AUG
07
2016

Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals

As a busy mom of four, I find meal planning a little on the stressful side. I actually enjoy cooking, however when we’re busy with school and other activities, I don’t always have time to run to the store, or think of something healthy and tasty for my family. I don’t know about you all, but it’s really easy for me to want to run out and grab something quick when we’re in between activities, or coming home late from something. But as we all know, that can get expensive, and it’s really not very healthy depending on what you grab on the go.   But with just a little planning, it’s easy to skip the take-out and create a variety of home-cooked meals for your family, even when you’re busy like we are! As most of you know I always post my monthly meal plans here on my blog, but I’ve had also ton of requests for weekly shopping lists as well as a list of all of my recipes in one location, so I put all of that together in my new book! I’ve also added in a new customizable … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2016

Homeschooling: When You Want to Quit Paperback

Hey guys! I had so many questions on when the new Homeschooling: When You Want to Quit book would be out in print. Well, it’s available now!   Whether you’re just starting out or are already a seasoned homeschooler discouragement hits us all at one point or another. We all doubt our decisions, worry about curriculum choices, and have moments of sheer panic. The inner voice asks, “What am I doing? This is crazy! I can’t educate my children at home!” Or maybe that voice screams out in frustration, “I’m utterly spent. I can’t take one more minute of confusing fractions, tedious read alouds, or messy science experiments!” This book addresses nearly every potential frustration point that a homeschool mom faces. We tackle the irritations that make you want to throw in the towel for good. ​ What is included? Here is a small sampling of the chapters… An Introvert’s Perspective When you want to quit because your personality craves alone time Because You Work at … [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 … [Read more...]

DEC
06
2015

Anne of Avonlea Classic Literature Unit

Hey guys! I have another fun literature unit for you today. Anne of Avonlea is a super cute and charming story following Anne Shirley along with more adventure. If you If you enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, you’ll love Anne of Avonlea!     Story Summary: In this classic, Anne Shirley is grown up and starting out on her own life. She has begun a new job as a teacher at Avonlea School, and also started the Avonlea Village Improvement Society with her friends Dian, and Gilbert whom you will recall. While many things have changed, Anne is still just as prone to adventure as she ever was! I hope you enjoy this classic as much as I did! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Anne of Avonlea version as retold from the Lucy Maud montgomery original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The … [Read more...]

OCT
18
2015

Oliver Twist Literature Unit

Hi everyone! I have a new literature unit for you today. Oliver Twist is one of my favorite classics, and now you can add it to your homeschool literature unit studies too! Psst… There’s also a giveaway at the bottom, so make sure to keep reading!   Story Summary: Oliver Twist is a classic story telling about his life as a poor orphan. As we start out, Oliver has a hard life working on a workhouse. He has no possessions besides the clothes on his back. He’s forced to eat a small amount of gruel at mealtime, until one day when he finally speaks up. Things turn from bad to worse when he runs off to London to find his fortune. Caught up in the company of a band of pickpockets and thieves, Oliver struggles to find his own place in the world. Including the family that he’s always dreamed of having. Ready to make a keepsake lapbook that is not only fun, but will also help your students remember this classic? Watch my Oliver Twist unit study video to see the inside … [Read more...]

SEP
22
2015

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Literature Unit

Good morning lovely readers! I have a new literature unit for you today! This has been a much requested unit, and it’s finally done! If your student liked The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, then they’ll probably love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn too!   Story Summary: Wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow Huckleberry Finn in this adventurous story! Huck is an independent boy growing up in mid-1800’s Missouri. Of course trouble finds him as he goes on a great rafting adventure down the Mississippi River, where he runs into his old friend Jim. He also meets a few new acquaintances who seem eager to make Huck’s life as difficult as possible! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older … [Read more...]

MAY
24
2015

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education Book Giveaway

Hola! Last week I gave away a copy of my Homeschooling 101 book, and this week I promised another giveaway for my newest book, Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education.     So let’s talk about today’s giveaway… Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education We start from day one feeding them, bathing them, and loving them. And as our children grow, we begin to teach them how to do things on their own. Then along comes the discussion of their future. Do you want to give your child the best start in life possible? Do you want to get more involved in their educational process? Would you like to become the primary influence in your child’s life? Taking charge of your child’s education isn’t just about academics. The real lessons that will influence your child start right there in your own home. This book is a must read for any parent dedicated to giving their child the best future possible! Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education is really all about building … [Read more...]

MAY
18
2015

30% off Curriculum Sale Day 2!

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re enjoying this week’s sale, and getting lots of fun curriculum for next year. Just incase you missed yesterday’s post, for one week only I’m offering my curriculum at 30% OFF! Whoo hoo! And if you did miss yesterday’s post, make sure to go back and check it out because I’m giving away lots of goodies!!   For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 20% OFF, plus my 2 or more 10% discount still applies for a total of 30% off!!** (**Please note: Sale does not apply to the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, iBlog, or iBlog Pro books as they are affiliate products.)   FEATURED PRODUCTS: As I mentioned, each day I’ll be featuring some of my most popular homeschool curriculum so you can see what’s available! I created my curriculum as a way of making homeschooling more exciting, hands-on, and multi-sensory. Since I’m a homeschooling mama, I also tried to make it affordable so others may be blessed as well! Homeschooling 101 NOW … [Read more...]

MAR
22
2015

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education

We start from day one feeding them, bathing them, and loving them. And as our children grow, we begin to teach them how to do things on their own. Then along comes the discussion of their future. Do you want to give your child the best start in life possible? Do you want to get more involved in their educational process? Would you like to become the primary influence in your child’s life?   It was twelve years ago that our lives completely changed. People often ask me if it was hard each time we had a new baby. But really it was when we had our first child that things got crazy. When you go from zero to one child, everything changes. We were used to doing whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. We didn’t have to work around feedings or naptimes. We could go to dinner at 10pm if we wanted to! Of course, when we had our first child, it was love at first sight. The thought of dropping her off at a daycare seemed inconceivable. So we decided that I would leave my professional … [Read more...]

SEP
17
2014

Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be inspired and encouraged by her amazing blog Time Warp Wife and all of her sweet facebook posts. I always look forward to hearing from Darlene, and when I heard she was releasing another incredible book I couldn’t wait to see it! Psst…keep reading for a chance to win a FREE copy!!   So what is her new book all about? Love gets messy. Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up. Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging … [Read more...]