New Video Coming Soon....

 Hello Friends!

I am currently working on the first of a series of videos over at The Household Logistics Youtube Channel highlighting diy makeover and organising projects (specifically those deemed homemaking!) at our new property here in the beautiful Ruapehu District of Aotearoa New Zealand.
There is nothing like creating a home out of a new-to-you house & garden............ and it is going to be so lovely to get back into sharing mode again via the Household Logistics Facebook Page, plus the Household Logistics Blog and Household Logistics Youtube Channel!
I am excited to share with you all soon the first video that will no doubt be part of something of a series about making over our small yet adequate kitchen..... the kitchen is very dated, rather small & making it over is going to have most definitely a number of challenges particularly on the available storage front!
It can be extremely challenging to do a diy kitchen makeover project when you have a very limited budget and also have to 'make-do' with a good measure of what already exists.... however, I am up for the challenge & sincerely hope by sharing the various stages of my own kitchen makeover project that it will encourage others also.
It can be very challenging to cast aside those wonderful Pinterest ideals and work with what is real and tangible, can't it.............yet, with a bit of creativity, innovation and a tin of paint (or three!) I am convinced one can still create something delightfully fresh, organised and of course appealing on the kitchen makeover front! We will certainly see firsthand what can be achieved in the months ahead, for sure!
I hope to have the first video from the new house specifically created for The Household Logistics Youtube Channel ready to share with you all early next week.... there's still a bit of editing to do for it to be viewer ready. It is going to be SO lovely to get back into video sharing mode with you all on this specific youtube channel.......Wish me well, Dear Friends!
In the meantime.... Happy Homemaking!
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Kayla Bhana

How To Help Your Child Succeed In Life: Part Two

As parents and primary caregivers of children, we must prepare them for life. From the moment they first become ours to nurture and take care of, we have a responsibility (whether we acknowledge it fully or not) to help them both survive and succeed in life. 

In this current series of blogposts, all titled "How To Help Your Child Succeed In Life," I plan to share what I hope will be helpful insights and tips I have (to date) learnt along the way while parenting and mentoring my own young children. I am still very much learning as I go myself, and it is my hope that perhaps what I share may be of help or assistance in some small measure to others.

Just last week my family went on a camp specifically for homeschoolers that focused on imparting homesteading and lifestyle block living skills. We hope to purchase a small rural farmlet soon, and so this camp was one we were thrilled to find online and be able to attend as a household. 

It was a camp put on specifically for Christian homeschooling families, and it was a camp that had both prayerful and practical content each and every day. One of the key takeaway points for me personally, from what was shared over the four days at the camp, was the concept of Thoughtfulness.

Regardless of whether you and your household have a faith belief or not, Thoughtfulness is a concept that is universally highly valued and of tremendous benefit. When it comes to journeying through life alongside others and looking after what is entrusted to us to do or to have stewardship of materially, Thoughtfulness proves to be highly beneficial. 

It became very apparent during the camp that each and every choice we make, whether it be in relation to assembling a farm fence, putting together an off-grid solar panel system or pruning an old heritage pear tree, it all requires Thoughtfulness. 

Thoughtfulness, it can very much determine how successful our child will be going forward through life, both in the short term and the long term, not only with what they say but also with what they do.

Thoughtfulness. As I have chewed over all that was shared over the four days at the camp, I have felt very much that Thoughtfulness is a key concept we need to emphasize more often in our family and our household going forward on through life. I truly believe that Thoughtfulness, in relation to relationships as well as the actual literal practical choices we each daily make, would make a positive difference for us individually and as a family team.

Even a very young child can be encouraged to see how they can practise Thoughtfulness more. Too often we as parents, as their mentors and guides, actually unwittingly encourage our children to in fact be too self-focused. Encouraging a child to see how things said or done, (directly & indirectly) affect those around them, is something that we can do as parents from when they are quite young.



Picking up their toys independently, and receiving positive affirmation about how lovely it is to have them be so grown up about helping Daddy or Mummy keep the floor area safe & clutter-free, is a great starting point towards encouraging Thoughtfulness to grow within a child. 

Letting a small child know how it makes a practical difference time-wise when helping to put the groceries away in the pantry; praising the kindness they have shown when they offer Grandma a cool drink of water when she comes to visit on a hot summer's day ...... when we encourage our children to literally practise Thoughtfulness more & more in relation to those around them, we help them obtain gradually more & more experiences of success in life.

Being thoughtful about choices is a skill that grows over time. An awareness of others takes gradual developmental maturing at a cognitive level. Yet, as parents & caregivers we can encourage and emphasis the positivity and constructiveness that Thoughtfulness offers to a child from even a very young age. 

