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4 Moms Announce a Book Club!

The 4 Moms are excited to announce that we will be blogging through a book during the month of August and you are invited to read along with us!

Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman, mother of many, is a book chock full of advice on how to manage a large household while glorifying God.

Each of The 4 Moms will be discussing our thoughts and adding our perspectives to the book, chapter by chapter throughout the month of August. I have even heard rumors that the author, Kim Brenneman herself, may be chiming in to our discussion! How cool would that be?!

And guess what?

You can win a copy of this book, delivered right to your door in time for you participate in our book club too! You can enter on all The 4 Moms blogs:

We will announce the winners next week, and there will be a discount code available for anyone who would like to order the book.

To enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what area of your home could use the most help.

Additional entries: (Please leave an additional comment on this post for each entry.)

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  1. My biggest area of struggle is time management. Especially the area of homeschooling.

  2. My biggest struggle is teaching the kids to have a good work ethic–especially the overall attitude toward work, whether it’s chores or school.

  3. I ‘like’ Smockity Frocks on Facebook!

  4. I tweeted!

  5. Organizing. There’s so much to do that I can never figure out what to do first!

  6. My biggest struggle is keeping up with the mess that the little ones (ok, and us big ones) make. I feel like the house is always cluttered to the point I would be embarrassed if someone randomly stopped by.

  7. I like you on facebook!

  8. My biggest struggle in keeping house is prioritizing my time between homeschooling, quality kid time, and cleaning.

  9. I like you on FB!

  10. Linked to you on Facebook.

  11. I already Like you!

  12. My biggest struggle is keeping up with the clutter of little kid toys everywhere! I too would also be embarrased if somebody dropped by !

  13. My biggest struggle with our home is clutter. The more I get rid of, the more it seems to grow.

  14. christine says:

    I struggle with time management, so much time is wasted daily.

  15. christine says:

    I “like” you on facebook!

  16. elizabeth says:

    I struggle with clutter and time management.

  17. I need insight on balancing the many things of life (time mgm) without losing the focus of the heart. Thank you for this opportunity!

  18. elizabeth says:

    i like you on FB

  19. My biggest struggle is time management… finding the balance between the housework and such the needs to be done and the nurturing and caretaking of our 4 children that must be done…

  20. LeighAnne says:

    I could really use some tips on routines and organizing. Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Kara Sarbacker says:

    I could really use some tips on homeschooling and organization! Thanks for this great opportunity!

  22. My biggest area of struggle is the floors. Whether it’s just keeping them picked up, or sweeping, mopping, vacuuming. I can never seem to have clean floors!!

  23. I “like” you on FB!! :)

  24. We need help keeping kid’s rooms organized – oy!

  25. My biggest area of need is with organization. Most of my house is OK, but the master bedroom is a disaster. It seems that everything that doesn’t have a home ends up in there!

  26. I am constantly behind in keeping the kids’ clothes organized.

  27. I am SO excited that you ladies are blogging through this book. AND, you’re giving away a copy? What joy!

    Which area of my home could use the most help? My room!


  28. Meghan V. says:

    I need to get a good cleaning routine down.

  29. Meghan V. says:

    I shared on FB ( I have a different screen name if you need it)

  30. Managing children who have unique learning difficulties and how to do this in the “normal” family daily routine.

  31. Meghan V. says:


  32. “liked” on facebook!

  33. Tweeted

  34. To be diligent in all areas – this is hard for both mom and kids!

  35. HeatherHH says:

    Right now, I could use the most help organizing the kids’ playroom and toys.

  36. Lisa Suit says:

    Time management is definitely what I need the biggest help with! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book, I’ve wanted it for a long time now!

  37. Lisa Suit says:

    I already like Smockity Frocks on Facebook

  38. I struggle with my attitude towards cleaning and do not want to pass that on to my kiddos. Any ideas she has that could make it easier for me to manage with my little ones would be great!


  39. Holly Emmot says:

    I need help with time management. 😉

  40. Holly Emmot says:

    I “liked” you on fb!

  41. Keeping my priorities straight and not wasting time on sutff that eats up my day.

  42. I like you on Facebook. :)

  43. I tweeted . :)

  44. Sara B. says:

    I need help with all my homeschool books. I have so many they don’t fit on the shelves anymore, and hubby says no more shelves! 8-/ Whatever am I going to do so that they are accessible when I need them but out of the way while I don’t?

