APR
14
2015

Positive Parenting With Amy McCready–Free Webinar!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve partnered with Amy McCready, and I wanted to do another seminar for all of my new readers! So next Wednesday night I’ll be joining her for another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together we will be hosting a FREE LIVE parenting webinar on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 PM, EST. For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She is a regular on The Today Show and has appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, MSNBC, in The New York Times and more.     What’s the Webinar About? Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling (And who couldn’t use some help in that area right!?) I’ve hosted this seminar before and had several requests to repeat it since many of you were unable to attend. And quite honestly, it’s a good refresher for me as well. … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2015

Things I wish I Would’ve Known

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  I’ve been so amazed by the participation in the COAH Community. You all have amazing questions, and I love reading through all of the responses as well. They’re so great in fact, that I’ve decided to start highlighting some of them as blog posts so they don’t get overlooked! One of the lovely ladies in our COAH Community forum posted our topic for today, and it was just too good not to share! Not only did I think it would make a great blog post, but I also wanted to share my top 10 things with you all as well. So here are my top 10 things that I wish I would’ve known before we started homeschooling. Of course some of these things pearls of wisdom were given to me when we started, I was just too eager and set in my vision to hear them out. So here I am today, passing them on to you. I hope you’ll find them helpful and that they will encourage you in your journey. Let’s do this in a Late Night style count down, shall we?   Number 10. Several stores give teacher’s … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2015

Homeschooling Do’s & Don’ts!

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Have you ever wished there were a list of things you should do or definitely not do when beginning homeschooling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Even veteran homeschool mom’s are doubt themselves at times. When I first started homeschooling I asked everyone I knew which curriculum to use, what days to homeschool, which subjects to teach, and how I would know if my kids were doing okay or not. I spoke with several veteran homeschool moms and they all had the same advice. Have fun with your children, enjoy the time while they’re in your home, and use whatever works best for you! Well, as a first timer, and a type A personality person, those words weren’t exactly comforting to me. I wanted a well laid out action plan. I wanted a curriculum that would tell me in specifics what to do, when to do it, and what to say. I wanted something that told me how long to do each subject, and how many days to do it. Unfortunately, and fortunately, there just isn’t anything out there … [Read more...]

JAN
21
2015

Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

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Hi everyone! After I put up my video on a day in our lives I’ve had several requests for a hair tutorial video. I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so here we go. Check out the video below to see how I create these loose curls!   While I take a shower daily, my hairdresser advised me not to wash my hair daily. Washing dries out your hair, and since I color and heat style my hair it’s already dry to start out with. I normally wash my hair every other day, so you will want to do this tutorial on a wash day for best results. I naturally have rather thick, course, and wavy hair. Honestly, it’s like big fluffy 80’s hair. Man I looked great during that decade. Unfortunately the sleek look the 90’s brought around didn’t quite mesh well with all of my lovely frizz. And since smooth hair has remained the “in” look ever since then, it’s been hard on my hair. I have to take steps. Lots of steps. And heat. Lots of heat. I also have to use good anti-frizz … [Read more...]

JAN
14
2015

Strawberry, Pecan, Feta Salad Recipe

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This gorgeous salad is quick and easy, not to mention delicious!   I don’t always like to eat “kid food” for lunch, so I’m always looking for something a little more adult I can pull together. I found this pack of honey roasted pecans in the salad dressing isle of my grocery store and wanted to give them a try. And guess what? They were yummy, and the perfect topping for just about any salad! Ingredients: Green leaf lettuce Strawberries, washed and sliced Feta cheese crumbles Honey roasted pecans Balsamic vinaigrette dressing I typically just toss whatever I have on hand in my salads, and I was pleased with this combination. It is light and delicious, and great for moms who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. Directions: Tear up the lettuce, then top with the strawberries, nuts, and feta. Drizzle on some balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite dressing, and enjoy a yummy lunch.   Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe: 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive … [Read more...]

JAN
05
2015

Back in the swing of things!