Affirmation, confirmation and encouragement all aid to build awareness and willingness, when it comes to nurturing Thoughtfulness in one's child. We can affirm a child's choice of kind & thoughtful words. We can affirm a child's choice of caring & thoughtful actions. Most importantly and most effectively, we can model Thoughtfulness ourselves and therefore mentor that very quality in our offspring daily. 

Today I thought I would share a Chart of Life Skills I put together & compiled, that are wonderful for a 3 year old child to work away at mastering. This list of life skills builds on those highlighted in the Life Skills Chart I shared in my previous post, and which you can view here.



What may be as simple an action as picking up their Lego blocks as a preschooler, may one day lead on to them being a thoughtful and responsible employee in a busy industrial setting as an adult. Being able to see the need to keep a workbench safe and hazard free in later life, may well start directly stemming from those lessons taught about keeping their bedside cabinet clutter-free. Learning to guard their words around others, may install such wonderful communication skills they are promoted to a more responsible managerial role within the company they were originally apprenticed to. We simply do not know what the long term constructive outcomes may be, for encouraging even a very young preschooler to practise greater Thoughtfulness.

As parents and caregivers of young children, we can prepare and help our child have greater opportunity for success through life, by keeping the concept of Thoughtfulness always in mind and at the forefront of all day to day decisionmaking. Success is relative to what effort and guidance is gently, yet directly given when parenting, mentoring and guiding our children. Thoughtfulness has the potential to make a very significant difference; it is surely worth nurturing it in our children from now on.


How To Help Your Child Succeed In Life: Part One

As parents and primary caregivers of children we must prepare them for life. From the moment they first become ours to nurture and take care of, we have a responsibility (whether we acknowledge it fully or not) to help them both survive and succeed in life.

How to help your child succeed in life should surely be one of the major reasons we do what we do, as parents and caregivers. We should do our upmost to literally prepare them for life and for being independent functioning adults, and that does take some planning and practical effort, both short term and long term.


One of the things that stands out for me personally as a parent is that I must make every effort to impart actual day to day life skills to my children. Surely, there is no point in encouraging a child to be a top achieving student academically, or to encourage them to excell in some area of particular giftedness that they have (such as in sport or music), and not ensure that they also have the necessary basic life skills to look after themselves. We need to prepare our children with those necessary skills to help provide themselves in later life with food, shelter, sound health and well-being, as well as good social skills for positive relationships and constructive citizenship.

If you are a parent of a child it is absolutely up to you to teach them the basics. We can and must step up and teach our child how to cook, clean, budget, do home maintenance, etc and the sooner we start the better. As a young adult I left home to go off to do tertiary training and I wasn't at all equipped for a number of the real life aspects of home away from home. I barely knew how to use a cheque book and I certainly had no idea how to change a lightbulb or even a car tyre for that matter! Looking back with hindsight I was, quite frankly, rather clueless and ill-equipped on the life skills front.

Looking back, I would have had so much more opportunities and advantages potentially awarded to me if I had been taught an even greater range of life skills, before leaving the family nest. I want to ensure that my own children are far more clued up and far more experienced and practically skilled than I ever was. Yes, it is wonderful to promote academic excellence before your child, but if they have no idea whatsoever about how to properly sort their household laundry, or have never learnt a healthy range of meals to prepare, they will be incredibly ill-prepared for actual daily life!

I expect both my children to have all the basic life skills, regardless of their gender or their natural preference for particular activities. Life really is such that we must prepare a child for day to day life living; regardless of any preconceived social ideas about who should do what or the like.

I personally believe it is most beneficial for my son to be just as good at understanding the practices around cleaning and cooking as my daughter. Likewise, it is beneficial for my daughter to know how to change a tap washer, a car tyre or jump start a flattened car battery. We simply do not know what very skill will prove to make a significant difference in our child's life ahead! We have a responsibility to equip our children, each of them, as much and as best we can for what may be on life's path at a future date.

Some mothers can be their child's worst enemy, with their over-mothering of their children, even through to them being in adulthood. You know the type. There are some mothers who go about after their offspring, regardless of their child's actual age, constantly picking up after them, making their beds, doing all the aspects of their laundry, etc and the result is deemed wonderful because everything looks good and is perfectly in place! Yet, what has really been achieved with regards to actual skill sharing?

How can a young adult not know how to properly make their very own bed or care for their laundry in this the year 2020?! Surely, this would clearly not constitute genuine true success for life, in this current day and age! How can we deem ourselves a parenting success for gifting a child a cellphone and have not set up for them to take full responsibility for paying to run that very cellphone eventually?! We have to put in place that which promotes independence and that which includes good stewardship of all things material and immaterial also.