  45. Sara B. says:

    Also just liked you on FB! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Posted on Facebook.

  47. My bedroom needs help as it has become the catch-all room, and since it is not seen by anyone other than hubby and me, it also is greatly neglected.

  48. I already like you!

  49. One of my biggest challenges is keeping the deep cleaning done, and also involving my toddler in kitchen prep.

  50. How do I nurture my marriage? I feel like I’m always “on the job”.

  51. I need help with disciplining my own self! I know what needs to be done, but actually doing it is another story. 😉

  52. My biggest challenge is keeping up with a laundry routine!!

  53. I don’t know if I would call us a large family necessarily but I can say that I need help in organization…. badly.

  54. All of it. That’s what I need help with! :)

  55. I ‘Like’ you on FB.

  56. Rachel K says:

    The more I think about it, ALL my areas of home management could use help. But laundry and time management are the two biggest challenges for me right now. How I would love to read Large Family Logistics!

  57. My biggest area are kids’ bedrooms. We 3 to a room and all their clothes and special treasures it is hard to keep them in order. Especially since the bedrooms are upstairs and out of sight all day.

  58. This book would help us get a “system” going so we can prctice hospitatlity. Currently, I need at least a two day notice before visitors can come – hee, hee! I think we need a big ol’ Hobart oven, mixer, commercial refrigerator, etc. so perhaps this book would really help with learning how to operate a large family household in a small family house!

  59. Rebecca L. says:

    I subscribe to your blog.

    • Rebecca L. says:

      This is meant to say, I already like you on Facebook….ahhh multitasking at lunch time!

  60. Rebecca L. says:

    I need help with managing time with homeschooling, getting stuff done (house management) and personal things.

  61. This book is on my wish list!! Right now my biggest struggle is simplifying as we prepare for an upcoming move. I need to throw stuff away–but I might need that… Need I say more?!

  62. Ashley N says:

    I need major help in time management! I am a real slacker some days!

  63. Ashley N says:

    I like Smockity on FB!

  64. My biggest struggle is the dog saliva spots on my hardwood floors. I have a thing about clean floors and it seems the minute I clean them(which is a struggle right now with a newborn) they are filthy again!

  65. i like you on facebook!

  66. shared on facebook!

  67. My biggest problem areas are paperwork and meal prep.

    Thanks for a great giveaway

  68. blogged about it!

  69. Definitely time management. But also I struggle with getting meals prepared because even though I want to have a menu, I can’t seem to find the time to get one made and wind up making dinner on the fly, which too often turns into cereal for dinner and I hate that.

  70. I tweeted. tweet tweet tweet Really, did any of us think we would ever grow up and use the sentence “I tweeted”?????

  71. There are so many, but homeschooling and organizing office stuff are up close to the top.

  72. I like you on FB

  73. The area I struggle with the most is definitely time management. Some days I do really well, and accomplish lots, and other days… so much time gets wasted I don’t even want to think about it!

  74. “liked” you on facebook :)

  75. Lori Friedman says:

    Cleaning! and fitting it all in!

  76. Tiffany says:

    I liked you on fb.

  77. Tiffany says:

    Clutter and the great paper chase are my biggest issues.

  78. jeanine says:

    my home could most use help in the toy department. there are ALWAYS toys everywhere. as soon as one room is cleaned up, another room is trashed!

  79. jeanine says:

    i’m your fb fan

  80. jeanine says:

    shared on fb

  81. jeanine says:
  82. Heather C says:

    My den really needs help. It’s a small room, but I want it to function as a school room / playroom / library / craft room….. You see the problem?

  83. My kitchen needs the most help! Everything seems to pile up on the countertops!

  84. I like Smockity Frocks on FB

  85. My biggest struggle is trying to get it all done, and having the children be responsible w/ doing their lessons and chores but yet have some free/down time. There just does not seem to be enough time to get it all done and have some quiet rest time as well.

  86. Jane D. says:

    Clutter. No one (including or especially me) is any good at throwing away things. We also have things that came from my mom when she moved into nursing care that are important and she might want later and things that came from cleaning out my father-in-laws house after he died. There is no place to put things away and because so much is out, no one is willing to put away things that do have a place.

  87. Lisa H. says:

    Paper clutter and bad attitudes….
    Thanks so much!

  88. Heather says:

    I could use some help with setting up a regular cleaning schedule.

  89. My laundry area is in most need of some serious help!

  90. Kathryn says:

    I need laundry help!

