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Updates on our homeschooling family with ten children, a handful of chickens, a couple horses, three bunnies, and six cats. Visit our website at PeacefulHome.net


Grocery Spending

Food Only

Oct 2010 - $231.39

Nov 2010 - $998.22

Dec 2010 - $340.29

Jan 2011 - $855.15

Feb 2011 - $203.17

Mar 2011 - $916.52

Monthly Average $590.79

Weekly Average $137.85
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holding Loves for Ransom

Have you ever extracted a promise from your child to clean-up an activity only to come back in the room later to a huge mess with the mess-maker no where to be found? This makes my blood boil, so I'm always looking for ways to avoid this situation since a mama with boilin' blood does not a Peaceful Home make.

All of my children have their special "loves." A blanket, a Barney, a chicken, a dog. Those items that no bedtime can be without. Now when one of my little darlings want to play with a special toy with many pieces, work a puzzle, or do a messy craft, they have to offer their "love" in exchange.

I'll put the sacrificial blanket up high in the pantry to be returned when the activity is cleaned up. It's so cute to see Brigitta walk up, holding out her blanket and say, "May I please play Disney Castle?" Things are more often cleaned up with out reminders.

True confession time: One night at bedtime, we couldn't find Brigitta's blanket. Yup, you guessed it. A couple hours later, Emelie walked in the pantry and came out asking, "Why is Bitta's pinkie up on the shelf?" Whoops!


  1. I really like this idea!


  2. Great idea! Just wondering if you have to put Bryan on the top shelf when you scrapbook?! haha! Ok, it's late and that made me giggle. Keep up the good posts! :)

  3. What a great tip!! I love this one!!! I also LOVED Jamers comment!!! :) Made me giggle too! :) My problem is that most of my children have outgrown the blankie stage, and you can't very well put a thumb in the pantry! :) You are such a creative problem solver and Awesome Mom!

  4. Jamers - Silly you! Bryan doesn't fit on the top shelf. He just stands in the corner until I'm done! LOL!

    Elizabeth - Amen to the thumb! And might I add fingers too! What to do there?? (And Jamers is married to my dentist who sees what that does!)