The 7 Best STEM Toys for Early Childhood and $500 Giveaway

Technology is ever changing and it's hard to keep up. While I limit screen time and other devices in my children's day, I want to encourage skills such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but let’s face it--standards, reading dry textbooks, and boring lectures aren't a way to get our kids to learn. Being natural scientists, … [Read More...]

5 Christmas Gifts for the Homeschool Mom

Christmas is coming, and you may be wondering what to get the homeschool mom on your list. Pencils, glue sticks, books, and notebooks are usually on the list. What homeschooling mom doesn't get giddy with excitement at the thought of raiding her local school supply store? While those ideas are great, here are 5 other terrific gift ideas: **Keep … [Read More...]

Cultivating a Peaceful Christmas

Cultivating a Peaceful Christmas

Commercials blast their way during television shows and my daughter immediately yells, "I want that!" We go to the store and she starts adding to the ever-growing Christmas list. Stores blare out carols and songs over the PA system and families are pulled here and there trying to keep up with the social aspects of the Christmas holiday. What is … [Read More...]

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100 Ways a Homeschool Mom (or any wife) Can Enrich Her Marriage

Curriculum choices, great literature (for both the students and the teacher), co-ops, household tasks, and getting everyone where they need to be, can overwhelm us as homeschooling moms. The idea of taking the time to care for ourselves may feel frivolous, and sad to say, during the busy seasons, nurturing my marriage gets lost somewhere, … [Read More...]

Save Money This Thanksgiving

How to Save Money This Thanksgiving

Do you brace for November because you know Thanksgiving is going to eat into your budget with Christmas shopping right around the corner? Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful, not a time to worry about spending hundreds on Thanksgiving dinner. So to help you have a more financially peaceful Thanksgiving, here are some tips and a free … [Read More...]

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Equal vs. Fair

“That’s not fair!” If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard this cry a time or two. Most everyone has made this claim at some point in life. But before we go any further there are some things we should probably think about when it comes to fairness. 1. Life’s not fair. Thank God for that! If God gave us what we deserved, we would be a … [Read More...]

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22 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

"Mama, I'm bored. What can I do?" asks my bright-eyed, spirited 5-year-old. As I sip my warm tea, enjoying the gorgeous misty autumn view outside my picture window, I realize my son doesn't have the same appreciation for quiet, slow afternoons. Puddles, mud, and the promise of more rain thwarts his plans for continuing his last excursion into … [Read More...]

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10 Tips To Think More Positively

If I hear one more complaint, I'm grounding all the kids.   Why can't they be content with what they have? Bickering. Arguing.  So much negativity.  "Where do they get it," we ask. And then we look at each other and realize we need to change a few things. As a parent, it's easy to get caught up in the stress of daily life. Not … [Read More...]

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23 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Need gluten-free recipes for your Thanksgiving menu? Maybe you’ll find something new to try in this recipe round-up. Gluten-Free Main Dishes Paleo Baked Turkey Breast Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner Gluten-Free Breads, Muffins, and Stuffing Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins Wild Rice, Chorizo, and Gluten-Free Bread Stuffing … [Read More...]

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My 7 Biggest Homeschooling Mistakes

As much as I would love to tell you that I was  a great homeschooling mom who always did  everything right, it wouldn't be true.  The truth is that I made a  lot of mistakes, especially in my early years of homeschooling. To help you not have to experience these yourself,  I am going to share my 7 biggest homeschooling mistakes. Be encouraged by … [Read More...]