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Thoughts on Homeschooling, Makeovers & Homeschool Conventions

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Attending a homeschool conference or researching ways to makeover your homeschool can be great ways to face and overcome challenges. Has it really been six weeks since I had my homeschool crisis? Back in mid-January I realized that our home school wasn’t the smooth running machine that I wanted it to be. So, I set […]

A Day in My Life

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Parenting and homeschooling six children has been, by far, the wildest ride of my life yet. The month of January was a particular roller coaster-ish one. When Jamie mentioned that we were sharing our “day in the life,” I inwardly cringed. I would have loved to present a picture perfect image and a schedule to […]

Homeschool Makeover and Great Homeschool Conventions

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Head’s up! If you make a purchase through the Amazon link in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. As I mentioned last week, we’re undergoing some major home(school) renovations around here. I’ve had my nose in books and homeschooling blogs and forums for the last week or so. I’ve also […]

Teaching My Boys to Cook (Eat Well, Spend Less)

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Teaching my boys to cook is a great way for us to eat well and spend less, while they live under my roof as well as after they fly the nest. Ever since my firstborn could stand up on a kitchen chair, we’ve encouraged our kids to help in the kitchen. (That’s he and I […]

An Extreme Home(School) Makeover

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Homeschooling can be the hardest and best of teaching jobs. But, mid-year we often need a little boost and perhaps even an Extreme Home(School) Makeover. Twenty years ago, I set myself on a course to be a teacher. I was 19 and really wanted my life planned out. {chuckles} Little did I know back then…. […]

Plan to Have Great Parent-Teacher Communication This Year

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It’s a New Year!  And, while January certainly doesn’t usher in a new school year, it’s still a great time to take a good look at ways to make your child’s public school experience an even better and richer one. Contributor Jessie Leigh offers some great suggestions for parent-teacher communications. photo source The early months of a […]

Meaningful Teacher Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids (12 Days of Family Fun)

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Teacher gifts don’t need to be expensive or complicated. Today Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh, shares three meaningful teacher gifts you can make with your kids. It’s that time of year. The turkey has been devoured, the leftovers packaged up, and our minds have turned toward Christmas. Ready or not, it will be here […]

When Life Hands You Sick Kids…

My family is down for the count. Last Friday FishChick3 was throwing up and feverish. The fever continued through the weekend and has now left us with a snotty-nosed, short-fused little one. Slowly, the rest of the kids AND FishPapa have succombed to the virus. I’m the only one still standing. And yes, I’m downing […]