  91. We only have two children so far, but our biggest hurdle is organization, particularly in the kitchen and with the kid’s toys.

  92. I sharedis giveaway on Facebook.

  93. Cleaning. I can manage to get the immediate needs done (laundry and dishes) but never get much farther than that.

  94. Heather says:

    My pantry. I am always trying to get in and out of there faster than a child can request a snack!

  95. Honestly and seriously it’s a tie between keeping the bathroom clean and getting the laundry folded (right now it’s a mountain in my son’s bedroom)

    SeekingHim at gmail dot com

  96. Heather says:

    I like you on FB.

  97. Heather says:

    I shared on FB.

  98. Heather says:
  99. Shared on FB here http://www.facebook.com/sarah.bailey1/posts/236187273072410

    SeekingHim at gmail dot com

  100. I “liked” Smockity Frocks on Facebook.

  101. I like Smockity Frocks on FB

    SeekingHim at gmail dot com

  102. I tweeted about this giveaway.

  103. Amy Mac says:

    Keeping things picked up & clutter controlled, especially in the kitchen & family room.

  104. My biggest challenge is meal time. When I lose control of this, I seem to lose control of so many other things too!

  105. I like you on fb.

  106. I struggle with motivation and keeping up. Especially since Dh is unemployed (working on our 4th year now) – I’m not particularly creative in the making something into something else creative – our trailer is old and needs lots of repair work – I’m also taking care of my Dad’s house next door (twice as big as our house – our oldest sleeps in the guest room at night) – and a car accident 18 months ago left me with damage to my right arm – on top of Dh recently having a major heart attack from the stress …. anyway, I know we should be more on top of clutter and chores, but while we manage to mostly keep my Dad’s house looking good, our little trailer often looks really bad. There are a lot of things I really can’t do anything about (worn out carpet and linoleum or repairs sticking out like a sore thumb) but many days I’m even unmotivated to tackle what I can do to make a difference.

  107. I need help teaching my children to help around the home. It always seems easier to complete tasks myself.

  108. I also “liked” you on Facebook

  109. I tweeted about this giveaway

  110. Stacey B says:

    I could really use some help in the kitchen. Meal planning and preparation are not my favorite things to do…

  111. Stacey B says:

    I “liked” you on Facebook!

  112. Stacey B says:

    I shared about the giveaway on Facebook.

  113. Stacey B says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

  114. The kitchen!

  115. Hannah S. says:

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  116. I liked you on FB.

  117. My basement … ugh!

  118. Paula K says:

    Every room in my house needs help including the basement!

  119. Paula K says:
  120. TIme management. Homeschool organization with 4 kiddos and clutter!! WOW, if I could get help in those 3 I’d be good!

  121. I “like” you on FB… I’m not sure why I hadn’t already done that:)

  122. FB

  123. Definitely meal planning!

  124. I shared the giveaway on FB:)

  125. Alanna N. says:

    Organization and motivation!!!

  126. I think that for me the biggest thing is time management because it seems like there is always something falling through the cracks. So during our summer break which starts after reading is done on Friday, I am focusing on getting a chore time established for the girls, and a routine in place so that when we add schooling back in we are more organized in other areas to make it possible!

    Plus, I was a reader of Kim’s original blog and loved it. I learned tons from here, and I am always looking to improve on things!

  127. My biggest home struggle is patience. ‘Nuff said ;).

  128. My biggest challenge is keeping up with that bathroom. Yuck!

  129. I tweeted!

  130. I’m fan on facebook.

  131. I shared on facebook!

  132. Oh I would love to win this! The area of my home that needs the most help is the kitchen table/counter. They are such a catch-all for all the school papers, mail, coupons, etc!

    Thanks for a chance!

    zucchinisummer AT gmail DOT com

  133. Lindsey Little says:

    My bedroom! I’m bad about putting my laundry in baskets to ‘fold later’, but you know how that is! 😛

  134. Belinda says:

    The Storage Room…

  135. Genie Shaw says:

    Our biggest logistics issue is clutter/disorganization.

  136. The room that I need the most help with is my laundry room.

  137. ShellySinWI says:

    Laundry and meal planning is where I need help!

  138. Alana S says:

    I need help with organizing to keep the clutter at bay and also help with dealing with sibling quarrels. Thanks!