Yes, we can do things faster and better than a child, yet we have to think beyond the immediate outcome and think further afield down the track. We simply must train our children up in the way they will eventually go. We want them to be independent and functioning human beings, who show thoughtfulness literally to others, via their contributions. We surely want our children to not be helpless and dependent on others. We surely want our children not to be sadly placed in a position later in life of being easily exploited for their ignorance or lack of ability or skill!

There are many skills we can impart to a very small child, that will hold them in good stead. Surely we want that for them when they themselves are one day an adult, have their very own household, and are out interacting independently in the wider world.

I would like to share some ideas about teaching a child life skills, over the next little while, via this very blog. There are skills that can be taught, and that are age specific, that we as parents can share with even very young children. I sincerely hope what is shared will both encourage and inspire other parents & caregivers, when it comes to training up and skilling their children for success in life.

I am still very much on the journey myself, when it comes to parenting and training up our young children. However, I genuinely hope by sharing some insights all learnt along the way, and by sharing some helpful tips that have worked well for our household, that it might prove encouraging and helpful for others also in a similar season of life with young children.

Life skills take time to learn and master. Some can often prove to be quite complex skills that require much simpler steps to be initially grasped by a child first.

Everything from waterplay, with some nonbreakable dishes, can help install in a child the basic skills needed for life going forward. What was once simply waterplay can lead to washing and drying the nightly dishes, or even eventually taking responsibility for loading and unloading the dishwasher.

We have to start with simple basic skill sharing. We have to practice immense patience as we repeatedly model and guide, and eventually each individual skill gets learnt and mastered for growing complexity and success. We can literally teach our children to have success in life by developing their independence and dexterity in a range of diverse practical day to day life skills!

As a parent I can promote open communication with my children as we go about learning each new skill, and we can discuss the benefiting consequences that result when the particular skill has been fully mastered. I have personally found that my children grasp life skills so much better, when the reasoning behind what is taught to them is explained in ways that they can understand. They remember it better, and they understand why we do what we do and how we do it, when time is taken to get it right from the outset. What is done with intentional thoughtfulness and care, often proves to be done eventually with excellence and noticeable immense skill.


How to help your child succeed in life? It can begin as early as training up a two year old to master some very basic skills.  As I explained to my young ten year old son very recently, the very same principles that apply for putting away his soccer ball and keeping it out of the rain and sun after playing with it, are also those that would help him potentially look after a large commercial grade farming tractor, should he choose to own one at a much later date. Both items can suffer damage if not looked after properly, and it takes thoughtfulness and conscious effort on his part to keep all his personal property in good order.

Go for it and help your child succeed in life today, by starting the new year with a simple and age appropriate system of chores being set up and implemented across your whole household. The legacy of skilling our children with day to day life skills, will benefit our descendants potentially for generations upon generations to come. We can help a child succeed in life, beginning today.

Dishwasher Tablets Recipe

Some time ago I shared, via a video over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel, the steps and recipe we had used as a household in order to make homemade dishwasher tablets.


You can find the link to the actual video here, if you would like to see each step involved in a video format.

I did not at the time actually share, via this the Household Logistics Blog, the actual ingredients and recipe in written form, so I thought I would do so now. We ourselves need to make another new batch of tablets, so it seems like as good a time as any to put it all together (both the list of ingredients and necessary list of directions), for everyone's future reference.

So here it is, the recipe for our homemade dishwasher tablets..... I hope it may be helpful & budget-friendly for your household also.

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups of Washing Soda
2 cups of Kosher Salt
2 cups of Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid

Method:

1. Place two cups of Washing Soda into a large glass mixing bowl.

2. Add two cups of Kosher Salt and then stir these two ingredients together with a wooden spoon so that they combine.

3. Add the Citric Acid next. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly (you may find the mixture begins to froth, this is normal).

4. Finally add the Baking Soda and mix all ingredients thoroughly again with the wooden spoon in order to combine.

5. Test the binding ability of the mixture by trying to form small balls or hand shaped tablets. It is important that the mixture is able to bind together.

6. When it is ready, you can then create dishwasher tablets using a mould (If you do not wish to make tablets, you can simply store the resulting dishwasher powder in an airtight container, as is).

For those wishing to make actual tablets, I found ice cube trays provided a good mould for making individual tablets and ones that proved to be just the right size for our dishwasher's dispenser.

7. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the ice cube moulds and remember to press the mixture down firmly (this will help it to bind later as it dries). It is important to make sure each and every tablet is compacted well, otherwise it will potentially just crumble and break.

Please note: How long each tablet takes to air dry will depend on air humidity. It can take up to 12 hours or even longer to air dry them completely. I personally chose to use a kitchen food dehydrator to speed up the drying process and the following steps will explain how this was done.

