says:

    Greatest Challenge – remaining consistent with my responses and actions.

  • Avatar Misty says:

    This is fantastic & I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have it!

  • Avatar Kerensa says:

    I think it’s a great idea! Overwhelming things for me (mom to a 3-yr old and 2-month old) include meal planning (incl making non-sandwich lunches), finding time for exercise, managing finances/paying bills, getting thank-you notes written, sending photos to distant family, keeping up with any sort of scrapbook/babybook, etc! Also finding interesting, stimulating things for my toddler to do each day. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!

  • Avatar Katie says:

    Yes yes yes! I’ve been hanging around here for years now, soaking up the mama wisdom. I’ve recently started going through Maximize Your Mornings again as a mama of two now. The kit sounds awesome 🙂

  • KAT!!! You know I would love to get a copy of the Mom Planning Kit. How exciting! Since beginning the blog planning kit I have realized how even more important it is to have long term goals for my first priority…MY HOME. I’d love to combine these great resources together and see what magic they make. You rock!!

  • Avatar Jess says:

    I would love to win this! My site could use some serious help. As well as my blogging knowledge!!

  • Avatar Ann says:

    Oh I can easily say that the two most overwhelming things for me right now in motherhood are:
    First, that I can’t seem to have enough energy to implement the things that I feel are important with my four daughters. Their ages range from 11yrs old to 4 yrs old and I find myself so tired by about Noon.
    Second, I just can’t seem to figure out how to help my girls foster community. It was so easy when they were little because they played with my friends kids. Now I am finding that it takes so much time with church friends, school friends and then other activities. I want to be purposeful but I am so tired. Thanks!

  • Avatar Zee says:

    Healthy meal planning for everyone!

  • Avatar Lana says:

    We are embarking on a family adventure and I ramp up blogging so this is exciting!!

    Lana

  • Avatar Karen Blair says:

    I would love one! I have so enjoyed your posts and your podcasts! Thanks, Kat!

  • Avatar Lindsay says:

    I use plan to eat (that’s actually how I found your blog. Thanks for the boot camp!) and motivated moms to keep track of household chores & meal planning, but the extra food chores– the good intentions of making things from scratch– get overlooked. I also want to plan activities for my little ones, but I just can’t get myself organized enough. I’m very visual and a planner to lay it all out would be great. I know you reach a lot of moms in many different walks of life, so I can see how a digital & customizable planner would be amazing. Thanks!

  • Avatar Sandy C says:

    3 aspects of motherhood I find overwhelming in no particular order:

    1. Sibling quarrels
    2. Setting goals and the inevitable interruptions/disruptions of multiple children all wanting your attention
    3. Laundry 🙂

  • Avatar Angela J. says:

    Yes! I think the Blog Kit is a FABULOUS idea…I’d love to start a blog, but I need some steps to follow and ideas and tips and, and, and…..!!!

    A Mom Planning Kit?! Yes…what a great gift for new moms as well as frazzled toddler moms, busy kid moms and perplexed teen moms (or all of the above!)

  • Avatar Scotti Hager says:

    This sounds awesome!! The blog kit would be great for me where Im just starting out.

  • Avatar Dena says:

    This sounds wonderful. I hope there’s something for homeschooling moms in there too because I just can’t seem to find the time to do it all when I’m homeschooling. Pick me! Pick me!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Hello. A kit for mom’s sounds like a wonderful thing and excited to see what you put together (and I hopefully win :).

    It would be helpful to have a timeline tool. To organize goals for us visual people. And a daily, weekly, etc. schedule/map for to-do categorized by type of to-do and available time slot. For example, I put my baby down for a nap and then start on tasks I could do while they are awake, verses concentrated tasks like bill paying. It would be helpful to learn how to better structure the endless to-do list.

    And are their any measurables along this path of motherhood/homemaking to stay motivated and encouraged by? 🙂

    Thank you!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Oh, further to my last comment, something of how to divide duties and responsibilities with our husbands would be helpful. What does it look like?

    Thank you!

  • Avatar Erin says:

    I’m interested in the Mom Planning Kit, but I’m still in the 5 months pregnant stage with our first so the whole thing is one big mystery to me. I’d love for a more visual way to create a mission statement that encompasses all areas of my life (not just the new baby on the way) – my faith, my husband, our family, my full time job (hopefully to become a per diem job once the baby comes), our church family, and the things that brighten my day and help me grow (hobbies, new things to learn, etc.). I can feel overwhelmed even now trying to use my time wisely and with a genuine and mindful pace – the thought of having so much time devoted to a little one with so many needs just seems overwhelming right now! I hope that firming up my mission statement can help me navigate through the sleepless nights and radical changes that having a baby brings about.

