• Homeschooling…When You Want to Quit!

    Hi everyone! Have you ever wanted to just quit homeschooling? Well I have! And I would venture a guess that you probably have as well. I’ll never forget our first day of homeschooling. I was so excited, and so was my daughter. She was only 3 at the time, so she didn’t really know what was headed … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: School Work Storage Tips

      Hi! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today we’re talking about what to do with all of your child’s school work. Man that stuff can pile up!   As homeschoolers, we literally have a ton of papers, art projects, and crafts taking up our precious space. … [Read More...]

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    2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

    Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love … [Read More...]

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    The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any … [Read More...]

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    2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this … [Read More...]

FEB
11
2016

Homeschooling…When You Want to Quit!

Hi everyone! Have you ever wanted to just quit homeschooling? Well I have! And I would venture a guess that you probably have as well.

I’ll never forget our first day of homeschooling. I was so excited, and so was my daughter. She was only 3 at the time, so she didn’t really know what was headed her way and honestly neither did I! We had started early with her because I was eager. I decorated our dining room like a school room with fun wall hangings and lots of color. And I had certainly a vision of what I thought homeschooling should look like. (Insert images of my children studying quietly, making fun history and art projects, and kids snuggled up on the couch reading together.)

What I didn’t foresee was how hard homeschooling would turn out to be. It also never occurred to me that my doe-eyed babe wouldn’t necessarily share my enthusiasm for school work. Enter our first “bad” school day, and my first thoughts of bagging the whole homeschool plan and sending her off to school with the other kids in the neighborhood.

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Whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned homeschooler, discouragement hits us all at one point or another. We all doubt our decisions from time to time. We all have experienced good days along with bad days. And we’ve all seen the flashing lights of that yellow bus and considered for just a quick moment about putting our kids on it.

I want to encourage you…

Hang in there.

You are not alone.

Remember, tomorrow is a new day.

Don’t give up.

Don’t flag down the yellow bus.

There’s help out there for both you and me! Several bloggers have collaborated again through iHomeschool Network to bring you this great resource called “Homeschooling: What to do when you want to quit”.

I was honored to write the forward for this book, and I’ve also read through the contents of this book and it’s amazing!

It’s full of information to help motivate and encourage you to stay the course. And best of all these nuggets of wisdom have come from many homeschooling parents who have blazed the trail before you. We’ve struggled just like you will and we’ve overcome obstacles just like you will. We wanted to give you some tips and tricks that we wish we had and that will hopefully help alleviate your fears and concerns. But mostly we came together as a group of homeschooling parents to provide you with helpful tools to stay on the homeschooling course, to encourage you, and to let you know that you are not alone on this journey!

So if you’re in need of some encouragement I highly recommend getting your copy of this gem today!

 

–> Click here to get Homeschooling: What to do when you want to quit <–

It’s only $5.99 and is currently available via download or Kindle, and hopefully soon to be hard copy via Amazon.  You can see a copy of the full Table of Contents here (PDF) to see exactly what all 56 chapters are about. This is a digital product in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats with over 250 pages of uplifting, but not sugar coated, practical help for 56 different reasons you might want to quit homeschooling.

Immediately after purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download this digital resource.

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As a funny side-note, every time I went to type in “quit” I automatically typed in “quilt”. And yes, some days I just want to skip school and quilt instead LOL! The struggle is real people.

But seriously, this is a great resource to add to your homeschool arsenal!

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FEB
08
2016

Tip Tuesday: School Work Storage Tips

  Hi! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today we’re talking about what to do with all of your child’s school work. Man that stuff can pile up!   As homeschoolers, we literally have a ton of papers, art projects, and crafts taking up our precious space. Unfortunately we don’t have space to keep everything that we do. Do you store it all somewhere for safe keeping, or purge and move on? Find out how I handle the school work dilemma in today’s Tip Tuesday Video: School Work Storage Tips.     Hope Chest: Another fun suggestion is to get a bankers box and have your child decorate it as their own. Next store just the meaningful projects, artwork, writings etc. that are special to you and your child. They’ll be fun to browse through later on when your children are older, and it makes a great keepsake too! P.S. Make sure to check your state requirements for record keeping before purging!   I hope this helped … [Read more...]

FEB
07
2016

2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love them! Often we’ll make cards or little gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have a ton of gift ideas for you today as well as some educational games too! Hopefully you’ll find something fun for your family below. Just click on an image below to find out more information on how to make these fun crafts and Valentine’s projects!   Preschool Letter V for Valentines activities. These are all part of my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum. We played the Letter V games with candy hearts for fun!   One year we made a fun Jesus Loves Me Lapbook for Valentines! I think the site has been changed around a bit, so I’m not … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2016

The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any photographs, the exhibit had a ton of really interesting informational exhibits as well as interactive things for the kids to do. My favorite were the merchants along the “road” selling their goods. They each had different stories to tell and the kids would gather around to hear what they were selling, and what they had to say. Each one was dressed the part and totally in character which made it so fun! Since the tour didn’t take too long, we also checked out a few of our favorite spots in the rest of the museum. Turbo was able to blow up a star in their simulator which was fun. He also tried to dock a floating space shuttle which is way harder than it looks!   We talked to an … [Read more...]

