Finding Beauty

On September 1st, I received word that my junior high art and journalism teacher had lost her battle with breast cancer. What followed was a walk down memory lane that I least expected. I hadn’t thought of my years at Arroyo Seco Junior High in quite some time. Yet, memories of Ms. Berge came flooding […]

Homeschool Help: Let Kids Know What To Do

Isn’t he cute? Mr. Dimples, age 5, is my kindergartner this year. He comes to me every morning, “Mama, it’s time to do my school.” Amen, little man. If only your brothers were as eager. Yes, truth be told, there are things my older sons would rather be doing than math assignments and key word […]

Get Organized!

Home Organization

If you haven’t figured it out already, your “life as MOM” will go much more smoothly if you’re organized. There are wonderful resources out there to help you get your act together. One of those is I’m an Organizing Junkie. Laura not only hosts Menu Plan Monday, but she also regularly posts great ideas for […]

Send-Them-Off to College Gifts

This week 19 years ago, my dad dropped me off at college. I was 18 and ready to take the world by storm. Back then I did my writing on a word processor/typewriter and had never heard the word email. I bought my books at a bookstore (remember those?) and mail order was done with […]

Homeschool + Organization = Happy Mom

Time to go back, back, back to school again. And, just in time, Mandi at Organizing Your Way has a great series going for homeschoolers – all about organizing your homeschool your way. Today our little school of Fish is featured. Check it out.

School Daze: The Slow Immersion Method, Or How to Cook Your Frogs

Though my kids could spend their school day in their jammies, one of the freedoms of learning at home, they don’t. And while I would like to say that they embrace each day as an opportunity to fill their minds with all that is good and wholesome in the world of art, literature, science, and […]

Homeschool Curriculum at the FishHouse

As some of you know, the FishFam “does school” at home. It may seem odd to some, especially as three out of four grandparents were public school teachers and I, myself, earned my CA teaching credential years ago and spent two years teaching high school English, French, and Yearbook. The reasons for this divergence from […]

CVS for Beginners, July 26 – Aug 1

The past two weeks CVS has been giving away school supplies. And according to the ad I got in my mailbox yesterday, the good times continue on this week! If you’re new to shopping CVS, check out the following primer for the low down on how to make the most of your money when shopping […]