SEP
17
2014

Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

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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...]

SEP
15
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

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Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as “homeschool burnout”. The responsibilities of the homeschooling parent can be overwhelming at times, and the thought of another day or even another hour of homeschooling can seem like more than we can handle. I once had someone tell me that moms who get burnt out just weren’t serious enough about homeschooling. You can imagine how that affected me when I hit burnout that first year! The first thing I want to say is that “friend” was wrong. “Homeschool burnout happens to all of us at one point or another. The key is to learn how to overcome it.” Homeschool Burnout is Normal The second thing I want to say is that feeling burnt out is totally normal. Unfortunately life isn’t always a … [Read more...]

SEP
09
2014

Homeschooling 101: Time Management

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and Time Management!   Good time management for homeschoolers is a necessity. You’ve already seen a sample of our daily schedule. But there are a few more tips I’d like to share with you on the topic of time management and keeping your sanity. First of all, no one can “do it all” so to speak. Something usually has to give when you’re juggling homeschooling, running a household, parenting children, being a spouse, serving in ministry, and working. Remember, the only pressure we’re under is pressure we’ve put on ourselves. If your schedule is too hectic, take a minute (I know, I know, you don’t have a minute, but trust me this will help.) and write down all your commitments. Next see what you can get rid of, and what is necessary, and then make any necessary changes to your schedule. Having some sort of routine that you follow will go a long way to helping you stay … [Read more...]

SEP
02
2014

Market Bag Crochet Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I recently saw the cutest bag ever, and knew right away I wanted to try it. It’s the Market Bag Tutorial from Redheart and it’s super cute! Keeping in line with my usual demeanor, I didn’t follow the directions exactly. I wanted to make something a little smaller for the kids, and it turned out to be a great library bag for the Teeny Tot! I also made one for Strawberry Shortcake, and am in the process of making one for Tinker Bell, but she’s requested some modifications so I’ll have to post that one separately. I’m a brand new crocheter. Crochetee? Crochet person? Whatever. The point is I’m new, I don’t know what I’m doing, and I still managed to pull this off! I’d also like to note that I’m horrible at reading actual printed crochet patterns, so I watched the below video tutorial to help me out. Seriously, have you seen a crochet pattern? They look like a sports play book or something. No clue how to read them. It’s like a foreign language. And I’m still in … [Read more...]

SEP
01
2014

Homeschooling 101: Socialization

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Hi everyone, I have another Homeschooling 101 post for you.  Today we’re talking about that dreaded word… SOCIALIZATION!   One of the first questions I am asked regarding homeschooling is… “What about socialization?” I almost hesitate to even include this topic in my series because of it’s sheer silliness. But I know for new homeschoolers, the issue of socialization can be one of their main concerns. Just so we’re all on the same page, let’s define socialization. According to the dictionary, socialization is defined as a process whereby an individual acquires the knowledge, language, social skills, values, and behavior to conform to the norms of a group or community.   Regarding Homeschooling and Socialization Studies have repeatedly shown that homeschoolers on average outperform their public school peers, not only academically, but socially too. Homeschoolers tend to have more self-confidence as well. They are also shown to score approximately … [Read more...]

AUG
25
2014

Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

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Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with special needs. The needs may range from something such as attention deficit disorder to children with more severe and multiple handicaps. Often bringing special needs children home to be educated is a wonderful way to reach an otherwise reluctant student. As their parent you can offer your student the security, stability, flexibility, and encouragement they need to be successful. While I do not personally have special needs students there are a wide variety of websites and information available to homeschooling your students. One thing I’ve learned about this topic is that each student’s needs are unique, and so your approach to homeschooling them will also have to be individualized … [Read more...]

AUG
13
2014

eMeals Kid-friendly meal plans

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Hi everyone! As most of you know, I put up a monthly meal plan for you all each month. But even I get bored with my own meals sometimes. And I was really excited to see that eMeals has put up a new kid-friendly recipe plan which is great for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner meals! And if you sign up for eMeals their plans you can get 20% using code SCHOOL along with a FREE back-to-school Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 2 power breakfast recipes, 2 lunch box recipes, 1 weeknight dinners, 2 after school snacks, and 1 yummy dessert! {Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission whenever a product is purchased through these links.} One of my favorite meals is their Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups! And here’s the recipe courtesy of eMeals just to get you going for back-to-school! Pre Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins   Ingredients: 8 slices bacon Mayonnaise 1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole 4 … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling an Only Child

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling an only child.   Sometimes when we think of homeschooling, we envision a larger family. But that’s just a stereotype; there are many families who  homeschool an only child. One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that homeschooling families are as diverse as the world we live in! Don’t be intimidated by the size of your family, large or small, you can homeschool if you are committed! Not only do you have the added benefit of truly being able to tailor your curriculum to your child, but your child will also benefit from one-on-one teaching. And since you only have one student, you’ll most likely find you can finish school a little faster than most which gives you a lot of opportunities to add in fun activities like field trips, and other hands on projects! It also gives you time to participate in other homeschooling groups which I’ll talk about below. I know … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2014

“The Best Yes” Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to share a new book with you all today. New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a fabulous new gem called The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands and it’s all about finding your Best Yes. Many call this book “inspiring”.  I call it a necessity! As a homeschooler, mama, blogger, wife, Christian, daughter, business owner, and long time people-pleaser, it’s a game-changer for me.  And at a time when my life has been getting more and more hectic by the hour, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive an email from Lysa about her new book.   Here is a word from Lysa herself on why she wrote The Best Yes. And I agreed with every single one of her points! I know my kiddos are growing up fast, and I don’t want to miss out on the “sweet” parts of life or regret where my time went. I wrote this message because I need this message. I wrote it because I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling on a Budget

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I’m back today with another helpful Homeschooling 101 post.  We’ve talked all about getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, homeschooling through various grade levels, and today we’re talking about homeschooling on a budget.   Homeschooling is flexible in so many ways, and that includes budgetary concerns. There are many options for homeschooling on a budget. Here are some things to consider when creating a homeschooling budget: Curriculum (most likely the greatest expense) Testing Fees Printing or Copying Costs Building a Home Library School Supplies Extracurricular activities or lessons Annual State Conventions Technology Aids There are so many ways to save money and homeschool successfully. Below I’ve listed a few ideas to help get you started! Use your library Not only does the library have an expansive selection of materials, it can be successfully used to build an entire curriculum if you take the time. Along with books, … [Read more...]