How to dry the tablets using a kitchen food dehydrator:

1. After making sure each and every tablet is compacted down well, they can be carefully removed from the ice cube trays in order to place them in the dehydrator. The tablets are still not dry, so do handle them with care.

2. Space the individual tablets out on the dehydrator tray so that they do not touch each other.

3. Once they are all on the dryer trays, they can be loaded up and the drying process can begin. The tablets can then be dried at 55 degrees celsius ( 131 Fahrenheit) for 4 hours. You can check the tablets after a couple of hours to see what works best for you.

4. Once dry, the dishwasher tablets are ready to be used or put into an airtight storage container.


How to use the dishwasher tablets:

The dishwasher tablets are now ready to be used. You can also add a little white vinegar as a rinse aid should you wish to do so each time. Do check what is best for your particular dishwasher.

To see the process of the making this recipe step by step, if that will help further explain how this was done, do feel free to check out the video over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel. The link is here.

Happy Homemaking, Everyone!










Christmas.......... a whole lot simpler.

Christmas (last year in 2018) was for the very first time, a lot simpler for our household.

After several years of more often than not spending literally weeks upon weeks decorating the house with an extensive collection of lights, decorations and trees, I knew that I wanted to try doing things in a less stress inducing fashion at Christmas that year. 

Christmas in a much simpler, less busy fashion? That meant trying to do a number of typical things quite differently as a household, and perhaps not even at all.

The result was that the weariness that regularly turned up around and post-Christmas Day each year, in years past, was so much better avoided. 

We got to see as a household firsthand that less was indeed more, when celebrating Christmas and other such seasonal celebrations. We got to perhaps more closely experience what Christmas surely was meant to be about. 

Christmas, as we experienced it in 2018, was a lot less full of busyness and activities that typically would all tear into time, energy and finances quite significantly.

Over at The Household Logistics Youtube Channel, I shared around Christmas last year a video I put together about having a simpler, yet still stylish Christmas. The link to that video is here for those who might like to see it. 

This Christmas, with our house being currently on the market we have no decorations, not even a tree, up and around our home. Christmas preparations have this year been even more simplified and made even more straight forward yet again......................and somehow it all feels perfectly okay and just right.

Sometimes the busyness of preparations can actually swallow us up for days, weeks, even months ahead of the 25th December each year. I have personally started to really want to step back more and more, and determine what really is most appropriate time-wise, health-wise, budget-wise and stress-wise to take onboard for each and every holiday season.

I have now come to think perhaps a lot of what we have thought in the past was deemed to be part & parcel of Christmas was actually just a big distraction, from what was really important. 

As I have observed others these past weeks frantically shopping in stores and running to and fro 'doing Christmas,' I have personally been very relieved this year to have not got caught up in a lot of additonal stress & busyness at the end of a very busy schooling and working year. 

It is funny how your perspective changes when you take on the role of observer, compared to being participator.

In past years it has taken sometimes hours upon hours to put together Christmas displays around our home and property. I loved the specialness it created for us all and the wonder lights and decorations added to commemorating the day. 

Yet this year, after another busy year of work and commitments, all those extra elements just seemed to require energy and effort that I could not produce going into the Christmas season.


Over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel, I have shared a video of how I have gone about organizing a range of Christmas decor in the past. The link to that video is here also, for those who might find it helpful to view.  

It is certainly nice to know that should we choose to go down the track of celebrating Christmas again with decorations about the house, they will be easy to locate due to the organization previously put in to storing them safely and appropriately.

I am however personally looking forward to not having days locked up, post-Christmas, in putting away additional decor and items this year. Keeping things very simple and less busy is very appealing.

Making our experience of Christmas even a whole lot more simpler this year, has not only been extremely appealing so far, it has also been very refreshing for our household as well.


Over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel, I previously shared a video about how I went about setting up a drawer of gift wrapping supplies and the link to that video is here

With a good proportion of our household items currently packed up in storage, we have had to make gift wrapping also something that was carried out extremely simply this year, and I have to say that has also worked well. Simplicity can be embraced in so many facets and ways.


Can Christmas be less commercial, less like what it is marketed to be, and still somehow be special and uniquely Christmas? 

Can Christmas be experienced and commemorated with less tinsel and superfluous home decor fuss? 

Can it feel real and be honoured without elaborate special foods, multiple special symbols and trinkets and less traditional activity? I think we have discovered as a household it can.

This year we have planned as a household to pack a picnic and go on a short tramping walk on the 25th December. Somehow it just appealed to us all: to get outdoors, keep things extremely simple and be out amongst nature being reflective on Christmas Day. 

May you also experience and enjoy the peace of Christmas this year, no matter where you are, who you are with, and how you go about commemorating the day. Christmas...... we have found it can be a experienced a whole lot simpler, yet still be very special.

Fun, Cheap or Free?

