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My Bib System

Okay, so it’s not really a system. But, it makes me feel organized to think I have a system for bibs.:).
I love the bibs we use. They are called Bumkins Bibs. We started using these when my oldest (who will be 12 next month) was a baby. One of our current bibs has even been around that long! That’s how durable they are. These bibs are
comfortable, easy to wipe off, and durable.

They are plastic, so they can be used for more than one meal (as long as there is no spaghetti or chocolate pudding involved). You can just shake out the pocket or wipe down, and use later. When a bib starts to get beyond the shake/wipe stage, just toss in the washing machine.(I have even put these in the top rack of my dishwasher).

After a bib is washed and dried with the laundry, I put it here on the booster seat chair.

I like this system (I guess it is a system after all…;) because it saves valuable drawer space.

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These bibs work for us!

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Scripture Memory in a Box

We use a system for scripture memory that I really love. I got the idea from Simply Charlotte Mason. Each day you and your children recite 4 verses: a new verse for the week, and three verses to review. I like it because it’s adaptable to different ages and different families. You choose the verses you want your children to memorize.

If you want to focus on certain character traits, you can use your concordance or other reference such as For Instructions in Righteousness by Doorposts. For example, one of the first verses I put in our box was Proverbs 29:11:

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under contol.

(This has been a particularly helpful verse for one of my children who shall remain anonymous 😉

Or, you can use this system to learn and review scripture from the curriculum you’re using. We have done this as well.

The Scripture Memory in a Box an easy way to work on scripture memorization, since we leave it on the kitchen table and do it after lunch. The key is to remember to do it! (not that I ever have trouble remembering 😉 ).

To start your own box, here is what you need:

Index cards
Index card box
Tabbed dividers (I used two packs of ABC tabs) update: SCM website below has free printable divider templates!
A pen
A bible

And here are the directions you need to assemble your Scripture Memory in a Box: SCM Scripture Memory.

Update: Check out my friend Angela’s beautiful scripture memory box over at Angela’s Sewing for Sanity. She is so crafty!


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Color Coding for Sanity

In our house, we use color coding to keep things more organized and keep mom more sane ;). Each child has his or her own color. We started with plates, since it makes it easier when serving for everyone to know whose plate is whose. Then I found cups with the same colors. This is my favorite area to color code. Instead of going through many cups throughout the day because no one can remember which cup is theirs, each child know which cup belongs to them because their cup is always blue (or yellow, or green, etc.). Color coding has simplified our mealtime routines. The kids also have sport cups in their color for taking water with us in the car, outside, or on trips.

Now we have extended the color coding concept to towels. I am excited about this, because now I will know who is and is NOT handing up their towel. I bought two towels for each child in their color.

I love color coding. It helps me stay more focused and organized. The most difficult thing about it is finding the items you want in the right colors. This is where it pays to be patient! Keep checking the kitchen (or bath) sections of the stores you usually visit.

I realize this may be more difficult the more children you have. (We have four). However, the cups we bought came in big sizes and small, so I can see how you might be able to assign the same color to a little kid and his or her “buddy” or older sibling. Even just color coding the little ones would make a big difference!

Color coding works for me! Give it a try and see if it works for you!


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Is that a vinyl tablecloth on your table???

Okay, I will admit it. When I think of vinyl tablecloths, I do not think of classy decorating. I usually think of a kitchen circa 1981. HOWEVER, before you scoff at the thought of using a vinyl tablecloth, let me tell you why I love using them.

Wiith 4 kids and three meals a day at home (usually :)) our kitchen table tends to get a bit, um, messy. :). Vinyl tablecloths wipe up so well. Toddler spilled orange juice at breakfast? No problem. Five year old left chocolate cake crumbs and smeared chocolate frosting all over? No sweat. Just wipe down and you’re good to go until the next meal.

I usually buy these handy little things on sale, and actually have fun finding cute or seasonal ones. I have found some really pretty ones at Marshalls, but Target and Wal-Mart usually carry them too.

Who said being practical has to look ugly?? Vinyl tablecloths work for me!

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