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Tote Your Horn is a blog about how we keep our large family organized, functional, and chaos free.

We invite you to also follow the homeschooling adventures of our 8 children!

We are often asked (usually by smaller families) how we do it.  Do what?  Is my response. Curiosity about large family living and homeschooling lends to complete strangers asking how we homeschool, how we keep our house in order, and how we KEEP OUR SANITY.  Usually my response is:

"This is our Life and We Love it!"


About Me

I grew up a Small Town Girl, living in a lonely world...so I joined the Navy in 2001. From 2001-2007, I was an Aviation Electrician and a Training Petty Officer. I’ve been a SAHM since 2007. Homeschooling my children has been my passion. I love teaching and helping people reach their goals. I have 8 wonderful children...I am SUPER busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way!


Home Organization

As a busy large family mom, I quickly realized that I had to get organized or my house would forever (or at least until the kids left the nest) look like a tornado went thru! I started organizing everything. My kids have their own dish set color, towel color, bath bucket, and snack holders.
When I discovered Thirty-One, I was in awe. Personalization besides assigning each kid a color (I was running out of colors) SAY WHAT!!! I wanted it ALL! In 2018, I signed up to get over $300 worth of product, thinking ...for $99, even if I completely bomb, I still have all these products and the 40% discount. I didn’t have to wait long to see that Thirty-One sells itself! Right now I am an Independent Consultant, but my goal is to become a Senior Executive Director. I LOVE every minute of working for this company and everything they stand for, especially the Thirty-One Gives Program.

Homeschooling

Our children love learning.  The older ones have attended public school.  I never felt right waking my children up early and sending them out the door.  I didn't like wondering about them all day.  What I really did not like was the attitudes and behaviors they came home with. They had homework in kindergarten and no time to be a kid.  When the sun is shining, I want my children to be soaking up the rays.  Our kids are not happy sitting in a classroom all day.  With homeschooling, the world is our classroom.

This family has used a number of homeschooling styles.  We've spent countless dollars on "Box Curriculum", CD's, websites, and books we can't live without.  After months of planning and a "Can Do" attitude, all our money and hard work goes down the drain.  Mommy gets burnt out and the kids gets frustrated.  My first piece of advise is:

"If it doesn't work, move on".

Don't sweat it.  Find something that works for you and your family.  The reason that most of us homeschool is because we want our children to love learning.  We want flexibility and the opportunities that only homeschooling can provide.

After a number of years, we have found curriculum that works for us and programs we love.  We finally have a plan.  It may change in the future, but what works for us right now is what matters.


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I recommend joining Thirty-One if you want to just make some extra money, have a career change, or even just get the 40% disount. It’s totally worth it! If you like to give it a try, click this link: https://www.mythirtyone.com/us/en/toteyourhorn/info/join for more information. It only takes a few minutes to enroll, and most receive their kit in less than a week! If you decide it’s not for you, keep the kit. You have nothing to lose, but I warn you...Thirty-One is addictive!

I’ll see you in the Pink Bubble!

Tracey (Mom)

Isaac (18)

Evan (14)

Mage (9)

Gage (2)

Sean (Dad)

Oracle (15)

Gracey (13)

Lyra (7)

Nico (1)

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