We've been talking lately as a household about the need to embrace and experience more fun, around the usual day to day work life and schooling life. It can be challenging and too easy as a household at times to get caught up in the mindset that to have fun, to really have an amazingly fun time and experience, you also need to have a lot of extra money coming in and onhand to achieve it.

Is it possible to have really great fun, to do significantly memorable fun things, without a lot of additional money being thrown into the mix?

Is it possible to experience fun and create significant memories that your kids will talk about many years from now, even though the budget is always limited, particularly if you are a single income household?

Is it truly possible to go out and have an awesomely cool and fun time, without breaking the piggy bank or constantly tripping up and down financially with the credit card in order to do so?


Over the next little while I think it would be a super interesting family challenge for us as a household to investigate just what options were out there. It is sure to be of some interest also to others in a similar budget and economic situation, to potentially follow along and see what options were found to exist.

It would be interesting for us as a household to investigate budget-friendly and frugal ways to experience more fun and memorable experiences, that weren't at all reliant on a whole lot of money being part or central to making it happen.

It would be particularly interesting to also see what could be out there that is significantly fun and enjoyable, yet cheap or free, within the footprint of our local community.

Fun. Is it really able to be enjoyed, carried out and had, without an open cheque book being required or the inevitable sliding up and down of finances on a credit card?

Perhaps another challenge project, (a bit like The $1,000 Project), needs to be proposed.............

Blogging, Vlogging & Homeschooling?

Blogging, vlogging and homeschooling, how do people manage it? Is it possible or even wise, to attempt to incorporate all three into your life?

How do those who blog, vlog and also homeschool their children manage to juggle a full-time job as a home educator, and also do what is essentially one or two consuming part-time jobs online at the very same time?

How do they have the time, the energy, the resources to produce content, to edit, to put something online that appeals to others?

Do you have to in fact be Superwoman to blog, vlog AND homeschool?!

As a fulltime home educator who has blogged since 2013, and who also now in 2019 has launched the accompanying Household Logistics Youtube Channel, I am able to perhaps share some words of wisdom and insight with others who are thinking of going down a similar track.

Yes, it is possible to do full-time homeschooling and also blog or vlog!

Yes, it is possible to spend a good proportion of your days guiding your children through their various schooling products, and also put together content for a Blog and/or Youtube Channel.

You do not have to be a superwoman to blog, vlog AND do homeschooling. However, you are wise to think through what will work for you, and therefore you will go into each online media endeavour you choose to pursue with your eyes wide open. You will have greater clarity to see what can and is often truly involved.

Having a successful, satisfying and even money-making Blog or Youtube Channel does not happen overnight (not usually for most of us anyway). It takes time, it takes thought and it takes a good dose of both commitment and perseverance also.

I have put together the following helpful tips which I hope will encourage, inspire and equip others. I sincerely hope these 10 helpful tips will be of help to those considering exploring setting up their own little corner in the greater blogging and vlogging world.

It is often good to hear from someone a little further down the track than ourselves, someone who has gained some hindsight, before launching into something new. We can often learn valuable truths from the experience of others. We can learn about the pros and cons, the ups and downs, and what is shared with us can prove to be most useful and informative, as we ourselves take a step in faith forward.

It is wonderful when we can gain from the experiences of others, and go on to make not only good decisions ourselves, but in fact great decisions. It is most beneficial when we can glean and learn from those who have gone down a pathway before us, and the best and most appropriate solution or choice becomes ours.

So here are what I hope will be some helpful tips to consider, before starting online as a Blogger or Youtuber........ Happy reading.


You are the expert on you and your viewpoint. You bring a unique viewpoint and take on whatever it is that you are passionate about and would like to share with others, via online media. Share your expertise. Share your enthusiasm and take on a specific hobby, subject or interest.

Whether you are a skilled homemaker & organizer, an artist, a passionate homeschooler who wants to inspire others in their day to day teaching & learning experience....... you have skills, talents, experience and expertise the world is sure to benefit from, by seeing and hearing your particular message.

Share what makes your heart sing. Share what you wish to make a difference with or for. Share & take others on an adventure, learning through you and hearing about your particular take on your subject of interest.

When I started the Household Logistics Blog I wanted to document my homemaking adventure. By blogging I was able to share the progress and the process involved in administrating and managing our home. It was something I was passionate about and by blogging about each new project I undertook, I had an extra incentive to do my very best effort. The hope was that the journey I shared could hopefully perhaps encourage other homemakers also. I started to share my expertise about my experience and my viewpoint of going about homemaking.

We are the experts of our own viewpoint. We each have things that others could well enjoy finding out about and seeing, from our particular unique angle. Rather than be too diverse, consider selecting one passion, one area of significant interest to you and share solely and wholely about that. You can choose to do a lifestyle focus, a special interest focus........ be selective and share your expertise, so others can gain from the interaction that occurs.

