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Mom of 8, including quints, shares homemaking tips on new Facebook page

Got a bunch of kids? Check out Christy's Life Hacks on Facebook for tips on how to be an efficient homemaker. (Source: Christy Kessinger) Got a bunch of kids? Check out Christy's Life Hacks on Facebook for tips on how to be an efficient homemaker. (Source: Christy Kessinger)

SELLERSBURG, IND (WAVE) - Christy Kessinger plans to make tortilla scoops for her family tonight.

The Kessingers compile a detailed dinner menu each month because they're so busy.

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Hard not to be busy when you've got eight kids at age 33, including quintuplets. But when you've also got an accounting degree and a dedication to details like Christy does, the Kessinger household in Sellersburg, Ind., hums along smoothly. So smoothly that she even has time to herself just about every day.

"My kids ended up starting Head Start this year for the first time," she said in a telephone interview with WAVE3.com on Monday. "This is the first time in 19 years I've not had a baby at home."

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The new sliver of daily freedom allows her to post frequent updates on her Facebook fan page that offers tips on basically everything from cooking to laundry.

"Christy's Life Hacks" is just a few weeks old now, but could be the first step toward writing the book her mother is begging her to publish.

"(Having free time) is one of the reasons why I'm able to give back and share these tips," she said. "I have some friends who are just starting families now and I want to help where I can. I've been trying to teach some of my friends some ways to do things homemade. They can be cheaper for larger families or really families of any size."

Kessinger said she makes pancakes in bulk and throws them in the freezer for future consumption.

"If you take the time, you can prepare yourself to grab something, say, out of your freezer instead of the drive-thru," she said.

She does the same with brownies -- made from scratch, of course -- and they're not just for her kids.

"One of my sons is last off the bus so sometimes the bus driver will sit and wait a few minutes if I tell him I've got brownies in the oven," Kessinger said.

She likes to make homemade pop tarts with real fruit, dilutes apple juice with water and also does the same with fabric softener on laundry days.

Kessinger said the reaction is often the same when she and her husband meet people and tell them they have eight kids.

"They usually say something like, 'Oh, I feel sorry for you,'" she said. "But just because we're a bigger family doesn't mean we can't go on vacation or we can't have fun. We just do it with more people."

Kessinger is glad to share another tip that's probably just as much about parenting as it is about homemaking efficiency.

"I get my kids involved in the cooking as much as possible," she said. "If they get involved, they're more likely to eat it and probably enjoy it."

Follow Christy's Life Hacks on Facebook.

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