16 Sanity Saving Tips for Surviving the Back to School STRESS!

Can you believe that back to school is already right around the corner?! This is unbelievable to me. I say it all the time, but where has the summer gone?! For those of you who have been locked in oppressive heat for much of the summer, fall could be a welcome relief. However, I live in the … [Read more...]

7 Back To School Savings Hacks No One Told You

Back to school time can be as expensive as Christmas shopping these days! There are the backpacks, the laptops, the fancy calculators, and then there are all the paper, pens, highlighters, and other things that you can never have enough of. With eight kids who I homeschool, I feel like an office … [Read more...]

The 10 Most Popular Posts In 2016

It was an incredible year in 2016. Posts on cleaning, saving money, raising kids, managing time, and keeping our own sanity...they've all been here this past year. Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2016!   How to Clean Nasty Window Tracks Using One Simple Trick To the Mom Who … [Read more...]

Your Kids Can Cook?! (yes, and here’s how to teach them!)

Your kids can cook? I hear this question all the time from exasperated moms who are looking for just a bit of relief. Meals are never-ending in a family, and they are also one of the most mundane things we as moms need to handle. "Your kids can cook?" people ask. And I tell them, yes they … [Read more...]

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week 12/18

It has been a fun and BUSY week for me in everything including my home here. There has been lots of exciting things going on here and on social media, and these are the things that have been keeping readers busy as the most popular posts this week!   8 Diet Tips You Can Actually … [Read more...]

The Ultimate List of Games Every Family Must Have

There is nothing like family game night, especially when it comes to some frugal family fun. One of our favorite holiday traditions is that we get a new family game every year. We do grab games at other times, too, especially when there is a great sale, but with the tradition we know that we will … [Read more...]

It’s a Contest – and YOU Can Win! ENDS TONIGHT!!!!

Who doesn’t love a contest, right? Especially when you can win something that is life-changing! I am all about contests, and as an overachiever, I often come out on top when I play along ;) I have just laid out my roadmap for this very blog for the next year, and there are so many exciting places … [Read more...]

When Do I Start Homeschooling My Preschooler?

Inquiring minds often ask, "When do I start homeschooling my preschooler?" I think we can all agree that learning takes place all day every day, and that it is never too early to start teaching the fundamentals that all children learn, but in terms of “real school,” for me it has just depended on … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Follow When Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

So, you’ve made the decision to homeschool, but choosing homeschool curriculum seems huge. I've got five easy steps to help you along with choosing which homeschool curriculum is right for you! Perhaps you have done some reading on different curriculums and methods. You have talked to people who … [Read more...]

So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling…Now What?!

So, you’re thinking about homeschooling, now what? If this is you, if this is even a little bit of you, then you are in the right place. This is not a post that will tell you about homeschooling methods, curriculums, or schedules. If you are looking for that sort of thing, I’ve written about … [Read more...]

What to do When Your Child Hates Learning to Read

Do you know what to do when your child hates learning to read? They can hate it for a variety of reasons, especially if there is a learning disability involved, but knowing how to proceed in this situation can be a bit of a mystery to some. I have dealt with it and by trial and error, seem to have … [Read more...]

The Calling of Homeschooling

Are you wondering about my calling to homeschooling? Maybe you are trying to decipher whether you are hearing the same calling. Perhaps the beginnings of my journey can help you. I love sharing our story with others, especially if I know that I am helping fellow homeschoolers or would be … [Read more...]

Why We Prefer Year-Round Homeschool

Is it hard to imagine that a homeschooling family would prefer year-round homeschooling? We have experimented with all kids of homeschool calendars over the years and have finally found the one that works best for us...and yes, it is to homeschool year round. Keep reading, and I will show you the … [Read more...]

10 Ways You Can Prepare Your Preschooler For a Lifetime of Learning

Are you aware that there are some ways to prepare your preschooler for a lifetime of learning? It is true, and they aren't difficult or intensive. In fact, these are things you may already be doing, you just may not have realized how you are nurturing an amazing thirst for learning within your … [Read more...]

For the Weary Homeschool Mom’s Heart

As a homeschool mom of more than 10 years to now seven children, I can say that I fully understand the enormity of the task. Being a mom in general is more than a full-time job with challenges that never seem to end and a work day that can span nearly all 24 hours in a day at times. A … [Read more...]