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    Sounds like a very helpful ebook and I would love to win a copy. My biggest problem with motherhood is figuring out how to multitask. I had this conversation with my husband just last week. It seems like I can only focus on one thing at a time, and all other important things are neglected. For example, I can play with my kids, but then my house ends up a mess, dinner doesn’t get done on time, side projects never get finished, etc. If I work on a project, then my house is a mess, dinner doesn’t get done on time, AND my kids end up in front of a movie half the day. Or I can focus on cleaning the house and cooking dinner… but without spending as much time with the kids. And I stay up really late trying to get things done while the kids are asleep. And the worst part, through all this my husband is often neglected the most. I cannot figure out how most moms seem to manage everything so well!

  • Avatar Christy Crosby says:

    This sounds like a great resource for moms like me that sometimes get very overwhelmed with all that comes with the day to day! Can’t wait!

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    That sounds exactly like what I need as I head into schooling both my girls. And I would love to read through the Mission Statements for Moms.

  • Avatar Lynda says:

    It sounds like a great idea. Sharing helpful information about all aspects motherhood and family life through a blog has the possibility to reach so many people.. We can only learn and grow through information. Thanks for providing us resources.

  • Avatar Jessica says:

    Yes! I’d love a Mom Planning resource kit!!! I’m struggling with finding a way to plan ahead to meet BOTH of my children’s deep needs (I have a 3 yr old and a 6 month old). Instead, I end up just meeting my 3 yr old’s basic needs while trying to attend to the constant needs of my baby. I want to move beyond just meeting their needs and plan ahead to give them something true, beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for your work to help moms!! Bless you!

  • Avatar Judie Serode says:

    Yes Please I would love a copy of the mom planning kit! I love all of the resources you offer and have printed out the praying daily for your husband calendar and mother prayer calendar!

  • Avatar Judie Serode says:

    Yes Please I would love a copy of the mom planning kit! I love all of the resources you offer and have printed out the praying daily for your husband calendar and mother prayer calendar!

  • Avatar Karen says:

    I have loved your ideas and inspiration so far and look forward to the new kit! What is most overwhelming to me is keeping up with the stages my kids are at (learning to let go of them when appropriate), maintaining order and clarity in our schedule and home, figuring out what I can do that is simple and will matter in the end (I’ll never spend a day scrapbooking, but I have piles of stuff, several different journals, ideas, quotes from the kids, unfinished baby books- what can I do today?) And of course, keeping our focus on Christ in a world that does not : )
    That pretty much covers it! Thank you for what you are doing!!
    PS kids are 2 girls, already 7 & 8- and my has it gone fast

  • Avatar Lisa C says:

    I am always so encouraged by your resources. But reading through these comments it really resonates to me how many of us are in the same position of being so hard on ourselves to be great wives, great moms, great women. We are searching for something that will help us to achieve success and calling out for community to support one another in our progress. THANK YOU for being one who is willing to share ideas and applications that have helped with these skills we all feel we should already be achieving. It is heartbreaking to see some of these comments and I just want to SHOUT OUT that you are all amazing women who are doing really great things! Your families are blessed to have you as moms and don’t short yourself. This is the season that you will feel your life is in chaos. Keep going! You are (already) doing a great job.

  • I am super interested. My story isn’t entirely different from anyone else. I LOVED the perspective you shared in the other organizational info I have of yours. You make me believe I can THRIVE and not just survive in my wonderful, crazy, life. Oh, and we added a puppy to our nest last week! Whew!

  • I am super interested. My story isn’t entirely different from anyone else. I LOVED the perspective you shared in the other organizational info I have of yours. You make me believe I can THRIVE and not just survive in my wonderful, crazy, life. Oh, and we added a puppy to our nest last week! Whew!

