Homeschool Student Planner {plus Free Printable}

With this being our first year full-time homeschooling, I knew I needed a plan in place. I had planned and selected our curriculum but was still trying to find a way to keep my kids accountable with their school work and responsibilities. I am not really one for the unschooling. In life there are things that must get done, even if you don't want to do it. But this is not a post about not agreeing with "unschooling".. I do like this post if you want to read more about it.  This post is … [Read more...]

A Few of my Favorite Things {August Edition}

Ok wait?!? It's August? Goodness gracious, oh my! Is 2016 flying by for anyone else? I mean at the beginning of next year my baby will be ONE!! I shared with you some of my favorite things one time last year, before I got terrible morning sickness which then lead to having that baby (at home)! And that's why I slowed way down on posting on this blog. So in less than two years, we added two more kiddos. We're now happily a family of SIX!! Anyhow, like I mentioned over a year ago, I love … [Read more...]

What’s in our Morning Basket? {Plus our read-alouds}

Going from part-time homeschooling to full-time homeschooling is going to be a transition for all of us. We haven't ever done a morning basket (or morning time, some might call it circle time) before, but looking forward to getting started this year.  The purpose of using a morning basket is to start your day off with truth, goodness and beauty. With the things that matter the most! Which are being together, reading and talking about Jesus, reading scripture, diving into rich literate … [Read more...]

Our Homeschool Curriculum for 2016-2017

Hey Everyone, I have missed you! I have been in a hiatus. Shortly after my 4th baby was born back in January, we began feeling a tug on our hearts toward full-time homeschooling. So that's where I've been... Praying. researching, Youtube watching, reading and learning all I could about homeschooling. Could I, can I, REALLY do it?  If you've read any of my homeschool posts, you know we take time to reevaluate each year. So this year we have made a decision to homeschool without … [Read more...]

Simple Steps To Healthy Eating Habits

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer When you make up your mind to start eating healthier it can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. If you're not careful, your enthusiasm to improve your health through healthy eating will get derailed by the planning and extra work involved. Before you jump in determined to eat healthy 100% of the time, set aside a little time to think about what healthy eating looks like to you and develop a strategy to make the … [Read more...]

7 Easy Healthy Kid-Approved Snack Swaps

Written by Christine @ So Domestically Challenged, Contributing Writer Breaking old habits is hard and if you didn't start your kids out eating healthfully, it's hard to get them to enjoy doing so.  To avoid fighting a battle at every meal and snack time, I usually change things out slowly, making swaps:  changing an unhealthy food for a new healthier alternative.  Here are my favorites. 7 Easy, Healthy, Kid-Approved Snack Swaps 100% Organic juice with no additives for … [Read more...]

Venting To Well Meaning Friends

Written by Starla, Contributing Writer It's important to seek God first in all we do. I enjoy the fact that God gives us best friends, because there is nothing better than a girls day out luncheon. Time alone with my best friend, lunch and hot tea. They are far and few between, so I cherish each of those moments. It's a time to talk, laugh and encourage one another.  During my daily bible reading and prayer time this morning, I was brought to Psalm 19:14. "Let the words of my mouth … [Read more...]

Meal Planning and Shopping Tips

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer Whether you enjoy it or hate it, gathering food and preparing it for our families is something we all have to do. Sometimes I really enjoy it. At other times...not so much. But, with over 27 years of experience behind me, I've learned a few things that have helped make it a natural part of my routine. It all starts with a plan. Building The Menu: Since I shop for groceries every other week, I plan our meals two weeks … [Read more...]

3 Things To Do When Spring Fever Hits

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer Spring is still a few weeks away but spring fever has already hit at my house. I am ready for blue skies, green grass, colorful flowers, lots of sunshine, and time outdoors. Here in Florida, we've already enjoyed some really nice spring-like days that have me itching to get on with it. I've taken long walks in the neighborhood and strolled around my yard making plans. Whether you're already getting a taste of … [Read more...]

Embracing The Need for Rest Without the Guilt

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer My kids often ask why they have to go to sleep at all.  Why isn't an afternoon nap enough? Why do we have to sleep so much at night? And maybe most importantly to them, when are my parents going to bed and what am I going to be missing out on?  These are deep questions to young kids, and of course there's always the "because I told you so" approach to settle their queries. Honestly, there are plenty of … [Read more...]