Mom Hacks 101
by Terri Bonin
When you are the mom of many, it’s no joke that life can get a little hectic. There’s always so much to do. Then you throw in homeschool? SHOOT. Sometimes I’m amazed that my kids all turned out so well. Honestly, that’s only by the grace of God. He really gets all the credit. BUT I will say I not only had some awesome people in my corner helping and praying the whole time, but I’ve always come across some awesome #momhacks along the way.
These hacks have literally come in handy so many times in my life in terms of my kiddos. Yes, I pray every day for my kids. Yes, I homeschool and do the very best I can to be sure they’re getting nothing but the best education. They’re minds and their hearts are going to be covered in our home. What’s also going to be covered is their health. If you know me, you know that I was crunchy before it was cool, and have come into some seriously weird ways of keeping my house running on the fly. Without further adieu, here is a list of 4 of my best mom hacks I’ve collected in my over 28 years of mommin’.
So here are my top 4 tips…
Facilitate Food: It’s no question, people need to eat. I’m not really a cook, so I more so facilitate meals in my home. Of course, I go to Costco and buy all of the amazing, organic things that have. And this first point is not about Costco, but if you don’t have a membership, do yourself a favor and go ahead and get one (hack within a hack). This point is actually about how I do our dinners. Like I said, cooking ain’t my jam. But I still want my family to have the best. So I order out—in the crunchiest way possible. I use Wholesome Bites and have my dinners delivered weekly to our home. They offer healthy, organic meals already prepared. These meals are super yummy and make my life so much easier. For more info on Wholesome Bites, click here.
Clean Clean: So cleaning is a pretty big deal when your family is as big as mine. It’s grown to an even bigger deal ever since some of my kids grew up, got married, and started having babies (yay grandbabies!). Our house is pretty much the landing pad for so many, meaning there are constantly people here. I love that, honestly, I love everything about it. But naturally, where people go, messes follow. However, my life got EXORBITANTLY easier when I got my hands on Thieves Household Cleaner. Not only has it saved me money, since one bottle of household cleaner costs about $1 to make, but it’s also safe for my kids to use. There’s no yuck in the cleaner, making Now, I’m not afraid of my littles running around and helping with chores because they have products they can use that WON’T kill them. What a thought, huh? In fact, my kids could spray the thieves cleaner into their mouths and it would actually be good for them. Their immune systems are being strengthened and I’m getting a clean home. It’s a win, win. So friends, clean clean! If you wanna know how to get some clean cleaning products, click here.
Say no to “Stuff”: Since we’re on the cleaning topic, another #hack that I have in my home in that I limit the amount of small, easy to lose items in our home. We do puzzles at the library, we play with toys at the library. Basically, if the library has it, we don’t. It makes my life SO much easier and my kids are none the wiser. They love the outing, and I love that there’s not a whole bunch of random things floating around my house. If you don’t already utilize your local library, hit that puppy up! You can thank me for it later.
All things oils: Another big part of my family’s life is essential oils. The common term in my home is “there’s an oil for that”. This has simplified motherhood more than I could have ever imagined. I wish I had known more about essential oils when my oldest were little. These tiny little oils have completely eliminated the need to run to the drug store anytime something happens to me and my husband, or one of our kids. Bug bites? There’s an oil for that. Can’t sleep? There’s an oil for that. Need help focusing? There’s an oil for that. And the list goes on. I’m happy that my kids will never know what Pepto Bismol or Benadryl is. They reach for oils that support whole-body systems, and I don’t have to spend a million dollars on different things that may or may not work. We love our oils, and we hope you will too! Interested? I’d love to chat!
This list is not exhaustive and there are so many other cool tips I’ve come across over the years that would be great for another post. Here I just wanted to share with you a few of the things that have made being the mom on many a little bit easier. If you are a frazzled mama out there, I’d love to be your friend. I know how it is, I remember the days when things were much crazier and I didn’t know which way was up and which way was down. Just know I’m here and I’m praying for you. It will get better, I promise. Remember, a whole lot of Jesus, some oils, and maybe a Costco card is all you need.
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Meet Terri Bonin, the author of 31 Days to Fit, 14 Days to Ignite Your Marriage, and Live, Laugh, Love, and Laundry. Terri’s 23-year union with her favorite dentist (her husband), has been prosperous in their prolific production of 10 darling children. She also holds a degree in nutritional counseling which seems to be most frequently used to persuade her children to eat their greens. Terri’s secret pleasure is sneaking away from juggling the daily tasks, homeschooling, and dating her husband to escape to her office to write for her own enjoyment. As you can imagine she has a LOT to write about!
*Disclaimer: The information above is based on my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.