  • Avatar Lily Old says:

    I would say right now (with an 18m old daughter and 3yr old son with CP), time management is at the top! Second would be trying to learn how to do everything my mother never taught me (like how to cut vegatables and other simple “keeping my home in order” things) and now discipline, which has to be my least favorite of these. Thanks for all of your resources, they are helping me stay on the right track 🙂

  • Avatar Julie Bennett says:

    The Mom Planning Kit sounds really great.
    As a mom of 4 (1 traditional school 3 homeschooled) Balancing all the schedules, managing our homeschool day, managing my “home work” day, keeping track of priorities, ministry obligations, Bible studies, family obligations, all while trying to enjoy my kids and be present for them and my amazing hubby. And doing this while trying to be be eternity focused on my God.
    Thanks for asking for our thoughts in advance.

  • Avatar kayeherbert says:

    the mama kit sounds great, im sure it will be such a blessing to us all!

    personally, i just have trouble keeping up with it all and keeping things balanced. some days or weeks i may feel like im doing great at keeping up with or even getting ahead on the homemaking side of things (cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc) but then my quality time with kids goes down or social/community time is minimal. too often i swing the pendulum too far so that the next week i over plan lots of great play dates, quality outtings with the boys, discipleship one on ones with ladies, but my house is a mess and my husband is hungry looking into a bare fridge. haha! soon we are to start homeschooling, and the idea of throwing in one more thing to the mix and keep up with is kinda terrifying.
    so as a recap & ideas, these are some ideas of things i have trouble balancing on a regular basis that id love help with:

    -personal time with God -working out -running the errands -housework -homeschooling -quality time/1 on 1 w/kids -playdates/social fieldtrips w/kids -church/serving/community -quality time with husband/dates and im sure there’s more but those are some of the main things i feel are important but easily get off kilter and out of whack.
    thanks for listening!

  • Avatar Kathryn says:

    This sounds great! There are always so many more items on my to-do list than I seem to have time to accomplish! Thank you for offering it.

  • Avatar Emily says:

    Thank you for offering us a chance to win the Mom Kit! I second all the topics already mentioned here – but also, here are some things I personally struggle with:
    1. Sifting through a million ideas/inspiration about homemaking/parenting and having a plan to implement them or try them out.
    2. Being fully present with my kids, husband, and important relationships
    3. Maintaining meaningful hospitality (and a good social life) without excluding kids – for example, I find it so hard to balance caring for dinner guests and my kids’ needs when we have people over, stressful for me but I don’t want to stop having people over!
    4. Letting God take the lead in my schedule, words, and demeanor!

  • Avatar Gillian says:

    I am very interested! Thanks for the chance and for the info! 🙂

  • Avatar Natalie says:

    Suggestions for topics:
    1- managing housework (time management too!)
    2-Managing bills/mail – what systems work for people? (It doesn’t help when you run a few businesses and get it all at one address)
    3- How do you teach your kids biblical concepts without making them feel like you are pounding them in the head with it.
    4-A sample of how you spend your day/week.
    Thanks for offering the giveaway! I think you offer very good info that people need/want. This idea will go well too!

    • Avatar Natalie says:

      ONE MORE THING! All that paperwork/artwork that comes home from school, the info sheets, etc. How do you manage schoolwork and what kind of routines would be good to organize those things?

  • I think this would help me plan better and be more organized. I’m definitely interested.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    i am definitely interested! i think this would be such a fun system to work with!

  • Avatar Angela says:

    Kat,
    I would love to win the free e-book. I just took the upcoming year off from teaching and keep thinking that a Blog might be a fun way to start a new career path. I’ve got 2 kids and a household to run and I keep thinking that blogging might be in my future! I need your help!
    Thanks,
    Angela

  • Avatar Amanda McCellon says:

    I’m a full time step mom to 4. A small business owner. And a wannabe Blogger trying to figure out how to make our work in my life. Would love the opportunity to give this a try!

  • Avatar Christa says:

    Yes, please!! To say that would help is an understatement. The ins and outs of life keep us on our toes..would love to see what you come up with!!

  • Avatar AnnieLaurie says:

    I would love this. I actually came to your blog this morning looking for something exactly like this. I have two under two, a new home, recently stopped working outside the home and have moved 3 times in 20 months so yeah I feel very unsettled and disorganized. Would love a resource like this to help me get things in order. 🙂

  • Avatar Brandy says:

    I would love to have a copy of this! One of the most overwhelming aspects of motherhood for me is feeling like I’m not doing enough/ being intentional enough with my daughters spiritually or emotionally. I always feel like I am busy doing the practical daily things that I seldom just sit back and laugh with my girls. I think one cause of that is just not settling down and committing to an intentional time of thinking and planning ahead. I really struggle with formulating a plan and sticking to it.