A Look into Our Daily Lives, On the Farm and Around the Home

Homeschool Curriculum Shopping

Curriculum shopping can be so overwhelming.  Even 12 years into homeschooling, I can still walk into a curriculum hall at a convention and become overwhelmed!!  Reading reviews and making list before I start my buying has helped me make a plan for shopping whether online or at the vendor hall. I … [Read More...]

A Boy and His Bees

Our family loves honey.  Our oldest has ALWAYS been a Nature Boy, catching bugs, flipping rocks looking for reptiles... YES, snakes too. Observing plants, animals, insects and everything nature related from an early age.  About four years ago, he took a big interest in honey bees.  And so the story … [Read More...]

Busy Doing that Farm Wife Thing…

I am a stay at home mom.  But, as a farm wife, that doesn't mean I am home much.  As a farm wife, I knew I would be helping on the farm a lot.  There are seasons when being mom takes first priority over my "farm wife" status. However, now with older children, my farm wife chores are becoming more … [Read More...]

No Stress Homeschool Curriculum Shopping

Curriculum shopping does not have to be stressful.  In fact with a few preparations before you begin, it can actually be a fun family event.  It has taken me a few years to figure out how to do the no stress curriculum shopping. My Curriculum Shopping Steps First, less is more... Less curriculum … [Read More...]

Fourteen Ways to Enjoy Education on Vacation

I have talked about our lifestyle of education a lot on this blog.  Even though I am changing up some curriculum and adding more workbooks, we will still be doing a lot of lifestyle education.  Many will be heading out on vacation sometime this summer.  Take your vacation to another level and enjoy … [Read More...]

Create a Flexible Household Routine

We have hit the season of the year where pretty much all ideas of a routine can be thrown out the window...  for instance, tonight my husband walked in letting me know we have to run for parts tomorrow.  Umm, a little FYI...  we have be gone on parts runs or unplanned doctor appointments a lot … [Read More...]

Summer Fun can be Educational

Summertime can lead to a lull in learning - here are awesome resources to stave off summer brain drain!  Summer Fun can be Educational.  From games, to toys, to nature study and more.  From games to outside play to worksheets and software, you are sure to find lots of summer fun ideas to help … [Read More...]

Five Summer Fun Ideas to Beat the Heat

Some of my best memories as a child were made during the summer.  My cousins and I would gather and hang out on the home place at my grandparents.  We would jump from the loft of the barn onto piles of hay.  We would row a boat around the lake.  We went fishing. We stayed the night in the cabin sans … [Read More...]

Eight Apps for Moms

I am a bit techy... never would have dreamed that I would enjoy technology 20 years ago.  However, with a larger than average family who homeschools, and has a farm, if I did paper lists for everything... it would be a scary paper mess... So, I have had to tame the paper monster.  I have eight techy … [Read More...]

Why build an online support system for moms?

    Why would moms need an online support system? Because we are busy. Busy working from home to help make ends meet Busy serving in church Busy raising our children Busy helping on farms or with husband's business Some are raising … [Read More...]

When Motherhood Feels Like a Failure

I am going to be honest, brutally honest.  Some days being a mom is hard … [Read More...]

From Planning Failure to Planning Success

At the beginning of 2016, I received an AWESOME, AMAZING planner to review. … [Read More...]

Leaving the Angry Parent Cycle

We all do it... We let the daily trials of being a parent take us to a … [Read More...]

13 Non-Cluttering Gift Ideas

I love giving gifts and well, I love to get them too.  However, with nine … [Read More...]

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