8 Tips for Taking Down Christmas Decorations

8 Tips for Taking Down Christmas Decorations 8 Tips for Taking Down Christmas Decorations

5 Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

5 Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes 5 Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 12

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 12 Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas -- Week 12

Totally Unprepared for Christmas? Just do this.

Totally Unprepared for Christmas? Just do this. Totally Unprepared for Christmas? Just do this.

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 11

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 11 Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas -- Week 11

Apologia Educational Ministries gave us Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine, my kids’, and the cat’s…because she had to be the sun when we were demonstrating orbits. They sent us the following pieces: Student Text Notebooking Journal Jr. Notebooking Journal Audio CD Apologia in General Apologia (pronounced ap-ol-og-ee’-ah and spelled ἀπολογία in Greek) means a speech…

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How to Homeschool Preschool and Kindergarten: 18 Tips for Creating a Natural and Joyful Learning Environment

This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something through one of my links, I receive a portion of the proceeds. It costs you nothing, but it helps us buy schoolbooks, because, believe it or not, kids don’t stay preschoolers and kindergartners forever. I shared with you my big-mouthed opinion on pushing young children beyond their readiness levels. What you should be…

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We recently received a WAY Comes Home Kit from HomeSchool Scholastics, an i4 Learning Company in exchange for this review. WAY stands for Wellness, Academics, and You. It is a health and wellness curriculum designed to increase your child’s awareness about healthy choices and to help him achieve short- and long-term goals. Check out this picture below. This is what arrived in the great big…

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Caution: This post contains my rather strong opinion. Proceed with caution. It happens every fall. Homeschooling mamas and papas second-guess their decision to keep their preschoolers and kindergartners home. Concerned parents lament that their three-year-old preschoolers are not thriving with the expensive curriculum they bought to “do preschool.” Some are certain their four-year-olds are educationally doomed, while others wonder if they should try other curricula…

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Life blows past you and suddenly you’re looking back at the last five months, five years, or five decades wondering what on earth happened to all your time. How much of your precious, irreplaceable time was spent on Facebook or stressing over your latte and politics or reading about how to be a better wife or mother instead of tying heartstrings? Probably too much. What…

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This is a big long list of affordable gift ideas. That’s it–nothing fancy. Most of these gifts are under $10, and many are homemade. As more ideas pop into my busy brain, I’ll add them to the top of this list, so pin it or bookmark it and check back often. Please share your favorite ideas in the comments below, and I’ll add them to…

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Instead of bulky, cumbersome chip clips or annoying little twist ties which were created only to aggravate parents of hungry children at lunch time, use clothespins to close bags in your kitchen. Simply fold down or twist the bag and attach a clothespin or two. If the item belongs to one person in particular, use a permanent marker to write a name on the clothespin….

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