Your perspective and your viewpoint is what shapes your angle and your approach to blogging and vlogging. Yes, there are thousands if not millions of people also blogging and vlogging, however they will never do you. They are not the experts on your angle, your viewpoint....you are!

The expertise you bring to your blogging and vlogging endeavours is just as valid as theirs. While thousands of people may blog about organizing, homeschooling, art and craft making, parenting, homesteading, fashion, etc you have your own unique brand and content also. Share your expertise.


It can be very helpful & wise to consider from the outset who your target audience may be. By determining your potential target audience, you will be able to refine what you share online. It can be very helpful to actually put pen to paper and come up with an imaginary profile of your ideal reader or viewer. By putting together a statement about who this individual is, you will fine tune what will be the margins within which you will operate and create great quality content.

Give your ideal reader or viewer perhaps an actual name, call them Gabby, Jen or Felicity..... it may make the concept of having actual readers and viewers just that bit more real for you! Write down what you imagine might be their socio-economic status, where they may live, what activities might typically structure their day or life.

By spending a bit of time determining and considering who may well one day discover your blog or channel, via a Search Engine search, you will start to recognize just who might be your target audience and therefore the niche market of people your content will be catering for. Such an exercise can be very helpful, when it comes to putting a bit of an overall plan together, for the direction you wish to take.

If you want to be in the business of creating an online presence & generating potential income via blogging or vlogging, you have to have an awareness of who your target audience may well be. You need to have an appreciation for the place your future consumer will have in making that income come to be.

Sure, you can simply blog or vlog and never actually publicly share your content, yet if part of the reason you are blogging and vlogging is to work towards generating future financial income, then you need to give your potential target audience some genuine consideration.

By considering who your target audience will be, from the outset, you will always be able to monitor the direction your blogging or vlogging is taking. If your target audience is people who have a passion for homeschooling, then you have immediately not only determined your niche market, but you will increasingly tune in to what will potentially be the most successful means and formula to engage that particular community or niche group of people. Perhaps you wish to target those seeking to homeschool that wish to explore unschooling, this again will help determine the overall content you will offer.

Will you share your own daily experience of unschooling? Will you share your own daily experience of using Living Books? Will you do monthly reviews of products and resources? Will you offer tutorials? Will you highlight great community resources? Will you showcase how you do your daily, weekly, semester or annual planning? Will you do a tour or two of your resource collection or actual homeschooling space? Will you profile monthly favourites and fails? Will you share how you go about step by step doing a particular learning activity? When you determine who your target audience will be, the actual content of what you intend to share online will become clearer in your mind.

Determining your target audience is a great way to set in place the purpose and reasoning behind your particular online content. It is a means to help you stand out and reach specific people, amongst the masses surfing online. People do use social & online media to seek information, to connect with experts and people they can relate to. So by determining your target audience you will be more likely to create the very pathways needed that help people easily find your specific Blog or Youtube Channel content.

If one of your major goals is to grow a following that enables you to eventually gain financially from your online efforts, thinking through & determining your target audience is a constructive step. It will help you figure out that which will help build subscriber and follower numbers. It will help the connection be made, with those that will be faithful and committed to following your content in the long run.


Take time to research what others are already doing online in your particular area of expertise and how they are going about reaching your target audience. When we research and look at how others are approaching blogging and vlogging, it can help to give us ideas about how we ourselves may approach it. It can help point out a unique direction to take, as well as the pitfalls to avoid.

This does not mean that you have to be directly influenced by what others are doing, but rather it enables you to have some awareness of what are current trends & approaches, etc. You may find someone who has a particular style of presenting written or visual materal that could work well for you.

For instance, even though you may be planning to share "7 Helpful Tips for Encouraging a Reluctant Reader" and they are sharing "7 Helpful Tips for Reorganizing a Bathroom", how they actually go about step by step presenting the overall content of what they are sharing may be what would also work well for you. When it comes to the world of Youtube particularly, being aware of how others have approached filming & editing can be very helpful.

If your interest is in cooking or perhaps art, craft or scrapbooking and offering online tutorial videos is something you wish to explore, watch several others online and see how they go about filming and editing their tutorial presentations. Do they film each step using an overhead camera position solely or do they alternate viewpoint? Do they begin the video sharing all the tools & materials required? Do they also offer extra information on an accompanying blogpost and if so, how do they translate what they are sharing in a video format into both text and photographs instead?

You can easily also discover what titles, headings and style of thumbnail prove to work well as well. Branding & creating your posts, each page, each video in a way that people start to recognise as being a particular style and approach that is your signature brand, helps to market your specific online efforts also.