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Good morning to all of my long time friends, homeschoolers, and new readers! It’s a brand new year, and schools a foot! And I’m so excited to start up again aren’t you? No? Okay, me neither. Despite my welcome picture here it’s a cold, dreary day, and no one wants to do school. Including the teacher. My husband didn’t want to go to work either. Everyone wanted to stay in jammies and have a snow day. We always take a nice long break over December. Partially because I LOVE Christmas and I prefer to spend our days making cookies, doing fun crafts, reading books, sledding, and otherwise just relaxing. I need a break and so does my family. It’s amazing, incredible, wonderful, relaxing, and just plain needed. But man sakes alive it’s hard to come back! The craziness of our homeschool days, sports, and various extra curricular activities seem like they all come rushing back in at one time. But as I lay in bed thinking of excuses of why we should start school tomorrow instead, I begin … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2014

Happy New Year 2015!

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Happy New Year! I know I say this every year, but I really just can’t believe 2014 is gone already! I think I lost track of time somewhere around August…which seems to happen every year…go figure… I suppose it could be because that’s when school starts, and it’s also my busiest blogging month as far as orders and emails from you all. Sports start back up, and it’s also the time of year that I’m knee-deep in working on our church women’s retreat. So for me, it all hits at once, then snowballs from there. And bam! Before I know it, another year has passed! I hope you all had a great year, and am praying for an even better one in 2015. For us, 2014 brought some not so great health news for our families, but we’re thankful that God is working and everyone is currently doing well.   What’s Happening? This year Strawberry Shortcake will turn 12, Turbo will turn 11, Tinker Bell will turn 9, and the Teeny Tot, who will be 7 this year, has agreed to stay 5 forever to … [Read more...]

DEC
29
2014

January 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Happy 2015 everyone (almost)! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and are ready to start off the new year! I’m still reeling from the fact that another whole year has blazed by! So much that I’ve gotten off track with my meal planning so I’m vowing to get it together this year! That means I need to head to the grocery store, and I always take my January 2015 monthly meal plan with me so I know what I’m there for. Have you ever gotten to the grocery store and forgotten what you went there to get? I do. Sadly it happens all the time. So a list is a must for me. Right now I use an app on my iPhone called MyShopi. It allows me to pick my store, then enter my items. It then sorts them in the aisle they are found in which keeps me from backtracking while at the store, which is handy when you’re in a hurry! Or when you have 4 children with you who don’t want to be there if you catch my drift.   Download the January 2015 Menu: January 2015 Meal Plan PDF January 2014 … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2014

Cookie in a Jar Recipe

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Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further! Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have to admit, I’ve seen this idea all over the place, but I’ve never made them myself! So I thought now would be a great time, and I have to say, these are seriously quick to put together, so if you’ve waited until the last minute and need something quick, but still awesome, this is for you! Of course we had to make a batch just to make sure they turned out good. Also so we could get pictures and all. I know, it’s a rough job, but someone had to do it. So let’s get started shall we? You will need: (Recipe is for 1 jar) 1 1/3 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. rolled oats (I used instant and they worked just fine!) … [Read more...]

DEC
19
2014

How to Winterize your Nails & Giveaway

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Dry hands and cuticles? Don’t worry I have some tips for you today! This one is for not only the ladies out there, but the men too so don’t close your browser too fast boys! It’s winter time, and I don’t know about you, but my hands are super dry and that includes my cuticles and nails. I’m sure it has much to do with all of the hand washing and sanitizing I make everyone do during cold and flu season. I’m like the hand washing ninja these days. Just ask my kids they’ll tell you. And let’s face it, my husband isn’t asking for too many back rubs with my dry scratchy hands. And that’s no bueno. So just as I was lamenting about the sad state of my cuticles, I received this handy winterizing tip from  Julep Nail Polish.  What great timing, right? And since it’s a weekend…and I like to share random fun things on weekends…I thought a nail care post might just help out a few folks. And don’t worry, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just thought I’d share a little hand care tips … [Read more...]