  139. I have wanted this book since the moment I saw it. The thing I could use most is cleaning and organization. With so many people in such a small space it is hard to keep everything organized all those clothes.

  140. I shared this on facebook

  141. I like your blog on Facebook

  142. I twitted this…my name on twitter is SRKB95

  143. Oh man, right now, my kitchen floor is in desperate need of a mopping! Ugh!

  144. My kitchen needs the most helps for sure. I always seem to have dirty dishes.

  145. I shared about the giveaway on facebook.

  146. I liked Smockity on FB.

  147. Kid clutter in the schoolroom is a constant challenge. Thanks!

  148. Not sure yet what my challenge will be- just finally quit my jobto stay home with my 7 month hold. Probably staying focused and not wasting time will be my biggest challenge.

  149. I “like”” smockity on FB!

  150. I need the most help keeping my homeschool supply and book area under control..

    Mrs. H

  151. Organization! I have 2 small children, a husband who works nights, and we live in a small apartment. My home is always a disaster area.

  152. Mt biggest problem is keeping control of the kid toys.

  153. I liked you on facebook.

  154. Clutter building up during the school year is my biggest problem.

  155. I would love to win this! I need to organize the bedrooms better.

  156. I like you on fb.

  157. I need help keeping everyone’s schedules and our household chores organized. I tried a communal calendar and it hasn’t worked!

  158. I struggle with office management

  159. My biggest problem area is well the house. Okay a little more detail? The inside? I am just not a housekeeper never have been and now the house is on the market I cringe at the thought someone will give me less than a days notice to clean before they come.

  160. I need help with organization! Thanks!

  161. I would have to say organizing my kids bedroom.

  162. My biggest dilemma is clothes!!!

  163. I struggle with staying calm all the time.

  164. I posted on my blog.

  165. I posted on my blog. – 2

  166. I posted on my blog. – 3

  167. All the closets/cabinets/pantry are very hard for me to keep organized.

  168. Trying to pick one area in which this book would help is almost impossible…time management or maybe it comes from my lack of organization that causes problems with time management. I dunno, but I need help!! :)

  169. Smockity is definitely one of my facebook friends!!

  170. Jen5253 says:

    My homeschool room/play room/craft room is a huge pit right now. And I just can’t get motivated to start shoveling paths and getting it organized. The most embarrasing part is that it’s the first room people see when they come into my home. *blush* So once I finally get this room organized, I know that it will feel like a huge weight has been lifted!

  171. Jen5253 says:

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  172. Jen5253 says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  173. My greatest need of improvement is in meal planning and preparation.

  174. My biggest struggle is time management, especially with shcooling with all of the little one’s interruptions :-)

  175. Courtney says:

    Just one area?! Lol! I think organizing would be the thing I need help with.

  176. My biggest area of need is scheduled cleaning – the vacuuming and mopping that I neglect until I HAVE to!

  177. I need some help with time management. With our starting homeschooling next month, I’m not sure how I’m going to get everything done. Then the new baby will come and completely turn things over.

  178. I “like” you on facebook.

  179. Elizabeth says:

    My counters grow clutter all by themselves…

  180. Elizabeth says:

    I would LOVE to win this! Things are very chaotic right now after a cross country move and awaiting a new baby so I’m not sure which area of the home needs the most help right now.

  181. Cynthia says:

    Definitely time management.

  182. I could use help in managing priorities.

  183. I could help with time management. How do I fit it all in??

  184. I like you on facebook

  185. Molly B says:

    My biggest problem area is our basement storage. It’s low priority as far as spending time on it so it gets junky.

  186. My biggest struggle HAS to be in the area of time management. I *think* if I was better at that then the other areas would more easily fall into place…

  187. Constance says:

    My kitchen needs some help! I still haven’t figured out a good meal plan that is time efficient/cost efficient and still healthy!

  188. My clothing storage area – and sewing room. (My kids tend to trash these when I have them organized.)

  189. Posted on FB.

  190. “Liked” you on FB.

  191. My greatest struggle is with managing all the stuff! Combine that with homeschooling. And time management. OK, everything!

  192. I ‘like’ Smockity on FB!

  193. tiffany says:

    so excited about this! laundry system could use some help!

  194. Rebecca says:

    We need help all over, but our biggest area of struggle is in the bedrooms!

  195. Clean towels! And also… preparing for outings (even to the park).

  196. Mary Kay says:

    The kitchen

  197. Toys, Clothes, and Clutter!

  198. Jenny in CO says:

    I need help with keeping on top of general cleaning.

