How to Make the School Year Less Stressful

school year stress

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Year-Round Home School & Our Summer Session

Year-Round School and Our Summer Session - Homeschool doesn

Homeschool doesn’t have to fit a traditional schedule. We’re schooling year-round with a summer session. We’ve just completed our 12th year of homeschooling. That is pretty remarkable to me. I’m pleased to say the experiment is working. Yet, a successful homeschool doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of worry, wasting of money, and freaking […]

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Make Family Travel Fun, Easy, & Affordable

family travel fun easy affordable

Taking kids on vacations and road trips is not a walk in the park. In fact, sometimes a walk in the park isn’t really that easy, either. But, hitting the trail with your peeps is worth it. Somewhere between my honeymoon — when we talked about visiting France every year — and when the sixth […]

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Getting Ready for the Week Ahead

Getting Ready for the Week Ahead - Planning for the week ahead, rather than letting it happen to you, can help you make the most of all the great things in your life.

Planning for the week ahead, rather than letting it happen to you, can help you make the most of all the great things in your life. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not […]

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The Weekly Ramble

FishKids June 2014

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. I love this picture. Wow. How did we get here? For the last few years, FishBoy17 has towered over the others so they were no longer the “stair step” kids they had once been. But, FishBoys 13 and 12 have had growth spurts, so it looks […]

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Zone Defense: Cleaning & Organizing Bathrooms

Zone Defense: Cleaning & Organizing Bathrooms

This month the Zone Defense assignment is pretty straightforward: Clean and organize the bathrooms. We’ve covered this territory before. Check out these past posts: Cleaning and Decluttering the Bathrooms Kids Can Clean the Bathroom (FREE printable for Clean Bathroom Bingo) 5 Tips for Keeping the Bathroom Clean I suppose this depends on the home, huh? […]

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Join the Pantry Challenge!

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It’s that time again. I’m hosting a Pantry Challenge over on Good Cheap Eats starting next week. For two weeks, we’ll make a concentrated effort to use up groceries we have on hand in order to save money, waste less, and learn from ill-gotten grocery purchases. I’ll be hosting a Facebook party on Sunday night […]

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Freedom Isn’t Free

Reagan freedom quote

Over here today we’ll be eating hot dogs and apple pie and enjoying having my husband home for the day. At the same time, we acknowledge those who have fought for the freedoms that we have in this country, freedoms that spread across the world after 1776. While we know the War for Independence changed […]

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