Make sure you really do know what you are talking about. Make sure you have done the research and preparation in order to have a good foundation of knowledge behind you. Planning is so valuable and will make a significant difference when it comes to how confident you are, and how confident the reader or viewer will be able to be, about what you are sharing. What you are writing, saying and doing needs to be etched with a confidence and calmness that appeals to your audience.  Your reader or viewer needs to be able to trust you in order to be loyal to you.

Being well informed, about each and every aspect of what you are presenting, ensures that what you are sharing will be of upmost value to your reader or viewer. To gain loyalty you need to be seen to be trustworthy, reliable and of course be producing great content.

You have to market yourself well with each and every post. Quality, giving your best effort, helps keep people engaged and builds a willingness to follow you. Research helps ensure the necessary care and effort is being made and is able to be sensed. Quality just is that: quality. Great, consistent content will be quickly discerned by a discerning follower. Do both yourself and your future subscribers the best possible favour: do research.


Getting started is often the biggest hurdle. Yet, getting started is often just what we each need to do. As you build and put together your blog or channel you do have the option of keeping it private and unpublished. This can be helpful if you want to have a bit of time to fine tune everything, before you go live and public with your content.

Getting started is important. It takes a step of faith and it takes a positive mindset. Be brave. Take courage. With planning and preparation you can get started and make your new online adventure begin.

Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone has to start with what they currently have available to them. You do not have to have flash cameras or editing equipment. There are online programmes such as Picmonkey that are available to use to help with photo editing. There are tutorials online about how to do thumbnails, headers and all sorts of other visuals, for both blogging and vlogging.

You can get started anytime you want, the choice to start is always in your court. Have a positive mindset. Choose to focus on the value your content does have, and how someone out there in cyberspace will eventually discover you and your corner of the wider Internet, and they will value what you offer.

Just get started.


Planning in my opinion is everything. When you are endeavouring to juggle doing fulltime homeschooling and also look at starting an online presence via a Blog or Youtube Channel, you need to embrace planning to make it work well for you and your household.

As a fulltime home educator who both blogs and creates Youtube content, I know firsthand that time management is key to making everything tick over steadily and healthily. You need to plan your content. You need to plan your days and weeks ahead, so you can actually find the time to do all that you wish to accomplish. No one else can achieve your goals for you, only you can make it all work well. Planning is key to success.

Those friends I know who have made a great success of blogging and vlogging have worked extremely hard on both their content and achieving regular uploading of content. There are also those however that have endeavoured to blog and/or vlog daily and they have simply burnt out under the pressure of trying to do so. Be realistic.

It may mean that your channel takes longer to gain momentum and your list of subscribers takes long to grow, however you have not burnt out or ended up completely throwing in the towel. Be realistic and seriously consider what time, energy and resources you do currently have available to you. It is far better to set a reasonable goal than an unreasonable one.

You can produce shorter, concise content that appeals and still is manageable in relation to your daily commitments. You can timetable in 10 - 15 minutes per day, or you can dedicate an afternoon or several evenings a week. Some people choose to make the most of getting up that bit earlier than the rest of their household, in order to work for a time on preparing their online work. Do what works best for you.


Perseverance is key to success. I have been blogging since 2013 and I know firsthand that it takes time to build up a following online. There are times when life takes over and blogging is just not able to be included in amongst the busyness of my day or week. Yet, overall I have this underlying commitment to persevering and to making the vision I have come true.

There will be times when it seems like it is simply not worth your time, energy and resources to produce online content, and those are indeed challenging times to journey through. Yet like Rome, we too can not build an online presence through our blogs or vlogs without persevering. It is important to accept the inevitable need to keep persisting faithfully, when not much yet indicates that the fruit of our labours are on the way.

If you wish to financially benefit from blogging and vlogging you simply will have to persevere to build your readership and subscription numbers and this will more often than not take time. Those that have succeeded online have often put in some significant hours to produce 2 - 3 videos per week on their channels. To grow a blog following also requires considerable commitment. Perseverance and great content always walk hand in hand, when it comes to launching your new online project.

There are ways to get around the waves of life and still produce content and get it shared online. You can plan ahead and produce material that you then schedule. Scheduling prepared content enables you to make the most of what time you do have to work on content, and it also enables you to still be uploading during those other busy periods of time.

Why not create a short series of videos that are helpful tips and schedule one to be posted each day for a week or every other day? A day of filming could well produce a week or two of posts. Likewise, an afternoon or evening of preparing a series of blogposts could see you through several days or weeks also.