  199. My biggest struggle is actually sticking to all the systems I make.

  200. I need help getting control of my kids rooms, laundry, and the kitchen! Thanks;)

  201. My biggest area is just how to get it all done and keep everyone happy at the same time.

  202. I already like you on Facebook!

  203. I already like you on Facebook

  204. I tweeted it too! :)

  205. I would love to win this book! Thanks!

  206. I shared this giveaway on Facebook!

  207. I shared about the giveaway on facebook!

  208. Stacey B says:
  209. Stacey B says:
  210. Stacey B says:
  211. I need help with time management

  212. I could so use help in how to organize (and get the kids to do it too)!

  213. I shared about this giveaway on Facebook!

  214. I posted about your giveaway on my blog.


  215. Here’s my second entry for blogging.


  216. Getting a working schedule for my family going and just getting organized!

  217. After an exhausting time period, I think I feel like I’ve lost my steam. I get frozen by all there is to do and remember when I used to be a more fun mom.

  218. My basement needs help! That’s where I put all the stuff I don’t know what to do with. I need to find a place for everything!

  219. melanie says:

    i would like help with juggling all the demands as a homeschooling mom.

  220. melanie says:

    fan on facebook :)

  221. My office!!

  222. Keeping the main thing the main thing. Being fruitful in my home according to God’s priorities.

  223. I guess since I shared the truth at Kim’s blog, I’ll tell you.
    I only have 2 areas that need help. The upstairs and the downstairs. LOL!!


  224. Keeping everything done at the same time is hardest…catch up on one thing and other things seem to slide….

  225. Blogged about it at http://proverbs31lady.com/?p=42

  226. I Blogged about it at http://proverbs31lady.com/?p=42

  227. Just Blogged about it at http://proverbs31lady.com/?p=42

  228. Time and book management!

  229. Valerie says:

    My biggest problem area is piling paperwork!

  230. The room that needs the most help? “THAT” room….the “spare, catch all, storage room”…aka…”the JUNK room” ;-/

  231. I like Smockity Frocks on FB

  232. I shared the giveaway on Facebook

  233. Kelli W says:

    So excited! On a very long waiting list for this book at the library.

  234. Theresa Ewing says:

    Keeping the boys’ bathroom clean is a challange

  235. Nicole Lopez says:

    I liked Smockity Frocks on Facebook!

  236. Nicole Lopez says:

    I need to work on managing my time more wisely from day to day.

  237. Jessalyn says:

    I need to work on teaching my kids to keep their rooms clean!

  238. would love to know how to keep the clutter from piling up!

  239. Laundry, yes definitely laundry!

  240. LAUNDRY!!! The laundry monster is never appeased no matter how many socks I sacrifice to it.

  241. My biggest struggle just now (because it changes from time to time) is the playroom! Ack!

  242. I have 6 boys. I homeschool the first 5 and it’s a challenge to do that and keep up with the housework. I finish each day thinking I’m a failure for not being able to figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’ve heard great things about this book and would love to try these methods for our home. Thank you for this opportunity!

  243. I’ve liked Smockity Frocks and shared this link!

  244. Definitely the closets!

  245. Being consistently consistent with the organization I attempt to put in place.

  246. Trying to enjoy the messy play times with the kids while thinking about cleaning up afterwards and then trying to get all the clean up done!

  247. Motivating myself to get up and do something that will be undone in 5 min.

  248. Staying of top of everything when I am not feeling good or distracted. Everything goes well when I am on top of things, but seems to fall apart when I am not on the ball. I think I need to train them to work without be better, but not sure how to do that!

  249. We want to live in our living room. How do I make progress against the clutter?

  250. I would love to enter your give-away! I need help in the area of deep cleaning, especially when I struggle w/ keeping up w/ daily chores.

  251. Racheal hoover says:

    I think I need the most help in staying on a good schedule. Keeping things organized

  252. I would love this book.I’m not sure how to schedule all 6 of my boys to have all their school in and get it done at a decent hour. For instance, We just saw my hubby off to work at 11:30 and had to go grocery shopping in the middle of the week. So, in turn, school has barely been started for the day at NOON!!! So, this will now take us into the evening. I just can’t stand being this unorganized anymore. I’ve sat down many times trying to organize a schedule but always get stumped.:(

  253. I’ve liked and shared this link several times~


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