FEB
02
2016

2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this menu plan has lots of yummy comfort foods in it. I apologize if you live in a different region where our seasons are not aligned. But if that’s the case you’re welcome to search back through my meal plans and find a month that corresponds better with your location!     Download the 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then … [Read more...]

FEB
01
2016

Tip Tuesday: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

Have you ever bought a curriculum that you thought would be great, only to find out that it just wasn't a good fit for your family? Don't worry I have some advice in today's Tip Tuesday post that will hopefully encourage you to let it go and move on to better homeschooling days!     We’ve all done it, bought something or tried something new that just doesn’t work out. So what do you do with it? Do you tough it out for the rest of the  year, or let it go? What about the cost of the curriculum? Certainly we don’t want to be wasteful with our money, or curriculum. Find out my opinions on switching curriculum mid-year, and how I recuperate any lost money in the process!   Check out today’s Tip Tuesday video on Switching Curriculum Mid-Year to find out more!     I hope today’s Tip Tuesday helps to encourage you on your homeschooling journey! If you have a tip to share, or want to have me do a Tip Tuesday on a topic, make sure to leave … [Read more...]

JAN
31
2016

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Solved!

Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of checking out the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this week and it was so cool! I wasn’t sure what my kids would think initially, but it ended up being a really neat exhibit. Unlike most special exhibits they host, this one was hands on, and the kids were encouraged to try and solve an actual crime.   Parent Tip: I’d quickly like to mention that we went on school day with our options program because it was only $5 each. Normally that would’ve been fine, but for this type of display, I think I’d rather just pay full price and be able to go on a day when it wasn’t so crowded. Especially since the kids were trying to examine evidence, and make decisions on so many things to try in order to try and solve the mystery. So my one tip would be to definitely go check it out, it’s really cool! But go on a day when you don’t think it will be crowded, because it’s really hard to get through everything with that many … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2016

2015 Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip

Hi everyone! We haven’t been to the Butterfly Pavilion in a few years, so the kids were excited to take a tour again this past year. This time Jason was able to come with us, and the kids are always excited when Daddy joins in on the fun! The Butterfly Pavilion is really fun, but doesn’t take that long to go through. I think we only spent about an hour and a half in there this time around. But it’s still a cool experience. And if you can call ahead to see when they’re releasing new butterflies that’s a really cool thing to see too!   They always have the most beautiful butterflies in there. While you’re not supposed to touch the butterflies, they are allowed to land on you. Apparently our Daddy was popular amongst the butterfly population.   These white and black ones were super cool! They also have an insect area and a very small aquarium with some starfish and horseshoe crabs that the kids can touch. They opted to hold Rosie the tarantula. They’re very … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2016

A Homeschooling Mom’s Daily Schedule

Hi everyone, have you ever wondered how I do it all? How I homeschool, work from home, and keep up with daily life? Well, I think the last time I posted about our daily schedule was about 4 years ago, so I thought maybe it was time for an update! Ya think? LOL!     While each day can bring on a chaos of its own, we do have a basic routine that we try to stick to. Obviously things don’t always run smoothly around here, and some days are crazier than others. But I like to at least have a basic guideline to get me through the day. As most of you already know, we homeschool. For me that’s like my full time job, and I do my best to focus solely on school during those hours. I also work from home on my blog, creating YouTube content, and I create homeschool curriculum as well as free printables.  Those all take up quite a bit of time, so without some planning I’d never be able to get those things done! I try to view that as a part-time job and have to plan work … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2016

Tip Tuesday: Beat the January Blahs!

Hey guys, I’ve been wanting to do some Tip Tuesday type videos for you for awhile now, and I’m finally getting around to it! I think it’s nice to do these in video format because I can just sit down and talk to you all which makes it a little more personal.     I don’t know about you all, but our January has been ho-hum in the back to school sense, and after my instagram post showing our first day back after the break, I’m guessing some of you have been experiencing the same thing! Well, don’t worry fellow homeschoolers, you are NOT alone! We’ve been homeschooling for about 9 years now, and honestly the new year is always kind of a let down after the fun holiday break. Everyone is tired, and no one really wants to do school, including me! But considering school isn’t optional in our state, I wanted to share some of my tips for beating the January Blahs. Check out my Beating the January Homeschool Blahs video below for some helpful tips and tricks to get your … [Read more...]