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Enjoy Spring Even When Your Hours are Limited

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The days are lengthening and the sun shines a little longer, however, school and weekly activities can preclude our enjoyment of the nicer weather. Contributing writer JessieLeigh offers some great tips on how to enjoy both. Spring is upon us and that means warmer weather and longer daylight.  That’s wonderful news and reason for joy, […]

How to Improve Your Family Photos

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With spring vacations, Easter, and Passover quickly approaching, you may be reaching for your camera a little bit more. Heed these tips from Life as MOM contributor and professional photographer, Alex Maldonado. If your family photo collection is anything like ours, it’s 90% pictures of your kids. 9% pictures of your kids and the parent […]

Planning for Preschool

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Just as the homeschooling community is starting to prepare for the coming school year, so are your local preschools. Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh, offers some things to think about as you start to line up your preschool options for next year. Spring is right around the corner, and March is an important month when […]

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…. […]