There are numerous ways to engage your audience. Great content is the major draw card for those seeking to read and view online material. How you present your material also determines just how appealing it is overall.  There are also other things that help engage a reader or viewer and here are just some of them:

You can choose to do a series of blogposts or vlogs. This can help build momentum about a particular subject. You can specialize for a series of posts for a week or even a month. Knowing your audience will help you gauge just how long a series should be and what would be most appropriate and fitting.

You can run a campaign to create and build excitement & interest about a particular upcoming blogpost or vlog. One resulting benefit may well be that for a time this campaign also helps generate greater subscription numbers. Great content with great market can do wonders for increasing readership & viewership, both in the short term and the long term.

You can engage your audience by also exploring several other online platforms. If you are using a blogging platform you can also set up an Instagram account that also contains regularly postings. By advertising upcoming blogposts and videos via your Instagram account you may well gain a further audience for your online material. The Household Logistics Instagram Account has been another way I have been able to share upcoming blogposts and videos, as well as material that is not necessarily being aired on those other platforms...... yet it all helps create traffic to both the Household Logistics Blog and the Household Logistics Youtube Channel.

You can also engage your audience by responding to comments from your readers and viewers. People very much appreciate having their comments and engagement acknowledged. By engaging via the comment sections in a constructive, positive and engaging manner you help build connection. People value being able to interact with the person behind the content. You can moderate and monitor the commentary also, so at all times you can guard the integrity of your created site.

A giveaway or online offer can also help engage your audience. You can promote an upcoming Question & Answer video sesson. You can live stream. You can celebrate particular milestones, such as being online for a year, by offering subscribers or commentators the opportunity to enter a draw. You can create templates, design products that are able to be downloaded. You can share links to your Etsy store and your other online enterprises.... There are multiple ways in which you engage further with your online audience, and the key is to ascertain what would work best for you and your audience.



Once you have determined your area of interest, your area of passion, you will be able to find your blogging and vlogging niche. When you find where your expertise lies, what material best fits with what you wish to share online, it will feel comfortable and right. When you determine your focus and your particular area of interest, when you know what group of people will be looking for what you do and offer, you will have found your niche.

Offer what you are most knowledgeable about. Offer what you are most skilled and talented at. Offer what you yourself are most interested in and passionate about. This will help determine your niche in the wider online blogging and vlogging market. When you target and focus on a particular niche you will attract those for whom this particular niche has great appeal, and they will become loyal in their interest.

Distinguish what you do and how you present from others. You can make yourself stand out by offering something unique and something that meets a particular niche yet to be filled by others. Finding your niche will be significant key on the path to online success. Specialising, offering something unique and specific, can help build your brand and make what you offer stand out amongst thousands of other online offerings. Aim to find & determine your niche.


Time management is paramount when it come to juggling just the usual activities of life. When it comes to adding blogging and/or vlogging into the mix, your ability to time manage will certainly be something you quickly recognise needs to be faced head on.

If one of your major goals is to grow a following that enables you to eventually gain financially from your online efforts, you will have to manage your time. Like all business endeavours, you will have to commit time to starting out and following through with what you put your hand to.

You will need to be realistic about just how much time you currently have and where you may be able to put aside some time to work on your new vision for a Blog or Youtube Channel. You can choose to work for 15 - 30 minutes in the early hours of the morning while the rest of the household sleeps, or perhaps you will put aside some time each evening. You may choose to dedicate a particular afternooon, perhaps one day a week..... what you choose to do time and commitment wise will help determine the path and the overall success of your online endeavours.

Managing your time is something that only you can take responsibility for and it will be something worth serious consideration. Your level of commitment, how you manage your time, energy and your resources will help to influence both the direction and the short & long term success that may come your way.

How you go about managing your time has significant benefits and significant consequences. There is always that risk that what we do may not have the results we first hoped for, and that is always something we need to be real about. Most new ventures and new endeavours are taken onboard and launched into with a good amount of faith and hope thrown into the mix and the same needs to be understood when it comes to online ventures also. Manage your time so that there is balance and wisdom operating in the mix.


The final helpful tip I would like to share is keep learning. Keep learning and taking onboard that which will add positively and constructively to what you are working towards creating. Be mindful of ways that you can enhance what it is that you wish to offer. Keep learning.

Choose to engage with others online as it is appropriate. Look for new ways to improve what you are presenting. Keep learning how to make the most of your time, your energy and your resources. Seek mentors and those who may offer wise feedback and guidance, and be willing to learn from them. Be willing to put the time in to perfecting what you do, so it will be better for both you and your audience in the long run.

Make the most of your library. Make the most of your community, both literally down the street and also here online. Make the most of free online tutorials, so that you can upskill and improve your method and style of presentation. Keep learning how to refine and improve your editing skills. Keep learning.

It is my hope that these 10 helpful tips will indeed be helpful and encouraging. Blogging, vlogging and homeschooling, can people manage it? Yes they can.