Q. What is your email address?- thevanillatulip (at) yahoo (dot) com

Q. What are your favorite hair products?- My sister is a hair-stylist so I use whatever goodies she gives me;)  On a rare occasion that I purchase it myself, I'll just purchase Suave hairspray and dry conditioner. Nothing too fancy;)

Q. How do you get your kids to sleep? Do you use the Cry It Out Method? Do you have many sleepless nights?- This is a great question. And I wish I had a great answer haha!  Honestly, there is at least one child up at some point in the night. Whether to go to the bathroom or to crawl in bed with us (which I love!).  I don't know if it's even possible to have four young children and everybody sleep through the night entirely.  I for one do not care for the CIO method. That's just my own personal preference.  I figure if my babes are crying they're doing so for a reason.  So, no...my kids have never cried it out.  Eloise is baby number four and has been my best sleeper so far.  She was sleeping through the night since four weeks old. And then her teeth started coming in and she has started waking up in the night a few times a week.  Nothing too bad though!  I just kind of figure the sleepless nights comes with motherhood. It's nothing a strong cup of coffee can't fix:)

Q. You mentioned that you live with less.  What do you do with things you want to pass on to your children?  How do you deal with that stuff?-  I have several "memory boxes" that I use to store any special momentos that I will want to keep for when my kids get older.  I don't keep a lot of bigger things.  There are a few items that are bigger that I have stored up in the closet.... my childhood Teddy Ruxpin, a lamp from my great-grandma, etc. Besides that everything else gets donated!

Q. With four little ones, what is key to making time for yourself, keeping your frustration levels low during the day and coping when some things just don't get done?- Oh my. Time for myself.  Well, time for myself these days looks like a bath or a grocery shopping trip on Sunday afternoons while the kids nap:) And honestly, when you have kids you kind of give up your personal time. And I am 100% okay with that. I absolutely love being with my kids! But on a rare occasion that I just need a moment...a dinner date with girlfriends always does the trick! 
As far as coping when some things don't get done. Well...that's an every day occurrence.  :)Again, I'm pretty sure if you're a mother of many small children there will always be something that doesn't get done. And I am totally fine with this as well.  At the beginning of the day I'll write out my list of to-do's for the day.  And then I'll tackle the ones that need immediate attention first to ensure that they get checked off. 

Q. You have mentioned "first time obedience". What is your children's punishment if they don't obey?- It honestly just depends on which child and situation we're in.  I tell ya....it is HARD getting a 2 year old to obey the first time.  But positive reinforcement also works really well.  It is definitely extra work to get them to obey each time. But here's what I have been doing with Cade (2 year old) lately to get him to obey.  I will ask him to do something. And instead of waiting to see his response.... I will go to him and help him say "yes ma'am" as well as helping him to follow through with what was asked.  I have seen a HUGE difference in his obedience through this kind of training!

Q. How do you keep up with laundry? - I don't. ;)  My laundry pile is always the size of Mt. Everest it seems.  I have tried several ways to organize it.  Laundry twice a week. Laundry once a week.  Laundry never (I kid... kind of). And what is currently working for me is to do two to three loads a day.  I'll start it right when I wake up.  And then finish it right before lunch.  Whatever is left after lunch will just stay until the next day. 

Q. When and how do you make time for your blog? I always blog in the evenings after everybody is tucked into bed and asleep!  

Q. How do you homeschool with so many little ones? Emma is the only one that is being homeschooled right now so it isn't so hard at all!  I work with her a few hours each morning.  While we're doing school, Eloise takes a nap and the boys go to their room to play.  I have been loving having that quiet time with just her and my cup of coffee each morning!

Q. Did you breastfeed any of your babies? I did!  Emma for 6 months, Colt for 4 months, Cade for 9 months and Eloise for 2 months.  It just wasn't my favorite thing to do and stressed me out.  I'm a big fan of formula;)

Q. Who inspires you? Hands down my Mom.  She is exactly who I want to be when I grow up.  She is one of the kindest and most selfless people I know. I hardly ever remember her getting mad growing up. Which is pretty impressive since there were five of us.  She has the patience of a saint.  She has always served our family above and beyond growing up.  Our home was always a safe and cozy place growing up and I definitely account that to her making it that way.  And the way she has shown her love and devotion to my Dad has always inspired me in my marriage with Travis.  She's a jewel:)

Q. What kind of daily planner do you use?- This year I just picked up a Sugar Paper Planner from Target. I am really loving it so far!

Q. Where are your rugs from? - All of them are from Ikea!

Q- Do you do any side work even though you stay at home with your children? -Yes!  For as long as I can remember I have always loved to work. My nickname was/is "the job hog". I love making a pay check and working hard for something. As a mom to four little ones being their mom is my number one priority.  It is important to our family that I stay home to raise them.  I don't want to miss a single moment with them!

Once they're in bed I have my own little job that I LOVE! I am in Independent Consultant for Rodan and Fields Dermatologists.  I am able to bring in a full time career salary in very part time hours while my babies sleep at night.  I believe in the products and am proud to work for such an amazing company!

You can learn more about all of this in my Vlog Series.

Or if you have questions and would just like to email me I would LOVE to tell you more!
thevanillatulip (at) yahoo (dot) com

Q. Do you homeschool? Yes!  This will be our first official year to homeschool. Last year we tinkered around with preschool. You can see what curriculum we are using for Kindergarten in this post.

Q. Do you always plan on homeschooling? We are taking it all on a year by year basis with each child. So, we'll see what the Lord has planned:)

Q. What are the color of the walls in your home? You can see all the colors listed in THIS post.

Q. Do you plan on having more kids? As of today... no :)

Q. What religion are you? I am a Christian. I believe there is one true God. I believe in a Risen Savior. If you'd like to know more I would love to tell you about how the Lord has changed my life and how He can change yours. Email me.. thevanillatulip (at) yahoo (dot) com


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  4. I just stumbled across your blog, followimg a recipe, from a zip list email. I can not wait to really delve in. My house is under 900 sq feet. We often grumble over the size, although Im so grateful to have a roof over my head that is my own. I just dont know how to manage the space, and am really heartened to hear others living similarly...

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